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Beta Band Calls It Quits

Eclectic U.K. rock act the Beta Band will split before year’s end, according to its official Web site. The group in May released its latest Parlophone Astralwerks album “Heroes to Zeroes,” which debuted at No. 18 on the U.K. album chart. “Sadly, eight years of hard work and critical acclaim but little return in terms of commercial success inevitably takes its toll and a group decision was made to finally lay the band to rest,” the site says. Group members Steve Mason and Richard Greentree are at work on solo albums, while John Maclean will keep “his foot in the musical door” while also pursuing opportunities in film. “The same can be said for Robin [Jones], who’ll also divide his time between his twin loves, film and music,” the site says. The band is planning a final U.K. tour this fall, with dates to be announced. Beforehand, a handful of summer festivals remain, beginning Aug. 13 at France’s La Route du Rock and wrapping Aug. 24 at Edinburgh’s T on the Fringe event. Parlophone is also eyeing a 2005 release for a comprehensive DVD featuring music videos and film clips.