Monday Music News Jan02

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Woo-hoo! Damon Albarn and his Blur bandmates are set to be honored at the 2012 BRIT Awards, which will be held on February 21 this year. Joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Oasis, and The Who, Blur will snag the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. Whether or not that influenced their recent aside to NME that they might consider playing live as a band again some time this year is anyone’s guess, but it’s been confirmed that they have been getting together to work on new Blur songs…

Sigur Ros, whose last project, INNI, combined music and video in such a complex fashion that many assumed the band was done creating anything for a while, will actually be moving forward with yet another release, an album that is expected to focus more precisely on the ambient side of Sigur Ros’ sound. The new music, which according to early listens includes such elements as a choir and organ trills, is also said to be more minimalistic than usual for the band, and is of course being overseen in large part by Sigur Ros’ frontman, Jonsi Birgisson…

Indie rockers The Maccabees have confirmed a UK tour for this year, a dozen shows in all that will serve as an arm of their 2012 European tour. The Macs will kick off their UK dates in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 5, and will pass through Cardiff (Wales), Leeds, Bristol, Norwich, and Southampton on their way to Cambridge, England on March 19. If you’re wondering what all this tour bus fuss is about, snag the band’s third album, Given to the Wild, next week when it hits stores on January 9…

PYXIS POINTS | Smith Westerns are hopping on the tour bus for a trek that will include stops in Toronto (1.27), Washington DC (2.1), Chicago (2.3), and Milwaukee (2.4) | Adele is recovering well from her vocal surgery late last year, and is expected to be trilling tunes again by February | Police fans hoping for a reunion of the retro-iffic band can give up the ghost (in the machine), as Sting recently told Billboard magazine that he doesn’t see the band ever getting back together again | The Shins newest set, Port of Morrow, is now set to drop in March on frontman James Mercer’s Aural Apothecary label | Magnetic Fields’ own new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, will be offered up by Merge Records on March 6 (March 5 in the UK) | And The Stone Roses, who have inked a new record deal with Columbia (U.S.) and Universal, have pencilled several summer shows into their calendar, including stops at Spain’s Benicassim Festival (7.12 through 7.15 ) and a top spot at Scotland’s T in the Park (7.6 through 7.8) – Kristi Kates