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SIGUR ROS recently gave a dozen indie filmmakers a small budget, and asked them to craft a short film based on their impressions upon listening to songs from the band’s latest album, Valtari. Sigur Ros have been debuting the films online here and there, but now have a bigger plan to screen the final 17 films on all seven continents, including Antarctica – and they’re not even limiting themselves to traditional theatres, with plans to showcase the short movies in such unusual venues as beauty salons and hardware stores, they say to match the “avant-garde” nature of the mini-films themselves.

SLEIGH BELLS are prepping a gift for their fans (appropriately, given the season) in the form of a new album, which they’ve been working on all this past year in between tourdates, festival appearances, and hanging out with No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain. The new set, which the band say is halfway completed, is said to be more “crisp and clean” than previous efforts, with a dusting of R&B influences and potential first single “Comeback Kid.” A concrete release date has yet to be announced, but Sleigh Bells fans can expect this new collection of tracks in 2013.

KASABIAN have just been added to the list for the performance roster at the new-ish Snowbombing Festival that will take place in Austria next year, joining the likes of Mistajam and Carl Cox, although the rest of the lineup appears to still be hidden behind a snowy mist of some sort. Kasabian, however, will play two shows, once as Snowbombing headliners and additionally in a smaller venue at the event – their last big appearance was at the Reading and Leeds fest this past summer. Snowbombing will take place April 1-6 2013 in the Austrian Alps.

PYXIS POINTS | Mumford and Sons’ new tour documentary, Road to Red Rocks, is now set to hit stores on January 22 | If you haven’t run across it yet, take a listen to Devotchka’s first live album ever, Devotchka Live with the Colorado Symphony, which was recorded last winter in Denver | Yo La Tengo have announced that they plan to tour in support of their upcoming new as-yet-untitled album, which will be their first full-length set since 2009’s Popular Songs | The Postal Service’s Give Up album has finally hit platinum, having sold over a million copies after almost ten years | Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the title character, of course, will appear as a spoken-word actor on Friendly Fires’ upcoming Late Night Tales compilation album | And Jake Bugg and Primal Scream have been tapped as opening acts for the upcoming London and Glasgow shows by Madchester legends The Stone Roses in June – Kristi Kates