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    Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent Honor Azerrad's DIY Book

    Last night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, a host of indie faves, including Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, and Titus Andronicus, helped music journalist (and SPIN contributor) Michael Azerrad celebrate the 10th anniversary of his book, Our Band Could Be Your Life, which chronicles the DIY bands who shaped American independent music scene as a whole from 1981 to 1991. So as a smorgasbord of '80s-influenced, DIY-minded current bands covered songs by the musical forefathers Azerrad wrote about, the author encouraged the audience to honor their legacy. "I invite you all, if you're inspired, to do something," he said, as though the venue's at-capacity crowd were dinner guests. "Don't wait for someone to give you permission.

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    Massive Attack Kick Off U.S. Tour

    Tuesday night's Massive Attack show in New York City verged on sensory overload. The air was hazy and thick with incense, and the stage was aglow with blue lights; chimes tinkled throughout the cavernous venue, Terminal 5, and an enormous LED screen flashed assorted facts and quotes behind the band and their impressive array of drum sets, synths and keyboards: Cubic meters of water used per person in Canada, "The Truth About Elvis".... on and on. This live spectacle of lights and sounds is nothing new for the Bristol, England, band, who were kicking off their first U.S. tour in four years in support of their first album in seven years, Heligoland. The duo, Robert Del Naja (a.k.a.

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    Snoop Dogg Headlines '90s Rap Night

    "I hope he doesn't play any new shit," one guy said, while waiting in line for Snoop Dogg's rare small-venue gig at the 600-capacity Brooklyn Bowl Monday night. Inside the club -- a former iron factory in a row of unkempt warehouses in a desolate stretch of Williamsburg, Brooklyn -- DJ Fancypants spun some old shit, foreshadowing the fan's wish-fullfillment. Fancypants, aka Interpol singer Paul Banks, got the crowd revved up with a set of '90s-era hip hop: gut-rumbling bass, with lyrics and melodies hanging in the air like an afterthought. Banks shuffled through CDs, offering up Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear," "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check," by Busta Rhymes, and, while giving the crowd a sly smile, "Freak Nasty's "Da' Dip." After his set, the waiting began.

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    Rufus Wainwright Previews Album at Intimate NYC Gig

    It was a night of dichotomies from the start. In New York, where privacy is scarce, a "private" show like the hour-long set Rufus Wainwright played at the Rose Bar Monday night translates to a celeb-clogged affair.

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    The Yummy Fur Reunite for Brooklyn Show

    The Yummy Fur were formed in the early 1990s in Glasgow,Scotland, and although the band never broke big in the U.S.,they gained an underground following after their 1999 break-up, mainly because of the recent successes of members John McKeown, who fronts the experimental, hook-laden dance-rock band the 1990s, and drummer Paul Thomson and bassist Alex Kapranos, who are now members of Franz Ferdinand. McKeown was recently urged to reunite the band,and decided on a brief five-show American tour, the second date of which was at the Market Hotel, a DIY venue in Brooklyn, New York's Bushwick neighborhood, Friday night. Around midnight, McKeown, Thomson, guitarist Brian McDougal,and bassist Paul Kearney ventured past a barred window echoing the sounds of nearby JMZ trains, to the "stage" – an amalgam of rickety floorboards at the tip of an oblong triangular room, with a paint-splattered

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    John Mayer Plays to the Cameras in NYC

    As a fleet of cameras zoomed over the crowd eagerly awaiting the second show of John Mayer's new tour at New York City's Beacon Theatre on Tuesday night, a man stepped onstage to explain what was going on. "This is not a TV show, it's a concert," reassured Michael Simon, who was directing a live broadcast for Fuse TV. A concert, he added, "with two small commercial breaks." So no, it wasn't the most rock'n'roll of settings for Mayer, who was celebrating the day's release of his fourth album, Battle Studies (Columbia), but the tabloid-friendly pop star has always been comfortable with his rock and non-rock tendencies, both of which were on display throughout the two-hour performance.

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