Billboard Bits: Big Day Out, EMusic/Matador, Jack Bruce

News on Big Day Out, EMusic/Matador, Jack Bruce

TomahawkHard rock supergroup Tomahawk and Canadian rock outfit the Tea Party are the latest acts confirmed to appear at a portion of dates on the 10th annual Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand. They join previously announced performers System Of A Down, Alien Ant Farm, Silverchair, Garbage, New Order, Prodigy, the Crystal Method, Jurassic 5, Amen, Faithless, Grinspoon, NOFX, among others.

Not all acts will be playing all shows; visit the event's official Web site for a city-by-city lineup. A final round of performers is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The itinerary for this year's shows is:

Jan. 18: Auckland (Ericcson Stadium)
Jan. 20: Gold Coast, Australia (Parklands)
Jan. 26: Sydney (RAS Showgrounds)
Jan. 28: Melbourne (Royal Melbourne Showgrounds)
Feb. 1: Adelaide, Australia (RA&HS Showgrounds)
Feb. 3: Perth, Australia (Bassendean Oval)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

EmusicUniversal Music Group's, an e-commerce site that sells MP3 downloads and subscriptions, has cut a content-licensing deal with indie label Matador Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pact gives EMusic immediate access to "hundreds" of tracks from Matador artists, including Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, Khan, Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, Arsonists, Guided by Voices, Matmos, and Superchunk.

Additional Matador content -- including catalog albums and new releases -- will be made available to EMusic over the next several months. EMusic says that with the addition of the Matador content to its catalog, it has rights to more than 200,000 tracks that can be downloaded, burned to CDs, and transferred to portable MP3 players.

-- Brian Garrity, N.Y.

Jack BruceFormer Cream bassist Jack Bruce has set a handful of December U.S. tour dates in support of his recently released Sanctuary solo album, "Shadows in the Air." The four-date tour kicks off Dec. 12 at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York and wraps five nights later at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif.

Backing Bruce will be founding Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, as well as a trio of drummers -- Robbie Ameen, Richi Flores, and El Negro Horacio Hernandez.

Released in July, the 15-track "Shadows in the Air" features Bruce performing alongside a host of notable guests, including former Cream bandmate Eric Clapton, Reid, Gary Moore, and Dr. John. Bruce also contributed his talents to the latest Gov't Mule release, "The Deep End, Vol. 1" (ATO).

Here are Jack Bruce's upcoming tour dates:

Dec. 12: New York (B.B. King's Blues Club)
Dec. 14: Chicago (Park West)
Dec. 16: Santa Ana, Calif. (Galaxy Theater)
Dec. 17: West Hollywood, Calif. (House of Blues)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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