I Read The News Today… For Feb. 23, 2011

- Feb 23, 2011

Gord Downie's playing some U.S. dates in support of last year's The Grand Bounce. He'll head south of the 49th parallel in April, will play a set at this year's Coachella and will also support City And Colour on a few U.S. dates in March. —gorddownie.com

Braids have announced a few more North American dates that'll take place this spring, including a show with indie weirdos Of Montreal. —MySpace

Kingston, Ont. noise rockers PS I Love You are heading across the Atlantic Ocean this spring. They're touring Europe throughout May in support of last year's Meet Me At The Muster Station. —Paper Bag Records

Karkwa will appear at this year's Genie Awards on March 10. They'll team up with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to do a tribute to Barney's Version, which leads the nominees this year with 11 nods. —Winnipeg Free Press

The Foo Fighters have made "Rope," the first single from their upcoming Wasting Light album, available for streaming on their website. Wasting Light comes out April 12 and features guest appearances from former Husker Du frontman Bob Mould and ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. It's also the band's first album with guitarist Pat Smear since 1997's The Color And The Shape.

Owen Pallett, Brasstronaut and Fond Of Tigers are among the acts that will play this year's SignalFest in Vancouver. It'll be held March 4 to 6 at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre. —Capilano University

If you were wondering when a new Chad VanGaalen album was coming out, we don't have an answer for you, but you SHOULD know that he's been working on new material. The problem is that he and both of his record labels keep rejecting it. Perfectionists... —Spinner

The Tranzmitors and Hard Feelings are among the bands who'll play a special benefit show for the Devon Clifford Memorial Fund Foundation on April 20 at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret. The fund's been set up in memory of the late You Say Party drummer, and is working to support music programs and education for financially disadvantaged youths. —Facebook

Queens Of The Stone Age and Melvins are among those who were in Christchurch, New Zealand when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's south island on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 65 people. They've now had to postpone their tour plans in the country, as has Amanda Palmer. —The Guardian

Up next on the list of Things You Probably Don't Need And No One Will Buy: Daft Punk limited edition coke bottles. —Hypebeast

Apple's reportedly in talks to improve the quality of its digital song files sold on iTunes. It's kind of perverse that iTunes MP3s don't come in 24-bit, high-fidelity format, now that you think about it... —CNN

Want the new D-Sisive album? Want it for free? Cool, you can get it here.

Handsome Furs have announced a short U.S. tour that will be followed by one lone date in London, England. Will they play some new stuff?! Guess you'll just have to go to the gigs to see... —MySpace

Hooded Fang are working on a new EP that will probably be out in the spring. Or summer, since they said it's due out when the weather's "warm." Hell, that could even be fall. Or a 10C winter day. This is why there are release dates. —NxEW

Call*Response: Past, Present And Beyond - Volume I is a new book that documents Winnipeg's music scene. It's got unpublished photos of the Dead Kennedys, Propagandhi, SNFU, writing, memorabilia and more. Ten bucks from each book sold will go to Kids Help Phone. You can order it through callresponsebook.com.

Flavor Flav may be 51 years old, but perhaps he's now seeing that as 51 years young! He was carded at the liquor store the other day. Next time you get carded, don't be insulted. Hell, he wasn't. —TMZ

At least one person has said Billy Corgan is full of shit... and it's Ali Laenger, one of the girls who's on the cover of The Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 Siamese Dream album. Apparently current Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino is not on the cover of the album, contrary to what Corgan tweeted last week. —TMZ

LCD Soundsystem have sold out all four of their additional farewell shows. Eat it, scalpers! —Gigwise

Dave Matthews Band are reportedly staging at least four mini-festivals this summer, which basically means you'll see lots of people walking around with unwashed feet and reeking to the high heavens. —Consequence Of Sound

TV On The Radio are touring North America in April and May in support of their upcoming new Nine Types Of Light album, which comes out later this spring. —Pitchfork

The soundtrack to Sucker Punch, the new Zack Snyder film (300, Watchmen), features The Beatles, The Stooges, The Kills' Alison Mosshart, Skunk Anansie, The Smiths and Pixies. Hopefully the film doesn't suck. —Spinner

Gucci Mane now has some competition in the Stupid Face Tattoos department: Rapper Yung LA has got a pink duck — yes, a PINK DUCK — inked on his cheek. The duck also looks like it has a disturbingly long penis for some reason... and we're not sure why anyone would want a penis tattooed on their face. —...Ology

Make sure you read this before the end of the day: Neil Hamburger's launched a Twitter war against Britney Spears this week... and it's hilarious. In particular, he wants to know if she's more thankful for prescription drugs or pitch correction technology. He also thinks she's a "repulsive tumor." —Eye Weekly

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