Music News Monday: DFA 1979 on tour, Polaris Prize and Sam the Record Man

Let the criticisms begin. The Polaris Music Prize will be given away tonight in Toronto, to one of the ten nominees whose album demonstrates the highest artistic integrity. Discussion is open to what that means and who will walk away with the prize, but you can be sure there will be plenty of opinions given right after the award is handed out. In addition to bragging rights, $30,000 is at stake for the winner too. Watch it live on MuchMusic.com tonight at 6:00 p.m. MST with live performances from nominees including Cold Specks, Cadence Weapon, Grimes, Feist and more. 

Death From Above 1979 announced via their blog that they will be heading out on tour to test out new material they've been writing lately. All dates are currently in Eastern Canada, but will hopefully spread their way across the country in due time. Winnipeg politico-punk veterans Propaghandi are also headed west on tour over the next few months in support of their latest album Failed States. Give the title track a spin below via Epitaph.

In sensational news, Fiona Apple was arrested for possession of hashish and marijuana last week in Texas, where she spent a night in jail before posting $10,000 bail. She then proceeded to go on a lengthy and confusing rant about it on stage in Houston two nights later, which you can watch here. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong also went on a tirade last week, after their set was allegedly cut short during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Green Day's spokesman promptly issued an apology letting fans know that their set was in fact not cut short, and that Billie Joe is now headed for rehab. Enjoy this video of the band unleashing a slew of profanities and then smashing their instruments. Definitely NSFW but hilarious nonetheless. 

Finally, on a sad note in Canadian music history, Sam 'The Record Man' Sniderman passed away in his sleep last night. The Yonge Street location of his coast-to-coast chain of record stores was one of the most well-known music related landmarks in Canada due to the iconic marquee sign hung out front. Even after the chain was bankrupted and the store closed in 2007, the sign remained for nearly two more years before the building was demolished. R.I.P. Sam the Record Man.

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