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    The Breaks Not Over: What Are Fall Out Boy Doing Right Now?

    It's been two and a half years since the members of Fall Out Boy more or less admitted that their "hiatus" was more like a breakup. At the time, Pete Wentz was harumphing around on Twitter and Tumblr about it, and Patrick Stump was telling fans to just give up. But what have the quartet been up to since then? New music from three-quarters of the band has been arriving in the past few months, so SPIN rounded up their current whereabouts: Patrick Stump Instrument: Vocals, Guitar Last Known Location: New York and Los Angeles Current Activity: Per Stump's last official communication with the world, he is not working on fresh songs for himself at the moment ("So somebody tipped me off that apparently I’ve 'Announced,' I’m working on new music. Nope," he blogged).

  • Jim James / Photo by Andrew Swartz

    Newport Folk Festival 2012 Breakdown: MMJ, Weed Jokes, Giant Chickens

    This weekend, the Newport Folk Festival returned to Rhode Island's Fort Adams State Park for its 53rd year. As if to mourn the looming absence of Pete Seeger (the nonagenarian's appearance last year may have been his last) and honor the 100th birthday of Woodie Guthrie, the skies over Newport Harbor opened up to a biblical downpour that drenched the weekend. With My Morning Jacket and Jackson Browne heading the bill, the definition of "folk" has been stretched considerably since the days when Dylan myths were being made. But the weekend kept festivities in their proper perspective thanks to Guthrie's centennial celebration. The folk godfather's songs were covered to insane degrees throughout the fest's two days and his very large family, led by Arlo Guthrie, even "reunited" for a mid-Saturday performance that felt more like a private birthday party than a professional set.

  • Lady Gaga Stars in Robert Rodriguez Film, Kicks 'So Much Ass'

    Lady Gaga Stars in Robert Rodriguez Film, Kicks 'So Much Ass'

    Believe it or not, despite having pretended to be a Hollywood starlet many times over, Lady Gaga has actually taken a whole four years since her debut album The Fame to take the leap into the movies. However, it seems her Simpsons episode was enough encouragement to finally just do it: she and director Robert Rodriguez announced yesterday that Mother Monster's silver screen debut is nigh, and will take the form of someone named La Chameleón in next year's Danny Trejo-starring Machete Kills. "I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away!" Rodriguez tweeted yesterday afternoon, along with a promo image of the singer looking exactly like what one would expect her to look, wearing a wolf-pelt stole and holding a smoking pistol.

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    Universe Punishes Man for Attempting to See Nickelback

    Sometimes the cosmos demonstrates its musical inclinations quite clearly. A 22-year-old Nickelback fan was made acutely aware of this fact on Tuesday night when, instead of successfully sneaking into a Nickelback show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as planned, he found himself 40 feet down a neighboring gorge instead. Where does Nickelback actually rank on our list of rock's biggest punching bags? Read our most-hated list. Per Gawker, Kevin Beaudette of Tupper Lake, New York, "appeared to be intoxicated" when he was rescued by local firefighters after toppling down the Geyser Brook Gorge while attempting to get in on the action at SPAC, which included "the power of a T-shirt gun" and cups of beer tossed into the audience by frontman Chad Kroeger.

  • The Soundtrack of Our Lives Announce Farewell Tour

    The Soundtrack of Our Lives Announce Farewell Tour

    Swedish psych-rock pros the Soundtrack of Our Lives have announced that their sixth record Throw It To The Universe was their last. Following a string of goodbye shows in Sweden and the U.K., they'll be putting an end to their 17-year career. "My idea when we started this band was that we were gonna peak around 2012," frontman Ebbot Lundberg said in a statement. "Which suddenly is pretty soon!" Though they formed in 1995 (two years after members' former influential punk band Union Carbide Productions broke up), T.S.O.O.L. came to the attention of U.S. audiences during the Swedish invasion of the early '00s. Their third record Behind the Music arrived Stateside in 2002, a year after it was released in their home country, and picked up a nomination for a Best Alternative Album Grammy. (The group was defeated by Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head).

  • Billie Joe Armstrong / Photo by Getty Images

    Billie Joe Armstrong Will Guide Aguilera's Singers on 'The Voice'

    Aspiring singers competing on the upcoming season of The Voice are going to have a chance to be advised by one of rock's great frontmen. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has signed up to be a mentor on the show, making him the third rock singer (if you count Maroon 5's Levine and Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas) to partake in coaching on the NBC hit, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "[The Voice] is not molding artists, it's just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover," Armstrong said about his decision to promote Green Day's forthcoming album trilogy join the show, which already consists of team leaders Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, with Thomas, Mary J. Blige, and Michael Bublé aboard as mentors.

  • Michael Stipe / Photo by Getty Images

    Michael Stipe Has Two Krazy Kat Tattoos and More Unlikely Confessions

    As any dedicated R.E.M. fan with a web presence probably knows by now, Michael Stipe has used his long-standing expertise in the visual arts to become somewhat of a Tumblr god. Now that he doesn't have any music videos to direct or album art to select, he's taken his eye to the microblogging site, which acts as, in his words, as "essentially [his] electronic scrapbook": "You know, it’s like a stamp collection, but everyone’s allowed to cull from each other’s collection." As Spinner points out, Bullett magazine decided to actually talk to him about it, and the conversation that ensued brought to light some pretty awesome tidbits that shed light on what page he's been on in the year or so since R.E.M. called it quits. Here are five things we learned: His Tumblr account is an extension, somewhat, of MichaelStipe.com, which is "made up of screen grabs that I took throughout 2009.

  • Lollapalooza 2012: The 48 Sets You Can Watch Via Webcast

    Lollapalooza 2012: The 48 Sets You Can Watch Via Webcast

    Fans that aren't gearing up for a trip to Chicago next weekend won't be facing the wrenching set-time conflict decisions folks on the ground at Lollapalooza will be making — but they will get the chance to watch 48 of the festival's sets via YouTube live stream. The YouTube stream will kick off with Yellow Ostrich's 1:30 p.m. set (CDT, so 11:30 a.m. for West Coasters and 2:30 p.m. for East Coasters) on Friday, wraps up with Childish Gambino's 9:15 p.m. set Sunday, and will include nearly 50 of the fest's 130-plus act rundown led by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Black Keys, and Jack White. Cross reference the full lineup with the full webcast schedule, which is posted on Lolla's YouTube account, to see what you might be missing.

  • Crystal Castles / Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/WireImage

    Crystal Castles Say No Surprises on Third LP: 'We Like How We Sound'

    Fresh off unleashing the thrillingly grave-ravey first cut from their latest album, Crystal Castles have confirmed their third studio LP will arrive in September. Will it sound extremely different than their previous work? Evidently not! "There's no departure," Ethan Kath told NME bluntly of the as-yet-untitled record. "We like how we sound. We don't wanna change." No shade, Muse fans. Aesthetics aside, Alice Glass added that, thematically, the record will unsurprisingly be bleak. "I didn't think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it just…the world is a dystopia," she says. "I'm one step away from being a vigilante. I've thought about it." The duo say the record was recorded in Warsaw, produced by Kath once again, and is currently being mixed in London.

  • Flea onstage at Austin City Limits / Photo by Ian Witlen

    Austin City Limits 2013 May Expand to Two Weekends

    C3 Presents is firing on all cylinders: The promoter has been in the process of kickstarting Lollapalooza 2013 by announcing its dates before Lollapalooza 2012 even begins, and is also reportedly considering expanding its fall fest Austin City Limits to two weekends by as early as next year. According to the Statesman, C3 is negotiating the expansion with the city of Austin by promising a substantial hike in the donations it makes to the local parks department (the new figure, it reports, is "in the millions") and local nonprofit Austin Parks Foundation, with hopes of nailing down October 4-6 and October 11-13, 2013.

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