* Wacky fuckin' billionaire! Sir Richard Branson took a second out of his jet pack- and caviar-filled eternal vacay to announce the lineup of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which takes place Sept. 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion outside of Baltimore. Well ... he didn't exactly announce it. Some kids did, and he introduced it. Anyway, in addition to Cut Copy, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Cee-Lo and Dead Mau5, Nashville's own The Black Keys will be playing. As advertised, shit's free, but it'll cost you some cool points: You have to "like" the fest on Facebook to get your free tix. Ewww.
* For this year's installment of their "50 Best New Bands in America," The Boston Phoenix picked an interesting up-and-coming outfit from every state in the union. Who'd they pick for Tennessee? Why, none other than local brainy punk crooner Daniel Pujol and his PUJOL. Since the Phoenix spelled "Tennessee" incorrectly on their page — thanks, guys — the link is all wonky and doesn't work when you click from the main site. But here's the direct link, where PUJOL's "Too Safe" is referred to as a "Southern-fried blaster of rough-edged rock and roll that helped put Pujol — the man and the band — on the very busy map of Nashville's music scene."
* Chattanooga-based music blog The South Rail interviewed sometime Nashvillian Jonny Corndawg. This Friday, famed 'Nooga haunt JJ's Bohemia will host their Hell Yeah Fest, and Corndawg will be a part of the festivities. He talked to The South Rail about that, as well as about his dad, being a "weird" artist and having buddy tattoos with Deer Tick's John McCauley.