Monday Music News

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  • Nominations were announced this morning for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, and many KEXP faves were on the list, including Kendrick Lamar, who garnered 11 nominations for his latest To Pimp A Butterfly. Courtney Barnett was nominated for Best New Artist, while local boys Death Cab for Cutie will battle for Best Rock Album. This weekend’s KEXP Yule Benefit headliners Wolf Alice got a nod for Best Rock Performance for the track “Moaning Lisa Smile.” Other nominees include Alabama Shakes, Björk, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, Wilco, Jamie xx, The Dead Weather, and more. Tune in on February 15, 2016 to see who wins, or at least, what everyone wears. [Spin]

  • Just in time for Christmas, Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells return with a new track: check out the single “Champions Of Unrestricted Beauty” below. On Twitter, vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller added, “We are finishing up our record, didn’t want to wait.” Stay tuned for details on the follow-up to their 2013 full-length Bitter Rivals. [Under the Radar]

  • Seattle’s David Bazan gives own spin on The Killers single “Read My Mind” — listen below. The cover was recorded as part of Polyvinyl Records’ 4-track Singles Series, where every month, subscribers get a 7″ vinyl single featuring a track recorded on an old-school Tascam recorder. Find out more about the series here. [Stereogum]

  • Anyone who’s been to a METZ show knows how intense it can get, and the Canadian band attempt to capture that in their video for the track “Spit You Out,” off this year’s release METZ II. Heads up: the black-and-white clip is pretty strobe-heavy. Watch below, and then watch their KEXP session on the blog here. [Consequence of Sound]

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