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    Speech Debelle Wins Mercury Prize!

    You're a winner, Speech Debelle! Tuesday, the 26-year-old rapper from South London received Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize for her debut, Speech Therapy, trumping a strong batch of nominees that included Bat for Lashes, Glasvegas, Kasabian, and La Roux. In winning, she joins the likes of Portishead, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Pulp, and PJ Harvey, all of whom had previously earned the prize, which is given by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers to the year's best album from the United Kingdom or Ireland. Phew! All that and a cup of tea. But given that Debelle's album just dropped on August 18 on this side of the Atlantic (two months after its UK release), you could be forgiven for wondering, you know, who she is.

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    Fashion Tips from Paramore's Hayley Williams

    It's back to school time, rock'n'roll fans! If you're a girl -- or a particularly forward-thinking guy, and I applaud you for that -- then Hayley Williams is here to help. Just in time for fall classes, the fashion-forward Paramore lead singer -- whose band's new album, brand new eyes, drops September 29 -- wrote a lengthy post on her Live Journal about her fave clothes. Below, we've listed the six labels mentioned by Williams and excerpted some of her comments about them. 1. Dogpile: "Dogpile makes the red plaid pants that I've been wearing, the oriental/floral dress that you'll see in an upcoming shoot we did for Kerrang, along with the army green semi-bondage style vest that I wore in 'Ignorance.'" 2. Babygirl Boutique: "Three or four years ago, you wouldn't have caught me DEAD wearing this style of clothing...

  • Monotonix, 'Where Were You When It Happened?' (Drag City)

    Anyone who's seen this Israeli trio's fiery (literally) live show knows it's hard to focus on the music when you're constantly under threat of being accosted by frontman Ami Shalev. But even without the manic singer actually up in your face, the band's gleefully knuckle-dragging first full-length is a thrilling throwdown. On six drum splattered eruptions and two slow psych oozers, Shalev rants like an angry boner while guitarist Yonatan Gat spits out a series of smarter-than-they-sound riffs. Not quite garage-rock holy land, but not far off. BUY:Amazon

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    DOWNLOAD: New Order Spin-Off's Single!

    As far as spin-offs go, New Order's Bernard Sumner has a pretty solid track record. Electronic, his strong '90s collabo with the Smith's Johnny Marr, spawned the U.K. hit single "Get the Message." And remember: New Order itself rose out of the ashes of the legendary Joy Division. Now the singer-guitarist is at it again. Sumner's newest project, Bad Lieutenant, finds him teaming up with New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham (who joined the latter band in 2001) and vocalist-guitarist Jake Evans. The band's debut album, Never Cry Another Tear, which features appearances by Blur bassist Alex James and New Order drummer Stephen Morris, is set for an exclusive Amazon.com digital-only release on October 6. The album goes to other, non-Amazonian, outlets on November 10. For a taste of what's the come, download "Sink or Swim," the band's first single.

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    Q&A: Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith

    Chad Smith does more during his time off than most people do when they're working. Nearing the end of a three-year hiatus from his day job as the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the oft-shirtless funkmeister both recorded and hit the road with Chickenfoot -- the band he formed with guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and singer Sammy Hagar. He also entered the studio with the instrumental funk-rock band the Bombastic Meatbats, whose self-titled debut album is due out September 15 on Warrior records. Taking time out before a Chickenfoot show in Boston, Smith talked to SPIN.com about his new new band, throwing drum sticks at Satriani's head, and the Chili Pepper's first steps towards a new album. How did the Meatbats come about?Shit. When did it start? I guess it started a little over a year and a half ago now.

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    Fall Out Boy Patrick Stump Arrested

    The road means trouble for Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. The singer/guitarist was arrested Tuesday night, August 25, in Hollywood, CA, on a traffic warrant as a result of his previously driving without a license, reports TMZ. The arrest, which came during a break in F.O.B.'s summer tour opening for the reunited Blink-182, found Stump, 25, held in a West Hollywood sheriff's station on $15,000 bail. It was a brief correctional visit though, as he was released on bail around 4:30 A.M. Wednesday morning. 90 minutes after his bail, Stump spoke with MTV about the incident. "All I really have to say is ignorance of the law isn't innocence," Stump confessed. "I didn't want to give up my Illinois driver's license and was unaware that was a crime. It is, by the way, in the state of California. Lesson learned. I technically broke a law, so technically I deserve whatever I get.

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    EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD: Anti-Pop Consortium Return!

    Masters of glitchy beats and dark sonic twists, New York City's Antipop Consortium introduced a cerebral, electronica-based approach to hip-hop back at the turn of the millennium with highly acclaimed albums like 2000's Tragic Epilogue and 2002's Arrhythmia. Then they went away. And now, after splitting for other musical pastures, MCs Beans, M. Sayyid, High Priest, and producer Earl Blaize are back. Fluorescent Black, due out October 13 on Big Dada, shows the quartet as inventive as ever. Fans of canned club rap beats and self-aggrandizing lyrics are advised to look elsewhere. In advance of the albums' release, we've got an exclusive track for you.

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    Muse: Pomp and Circumstance

    It's midnight on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and the apple-cheeked guitarist in the baggy tank top doesn't know what's coming. "Yeah, we've got another show in Brooklyn in a couple days," brags Apple Cheeks to Dominic, a skinny blond Englishman in a black leather jacket. It's early summer and the two are standing outside the front door of a small club/bakery called Cake Shop. The musician's band finished playing a few minutes ago, and he's still feeling flush. The sidewalk is lousy with well-appointed degenerates who look as though they've also got another show in Brooklyn in a couple days. "We're playing a place called Bruar Falls," he says, arching his eyebrows above his thick glasses. "I'm pretty sure we're headlining." Bruar Falls is the size of a rich man's bathroom. Dominic looks up from his iPhone. "My band's playing New York.

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    Exclusive Video: Jimmy Page in 'It Might Get Loud'

    You can start drooling now, guitar geeks. In the new documentary It Might Get Loud, director Davis Guggenheim (who helmed 2006's Al Gore/global warming doc An Inconvenient Truth) summoned three generations of guitar gods -- Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's the Edge, and Jack White from the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather (and whatever new band he started while we wrote these words) -- to discuss their hard-rocking craft.Though the film doesn't come out until Friday, Aug. 14, we've got an exclusive clip for you. Below, watch Page bust out the air guitar as he discusses his love for Link Wray's instrumental classic "Rumble."And read our review of the film here.

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    3 Things We Learned from Beck About Will Ferrell

    In addition to covering classic albums, Beck has been spending time lately chatting with his famous friends as part of his Irrelevant Topics interview series. A few weeks ago, he got Tom Waits on the horn. Today, Will Ferrell is on the hot seat -- and he revealed some, shall we say, unique information about himself. Below, we've excerpted three humorously revealing parts of the conversation. Take them with a grain of goofy salt. You can read the entire Q&A here, at Beck's website. 1. In Which Will Ferrell Admits He'd Rather Have Fewer ChildrenFerrell: How many [kids] do you have?Beck: I have two. How about you?Ferrell: Yeah, we have two.Beck: You have two as well?Ferrell: We've two, and uh... I don't like it.Beck: You don't like it? Ferrell: I don't like it one bit. It's too much time to have to deal with them. With just their needs, you know? 2.

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