Billboard Bits: Bleeding Kansas, Planet Drum, Jarvis Cocker

News on Bleeding Kansas, Planet Drum, Jarvis Cocker

Death Cab For Cutie, Keane and Broken Social Scene will lead the bill for the first Bleeding Kansas festival, to be held Aug. 5 at Burcham Park in Lawrence, Kan. The lineup also features Secret Machines, Mates Of State, Lake Trout, the Juan Maclean, Chromeo, the Black Angels, Boy Kill Boy and Murder By Death, with more bands to be added.

Additionally, the festival will offer a local band stage sponsored by radio station KJHK and sponsor free performances later in the day at venues throughout Lawrence. Bleeding Kansas is named after a violent period prior to the Civil War when Kansas wrestled with whether to allow slavery within its borders.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Planet Drum, an all-star percussion ensemble featuring the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, will reunite for a short fall tour in celebration of the 15th anniversary of its self-titled Rykodisc debut. The group, which also includes Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo, has not toured in almost a decade.

Here are Planet Drum's tour dates:

Sept. 20: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Lobrero Theatre)
Sept. 21: Los Angeles (Avalon)
Sept. 22: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Rio Theatre)
Sept. 23: San Francisco (Masonic Auditorium)
Sept. 24: Arcata, Calif. (Van Duzer Auditorium)
Sept. 26: Crystal Bay, Nev. (Crystal Bay Casino)
Sept. 28: Medford, Ore. (Ginger Rogers Theatre)
Sept. 29: Portland, Ore. (Alladin Theatre)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has posted a Live 8-themed new song, "Running the World," on his page. "I apologise for all the swearing but sometimes that's the only thing that seems appropriate," he wrote of the song. "It's in no way a criticism of [Live 8 organizer Bob] Geldof and [company] but I remember thinking at the time: 'Where does engaging with these politicians/businessmen really get you?' -- 12 months on and the c*nts still haven't paid up as far as I can make out."

Cocker is working on his first solo album under his own name, but no release date has yet been revealed. As previously reported, he guests on French actress/singer Charlotte's Gainsbourg's new album, "5:55," due for international release in early September, and can also be heard on the multi-artist collection "Rogue's Gallery," which will hit North American stores Aug. 22 via Anti-.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.