Monday Music News Jan16

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Graham Coxon will drop his eighth solo album, A+E, on April 2nd, and will combine this venture with two dozen solo shows across the UK, kicking off at Oxford’s O2 Academy on April 13. In an interesting twist, Coxon – whose day job, of course, is as guitarist for Blur – is offering local bands the opportunity to serve as his opening act – bands can submit their tracks to a special page on Coxon’s website, and the songs will be voted on by fans and by Coxon himself. The tour dates will include stops in Glasgow (4.17), Brighton (4.23), Gloucester (4.27), and will wrap at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilions on April 30.

Are y’all ready? No, not for football (thanks anyway…) – but for this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) MusicFest, which will be happening in Austin, Texas March 14 through 18. SXSW Panels and the SXSW Film Festival will be happening concurrently, of course – but mostly, we’re looking forward to the band lineup, which so far is set to include Thee Oh Sees, VHS or Beta, Cloud Nothings, Miracles of Modern Science, New Cassettes, Jonquil, Timbuktu, Balkan Beat Box, Thomas Dolby, Talib Kweli, The Magnetic Fields, and the wittily-named Ringo Deathstarr, among literally dozens and dozens of other bands.

Adele will finally make her return to the stage after having throat surgery last November at this year’s Brit Awards in London on February 21 – the songstress will sing at the event, and is also nominated for three Brit awards herself. Performing at the Brits in addition to Adele will be Coldplay, Noel Gallagher, and Bruno Mars, while other nominees include the Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Fleet Foxes, David Guetta, Ryan Adams, and the aforementioned Coldplay…

PYXIS POINTS | Newly Brooklyn-based indie rockers White Rabbits spent much of last year recording their newest album, Milk Famous, in Austin Texas, and it’s now ready to meet the ears of the world on March 6. | David Bowie’s very first demo single, “Liza Jane” – on which he billed himself as Davie Jones and the King Bees – just sold for over $3000 US at an online auction  | Pulp are reissuing their 1983 debut album, It, this month, complete with new artwork, bonus tracks, and new liner notes |  Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder has been chatting with the press again, and suggested that the band might reform later this year, although the band’s official reps deny it so far |  Canadian indie-popsters Islands will drop their fourth album, A Sleep and a Forgetting, on Valentine’s Day, aww | and The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner will premiere their abstract multimedia collaboration with visual artist Matthew Ritchie, The Long Count, in London this month – Kristi Kates