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    The Underground Guide: New York with Cults

    Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin are creatures of habit. The Manhattan-based pair, otherwise known as the sweetly sinister band Cults-whose self-titled debut album was just released by In the Name of/Columbia-are happiest when they stay local. "When we're home, we hardly leave the East Village," says Follin. "It would be like leaving Disneyland and going to hell." Breakfast spot The Mudspot 307 E. 9th St. 212-228-9074 This is where Follin likes to start her day with a serious dose of caffeine. "The coffee is great," she says. "If you take two sips, you'll be up for days." The restaurant, a brick-and-mortar incarnation of the popular Mud Truck, also serves delicious food, and it's the perfect place for people watching. "Lots of artists hang out there, and they have this amazing breakfast quesadilla.

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    The Rise of Little Dragon

    They've played with Gorillaz and scored soul-ful guest spots. Now Swedish electro-poppers Little Dragon are ready to breathe fire on their own. Little dragon have some big friends. Though the Swedish quartet's music is stylishly slinky enough in its own right to be featured on Grey's Anatomy and help the band earn headliner status (a U.S. tour starts in the fall), the band has a few famous fans to thank for goosing its career. On the recommendation of his wife, Damon Albarn invited singer Yukimi Nagano to coo on, and her bandmates to lend electronic spice to, "Empire Ants" and "To Binge," both from Gorillaz's hit 2010 album, Plastic Beach.

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    5 Weirdest Musical Trips with 'Alice in Wonderland'

    Full of grotesque characters and sinister imagery, Lewis Carroll's novella Alice's Adventures in Wonderland seems like a perfect match for the phantasmagorical vision of director Tim Burton, whose cinematic interpretation hits theaters March 5.

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