• LCD Soundsystem

    Watch LCD Soundsystem Play One Minute of 'Dance Yrself Clean' in New Doc Clip

    In addition to shooting off a few e-mails just before going onstage for his band's last-ever show at New York's Madison Square Garden, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy had to make 100 percent sure everyone was in the wings, ready to go — this much we know from watching the second trailer-ish clip to drop from the band's documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits (via Pitchfork). We can also be sure that at least one minute and seven seconds of the doc contains the band's performance of "Dance Yrself Clean." The first official trailer, in case you never got around to watching it, dropped back in January. SPIN saw the flick at Sundance earlier this year and proclaimed it was almost as great as we remembered that night at MSG was. Watch the clip below, because it's way better than some of the other projects Murphy has flirted with since.

  • This guy! / Photo by Christopher Polk/KCA2011/Getty Images for Nickelodeon

    10 Reasons Why Dave Grohl Is 'The Nicest Dude in Rock'

    Dave Grohl's recent good deeds during a sojourn in Philadelphia shouldn't come as a surprise — he's the nicest guy in rock! The Philadelphia Inquirer reported yesterday (via Spinner) that Grohl left a whopping $2,000 in gratuities at the Smith and Wollensky bar in Philly's Rittenhouse Hotel, where he dropped the first grand tip on "a drink" last Friday night (yes, that's a 10,000 percent tip, if it was a $10 cocktail), and returned the next night with a second g, after having "a few drinks." While Wavves have already stepped in to explain Grohl's winning personality to the world, there is still enough confusion out there on the Internet as to what exactly the ex-Nirvana drummer did to earn this title, so we decided to outline few of the key points from his decades-spanning "good dude" crusade.

  • Grammys Add Three Awards After Year of Passionate Protests

    Grammys Add Three Awards After Year of Passionate Protests

    Following over a year of protests by thousands of musicians, many of them Latin jazz artists, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has made a slight reversal on its decision to cut 31 categories from the Grammy Awards last year. At its annual Board of Trustees meeting last month, the organization decided to reinstate the award for best Latin Jazz Album and added two categories. The AP reports that the Grammys will now include Best Urban Contemporary Album (for R&B albums that feature pop/rock) and Best Classical Compendium (for albums that "involve a mixture of classical subgenres"), in addition to Best Latin Jazz Album. The rundown now includes 81 categories, up from 78.

  • Fleetwood Mac / Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

    Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood Remember Guitarist Bob Welch

    Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Nashville yesterday. TMZ reports that his wife found the 66-year-old's body, along with a suicide note, around noon, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Welch had recently been battling health issues. In the hours following his death, former bandmates Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood both fondly remembered the guitarist, who sang and played in Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, what he called, in an interview, "the bridge era," when the band's style was evolving from blues rock to its more "commercial" sound. "I'm so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac," Nicks wrote in an official statement.

  • Watch the Killers' Dubstep-Free 'Battle Born' Trailer

    Watch the Killers' Dubstep-Free 'Battle Born' Trailer

    From the looks of the cinematic trailer the Killers just dropped for their forthcoming follow-up to 2008's Day & Age, their next album Battle Born will not follow fellow '00s rockers Muse into the land of wub. The 1:38 of music below via Stereogum indicates the band is sticking to its plan — lots of the '80s keyboard-driven goodness and a few Springsteen-esque grabs at the golden ring. Whether the album's title is Battle Born or Battleborn appears to be up for debate. It appears in the clip with the words separated with a lightning bolt, so do with that what you will. "I think the consensus within the band is to take those things that we've done well and really hone in on that," frontman Brandon Flowers told the BBC in January when he confirmed the fourth album's release. "We don't want to make Hot Fuss 2 or Sam's Town 2, or Day & Age 2.

  • Missy Piggy / Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty

    Kermit the Frog Likes Skrillex, Miss Piggy Prefers Lana Del Rey (Nirvana Get No Love)

    From Blondie and Michael Stipe to Dave Grohl and Lady Gaga, to My Morning Jacket and LCD Soundsystem, the Muppets have demonstrated a marvelously cutting-edge taste in music over the years, and now it's apparent that no blog threat from Courtney Love can stop them from keeping up with cool jams. In an interview with the Telegraph, Miss Piggy and Kermit name-dropped some seriously en vogue artists. "I’d love to work with Skrillex, even though I’ve never heard his music," Kermit said in response to a question about whether he'd collaborate with an electronic artist like the SPIN cover star. "We don’t get electronic music in the swamp.

  • R.E.M. / Photo by Anton Corbijn

    Fan's Digital R.E.M. Archive Nixed by Universal Music

    Yesterday was a disappointing day for audiophiles, especially those familiar with the work of one particular team of online archivists. Known until now as Analog Loyalist, Drew Crumbaugh, one of three engineer bloggers behind the immaculate restorations of the Smiths' Rough Trade singles discography and Joy Division/New Order's Factory Records releases, has been preemptively thwarted in his efforts to do the same with R.E.M.'s I.R.S. Records catalog by Universal Music Group, Rolling Stone reports. It's a rather tricky story filled with Blogspots galore, so follow carefully. In October, Crumbaugh, who has also worked on the official 2007 Rhino reissues of Joy Division's Closer and Still, posted a restored version of R.E.M.'s 1981 Cassette Set demo tape to his personal blog, the Power of Independent Trucking.

  • Watch Bonnaroo 2012 From the Comfort of Your Own Couch

    Watch Bonnaroo 2012 From the Comfort of Your Own Couch

    Because everyone can't whisk away to Manchester, Tennessee, this weekend to tough it out in the dust at this year's Bonnaroo, fest organizers have hooked up with the folks at YouTube to webcast a fair chunk of the three-day rodeo. The best part: thanks to the magic of multiple browser tabs, couch-bound fest-goers don't have to worry about choosing between Kendrick Lamar and St. Vincent on Friday, Mogwai and Santigold on Saturday, or Phish and fun. (maybe your tastes are eclectic!) on Sunday. All the below sets (times are all EDT and p.m., because who can struggle out of their tent before noon anyway?) can be watched

  • Rihanna / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME

    Rihanna 'Caught Off-Guard' By World's Collective Freakout Over Chris Brown Team-Ups

    The world may have issued a collective WTF when Rihanna and Chris Brown teamed up for a pair of remixes earlier this year, but Rihanna thought the pair's reunion — their first musical collaboration since ex-boyfriend Brown was convicted of assaulting her in a car after a 2009 Grammy party — was no big deal. Rihanna was forced to address the issue in an interview with Esquire U.K. (via Hollywood Gossip) and revealed she was "caught a little off-guard" by reactions like ours. "It never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem, you know. It really didn’t," Rihanna said. "I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn’t see how people could think it was a bad thing, you know?

  • Erykah Badu Slams Wayne Coyne for NSFW Video: 'Kiss My Glittery Ass'

    Erykah Badu Slams Wayne Coyne for NSFW Video: 'Kiss My Glittery Ass'

    Erykah Badu dropped a huge bomb on Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne via Twitter this afternoon, ending what's been until now an unending stream of online love between the two musicians. It turns out not all parties were satisfied with that extra-NSFW video that dropped Friday for their team-up on a cover of "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" (via CoS). According to the letter, seemingly written on the go (we're guessing the signature at the bottom, "Analog Girl's Magnetic Strip Club," is BaduSnark for tablet or smartphone), Badu never got a chance to see the finished product before Coyne and the Lips had the filmmakers drop the video, which has since been removed from their Vimeo page. She was likewise displeased about Coyne tweeting out those nude photos of her "lil sis and bestee" Nayrok.

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