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    Watch fun. and Janelle Monae's Acoustic Take on 'We Are Young'

    Fueled By Ramen-signed crew fun. are currently exploding across the internet with their new single "We Are Young" thanks to a sound that's a delicious, majestic mix of post-MCR grandeur, Queen harmonies, and Cobra Starship's ear for fearless genre-hopping. This heart-tuggin' acoustic version of "We Are Young" — performed with our fave space case Janelle Monáe, — makes the soft side of this decadent band even softer. Director Travis Satten filmed it in front of a bank vault... presumably because they've stolen our hearts (we admit it: they have). A vinyl version of the "We Are Young" single is due November 28 and their sophomore album, Some Nights arrives on February 21, 2012.

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    Portishead, Goldfrapp Members Premiere Hypnotic 'Joan of Arc' Soundtrack

    On Saturday night, Portishead's Adrian Utley, Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, and a small orchestra performed the duo's haunting soundtrack to Carl Theodore Dreyer's harrowing 1928 film The Passion of Joan Of Arc at New York's Alice Tully Hall, marking the first time the piece was performed in America. So, how did it sound?: Complementing a film with a 17-minute opening scene, their score didn't exactly have a lot of ups and downs, but instead leaned more towards slow builds and hypnotic rhythms. Think less Bernard Hermann string stabs and more like a six-guitar orchestra playing the world's biggest Mogwai song.

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    First Look: Watch Akron/Family Frolic Under the Sea in 'Cast a Net'

    Though SPIN called the latest Akron/Family slab "loud and proud" and "under the sway of avant-noise pioneers like Acid Mothers Temple and Boredoms," the wild, bacchinalian band has been less shy about showing their sensitive sides as of late. Enter this premiere of the meditative "Cast a Net," directed by Percept Visual's Brian Ziffer. The keyword for the video is "pastoral": wind-caught ribbons, starry-eyed looks from bedroom windows, joyous kite-flying, glinting sunlight, graceful sharks swimming gently. It's a mix between Inception and Reading Rainbow where the power of imagination transports a young girl into lands far, far beyond her tree house. Though we're a little unsettled by the idea that in the magical sea world of her mind, there's still bearded indie-rock dudes in hoodies trying to awkwardly pet a jellyfish. Way to dress up for your mystical sea journey, dudes!

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    Russian Circles, 'Empros' (Sargent House)

    These Chicago post-metal hypnotists spent three albums navigating the ?Oceanic waters of ambient-metal innovators Isis. But here, Russian Circles update that repetitive, feel-good churn for gunkier times, adopting the blown-out blear of black metal plus some adrenalized bass-drum stutter-rawk, for good measure. Though crunching at their heaviest, the band still shines brightest when they edge toward indie-rock approachability: "Mladek" levitates like U2 taking an echoey stab at Tool's Undertow, while the bleary-eyed, spectral coda "Praise Be Man" could fit right alongside Liars' brooding best.

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    Exclusive: Hear Hercules and Love Affair's Foxman Mix the Trax 25th Anniversary Comp

    Pioneering Chicago house label Trax dropped a comprehensive greatest hits collection last week to celebrate a quarter century of wax called Trax Records: The 25th Anniversary Collection. To celebrate, the label recruited Kim Ann Foxman of contemporary house sensation Hercules and Love Affair to make a glorious, throbbing, 57-minute mixtape to stream or download. It'll be sure you make your body jerk while attempting office work. The mix should give you a good idea of the compilation, as 12 of its 13 tracks appear within... sorry, Bloodlines! Chuck Roberts - "In the Beginning" Two of a Kind - "Happiness"Mr.

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    Rick Ross Joins Stalley for 'Lincoln Way Nights (Shop Remix)' Video

    It's hot beard-on-beard action as perpetually rising rapper Stalley teams with the king of Miami, Rick Ross, for his new "Lincoln Way Nights (Shop Remix)" video. This is the first real MTV gambit from the mixtape sensation since he signed to Ross's Maybach Music imprint back in April, adding a Ross cameo to the the final track of his well-received — and SPIN-approved — mixtape Lincoln Way Nights: Intelligent Trunk Music, which dropped in February. You would think that the lyrically divergent styles of Stalley (renowned for his tales of workingman woes) and Rick Ross (renowned for raps about cocaine, cocaine, and sometimes cocaine) wouldn't exactly mesh, but the hirsute hustlers have clearly found a common ground in shiny cars and the speakers that rattle their interiors. Plus, it's nice to see Ross do something other than disrupt a flight this week.

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    15 Industry Insiders Decode CMJ 2011's Breakout Buzz Band

    The 31st CMJ Music Marathon is just days from descending upon New York City for its annual orgy of contract inking, palm-greasing and premature blogjaculations. There are more than 1,200 artists making the rounds this year and the internet is busy trying to make sense of the chaos — understandably we're not exempt and we pick our Top 30 here. However, if past CMJs have been any indication, by the time the last free drink is guzzled, you're only going to remember one or two names. Like Arcade Fire in 2004, Black Kids in 2007, or Surfer Blood and Sleigh Bells in 2009, the takeaway from this mess is no more than one or two bands can successfully pilot the hype machine into being "the success story of CMJ." How does the perfect storm of buzz coagulate for these bands, and who will reign victorious in 2011?

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    Hash Pipe: The 19 Funniest #freddurstsitcoms Tweets

    This afternoon we picked up the story that one of the least-telegenic men in rock history, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, will be starring in his own CBS sitcom called Douchebag, possibly our favorite piece of self-conscious celebrity dartboard fodder since Pauly Shore is Dead. SPIN staffer Julie Kennedy was smart enough to imagineer the #freddurstsitcoms Twitter hashtag and, boy, did that thing take off. We were even an honest-to-blog trending topic for a little while, beating out enviable real estate that could have gone to "Happy Dessert Day." We have a complicated relationship with Dursty — he was on our cover in 1999 — so it's kind of like dating someone for a month and then talking shit about them for 10 years...

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    Rick Ross Recovering From On-Flight Seizure

    TMZ reports that Rick Ross fell unconscious on a flight from his native Florida to Memphis, requiring the plane to make an emergency landing. A doctor on board reportedly rushed in to resuscitate the rapper and once the plane was back on the ground he was transported to a hospital. Soon after, frequent collaborator Wale tweeted, "I just talked to Ross...he's 100 pct ok... #dontpanic." Minutes later Ross, or whoever manages his Twitter, was tweeting as usual at RapRadar editor Elliott Wilson. Ross is in the final promotional throes for his upcoming fifth album God Forgives, I Don't, due on December 13. We hope Ricky gets well soon because we can't Kreayshawn have the final word on the stupidest beef in history.

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    First Spin: Hear Flinch's Ground-Rumbling Remix to Big Freedia's 'Excuse'

    Thanks to the hardest working woman in bounce business, Big Freedia, azz continues to be everywhere. Soon she'll be turning your local club into a sauna thanks to the first ever Check Yo Ponytail tour alongside similarly booty-minded pals as Spank Rock, the Death Set, Pictureplane, Franki Chan, and much more. Until then, check out this tectonic-shifting remix to her "Excuse." Dubcentric Los Angeles producer Flinch gave it a spastic double time feel, some cartoonish sawblade tweaks and a healthy serving of always-timeless Public Enemy samplage. It's the B-side to the tour-exclusive 7", coming courtesy of unlikely dance-music patrons Scion.

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