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News Roundup: Decemberists’ Meloy, Pete Doherty, Coachella, Michael Stipe

It’s certainly no axe battle, but Colin Meloy, frontman of Portland-based indie rockers the Decemberists, will release the innovatively titled Colin Meloy Sings Live!, a collection of tunes recorded during his 2006 solo acoustic tour, April 8 via Kill Rock Stars. In addition to many pre-Crane Wifetracks, the album showcases tracks from Meloy’s first band, Tarkio,plus two previously unreleased tunes and a handful of covers. [Via Pitchfork]

Pete Doherty,Britain’s resident junkie rocker, is continuing to push forward on hissolo debut LP, which the Babyshambles frontman is recording withproducer Jake Fior and hopes to release later this year. “All thegroundwork for the album is done and I’ve given Jake all my new songs– I’d say it was just over half recorded so far.” Hopefully this timearound a mysterious death, an in-studio slip up, or crack, heroin, ketamine, and marijuana don’t block his efforts. [Via]

Looks like the Vineland Festival may have a little competition! According to’s “sources,”Coachella’s producers, AEG Live/Goldenvoice, may be headed out eastthis summer, possibly to Liberty State Park, located across the HudsonRiver from lower Manhattan in New Jersey.

As Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington knows,you haven’t reached fame until you have stalkers. But before yougrimace at all the late-night phone calls and mysterious love notes,let’s look at the upside; case and point: Michael Stipe. TheR.E.M. frontman was excused from jury duty in a sexual assault case inAthens, Georgia after he told the Clarke County Superior Court Judgehis opinion on the case would be blemished by previous death threats,and, you guessed it, stalkers. See, creepiness pays off! [Via]