Irish head South: And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting With Wire, Autumn Owls, So Cow and Halves are the first Irish acts to be announced for South X Southwest 2010 (March 17th-21st), while Fargal Sharkey (ex-Undertone) will be a “featured speaker”. Want to back Robbie? Robbie Williams is rumoured to be looking for business investors to finance his future releases. The singer's new album is his last for EMI.
Interpol back on the beat: Interpol will release their fifth album in 2010. The as-yet-untitled record is said to be a throwback to their 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, says drummer Sam Fogarino. Guitars gently weep: The Gibson Guitars factory in Nashville was raided recently by police and FBI agents investigating claims that the company illegally uses rosewood from rainforests in Madagascar. Authorities seized wood, guitars and boxes from the plant.