-- A fierce downpour and lightning flashes only served to edge up the excitement level during Wilco's Monday night concert at Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the first of two nights there. One reviewer said the band was "at the height of their live powers" as they served up a total of 45 songs over two nights. [Rolling Stone]

-- Check out the new Mountain Goats track 'Cry for Judas' from their forthcoming 'Transcendental Youth' album (out Oct. 2). It has that classic happy music/sad lyrics thing going on to the extreme, which the Goats have always been great at. [Death + Taxes]

-- If you know anything about 2:54, you probably know the sisterly British duo really digs heavy guitars. Where did that come from? "Our mom was very into rock and heavier bands and I think that seeped in at a young age," Hannah Thurlow reasons. Hard to argue with that logic. [Spinner]

-- If Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) isn't quite out there enough for your tastes, you are in luck. The Canadian singer is considering starting a  more experimental side project under a different moniker that will focus on "noise music" with an "industrial dance" edge. Claire, you had us at "noise."  [Pitchfork]

-- Two decades without a new album from the original Happy Mondays lineup have been a bummer, but things are looking up. The Madchester legends reportedly are in the studio working on material for what would be their first disc since 1992's 'Yes Please!' Yes please, indeed. [NME]