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Pixies frontman Frank Black has expanded his run of summer solo acoustic dates opening for the Foo Fighters with a host of headlining appearances. The outing, Black's first under his own name since 1995, will begin Aug. 9 in Salt Lake City and wraps Aug. 31 in Sacramento, Calif.

Sprinkled in between are seven opening slots with Foo Fighters, beginning Aug. 15 in Washington, D.C. Black will be spotlighting material from his two recent solo releases: last year's "Honeycomb" and the brand new "Fastman/Raiderman," due Tuesday (June 20) via Back Porch.

As previously reported, the Pixies will play seven European shows next month, beginning July 14 in Trencin, Slovakia.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Lou Reed has been added to Colorado's 13th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Bobby Rush, Shannon Curfman, Watermelon Slim, Nick Moss & the Flip Tops, Howard Tate, Joe Louis Walker and Tinsley Ellis have also joined the roster for the three-day event.

Reed will perform on Sept. 15, the opening night of the festival.
As previously reported, John Mayer, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Tab Benoit will also be headlining through Sept. 17. Single day and weekend tickets for the festival, which includes a one-day tasting of more than 100 beers from 50 microbreweries, are on sale via

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.

Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters mainman Mark Kozelek has signed Portland, Ore.-based singer/songwriter Corinna Repp as the first artist to his Caldo Verde imprint. Her next album, "The Absent and the Distant," will arrive Sept. 19.

Repp has released two previous albums on Hush Records and was recently featured on the Kill Rock Stars compilation "The Sound the Hare Heard." Says Kozelek, "Signing an artist is something that hasn't interested me in the past, but I immediately jumped at this opportunity. She may be the only artist I'll ever sign."

As for Kozelek, he has three dates on his performance schedule next month: July 9 in Montreal, July 11 in Ottawa, Ontario, and July 13 in Toronto.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.