News on the United States Of ATP, Opry, Comas

A number of acts have joined the lineup for the United States of ATP, a two-weekend event that will be curated by Devendra Banhart, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Mudhoney the first weekend and Dinosaur Jr, Sleater-Kinney and the Shins the next.

Bert Jansch has joined Banhart's bill, which will also feature Vashti Bunyan, Espers, Vetiver, Bat For Lashes, the Metallic Falcons and Jana Hunter. Oneida will play with TV On The Radio, Blood Brothers, Liars, Celebration and Ex-Models on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' show.

The second weekend lineup will now feature the Decemberists, Clinic and Big Business on the Shins' bill, Dead Meadow on Dinosaur Jr's and Spoon on Sleater-Kinney's. For more information, visit ATPfestival.com.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt and the Del McCoury Band will perform at a Grand Ole Opry show as part of Country: A Celebration of America's Music, which will be held March 26 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The evening will be hosted by Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs.

The performance series will run from March 22-April 9 and was created in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







The Comas have signed to Vagrant Records, which is planning an early summer release for the group's label debut. The set will be recorded with producer Bill Racine (Rogue Wave, Mark Gardener) and will be the follow-up to 2004's acclaimed "Conductor," which was issued by Yep Roc.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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