Monday Music News Feb18

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ALT-J, Coldplay, Muse, Mumford and Sons, and Emeli Sande are among the top nominees at this year’s BRIT Awards, which will be, well, awarded in a couple of days (February 20) at London’s O2 Arena during the usual big, fancy ceremonial evening. Alt-J are nominated for three awards – Best Brit Album, Brit Group, and Brit Breakthrough Act, and are competing with Mumford and Sons in the middle category (Mumford are also up for Best Brit Live Act and British Album of the Year for Babel.) Muse, Coldplay, and Olly Murs each snagged two nominations, while other nominated artists this year include fun., The Killers, The Script, Gotye, Taylor Swift, and Alabama Shakes. As for performances, you can look forward to appearances from Muse, Robbie Williams, and the aforementioned Sande, among others.

SONIC YOUTH founder Thurston Moore is sticking with his Chelsea Light Moving side project band, and he’s embarking with his newbie bandmates on a slate of tour dates that will start on March 2 in Hoboken, New Jersey and will continue through Los Angeles (3.19), Portland Oregon (3.22), Seattle (3.23), Chicago (3.29), and Toronto (3.31) before the trek wraps in Boston in early April.

CRYSTAL CASTLES are hitting the road, too, for a spring North American tour that wil see them in most major U.S. cities plus Mexico. The tour will begin in mid-March in Miami, Florida at the Ultra Music Festival, and will continue through three Mexican stops (including April 12 at Mexico City’s Pepsi Centre) and a plethora of additional U.S. dates until mid-May. The Castles are also likely to release a video for their album’s next single, “Sad Eyes.”

PYXIS POINTS | Classic ska-sters The Specials will take on a 10-date UK tour this year, kicking off May 10 in Glasgow and making additional stops in Liverpool and Manchester | Glasvegas’ new album, Later…When the TV Turns to Static, is set to drop this spring as produced by the band’s frontman, James Allen and recorded in Glasgow | Example will be taking on a summer residency at Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks, 15 shows in all | The Airborne Toxic Event have picked San Diego, California for the kickoff date of their North American tour, which starts March 30 | And this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival has been confirmed to run this year May 24-27 at The Gorge in Quincy, Washington. – Kristi Kates