What a week.
If you read these recaps regularly, then you know by now that I could say that about every week. So much goes on in the world of music that come Friday it’s nearly impossible to make sense of it all. However, these past few days were exceptional. It all began with an unfathomable tragedy overseas. A series of rumors (notice the multiple “may or may nots”) ranging from legit to just plain silly followed. A string of exciting details concerning major forthcoming releases and related events kept music fans on their toes. And then there was everything else in between.
See what I mean? It can only get even more interesting from here, right? At least I like to think so.
Here’s a quick look at what went down last weekend:
— A stampede at Germany’s Love Parade killed 19 people and injured 342 others.
— Excessive amounts of pigeon feces forced Kings of Leon to cancel their performance at St. Louis’ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater.
— Xiu Xiu and Shearwater‘s leading men announced plans to collaborate this fall.
And now for this week:
— Just days after The Suburbs is officially unveiled, Arcade Fire will perform at Madison Square Garden on August 5th. Terry Gilliam will direct a live YouTub webcast of the concert.
— The Rolling Stones will celebrate their (gasp!) 50th anniversary with an extensive tour. Rumors of retiremount abound. We’ll keep you posted on developments.
— Gorillaz detailed their forthcoming North American trek.
— U2 may or may not be in the studio with an R&B legend you’ve probably never heard of.
— The Cars may or may not be reuniting.
— Battles may or may not preview new material during their upcoming NYC and London shows.
— Ten minutes of Daft Punk‘s score for the Tron remake may or may not be available for listening.
— The acclaimed Sonar Festival will take place in cities all across the globe. Organizers unveiled the Chicago lineup this week.
— Elton John will lend his talents to a musical adaptation of Animal Farm.
— Nick Cave is slated to revive The Crow franchise.
— Among the other long-awaited, non-Arcade Fire releases this summer is Interpol’s fourth LP. As the album’s drop date approaches, the group dished out tour dates and debuted “Barricade” on Letterman.
— Speaking of late night television, of Montreal and Solange Knowles teamed up to perform “Sex Karma” on Jimmy Fallon.
— Don’t expect that Kid Cudi record anytime soon. It’s been delayed again.
— Many actors have made stabs at musical careers. We can officially add Hugh Laurie to this list.
— The latest addition to the Guitar Hero franchise will feature a Rush story mode. Seriously.
— With all this talk of the new Arcade Fire album someone had to actually review it. Editor-in-chief Michael Roffman did the honors.
— Suffice to say that Die Antwoord have raised eyebrows since bursting onto the scene late last year. Winston Robbins offered his thoughts on their 5 EP.
— Dave Buchanan examined our role models in a feature titled “Overdosing and Underachieving: Who Made Who?”
— Matt Wallin covered the inaugural HullabaLOU Music Festival.
— Headed to Lollapalooza next weekend? We’re throwing a little get-together before the festivities officially begin. Find out more here.
— One final plug before signing off (I promise): we announced another official CoS Giveaway this week. Enter for a chance to win a Polaroid 300.