• Investigators survey the scene at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario on June 18 / Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty

    Radiohead Reschedule 7 Dates to Fix Stage Collapse Damage

    After Radiohead's stage collapsed last weekend in Toronto, killing the band's 33-year-old drum tech Scott Johnson and injuring three others, the band issued a brief statement expressing their condolences to his family and friends. Now that the shock of the devastation has worn off the band is attending to business, telling fans that they're going to have to postpone seven European tour dates to fix the damage the accident caused to their "unique" setup. "The collapse also destroyed the light show — this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace," the band write on their official website. "The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.

  • Mac McCaughan performing with Superchunk / Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

    Arcade Fire Signed to Merge Records for the Food

    As a company, we here at SPIN are particularly fond of music. As human beings, we are also particularly fond of food. When those two worlds interact, we are all over that business. Which is why we are kind of in love the recently launched podcast iteration of Food is the New Rock, the music-meets-munchies blog of Zach Brooks. The most recent episode, its third, is an interview with Superchunk frontman and Merge Records founder Mac McCaughan, who, it turns out, is married to a wicked-awesome, James Beard award-winning chef to whom he and Merge basically owe the signing of Arcade Fire. McCaughan's wife Andrea Reusing runs the kitchens at Chapel Hill Pan-Asian restaurant the Lantern, where, he explains in the podcast, he took the Grammy-winning Montrealites when Merge was wooing them back in 2003.

  • Kanye West in a summery blouse at Coachella last year / Photo by Erik Voake

    Kanye West's 'Cruel Summer' May Arrive During Actual Summer

    It wouldn't be totally out of character for Kanye West to make fans suffer through the majority of the summer before dropping his G.O.O.D. music compilation Cruel Summer as some sort of demonstrative performance art, but it also wouldn't be surprising if he waited until the dead of winter to do the same thing, so pardon us if we (like Vulture) remain skeptical of Pusha T's announcement on Hot 97 yesterday that it would drop August 7 (via HipHopDX). Things we know for sure: We've already heard the comp's slinky first single, "Mercy," as well as seen its stark video component.. The last G.O.O.D.

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    Gene Ween Says Band's Split Came After Decade of 'Struggle'

    Following comments he made last month that the quarter of a century he and bandmate Mickey Melchiondo spent as the brilliant rock duo Ween had at last come to an end, Aaron Freeman — better known as Gene Ween — released an official statement to Ween fans this afternoon explaining the decision. As SPIN has already said goodbye to the firecracker pair's career together, we'll let the statement speak for itself: "I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your kind words and support," he writes. "It means a lot. My decision to leave Ween, however interpreted, was absolutely not made in haste. It's evolved over a decade's worth of internal and external struggle. Know that I am extremely proud of all that is Ween. And while Mickey and I are going our separate ways, I wish him only the best. I will always have nothing but love and respect for what we created together.

  • Billie Joe Armstrong / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Green Day Realize They Are Not Really the 99 Percent

    One of the tougher things about being a successful punk rock band, Green Day have discovered, is realizing you might be a bit too successful to join the proletariat uprising that got you that way. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Billie Joe Armstrong (somewhat uncomfortably) explains that, while songs on their upcoming album trilogy, like a pair called "99 Revolutions" (hi, Macca!) and "Kill the DJ" (what's up, Morrissey?) were inspired by the Occupy movement and the band's ever-present political frustration, it's been tough for them to exactly call themselves 99 percenters. "We wanted to be part of it in some way," Armstrong explained of the protests in Oakland that've been going on since last year. "I thought it was about working people and where we come from. But Oakland got really complicated when the anarchists started coming in.

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    Who Charted? Usher Climaxes at No. 1, Rush and Ed Sheeran Debut Strong

    First! Usher found himself at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 this week, selling 128,000 copies of Looking 4 Myself, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the fourth chart-topping record for the Monsters of Folk fan, though his last record Raymond v Raymond debuted with more than double that figure, at 329,000 copies, in 2010. 2 Through 10: No. 2 belongs to Rush, whose Clockwork Angels gives them their best sales week in a decade with 103,000 copies sold. Adele's 21 falls from last week's No. 1 to No. 3 with 63,000, while country singer Josh Turner takes No. 4 with the debut of Punching Bag, his fourth Top 10 album. No. 5 is buzzy Brit singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose full-length + makes its U.S.

  • An upright Axl Rose / Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty

    Axl Rose's European Woes Continue, Falls Onstage (Again)

    All those imaginary fans turned away from Guns N' Roses shows for wearing Slash tees will appreciate this story: Axl Rose taken his second onstage tumble in less than a month this weekend at the band's appearance at France's Hellfest. And there's video evidence. Just 27 days after eating it while walking backwards offstage in Liverpool, Rose stumbled and lost his hat just as he was about to begin singing "Sweet Child O' Mine" at the June 16 festival performance in Clisson, France, which falls during the band's Chinese Democracy-supporting world tour. Last month, the singer was treated for a suspected hematoma in his leg, which apparently happened as a result of partying all weekend in Russia following the band's two sold-out Moscow gigs. The fall also comes just 11 days after Axl lost and then recovered some very expensive jewelry at the hands of a forgetful partygoer in Paris.

  • Eddie Vedder

    Pearl Jam Associate Charged for Stealing $380K From Band

    The ex-CFO of Pearl Jam's management company has been charged with 33 counts of theft, swindling the band out of $380,000 over a four-year period that ended with his firing nearly two years ago. According to SeattlePI (via the Hollywood Reporter), Seattle police say Rickey Charles Goodrich, whose alleged fraud began in 2006, is also accused of costing Curtis, Inc, over $566,000 as a result of the theft. The report also alleges that Goodrich has admitted to owing his former employer "hundreds of thousands of dollars." He was fired in September 2010, right about the same time that frontman Eddie Vedder married his second wife, Jill McCormick.

  • David Guetta performs at EDC Las Vegas on June 10, 2012 / Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic

    Electric Daisy Carnival: Drug-Related Death 'Will Not Threaten' Fest's Future

    Two attendees of Electric Daisy Carnival, a 22-year-old and a 31-year-old, died during the early morning hours of the fest's three-day Las Vegas Speedway iteration earlier this month, both stemming, at least in part, from substance abuse. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal (via the Hollywood Reporter), Emily McCaughan, a University of Arizona pre-med student, jumped out the window of her 27th floor hotel room at the nearby Circus Circus hotel, apparently having taken Ecstasy at the festival and subsequently hallucinated, telling her friends that "a man [was] stalking her." They brought McCaughan back to the hotel in a cab, where they left her in her room, and where McCaughan took to Facebook to post pleading messages like "they haven't come for me yet" on friends' walls.

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    Nickelback Fans Outed by Facebook Trick

    Apologies in advance to all you conscientious Facebook objectors out there: You might not be able to play this round. Last night, when Nickelback were busy hanging out with Guy Fieri at their show in San Jose, California, the Internet was busy figuring out a way to expose secret fans of the 11th biggest punching bag in pop history, and figure it out, well, of course it did. Technically, Facebook users have always been able to click around and detect which of their friends like which fan pages, but now, thanks to some decidedly pointed detective work, we've been gifted with a handy-dandy URL we'd like to dub the Nickelback Fan-O-Vision.

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