Published Apr 30, 2011Following another week of relentless news gathering, we have collected the week's top stories in this convenient news roundup. So if you worry you're slippin' on your up-to-date music happenings, come catch up.
First off, this week was full of "didn't see that coming" collaborations. Topping that pile was the news of Modest Mouse teaming up with Outkast's Big Boi. But while we were busy trying to wrap our heads around that seriously crazy pair-up, we got word that Weezer's Rivers Cuomo is BFFing Toro y Moi and looking to a possible collaboration. Then there was Wavves giving the heads-up about a new EP with Best Coast and Fucked Up (which actually wasn't all that surprising) and Odd Future's Frank Ocean spending some studio time with Nas. Unfortunately for Ocean, his week turned pretty sour after he was thrown in jail by the LAPD. Luckily, dude was sprung, and in some related goodness, Odd Future sorted out their label situation.
In less collaborative news, the Ottawa Bluesfest revealed its 2011 lineup, Apostle of Hustle's Andrew Whiteman introduced his new AroarA project, Eddie Vedder gave his Ukulele Songs a high-art album cover and the CIRAA launched a new micro-grant program for Canadian independent artists.
We also gathered up several news scoops from some recent Exclaim! interviews, including a pile of details about Dan Mangan's next album and his new direction, Ladyhawk's "still in the game" status and a new Wilco documentary being helmed by Fugazi's Brendan Canty.
To end on a sad note, however, X-Ray Spex's Poly Styrene passed away this week, as did '70s songstress Phoebe Snow.