Billboard Bits: Bad Brains, ACM Awards, In The City & More

Bad Brains have set a June 26 release date for their comeback album, "Build a Nation." The Megaforce set reunites original members H.R., Dr. Know, Daryl Jenifer and Earl Hudson for the first time in m

Bad Brains have set a June 26 release date for their comeback album, "Build a Nation." As first reported here earlier this spring, the Megaforce set reunites original members H.R., Dr. Know, Daryl Jenifer and Earl Hudson for the first time in more than a decade. "Build a Nation" was produced by the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch.

Bad Brains will return to live action in late May with an appearance at the Sasquatch! festival in Washington State. A May 25 warm-up show at Berbati's Pan in Portland, Ore., is also on tap. A more extensive tour will be announced shortly.

Here is the track list for "Build a Nation":

"Give Thanks And Praises"
"Jah People Make the World Go Round"
"Pure Love"
"Natty Dreadlocks 'Pon the Mountaintop"
"Build a Nation"
"Expand Your Soul"
"Jah Love"
"Let There Be Angels (Just Like You)"
"Universal Peace"
"Roll On"
"Until Kingdom Comes"
"In the Beginning"
"Send You No More Flowers"
"Peace Be Unto Thee"

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Josh Turner and Taylor Swift have joined the performance lineup for the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held May 15 in Las Vegas and air live on CBS.

Meanwhile, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, Tracy Lawrence, Blake Shelton, Michelle Stafford of "The Young and the Restless," Hannah Storm of "The Early Show" and the Wreckers have all signed on as presenters.

As previously reported, Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire with special guest Kelly Clarkson will also perform.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






In the City of New York, Tony Wilson's two-day confab held June 13-14 at the W Hotel Union Square, will feature performances by several U.K. bands; they include the Pigeon Detectives, the Rakes, Blood Red Shoes, Biffy Clyro and, in its first U.S. show, Enter Shikari. While the daytime panel discussions will take place at the W, the nightly showcases will be held at the Nokia Theatre Times Square and the Highline Ballroom.

-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.






Sufjan Stevens and Daniel Smith of Danielson can be heard on the upcoming effort from Ben + Vesper. Due May 22 via Sounds Familyre Records, "All This Could Kill You" features the husband-wife duo Benjamin and Vesper Stamper, plus several members of labelmate Danielson's lineup. Smith produced the set, while Stevens contributed banjo, woodwinds, vocals and piano.

The pair is scheduled to perform two shows this summer in Brooklyn, N.Y., the first on June 2 with "special guests," according to the band's
Web site.

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.