Modest Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, Tiesto and Los Amigos Invisibles are the first acts confirmed for the Bang! Music Festival, to be held Nov. 11 at Miami's Bicentennial Park.

Modest Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, Tiesto and Los Amigos Invisibles are the first acts confirmed for the Bang! Music Festival, to be held Nov. 11 at Miami's Bicentennial Park. Last year's inaugural event featured performances by Fischerspooner, Brazilian Girls, VHS Or Beta and Front 242. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Aug. 26 via BangMusicFestival.com.

In related news, work is nearing completion on Modest Mouse's next studio album. Sources say frontman Isaac Brock is in the process of finishing his vocals for the set, for which no release date has yet been announced. As previously reported, the album is expected to include contributions from former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







The Robert Cray Band's first release since exiting Sanctuary will be the first live album of its career. "Live From Across the Pond" will arrive Sept. 12 via Cray's own Nozzle Records, which will be distributed by Vanguard.

"Live" was recorded in May at Royal Albert Hall in London, amid Cray's tour with Eric Clapton. The Cray/Clapton pairing will be replicated this fall, as the two acts will hit the road together starting Sept. 16 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.







Canadian rock act the Dears will release its new album, "Gang of Losers," Oct. 3 via Arts & Crafts. The 12-track set features "Bandwagoneers," which can be streamed from the group's Myspace.com site. A video was recently shot for "Ticket to Immortality" at an airplane hangar in Montreal.

Among the highlights of the follow-up to 2004's "No Cities Left" are "Death or Life We Want You," which recalls "Song 2"-era Blur, the soulful "Hate Then Love," the jaunty, Pulp-ish "Ballad of Humankindness" and the slow-building "You and I Are a Gang of Losers," which features prominent female backing harmonies.

The group will roadtest new material during a European tour next month, beginning Aug. 9 in Oslo. North American dates have yet to be announced.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.