Billboard Bits: 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition

News on 'American Pop,' Noise Pop, Rye Coalition

AlAl Green, James Brown, Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, the Monkees and are among the artists who will be featured in the "American Pop" series presented by the Museum of Television and Radio (MTR) in New York and Los Angeles. The two-month series -- which begins Feb. 6 -- will focus on pop music's history on television.

The first theme in the series is "Soul Survivors" featuring Green and Brown. Other upcoming themes will be the music of Burt Bacharach; the evolution of teen-idol pop with artists ranging from Fabian, the Monkees and Spears; the first hour of MTV; and rare footage of the Teenage Awards Music International (T.A.M.I.) Show, an all-star concert filmed in 1964 and featuring the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and the Beach Boys.

As previously reported, the MTR will also have a Beatles TV and radio showcase commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Fab Four's first U.S. visit. Titled "It Was Forty Years Ago Today: The Beatles in America," the exhibit will also open Feb. 6.

-- Carla Hay, N.Y.

FurrySuper Furry Animals, the reunited American Music Club, Low, Dillinger Escape Plan, Trans Am, Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players, the Detroit Cobras, the Locust, Denali, John Vanderslice and Gold Chains are among the early confirmations for the 12th annual Noise Pop Festival, which will be held Feb. 24-29 in San Francisco.

This year's event featured Tortoise, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, the Donnas, Cat Power, Calexico and a reunited Camper Van Beethoven, among others. As usual, the 2004 Noise Pop will also play host to a film festival.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

RyeFoo Fighters leader Dave Grohl will produce the DreamWorks debut from underground rock act Rye Coalition. The set is expected out next spring. Rye Coalition has released two studio albums on Gern Blandsten and its most recent, 2002's "On Top," via Tiger Style. The group will open for Mission Of Burma on Jan. 17 in New York.

Grohl's lone prior forays into production came with the 1997 soundtrack "Touch" and on Verbena's 1999 Capitol release "Into the Pink."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.