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    London Olympics Are Killing Local Music Fests

    Though it may seem like a boon, hosting the Olympics is a very expensive endeavor. Not only do the years leading up to the events require billions of dollars' worth of infrastructural preparation, but economists also say that tourism in general suffers during the games themselves (call it the "We're Staying Way the Hell Away From That Insanity on Our Summer Vacation" Syndrome). The upcoming games in London are no different — and now they've started affecting the British music business.

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    Ditch Your Unwanted CDs, Do Autism Research a Solid

    If you're running a bit behind schedule on the whole spring cleaning thing, you can still get rid of the stacks of CDs you've been meaning to chuck, and now for a good cause: CD Sweep, an initiative benefitting the Autism Science Foundation, is looking to whisk away your old CDs because they need them more than you do. Founded last year, CD Sweep takes used CD and DVD donations to iPodmeister, a CD reseller that ships used discs to overseas countries, where they have higher resale value. Each disc donated earns 50 cents that is then donated to ASF, which provides funding directly to scientists conducting research into the causes and treatment of autism.Donating itself is probably just as easy (if not easier) than what you were planning on doing with your discs (depending on how much you hate CDs, that is): Go to the CD Sweep website to fill out and submit a quick donation form.

  • CBGB's plush restroom offerings / Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

    CBGB Movie Will Star Club's Actual Toilets, Cash Register

    Even though it's being filmed mostly in Savannah, Georgia, far away from CBGB's original hood, the forthcoming doc about the legendary NYC venue that's been in the works for the past year will feature a set that as authentic as possible — and that involves shipping just about everything not nailed to the floor (and some stuff that was) from the shuttered iconic punk club's old home down to the Georgia shoot location. Back when CBGB closed for good in October 2006, club owner and founder Hilly Kristal had the majority of the place carefully dismantled by a team specializing in deconstructing and transporting theater sets, ensuring that a large portion of the venue would remain intact for its next home (which hasn't been found yet, though investors are still looking).

  • Morrissey / Photo by Jake Walters

    NME Says Morrissey's No Racist As Libel Trial Date Nears

    In case anyone had forgotten about the long-brewing libel suit Morrissey has been pursuing against the NME since 2007, the British music magazine has helpfully refreshed the public's memory by issuing a formal online apology to the Smiths frontman for publishing an article Morrissey has said painted him as a racist. The story, titled "Morrissey: Big Mouth Strikes Again," included quotes from the singer on the topic of immigration such as, "The gates of England are flooded. The country's been thrown away," and "I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears." Morrissey began preparing a libel lawsuit when it was published, saying the magazine painted him as "reactionary" (and, well, a racist), but paused it in March 2008 to record and tour in support of Year of Refusal.

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    No Doubt's First Album in 11 Years Is Called 'Push and Shove'

    Finally (no, really, finally!) No Doubt have announced that their first record in 11 years, which, as SPIN has reported previously, is slated for a September 25 release (via Interscope), has a name.

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    Hear Charli XCX's New Love Anthem 'You're the One'

    London's Charli XCX, the fiercely soulful 19-year-old popsmith who made SPIN's Best New Artists for March earlier this year, has excitedly tweeted the title track off her forthcoming (and highly anticipated) American debut EP, You're the One. No doubt sufficiently pumped up by her recent Supergirls

  • RockNess crowd / Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns

    Summer Fest Worries Begin With Deaths at RockNess, Winds at Electric Daisy Carnival

    As the summer festival season kicks into high gear, so do the troubles that inevitably accompany large groups of people gathering to listen to a lot of loud noises in massive outdoor venues. The year's first tragedies struck at Scotland's RockNess fest, where, as the BBC reports, a 19-year-old attendee collapsed Saturday night and subsequently died. The Portobello native, Alex Herriot, was rushed to a nearby hospital but "failed to respond to treatment." Though an autopsy is still imminent, a police spokesman said that "early indications are that the man may have consumed drugs." Two others, one 19 and another 20, were also hospitalized "after taking so-called 'legal highs,'" potentially, police say, via "the latest pink ecstasy tablet" or a legal, MDMA-containing substance called Benzo Fury.

  • Ms. Lauryn Hill / Photo by Getty Images

    Lauryn Hill Blames 'Media Protected Military Industrial Complex' for Tax Evasion

    Last week, Lauryn Hill became the latest musician to face a tax evasion charge, as TMZ reported, she failed to file three years' worth of tax returns. Hill, however, being who she is, did not keep quiet about the allegations, and late Friday, she (or her publicist, at least) posted an official statement on her Tumblr page responding to not only the reports, but also her three-year removal from the public eye ("in order to wean both [herself], and [her] family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it"), from 2005-2007, in general (via E!). In the lengthy (1,252 words!) statement, Hill explains that her refusal to pay taxes during those years stemmed from her desire to operate outside "a media-protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda" from her own.

  • Watch Against Me! and Joan Jett Cover the Replacements' 'Androgynous'

    Watch Against Me! and Joan Jett Cover the Replacements' 'Androgynous'

    Against Me! opened for the Cult Friday night at Manhattan's Terminal 5, marking the band's first New York City appearance for singer Laura Jane Grace since she came out as transgender last month (her live debut came two weeks ago in San Diego). For a little extra oomph, the band was joined onstage by Joan Jett, who sang the Replacements' "fuck your gender norms" anthem "Androgynous" with Grace (wearing more or less matching outfits and tattoos, we might add). The song originated on the Replacements' 1984 album Let it Be and Jett covered it on her 2006 album Sinner. Jett and Grace's double delivery in the video below comes off like a cooler, less troubled "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," which Grace — then Tom Gabel — wrote and performed acoustic at Against Me! shows prior to her announcement last month.

  • Glen Hansard / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Tony Award Productions

    Swell Season-Scored 'Once' Nabs 8 Awards at 2012 Tonys

    When Markéta Irglova and Frames frontman Glen Hansard put their music (and themselves) into an indie film in 2006, they got an Oscar, two Grammy nominations, and a band out of the deal.

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