Born Ruffians have just announced a Canadian tour that'll take place from mid-March to early April. They're out in support of last year's Say It, and will be supported by all-girl Weezer cover band Sheezer and First Rate People. —bornruffians.com
Toronto MC Muneshine has just released a collaborative EP with the Netherlands' Vinyl Frontiers, which is available for free download here.
Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is releasing a double-disc collection of his "greatest hits" (really, Omar?) on April 16. It's called Telesterion. Don't buy it if you've got a pair of ears.
Nova Scotia's Rich Aucoin has announced a Canadian tour in support of his recently released Public Publication album. It starts Feb. 1 in New York (so that's not really a Canadian date, but anyway...) and wraps up Feb. 26 in Saint John, N.B. —richaucoin.ca
Young Galaxy have made another track from their upcoming Shapeshifting album available for free download. You can get "We Have Everything" here. In the meantime, you can also check out Shapeshifting's "Cover Your Tracks" here.
Cyberspace And Reds, which is supposed to the precursor to Computers And Blues, Mike Skinner's final album as The Streets, is available for free download here. Computers And Blues is out Feb. 7.
Toronto DJ Egyptrixx has announced a bunch of North American dates in February, March, April and June. The man whose real name is David Psutka is out in support of his upcoming new album Bible Eyes. It's due in stores March 7. —MySpace
Horrors frontman Faris Badwan has launched a new musical group called Cat's Eyes, which also includes Canadian opera singer Rachel Zeffira. Their self-titled debut album is out May 3, and you can watch them perform at the Vatican (!) here.
Wilco have left Nonesuch Records and formed their own dBpm Records, which will be distributed by Anti- Records. This is fitting; your dad's probably a DIY guy, and now Wilco are just a bunch of average, DIY guys, too. —Billboard
Somebody should probably tell Datarock that Christmas was a month ago, but in any case... The Norwegian dance-punks are releasing what they've dubbed "the most extravagant single in history" on March 21. It's called "Catcher In The Rye," and it comes in a "designer toy," on a USB stick featuring 110 (!) bonus tracks, two of the band's albums, a rarities CD, their new album, an EP ,1,500 photos (!!), 20 music videos (!!!) and an hour-long documentary (!!!!). Pre-order it here.
Kate Moss and Kills guitarist Jamie Hince have installed an "adults-only" area in their house. I wonder what that could mean......... —The Sun
Hooded Fang, Olenka And The Autumn Lovers and Rae Spoon will open for Jenn Grant on various dates across Canada this winter in support of Grant's recently released Honeymoon Punch album. If that doesn't give you reason to go, you might just be insane. —NxEW
I wonder if this tour will sell out as fast as Coachella? Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman, Skillet (really? You can't try harder than that when thinking of a band name?) and Halestorm are on the road together this year on something called the Avalanche Tour. I know you're all just running to your computers to buy tickets... Or are you running to get away from something you perceive as the audio equivalent of a real avalanche? —MySpace
At least one CHARTattack staffer (who is gay) is... well... very confused by the existence of this... gay rap-opera. No, really. It's called Bash'd and it's meant to challenge gay and straight stereotypes, and it's in Calgary until Saturday. We think it needs to come to Toronto. —The Weal
Propagandhi, Comeback Kid and The Weakerthans are among the artists who've signed a letter protesting Enbridge's sponsorship of this year's Prairie Scene! Festival, which will be held in Ottawa from April 6 to May 8. They're upset because they say Enbridge's gas pipelines have a "disastrous environmental record." —propagandhi.com