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As the northern hemisphere's music festival season gets closer, we thought we'd look at some of the stories that are making it big in the popular music media today.

Dullsville.... or is it?

Arcade Fire to release new song this week?

Arcade Fire are great but they don't seem to be able to set and hit a target for releases so NME is reduced to this. A Canadian radio station reported that the band had tweeted "a hint" that they would release a new song this week - but then the tweet had been deleted.

Sometimes, no news is good news and sometimes it's just no news at all.



LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy: 'We're Done With the Record'

Is this, or something like it, the most published headline in the music industry this week? Possibly. It's everywhere and it seems all supported by the same bit of PR.

We tried to listen to the Saturday Night Live (SNL in American culture) performance referred in the article. We got the message "the uploader has not made this video available in your country." So most people reading this will still have no idea who the band is or what music they play. But, hey, they get headlines... and they have a facebook page and a twitter feed so media that trawl those for fillers have plenty of places to look.


And by the way: the two songs they released this month, "Call the Police" and "American Dream" are already on our office playlist.


Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus To Perform At One Manchester Benefit Concert

If you want to witness Girl Power 2017 style, this is it. No jokes, no criticism just absolute and positive recognition of a refusal to let the lunatics define how we live.

Even more impressive? This is a report in American media about American girls standing up but making no personal capital, for the people of Manchester.

And it's not just them: the list so far is a who's who of current music: Katy Perry, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, former One Direction member Niall Horan and others yet to be announced. It will be held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground for which Emirates, an Arab airline based in a Muslim country, has naming rights.

There really is very little more than can be done to say "**** you" to terrorists who pretend to act in the name of Islam but are, in truth, just criminals and mass murderers. Good job, girls.



Gregg Allman's Funeral Set for Saturday in Georgia

Allman Brother, Greg, who died at the weekend after suffering from cancer for some years, will be buried in a private funeral in the same cemetery as his brother, Duane. Billboard Magazine says that Greg's son, Devon, says there may be a concert later.



Watch: Festival Pulls the Plug on Foo Fighters Mid-Song, Band Handles It in Style

The band played on as the audience continued to sing along :)