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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.


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5

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
4

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
3

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]

 
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Noel Vasquez, Getty Images
2

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
1

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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