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    WATCH: New Interpol Video for "Barricade"

    Interpol just premiered a new video, for the song "Barricade," which is the second track off the band's self-titled September 7 album (read SPIN's review here). The video explores an interesting concept: that you can project images on pretty much everything, including women. Check it out below! The clip, directed by Moh Azima, opens with band members standing out in a prairie landscape-but there's a catch: Each member is actually performing in front of a rectangular-shaped backdrop, meant to blend into the landscape (maybe a barricade?). Then comes the image of lead singer Paul Banks' head projected on woman's bodies. "Thieves and snakes need homes," he sings.

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    Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album

    After dropping a surprise EP last week called All Delighted People (available for stream and download here), Sufjan Stevens announced today that The Age of Adz, his first full-length release in five years (and ninth overall), will drop October 12 via Asthmatic Kitty Records. The Age of Adz (pronounced "odds") is inspired by the apocalyptic art of Royal Robertson-a Louisiana-based sign designer who suffered from schizophrenia and illustrated space aliens, futuristic automobiles, monsters, and signs of the Last Judgement, typically on poster boards with magic markers and glitter. Stevens used these images and ideas as a springboard into personal themes on his album, like love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety, and suicide. So, yeah. It should be pretty weird. In support of the album and EP, Stevens is touring theaters throughout North America this fall.

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    WATCH: New Video from Drake and Lil' Wayne

    Drake premiered the music video for Thank Me Later cut "Miss Me," featuring jailbird Lil Wayne, on Thursday night and it can only be described with one word: hot. Watch below! The clip opens with the Toronto MC lighting a Molotov cocktail and throwing it against a brick wall. Then the music starts and the screen cuts to a room with a long-legged lady in lace and high heels stripping for of Drake. Fire? Check. Sex appeal? Check. Hot? Double check. "Yeah, girl it's on / You know what it is? When I finally make it home," he sings.

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    Conan O'Brien Releases Two Albums with Jack White

    Conan O'Brien will return to television November 8 on TBS, but before we can see the masturbating bear again, the comedian is attempting another career: rock star.

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    Inside Gathering of the Juggalos

    Rap outfit Insane Clown Posse's 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos -- three days of music, debauchery, and plain zaniness lovingly named for the group's face-paint-wearin' followers -- took place this past weekend in rural Cave in Rock, Illinois. As expected, it was absolutely bat-shit crazy. Amongst the chaos: Reality TV star Tila Tequila, who performed (yeah, we're just as confused as you are...) Saturday night, was pelted with a beer cans and bottles, rock, bricks... and feces from nearby port-a-potties. Then, of course, she did the only logically thing and took off her shirt. Watch video of the fracas at TMZ. Tila was bloodied and bruised by the attack, and is now pressing charges. Insane Clown Posse's defense? "We warned you." But Tequila wasn't the only target. Method Man -- performing Sunday with cohort Redman -- was hit in the eye with a full can of beer.

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    Jay-Z Crowned Top Hip-Hop Money Maker

    Forbes.com just announced their list of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings" -- the top 20 money earners in the rap game. The King of Kings? Jay-Z, of course. The rapper took the crown for the third time in four years, with an income of $63 million over the past 12 months-from his ownership of his 40/40 nightclub chain, Broadway's "Fela!," the New Jersey Nets, and the fact that the Blueprint 3 Tour brought in $1 million per concert. Diddy came in second at $30 million after a successful year when he released his new album The Last Train to Paris, sold more Sean Jean clothing, managed Bad Boy Records, and found himself in a vodka joint venture with Diageo. A bit surprising was Akon landing in the third spot with $21 million -- credited to his Konvict Clothing, his Pepsi soccer ad campaign, and signing Lady Gaga to his record label, KonLive. Lil Wayne dropped in at No.

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    WATCH: Joaquin Phoenix's Oddball Hip-Hop Doc

    Remember when Joaquin Phoenix quit acting to become a rapper and paraded around different late night talk shows looking like a homeless dude? Well, Phoenix's brother-in-law, actor Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), captured that experience on film, and it's being released September 10 as a documentary titled I'm Still Here. Check out the trailer below. In the preview, Phoenix -- sporting sunglasses and a full beard -- battles paparazzi, takes advice from a sage-like old man, and raps on stage. At the end, Joaquin's left standing in an Eminem 8-Mile-esque pose, preparing to perform. Despite all of this absurdity, Phoenix claimed at the time that his foray into hip-hop was "no hoax." But we're still hoping for a punchline.

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    Drake, Kanye West Set for MTV Video Music Awards

    MTV has announced the first performers for the 27th Annual Video Music Awards on September 27 in Los Angeles: Drake, Florence + the Machine, and -- get ready for a double take -- Kanye West. Yep. Kanye West. Yes, the same Kanye West whose onstage interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at last year's VMAs gave birth to the phrase "I'mma let you finish," and endures as one the most uncomfortable moments in awards show history. Ye's pretty excited about it, hopping on Twitter to tell the world: "Just met with MTV and it's about to go down! VMA's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (Yeah, that's 36 exclamation points.

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    Neil Young Plans Gulf Coast Benefit Tour

    This fall, Neil Young will hit the road for a short tour of the Gulf Coast. His mission: to help cleanup the oil and the damage done. For the four-date trek, the legendary singer-songwriter will team up with Tyson Foods to fight hunger in Gulf Coast communities affected by the oil spill. Tyson will donate 100,000 pounds of chicken products (that's 400,000 meals!) and Young is also asking concertgoers to bring non-perishable food items to the gigs. All donations will be given to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves communities in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, all proceeds from limited-edition Neil Young shirts only available at the Gulf concerts will go to help the relief effort. "Millions of people who live along the Gulf Coast struggle with hunger and the economic impact of the oil spill has only made matters worse," Young said.

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    Sufjan Stevens Plans North American Tour

    Sufjan Stevens may have joked about writing an album for every state in the U.S., but when it comes to his fall tour, the Detroit-native isn't playing any games. The singer-songwriter hits the road with a 24-date trek kicking off October 12 in Montreal at the Metropolis Theater, and featuring stops at elegant venues like New York's Beacon Theater and L.A.'s Wiltern Theater. Ticket availability and details are available here. Check out the dates below! Stevens has released eight studio albums since 2000. His most recent work was an art project called The BQE, a film and instrumental album meditation on the Brooklyn-Queens expressway. Download "Movement VI: Isorhythmic Night Dance" from the record here. What do you think about Sufjan Stevens' new tour?

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