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News on Bruce Springsteen, HFStival, Allison Moorer

Bruce Springsteen and his Seeger Sessions Band will spend the month of May on tour in Europe. The 10-date run kicks off May 5 in Dublin and wraps May 21 in Stockholm. A North American tour will follow, with dates to be announced. As previously reported, the artist will play his first show with the band April 30 at New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Springsteen's new album, "We Shall Overcome," arrives April 25 via Columbia. Footage of the artist in the studio can be accessed from

Here are Springsteen's European tour dates:

May 5: Dublin (the Point)
May 7: Manchester, England (Evening News Arena)
May 8: London (Hammersmith Apollo)
May 10: Paris (Palais Bercy)
May 12: Milan (Forum)
May 13: Barcelona (Badalona Arena)
May 16: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
May 17: Frankfurt, Germany (Festhalle)
May 20: Oslo (Spektrum)
May 21: Stockholm (Hovet Arena)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

The lineup for the 17th HFStival will feature its usual cast of top rock acts as well as a smattering of hip-hop. To be held May 27-28 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., the event will boast performances by Kanye West, the Strokes, Matisyahu, Cypress Hill, Counting Crows, Dashboard Confessional, AFI and Yellowcard.

The lineup will be rounded out by Coheed & Cambria, the Misfits, Panic At The Disco, Atmosphere, OK Go, H.I.M., People In Planes and Damone, plus 1980s hitmakers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the Fixx. Tickets go on sale Saturday (April 8).

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Singer/songwriter Allison Moorer will release her next album, "Getting Somewhere," June 13 via Sugar Hill. The 10-track set features contributions from Moorer's husband, fellow singer/songwriter Steve Earle. It's the follow-up to 2004's "The Duel," which reached No. 41 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.

"I didn't worry about who was going to like it or what was expected of me. I had a revelation that it was all right to express myself," the artist says. "When I listen to these songs, I can hear myself growing by leaps and bounds from the time I wrote the first song to the time I finished the last one."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.