Monday News Roundup

photo by Josh Bis

  • Arcade Fire have announced a Deluxe Edition of their Grammy-winning 2010 LP The Suburbs that’ll be released June 27. The re-release will be packaged with two new songs, “Speaking in Tongues” and “Culture War”; a DVD of the forthcoming Spike Jonze-directed short film of the same name; and a making-of documentary.
  • Last month, James Mercer of The Shins and Broken Bells played a solo set at Portland’s Bagdad Theater, with Shins, Modest Mouse, and Mister Heavenly drummer Joe Plummer providing percussion. One of the songs performed was an untitled new track that Mercer introduced as a new Shins song. This news follows the announcement of the band’s first live set since 2009, a performance at this year’s Outside Lands Festival, taking place August 12th through the 14th in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Video below:

  • Fleet Foxes returned to the stage last week with a performance at Seattle’s own Columbia City Theater, the band’s first in more than a year. The boys rocked a set of jams that included cuts from their much-anticipated sophomore release Helplessness Blues. Watch:

  • Dance-punkers You Say Party have called it quits, after a rough year following the sudden and unexpected death of their drummer, Devon Clifford (an event that prompted the band to remove the other half of their name, We Say Die!). The band limped along for the better part of the year, but members slowly drifted away until finally, those left standing issued the following statement:

    Call it a hiatus. Call it a break. Call it whatever you want. It’s been a hard year for us. Not a bad year. We’ve experienced wonderful support from people. But you gotta listen to your body and your mind when it begins to revolt against what you think it is you have to do. So we’re gonna stop for a while, and we’re gonna work on who we are as people. We know that everyone understands exactly why and where we’re coming from. Thanks for the support over the years.

    Here’s the video for “Lonely’s Lunch.”

  • Another band has thrown in the towel, this time the Montreal five-piece The Stills, giving up the gun after nearly a decade of rocking. The group hadn’t released an album since 2008’s Juno Award-winning Oceans Will Rise. Fortunately, the split has been reported as “amicable,” with the press release announcing “… [this is] the best decision for each one of us, and in order for each of us to live fully, creatively, and freely, being true to our hearts, this had to happen.” Catch the official video for “Being Here” below. R.I.P.

  • In less distressing news, 90’s power poppers The Rentals have announced an orchestral album entitled Resilience, for which 100% of the profits will go directly to disaster relief efforts in earthquake- and tsunami-addled Japan. The album is out for immediate digital download on iTunes, and will be available May 3 in stores on 180-gram vinyl and CD. Grab it on iTunes, or preorder your physical copy here.
  • The local Northwest music scene has always been vibrant, and one of the epicenters of the youthful DIY revival is Anacortes, Washington. This year sees the town celebrating the tenth annual What the Heck Fest, a three day celebration of some of the PNW’s finest unsung and underappreciated artists. The festival takes place July 15, 16, and 17. Weekend tickets are on sale for $65, and include a free meal on either Friday or Saturday (choose carefully!). A partial lineup has been announced, including drone legends Earth and indie rocker Mount Eerie (formerly The Microphones). More info here.
  • Radiohead made headlines with the sudden announcement and release of their latest effort, The King of Limbs, but the band also released a 7″ on this weekend’s Record Store Day, featuring “Supercollider” (a live performance mainstay) and B-side “The Butcher.” If you’re still hankering for more Radio in your Head, and you weren’t able to pick up a copy of the vinyl, you can head over to Soundcloud and catch streams of the two tracks (via Some Kind of Awesome).
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