Polaris Music Prize's 2013 Short List, Colin Stetson's Arcade Fire Assist, and Portishead vs. the Weeknd in This Week's News Roundup
Published Jul 20, 2013After another jam-packed news week, we've combed through the headlines for this week's roundup. Here are just some of the stories that helped make the week that was.
First off, Canada's Polaris Music Prize rolled out its 2013 short list, narrowing the contenders for this year's annual prize down to 10. Still in the running are artists like A Tribe Called Red, METZ, Colin Stetson, Purity Ring and Young Galaxy, but we still won't find out the final winner until September 23.
In other news north of the border, beloved Toronto indie unit Ohbijou announced that they are throwing in the towel and playing one final show, while Tim Hecker unveiled his much-anticipated Virgins, Said the Whale rolled out plans for hawaiii, and sax god Colin Stetson spoke to Exclaim! about his involvement in the new Arcade Fire album.
Oh, and then there was some not-so-nice back-and-forth between Portishead's Geoff Barrow and the Weeknd over the latter allegedly sampling the band without permission — something the Weeknd has denied.
In other news, Kid Cudi announced his "The Cud Life Tour," Sic Alps broke up and A$AP Ferg's mixtape-turned-album Trap Lord got a firm release date, as well as cover art.
Last but not least, Burzum's infamous Varg Vikernes was arrested in France for "plotting a massacre," only to be released from custody a few days later when police were unable to identify specific terrorist plans, and Courtney Love spoke to us all about her upcoming memoir and her upcoming solo album.