Published Mar 15, 2014While much of the music world's attention was focused on Austin's SXSW this week, there was still plenty of other music-related goodness keeping our news scribes busy. So if you fear you might have let something pass you by, catch up on the week that was via our news roundup.
Once again, it was a big week for Canadian festivals. First off, Montreal's anticipated Osheaga gave us its 2014 lineup, roping in a stacked lineup that includes Outkast, Jack White, Lorde, the Replacements and many, many more. Not far behind was Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest, which will host a pile of punk- and metal-leaning acts like Blink-182, Weezer, NOFX and Megadeth, while the TIME festival is returning to Toronto with Grimes, Death Grips and more.
Also on the Canadian music front, Neil Young finally launched his Pono music service, while Whitehorse announced a new French EP and Women offshoot Viet Cong signed to Flemish Eye for their debut full-length.
In other news, Skrillex revealed his surprise Recess album, Beck announced a North American tour and so did Lana Del Rey.
Finally, we were hit with a few unfortunate stories this week as well, as we learned Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows legend Fred Cole is set to undergo emergency heart surgery, while former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein was arraigned for an array of child sex crimes, which led both the band and Klein's lawyer to issue statements. Also, back to SXSW, the Austin festival was hit with tragedy when a driver hit a crowd of people, killing two and injuring 23.