Published Aug 23, 2014If you've been spending your summer days at the beach and need to catch up on all the recent news from around the music world, you're in luck, because we're back with our roundup of the biggest stories from the past week.
Taylor Swift became the latest in a string of artists to be accused of racism over a music video, as rapper Earl Sweatshirt said that the country-pop star's clip for "Shake It Off" was guilty of "perpetuating black stereotypes." Soon after, video director Mark Romanek responded that Earl hadn't actually watched the video and that this "invalidates his observations from the get-go."
Earl wasn't the only one doling out criticisms in the music world. Some folks claimed that Gob stole their artwork for Apt. 13 from fellow Vancouver band beekeeper, while Grimes lashed out at those who edited her Wikipedia page to include references to hard drugs, and Henry Rollins caused a controversy by slamming the late Robin Williams in an op-ed about suicide. The Knife, meanwhile, have broken up.
In more positive news, Flatbush Zombies, Ryan Adams and Cat Power all added more North American tour dates, while Julie Doiron spoke about her reunion with the Wooden Stars, and Aphex Twin detailed his eagerly anticipated new album. Weezer, on the other hand, delayed their album Everything Will Be Alright in the End, but they tided fans over by sharing the tracklist.
Lastly, Calgary station Amp Radio abruptly abandoned its condensed QuickHitz format, which is probably for the best since no one seemed to like it in the first place.