Monday Music News Feb11

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THE BLACK KEYS are making some big plans for this year – they’ve got three Grammys to their credit as of last night, and they’ve already headed back into the studio and are working diligently on their next album. They’ve committed to performing at both Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile (in March and April, respectively), and are also hitting the road for a short run of tour dates in April and May. The Keys will be making stops in Pittsburgh (4.30), Atlanta (5.2), and Nashville (5.3), among other stateside shows.

iTUNES continues its march toward world digital music domination, launching in a whopping 56 new territories. Russia, South Africa, and India are some of the bigger markets new to iTunes, while smaller markets and islands such as Micronesia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Anguilla are also welcoming the music service and the iTunes store. Music selections will be localized to some degree, as well, including artists popular to each country among the iTunes store available purchases.

SUEDE put a sneaky puzzle game pattern on their website for fans to sort, as a way of announcing what will be an upcoming concert at Alexandra Palace this upcoming spring (March 30.) The show will include special guests to be announced, with tix already on sale; it’s the latest in a series of scattered gigs from Suede, who have made recent appearances at the O2 Arena and Brixton Academy in what is thought to be warm-up for their upcoming new album.

PYXIS POINTS | New Wave/punk band The Undertones will see their music used as part of a new stage music that will tell the tale of punkers in late ’70s Northern Ireland | The Civil Wars have cancelled all current tour dates due to what they’ve called “internal discord” although they say they’re still planning for new music this year | TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek has launched his own record label, which he’s dubbed Federal Prism Music | The Weeknd’s frontman Abel Tesfaye has been dropping hints on Twitter that the project may offer up some new music later this year | Suuns new art-rock album, Images Du Futur, is set to hit stores March 5 | The Second Annual Snowball Music Fest will take place in Winter Park, Colorado March 8-10 with sets from Portugal. the Man, Tennis, Polica, and Delta Spirit. – Kristi Kates