Quick Hits: The xx, Mumford & Sons, The 1975, The Decemberists, The Roches
January 23, 2017

British trio The xx debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the indie band their highest-charting album yet. I See You earned 46,000 equivalent album units according to Nielsen Music, 36,000 of which were in traditional album sales. The Weeknd stays at #1 with Starboy, with the La La Land soundtrack at #3 and the Moana soundtrack at #4. 24K Magic from Bruno Mars is at #5. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by the Hamilton Broadway cast recording (#6), J. Cole (#7), Drake (#8), Post Malone (#9) and the Trolls soundtrack (#10).

The musical guests for the next two episodes of Saturday Night Live have been announced. Alessia Cara will perform on February 4 when Kristen Stewart hosts. Then on February 11, Ed Sheeran is the musical guest. Alec Baldwin hosts that night, which is sure to be a hotly-discussed edition.

Mumford & Sons have added three headlining dates in North America around their opening gigs with U2 later this year. The Brit band will play Louisville on May 23; Burgettstown, PA on May 24 and Camden, NJ (outside Philadelphia) on May 28.

The 1975 will hit the road again this spring on a new run of North American tour dates. The new tour dates begin in Mexico City on April 9 and run into early June with an appearance at Cincinnati's Bunbury Music Festival.

The Decemberists have announced a tour for early 2017 with the darkly comical title "The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök Spring Tour 2017." The band promises a mix of songs from throughout their catalog along with some new ones. The tour begins in Ithica, NY on April 7 and wraps with a three-night stand in Brooklyn from April 17-19.

Singer Maggie Roche of the sister folk trio The Roches passed away over the weekend at the age of 65. Maggie Roche and her sister Terre sang backup on Paul Simon's 1973 album There Goes Rhymin' Simon, were signed by Columbia Records two years later and added their sister Suzzy a few years later. The Roaches recorded and toured for nearly three decades.

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