With the world officially in weekend mode, we've gathered up, organized and laid out our top news picks of the week in our favourite weekend offering: Exclaim!'s News Round-Up. As always, there's a lot to go through, so without further ado here's what caught our eye.
Biggest headline grabber of the week? Definitely Radiohead. Leave it up to Thom Yorke and co. to get us scratchin' our noggins once again in attempts to unravel a mystery that involves a leaked Radiohead track and a supposed new EP, which may be dubbed Wall of Ice. The band have yet to give any sort of official announcement on what they are cooking up, if anything, but thanks to some clever online detective work that new EP looks to be out this Monday (August 17). Get excited, folks, or ready for a big letdown.
Also this week, we had Ontario's Virgin Fest sulking back to Toronto after experiencing some unexpectedly low ticket sales, guitar legend/inventor Les Paul passing away at 94 and the Verve supposedly breaking up yet again (that's break-up number three, if you're keeping track).
Along with all that, we got a double dose of Neil Young. First we found out the Canadian rock icon is being honoured by the Grammy Foundation for his charity work and then that Young is coming to this year's TIFF, where he may just play a song or two.
Oh, and if you're curious just how ugly a rivalry between two record labels can get, you may want to check out this story on Matador co-owner Gerard Cosloy and Victory Records head Tony Brummel. Who knew two grown men were capable of creating so much unnecessary drama?