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Records were broken and notable songs were released in March 2010, which is the latest focus of our look at the year’s biggest events in music.

Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” gives her a rare Billboard chart accomplishment: her sixth No. 1 single on the Hot 100. A female artist hasn’t done this since 2000.

Drive-By Truckers has announced their 11th and newest album, Go-Go Boots will be released February 15, 2011. In conjunction, the band’s documentary, The Secret to a Happy Ending will be released on DVD the same day. The very next day, February 16th, the band will embark on the first leg of their Go-Go Boots tour. The tour includes two day stints in Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California, and Denver Colorado.

Drive-By Truckers is currently on tour and plan to end the year with a show at Terminal 5 in New York, New York. For everyone who can’t make it to the show, it will be steaming on Sirius XM Outlaw Country (Sirius 63, XM 12) starting around 9:45 pm EST.

And for everyone who can’t wait for some Drive-By Truckers in their lives, the band is offering a free download of “Used to Be a Cop”.

 

Tapes ‘n Tapes debuted the new video for their single, “Freak Out”, this week. It is the first video from their forthcoming new album, OUTSIDE, out 1/11/11 on their own ibid records. The band is also gearing up for a 2011 American tour, which kicks off 1/28 in Madison, Wisconsin. See complete dates after the jump.

Producers turned DJs Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard are trying their hands at creating their own music. Going be the name CREEP, the Brooklyn duo’s first single, “Days”, is a hauntingly synthed up mixture of CREEP’s sinister beats and the chillingly beautiful voice of Romy Madley-Croft, of The xx’s. CREEP’s next single will be “You” and features R&B duo Nina Sky. CREEP plans to release a full length album in 2011.

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LCD Soundsystem stopped by the KCRW studio recently in the middle of their “last big tour forever,” according to founder James Murphy.  Everything sounds so fresh and accessible live, without the attention to minutia that exists in the studio of a music producer.  Keyboards sound like they’re actually being played, not programmed, and lyrics are strung out or cut off with each breath. The band starts with the plaintive chords of “All I Want” and plowed through “I Can Change,” “Drunk Girls” and “Pow Pow” from the latest release, This Is Happening, before an interview.

The easy conversation covers everything from growing up to Murphy’s early days in New York City, when indie rock felt like being plunked back in high school.  There is discussion about scoring the movie Greenberg and how creating a film score is so different than crafting tunes. He describes why the songs from This Is Happening are “weirder” to play live and how a record is like a “communication device.”  It’s a good reason to believe this certainly isn’t the last we’ve heard from the man, just maybe songs under this moniker.  The session ends with the party invitation of “All My Friends” off 2007’s Sound of Silver.

[Listen to session]

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