Mastodon Explain Their Thanksgiving Controversy, Wild Flag Break Up and Junior Murvin Passes On in Our News Roundup

Mastodon Explain Their Thanksgiving Controversy, Wild Flag Break Up and Junior Murvin Passes On in Our News Roundup
The year may be winding down, but there is still plenty to report on in the world of music. For a recap on the week that was, here are just a few of the top stories that graced our web pages the last few days.

Up here north of the border, winter has begun to hit hard, as we were unfortunately remind by the Reason, who got in not one but two road accidents this week. But luckily no one was hurt, though the same can't be said of their touring van. Outspoken Stars frontman Torquil Campbell also laid into Stephen Harper and Barack Obama for "lionizing" the late Nelson Mandela.

But we also had some good news via an album announcement from Bend Sinister, Alexisonfire's box set details, and a list of the "Greatest Songs of All Time" courtesy of Grimes.

In other news, Mastodon addressed their controversial Thanksgiving T-shirt in an Exclaim! interview, while the Rentals announced their first new album in over a decade. Also, Wild Flag broke up, St. Vincent signed to Republic Records for a new album and the Roots unveiled their own ugly Christmas sweater.

Finally, the music world lost reggae hero Junior Murvin, best known for penning the classic "Police & Thieves."

Of course, Exclaim! has also been rolling out all its year-end coverage, so dive into those best-of lists here.