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Daily Top 5 News Countdown: The xx Announce 25-Show NYC Residency + More

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Music, like politics, is now subject to the 24-hour news cycle. As a result, it’s damn near impossible to keep abreast of the day’s myriad rock ‘n’ roll tidbits. But fear not: In the spirit of simplification and efficiency, we’ve collected today’s top 5 items and ranked them in terms of newsworthiness. Scroll down to see our picks.



Q-Tip and Busta Rhmes Drop Free Mix Tape

Here we go, yo — that’s the scenario



Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Missy Elliott and a bunch of other guests make this one totally worth the money. [Brooklyn Vegan]


Mike Coppola / Brendon Thorne, Getty Images
Mike Coppola / Brendon Thorne, Getty Images


U2, Coldplay Nab Golden Globe Nominations

It’s master vs. apprentice at the Hollywood soiree



Maybe they’ll cancel each other out and Justin Timberlake will win? [Stereogum]


The Beatles, Ron Case, Hulton Archive
Ron Case, Hulton Archive


Beatles Getting Lifetime Achievement Grammy

Finally, some recognition for these lads



We’d have waited a bit longer, just to be sure of the band’s staying power, but those Grammy folks are c-r-a-z-y! [Contact Music]


Black Lips
Noel Vasquez, Getty Images


Black Lips Announce New Album

And they got some help from a Black Key



Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney produced ‘Underneath the Rainbow,’ a Southern Rock-inspired record from the Atlanta garage greats. [Consequence of Sound]


The xx
The xx


The xx Announce NYC Residency

U.K. heroes doing 25 shows in 10 days at Park Ave. Armory



Each audience will be limited to 40 people, so indie’s most intimate-sounding band is finally getting the setup it deserves. [Consequence of Sound]


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