This week brought news that Tim DeLaughter and his merry band of collaborators have wrapped work on Yes, It's True, the Polyphonic Spree's first album of original material in six years (following 2007's The Fragile Army). True will be released May 28 via Good Records, and the band is scheduled to perform at South by Southwest this month.
Yes, It's True follows last year's Christmas disc, Holidaydream, and DeLaughter says in a statement that the record represents "the band's most unorthodox recording session to date, producing the album in stages." There are no local dates yet, but it's all but guaranteed the Spree will play somewhere in DFW to celebrate the new album this year.
More info: thepolyphonicspree.com
Untapped Festival going national
I told you a couple weeks back about the creation of a Fort Worth edition of Spune's craft beer-and-bands-centric Untapped Festival, which made its debut in Dallas last year.
This week came even bigger news: Spune is partnering with tastemaking, Atlanta-based magazine Paste to take the Untapped brand national. (Dallas pub The Common Table is also a partner in the venture.) Apart from the Fort Worth Untapped, set for April 20 at Panther Island Pavilion downtown, Dallas will get its Untapped this summer, with festivals scheduled for Nashville and Atlanta this fall. Reportedly, more cities will be added next year.
Methinks Spune founder Lance Yocom was underselling Spune's ambitions for Untapped just a little when we spoke last year. Seriously, though, congrats to the Spune crew for this big step, and, who knows -- perhaps it'll be a foothold to establish Spune on par with Austin's C3 Concerts.
More info: spune.com
People on Vacation (aka Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick and Smile Smile's Ryan Hamilton) will celebrate the release of its 2012 debut, The Summer and the Fall, on Saturday at the Curtain Club in Dallas.... Baptist Generals will end a decadelong drought with the release of Jackleg Devotional to the Heart in May on Sub Pop. The follow-up to 2003's No Silver/No Gold will figure into this year's 35 Denton festivities, with a listening party set for March 8 at Dan's Silverleaf.... T Bone Burnett, whose soundtrack collaboration with the Civil Wars, A Place at the Table, comes out this week, also produced Elton John's forthcoming LP, The Diving Board, due for release this fall.... Fox and the Bird plans to release a trio of EPs this year, and the first of these, Darkest Hours, is due out in April. The Dallas folk collective will perform Friday at the Double Wide.
Preston Jones is the Star-Telegram pop music critic, 817-390-7713