Monday Music News Feb13

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Northern Ireland indie-rockers Two Door Cinema Club, who were one of the standouts on last year’s Lollapalooza festival roster, are in the middle of writing and recording their second album, on which they say they’re working with a ‘big name’ on production duties. The band have already recorded four songs in L.A., recorded in between their treks for the recent NME tour, and will reportedly be keeping busy for the next couple of months with continuing work on the new set.

Interpol frontman Paul Banks – under his solo alias Julian Plenti – will offer his own as-yet-untitled sophomore solo set later this year, which will be released over on the Matador record label. Banks, who is currently at work on the new tracks, was also recently featured along with his Interpol bandmates on the We Are the Works in Progress compilation album, which was put together to help benefit tsunami relief efforts.

And the big news this week, obvs, was the 54th Grammy Awards, which were dusted with sorrow via the unexpected passing of pop-soul singer Whitney Houston. Polite if understated host LL Cool J and many others paid tribute to Houston while still moving the awards show forward in celebration of music – although the Grammys themselves proved – as usual – to still be stuck around 20 years ago as far as what music is actually relevant to the current scene (case in point: Bon Iver’s win for “Best New Artist,” while deserved talent-wise, was odd in that Bon Iver’s been putting out albums since 2007.) The big winner of the evening was Adele, back from vocal surgery in full force – she not only performed a stunning version of her hit “Rolling in the Deep,” but also snagged all six of the awards that she was nominated for, including Song and Record of the Year. Standout performances at the Grammys, other than Adele, included Coldplay’s solo work on their track “Paradise,” the always-classy Sir Paul McCartney, Deadmau5, Jennifer Hudson, The Beach Boys with members of Foster the People and Maroon 5, the groovin’ Bruno Mars, and The Civil Wars/Taylor Swift combo. Performances we could’ve done without? A tepid (and off-key) Rihanna proving an unworthy addition to part of Coldplay’s performance, a way-too-bizarre Nicki Minaj, the overrated Chris Brown, and the stuck-in-the-’90s Foo Fighters.

PYXIS POINTS | The Maccabees recently told the Daily Star that their record label was worried that their new UK number one album, Given to the Wild, was ‘too experimental’ and would be a flop | A lineup of music legends (and a few newbies) including Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, and boy band JLS are set to perform at Buckingham Palace on June 4 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee | Orbital, Spiritualized, and Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys are all set to be part of a different festivity, that celebrating BBC 6 Music’s 10th birthday, which will take place across a trio of venues in London | Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan is reportedly moving forward with his plan to open a teahouse in his U.S. hometown of Chicago | The National’s Bryce Dessner explained in a recent interview that his band would likely haven’t even formed if it weren’t for the indie influence of Michael Stipe and R.E.M. | and it’s true, it’s true! Madchester Brit-rock legends Happy Mondays have indeed reformed and will embark on a UK tour this upcoming May. – Kristi Kate