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And make those knuckle-dragging naysayers eat their words.
Upbeats and beatdowns: I've always thought the old adage that death comes in threes didn't apply to music. Shows what I know. Because it's my great displeasure to inform you that Planes Mistaken for Stars, another one of my favorite acts, has announced plans to come in for a final landing. According to Gared O'Donnell, the boys will do one last tour and come to a rest this fall. Godspeed, gentlemen.
In much more heartening news, DeVotchKa has reportedly reached an agreement with Anti- Records, which will issue How It Ends in Europe on August 6. Congrats to Nick Urata and company. This has been a long time coming.
Finally, check out all the extra content we crammed into Backbeat Online this week, including overnight reviews and slide shows, more of our conversations with Ice-T and Leo Kottke, and an exclusive Q&A with Keller Williams.