NEW WBRU FEATURE, The Wrap-Up brings you the 10 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about the best new album and music video releases.


1. Julian Casablancas opened up about the Strokes’ future and tense history

Julian Casablancas talked to GQ about his new band, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, and their album, Tyranny, which will be released on Tuesday. However, he also talked about issues within the Strokes following the release of their debut album, Is This It. “A band is a great way to destroy a friendship, and a tour’s a great way to destroy a band,” Casablancas revealed.

In an interview with Stereogum with regards to the Strokes’ future, Julian Casablancas stated, “…we’ll be doing stuff. At this point I have a bunch of engagements and I’ll probably be busy for the next year, developing and touring with the Voidz. But there’s room for both in my world — and the world, whatever…I think the Strokes definitely have more magic in them, so I’ll look forward to that new adventure.”

2. Weezer tease a new song

In preparation for the release of their ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on October 7, Weezer released a clip of the track “The British Are Coming.” The video starts off with a voiceover stating, “Welcome to the first-level literati. Our mission is to keep the tradition alive.” It then features about 30 seconds of the song, which begins with acoustic guitars and harmonies remniscient of classic rock.

3. The Foo Fighters debut new music

The Foo Fighters performed a 14-song set for the closing concert of England’s first Invictus Games. In the middle of 2007′s “The Pretender,” they played part of “Outside,” a track on their upcoming eighth album, Sonic Highways. Sonic Highways comes out on October 17.

4. Jack White’s jokes at his Fenway Park show cause a stir

On Wednesday, Jack White performed at Fenway Park, playing songs from his time with The White Stripes and the Raconteurs as well as his solo work. While talking to the crowd during his show, he stated “Most performers don’t use microphones anymore. Ninety percent of proper singers don’t use microphones that have cords on them.” He then said that the Foo Fighters use an additional guitarist to hide any errors in their live shows. His commentary concluded with criticism of Rolling Stone in which he listed faux article ideas for them, such as “15 outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month” and “10 reasons why didn’t cover the Newport Folk Festival for 50 years straight.”

On Thursday, however, Nasty Little Man, the publicity firm for White, cleared up the controversy around White’s words and stated that his guitar experienced a technical error during the show, so “in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke!”

5. Bush will reissue their first four albums

In addition to their upcoming album, Man on the Run, which comes out on October 21, Bush announced on Tuesday that they will release remastered versions of their first three albums on October 14.

6. David Bowie and the Foo Fighters get their own official days

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that September 23 is “David Bowie Day,” which is also the day that the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago will open the David Bowie Is exhibition. Likewise, Richmond, Virginia declared September 17 “Foo Fighters Day.”

7. Hozier covered the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”

WBRU interviewed Hozier in July during the Newport Folk Fest and during his visit to BBC’s Live Lounge on Monday, he covered the Arctic Monkeys’ hit, “Do I Wanna Know?” It can be heard here.

8. The meaning of Arcade Fire’s Funeral artwork was revealed

Arcade Fire’s debut album, Funeral, turned 10 on Sunday and Tracy Maurice, the artist who created its cover discussed its meaning with Billboard. Arcade Fire gave her “a few reference images and some old birth and death certificates,” which reflected the Funeral‘s discussion of mortality and the passing of time.

9. Conan announced a George Harrison Tribute Week

Starting on Monday, Conan will feature musical performances that honor the music of George Harrison. Musical performances from Beck, Dhani Harrison, and Norah Jones were announced.

10. Lorde covered Kanye West and Bon Iver

Lorde covered Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and Bon Iver’s “Heavenly Father” as part of her fall tour. Footage of her Kanye West cover at Philadelphia is shown below.


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