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Thursday’s Music Roundup

CONTINUALLY UPDATED: All you need to know about music today -- plus songs and videos.

[Updated: 5:48 P.M.]

NEWS:

    Fashion Star ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Dead at 40
    The innovative Brit dressed Lady Gaga, Bjork, Karen O, Courtney Love, and other musicians. [SPIN]
    PHOENIX Announce Spring Tour
    French pop-rock band return in support of their Grammy-winning release Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. [Pitchfork]
    JULIAN CASABLANCAS Plots Solo Tour
    Strokes frontman will support his solo debut, Phrazes for the Young, with Spring trek. [Julian Casablancas]
    KILLERS Cancel Gigs, Address Breakup Rumors
    The Las Vegas band scraps Australian shows due to “illness of a close family member.” [SPIN]
    WALKMEN Sign to Fat Possum, Record New Album
    The band will produce the follow-up to You & Me themselves, while Chris Zane serves as engineer and mixer. [Pitchfork]
    FIONA APPLE Record New Song Written by ‘Tweens
    She & Him, Cold War Kids also work with kids on charity album. Click here for details! [SPIN]
    JOHN MAYER Apologizes for Racial Slur
    Plus: Find out which female star the singer-guitarist considered sexual “crack cocaine.” [SPIN]
    WEEZER Solicit Fan Remixes of ‘Raditude’ Song
    The mix-master with the best version of “Love is the Answer” gets to write a song with Rivers Cuomo. [Indaba Music]
    NO DOUBT, STROKES, KINGS OF LEON Auction Custom Goods for Haiti
    Conor Oberst, Mars Volta, Fleet Foxes and more also contribute to the cause. [Crafts For a Cause]
    LADY ANTEBELLUM, LIL WAYNE Top Album Chart
    Nick Jonas and Rob Zombie also debut in the Top 10 this week. [Billboard]
    Air Forces Pulls Super Bowl Ad After WHITE STRIPES Complain
    Military branch says the TV ad’s soundtrack was unintentionally similar to the duo’s “Feel in Love With a Girl.”[MTV]
    New STROKES Record Expected in September
    “We’re just running around like kids in a candy shop,” says drummer Fab Moretti. [SPIN]
    KANYE WEST Kisses JAY LENO
    Rapper gives the host a goodbye smooch during Leno’s final episode before his late night comeback after the Olympics. [TMZ]
    MEGADETH Reunite with Original Bassist
    David Ellefson rejoins the group for their month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour. [Kerrang]
    BRIGHT EYES to Release New Songs
    Four new tracks — written with fellow Nebraskans Neva Dinova — drop March 23 on a reissue of One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels. [Pitchfork]

MP3s & VIDEOS:

    LISTEN: New UNKLE Song with BLACK ANGELS
    Hear the first taste of the seminal electronic act’s forthcoming album, Where Did the Night Fall. [SPIN]
    WATCH: YEASAYER Rock Fallon
    Brooklyn band play “Ambling Alp,” off their new album Odd Blood. [Hulu]
    LISTEN: SHE & HIM Play New Song Live
    Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward unveil “Thieves” for a BBC broadcast. [Stereogum]
    LISTEN: New BROKEN BELLS Song
    Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer leak “Vaporize,” a track off their self-titled debut, due March 23.[MySpace]
    WATCH: WILCO Cover NEIL YOUNG Live
    Jeff Tweedy and Co. play Buffalo Springfield’s “Broken Arrow” in Portland, OR. [Stereogum]
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