Billboard Bits: Falls Festival, Pixies, DMB

News on Falls Festival, Pixies, Dave Matthews Band

KeysThe Black Keys, De La Soul, Billy Bragg and the Thrills are among the acts confirmed for the Falls Festival, to be held Dec. 30-Jan. 1 in Victoria, Australia, and Marion Bay, Tasmania, respectively.

The bill also features the Living End, John Butler Trio, Spiderbait, You Am I, Vusi Mahlasela, Bob Brozman, Hayden, Betchadupa and Rocket Science. A host of DJs and electronic-based acts will appear as well. Tickets, which include two days of camping, can be purchased from the event's official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

PixiesAs they did on their 13-date spring tour, the Pixies will make available soundboard-sourced CDs of shows from their upcoming
North American trek via DiscLive immediately after they leave the stage. Only 1,000 copies will be sold for each performance, with the exception of the Nov. 24-25 shows in Toronto, for which 1,500 copies will be pressed.

500 copies of each show will be available for pre-order via DiscLive's Web site. If all 500 are ordered beforehand, only 500 will be sold on the premises at that night's show. Any remaining copies will be available online.

In addition, fans can purchase digital downloads of recent shows via the Pixies' online store.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DMBDave Matthews Band has confirmed that its Sept. 12 free show in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will be the second in its Live Trax series of self-released live albums. No release date has yet been unveiled for the show, which can be purchased as a 3-CD set or MP3 and FLAC digital downloads via the band's
official Web site.

The performance featured airings of the new songs "Joyride," "Hello Again" and "Sugar Will," the latter featuring Carlos Santana. Fans who pre-order the show online will be entered to win a framed, autographed concert poster.

DMB kicked off the Live Trax series earlier this month with the release of a Dec. 8, 1998, show from Worcester, Mass., which featured guest spots by guitarist Tim Reynolds and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.