Music News Monday

The frontman of Canadian indie sensation The New Pornographers has announced the release of his new solo album Shut Down The Streets on October 9 via Matador Records. This will be AC Newman’s third solo album and you can check out the opening track “I’m Not Talking” here with its lush textures and sounds that are almost reminiscent of The Decemberists' Colin Meloy.
 
Alt-rock heroes the Smashing Pumpkins will be rolling through Canada in October, with a string of shows across the prairies and central Canada. Other than a couple of shows in Mexico, that’s all their touring plans for the fall so catch them while you can touring on the heels of their latest release, Oceania.
 
Three members of Russian girl-punk brigade Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail last week for their allegedly blasphemous performance in February at a Moscow cathedral, but Russian authorities are now on the hunt for two more members that they say were also involved. The trio’s sentence has stirred up protests across the world against the Putin government’s treatment and drawn criticism from Canadian artists like Peaches and Austra, among others, and prompted Dave Bidini to write this great article, “Why We Should All Be Listening to Pussy Riot.”
 

(Pussy Riot)

In the American presidential race, Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan has drawn a lot of attention from his policies, but also by naming Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands. Guitarist Tom Morello responded by blasting Ryan and saying that “he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against.” Meanwhile, Silversun Pickups created further troubles for the Romney campaign by issuing a cease-and-desist order, alleging the illegal use of their song “Panic Switch”.
 
Finally, the Art Gallery of Ontario has announced that the photographs of punk-poet legend Patti Smith will be featured in an exhibition titled Camera Solo next February. Featuring over 70 black and white silver gelatin prints, it’s the first time her work has ever been shown in Canada.

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