Today in Music: Weekend Headlines

A sea of arms at Reading Festival 2007
photo by Hannah Duncan

The Carling Weekend, that is the Leeds and Reading Festivals combined, gets full coverage at NME. The paired festivals both hosted a similar lineup, as always, consisting of Bloc Party, The Hold Steady, Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, Arcade Fire, Jamie T, Pigeon Detectives, and too many others to mention. If you wish you were there, check out photos here.

Here’s Maximo Park performing their latest single, “Girls Who Play Guitars,” at Reading:


The Cure has not only delayed the release of their next album but have also canceled their North American tour. The band stated on their website that “we want to remodel/rework the live show for North America, change things around, incorporate new songs… and we need time and focus to do this.” Tickets for the rescheduled Fall 2007 tour will be honored in 2008.

Until then, here’s what you’ll be missing, from The Cure’s Live 2005, “Never Enough”:


Meanwhile, The Raconteurs seem to be preparing for a new album. According to a dialogue between Brendan Benson and Jack White on their MySpace page (via The Music Slut), “new songs are coming together strong.” The exchange, which begins with Brendan asking, “jack why don’t you want to tell people about the new album we’ve got cooking?”, is cryptic about the details, but it’ss enough to keep fans panting for more. For now, here’s a catchy Gnarls/Raconteurs mashup:

The Legion Of Doom – Crazy As She Goes (MP3)

RIAA update: finally, after a month of extended negotiations, SoundExchange and large web radio broadcasters have made some progress. An agreement was sealed last week between Digital Media Association (DIMA) and SoundExchange that puts a $50,000 per service cap on the $500 per channel minimum royalty, which could have put the webcasters with thousands of channels millions of dollars into debt. For their part, webcasters are required to find solutions to stopping internet stream ripping (good luck!) and submit detailed reports of their broadcasts to SoundExchange. The parties have yet to agree on the per-song royalty rates, which the Copyright Royalty Board earlier decreed would double in the next several years. Also left hanging: small webcasters. According to Spacelab, they have yet to accept a new rate of 10-12% of their revenue. SoundExchange is allowing them until September 14th to accept or reject the offer.

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