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Monday Music News 2014 2.3
NEIL FINN’S latest album, Dizzy Heights, is out next week, with the influential singer-songwriter bringing his pop skills to a whole tracklisting of new songs, which were recorded both at Finn’s own Roundhead Studio and at Tarbox Road, the upstate New York studio of producer Dave Fridmann. Dizzy Heights includes opening track “Impressions” as well as “Flying in the Face of Love,” “Recluse” and “Lights of New York.” To support the new set, Finn will kick off his Dizzy Heights Tour in Vancouver, Canada on March 29, and will take on a slate of live shows across North America until April 12, when he’ll wrap this initial trek at the Lincoln Theatre in washington, DC.

KINGS OF LEON continue to ramp up the shows behind new album Mechanical Bull, and have just added a second leg to their American tour. After wrapping their first trek on March 8 in Chicago, their new schedule only gives them a week or so free before kicking off on March 19 in Phoenix, AZ. The new dates will run through mid-April when the band will play a show in New Orleans, with more (and more) shows expected to be added – they’ll be bringing along opening act Local Natives.

THE NXNE (North by Northwest) Festival is amping up for their 20th anniversary this spring, when the event will take over Toronto June 13-22, with a huge range of musical performances, a panel series, speakers, film screenings, and various other distractions. On the musical part of the roster this year are St. Vincent, Odonis Odonis, Freeze-Tag, Tied to Machines, and Camera, among many others; get all the details at nxne.com

PYXIS POINTS | Legendary ’80s band The Replacements have just launched a brand new website that includes a jukebox of their music, videos, and a shop over at their official site | Jimmy Fallon kicks off his hosting gig as the new host of NBC’s The Tonight Show on February 17, with Will Smith and U2 as opening week guests | Vampire Weekend have dropped new single “Step – Wintertime Remix” which adds in rapping by Despot and Heems | And PBS documentary maker Ken Burns is currently working on a new country music project that will air in 2018. – Kristi Kates