Published Mar 02, 2013As we ease our way into a much-deserved weekend, we've sifted through the headlines to pull out a selection of this week's top stories. So if you're feeling a little out of the loop, here are some of the stories you might have missed.
First off, it was a big week festival announcements here in Canada. Not only did we get lineup announced about the always-anticipated Ottawa Bluesfest and Toronto's NXNE, but Guelph, ON's Kazoo! Fest rolled out a big list of performers, as did a jam-packed Niagara-on-the-Lake show, featuring City and Colour, Metric, Jimmy Eat World, Serena Ryder, and Yukon Blonde.
However, all was not golden on the Canadian fest scene. Vancouver's Olio organizers announced the festival would not be returning in 2013, and Calgary's MTT Fest cancelled its 2013 edition as well.
In other Canadian music news, Japandroids came out on top in a contest to find the Vancouver Canucks' new entrance music, Said the Whale spoke to Exclaim! about their new upcoming album, new TV show It Girl got some serious music cred via members of the Darcys, Fucked Up, Broken Social Scene and Holy Fuck, and Alex Calder told us all about his Captured Tracks debut. Sadly, though, Vancouver rock heroes Apollo Ghosts announced they are breaking up, but not before one final show.
In other news, it was another big week for our Beefs 2013 series, mostly thanks to meat-hater Morrissey axing his Jimmy Kimmel performance because the actors of Duck Dynasty were set to appear on the same night. This led to Kimmel and the Duck Dynasty crew to have a bit of fun at Moz's expense — something the former Smiths leader wasn't so pleased with. However, Kimmel didn't let it end there. And for a little more beef, rap eccentric Riff Raff lashed out at James Franco for apparently stealing his image for the upcoming Spring Breakers film.
Finally, Trent Reznor announced Nine Inch Nails will tour this year with a new lineup, Van Dyke Parks returned with a new album, and Depeche Mode spoke to Exclaim! all about their Delta Machine.
Oh, and in case you missed it, David Bowie is currently streaming his new album online, and we have a track-by-track preview.