R.E.M. Break Up, Arcade Fire Win Polaris Music Prize and Rich Aucoin Talks New LP in Our News Roundup

R.E.M. Break Up, Arcade Fire Win Polaris Music Prize and Rich Aucoin Talks New LP in Our News Roundup
After another big week of news gathering and reporting, we've once again collected the top stories from the workweek. So if you fear you might have something, fear not: we have you covered.

First off, R.E.M. dominated our headlines this week. After 31 years in rock'n'roll the iconic band have broken up. It's sad news, for sure, but we'll get another new R.E.M. release via an upcoming best-of compilation. But if that still leaves you weepy, check out our list of the 10 Moments That Defined R.E.M.'s Career.

In other breakup news, Ian Blurton's mighty C'mon have called it a day as well, but we're guessing this is hardly the last we'll hear from Mr. Blurton.

Of course, this week we also got our Polaris Music Prize winner: Arcade Fire, who can add that award to previous big wins at the Grammys and Junos. And in other Canadian news, Rich Aucoin told us all about his new guest-heavy album, which will feature some 500 guests including Dan Mangan, Joel Plaskett and Jenn Grant. He also announced a Canadian tour in support of the anticipated disc.

Then we had Brasstronaut releasing their new EP and gearing up for another album, the Darcys signing to Arts & Crafts and revealing the first of three full-lengths, and Nü Sensae expanding from a duo to a three-piece.

Finally, on the more international tip, St. Vincent's Annie Clark revealed she will guest star on Portlandia (as a cop-uniform model!), Guided By Voices are releasing a new album with their "classic" lineup, and Peter Hook is hardly done revisiting the past, with plans for more retrospective, album-specific Joy Division/New Order tours, books and unreleased B-sides.