I Read The News Today… For July 7, 2011

- Jul 7, 2011

M83 — also known as Anthony Gonzalez — is touring North America this fall in support of his upcoming new album. The LP is still untitled and doesn't have a release date, but you can see him in Mexican, American and Canadian cities from Oct. 15 to Nov. 22, playing songs from it.

Turns out even singer/songwriter Veda Hille's two-year-old son is a music critic. She played him samples of every artist that made the Polaris Music Prize short list, and he commented on them. Of note: He likes Colin Stetson, but can't figure out where The Weeknd's balloons are.

Warner Music Group's shareholders have approved its sale to Russia's Len Blavatnik, whose Access Industries acquired it in May for $3.3 billion U.S. in cash.

All-male duo Girls will release their Father, Son, Holy Ghost album on Sept. 13. Are people sure Christopher Owens is a former member of the Children Of God cult? ...Just kidding!

Adele, Lady Gaga and Mumford And Sons have sold more albums than anyone else this year. Adele also shows up on the list of this year's best-selling singles, which is topped by Katy Perry and also includes Cee Lo Green.

Remember Smash Mouth? Turns out singer Steve Harwell's set to smash 24 eggs into his mouth for charity. Yeah, eggs. What prompted this? Twitter, of course.

U.K. metallers Bring Me The Horizon are crossing the Atlantic for a North American tour this fall. They're out in support of their There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let's Keep It A Secret album. (Grammar is your friend, guys.)

The world apparently needed a 200-foot, 10,000-year clock (really had to make sure I put the "L" in "clock" there), so Brian Eno's making one.

Simple Plan have been added to five more Vans Warped Tour dates. They'll be along for the festival's stops in Columbia, Md., Virginia Beach, Va., Charlotte, N.C., Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Used are back in the studio, recording a new album with Goldfinger singer John Feldmann. Apparently Bert McCracken still has things worth screaming about.

Muse are trying to get spots on Virgin Galactic flights once the service launches so they can record in space. Can't they just save some money and take drugs instead? Or did they get tired of doing that?

Kid Koala's releasing a graphic novel and album dubbed Space Cadet: Original Picture Score on Sept. 19. It's described as a "132-page graphic novel drawn entirely on etchboards" that's "accompanied by a 'still picture score' of music." Figures, cause scratching records totally sounds like shaking up an Etch-A-Sketch.

Are you a cold metal fan? Make a heavy metal quilt, like Ben Venom did, out of T-shirts. You can't buy his, though, 'cause it's an art piece.

Ontario Place is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a series of free shows that will be held at Toronto's Echo Beach this summer. You can see Andy Kim & Friends on July 15, Platinum Blonde on July 23, Third Eye Blind on July 28 and Sloan on Aug. 5.

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