This week’s selection of news on the latest festivals, releases, tours, events, acts of mischief, and various strange occurrences.

Last week ended with news of Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong being hospitalized on account of a collapsed lung. This week began with the band being forced to cancel their US tour because of Tong’s recovering health. Ticket holders are encouraged to head over to the point of purchase for refunds asap.

A couple days later, another artist’s fans were disappointed, as Lady Sovereign broke down onstage Wednesday night two songs into her LA show. Another show will be rescheduled for December, following her US tour.

By contrast, things are looking up for James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem project. Murphy and crew have chosen a name and release date for their next album. Sound of Silver will be out March 20, 2007, with a tour to follow.

Finally, a very eventful week for the XLR8R staff, as we discovered that not only is our issue 60 cover included on the CD jacket of The Roots Dubstep compilation, we also have readers who enjoy turning our covers into artwork. Maybe that’ll help us win the PLUG award we were nominated for.