News Fragments: Jay-Z Replaces Beastie Boys at All Points West, Bright Eyes Close Forever, California Left Standing For Phish Festival 8, New Built to Spill Album, Leonard Cohen Returns

In the wake of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s announcement that he has cancer, the band’s album and tour plans have been postponed indefinitely. Replacing the Beasties at the upcoming All Points West Festival will be NYC’s own Jay-Z, making his first ever U.S. festival appearance.

Conor Oberst (or as I like to call him, Conor Oh-Burst-Into-Tears) has announced that the entity known as Bright Eyes will release one more album before the moniker is retired. Seems to me it’s about time, and his new project is better anyway.

-Phish have been playing all kinds of geographical mind games with their fans over the last few weeks. Their website has featured a splash page map of the U.S. that announces a Phish festival from October 30 – November 1, but no location has been given. States have been removed from the map in a variety of creative ways, but things got really interesting on July 13th when California – assumed and nearly confirmed to be the location by most – disappeared from the map. A large portion of fans saw this as just another way for the band to monkey with the emotions of the masses, and they were right, since California reappeared on the map earlier today. It’s confirmed – Phish Festival 8 is happening in Indio, at Empire Polo Grounds, as was rumored all along. Tickets go on sale Monday July 27.

-Built to Spill have announced a new album, There is No Enemy, and some show dates. That’s always good.

After 15 years, the formidable Leonard Cohen is touring, and people in my area got a nice surprise when a date at the Durham Performing Arts Center was announced.

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