Billboard Bits: Town Fair, Warren Zevon, Squarepusher

News on Rolling Rock Town Fair, Warren Zevon, Squarepusher

BlinkThe fifth annual Rolling Rock Town Fair music festival will see an expansion to six regional shows across the U.S., including the flagship event, set for July 31, 2004, in Pennsylvania's Westmoreland County Fairgrounds. Additional shows will be held in Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle next summer.

This edition will mark the flagship event's return to Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, following this year's move to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The five additional Rolling Rock Town Fairs will be held in outdoor locations with a mobile amphitheater main stage surrounded by a "village" of tents with vendors and other attractions. Dates, venues and artists are yet to be confirmed.

The 2003 edition of the festival featured performances by Blink-182, Puddle Of Mudd, 311, Def Leppard, Sum 41 and Trapt.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

WarrenArtemis Records has set a March 9 release date for a DVD documentary about the late Warren Zevon and the crafting of his final album, "The Wind." "Keep Me in Your Heart" is an expanded version of the recent VH1 special of the same name, with an hour's worth of unreleased footage, including interviews with Zevon.

"The Wind" debuted at No. 16 on The Billboard 200 in September, two weeks before Zevon
passed away after a battle with inoperable lung cancer. Zevon was nominated today (Dec. 4) for five Grammy awards, including song of the year for "Keep Me in Your Heart."

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

SquareU.K. electronica act Squarepusher (real name: Tom Jenkinson) will release a new album, "Ultravisitor," March 9 via Warp. A non-album track, "Squarewindow," will be available later this month via the label's new digital download service,

Squarepusher will support the set with a U.S. tour in April. It will be preceded by a short U.K. tour with the London Sinfonietta, with whom the artist has been collaborating on what is described as a "meeting of traditional and contemporary musical ideas." Noted director Chris Cunningham is also developing a film based around Squarepusher's music.

"Ultravisitor" is the follow-up to last year's Shortlist Prize-nominated "Do You Know Squarepusher." The artist recently contributed the track "Tommib" to Emperor Norton's "Lost in Translation" soundtrack.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.