News Roundup: Chris Brown/Rihanna, Oxford Collapse, Sunny Day Real Estate, Coney Island Rockabilly Festival
--Chris Brown reached a plea deal in court yesterday in his felony assault case. Brown will avoid jail time by receiving probation, doing 180 days of community service in his native Virginia, and attending domestic violence counseling classes. Brown is ordered to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna for the next five years. If the pair are present at the same event, that distance will be reduced to 10 yards, so a joint tour isn't out of the question if the stage is big enough.
--Brooklyn's Oxford Collapse is breaking up. Avoiding the "creative differences" cliche, the Sub Pop band released one of the most affable break-up statements ever. Sample: "Thanks to everyone who ever came to see us play, bought something we were selling, said something nice, or let us sleep on their diarrhea-encrusted floors. (Except you, Branson, Missouri!)." The band will play two farewell shows: Maxwell's in Hoboken Friday, July 17 (sold out) and NYC's Under the Tracks (508 W. 25th St.) the following night. To echo the band's official statement, "If you missed the original Last Waltz in '76, now's your chance!"
--One Sub Pop band breaks up, another one gets back together. Sunny Day Real Estate are playing their first shows since 2000. The Seattle band is playing San Fransisco's Fillmore on October 13 and the Paramount in their hometown on October 16. Lead singer Jeremy Enigk told a Seattle rock station the band jammed together in March, and things must have gone well. Unlike previous reunions, this one will include bassist Nate Mendel, who left the band to join the Foo Fighters in 1995. Update: It's now a full tour. SDRE play Terminal 5 on September 27; find the rest of the dates at Idolator.
--For those who think rockabilly is dead, just check out number of acts playing the Coney Island Rockabilly Festival. Organized by Cockabilly Records, the four day-festival takes place Labor Day weekend. It will include more than 100 acts, including New York bands the Memphis Morticians, Rockets Red Glare, and Guitar Bomb. There will also be a sideshow and "real-live burlesque." More info here.