X-Fest and Sonic Boom 2014, Flaming Lips' Racism Controversy and Drake's Lint Rollers in Our News Roundup
Published May 03, 2014As we glide into the weekend, it's once again that time of the week where we look back at what went down in the music world. So if you're feeling out of touch, here's just some of the stories that graced our headlines.
Once again, it was another big week for festival announcements. Not only did we get lineup reveals from Calgary's X-Fest and Edmonton's Sonic Boom, but Ontario's Riverfest Elora rolled out its list of artists and Toronto's NXNE added another round of acts, including Pusha T, Future Islands and AraabMuzik. And while not a festival, Jay Z and Beyoncé confirmed rumours and announced a joint tour, which will thankfully be paying Canada a visit.
In other Canadian music news, it was an up and down week for Toronto music venues. On the down side, the city's Guvernment/Kool Haus complex announced it will be closing down, but HMV revealed it will opening a performance space of its own. Also, Library Voices announced their return with a new EP, Drake got his own brand of lint rollers, and Joel Paskett signed to Pheromone Recordings.
Also this week, we had Paul Simon and Edie Brickell getting arrested over a domestic dispute, Mastodon revealing all the details of their new album and Erykah Badu drawing some serious heat from a human rights group. To top it off, the Flaming Lips got in a very ugly and very public blowout with their now former drummer over allegations of racism.
Finally, in some Exclaim! interviews, we got the scoop on new albums by Badbadnotgood, Ought and tUnE-yArDs.