Polaris Music Prize's Short List, Propagandhi's 'Failed States,' and Sonic Youth's Future Release Plans in This Week's News Roundup

Polaris Music Prize's Short List, Propagandhi's 'Failed States,' and Sonic Youth's Future Release Plans in This Week's News Roundup
Now that the weekend has officially begun, we've once again combed the headlines and picked the week's top stories for our news roundup. While you (hopefully) enjoy some downtime, come check out what went down in the world of music this week.

First off, the Polaris Music Prize revealed this year's short list. Up for the $30,000 prize in 2012 are now such Canadian acts as Drake, Japandroids, Feist, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Grimes. We won't know the winner until September 24, but until then, enjoy debating this year's whittled-down list.

Also on the Canadian front, this week we had Winnipeg punk heroes Propagandhi reveal their anticipated new album Failed States and a series of North American tour dates, Dan Mangan and Rural Alberta Advantage joining forces for a Canadian tour, and Diamond Rings announcing his Free Dimensional album. Also, tragically, a concertgoer died at the Toronto stop of the Warped Tour.

We also had Lee Ranaldo dishing on Sonic Youth's upcoming Sister reissue, their live album and tour doc, Bob Dylan revealing Tempest and a supporting tour, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard announcing his first solo album, and Lou Barlow shedding light on Sebadoh's new EP, featuring their first new material in 14 years.