• Arcade Fire

    Watch Arcade Fire Perform at University of Texas Haiti Lecture

    Arcade Fire, if you hadn't heard (hint: if you read SPIN, you did), lectured at the University of Texas at Austin yesterday to raise awareness about the socioeconomic crises that persist in post-earthquake Haiti. As SPIN noted previously, the gang hyped their lecture gig — during which they discussed their efforts with nonprofit Partners in Health, to which the band has donated $1 for every concert ticket sold since the 2010 disaster — with a mildly surprising appearance at keynote speaker Bruce Springsteen's SXSW performance earlier in the week, where they assisted the Boss and a host of other outspoken artists in singing "This Land is Your Land." But of course, performances didn't end there, because what Arcade Fire lecture would be complete without a little musical accompaniment?

  • Jack White Announces New Tour Dates, Gives Alabama Shakes Seal of Approval

    Jack White Announces New Tour Dates, Gives Alabama Shakes Seal of Approval

    With a terrific SXSW show in his rear-view mirror, Jack White has announced additional tour dates in North America via his website. And his guests on some of those dates come straight from the SXSW buzz bin: He's invited Alabama Shakes, arguably the hottest rock band to have ridden the hype waves out of Austin, to join him. Though there are officially eight dates that feature both Jack and the Shakes (per Paste), two of those are festival dates — Gulf Shores' Hangout Fest and George, Washington's Sasquatch! Fest —. Here's hoping the six Jack White-headlining, Shakes-opening dates, which span about a week in May, impress the guitarist-turned-label-head enough to invite them to Europe with him.

  • Deadmau5

    Deadmau5 Goes Off on Club Pop in Tumblr Rant

    The increasingly outspoken Deadmau5 has a bone to pick with pop music. The electro artist, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, is known for his lack of mainstream "collaborations," and this morning, he went off on his Tumblr, explaining why electronic artists indulging in mindless club pop remixes — he namechecked-without-namechecking LMFAO, Taio Cruz, and, maybe, Nicki Minaj — will be the death of the currently brewing EDM revolution. In case any pop stars have been wondering if Zimmerman wants to do a remix with him/her, the answer is, "no. [sic] i fucking don't. i really REALLY don't." He writes, "im passionate about music, engineering said music, and especially art… at least i certainly feel that i am," revealing he is less passionate about hitting the "delete" key to correct grammatical errors whilst ranting.

  • Would You Rather Buy Lil Wayne's House or Britney Spears' Mansions?

    Would You Rather Buy Lil Wayne's House or Britney Spears' Mansions?

    Big day for musician real estate: Both Lil Wayne and Britney Spears have mansions on the market. Weezy has listed his Kenner, Louisiana pad near New Orleans for $1.7 million (via Complex); B-Spears, on the other hand, has two mansions for sale, one in Malibu that The Mummy screenwriter Stephen Sommers and his wife bought from her in 2007 and are now selling for $13.5 million, and the Beverly Hills pad she bought after selling the Malibu house, which is going for a paltry $3 million (via RadarOnline). So, naturally, we had to ask that big question: which would you rather? Some pros and cons to consider: Lil Wayne's Kenner, LA, Mansion Pros: Living in Weezy's house. Instant access to New Orleans/Mardi Gras festivities.

  • Green Day

    Green Day Remind Fans They've Been in the Studio

    Last week while most of the music industry was guzzling beer at SXSW, Green Day quietly taunted fans with a new video teaser featuring footage of the trio in the studio. Unfortunately, unlike previous preview clips, this new one gives fans essentially nothing but buzz. In the 33-second video, posted last Wednesday, Billie Joe Armstrong has mercifully forsaken his recent ramen-looking hairstyle for blonde spikes, but that's all the hard info you're going to glean — fans can listen to band members congratulating themselves on how great the new material is over the idling feedback of Armstrong's guitar, while watching him and the band jam out soundlessly. Alas, no trace of the "singing about fucking" that he promised in the last video diary is to be found here.

  • Mac Miller, Best Coast, Calvin Harris Take Home 2012 Woodies

    Mac Miller, Best Coast, Calvin Harris Take Home 2012 Woodies

    The mtvU Woodie Awards were filmed in Austin during SXSW and aired last night, letting viewers see how against all odds, rappers Mac Miller and Machine Gun Kelly — two ideologically different rappers supported by similar grassroots fan armies — took home the show's major prizes. Best Coast and Calvin Harris also each racked up a win, while artists including Santigold, Steve Aoki, Gary Clark, Jr., and A$AP Rocky played live. Miller won Woodie of the Year (slaying the Black Keys, Frank Ocean, Foster the People, and Skrillex) and the Performing Woodie (beating, incredibly, the Black Keys, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and Alabama Shakes). MGK won the Breaking Woodie against an impossibly stacked deck — A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks, the Weeknd, Charlie XCX, Cloud Nothings, Cults, fun., Kendrick Lamar, Future and Iggy Azalea.

  • Drake

    Drake Isn't About to Pay Off Drunk-Dial Girl Suing Over 'Marvin's Room'

    Drake wants the world to know that he never promised a single penny to the girl who famously asked him, "Are you drunk right now?" TMZ reported over the weekend that the MC had filed his official legal response to a lawsuit brought by Ericka Lee, the woman whose voice recording is used in a dramatized drunk-dial phone call on Take Care single "Marvin's Room." That statement: "[Lee] consented to the use of her voice in the song 'Marvin's Room' for no compensation." Furthermore, he wants to make it clear that at no point were the two in a romantic relationship, as Lee claims in her suit (he's busy coming on to GQ interviewers, anyway). As SPIN previously wrote, Lee is suing the rapper because he had (apparently only verbally) promised her songwriting credits and 50 percent of the song's profits — what would have been an awfully generous deal for a successful Young Money rapper put

  • Anaïs Mitchell

    Watch Bon Iver Big-Up Folk Singer Anais Mitchell, Cover Her 'Coming Down'

    Bon Iver is on their first-ever tour in Australia, and yesterday Justin Vernon visited the soundstage at the Melbourne-based Triple J radio to perform a cover of folk singer Anaïs Mitchell's song "Coming Down" for the station's "Like a Version" series. Mitchell, a rising, Vermont-based folk singer signed to Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records, has recently benefitted from the blessings of the Low Anthem, and DiFranco herself (in the form of guest appearances on her 2010 record, Hadestown). Vernon has pretty consistently championed other artists since day one, openly worshipping Bonnie Raitt, whose songs he's covered for Bon Iver 7" B-sides. He and the band also make it a point of touting friends' new releases, by artists from fellow Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar folk act Bowerbirds to the red-hot electro/minimalist Poliça, often via Twitter.

  • Bruce Springsteen's SXSW 2012 keynote

    Watch Bruce Springsteen Win SXSW with Arcade Fire and Tom Morello

    After sexagenarian legend Bruce Springsteen delivered his SXSW keynote speech, he took over the Moody Theatre in Austin to perform to a relatively tiny crowd of 3,000 festgoers. By the time he got to the last song in his 26-song set (eight of which composed his encore alone), the Boss had amassed a veritable dream team of politically-leaning artists, including members of Arcade Fire, Jimmy Cliff, Tom Morello, Eric Burdon of the Animals, Joe Ely, and Alejandro Escovedo. They, naturally, performed "This Land is Your Land," which you can watch below (via Consequence of Sound).

  • Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire

    Universal Grabs Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire: Who's Left?

    Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is now Mr. Muthafuckin' ex-Independent. The insanely foul-mouthed rapper has signed to Universal Republic, the label whose imprints like Young Money Entertainment include artists like Nicki Minaj and Drake.

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