News Fragments: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup, Sunny Day Real Estate Reunion, Phish Album Announcement, Virgin FreeFest

-San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has announced the initial lineup for the free event, which takes place at Golden Gate Park October 2-4, 2009. The first announced acts look just great, and the lineup includes Okkervil River, Del McCoury Band, Robyn Hitchcock, Aimee Mann, Allen Toussaint, Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Booker T. and the DBT’s, and many more. Hit their website for all the info.

-Virgin Mobile has downsized their summer music festival, and the event is now free. Virgin Mobile FreeFest takes place August 30, 2009 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, and will feature Weezer, The Hold Steady, Public Enemy, The National, Wale, Girl Talk, Franz Ferdinand, and more, plus a dance tent lineup.

-Alternative/experimental rock pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate have announced a reunion tour. I might break something if I see them referred to as “emo” again, so I’m posting this and not reading any more articles about the reunion for a while. Too bad they aren’t coming around here, only to D.C. and Atlanta. Just goes to show that Chapel Hill/Carrboro is now a far cry from the music mecca it once was.

Sunny Day Real Estate 2009 Reunion Tour Dates

09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
09-18 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
09-20 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
09-21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
09-23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-24 Chicago, IL – Metro
09-25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
09-27 New York, NY – Terminal Five
09-28 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-30 Washington, D.C. – 930 Club
10-01 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
10-03 Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
10-05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10-06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – Ballroom
10-07 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
10-09 Tempe, AZ – Marquee
10-10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10-11 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
10-13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10-15 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10-16 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

Phish have announced the title and tracklist for their first album in 5 years. Joy will be released later this summer and will include many songs that have already been tested in the live setting. The tracklist is as follows:

1. Twenty Years Later
2. Backwards Down the Number Line
3. Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
4. Light
5. Joy
6. Sugar Shack
7. Ocelot
8. Kill Devil Falls
9. I’ve Been Around
10. Time Turns Elastic

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