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THE 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS wrapped up last night with a host of eclectic performances that served as a grand and spectacularly-choreographed overview of British music. Three hours of music in all, including short sets from the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Frank Turner, Liam Gallagher (who reportedly had to ask brother Noel’s permission to sing “Wonderwall” – would’ve liked to be a fly on the wall for that conversation…), Annie Lennox (who arrived on a giant faux ship), The Who, and Muse. But while it was a fair cross-section of Brit pop/rock, there were also a number of other performers who actually said no thank you to performing at the Olympics at all – including David Bowie (who was nonetheless feted with music and visuals, even in his absence), the Sex Pistols, the aforementioned Noel Gallagher, and The Libertines, among others.

PETER GABRIEL (speaking of Brit rockers) is having his classic 1986 art-rock-meets-pop album, So, digitally remastered for a special 25th anniversary edition of the disc that will hit stores in October in a variety of configurations. Truly serious Gabriel fans will even be able to choose from an expanded 3-CD version of the album, or a box set with the added bonus of live performance DVD recordings. As if that weren’t enough, Gabriel himself will kick off a two-week North American tour in September, and will be treating audiences to the entire So album live.

THE POLARIS PRIZE have named their shortlist for the 2012 honour, which will be announced on September 24th, and which will award the winner with $30,000 for the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit. This year’s nominees include Cold Specks, Feist, Cadence Weapon, and Grimes, among others; previous winners have included Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, and Caribou.

PYXIS POINTS | Muse’s first single, “Madness,” from their sixth studio album The 2nd Law, is on radio now | Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard’s solo debut album, Former Lives, will hit outlets on October 16 | Grizzly Bear’s newest album, Shields, is set to hit stores September 18 on Warp Records | Classic new wavers Blondie are still on the road, with a busy autumn schedule that includes shows in Los Angeles (9.12), Austin TX (9.18), and Chicago (9.26) | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah recently lost two members unexpectedly, as bassist Tyler Sargent and guitarist/keyboardist Robbie Guertin both announced they’re leaving the band | and The Weeknd have announced a sched of North American shows throughout September and October, as follow-up to their tour with Florence and the Machine. – Kristi Kates