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    Courtney Love Gets Inked

    2010 is shaping up to be a year to remember for Courtney Love. Come the spring, her band Hole plan to release Nobody's Daughter, their first album in twelve years. Before then, the reconstituted rockers will play their first concerts in a decade. And now? Fresh ink. On Monday, Love posted pics of her new tattoos -- a series of identical small flowers all over her upper body -- see them here, here, here, and here. You might want to make sure no one's watching over your shoulder if you check out the above links, though, because in addition to shots of the singer dressed in a black bra showing off her newly decorated celebrity skin, there are two topless pics wherein Ms. Love shows off a sideboob tattoo.

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    Soundtrack for Tim Burton's 'Alice' Movie Revealed!

    Turns out Alice likes her pop-punk. Recently, news broke that Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and blink-182 bassist -- and SPIN.com columnist -- Mark Hoppus were working on an original track for the Tim Burton-Walt Disney cinematic re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, due in theaters March 5. Now we know who'll visit them at the tea party: The full track-listing for the soundtrack, dubbed Almost Alice and out March 2, was announced today on MySpace. Joining Wentz and Hoppus, whose collabo is called "In Transit," are fellow pop-punk stars like Avril Lavigne ("Alice [Underground]"), Tokio Hotel and Kerli ("Strange"), The All-American Rejects ("Poison"), and Plain White T's ("Welcome to Mystery"), among others.

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    Q&A: OK Go's Damian Kulash

    Five years after the L.A.-by-way-of-Chicago quartet's tart, catchy Oh No found success on the strength of the charmingly low-budget, treadmill video they filmed to accompany the punkish single "Here It Goes Again," OK Go is back with the decidedly Prince-ly Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, out Jan 12. "I'd always been a fan of Prince's," says frontman Damian Kulash, speaking on the phone from L.A. "Something about his voice and songs touches me in a profound way -- and this time around his music made it from my life into the band's music." Kulash has a lot of practice letting people into his life -- the band's Twitter following is over 300,000 strong. So in addition to answering our questions about the new album, he took the time to respond to questions sent to SPIN via Twitter. The new album has a very different, more layered sound than your first two. What prompted the change?

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    The Five Most Metal Movie Characters!

    It turns out that Christopher Lee, who played the evil -- and totally rad -- wizard Saruman in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies is making a "symphonic metal" album based on the life of the first Holy Roman Emperor, King Charlemagne. Yes, 2010 is shaping up nicely. The 87-year-old Brit actor recently announced his plans in a series of new videos, available to watch right here. So, the fact that a man who played such an obviously metal character is making a metal album got us wondering: who are moviedom's most metal dudes, the ones whose sheer being compels you to bang your head and throw the devil horns? Below are our top five picks. Think you can do better?

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    Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Talks New Album

    With the recent release of the fan club-only rarities compilation LPU9: Demos and a Grammy nomination for best Hard Rock Performance for "What I've Done," from their live album, Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes, the decade is drawing to a close nicely for Linkin Park. Which is to say the '00s are ending as positively as they began for the California sextet, whose 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, ranked as the seventh-best selling album of the decade. "It's been an absolutely unbelievable ten years," says Mike Shinoda, the band's resident rapper and sonic mastermind. "But I'm even more excited to find out what the future has to offer." The near-future will see the release of an as-yet-untitled new Linkin Park album and, hopefully, some other guerilla-style goodies.

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    Update: Rivers Recovering from Weezer Bus Crash

    Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is "sitting up, talking clearly, reading books, and checking the internet" after sustaining serious injuries when his tour bus careened off the New York State Thruway early Sunday morning. The black ice-related bus crash left Cuomo with three cracked ribs, a slightly punctured lung, and an injury to his lower leg, and caused the band to cancel the remainder of their Raditude tour dates. "Rivers has had a much better day than yesterday," webmaster Karl Koch writes in a blog post on the band's website. "He went from being barely able to talk and open his eyes yesterday to partially sitting up, talking clearly, reading books, and checking the internet, plus his color and energy seemed much brighter . . . Tomorrow the doctor says it will be time to see if Rivers can stand up again.

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    Q&A: Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz

    Fall Out Boy is on indefinite hiatus, but Pete Wentz, the emo quartet's bassist, lyricist, and most media-savvy member, isn't about to go into hiding. With the recent release of the band's Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits, his Clandestine clothing line, Decaydance record label, and ubiquitous tabloid presence, the break from the band shouldn't mean a publicity dip for Mr. Ashlee Simpson -- a notion he's not necessarily happy about. The day before Believer's release, we spoke on the phone with Wentz about what has to happen for him to go back to Fall Out Boy, why the band went on a break, and the weirdness of greatest hits albums. With the band going on hiatus, does it feel like the right time for a greatest hits compilation to come out?I think that anytime a band like us puts out a greatest hits there are a lot of questions: Does this band have enough hits?

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    Hot New Band: Fanfarlo

    Discussing literature isn't something bands are known for doing in their down time -- and that's fine with Fanfarlo. "There's not a lot of beer-can smashing with us," says Simon Balthazar, 27, lead singer and main songwriter for the London chamber-poppers. "Our favorite activity is to read a novel and talk about it. We're intellectuals. That's an unpopular thing for bands to say, but we're not interested in doing things just because that's what other people do." Standing out is a familiar theme for the quintet, which takes its name from a Baudelaire novella.

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    Exclusive Song: New Music From Priestess

    It's been three years since fire-breathing quartet Priestess released their last album, 2006's Hello Master. Now they're back, and if new track "Ladykiller" is any indication, the Montrealers want blood. Taken from the upcoming Prior to the Fire, due in February, "Ladykiller" is a thrashy tale of revenge against a serial killer, highlighted by some seriously slicing guitar solos and precise riffing. "We set out to write a theme song for Jack the Ripper," explains Priestess frontman Mikey Heppner. "We knew there was plenty of competition in the songs-about-serial- killers field -- Judas Priest did 'The Ripper' and Iron Maiden did 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' -- but I think we took things into our own realm." Decide for yourself. The download is below. LISTEN:Priestess, "Ladykiller"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

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    Q&A: Baroness Talk New Tour

    Savannah, Georgia's Baroness melted a great many minds last month when the quartet released its second full-length, the beautiful and savage Blue Record. The stunning, deeply psychedelic record was the band's first effort to chart on the Billboard Top 200 and has drawn praise as one of the year's best metal albums. All of which is to say that it's a good bet these dudes will be playing big places sometime in the not-too-distant future. So now's the chance to catch them somewhere human-scaled.

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