Just two weeks into their Fall 2012 tour, Jersey indie punkers Screaming Females have had to cancel the rest of the dates. The word from their publicist:

Since falling ill with mononucleosis in May, Marissa Paternoster has been experiencing severe chronic pains that have rendered it very difficult for Screaming Females to tour. To ensure that Marissa has adequate time to heal so that Screaming Females can continue, it brings us great sadness to announce that all scheduled dates after October 10th will be cancelled.”

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It’s a good week for quasi-reunions. Two days ago, Everything But the Girl got back together for an xx cover. Now we hear Garbage, the alt-rock giants who lay dormant for four years, return with a cover of their own. It’s U2’s “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,” from the same tribute album that gave us Damien Rice’s “One” and Jack White’s “Love Is Blindness.” Continue reading »

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Today’s Bandcamp feature (our 20th) takes an unexpected theme: girl power! Four of the five songs at least come from female artists or lady-fronted bands. They range from icons embodying the spirit of rock in a female frame (Beth Gibbons of Portishead) to groups who embody something less than the feminist ideal (the appropriately-named Sugababes). And then there’s a song originally by Big Star, who represent none of these things, but just couldn’t be skipped. Continue reading »

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