Billboard Bits: Suzanne Vega, Siren Fest, Wolf Parade
News on Suzanne Vega, Siren Fest, Wolf ParadeSinger/songwriter Suzanne Vega has signed a new deal with Blue Note, which is eyeing a spring 2007 release for her label debut. It will be the follow-up to her 2001 album "Songs in Red and Gray," her last with A&M, to which she had been signed since 1984.
Vega is best known for her left-field 1987 hit "Luka," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. DNA's 1990 remix of her track "Tom's Diner" was a No. 10 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Vega will spend the summer on tour in North America and internationally, including an appearance Saturday (June 10) at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight festival.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
As first tipped here earlier this week, the Scissor Sisters have joined the Village Voice's Siren Festival lineup, as have Serena Maneesh, Man Man, the Rogers Sisters, Deadboy & the Elephantmen and Priestess.
The groups join previously announced performers Stars, Art Brut, Tapes 'n Tapes, the Stills, She Wants Revenge, the Cribs and Dirty On Purpose on the day-long festival's roster.
The Siren Fest will celebrate its fifth anniversary July 15 at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. Admission is free to the two stages in the amusement park.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Indie rock acts Wolf Parade and Frog Eyes will team for a host of North American tour dates later this summer, beginning Aug. 4 in Ottawa, Ontario. Wolf Parade vocalist/keyboardist Spencer Krug will be pulling double duty at the shows, having rejoined Frog Eyes earlier this year after an extended break from the group.
Krug previously told Billboard.com Wolf Parade planned to begin work next month on the follow-up to its acclaimed 2005 Sub Pop debut, "Apologies to the Queen Mary." "We're in the middle of building our own studio and I think since we're pouring all this effort into it, we might want to try to produce it ourselves," he said.
Here are Wolf Parade/Frog Eyes’ tour dates:
Aug. 4: Ottawa, Ontario (Barrymore’s Music Hall)
Aug. 5: Toronto (Phoenix)
Aug. 6: Detroit (Magic Stick)
Aug. 7-8: Chicago (Metro)
Aug. 9: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Aug. 20: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Aug. 22: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
Aug. 24: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Aug. 25: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
Aug. 27: Salt Lake City (In the Venue)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.