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Film director Jim Jarmusch has signed on as curator for a day of the New York edition of All Tomorrow's Parties festival in upstate New York this coming Labor Day weekend. Sonic Youth, the Breeders, Explosions In The Sky, F--k Buttons, the Books, Apse and Papa M are among the first round of bands he's selected.
Kings of Convenience, the Norwegian folk band featuring Erlend Oye, was forced to postpone its U.S. tour - and cancel an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's show after one of the band memebers came down with the flu. The dates have been rescheduled for June, and Oye's other band, Whitest Boy Alive, will be back for live gigs in April.
Travis Barker may be working with his Blink-182 bandmates on new music again, but he's pulled in an all-star cast of guests for his solo album too: Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, RZA, Swizz Beatz, the Game, Beanie Seigel are all on the guest list. "Over the last five years, when Blink wasn't around," Barker told Spinner. "I played a lot by myself or did a whole bunch of stuff with just me. Whether I was playing with T.I. or doing whatever, it just opened another world for me."
The first concert by Courtney Love and her reconstituted band Hole was cancelled yesterday after a near-riot ensued outside the hotel where she was staying. According to Perez Hilton, a squat party gone awry led to numerous street closure in Central London, and prevented Love from getting to the gallery where the show was to be staged.
Iain Burgess, the peerless producer of some of Chicago's finest punk bands - including Big Black, Naked Raygun and the Effigies as well as early tracks for industrial metal icons Ministry - died after this week after a battle with cancer. Burgess had relocated his studio to France, but continued to produce music.
(Compiled by David J. Prince)