I Read The News Today… For May 11, 2011

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- May 11, 2011

Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club are coming to Canada to play a few dates as part of a North American tour that'll take place this fall. They're supporting last year's Tourist History debut album.

Kenton Loewen, better known as The Crackling, is a session and live drummer who's played with the likes of Dan Mangan and Mother Mother. His Keep Full Ambitions debut album came out last month, and he's touring Canada to promote it until May 21.

The Lowest Of The Low's Ron Hawkins is releasing a new solo album dubbed Straitjacket Love on May 31. He'll be launching it at Toronto's Graffiti's bar on May 26 and 27, and will also play a residency at the city's Drake Hotel in June.

This year's Rifflandia Festival will be held Sept. 22 to 25 at Victoria, B.C.'s Royal Athletic Park. The lineup will be announced shortly.

A few more bands have been added to this year's North By Northeast Music Festival, which occurs June 13 to 19 at venues throughout Toronto. Go check out the even more impressive list of acts performing here.

Grizzly Bear are going to start recording their follow-up to 2009's Veckatimest at the end of this month. Yay! More swirly tight pants arty rock! 

Neil Young's show at Toronto's Massey Hall was recorded by director Jonathan Demme, who helmed 2009's Neil Young Trunk Show film. Tonight's will also be shot. Demme's using the footage for an upcoming documentary on Young, of course.

DJ Shadow's long-awaited new album will be called The Less You Know The Better. It's not out 'til September, but he's releasing a new EP, I Gotta Rokk, next Tuesday. You can hear the title track on the interwebs right now.

Today in News That Will Make You Hate Humanity: The Killers are heading back into the studio next week.

Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator lashes out at pop star Bruno Mars in "Yonkers," a song on his just-released Goblin solo LP, saying he's going to "stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus." Mars' response: "[Tyler] has to wait in line if he wants to stab me. [Tyler's] definitely not the first guy that's said something like that to me and he's not going to be the last." Um, that's probably not the best comeback, Bruno. Isn't having a lot of people wanting to stab you in the esophagus not a good thing?

Courtney Love is back on Twitter and would like you to kindly refrain from calling her "crazy." Are synonyms like "insane," "wacko," "cracked out," "gone," "messed in the head" and "nutso" still okay?

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A new Patrick Stump song called "Explode" has made its way online.

*End of the emo moment*

*Okay, maybe we were lying*
Searching For Elliott Smith, a documentary about the late singer/songwriter, will premiere at the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival this month. Those of us who can't listen to Smith's music without feeling like the world is ending and everything's dying and everything sucks and people are horrible will probably refrain from watching this film.

Check out "Northern Wind," a song that'll appear on City And Colour's Little Hell, over here. The album's out June 7.

It's not an official, authorized bootleg, but you can download Kanye West's Coachella set over here.

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