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BAND OF HORSES, Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran, and Mumford and Sons are among the musicians set to perform at this year’s 2012 iTunes Festival in London, which features shows all throughout the month of September.  Singer-songwriter Murs will be one of the first to perform via his September 3 set, with all of the concerts taking place at London’s Roundhouse – additional shows will feature Deadmau5 (9.5), Elbow and Bat for Lashes (9.7), Jack White and the aforementioned Band of Horses (9.8), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Soundtrack of Our Lives (9.12), David Guetta (9.15), and Hot Chip (9.29.)

ELVIS COSTELLO is thinking ahead – waaay ahead, actually – as he’s already booked the majority of what will be an extensive UK tour set to take place next summer. Costello, whose most recent studio album is 2010’s National Ransom, will be bringing along his giant spinning song wheel for the trek, which will include stops in Birmingham, England (5.31.13), London (6.4 and 6.5), Blackpool (6.13), and York (6.17), among other stops.

BECK has completed a plethora of new tunes, but fans are going to have to do a little work to actually hear them – the first trio are three songs that he composed for the new PlayStation 3 game Sound Shapes (including standout “Spiral Staircase”), so obviously you’ll be buying the game if you want to hear those past a promotional stream or two online. The next set, 20 new Beck songs in all, are collected in an album Beck’s calling Song Reader, but there’s a catch – they’re being published in sheet music, so if you can’t play the songs yourself, or know someone who can, you’re out of luck. Gee, Beck, we like you – why do you have to make this so difficult?

PYXIS POINTS | Norwegian talent Lindstrom will drop his newest album, Smalhans, on November 6 | R.E.M. will drop a special expanded 25th anniversary edition of their 1987 Document album on September 25 | Sleigh Bells are bringing DJ Araabmuzik and punkers Refused along with them for a North American tour this autumn | Vampire Weekend have reportedly completed about 80 percent of the songwriting for the next album | Simian Mobile Disco’s new EP, A Form of Change, will be in-stores on October 2 | and Happy Birthday to the CD, 30 years old this year, and already becoming obsolete (sigh.) – Kristi Kates