• Sleigh Bells / Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

    FestWatch: FYF Announces Lineup, Plus Oya, End of the Road, and iTunes Additions

    It's almost the end of June, but that hasn't stopped the festival lineup announcements from continuing their parade. The latest additions: Los Angeles' FYF Fest (formerly known as the Fuck Yeah Fest) just announced its lineup yesterday. The now two-day fest features a roster that includes recent SPIN cover stars Sleigh Bells, FIDLAR, Ceremony, the reunited Desaparecidos and Refused, and the makers of SPIN's favorite album of 2011, Fucked Up. The fest will take place where it has for the past four years, in L.A.'s State Historic Park; tickets go on sale this Friday at 5 p.m.

  • Lil Wayne / Photo by Rebecca Smeyne

    Lil Wayne Correctly Asserts Nicki Minaj Is 'Female' in Summer Jam Breakdown

    Following what SPIN's Brandon Soderberg has dubbed the "Worst Beef Ever," better known as Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's onstage Nicki Minaj dis at the station's Summer Jam in New York earlier this month that resulted in the rapper abruptly canceling her appearance at the day-long fest — or, rather, calling her Young Money boss, Lil Wayne, and having him announce via Twitter Minaj's cancellation — Weezy has finally spoken out as to his own reasons behind his decision. Those reasons, he explained over the weekend, were nothing short of chivalrous. "That's a female, first and foremost. Nicki Minaj is a female," Wayne told MTV backstage at Atlanta station Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash on Saturday.

  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry's 'Wide Awake' Video: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

    On the outside, Katy Perry's official not-a-lyric-video video for her first post-divorce single "Wide Awake" is as cotton candy fairy princess as her two recent award show performances of the song, but as the four-minute clip progresses, it's clear that this time, themes are going to run a little deeper (though just as autobiographical) than in her usual goodie-goodie, bubblegum-fueled teenage dream. In a direct nod to her upcoming 3D movie, the opening and closing scenes of "Awake" are pretty meta, starting with Perry coming off the set of her "California Gurls" video and wrapping with her stepping onto a stadium stage to perform "Teenage Dream." In between those two bookends, however, Perry changes.

  • Russ Solomon / Photo by Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty

    Tower Records Lives: Defunct Record Chain Turns Into Archive

    In 2006, two years after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and 46 years spent steering one of the most recognizable music retail chains in the country, Tower Records founder Russell Solomon was forced to shutter and sell all 93 of his U.S. stores. The reasons for the Sacramento-based chain's death were myriad — individual locations' retail mismanagement and the general encroachment of the digital age were two primary culprits — but regardless, all that's left these days are an online physical retailer owned by another company and a handful of TOWER RECORDS signs left behind at old store locations. But that's not the end of the story for Solomon, according to USA Today's PopCandy.

  • A still from <i>Wrecking Ball</i>

    Watch Bruce Springsteen's Tearjerking 'Wrecking Ball' Doc

    As if the past 40 years weren't evidence enough, further proof of Bruce Springsteen's knack for emotional articulation has surfaced, this time via a new short film directed by the Boss' official archivist Thom Zimny. The clip weaves together portions of the Paris press conference held a month before his 17th album, Wrecking Ball, dropped in March, with footage from the Wrecking Ball tour (including the E-Street Band's SXSW-winning performance). The film is, shockingly, called Wrecking Ball (via CNN). In the 22-minute video, Springsteen discusses how personal became political and vice versa, especially in crafting Wrecking Ball, his Elvis-tying, tenth top 10 album. "Lack of work creates loss of self," Springsteen explains when asked by a Irish reporter about his relationship to current American politics.

  • Fleetwood Mac / Photo by Getty Images

    Best Coast, MGMT Cover Fleetwood Mac for Tribute Comp

    Last month, Randall Poster, the veteran music supervisor behind last year's star-studded, ridiculously excellent Rave On, Buddy Holly compilation, announced that he would be collecting and releasing a similar tribute record for the royal family of 1970s folk rock, Fleetwood Mac. Now, details of that compilation have surfaced, per CoS. The disc is due August 14 via Hear Music/Concord, the same label duo that released Rave On.... The record, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, will feature covers by Antony Hegarty, Washed Out, the Kills, MGMT, and Best Coast, the latter of whom has previously professed their love for Fleetwood Mac musically with a cover of "Storms" (they're set to furnish "Rhiannon" for the album). In the announcement last month, Poster said the track listing (below) was chosen with the intention of showcasing the band's multi-era career.

  • Katy Perry / Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty

    Katy Perry, 'Call Me Maybe' Win Big at MuchMusic Video Awards

    Mere hours after Radiohead's stage at Toronto's Downsview Park collapsed, killing one of the band's drum technicians, the annual MuchMusic Video Awards soldiered on a few miles south at the music television network's headquarters. As Canada's version of the VMAs, not much separates the ceremony aesthetically or programmatically from its American counterpart, save the fact that it's held in the MuchMusic parking lot in downtown Toronto, lacked Lady Gaga in drag, and honored a handful of performers many Americans couldn't pick out of a lineup. The big winners would be familiar to viewers watching from Mars, however, including Justin Bieber's protegee Carly Rae Jepsen, whose "Call Me Maybe" helped her pick up three trophies, the most of the night (Bieber was right behind with two wins).

  • Radiohead Drum Tech Killed, 3 Injured in Toronto Stage Collapse

    Radiohead Drum Tech Killed, 3 Injured in Toronto Stage Collapse

    The summer 2011 festival season was plagued with stage collapses, and while the tragedies of last year have taught the live-music industry to be more cautious, the first major accident of 2012 struck over the weekend as the outdoor stage in Toronto's Downsview Park collapsed late Saturday afternoon just before Radiohead's show there, killing 33-year-old drum tech Scott Johnson and injuring three others. The roof of the stage caved in around 4 p.m. ET, reports CBC, an hour before doors for the band's 40,000-capacity, sold-out show were to open.

  • Ben Gibbard / Photo by Christopher Nelson

    Hear Ben Gibbard's Death Cabby Cover of Stars' 'Set Yourself on Fire'

    Ben Gibbard is giving us the impression that when he isn't running marathons these days, he's spending his off time while on tour with his band digging into his Pro Tools archives. Today, he tweet-shared a rough demo he threw together for Stars' 2007 cover record Do You Trust Your Friends?, of "Set Yourself on Fire," the title track on the band's 2004 LP. For an unspecified reason (maybe because he said he recorded it "4 yrs ago," a year after the record came out?), the track was never finished or included (Friends does, however, feature remixes and covers by Metric, Kevin Drew, and the Stills, among others). There's only one thing left to say about this, and it's that it sounds exactly like what you'd expect a Death Cab for Cutie frontman covering a Stars song to sound like (via TwentyFourBit).

  • R. Kelly / Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty

    R. Kelly Trapped Himself in $5 Million Tax Debt

    When you're as rich as R. Kelly (and even when you're not), the IRS really doesn't give a damn what closet you might be trapped in, or how many times you've been trapped there — it's gotta get paid. TMZ and the Chicago Sun-Times are reporting that Kelly has done a terrible job keeping up with his taxes, and now owes the government nearly $5 million from 2005 to 2010. Though the single singer's spokesman Allan Mayer told the Sun-Times last year that Kelly didn't have any financial troubles, he must not have checked with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, which has him as owing $1,472,366.77 from 2005's return, $710,520.51 from 2006's, $376,180.11 from 2007's, $1,122,694.90 from 2008's, $173,815.18 from 2009's, and $992,495.24 from 2010's, totaling $4,848,072.71 in back taxes.

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