Billboard Bits: Fall Out Boy, Fiery Furnaces, Joshua Tree Fest

Fall Out Boy to release expanded version of "From Under the Cork Tree," Fiery Furnaces shift to Fat Possum for fourth album, Joshua Tree Music Festival confirms initial artists.

Fall Out Boy's Island debut, "From Under the Cork Tree," will be reissued in expanded form March 14 via Island. The new edition features five rare tracks, including B-sides "Snitches and Talkers Gets Stitches and Walkers," "The Music or the Misery" and "My Heart Is the Worst Kind of Weapon."

The other newly added tracks are previously unreleased remixes of the hit single "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" and "Dance, Dance." A new album cover will round out the package. To date, "From Under the Cork Tree" has sold more than 1.86 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and garnered the band a recent Grammy nomination for best new artist.

As previously reported, Fall Out Boy will begin an extensive North American tour March 15 in Albany, N.Y., with All-American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights and From First To Last in tow.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Brooklyn-based indie rock act Fiery Furnaces has signed to Fat Possum Records to release its fourth album, "Bitter Tea." Due at the end of April (exact date to be determined), the set follows three critically acclaimed discs the sibling duo of Matt and Eleanor Friedberger issued through Rough Trade.

Recorded last year in Benton Harbour, Mich., the disc was written and produced by Matt, who plays all of the instruments on the set, save for drums. Eleanor provides vocals and some drumming, with the rest filled out by Andy Knowles.

"'Bitter Tea' is a very girly record. The granddaughter record, as opposed to the grandmother record," Matt says cryptically, further describing the set as "Sissy Psychedelic Satanism."

Fiery Furnaces in the midst of a U.S. club tour that touches down in Charlotte, N.C., tonight (Feb. 14) and runs through a March 4 show in Providence, R.I. Also on tap is an appearance at this year's South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Particle, New Monsoon, Kinky, Samantha Stollenwerck and Tim Easton are among the artists confirmed to appear at the fourth annual Joshua Tree Music Festival. The event will take place May 19-21 at California's Joshua Tree Lake Campground.

More than 25 acts are expected to participate in the festival, which highlights diverse genres such as bluegrass, southern rock, reggae, flamenco-delic and afro-centric. Other activities include music workshops, star gazing and nature talks. A mini EcoVillage, featuring local artisans and organic, healthy foods, will also be set up. Proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profit organizations.

Passes are available on the festival's
Web site for limited "early bird discount" rates for Friday ($30), Saturday ($35), Sunday ($30) or a three-day pass for $70.00.

-- Clover Hope, N.Y.