>> NME reports that an unknown jerk or jerks made off with Del.-based sextet Spinto Band's prized mandolin, which features prominently on the band's transcendent single "Oh Mandy." The theft occured last night in Manchester, England, where the band was playing the venue Academy 3. The instrument was apparently lifted right off the stage by the perps. More details here.
>> IndieWorkshop tells us that guitar savant Nels Cline, probably best known as a recent Wilco sideman, has formed a new musical concern with insanely talented Hella drummer Zach Hill. The new act is called Damsel and it also includes Hella's touring bassist and one of Wilco's live sound engineers. Damsel will release a four-track album on Temporary Residence this fall called Distressed. Further info here.
>> If you missed the big Shins update at Billboard today, and the widespread bloggery it spawned this afternoon, you can read the whole shebang for yourself right here.
>> Another widely reported story today was that exciting Brit post-punkers Bloc Party will support the act Panic! At The Disco, whom we have never heard, on a forthcoming fall tour. BrooklynVegan has the full tour dates here. On a related note, we noticed this afternoon that a new demo of a forthcoming Bloc Party track has made its way onto at least one blog out there. Why not look for it on Hype Machine?