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News Roundup: SXSW, Black Keys, Eminem, Blitzen Trapper

SXSW adds performing acts, Black Keys Attack, Eminem is reportedly hospitalized, and Blitzen Trapper tour.

Austin, TX’s SXSW lineup has been slowly but surely building its way toward musical bliss; R.E.M. are in, and so are the Breeders. But today delivers a few more gems: Blitzen Trapper, the Black Crowes, the Black Keys, UGK rapper Bun, MGMT, My Brightest Diamond, the Raveonettes, DeVotchKa, Vampire Weekend, Foreign Born, Robyn, Fleet Foxes and the Von Bondies will all head to the Lone Star State’s capital. Insert tequila and/or taco quip here. [Via Billboard.com]

Think of the possibilities: Danger Keys, Black Danger, Black Mouse, etc. Though the Black Keys didn’t adopt a Danger Mouse mash up moniker, kinda like this rocker, the duo tapped the producer for Attack & Release,their fifth album due April 1 via Nonesuch. Next up, Danger Mouse andIsaac Brock team up and give Man Man a run for their money: MouseMouse. [Via Pitchfork]

Lately Eminem,a.k.a. Slim Shady, has been staying out the public eye, and avoidingrun ins with his on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again baby’s mama,Kim. So, what’s he been up to, you ask? Well, according to TMZ.com,he’s been neglecting his health, and was hospitalized over the holidayfor a serious heart condition and severe pneumonia. Also, it appears,Mr. Mather’s has found a new hobby: competitive double-stuff Oreoeating, resulting in what “sources” cite as his newfound 200-plusweight.

Portland’s Blitzen Trapper will embark on their first headlining tour of the U.S. Feb. 22 in Seattle, in support of third album Wild Mountain Nation.The outing will hit cities nationwide with an assortment ofco-conspirators, including Fleet Foxes and Grand Archives, and stopthrough SXSW, too. Extra treat: Blitzen Trapper, a recent addition tothe Sub Pop roster, will release a new LP in 2008.

Blitzen Trapper tour dates:

2/22, Seattle, WA (University of Washington) #
2/28, San Francisco, CA (Bottom of the Hill) *
2/29, Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour) *!
3/1, San Diego, CA (Casbah) *
3/2, Phoenix, AZ (Modified) *
3/4, Denton, TX (Hailey’s) *
3/5, Houston, TX (Walter’s on Washington) *
3/6, Hattiesburg, MS (Thirsty Hippo) %
3/7, Tallahassee, FL (The Beta Bar) *
3/8, Everglades National Park, FL (Langerado Festival)
3/9, Jacksonville, FL (The Eclipse) *
3/11, Birmingham, AL (BottleTree) *
3/13, Austin, TX (Yard Dog Gallery/Schubas SXSW party)
3/14, Austin, TX (SXSW)
3/15, Austin, TX (SXSW)
3/16, Norman, OK (The Opolis) *
3/17, Columbia, MO (Mojo’s) *$
3/19, Nashville, TN (Exit In) *
3/20, Atlanta, GA (Drunken Unicorn) *
3/21, Columbia, SC (New Brookland Tavern) *
3/22, Asheville, NC (Grey Eagle) *
3/23, Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506) *
3/25, Washington, DC (Black Cat) *
3/26, Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s) *
3/27, Cambridge, MA (Middle East) *
3/29, New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
3/30, Worcester, MA (Clark University) *
4/1, Montreal, QC (La Sala Rossa) *
4/2, Toronto, ON (El Mocambo) *
4/3, Buffalo, NY (Mohawk Place) *
4/4, Cleveland, OH (The Grog Shop) *
4/5, Detroit, MI (The Magic Stick) *
4/6, Chicago, IL (Schubas) *
4/8, Madison, WI (High Noon Saloon) *
4/9, Minneapolis, MN (7th Street Entry) *
4/10, Grinnell, IA (Grinnell College) *
4/11, Omaha, NE (The Slowdown) *
4/12, Lawrence, KS (Jackpot) *
4/14, Denver, CO (Hi-Dive) *
4/15, Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge) *
4/17, Vancouver, BC (Media Club) *
4/18, Seattle, WA (Neumo’s) *
4/19, Portland, OR (Holocene) *

(# w/ Menomena)
(* w/ Fleet Foxes)
(! w/ Grand Archives)
(% w/ Beach House, Papercuts)
($ w/ Mahjongg)

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