A performing arts teacher in Michigan has been suspended for playing a song by Seattle’s own Macklemore, Fox News reports. Susan Johnson allowed a student to play the underground rapper’s track “Same Love,” which supports same-sex marriage, for her class at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, MI. Johnson, who was not paid for two of the three days she was suspended, thought the song would send a positive message to her students. “I really love my kids and never want to hurt them, but I also know that there’s a lot of bullying, and there’s a lot of gay bashing and racial issues going on in our country, and I want the kids to feel comfortable in my class no matter who they are,” she said. Johnson has since returned to the classroom, but the ACLU will be getting involved in the case, and Macklemore himself has posted a supportive message on his blog. Watch the video for “Same Love” below.
After taking 2012 off, Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival will return to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA, next year. The third festival, which will take place from June 21-23, doesn’t have an official line-up yet, but Pitchfork reports that John Hodgman will perform a “comedy cabaret,” whatever that means. More information will become available at the festival’s website in the coming months.
Can’t get enough of R. Kelly‘s Trapped in the Closet? Now, you’ll be able to read it! The singer just announced that his “hip-hopera” will be coming to bookstores soon, and that he plans to explain the connections between his many, many characters. Perhaps Kelly was planning to write a book all along, and that’s why he divided Trapped into chapters? In the meantime, check out the latest installment, Chapter 28, here.
Last but not least, here’s the latest video from The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman. In the new clip, a morose-looking Newman plays “I’m Not Talking” for a 1970s TV talk show host, who eventually starts weeping openly. Will the song bring you to tears, too?