End of Week Recap: August 2-6


    Lollapalooza is here, but if you’re reading this you’re probably not attending. Instead, you’re probably stuck at home or at the workplace wishing you could. Well, if that’s the case, don’t fret just yet. Our dedicated staff will brave the crowds, extreme heat, and exorbitant prices so you won’t have to. Check out our in-depth coverage of the festival all weekend long. Hell, you can follow us on Twitter too.

    Until then, kick back, relax, watch some webcasts of your favorite bands this weekend, and enjoy the following recap. These little tidbits can’t possibly be as entertaining or as memorable as, say, an Arcade Fire set on a perfect summer night in Chicago, but they’re better than nothing, don’t you think?

    Here’s what didn’t make it into the last recap:

    — It’s been well over a year since Michael Jackson passed away, but he’s still putting out new material. Or at least his estate is.  An album of ten previously unheard songs is slated for a November release.


    Spotify won’t make it stateside after all.

    — Panda Bear isn’t the only member of Animal Collective who’s venturing out on his own. Avey Tare will release his debut solo LP this fall, and Deakin announced plans to tour North America.

    Here’s a look at the latest festival updates:

    Lollapalooza offered its webcast schedule.

    Outside Lands published its day-by-day schedule.

    — The lineup for Fun Fun Fun Fest went public.

    — The inaugural City Arts Festival also unveiled its lineup.

    Here’s this week in review:

    — Just when you thought Arcade Fire couldn’t get any more awesome, they manage to pioneer album cover art and collaborate with Spike Jonze. All in the same week. And they covered Jay Reatard. Damn.

    Kings of Leon will have a new record out by mid-Ocotber. This means that FM radio stations will finally have something other than “Use Somebody” to play ad nauseum.

    Tour announcements galore: LCD Soundsystem + Hot Chip + Sleigh Bells, Massive Attack + Thievery Corporation, Black Mountain + The Black Angels, Grinderman, Wolf Parade, and Deerhunter.

    Paul McCartney personally offered some Beatles songs for use in Glee.

    — Time has never slowed down Iggy Pop, and this week certainly wasn’t an exception. He announced some pretty crazy plans for the coming year.

    — There were some interesting developments in the Lil Wayne “Prison Watch.”

    Weezer detailed Hurley, their eighth studio LP.

    Kanye West‘s latest album was delayed. He did debuted “Power” in both concert and painting form.

    Eminem scored both Megan Fox and Rihanna for his new music video. Must be nice.

    Wyclef Jean revealed that he intends to run for President of Haiti.

    Wale‘s latest mixtape is up for grabs. While you’re at it, check out Adam Kivel’s review here.

    Les Savy Fav fans are in for a treat. In response to an internet leak, the group bumped up the release date for their new album. We also ran our review of said album this week.

    Deadmau5 collapsed during a performance in DC. He has since cancelled the remainder of his North American tour.

    — The RIAA issued warnings to blogs that offered  “unauthorized”  free downloads of Radiohead’s In Rainbows three years ago.

    Apple will soon offer a cloud-based streaming service.

    — Philip Cosores interviewed The Dodos‘ Meric Long.

    — Cosores also reviewed Joanna Newsom‘s performance at LA’s Orpheum Theater.

    — Drew Litowitz covered Newport Folk Fest.