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Sting to perform with Royal Philharmonic

"Roxanne" is getting the royal treatment this summer. Sting announced this week that he'll be embarking on a solo tour this summer, bringing the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra along for the ride.

Spoon kicking off tour at SXSW

As Spoon gets ready for release next week of its seventh album, "Transference," the indie rock quartet has announced a headlining tour.

She and Him to release follow-up album

The country-folk duo of M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel known as She and Him is slated to return in 2010 with "Volume 2," the 13-song set due March 23.

Norah Jones announces spring tour

Although her new album is entitled "The Fall," Norah Jones is waiting until spring to embark on a 36-city tour, which begins in Tulsa, Okla. in early March.

Austin City Limits sets new season

For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Ben Harper and Them Crooked Vultures.

Costello releasing rare live recordings

After launching his "Spectacle" TV series last December and releasing his latest studio effort, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," this past June, the punk icon is set to debut "The Costello Show Series," a selection of rare live recordings from throughout his career.

Charlotte Gainsbourg teams with Beck

French singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg has collaborated with singer-songwriter Beck for her third album, "IRM," due in January.

Them Crooked Vultures sets tour

Them Crooked Vultures -- the supergroup featuring Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones -- will embark on its first U.S. tour next month, including a just-announced appearance at the Austin City Limits festival.

Weezer filled with ‘Raditude’

Although a final track listing is still being fleshed out, Weezer is set to release "Raditude," the group's seventh studio album, on Oct. 27 on DGC Records.

Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard team up for Kerouac

In an ode to iconic author Jack Kerouac, alt-country veteran Jay Farrar has teamed up with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard for a collaborative album entitled "One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur."

Flaming Lips curate All Tomorrow’s Parties

With a new album on the horizon, everyone's favorite Oklahoma band the Flaming Lips has also fulfilled its role as curator for the U.S. editions of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Sept. 11-13 in Monticello, N.Y.

Radiohead releases veteran tribute song

Radiohead has recorded a song in tribute to Britain's last World War I survivor.