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Beyonce, Chris Martin & Bruno Mars -- Halftime show
Beyonce

BEYONCÉ announced THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR today following her appearance during Super Bowl 50. The highly-anticipated tour, promoted by Live Nation, presented by American Express and produced by Parkwood Entertainment, will kick off in North America on April 27 in Miami, Fla. at Marlins Park with 21 additional stadium dates lined up throughout the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas and more. The European leg of THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR will start on June 28 in Sunderland, United Kingdom at Stadium of Light. Additional European stadium dates include London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more. A full list of tour dates and venues is below.

Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, Feb. 15 in Europe and Tuesday, Feb. 16 in North America (full on sale schedule provided at end of release). Beyhive members may purchase tickets in advance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 15 for shows going on sale on Feb. 22.
As the above-quoted press release says, Beyonce timed a tour announcement with her appearance as part of the Halftime show of Superbowl 50 (where she performed her new song, but not the Coldplay song she appears on). All dates, including June 7 at Citi Field in NYC, and the Halftime video and setlist, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

UPDATE: Tour Announced

photo: Beyonce at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Beyonce

Beyoncé just dropped "Formation," the first new song she's released since the 2014 expanded edition of her great 2013 album Beyoncé. It's got a beat by Mike WiLL Made-It, an appearance by Big Freedia, and it was co-written by Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd. If you liked her sorta-trap songs "***Flawless" and "7/11," you're gonna love this too. Oh and also, she says "I slay" about 90 times. As if we thought otherwise.

The video also pays a massive tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. According to The FADER, it was directed by Melina Matsoukas who also did the "Pretty Hurts" video. Watch it below and pick up a free download at beyonce.tidal.com. According to SPIN, she'll give the song its live debut Sunday night (2/7) at Super Bowl 50. The main act is Coldplay. Bruno Mars is promised too and Rihanna and Justin Timberlake are rumored. Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem.

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photo: Coldplay at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coldplay

Coldplay recently announced a stadium tour, and now they've added new dates in Chicago, LA, and the NYC-area.

In addition to MetLife Stadium on July 16, they'll hit the same venue on July 17. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/5) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting Wednesday (2/3) at 10 AM. Fan club and Citi presales for both already started. Updated dates are listed below.

As you probably know, Coldplay are also playing the Super Bowl 50 halftime show this Sunday (2/7). They're set to be joined by Beyonce and Bruno Mars. It was also revealed today that Lady Gaga (who will honor Bowie at the Grammys) will sing the National Anthem.

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to pimp a butterfly platinum

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced that they would now include streaming sales in the calculation of Gold and Platinum albums. Here's how it breaks down:

After a comprehensive analysis of a variety of factors - including streaming and download consumption patterns and historical impact on the program - and also consultation with a myriad of industry colleagues, the RIAA set the new Album Award formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale. Also effective today, RIAA's Digital Single Award ratio will be updated from 100 on-demand streams = 1 download to 150 on-demand streams = 1 download to reflect streaming's enormous growth in the two plus years since that ratio was set.
Seventeen albums were certified gold (500,000) or platinum (1 million) with the news, including Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise, and Coldplay's Ghost Stories (all of which were all declared platinum). The entire list of albums is below...

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photo: Coldplay at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coldplay

Coldplay will support their late 2015 album A Head Full of Dreams on a world tour this year. It hits the NYC-area on July 16 at MetLife Stadum. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday, February 5 at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Friday, January 29 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Before the tour, Coldplay will play the halftime show at Super Bowl 50, which takes place on February 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA with the Panthers playing the Broncos. Beyonce (who's on the new Coldplay album) will join them during their set, as will Bruno Mars.

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Illustration by Ryan Casey
Rolling Stone

We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.

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Coldplay

Three years after Beyonce played the Super Bowl halftime show, her collaborators Coldplay will do the same, the Wall Street Journal reports. The article points out that Bey is actually in talks to make a guest appearance, "according to people familiar with the matter." Bruno Mars is appearing too. Super Bowl 50 happens February 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Coldplay's new album A Head Full of Dreams will be out at midnight (it won't be on Spotify though), and it features the Beyonce collab "Hymn for the Weekend." Listen to that below. Other guests include Noel Gallagher (guitar), Tove Lo (vocals), Gywneth Paltrow (vocals), Barack Obama (sample of a speech), Avicii (programming) and Stargate (production).

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NME

It's the season for year-end lists, and they just keep rolling in. Now longrunning (and now free) UK weekly NME has joined the party, going with Grimes' Art Angels at #1 on their top 50 albums of 2015 list (she also topped Gorilla vs. Bear' and SPIN's lists). Kendrick Lamar comes in at #2, and those two records are really topping a lot of lists this year. Elsewhere on the list, you can find indie stalwarts like Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Deerhunter, and Sleater-Kinney, pop nods like Future, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, and an emphasis on British acts like Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay, Sleaford Mods, Bill Ryder-Jones, Laura Marling, The Cribs, and of course Blur. For good measure, Ryan Adams comes in at #50 with his Taylor Swift covers album.

Check out the full list below...

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peace

Foo Fighters have announced the cancellation of the rest of their tour:

It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.
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U2 was scheduled to play a show in Paris tonight that was going to be broadcast on HBO.

As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.

Speaking from Paris the band said:

"We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.

We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans.

And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe."

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Coldplay:

Tonight's live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris.

All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show, with details to follow soon. For those of you already down at the venue and those on your way, we'll play a short set of old material so that your journey isn't wasted

We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.

Love Coldplay

Braids:

Paris, due to yesterday's events, our show tonight is cancelled. To those affected by this tragedy, our thoughts are with you. Sending love.
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The 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth concert broadcast, hosted by Al Gore, set for Friday and Saturday (November 13 and 14) in Paris, France has been cancelled. Just Jared reports:

The concert, which aimed to raised awareness about global warming, was set to feature performances in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as well as locations around the globe.

Scheduled performers included Pharrell, Elton John, Hozier, Neil Young, Mumford and Sons, Walk the Moon, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Florence & the Machine.

The organization took to their official website to release a statement about the tragic events in Paris.

"Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected and the entire nation of France. We send our condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured," the concert's website said.

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Deftones were scheduled to play three shows at the venue that Eagles of Death Metal were playing when the attack happened. It goes without saying that those are cancelled, and the band posted the following message: "Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events."

UPDATES:

Motorhead are postponing their Sunday night show in Paris.

photo: Pearl Jam at ACL Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Pearl Jam

Last week, it was hinted that Pearl Jam might be playing NYC's Global Citizen Festival on September 26 in Central Park, and today that's been confirmed. The festival, curated by Chris Martin, also features his band Coldplay and Beyonce, as well as the previously announced Ed Sheeran.

Free tickets are available at the festival's website, for anyone who pledges to take an "Action Journey" -- "which include making phone calls, volunteering or participating in another effort to encourage the U.S. State Department to dedicate 50% of its foreign aid budget to the world's poorest countries" (via Billboard). You can also buy VIY tickets on Ticketmaster, starting Friday (7/10) at 10 AM.

Speaking of festivals in Central Park, Gang of Four and more were announced for Modern Sky Festival today.

Trailer video for Global Citizen Festival, below...

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Did you know that Coldplay were working on a Game of Thrones musical? Spoiler alert: they're not, really, but that's the premise of a 12-minute mockumentary short that was made for yesterday's Red Nose Day comedy fundraising marathon. Narrated by Liam Neeson, starring a lot of the GoT cast singing a lot bad songs and featuring a Chris Martin that just calls Kit Harrington Jon Snow the whole time, you can watch it below.

Actual spoiler alert: this is loaded with spoilers if you're not caught up.

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photo: Four Tet at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Four Tet

IDM great Four Tet is working on the followup to 2013's Beautiful Rewind -- earlier this month he tweeted that side 1 is done -- and he's busy with other stuff too. Just a few days ago, he debuted a remix of Coldplay's "Fix You" on Jon Hopkins' BBC Radio 1 residency, and you can listen to that below.

Four Tet also has some shows coming up, a few of which will have him going b2b with the jazz-influenced UK bass producer Floating Points. One of those is in NYC on April 30 at Output. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Four Tet and Floating Points also DJed together at the closing party for London club Plastic People in January. Listen to that mix, with the list of all currently announced dates and the Coldplay remix, below...

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photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG, 1/22/2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Fleetwood Mac

Sunday night (2/8) many thousands of people gave up watching the Grammys live to catch the reunited Fleetwood Mac play the Prudential Center. Like at MSG, they played two dozen songs to a packed house. Unlike at MSG, Stevie did not return to the stage after the last song, but Mick Fleetwood did supply the closing remarks again. Prudential Center setlist and videos below.

Stevie Wonder was not in the audience. We know this for sure because he was seen on TV all the way on the other coast, helping out Usher with some harmonica for Songs in the Key of Life classic "If It's Magic." Then Stevie and Jamie Foxx (who offered up a bit of his Oscar-winning Ray Charles impersonation next to Stevie) presented the final award of the night, Record of the Year to Sam Smith who won four total. Stevie will be visiting the Prudential Center soon though, on April 14, two days after the "Songs in the Key of Life" tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center (4/12). Tickets are on Citi/VIP package pre-sales now (as of 10am). A Facebook pre-sale starts Wednesday (2/11), and then a Live Nation/Mobile App pre-sale starts Thursday. Who has the password?


On Monday (2/16), CBS airs Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute, a two-hour special with performances by Janelle Monáe, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Usher, and more. You can watch the commercial, along with Fleetwood Mac Prudential Center videos, below.

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Grammy

This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

Continue reading "2015 Grammy Awards nominations (Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Jack White, Beck, Disclosure, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Rolling Stone

The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.

Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...

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Bruce at Hersheypark Stadium in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bruce

Yesterday's A-Trak show isn't the only NYC show happening in honor of World Aids Day. Tonight (12/1) there will be a show in Times Square with three of the four members of U2, minus Bono due to his recent injuries. In his place, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin will be fronting the band. Also performing their own sets are Kanye West and Carrie Underwood. Bono's organization (RED) is presenting the show.

It takes place at Duffy Square (on Broadway between 46th and 47th) at 7:30, and if you can't make it (or just don't want to deal with Times Square crowds), you can also stream it live HERE.

In related news, this Friday (12/5) PBS will air a Bruce Springsteen tribute at 9 PM EST which features footage of Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Patti Smith, Alabama Shakes and others covering The Boss at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the year benefit. There also may or may not be a Bruce biopic on the way starring Brad Pitt.

And in more related news, there's a new fan-made video of footage from Kanye's Yeezus tour (made by John Colandra) which you can watch below...

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London Grammar at Irving Plaza in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LG

UK synth pop trio London Grammar have announced that they'll be returning to North America once again for a tour here this fall. The tour includes their largest NYC show yet, happening on November 11 at Terminal 5. That date and most others is with Until the Ribbon Breaks. Tickets for T5 go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon. All dates are listed below.

LG also recently toured with Coldplay and spoke to NME about what that was like ("opening for Coldplay is amazing"). They also told TheMusic.com.au that Coldplay gave them some advice on how important band chemistry is ("that's arguably why they've been around for so long and have been so successful"). In related news, Coldplay just shared their collaborative song with Cat Power which appears on the soundtrack to the new Zach Braff movie. You can listen to that over at NPR.

Also look for London Grammar to appear on VH1 + Palladia's "Soundclash" series, hosted by Diplo and Questlove, on July 23 at 9 PM EST. All tour dates are listed below...

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Coldplay at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coldplay

Coldplay recently announced some shows, including a NYC stop happening on May 5 at Beacon Theatre which went on sale this week and sold out instantly. They've since added another show happening at the same venue earlier that night (5 PM), which is being presented by Citi. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (4/30) at 10 AM and are available to Citi Cardmembers only. Since we last spoke, SZA (who just released Z which you can stream below) was added as an opener to the late show. Updated dates are listed below.

Coldplay will also appear on SNL on May 3, and in other Coldplay/TV news, they'll air an hour-long special, Coldplay: Ghost Stories, on Sunday, May 18 (7 PM) on NBC. The special was directed by Coldplay Live 2012 director Paul Dugdale, and blends live footage of the band performing material off their new Ghost Stories album (recorded in front of an 800-person audience in LA in March) with cinematic film. You can watch the trailer for that below.

Giorgio Moroder also recently remixed Coldplay's Ghost Stories track, "Midnight." Listen to that remix, with the TV special trailer, list of dates, and SZA album stream, below...

Continue reading "Coldplay sold out Beacon Theatre, add early show, airing a new TV special; SZA opening the late show (updated dates)"

St. Vincent @ Chicago's Riviera Theatre (more by James Richards IV)
St. Vincent

Saturday Night Live has announced the hosts and music performers of the last three shows of the season. On May 3, a couple days before their sold-out Beacon Theatre performance, Coldplay will play SNL with host The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield.

Then on May 10 the musical guest will be Black Keys, whose new album Turn Blue will be out three days later. Charlize Theron, who is starring in Seth McFarlane's new comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, will host.

St. Vincent, last seen singing "Lithium" and "About a Girl" with the remains of Nirvana at Saint Vitus, will be the musical guest on the season finale which will air on May 17, and is hosted by SNL alum Andy Samberg. Annie Clark is no stranger to comedy, having appeared on a few episodes of Portlandia, so maybe she'll turn up in a sketch.

This Saturday (4/26), is a repeat of the Louis CK / Sam Smith episode.

Coldplay at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coldplay

Coldplay will release their sixth album, Ghost Stories, on May 19 via Parlophone/Atlantic and though a full tour in support of it hasn't been announced, they did just announce a few intimate international dates surrounding its release, including two in the US. They'll play LA on the album's release date, but before that they'll hit NYC on May 5 at Beacon Theatre, a much smaller venue than their 2012 shows at Barclays Center. Tickets will be on sale soon via this Ticketmaster link, and the band's mailing list subscribers will get early ticket info via Coldplay.com.

All tour dates are listed, with the videos for the very Bon Iver-sounding single "Midnight," the more Coldplay-sounding single "Magic," album artwork and tracklist, below...

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WIsh I Was Here

If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?

The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.

Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:

Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.

In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.

That book will be out on June 3.

Wish I Was Here trailer below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Heliotropes @ Cake Shop 11/16/2013
Heliotropes

Brooklyn's Heliotropes released their riff-heavy debut, A Constant Sea, over the summer and if you haven't heard it yet you can stream it below. Seeing them live is where it's at, though, and luckily these ladies like to play shows. Your next chance to see them is at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 27 where they'll open for the first of Psychic TV's two shows there. House of Blondes are also on the bill and that should be an interesting show to say the least. Like all BK Bazaar shows, it's free.

We've also got a belated set of pics from Heliotropes' 11/16 show at Cake Shop and those are in this post. Also, we've been asking bands to give us the 2013 Best Ofs, and Heliotropes singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul gave us a rather interesting list, her "Top 6 Musical Torture Scenarios of 2013." Check that out, along with those Cake Shop pics, below...

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Shearwater

Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so far. Somehow it slipped under the door.

It was meant to be a small thing, maybe a home-recorded EP, to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length (for which we're in the studio right now). But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring, from dives in Oklahoma and squats in Slovenia to the Fillmore West, the Bataclan, and the MGM Grand (ask me about that one sometime).

-Jonathan Meiburg

The new Shearwater album, Fellow Travelers, is out November 26 on Sub Pop. It's an album of covers by bands Shearwater have shared the stage with, such as Wye Oak, Folk Implosion, Sharon Van Etten (a song they wrote together for Record Store Day), Coldplay, St. Vincent, Clinic and more. Additionally, many of those artists collaborated on these recordings, though not on their own songs. You can stream Shearwater's take on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley Oh!" below.

No word on any tour dates yet. But for more on the album, you can read the rest of frontman Jonathan Meiburg's notes on the album -- and check out the tracklist -- below.

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BLur  / Oasis

Hell hath frozen over:

It was the bitter Britpop feud of the nineties - Oasis and Blur at each other's throats in the charts and out on the tiles.

Both rugged bands would threaten each other and the rivalry dominated both bands chart success, with record companies pandering to the division of teenage fans.

But despite Albarn, 44, saying in 2007 making up with Noel, 45, would be the end of Britpop the pair were happy to give each other a mellow squeeze at the BRIT Awards last night (2/20).

It seems Albarn had forgotten Noel Gallagher's famous wish he 'would 'get AIDS and die' and his own 2007 pledge: 'I can't make it up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid that we'd ever admit we'd all grown up!' -[Daily Mail]

Good to see they've made up. Maybe Liam still holds a grudge? You can relive the legendary Britpop beef via video clips below.

As for the BRIT Awards themselves, Mumford & Sons were named best British group; Coldplay was named best British live act; and Adele went home with Best British Single for "Skyfall." Full list of BRIT winners is here.

Blur will play their first North American shows in ages at Coachella 2013.

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Alt-J at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Alt-J

Big day for award nominations. The Oscars announced theirs this morning and the Brit Awards just wrapped up their ceremony for 2013 nominations, with Emeli Sandé grabbing four and Mumford & Sons and Alt-J each getting three. All three of those artists were nominated for British Album of the Year, a list that also included Paloma Faith and Plan B. If you don't know, The Brits are basically the UK's equivalent of the Grammys, though nominees are all British apart from a few "International" awards.

Jessie Ware, Muse, and Adele each got two nominations, and single-digit noms went to Bat for Lashes, The xx, Richard Hawley and The Vaccines.

Mumford & Sons have two nights at Barclays Center in February and Alt-J will swing though town in March.

The entire 2013 Brit Awards nominees list is below.

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