News Roundup: Harlem Shakes and Pela Break Up, Jay-Z Has No Idea Who Lil Mama Is, and Counting Crows Are Playing for Free in Central Park


–This weekend saw a rash of New York band breakups, according to Brooklyn Vegan. Avant-twee Brooklyn quintet (and sometime Voice contributors) the Harlem Shakes have called it quits, maybe (get your sourcing game up, Viggo!). And sad sincere erstwhile local quartet Pela have definitely broken up. The announcement: “It is with great sadness that we write you today. Pela’s collective journey has come to an end. Over the past 2 years we’ve faced tremendous obstacles. We recorded an album twice, had a falling out/legal battle with our old label, fired 2 managers, had a big record deal fall through, and Billy had a hand injury followed by a foot injury.” Then they say thank you.

–That entertaining bit of interference Lil Mama ran on Alicia Keys and Jay-Z’s VMA performance of “Empire State of Mind”? Not appreciated. The Daily News has an item alleging Jay flipped on MTV. And, more entertainingly, that Jay has no idea who Lil Mama is. “How mad was Jay-Z when rapper Lil Mama muscled into his duet with Alicia Keys at the MTV Video Music Awards? Though he tried to stay cool onstage, a backstage source tells us, “He went ballistic. He was screaming at the MTV producers about the lack of security. He apparently thought at first she was just a fan. Beyoncé finally calmed him down.”

–Alison Krauss and Counting Crows are playing a free show in Central Park this Wednesday. Carole King, too. 7pm, East Meadow, as part of Feel Free, “an event that celebrates and pays tribute to the National Parks” and Ken Burns’ documentary thereof. Alright then.