Chris Zakorchemny

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    Video: BLK JKS Unplugged at SPIN

    With an experimental sound that fuses jazz, funk, and rock, South African quartet BLK JKS (pronounced "Black Jacks") have found fans in Diplo and the Secret Machines -- and become one of 2009's hottest breakout acts. They recently dropped by SPIN's New York offices to prove that the hype is no fluke with an awesome acoustic set. Watch video below. Led by singer/guitarist Lindani Buthelezi, the boys blew kazoos and whistles, banged bells and traditional African drums, and chanted along on "Lakeside" and "Standby" from their SPIN-approved debut album, After Robots. They also performed "Mzabalazo," a traditional South African tune played during toyi-toyi, a protest dance used in the 1970s and '80s during anti-apartheid marches. Watch the videos below, then tell us what you think in the comment section.

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    Alice in Chains' 'Project Runway' Video!

    Rock stars love to cast models in their videos (and thank god they do!): Whitesnake had Tawny Kitaen, Aerosmith had Alicia Silverstone, and now Alice in Chains have... Project Runway's Amanda Fields? In the clip for "Your Decision," a tune off the band's reunion release, Black Gives Way to Blue, Fields invites the boys to a classy gala in the Hollywood hills... which turns into a freaky swingers party where the guys have a platter of women to choose from. (Watch below.) The video is the vision of director Stephen Schuster, who worked with the band on their clip for "A Looking In View." Fields, who appeared on season three of Project Runway, wrote about her music video debut on Blogging Project Runway: "The band members, Jerry, Sean, Mike, and William, were fun to work with and the director had such an incredible vision.

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    Norah Jones Plans Spring Tour

    With help from Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King, and a new band, Norah Jones has become a soulful R&B crooner on her new album, The Fall -- just check out her recent gig on Letterman for proof. This spring, you can enjoy the new Norah in the flesh; she's just announced a 36-date spring tour, kicking off in Tulsa, OK, on March 5. See the full itinerary below. Will you check out Norah's new sound live this spring? Let us know in the comment section below!Norah Jones tour dates:3/5, Tulsa, OK (Brady Theater) 3/6, Kansas City, MO (The Midland) 3/7, Omaha, NE (Orpheum) 3/9, Des Moines, IA (Civic Center) 3/11, Akron, OH (E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall) 3/12, Louisville, KY(Whitney Hall) 3/13, Indianapolis, IN (Murat Theatre) 3/15, Madison, WI (Overture Hall) 3/17, St.

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    Strokes Plan First Live Gig in Three Years

    Last week, the Strokes were booking an NYC studio to start recording a new album. Now, they're booking live gigs: The New Yorkers have signed on to headline the June 12 date of the Isle of Wight festival in Newport, England. The gig will be their first since the First Impressions of Earth tour concluded in 2007. The flurry of activity comes after months of uncertainty surrounding the band's future.

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    Slash Debuts New Song with All-Star Band

    Slash doesn't just help L.A.'s homeless youth with a nickel or dime, the ex-GNR axeman recruits Blink-182's Travis Barker, Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale, Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney from Jane's Addiction for an all-star benefit concert -- and debuts a ass-kicking new song in the process. Sunday night at Hollywood's Avalon, the rockers gathered for Slash & Friends, a gig benefiting the Los Angeles Youth Network, and ripped through the new Slash song "By the Sword," a Black Sabbath-meets-'90s-alt-rock rocker with Stockdale on lead vocals. While Slash and Co. rocked out onstage, even more music stars watched on, including Ozzy, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and Billy Idol, who all made appearances onstage throughout the night, as well. "By the Sword" is the third song to leak from Slash's solo debut, also called Slash & Friends, which is expected in early 2010.

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    My Morning Jacket: Hilarious on 'American Dad'

    In last night's episode of Fox's animated hit American Dad, heartless CIA agent Stan Smith is transformed into a My Morning Jacket fanatic who worships frontman Jim James. The MMJ-soundtracked episode was side-splitting -- check out the video below! After Stan's life-changing concert experience ("[Jim James] makes Enya sound like a Russian couple arguing at the bowling alley," he muses), he becomes an obsessed superfan overnight, creating an MMJ worship room in his house. Later, in a tripped-out fantasy, Stan flies through the universe with James riding on his back as Evil Urges' "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2" plays in the background. Stan then decides to follow MMJ on tour in a parody of Cameron Crowe's rock journo flick Almost Famous, with Stan dressed as teenage scribe William Miller and Roger, Stan's alien houseguest, vamping it up as a groupie. "Name is Abbey.

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    Beyonce + Lady Gaga = WhaWha??

    Lady Gaga does her best Beyonce impression in the extended remix for "Video Phone," appearing on the deluxe edition of I Am...Sasha Fierce (out 11/23 via Sony). Check out the video below! Gaga drops a few verses on the track, donning a white, hip-length dress and firing off handguns before joining Beyonce for a synchronized, Chicago-inspired chair dance. Through nine (!) costume changes, Beyonce goes from Resevoir Dogs gangster to Wonder Woman and gypsy street punk. Even with Gaga involved, the Hype Williams-produced video doesn't veer too much into the weird; it's certainly not Gaga-setting-men-on-fire weird. That's because Gaga wanted to seamlessly blend in with Beyonce's sexy, cool style. "'I don't want to show up in some frickin' hair bow and be fashion Gaga in your video,' I said [to Beyonce]," Gaga told MTV. "'I want to do you.'" Do stars align in this collaboration?

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    Slayer Announce American Tour with Megadeth!

    Slayer and Megadeth will tour America together for the first time since 1991, launching a slate of 19 U.S. dates in Seattle on Jan. 18, 2010. Fellow metal veterans Testament are set to support. Check below for a complete list of dates and a video teaser for the tour. The announcement comes just two weeks after Slayer had to scrap a Canadian and European tour after frontman Tom Araya underwent back surgery on Nov. 3. The band said their 48-year-old frontman has made "substantial improvement" since his surgery, and while they hoped to honor their November touring commitments in Europe, they decided to make Araya's recovery their priority. Tickets for the Slayer/Megadeth tour go on sale Nov. 19 at 10 P.M., and will include a select number of $10 tickets at every show. Also, the cancelled Canadian dates have been rescheduled and tacked onto the end of the U.S.

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    LISTEN: Them Crooked Vultures' New Album

    All-star rockers Them Crooked Vultures -- featuring Foo Fighter Dave Grohl on drums, Queen of the Stone Age's Josh Homme on guitar and vocals, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on bass -- have posted a YouTube stream of their 13-track, self-titled debut album one week before its November 17 release. Hear it all below! Prior to today, only "New Fang" had been available for streaming via the band's MySpace. Fans also got a taste of TCV's new tunes in-person, starting with their live debut in Chicago back in August; live versions of "Dead End Friends" and "Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I" surfaced on YouTube around that time. The band's full U.S. tour kicked off Oct. 1 in Austin, Texas. Take a listen and tell us what you think in the comments section below! LISTEN: Them Crooked Vultures, "Them Crooked Vultures" MORE ON SPIN.COM:>> Them Crooked Vultures Launch U.S.

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    EXCLUSIVE: The Starting Line Live!

    Before going on an indefinite hiatus last year, Philadelphia pop-punk quintet the Starting Line played one final hometown show, which was captured for Somebody's Gonna Miss Us, a new CD/DVDrelease, out Nov. 10.Below, watch an exclusive clip of the band ripping through fan fave "Given the Chance" onstage at the city's Electric Factory venue! As the video proves, the band's set was a spirited goodbye to the City of Brotherly Love -- and the Say It Like You Mean It gem acted as a thank you to the boys' longtime fans, who moshed and danced throughout the song."When the curtains close / I'll realize how fast time could go / Thanks for everything / You know how much this means," shouted frontman Kenneth Vasoli.The Starting Line may have reached the finish line, but the band's members have other musical projects in the works.

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