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    ALBUM LEAK: Foo Fighters' 'Wasting Light'

    The Foo Fighters excellent seventh album Wasting Light won't hit stores until April 12, but Dave Grohl and Co. are offering a full, high-quality stream of their record in advance. Now's your chance to finally hear Grohl teaming up with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Nevermind producer Butch Vig on the hugely anticipated track "I Should Have Known." As SPIN critic Mikael Wood notes in his 9-out-of-10 review of Wasting Light, "The Foos are going back to their heavy roots but the album is more than a salad-days nostalgia trip - it's Grohl's most memorable set of songs since 1997's The Colour and the Shape. "Three-guitar riff bombs, like 'Bridge Is Burning' and 'White Limo,' brandish real heavy-metal muscle, while the insanely catchy 'Back and Forth' summons some of Nevermind's poisoned-pop frenzy.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Felice Brothers Go Electro-ish

    Dylan went electric, and now the Felice Brothers have gone electro -- sort of. The rugged upstate New York folk troubadours will release their newest album Celebration, Florida on May 10, but SPIN has an exclusive first look at the genre-splicing song "Ponzi." In the menacing track, singer Ian Felice starts out by spinning an Elmore Leonard-style tale of sun-soaked greed and betrayal over a smoky piano and a trembling bass line. But, like any Ponzi scheme, things aren't quite what they seem. Halfway through, the song quickly transforms into a synth-heavy dancehall banger, complete with breathy vocals and a squiggly, throbbing synth hook. Surprisingly enough, it's a great fit. The group is in the middle of a cross-country trek that will include a set at Coachella and a July 30 stop at the Newport Folk Festival.

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    Top Artists Rally for Japan Earthquake Victims

    With Japan still reeling from the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the nation on March 11, top musicians like Lady Gaga, U2, and Nicki Minaj — along with indie icons like Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo — are rallying to show their support. Here's a roundup of available auctions and events, from intimate concerts to rare merchandise like posters and limited-edition vinyl. You can also give directly to the Red Cross, which is raising money for disaster relief. Head here for more information on how to donate. Lady Gaga has designed prayer bracelets emblazoned with the words "We Pray for Japan," transcribed in both English and Japanese. The item costs $5, but fans can add an additional donation to a purchase.

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    FULL ALBUM STREAM: Hot Garage Rockers Obits

    Fresh off an ass-kickin' appearance at SXSW, Brooklyn quartet Obits, led by ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes frontdude Rick Froberg and Sohrab Habibion of defunct D.C. post-hardcore band Edsel, will drop their excellent second album, Moody Standard and Poor (via Sub Pop), on March 29. But waiting sucks, right? So listen to the entire album now, on us! The effort, the band's first since their 2009 debut I Blame You, is a blast of old school garage-punk. "There's certainly nothing fashion-forward on their second album, and thank goodness," writes SPIN contributor Joe Gross in our review. "These indie lifers ... rededicate themselves to the sound of Froberg's gritty yell, backed by a no-bullshit rhythm section, and interlocking, almost clean guitars."

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    Watch R.E.M. Perform Blazing New Song

    R.E.M. have announced that they won't be touring in support of their new album -- the just-released Collapse Into Now -- but here's your chance to catch the band playing one of the record's standout songs in an intimate live setting: a blazing rendition of standout cut "All the Best." The clip -- shot by Dominic DeJoseph and frequent R.E.M. collaborator Lance Bangs at Hansa Studios in Berlin -- is an extended version of footage from the band's album trailer, which they debuted back in December. R.E.M. have also announced ambitious plans to produce a music video for each of Collapse's 12 tracks, which will be directed by everyone from actor James Franco to rock documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter). The videos will be rolled out over the coming weeks. WATCH: R.E.M., "All The Best"Scalable, non-watermarked brightcove.createExperiences();

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    The Arctic Monkeys Roar Back With New Tune

    England's Arctic Monkeys are currently in the studio cutting their fourth album, and while the band has not announced details about the album's release, they've unveiled a new track today titled "Brick by Brick," which you can hear below. The song builds on the muddy, psychedelic leanings of the band's 2009 LP Humbug. There are tons of classic rock reference points: the thunderous verse calls to mind the heaviest moments of Pink Floyd's The Wall, while the bright, sugary chorus revolves around a sunny guitar lick reminiscent of the Byrds. "I wanna rock'n'roll," singer Alex Turner croons. "Brick by brick!" Mission accomplished.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Fiery Furnaces Guy Goes Solo

    Matthew Friedberger is a busy dude. The Fiery Furnaces, his art-pop band with his sister Eleanor, are known for being prolific, but the 38-year-old Chicago native has really outdone himself with his new solo project. The aptly-titled Solos is a six album subscription series with one new album arriving every other month from January to November. SPIN.com has an exclusive download of "Meet Me in Miramas," the first single and title track of the second release in the series, due March 15. Download it below! Each effort in Matthew's Solos will highlight one instrument -- piano, guitar, organ, double bass, drums, harp. Napoleonette, the first album released in January, focuses on piano; Meet Me in Miramas, as its namesake song proves, is his guitar album. Over jagged six-string squalls and a minimal bongo beat, Matthew sings typically verbose and playful lyrics on the track.

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    U.K. Buzz Band Vaccines Drop First Video

    They're the hottest new band in the U.K. this very nanosecond, and the Vaccines are hoping to take over the U.S. when they play Austin's South by Southwest festival in March and drop their debut album, What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?, in May. To gear up for their invasion, the power-pop quartet has released a video for the lead single "If You Wanna." See what all the fuss is about below. The clip for "If You Wanna" is refreshingly spare and perfectly matches the simplicity of their guitar-powered pop: the group is captured rocking out on a cavernous soundstage, bathed in vivid hues of red, green, blue, and yellow. And when singer Justin Young sings, "It's alright if you wanna come back," you'll be set to hit the refresh on your browser. WATCH: The Vaccines, "If You Wanna"

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    EXCLUSIVE: Akron/Family's Latest Clip

    Akron/Family, the reliably trippy psych-folk trio, just released their fifth album, the fuzzy, tribal S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, which earned an 8-out-of-10 review in SPIN. Now, the Brooklyn-born band has channeled the child-like wonder of the album into the playful video for the single "Silly Bears." Watch the video below, and download the MP3, too! In the clip -- directed by filmmaker Matt Brunson -- a teddy bear goes on an existential journey through space and encounters a giant robot, a wayward pilot, and a plastic toy horse; think Pee-Wee's Playhouse meets the "Star Gate" sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey. These images are projected onto large cardboard boxes, often bathed in a Day-Glo smear, making the clip resemble a hand-made Rubik's Cube. "I love the technique of projection on the boxes," Akron/Family's Miles Seaton tells SPIN.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Those Darlins' Bad-Ass New Video

    Tennessee roots-rockers Those Darlins will release their second album Screws Get Loose on March 29, but SPIN has a first look at the album with the premiere of the video for "Be Your Bro." Check it out below.In this clip, Those Darlins offer up a modern-day version of Andy Warhol's famous screen tests (he shot Dylan, Nico, and other '60s stars) while the girls, captured in various stages of undress, cement their reputations as whiskey-swilling bad-asses by drinking, smoking, and bitching about the modern state of gender relations. "I just wanna run and play in the dirt with you," sings Jessi Darlin. "You just wanna stick it in."What do you think of Those Darlins new video? Sound off below.WATCH: Those Darlins, "Be Your Bro"brightcove.createExperiences();

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