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*On the tail of his latest full-length release, Mark Lanegan is hitting the road. This month finds him in Europe, while a tour of the states will follow later in the fall. The album, Bubblegum, features guest appearances from PJ Harvey, Twilight Singers’ Greg Dulli, Ween’s Dean Ween, and many others.

*Before heading out with Bruce Springsteen, REM, and John Fogerty on the Vote for Change tour this October, Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst is finishing up recording two new albums. The first, a more traditional Bright Eyes album, features country singer Emmylou Harris on three tracks. The second is more “digital and poppy.” Both are expected tosee release on the same day in January.

*The Good Life, featuring Tim Kasher of Cursive, is set to release its third full-length album, Album of the Year, next week. Kasher and friends are currently playing some shows in the UK. Information and tracklisting can be found at Saddle Creek’s website.

* Morrissey decided to pull a no-show this past weekend at Spain’s Benicassim festival. Set to appear at 9:20, he called shortly before his performance to announce he couldn’t make it due to “technical difficulties with his private aeroplane.” Lou Reed and Belle & Sebastian stepped in to make up for the former Smiths frontman.

(via D.O.A.)