Thanks to the wonder that is the Internet, the music industry is an endless being, a creature of pure motion that is always dragging its various tentacles forward to a future of further hype and equally combustible excitement. Because of the size of such a beast, there is little in the world that can halt this monstrosity. Well, irresistible force, meet the immovable object: the one-two punch of Record Store Day and the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. With this once-a-year happening, people get lost in the energy and the sounds and the drama and forget that outside of the dingy record shops and the enchantment of a field in the middle-of-nowhere California, things are still going down in the rest of the land of music-making. So, as a reminder to ensure you know the party’s over, here’s a plethora of the latest releases, news bits and developments, and much more that a lot of you undoubtedly missed whilst forgetting about the happenings of Planet Earth. Reality’s a bitch, folks!
— R.I.P. The Stills.
— Lady Gaga‘s latest single, “Judas” hit the web.
— My Morning Jacket launched a Self-Hypnosis Series.
— LCD Soundsystem will release their final concert on DVD.
— Stream two tracks off Radiohead‘s Record Store Day single.
— In other news, there’s no such thing as The King of Limbs, pt 2.
— Death Cab for Cutie previewed three tracks from their new album.
— Watch the Arctic Monkeys’ new video for Dont Sit Down Cause Ive Moved Your Chair.
— Soundgarden announced the first four dates for their first North American tour in 14 years.
— Santigold is back with a brand new single. Hear “Go”, featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
— Awesome show alert: Rage Against the Machine is teaming up with Muse and Rise Against for a summer concert in Los Angeles.
— Pitchfork Music Festival rounded out its 2011 lineup with Thurston Moore, Superchunk, Battles, Toro Y Moi, tUnE-yArDs, Cold Cave, and more.
— Hear a taste of David Byne and Will Oldham‘s soundtrack for the upcoming film This Must Be The Place. Also see Sean Penn dress like The Cure’s Robert Smith.
— Wiz Khalifa, Thievery Corporation, Common, Neon Indian, Little Dragon, and Gogol Bordello are among the initial acts confirmed for this year’s North Coast Music Festival.
— The world biggest’s music festival revealed its 2011 lineup. U2, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Morrissey, Queens of the Stone Age, Chemical Brothers, Paul Simon, Bright Eyes, and a thousand more are set for Glastonbury 2011.
— Win a brand new Sony Bloggie Touch HD Camera.