Billboard Bits: First Act, Supergrass, 'Goal!'

News on First Act, Supergrass, 'Goal!'

PaulBoston's First Act Guitar Studio in Boston will celebrate its first store's grand opening next week with a weeklong series of free in-store concerts and some special private shows. According to its >official Web site, Ben Lee, Juliana Hatfield, Mary Lou Lord, former Soul Coughing member Mike Doughty, Idlewild and Paul Westerberg will all take part.

Hatfield will perform a free show on Sept. 8, followed the next afternoon by Mary Lou Lord. Shows by Idlewild (Sept. 6) and Westerberg (Sept. 9) are private, but fans can win their way in via local radio stations. In addition, on Sept. 7, members of Thursday, Converge and Crash And Burn will sign autographs.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

SuperU.K. rock act Supergrass has scheduled two U.S. shows in conjunction with the Sept. 27 release of its new Capitol album, "
Road to Rouen." On the day of release, the group will play New York's Bowery Ballroom and then head west to Los Angeles for a Sept. 30 show at the Troubadour. Additional North American dates are in the works for early next year.

"Road to Rouen" recently debuted at No. 9 on the U.K. album chart. Frontman Gaz Coombes tells Billboard the making of the set was disrupted by internal and external events, including the birth of his daughter and death of his mother. However, he suggests those factors have given the songs on the album "more weight and a kind of emotional strength. It's been a strange couple of years, the weirdest of the band's career."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

OasisA new Oasis song and two alternate mixes will be found on the soundtrack to the film "Goal!," which will be released Oct. 3 on the group's Big Brother label. Oasis contributes the previously unreleased "Who Put the Weight of the World on My Shoulders?," while UNKLE remixes "Cast No Shadow" and Dave Sardy reworks "Morning Glory."

Other artists represented by previously released material include ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Zero 7, Kasabian, the Bees, Dirty Vegas and Princess Superstar. The first single is a new Happy Mondays track, "Playground Superstar."

"Goal!" stars Kuno Becker as an illegal immigrant from Mexico whose dream of playing professional soccer comes true when he signed with Newcastle United.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.