• Muse in the studio / Photo by Tom Kirk

    Muse Hint at Dubsteppy New Direction in '2nd Law' Teaser

    Muse have officially announced the release of their sixth studio album, which they started recording in November (a much faster turnaround than No Doubt's studio sessions). Fans' first glimpses of The 2nd Law, the follow-up to 2009's The Resistance, now come from an über-cinematic trailer that showcases, among the requisite apocalyptic visual markers, a certain new, un-Muse-y flavor. Was it only a matter of time before the inevitable dubstep influence crept into the English trio's grandiose repertoire? After all, if Korn can do it... The countdown on the band's website suggests the album will drop on September 17. According to bassist Chris Wolstenholme, who hinted at the album last summer, fans should expect some tour dates in the near future, too.

  • John Mayer

    Who Charted? Edward Sharpe and Sigur Ros Crack the Top 10

    First! This week's Billboard 200 is still a wonderland, albeit a slightly less wondrous one, for John Mayer, who maintains his No. 1 a second week in a row despite only selling 65,000 copies of his almost-apologetic new LP Born and Raised, per Nielsen SoundScan. It's a 70 percent drop from last week's debut sales, but Mayer's never nabbed two weeks in a row at No. 1 before. 2 Through 10: Adele holds just under Mayer at No. 2, with 58,000 copies of 21 sold, though by now she should just rename the thing 67, because that's how many weeks it's spent in the top 10. Regina Spektor's What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, like its predecessor Far, makes its debut at No. 3 with 42,000 copies, while One Direction's Up All Night got a boost from the release of the group's live DVD Up All Night: The Live Tour that nudged them up to No. 4. No.

  • The Walkmen

    See Walkmen, Edward Sharpe, Bahamas Bring Warm Jams to Late Night

    The Walkmen donned their Tuesday best to celebrate the release of their new record Heaven on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday, performing the album's title track during the broadcast and "The Love You Love" as a bonus for online viewers. The band's "big sky epic" jams (as SPIN contributor Marc Hogan put it) are ironically perfectly suited for indoor studio audiences: Conan O'Brien hosted Bahamas' American television debut. Canadian singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen played his acoustic soul ballad "Lost in the Light" (the opening track off Barchords, incidentally, sounds very good live).

  • Grizzly Bear in the studio / Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

    Grizzly Bear Announce Fall '12 LP With New Song 'Sleeping Ute'

    It's been three years since Grizzly Bear released Veckatimest, a breakthrough effort that was (thankfully) followed by side projects and collaborations and oddball samplings aplenty. This afternoon, the Brooklyn foursome announced that they are very much back, unveiling plans to release a yet-to-be-titled full-length follow-up (due September 18 via Warp), a massive world tour, and "Sleeping Ute," a stormy, Daniel Rossen-helmed album cut as majestic as the high desert landscape from which it likely takes its name. When it rains, it pours.

  • Live, laugh, love

    See Die Antwoord's Very Pink, Sorta NSFW 'Baby's On Fire' Clip

    Being the baby of the Die Antwoord clan has its ups and downs. In the group's new video, Yolandi Visser has an overbearing big brother, but she's got her own Lisa Frank-y mural, a collection of Mr. T-level gold chains, and a babydoll that looks exactly like her. That's almost enough to make a gal forget her brother Ninja wants to kill her drag-racing boyfriend. The group's new video for "Baby's on Fire" (the ninth track on their

  • Lil Wayne / Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty

    Lil Wayne Launches Website to Prove It Ain't Easy Being Weezy

    Lil Wayne is the lynchpin of a record label called Cash Money, so he clearly has his mind on his money (and you know the rest). Noting the success Jay-Z and 50 Cent (and newcomer Beyoncé!) have had hogging the rapper-branded web domain game, Weezy has announced via MTV, that in addition to selling us sportswear, Weezy will give fans a peek into just how ridiculous his day-to-day "working environment" truly is, on a video site being launched by his DJ chum Scoob Doo. According to MTV's report, BreadOverBed.com will host this "exclusive footage," which will document "all the sacrifice that comes hand-in-hand with Weezy's success," though it's unclear yet as to whether that sacrifice includes a half-pipe.

  • Check Out Silversun Pickups' 'Live on Letterman' Set

    Check Out Silversun Pickups' 'Live on Letterman' Set

    The list of artists who've gotten the tap for a full Live on Letterman showcase is pretty eclectic — Adele, the Shins, Peter Gabriel, to name a few — and now Silversun Pickups have joined the crew. The band played "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)," the lead single off their strong-selling new album Neck of the Woods on the regular show, then turned out a nearly hour-long set you can watch here, now! As a bonus, check out photos from the studio in the woods where Woods came together. Also on late night yesterday, the increasingly omnipresent fun. casually brought the song you (and they) can't get away from, "We Are Young" to Jimmy Kimmel Live. We wouldn't have minded a version of "Some Nights" complete with a Civil War backdrop instead, though.

  • The Enforcer, Kanye West / Photo by Getty Images

    Watch Kanye West Shame a Laser Pointer-Wielding Fan at Paris Show

    Every intrepid concert-goer has decent odds of encountering that one awfully clever fan who thinks it's hilarious to spasmodically write his or her name across the backdrop with the laser pointer he or she totally stole from their boss. But at a Kanye West concert, attendees have an even better chance of watching something really awkward go down. It's rare that these two happenings go down perfectly in sync, but that's what fans witnessed during one of 'Ye and Jay-Z's world-imploding Throne shows in Paris over the weekend. According to 2dopeboyz, amid myriad electro-panpipe ambiance effects just prior to starting "Flashing Lights," 'Ye apparently was blindsided by a laser-wielding fan.

  • Taylor Hawkins / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Will Play Iggy Pop in CBGB Film

    It looks like the producers of the upcoming CBGB movie are charging ahead in spite of the controversy brewing between the filmmakers and members of deceased club owner Hilly Kristal's family. A new batch of actors have been announced for the movie tracking the history of one of New York City's most iconic spots, which has already confirmed Alan Rickman in the lead role as Kristal. THR reports blond-maned (and recently Bamboozled) Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will play Iggy Pop. The Foos and Stooges have crossed paths before — most recently at last year's Isle of Wight festival in the U.K., where the perennially shirtless Detroit legend pulled Dave Grohl up onstage to dance while the Stooges charged through a full Raw Power set.

  • Lana Del Rey at LA's El Rey Theatre, June 3, 2012

    Lana Del Rey Sings the 'Body Electric' in L.A.

    It's easy to forget Lana Del Rey's fateful SNL performance took place just five months ago, in January. So much has happened since then. She's played David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel and continued to make television appearances in Spain and the U.K. with far less fanfare. This past weekend, she began a residence at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre and last night she debuted the brand-new "Body Electric" (fitting, since that's her Twitter bio). Perhaps it's the luscious jungle foliage surrounding her and her string quartet onstage, but "Electric" seems to showcase a more accomplished LDR. It's got a maudlin, evening-wear Nirvana vibe in a way (as one YouTube commenter put it, it's very Unplugged-reminiscent). "Off to the Races" seems so far away in comparison!

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