Questlove says Bachmann dig not worth it; Springsteen to keynote SXSW; SOJA signs on with Dave Matthews

Questlove — sorry about Bachmann, psyched about D’Angelo. (Jennifer S. Altman/FTWP)

- Your keynote speaker for the 2012 edition of SXSW, Austin’s annual orgy of live music, will be Bruce Springsteen .

- Local reggae stalwarts SOJA have signed to Dave Matthews’s ATO record label. The band’s forthcoming disc is called “Strength to Survive” and it’s scheduled to drop on Jan. 31.

- A big reunion announcement was expected to surface at Wednesday’s Grammy nominations special.First there was chatter about Van Halen, followed by speculation about a full-reunion of the Beach Boys . But for unknown reasons, neither materialized. Beach Boys fans are still holding their breath for a 50th anniversary reunion tour that will include Brian Wilson.

- There’s about to be a Hanson-endorsed brand of beer called MmmHops. It will be a real thing that you will actually be able to drink.

- In today’s Weekend section, the fabulous Huntsville, Ala., rap duo G-Side is profiled. There are also album reviews of New Pornographer Kathryn Calder , Afropean soul duo Les Nubians , piano songstress Tori Amos , Americana upstarts the Barr Brothers and Tuareg singer-guitarist Bombino .

- Lots of great music in Washington this weekend, but this show is free: The always interesting DJ/rupture brings his group Nettle to Marrakech Lounge in Adams Morgan tonight, Dec. 2. Watch a performance of Nettle’s 2007 incarnation below.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the bliss of summer songs, the woe of festival fatigue and a guide on how to KonMari your record collection.


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