Hydra Head's Closure, the Weeknd's Major Label Jump and Steve Albini vs. Amanda Palmer in This Week's News Roundup

Hydra Head's Closure, the Weeknd's Major Label Jump and Steve Albini vs. Amanda Palmer in This Week's News Roundup
Once again, it's that time of the week when we present our news roundup, gathering all the week's top stories on Exclaim.ca. So if you fear you missed anything, come have a look at just some of the stories that recently graced our pages.

First up, it was a sad week for independent music, as the esteemed Hydra Head announced that it's shutting down operations. Despite issuing underground punk, metal, hardcore and noise records for nearly 20 years, label founder and former Isis vocalist Aaron Turner broke the sad news this week, saying, "The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all."

Then there was Steve Albini taking some shots at Amanda Palmer over her recent crowdsourcing campaigns — something that just doesn't sit right with the longtime indie icon. Albini offered up an apology of sorts, while Palmer also spoke up to further explain her methods.

Then there was Warner getting sued for $3.5 million over Muse allegedly ripping off ideas for The Resistance, Chris Brown's albums getting defaced with "This man beats women" stickers, Guided By Voices properly announcing their The Bears of Lunch LP, the Evens finally returning with a full-length, and Hudson Mohawke revealing more of his contributions to Kanye West's Cruel Summer.

On the Canadian front, there was big news as well. The Weeknd signed a deal with Universal Republic to release his mixtape trilogy, Slam Dunk inked a deal with File Under: Music for a new album and Pregnancy Scares told us all about their debut for Deranged.

Plus, No Gold announced that they are going on indefinite hiatus, while Fucked Up unveiled their "Long Winter Program" concert series, which will overtake Toronto in the upcoming months.