Sufjan Stevens’s Health Issues, Snailhouse’s Beach House Name Controversy and the Passing of Ari Up Lead This Week’s News Roundup

Sufjan Stevens’s Health Issues, Snailhouse’s Beach House Name Controversy and the Passing of Ari Up Lead This Week’s News Roundup
As the world once again gets its weekend on, here at Exclaim! we're back with our link-filled news roundup. As always, a lot of stories grabbed our headlines this week, and here's just a few of them.

First off, Sufjan Stevens shared some rather troubling news this week. In an interview with Exclaim!, the much-loved indie rock hero reveal that the last year of his life has been plagued by health problems. "I probably shouldn't go into the gory details of what I went through, but I will say that I did get very sick last year and had some serious health issues that were really confusing and mysterious and debilitating," Stevens said. "For several months, I couldn't really work and was forced to focus on my physicality and restoring myself. It took several months before I could even get back to working again and writing music."

Also, this week, some controversy arose over Snailhouse being dropped from a pair of Beach House shows. According to Snailhouse, it was to due with the groups sharing the word "house" in their band names, but Beach House claims it was simply to due to some European promoters getting lost in translation. Whatever the case may be, Snailhouse were left scrambling to make up the shows, which is indeed a bummer.

Then there was a White Stripes seven-inch selling for a whopping $18,000, Kanye West's banned album cover, the Cars reuniting and Shad being named the "Top Rapper in Canada."

Finally, in some rather sad news, we learned that rapper Eyedea has died, as well as the Slits' Ari Up, who succumbed to cancer.