<p>Tegan and Sara</p>

Tegan and Sara

Credit: Sire

Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis set for SXSW

Icona Pop, Fitz and the Tantrums, Thurston Moore and Angel Haze also on tap

Though the letters SXSW catch in my throat as they're said, it's about that time to load up your potential schedule for the Austin-based music conference, with new headlining additions of Vampire Weekend, Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tegan and Sara and more.

Organizers announced a new crop of talent today, which will be scheduled soon to play between the dates March 12-17. The entirety of SXSW -- which includes film, education, interactive and comedy elements and conferences -- runs March 8-17.

Eagles of Death Metal, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit, Black Lips, Wild Belle, The Besnard Lakes, Camera Obscura, Mr MFN eXquire, The Thermals, Immaculate Noise favorite Icona Pop, Allah-Las, AZARI & III, Bleached, Merchandise, and Psychic Twin are also among the fresh faces on the slate.

Already confirmed are Angel Haze (where's Azealia Banks?), Major Lazer, Wavves, Thurston Moore, Klaxons, Gallows, Alt-J, The Bug, Eric Burdon, Brendan Benson, Of Mice and Men, Marnie Stern, Why?, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Cold War Kids, The Joy Formidable, Dawes, Robyn Hitchcock, Richard Thompson, Toro Y Moi, Thee Oh Sees, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Charli XCX, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, top 10 album-makers Hundred Waters, The Hood Internet, Toddla T, Ezra Furman, Turbo Fruits, Akron/Family, Civil Twilight, Guards, Suuns, ITAL, Haim, Dusted, Fear of Men and White Lung.

The names already mixing you up? Me too. Start parsing at the SXSW Music site, which has a complete music artist listing.

Badges for the music portion can be bought via SXSW. Today is the last day your attendance will cost less than $700.

Registration for SXSW 2013 is now ongoing, with various types of badges to chose from. Click here for all the details.

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Watch Nelly Furtado's worldly 'Waiting for the Night' video

Watch Nelly Furtado's worldly 'Waiting for the Night' video

Around the (Latin) world

Nelly Furtado takes you around the world in black-and-white in her new video for "Waiting for the Night."

The clip itself works through some geographic discplacement, as Furtado and her team of dancers don the looks of Dia de los Muertos revelers, and working their way through the tango, flamenco and tribal dance. That poor accordionist only has to sit there, the dear.

Perhaps its with my own bias that I request that all divas-in-wait blast the hell out of their songs with their vocals, but Furtado seems unchallenged in this dance-driven bit. She hangs out around Madonna range, which drives a little fear into me that this song ought to have just been sung by Madonna.

No matter: "Waiting for the Night" is already out and on Furtado's latest "Spirit Indestructible."

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<p>Devendra Banhart's &quot;Mala&quot; cover</p>

Devendra Banhart's "Mala" cover

Credit: Devendra Banhart/Nonesuch

Listen: Devendra Banhart details new album and reveals new song

Listen to songwriter narrate a short Tim Maia documentary

Devendra Banhart has released a groovy, small-sized track in anticipation of his forthcoming new album "Mala."

You can hear "Für Hildegard von Bingen" via Pitchfork. Gone are Banhart's front-mixed vocals, intense with his idiosyncratic trill; instead, it's an easy, funky low-lying song about a Catholic saint from the 12th century.

"In my head there was this little movie, an alternative universe, I guess - Hildegard is sequestered in her cloister, and one day she gets a VHS cassette and it's the prime era of the MTV VJ, and she just goes wild. 'That’s it for me,' she says. 'That's how I'm going to get my message across.' So she escapes the cloister… and becomes a VJ," Banhart says of the song in a release.

"Mala" -- which is an Eastern European term for "dear one" or its approximate pet name -- will drop on March 12, through Banhart's new label home at Nonesuch. It was recorded at Banhart's house in L.A. and is the follow-up to 2009's "What Will We Be."

The aesthetic of this lovely, looping track may be influenced by another recent project from Banhart. The songwriter and artist was the narrator on animated short documentary "The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia," which is a fun chronicle of the Brazilian soul legend. The vid arrived around the same time Luaka Bop was promoting the first worldwide release of Maia's music, "World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Sound of Tim Maia." I've listened to this set no less than 20 times and it is an awesome reissue.

Here is the tracklist for "Mala":

  1. Golden Girls
  2. Daniel
  3. Für Hildegard von Bingen
  4. Never Seen Such Good Things
  5. Mi Negrita
  6. Your Fine Petting Duck
  7. The Ballad of Keenan Milton
  8. A Gain
  9. Won’t You Come Over
  10. Cristobal Risquez
  11. Hatchet Wound
  12. Mala
  13. Won’t You Come Home
  14. Taurobolium
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<p>Tom Waits</p>

Tom Waits

Listen: Tom Waits and Keith Richards release a swarthy cover of 'Shenandoah'

Sea chantey album gets a bawler

You can't have a sea chantey without the term "swarthy," can you? To acquiesce to the aural demands of a pirate ballad collection is Tom Waits and Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, gently and collectively covering "Shenandoah."

The folk classic is included on "Son Of Rogues Gallery," the sequel, as it were, to 2006's "Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys"; it's out Feb. 19 via Waits' label ANTI-.

The first double-CD set featured songs from Richard Thompson and Nick Cave. This newest double-album edition contains "Shenandoah," plus covers from Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon, Shane McGowan (see below) and more.

Richards and Waits were featured together on another recent set: on Waits' 2011 album "Bad As Me," the two combined on four much more rockin' originals, including epic "Hell Broke Luce" and Rolling Stones-nodding "Satisfied."

Listen to Waits and Richards' "Shenandoah" via NPR's All Songs Considered, here.

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<p>Thom Yorke</p>

Thom Yorke

Listen: Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace send 'Judge, Jury and Executioner' to trial

Electronica track arrives ahead of 'AMOK'

Your favorite song in 7/4 today has arrived. Thom Yorke and his supercrew Atoms For Peace have released another song off of new album "AMOK," out on Feb. 26.

"Judge, Jury and Executioner" falls along the same vocal and lyrical lines we're used to from the Radiohead frontman, with a much more tempered rhythm section. Think less lush, more urgency than Yorke's other famous band.

The track -- with its trippy visuals -- arrives about the same time that the fellows of Atoms For Peace opened up to BBC Radio 1, about the future of live shows, what Yorke was doing with Jack White in Nashville and whether the group would play the Glastonbury music festival.

For one, the band can't really tour until Flea has finished touring with his usual band Red Hot Chilil Peppers; they're on the road until at least March 9. As for Glastonbury -- June 26-30 -- Yorke denied they were on the bill.

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Listen to a new fun. song from the 'Girls' soundtrack: 'Sight of the Sun'

Outtake from 'Some Nights'

"Girls" isn't always the sunniest show, nor is fun.'s new contribution to its soundtrack. "Sight of the Sun" has frontman Nate Ruess doing a double-take on his life, to the flow of piano-led melodies and that bright chirp of his voice.

The track was originally penned for fun.'s Grammy-nominated album "Some Nights," but a sample on the chorus couldn't get cleared, according to Rolling Stone.

"I ended up rewriting the chorus and actually like it better than the sample now! We recorded most of this in Italy on a day off from tour and I just remember us eating an Italian feast at the studio and barely being able to communicate with the engineers, which was kind of cool because it eliminated all small talk and put the focus into the song." Aren't we fancy.

The HBO show's creator and "Girls" actress Lena Dunham managed to pick it up for "Girls - Volume 1," which is out tomorrow (Jan. 8).

Do you like it?


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<p>Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys</p>

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys

Credit: Katie Hasty

Black Keys head into studio for new album and book tour with Flaming Lips

Band taking the summer off

The Black Keys will be heading into the studio this week, to start work on the follow-up to 2011's "El Camino." Maybe Wayne Coyne can be involved: the Flaming Lips will be playing a handful of shows with the 'Keys in a co-headlining tour this spring.

In an interview with MOJO, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said that they plan to complete a new set by early spring. "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we're hoping to have it done by some time in March," he said [via NME]. "The record isn't written yet, we'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album. All of our records take place in the studio, in that we make stuff up while we're there."

Of course, Auerbach now runs his own studio, Easy Eye, based in Nashville, so keep an eye out for him and drummer Patrick Carney. It was back in October that Carney told CBS Local that the duo is hoping to release it this year, with Danger Mouse back behind the decks. "[An album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013. It’s just a matter of how long it takes us to make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road."

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This Week in New Music: Death Grips, The Bronx, Matt Pond and more

This Week in New Music: Death Grips, The Bronx, Matt Pond and more

Music and videos from Alasdair Roberts, Ume, mattpondPA, Last Royals and more

Listen to new music and watch new music videos from this week, from Death Grips, Alasdair Roberts, Ume, Toro y Moi and more.

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Watch: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 'We No Who U R' gets a video by Gaspar Noe

Watch: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 'We No Who U R' gets a video by Gaspar Noe

Are you your shadow...

With a title like "We No Who U R," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds insinuate there's a character who's trying to exercise some anonymity. The new music video for the track by director/writer/producer Gaspar Noe reveals that some people are impossible to know.

Watch as the shadow-man makes his way through brush and forest, making you as much a ghost as he. Noe, if unfamiliar, is the man behind features like 2009's "Enter the Void" and 2002's "Irreversible."

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<p>Angel Haze's &quot;On the Edge,&quot; uh, art</p>

Angel Haze's "On the Edge," uh, art

Angel Haze posted an Azealia Banks diss track 'On the Edge'

And Diplo produced the beat

"My album is more done than yours...and I just started a week ago," says Angel Haze on her new track "One the Edge." And thus starts the flame-war between Haze and another upstart rapper Azealia Banks with battle bars.

The two artists erupted in a Twitter brawl today, starting with an apparent lob from Banks on rappers claiming to be from New York who aren't.

Some of the Tweet nastiness has been deleted, replaced with some half apologies and a lot of chest puffery. The next move was apparent: within hours, Haze had a pretty personal diss track up on Soundcloud.

Now, I'm not really interested in a Tweet fight, especially in this still-small world of female MCs that have a long race to run even after they're done trying to put each other down. Nicki and Kim did it. Was kinda gross, but it yielded some fun.

"On the Edge" is personal. It's practically psycho-sexual.

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