Published Apr 23, 2011Well, happy long Easter weekend. While many of you will likely OD on chocolate bunnies and eggs soon, you might also want to catch up on the week's music news before that nasty stomach ache hits. Despite the truncated workweek, there's plenty up for grabs.
First off, we were hit with the tragic news this week that TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith has died. The bassist (pictured) had been diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year, but despite some positive signs, he lost his battle to the disease. He was 34.
On a more uplifting note, summer festival season is set for another big year, with Coachella helping us get pumped last weekend for what's to come. If you missed the fest, fret not: here's a pile of Coachella video highlights. Also, this week, we received a long list of Canadian festival lineup announcements, including those for NXNE, Suoni Il Popolo, Wolfe Island, and Hillside.
Meanwhile, we learned Pearl Jam and Mudhoney are plotting a cross-Canada tour, Arcade Fire have a deluxe edition of The Suburbs on the way and Refused's Dennis Lyxzén is working on an autobiography. Plus, Bon Iver gave us all the details for his next album, the Game was deported from Canada and forced to scrap his tour and Toronto's CKLN was pulled off the FM dial.
Last but not least, we spent a little more time than usual on eBay this week researching just how much those Record Store Day exclusives will now cost you. We'll give you a hint: they're not cheap.