-- NPR Music: They've got an early stream of Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, of which Reverb's Erin Thompson says: "Tonally, things may have calmed down, but they haven't lost any intensity; the Arcade Fire hasn't faded, they've evolved."
The Corin Tucker Band
-- Kill Rock Stars: Download "Doubt," the first single off 1,000 Years, the forthcoming album from The Corin Tucker Band. Tucker and co. play Showbox at the Market on October 8.
-- Pitchfork: The Black Angels and Black Mountain play the Showbox on November 29. Both bands have new albums due out September 14.
-- O.C. Weekly: Frederick Milner, aka Derf Scratch, original bassist for the LA punk band FEAR passed away last week.