Lorde's Racism Controversy, Kanye's Peace Pact with Jimmy Kimmel, and Shad on Hip-Hop's Glass Ceiling in Our News Roundup

Lorde's Racism Controversy, Kanye's Peace Pact with Jimmy Kimmel, and Shad on Hip-Hop's Glass Ceiling in Our News Roundup
As Canadians settle into a nice long weekend courtesy of Thanksgiving, we've taken a moment out of our busy news gathering to have a look back at the week that was in our ever-reliable News Roundup. Here are just a few of our top stories of the last several days.

First off, this week was a weird one for controversies — or rather nontroversies. Not only did the year's most promising beef end with a sad whimper when a super-polite Kanye West appear on Jimmy Kimmel, but 16-year-old New Zealand pop star Lorde was somehow caught up in allegations of racism, leading to reports by CNN, Time and others. We've been kind of scratching our head over this one, but feel free to see what sparked it all.

In news closer to home, July Talk announced an expanded release of their debut album and a big Canadian tour, Edmonton's Slates signed with New Damage for their new Steve Albini-recorded LP, Shad told us all about underground hip-hop's glass ceiling, and Toronto got its very own tribute to Nirvana's In Utero, courtesy of bands like the Wooden Sky, Hooded Fang, Teenanger and Odonis Odonis.

In other news, Childish Gabino revealed his new Because the Internet record, Greg Ginn suffered a setback in his lawsuit against FLAG, Dolorean were caught up in a very frightening kidnapping incident, and, sadly, Pogues Philip Chevron passed away.