- VICTORIA HOLT
· Seattle psych-rock sextet Midday Veil have been accepted into 2013's South by Southwest festival. It's about freakin' time. Speaking of Midday Veil, their guitarist, Timm Mason, is now a full-fledged member of 2012 Stranger Genius Award contenders Master Musicians of Bukkake. Mason—who plays bass and synthesizer with MMOB—is being fitted for his medieval monk's robe as we type.
· Last week, Andrew "getting weirder by the second" W.K. told the internet that he had been invited to be a cultural ambassador to the Middle East, saying, "This is a tremendous invitation. I'm very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity... I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!" This week, however, the Huffington Post reported that a spokesperson for the State Department announced the invitation had been rescinded, calling it "a mistake and not appropriate." Aww, party on, Andrew.