Monday Music News Jan09

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Fresh from a smash PBS New Year’s concert broadcast on American TV and a UK Number One track for their inspirational single “Paradise,” Coldplay are set to kick off their first North American tour in three years this spring, in continuing support of their current hit album, Mylo Xyloto. Chris Martin and crew will start their tour in Canada (Edmonton) on April 17, with additional stops in Portland OR (4.24), Seattle (4.25), a pair of shows in Los Angeles (5.1 and 5.2), Toronto (7.23), and Chicago (8.7.) In addition to the stateside shows, they’ll be performing in Europe and England in May and June, with those dates including concerts in Madrid Spain (5.20), Zurich Switzerland (5.26), and Manchester England (6.10).

Killers singer Brandon Flowers recently spoke with BBC Radio 1 and confirmed that The Killers are definitely set to drop a new album later this year, although they’ve yet to decide whether the set will arrive in the ‘summertime or wintertime.’ The album, which will be the band’s fourth, is already partially recorded, and will likely include new track “Battle Born.”

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke crafted two new tracks of electronica-based music for fashion line Rag & Bone’s Spring 2012 runway presentation at New York Fashion Week. “Stuck Together” and “Twist” – the two tracks – on which Yorke reportedly collaborated with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood – can now be searched and destroyed – erhm, found, that is – on the YouTubes.

PYXIS POINTS | In other Radiohead news, the band reportedly plan to play some brand new material – in addition to recently-released singles “Staircase” and “The Daily Mail” – on their 2012 world tour | Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have been tapped to be music directors of the 2012 Olympics in London | Early bird tix are already available for this year’s Iceland Airwaves Festival, even though the concerts themselves aren’t until next October | Mumford & Sons have been working in Nashville and the UK countryside on songs for their upcoming new album, although no release date has been set yet | The Kooks will be touring on selected dates this upcoming spring |  Foster the People will be joining The Kooks on that aformentioned trek | And Noel Gallagher, after watching a recent episode of the UK’s Top of the Pops, told the press, with disappointment, that many of today’s rock bands are ‘dreadful rubbish,’ and that every song sounds the same. – Kristi Kates