Belle and Sebastian Return!
It's been nearly four years since we last saw or heard from them, but Belle and Sebastian, Glasgow's finest twee-glam band, announced their return this week. They're in the "final stages" of recording a new album in LA, the follow-up to 2006's The Life Pursuit, which saw the band scaling back on their artfully delicate indie roots and fully embracing their inner T. Rex and Felt. The band plan to spend the second half of 2010 touring around the US, Asia and Europe, which will include a show at the spacious Williamsburg Waterfront (which will also host shows by Pavement, Modest Mouse, Nas and Faith No More during the summer) with jangly early-90's rockers Teenage Fanclub (who also have a new album coming out). Tickets are available here.

Summer Concerts at The Beach at Governors Island
Post-Memorial Day Weekend, we can reasonably say Summer has arrived, judging by all the allergies, beached dolphins, and outdoor concerts that have washed ashore. And first among those outdoor concerts is the live music series taking place at The Beach at Governors Island. The Beach is a stones throw away from Manhattan, a 5-minute ferry ride from the southern tip, and a similarly short water taxi ride from Brooklyn. And there will be lots of free shows this summer, including Yeasayer this Saturday, The Morning Benders on June 19, She and Him on July 4, Lucero on July 10, Caribou and Phantogram on July 16, Dr Dog on July 17, Josh Ritter on August 8, and Neon Indian on August 14. The whole lineup, including non-free shows from Passion Pit, MIA, and Grizzly Bear, is available here.

Gum Bowl
Last week, Stereogum and Videogum hosted the first Gum Bowl, a bowling extravaganza at Brooklyn Bowl that pitted various musicians (including members of Les Savy Fav, Neon Indian, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Islands) and comedians against one another, all in the name of charity. The good Gummers have been releasing video and pictorial accounts of the event all week that are worth checking out (including some sweet dance moves that led to a gutter ball, and Larry Murphy cursing everyone out). Later that night, Stereogum editor Amrit Singh was iced by founder Scott Lapatine.

Also this week:

  • After a three year experiment in re-naming, Irving Plaza got its groove back.
  • As part of Levi's Pioneer Series (...), the Dirty Projectors covered Bob Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," and you can snag a free mp3 here.
  • James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem gave an in-depth interview with the AV Club.