Monday Music News Jan14

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VAMPIRE WEEKEND’S third album is now set for release this spring, after three years since the band’s last offering, Contra. The new album, according to the band’s frontman, Ezra Koenig, is set to be “darker” than previous efforts, and is much-anticipated by critics and fans both. In the meantime, you can catch the band at some rilly big shews, including their stops at the Big Day Out Fest in Australia, Japan’s Weekender, and Singapore’s Big Night Out in Fort Canning Park.

BECK, whose last musical ventures were a 20-track “album” called Song Reader (that was only in the unintelligible-to-most format of sheet music) and some tracks for a PlayStation 3 game, has announced that he’s finally back to working on some audio tracks and may be releasing two albums this year. Beck has reportedly resumed work on an album that he started back in 2008, and he may be combining tunes from that set with some songs he recorded last year in Nashville while collaborating with Jack White at White’s Third Man Records…

THE STONE ROSES are still cranking along with their return to live form, and they’ve already booked two big events for this year, one at London’s Finsbury Park and a second at Glasgow Green. Jake Bugg, Primal Scream, and The View will open at the Roses’ Glasgow show, with openers for the London event to be announced. If you just can’t stand the wait, you can always trek to Dubai to see the band – they’ll be playing in the UAE on February 21 for fans who register for tix at this special link.

PYXIS POINTS | Dido is on her way back with a new album, Girl Who Got Away, which will drop March 4, with the single “No Freedom” preceding it | Adele will reportedly be in attendance at this year’s Golden Globe Awards this upcoming Sunday, her first real public appearance since last June – it’s up in the air as to whether or not she’ll perform her Globes-nominated James Bond theme song, “Skyfall” | Daft Punk won’t be on any stages this summer – they recently told eFestivals that they have zero touring planned for 2013 | Organisers of the famed Reading and Leeds fest are expecting more, not less, bands, as they’ve added three new stages to the event for this upcoming summer | The Airborne Toxic Event kick off the first leg of their North American tour this spring, with the first show set to take place in San Diego, California on March 30 | and congrats to Interpol, who are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights. – Kristi Kates