Yesterday, we found out that U2’s appearance at UK’s Glastonbury Festival has been canceled due to Bono’s back problems. It didn’t take long for all sorts of rumors to fly about which artist would replace the Irish act on the bill including the ubiquitous Led Zeppelin is getting back together story. Today, word has come down that Gorillaz have stepped up to take U2’s spot at the famed festie as the Friday night headliner.
In other news, we finally get to hear some new music from Canadian indie faves Arcade Fire as a rip of Month of May – one half of Arcade Fire’s new 12″ – has leaked onto the ‘nets. Take a listen when you get a chance and let us know what you think. UPDATE: The other half of the 12″, titled The Suburbs, has surfaced. [via P4K and Consequence of Sound]
Finally, Bowery Presents has expanded its reach even further into New England with the announcement that the NYC-based independent promotion company will team up with Alex Crothers of Higher Ground Presents to re-open the State Theatre in Portland, ME. This news comes only a few months after Bowery started promoting shows in Boston. If this keeps up, by December they should be well into Canada and the Midwest.