News Roundup: The Feelies, Nine Inch Nails, Positive Jam Festival, Michael Jackson
--Postpunk pioneers the Feelies, whom this paper once called "The best underground band in New York," will reissue their 1980 debut, Crazy Rhythms and the 1986 Peter Buck-produced follow-up The Good Earth, on September 8. The reissued albums will be released on CD and vinyl in their original running order with codes for downloadable bonus tracks. The Feelies broke up in 1992 but reunited last year. They have three New York shows coming up.
--Tickets for Nine Inch Nails' "farewell" shows at Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall are gone, but there's still a chance to see the band's concert at Terminal 5 on August 26. Tickets go on sale today at 5 p.m. (Eastern time) through Ticketmaster. Tickets will be available via a complicated "paperless ticketing system," in which you must bring your credit card, a valid government-issued photo ID, your guests, and a vial of your great-grandmother's blood to the venue the night of the show.
--The Hold Steady, the Felice Brothers, and Deer Tick will play the aptly-titled Positive Jam festival in Ithaca on Sunday, September 6. The fest starts at noon, and is described as "an all-day festival on the shore of Cayuga Lake." Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 the day of the show, or $50 for the all-you-can-drink Brewfest (this an actual thing) the day before. Make a weekend out of it: go gorge-jumping, check out the town's lakeside hippie farmer's market, and then egg a few Cornell frats.
--Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray is at the center of a manslaughter investigation surrounding the pop star's death. Police raided Murray's Houston clinic Wednesday to search for "property or items constituting evidence of the offense of manslaughter that tend to show that Dr. Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offense." Sounds serious. During the raid, authorities apparently found 27 tablets of the weight loss drug phentermine, a tablet of the muscle relaxant clonazepam, and a hard drive. The official opinion of what killed Jackson won't come until next week at the earliest, when the Los Angeles County coroner completes its toxicology report. Meanwhile, Jackson's kids need an allowance.