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New labels for Deerhunter and Indigo Girls

In its ongoing quest to bring free love and psychedelic noise to the masses, Deerhunter is preparing to join Kranky Records. "We're really excited because it's a label with a lot of integrity," says vocalist Bradford Cox, adding that other record labels unsuccessfully approached the group. "I don't think there's any other label we would be comfortable signing with. We all listen to music from this label."

Kranky Records publicist Brian Foorte confirmed that a deal is in the works, but emphasized that no contracts have been signed. If Deerhunter goes with Kranky, expect to see its long-awaited album, Cryptograms, in stores next year.

BELOVED FOLK DUO Indigo Girls just finished a new album, its first for Hollywood Records. Emily Saliers and Amy Ray left Sony Music, their primary recording home since 1987, and signed a five-album contract with the Disney-owned imprint two months ago.

"I love singer/songwriters, and the Indigo Girls have exquisite voices and write beautiful songs," says Geoffrey Weiss, senior vice president of A&R at Hollywood Records. "The world needs visionaries as much as it has in a long time."

The Indigo Girls recorded the as-yet-untitled album with noted producer Mitchell Froom in his Los Angeles studio. Weiss says the 13-track disc includes titles like "Pendulum Swinger," "Money Made You Mean," "Fly Away" and "Little Perennials," while Brandi Carlile and (just to keep things interesting) Pink make guest appearances. You can view footage of the recording sessions at The album is currently scheduled for release Sept. 19.

WHEN ATHFEST kicks off its 10-year anniversary Wed.-Sun., June 21-25, one of its most popular events won't be there. The WIRED Electronic Music Festival, a showcase that spotlights several dozen local producers and DJs, is currently postponed until August.

AthFest promotions chair Jeff Montgomery says all of WIRED's parties were booked at Detour, a new nightclub still under construction. But WIRED promoter Dash Productions didn't have a backup plan when it realized Detour wouldn't be finished in time for AthFest. "They looked at some other locations, but wasn't able to find something that was reasonable," he says, adding that all of the venues in downtown Athens are booked.

Matt Mero, who runs Dash Productions with Kristin Darga, says, "Losing a venue at the last minute kinda sucks. But that will only give us a chance to do it better."

RANDOM NEWS: Ludacris and Kanye West triumphed in their copyright battle against a New Jersey rap group who sued them over the origins of Luda's hit single "Stand Up." The group, I.O.F., plans to appeal. ... Sleepy Brown's solo debut, Mr. Brown, is set for a Sept. 27 release on Purple Ribbon. As many Dungeon Family fans will recall, his album The Grown and Sexy was supposed to come out on Sony BMG in 2004 but never did, despite yielding a hot radio single in "I Can't Wait." With luck, Mr. Brown will actually reach stores. Its first single is "Margarita," a summery number featuring Big Boi and Pharrell Williams.

CD RELEASES AND ANNIVERSARIES: Rocker Tim Brantley welcomes The Lion of Truth with a Fri., June 16, show at the Loft. Modern Skirts, Y-O-U and Modern Society open. ... Urban radio station Hot 107.9 (WHTA-FM) celebrates its 11th anniversary with a Sat., June 17, concert at Philips Arena. Confirmed acts on the bill include T.I., PSC, Three 6 Mafia, Too Short, Lil Wayne, Yung Joc, Project Pat and Young Dro. ... Melodic metal band Ender's Game celebrates Breathe New Life with a Sat., June 17, show at the Darkside in Marietta. Shockplate, Caustic Thought and Legion-X are also on the bill. ... Guitarist Mike Martin celebrates his new CD, 2 of 5, with a Sat., June 17, show at Club 29 (formerly Jake's Toadhouse) in Decatur. Joe Bonamassa headlines the night. ... Athens metal group Music Hates You introduces its new disc, Send More Paramedics, with a Sat., June 17, show at Star Bar. Zoroaster and Rockets to Ruin are also on the bill. ... Pop-rock group Lindsay Rakers Band promotes its new CD with a Sat., June 17, appearance at the Red Light Cafe.


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