Today’s recap includes tour announcements, festival updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 9, 2009. Metal act Korn is heading back out...

Today’s recap includes tour announcements, festival updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 9, 2009.

Metal act Korn is heading back out on the road this year as the group prepares to work on its first studio album since 2007. Feminist icon Ani DiFranco will also be heading to the studio, after touring behind “Red Letter Year” since fall 2008. First she’ll complete a new round of summer concerts, though.

Scottish band Mogwai will launch into a spring tour of the U.S. in a little over a week. … This year’s Rock the Bells touring festival has announced some of the acts on its line-up, through dates and venues are yet to be announced.. … Singer-songwriter Meiko will launch her first headlining tour of the United States this spring.

Those are the complete concert and tour reports for this Thursday. To catch more news from the road, read on for other artist itinerary updates in brief:

Dionne Warwick has lined up nearly 20 U.S. concert appearances through the remainder of this year. Her next show is booked for April 18 at The Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX, with more dates scattered through December 27 at Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM. Other performance dates for the on-going tour include a May 18 event at 92nd Street Y in New York, NY, a July 10-11 run at Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego, CA, a new show on September 12 at Alma Performing Arts Center in Alma, AR, another new date on October 15 at Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, and a November 13 concert at Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY.

Aimee Mann is expanding her road course for a summer 2009 tour. Her itinerary currently opens with a July 8 concert in Burlington, VT, and continues down the eastern seaboard through a July 26 gig at XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ. Other stops on the bill include a July 13-15 stand at City Winery in New York, NY, a July 25 gig at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD, as well as recently announced performances on July 21 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT, and July 23 at The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown, NJ.

Alejandro Escovedo is currently finishing an early spring tour of the U.S., but the performer has new concert events on the books for this summer. Escovedo takes the stage again tonight (April 9) at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI, and completes his current tour leg with April 14-15 shows at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA. He’ll be back on the road come June, though, for new gigs on June 8 at Denver Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre in Denver, CO, and June 9 at Chautaugua Auditorium in Boulder, CO, followed by ten more concerts through a July 12 show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA.

The Veronicas, an Aussie pop duo, have extensive tour plans for the U.S. this spring and summer. The 40-city tour launches April 29 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ, and wraps July 18 at Elitch Gardens in Denver, CO. Highlights for the outing include a May 6 performance at Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX, a May 15 gig at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, a June 12 event at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, a June 23 gig at Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA, a July 7 session at Pop’s in Sauget, IL, a July 11 show at Metro/Smart Bar in Chicago, IL, and a July 17 concert at Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Cursive will hit the road in a couple of weeks for a spring tour along the eastern seaboard. The 15-city outing launches April 24 at The Firebird in St. Louis, MO, and closes out May 9 at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL. Along the way, the indie rock troupe will stop for shows on April 26 at The Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN; April 29-30 at The Social in Orlando, FL; May 3 at Black Cat in Washington, DC; May 7 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI; and May 8 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, among other dates.