Billboard Bits: Jenny Lewis, Elefant, Tom Petty

News on Jenny Lewis, Elefant, Tom Petty

Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis will play her first solo shows in early February. So far, three dates are confirmed for Los Angeles (Feb. 2, Vista Theatre), San Francisco (Feb. 3, Swedish American Hall) and New York (Feb. 5, Angel Orensanz Foundation) and will feature appearances by the Watson Twins.

The latter act lends a hand on Lewis' upcoming solo debut, "Rabbit Fur Coat," due Jan. 24 via Bright Eyes leader Connor Oberst's Team Love label. The same day, Lewis' Rilo Kiley bandmate Blake Sennett will release a new album, "Sun, Sun, Sun," via Sub Pop with his side project the Elected.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

New York rock act Elefant has set an April 18 release date for its sophomore album, "The Black Magic Show." The Hollywood/Kemado set was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Duran Duran) and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley). The first single, "Lolita," is due to hit U.S. rock radio outlets on Feb. 21.

Beforehand, album track "The Clown" can be downloaded or streamed from Elefant's
Web site. The group will hit the road early next year with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, beginning Feb. 5 in Englewood, Colo., and wrapping March 21 in Vancouver.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Recent 2005 Billboard Century Award winner Tom Petty has re-upped for a second season hosting "Tom Petty's Buried Treasure" on XM Satellite Radio. New, hour-long broadcasts will begin Dec. 19 on XM's Deep Tracks channel.

"I love doing the show because I can turn people, especially younger people, onto really great, timeless music," Petty says. "I buy a lot of old albums, I love the older stuff and I think that's where my heart is."

As previously reported, Petty's next album, "Highway Companion," is due next spring or summer.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.