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- The sequel to cult favorite Donnie Darko has found its soundtrack composer: Ed Harcourt, who just performed at KEXP last week. No word yet on if Harcourt plans to cover a slew of mid-90s tracks for the follow-up, which catches up with Donnie’s little sister Samantha in 1995.
- Shout Factory, home to CD and DVD box sets spanning generations of movies and music, have announced I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the 60s. The 3 DVD set , coming August 5th, features the documentary The Night James Brown Saved Boston as well as concert footage from The Boston Garden and the Apollo.
- Indie label Park the Van has announced the signing of The Spinto Band. The newlyweds will celebrate with the release of Moonwink, the sophomore release from The Spinto Band.
- Crooked Fingers have parted ways with Merge, home to the band’s last four albums, to self-release a new as-yet-titled album later this year.
- Always the keeper of punk’s avant-garde, The Residents are set to unleash The Bunny Boy. Brimming with 19 break-necked paced songs clocking in at 48 minutes, it seems evident that The Residents are ready to anger, provoke, and entertain once more. Throw in the promise of a narrative internet series to trumpet The Bunny Boy’s release and there’s no stopping the chaos.
- America’s troubadour for the heartland, Farm Aid, has announced the location for this year’s event. Mansfield, Massachusetts will play host to the fund-raiser’s 21st edition, which features Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellancamp joined by latest chair, Dave Matthews and a heaping helping of music’s finest. Tickets go on sale to the public July 28th.