"For the 12 years we've been making records, we've always been trying to prove something, and avoid being labeled as dad rock, or depressing," Matt Berninger of The National says. "We figured out how to fight so much over the years… This time around, we didn't care."
Fool's Gold's annual Day Off Labor Day party -- which this year featured the likes of Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies and Just Blaze, among others -- brought out execs from A-Trak's label and the Chamber Group as well as scores of fans, resulting in the event being shut down an hour early.
Entertainment industry players including Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer and OK Go have written and published an open letter to Washington expressing their concerns about SOPA/PIPA, the pending Congressional bills that would give the government and corporations the ability to shut down web addresses that contain copyright infringements.
The Alabama Shakes, who were named one of Billboard's Best Bets for 2012 last week, have released the details of their forthcoming debut full-length, titled "Boys & Girls" which will drop April 10 via ATO stateside and Rough Trade in the UK.
In accordance with a label deal signed in December 2010, Columbia Records and independent specialty label Neon Gold have co-signed New York electro-pop artist St Lucia. The signing is first multi-album deal for Neon Gold, and the first co-signing deal for the joint venture.