Kingblind news that you can use
• Sasquatch! festival, held May 28 in George, Washington, sports big names again this year. Pixies, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Joanna Newsom, Arcade Fire, and A.C. Newman are just a few of the groups included in this year’s line-up. Last year’s festival included The Shins, Black Keys, Built to Spill, and Postal Service.
* The Jayhawks have apparently called it a day. Singer Gary Louris has confirmed that the alternative-country pioneers formed in Minneapolis two decades ago are no longer an active band.
* Paul Westerberg will be the subject of a solo retrospective this spring via Rhino.
* Live performances by DJ Z-Trip, Mix Master Mike, the X-ecutioners and DJ Jazzy Jay are featured on the DVD “Scratch: All the Way Live.” Due April 19 via Scratch Recordings, the sets were taped at Los Angeles’ House of Blues during the last Scratch tour. Bonus features include commentary by Z-Trip and footage from a Philadelphia jam session with him, the Roots’ Scratch, Qbert and the X-ecutioners.
• Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has signed an overseas deal with Echo, which will now distribute the group in Europe and the UK, and is working on a stateside deal. BRMC is currently working on its third studio album, tentatively titled Americana, said to sound markedly different from the band’s first two albums for Virgin.
• Bright Eyes, also known as Conor Oberst, is also touring in the coming weeks. As previously reported, world dates will only includes songs from the acoustic album I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, with songs from Digital Ash in a Digital Urn to be featured on this summer’s tour. Labelmates Rilo Kiley will join Oberst in Europe; R.E.M. opens in Australia. (via DOA)