4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of August 28th

With all the memorable performances during the Video Music Awards, it’s easy to overlook that MTV gives out actual awards during the show. Song of Summer went to Lil Uzi Vert, not Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”. However, Artist of the Year did go to Ed Sheeran, yet not Lorde.

Best Collaboration winners were Zayn & Taylor Swift, not The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer“. And Best Rock winners were Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul“. Not Coldplay’s – “A Head Full of Dreams“, Fall Out Boy’s – “Young And Menace“, Green Day’s – “Bang Bang“, nor Foo Fighters  “Run

A somber note at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards: Jared Leto, attending the event with his band 30 Seconds to Mars, memorialized the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Leto talked about Bennington’s relationship with Chris Cornell and offered a message of support for anyone struggling with depression. See the full video tribute here

Hurricane Harvey had wreaked havoc in the South this past weekend—enough to force show cancellations in Texas. Harvey was named a Category 4 storm. Simple Plan, Set It Off and Patent Pending had a shows scheduled this weekend in Houston and Austin for the No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls anniversary tour, but were forced to cancel.

When the Fall were announced as headliners for Louisville’s Cropped Out festival, it was a big deal. The long-running UK post-punk act rarely play in the U.S., and their appearance at the fest would have been their first stateside performance in over a decade. Sadly, that show, and another scheduled performance in New York, aren’t going to happen; even more sadly, according to statements from Cropped Out and the Fall’s manager, it’s because 60-year-old Fall mastermind Mark E. Smith was recently hospitalized for issues with his throat, mouth, and respiratory system. Fortunately, it sounds like he’s going to be fine. The band says the NYC show has already been rescheduled for sometime next year, and they’re working on another Louisville show as well.

Queens of the Stone Age have released their seventh album Villains this last Friday. It’s the band’s first record since 2013’s …Like Clockwork and was produced entirely by Mark Ronson. The band have previously released the official singles “The Evil Has Landed” and “The Way You Used to Do,”.

The laws surrounding copyright and songwriting issues are always weighing on artists’ minds. The last thing any musician wants to do is pay over royalties for a lyric or chord progression that may or may not sound like someone else’s work. Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Josh Homme is pretty pissed about it, choosing to blame “douchebag” Robin Thicke for the increased copyright sensitivity in a drunken interview with Rolling Stone.

Beck has formally announced his upbeat new album Colors, and released a first single, “Dear Life.” Colors is out October 13 from Capitol. It follows Morning Phase, which won Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys.

Two earlier Beck singles, “Dreams” and “Wow,” also appear on the new album. Another song, “Up All Night” previously appeared in the FIFA 17soundtrack and in an ad for smartwatches.

Canadian indie-pop outfit Stars have announced their first album in three years, There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light. Hear their first single “Real Thing,” during Indie-Pendence hall …moving to weeknights at 9pm CSt starting next week.

Warner Bros. Records is making all of our dreams come true: They have announced a series of exclusive limited edition 12″ vinyl picture discs under the banner of the Picture This series, which will include limited edition pressings of some of their best selling titles.

Those include:

My Chemical Romance:

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

Green Day:


Linkin Park:

Minutes to Midnight

The Flaming Lips:

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

The Head and the Heart:

Signs of Light

The vinyl records will be released Sept. 29th. Each title will be limited to 3,000 pressings, except for Green Day’s Dookie, which will be limited to 8,500 pressings.

Taking Back Sunday announce fourth annual holiday spectacular. This two-day show features all our favorites such as The Maine, The Dear Hunter, and of course, Taking Back Sunday. You can buy tickets here