Published May 18, 2013If you live up in Canada, congratulations: you just earned yourself a long weekend. Still, just in case you missed something, here is our news roundup for the week, gathering up all our recent top stories.
First off, there was once again a lot of festival news up here in Canada. Leading the way was Drake's OVO Fest, whose fourth edition will feature Frank Ocean, James Blake, Drake himself and, of course, "special guests." The two-day event doesn't take place until August 4 and 5, but tickets are already up for grabs. Also this week, we had a lineup announcement from Ottawa's Arboretum Arts Festival, as well as another batch of bands for Toronto's NXNE, which will now also feature Dan Deacon, Braids and No Joy, among others.
In other news, Google launched its music streaming service, some claims surfaced that Tim Dog faked his own death, Franz Ferdinand announced a new record, and Mark McGuire revealed the details of his Along the Way LP.
In Exclaim! news interviews, Ezra Koenig went deep on Vampire Weekend's "preppy" image, Cadence Weapon shed light on his "super rap" album, and Jimmy Eat World talked to us all about their Damage.
Last but not least, it was another big week of Daft Punk coverage. Not only did we speak to electronic legend Giorgio Moroder all about his contributions to Random Access Memories, but we interviewed the robotic duo themselves, who told us all about their "creative risk" with their new record and their use of analog gear while crafting it.