Today in Music News: Monday July 12

It’s been a busy couple of days for music news — let’s catch up!

Shonen Knife are preparing to release a new album and DVD, and to that end they’ll be touring North America. They’re stopping in Toronto on October 1, Montreal on September 30, and Vancouver on September 9.

A new album from Women is coming out in late September, but you can listen to the first single now.

Speaking of new music: for anyone excited to hear the new Best Coast album it’s online and available to stream on the Urban Outfitters website. While you listen you can check out their interview with lead singer/guitarist Beth as well.

Roots, Douglas Coupland and The Most Serene Republic have teamed up to work on a new clothing line. The band was recruited by Coupland to provide the soundtrack to his designs for Roots.

Deerhunter are also releasing a new disc in September, and to promote it they’ve asked fans print a poster from their website and engage in some DIY marketing by posting it up anywhere and everywhere. If you take them up on it, you can get a digital download of the new single from the disc.

In a weird turn of events, classic prog-rock band Rush are being sued by a fan for canceling a show due to rain. Via Exclaim!: The lawsuit states: “After the announcement of cancellation, rain was not significant in Chicago. For example, the Chicago White Sox completed a game in the weather in Chicago on the evening of July 7, 2010.”

The Copyright Board of Canada lightened — by $13 million — the amount in royalties that commercial radio stations will pay out. And also decided some other complicated legal stuff you may understand better than we do.

Foreign artists touring the U.S. had better watch out, because the IRS is watching and going after tax money it’s owed by touring musicians.

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