Monday Music News Jan07

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MUSE’S first round of European stadium shows for 2013 have been announced for France, Belgium, and Italy, and the band’s celebrating this happening by releasing three live tracks from their stadium shows. If you become a member to help support the band, you can stream and download these songs in EP form for free at via the band’s own media player.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE’S singer Mark Foster teamed up with Kenna to start their new year in a charitable fashion. The two musicians climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to kick off 2013, and sent an exclusive video message to Rolling Stone when they reached the top of the mountain at 16,000 feet, explaining that they did the climbing project to make a statement about the global clean water crisis. Both artists participated in Summit on the Summit, which includes a range of creative people as well as charity and company representatives, all brainstorming on how to increase the availability of clean water worldwide.

BLUR, Underworld, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Silversun Pickups, Edward Sharpe, and Balkanbeats are among the acts you’ll be able to catch in addition to Morrissey at the Vive Latino fest that we mentioned last week. It’s a great event you won’t want to miss if you’re in Mexico or planning a mid-winter holiday. March 14-17 are this year’s festival dates for the Mexico City show – get all the details at the fest’s official website.

PYXIS POINTS | David Bowie dropped a new – yes, we said new – song as the year started, namely “Where Are We Now,” which will also appear on Bowie’s upcoming studio album, The Next Day, expected in March | Danish punkers Iceage have signed to Matador Records and will drop a new album soon | U2 guitarist The Edge is helping the still-struggling U.S. East Coasters with a new Hurricane Sandy relief fund that he’s made part of his Music Rising charity| The otherwise-talented singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been named the worst-dressed man of 2012 by GQ Magazine | Alabama Shakes are bringing along Michael Kiwanuka as opening act for their current U.S. headlining tour | And if you see a band marquee for a band called Les Identiks, don’t miss that show – it’s a secret moniker for Arcade Fire, who have been road-testing new songs.  – Kristi Kates