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• Yo La Tengo is headlining the End of an Error show, a mix of comedy and music acts that benefits John Kerry’s campaign fund. The show, which also features Rachel Drach, John Wesley Harding, and others, is scheduled for August 12th at Spirit in New York City.

• Classic punk group Propagandhi has confirmed it will begin recording its first full-length since 2000’s Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes this November.

• The forthcoming Camper Van Beethoven album – the first album with all original members since 1989’s Key Lime Pie – has been given a release date. Entitled New Roman Times, the disc plays like a rock opera, telling the story of a juvenile delinquent from Texas who joins an elite military unit. The tale was inspired by current events in Iraq and obsessively researched through commentary from veterans and currently serving soldiers. New Roman Times drops October 12.

• Franz Ferdinand announced a small number of states dates in September and one date in Canada in October before playing a three-day festival in France this November. The group, whose video “Take Me Out” has been receiving serious play on MTV and VH1, also has been making plans for its next album, to be produced by Dan “the Automator” Nakamura. (via D.O.A.)