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    New Album From Wolf Parade!

    Montreal band Wolf Parade have announced details on their third album, Expo 86 -- and according to frontman Dan Boeckner, the new record is more focused, energetic and dense than 2008's At Mount Zoomer. "This record was definitely the most fun I've had recording a Wolf Parade record, ever," Boeckner recently told Pitchfork. "It got done really quickly." According to Bockner, fifteen songs were tracked live and straight to tape for the near-complete record, which was named after a 1986 World's Fair in Vancouver, and should be out on Sub Pop in late June or early July. Hearing the word "fun" come from Boeckner's mouth is a welcome change of pace: Judging by the band's 2008 interview with SPIN -- which you can check out below -- the process of recording Zoomer wasn't nearly as fulfilling.

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    LISTEN: New Song from the Hold Steady

    Brooklyn rockers the Hold Steady are returning May 4 with their fifth album, Heaven is Whenever -- and you can stream its third track, "The Weekenders," below! As we predicted, Craig Finn and Co. still sound like everyone's favorite Brooklyn bar band -- even without keyboardist Franz Nicolay, who departed in January. The group makes up for the missing keys with some extra-epic guitar parts throughout, but like most Hold Steady tracks, it's Finn's emotional lyrics that make "The Weekenders" shine. The song starts out slow, building to a high-energy chorus: "If it has to be a secret, I guess I can deal with it / You and I both know it's a negative thing," Finn sings.

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    LISTEN: Prince Debuts New Track!

    Minneapolis radio station 89.3 FM The Current debuted a new Price song Friday morning after His Purpleness called the hometown spinners to get their take on the track. Listen below! Called "Cause and Effect," the upbeat anthem is five minutes of classic Prince, blending elements of funk, soul, and rock -- including horns, hooky group vocals on the choruses, and intense guitar work. This follows Prince's recent nod to another home state institution: the Minnesota Vikings. In January he recorded "Purple and Gold" as a Super Bowl fight song. Sadly, it didn't work: The New Orleans Saints won the game. "Cause and Effect" isn't currently slated for official release, but tell us what you think in the comments section. LISTEN: Prince, "Cause and Effect"

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    WATCH: Morrissey Fights Cruel Rabbit Farming

    Ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey, a.k.a. the King of Mope, is shedding a tear for the cute bunny rabbits of the world. The longtime vegan and animal rights icon has lent "Everyday Is Like Sunday," a morose track off his 1988 debut solo album Viva Hate,to "Rabbits Out of Cages!" a new video campaign spearheaded by animal welfare organization Four Paws, which aims to fight commercial farming of rabbits. Watch the video below. Moz's track plays along while a pair of animated rabbits explore a factory farm and discover their bunny brethren caged and miserable... before getting captured themselves by a nefarious farmer. "Everyday is silent and grey," Morrissey sings. "How I dearly wish I was not here." Morrissey, 50, has maintained a vegan diet -- free of dairy, eggs, milk, and other animal products -- since age 11.

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    NYC Fashion Week: Guns N' Roses Live!

    Recently Guns N' Roses kicked off theirChinese Democracy tour to more than 7,500 fans in Winnipeg, Canada. But last night, 100 lucky New Yorkers caught the band at an insanely small Fashion Week gig! Inside the John Varvatos boutique -- home to the legendary Manhattan punk venue CBGB until 2006 -- the band's 90-minute, seventeen-song set proved worth an hours-long wait, according to BrooklynVegan. Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach and actor Kevin Bacon were among the stars in attendance. Setlist:1. You're Crazy2. Mr Brownstone3. I Used to Love Her4. Welcome to the Jungle5. Street Of Dreams (The Blues) 6. Sorry7. It's So Easy8. Patience9. Rocket Queen10. Catcher in the Rye11. My Michelle12. Knockin on Heaven's Door13. Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC cover) 14. Paradise City15. Sweet Child of Mine16. This I Love17. Night Train

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    SPIN Faves Neon Indian Rock 'Fallon'

    SPIN picked Austin, TX's Neon Indian as an Artist to Watch in 2010 -- and the group is already living up to the title. Thursday night, frontman Alan Palomo and his band made their TV debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, wowing with a performance of"Terminally Chill" and "Ephemeral Artery," both off Neon Indian's debut Psychic Chasms, which SPIN praised for its "dreamy collage of samples and synth tones." The Roots' Questlove, the house drummer for Fallon, Tweeted about Neon Indian's killer set: "holy ish! i love these mofos!!!!!!" Watch video of Neon Indian rocking out on Fallon, then tell us what you think in the comment section below. WATCH: Neon Indian, "Terminally Chill" and "Ephemeral Artery" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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    James Mercer: New Shins Record Next Year

    Since 2008, Shins frontman James Mercer has been hard at work on Broken Bells, his experimental pop collabo with Danger Mouse -- but the indie rocker says that he will reunite with his original band after the project, with a new record potentially emerging in 2011. In an interview with MTV, Mercer clarified statements he made last week, when he told told NME that the Shins "had started to feel heavy." In the past two years, the band replaced bassist/keyboardist Marty Crandell and drummer Jesse Sandoval with the Fruit Bats' Ron Lewis and Modest Mouse's Joe Plummer as a result of what Mercer called "an aesthetic decision." "There's some truth to [the NME quote], but I don't want it to be exaggerated," Mercer told MTV. "[It's] not that I don't enjoy that more private process of coming up with the Shins material.

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    Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Spoon Rock for Haiti

    Saturday night's sold-out Haiti benefit event at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg felt more like an indie jam session among friends than a concert with a serious social agenda. Billed as "A Night of Comedy and Music to Benefit Haiti" -- a fundraiser for the Red Cross and a Port-au-Prince orphanage, arranged by concert promoter Bowery Presents and music blog Brooklyn Vegan -- the event saw Spoon's Britt Daniel, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, St. Vincent, and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden all perform short solo sets. But the night's undeniable highlight was a joint performance from St. Vincent and Vernon, who covered tunes by Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, and Neil Young! Early on, Daniel took the stage for a three-song set.

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    Prince Records Fight Song for Minnesota Vikings

    Super Bowl season tends to rile up sports fans -- even pint-size pop stars in tight pants. Minneapolis native Prince has caught football fever, and recorded a fight song for his hometown Minnesota Vikings! Listen to a clip below. Prince, who graced SPIN's cover in July to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his 1984 rock classic Purple Rain, said he "saw the future" after watching Brett Favre and co. defeat the Dallas Cowboys last weekend in person at the Metrodome, according to MyFoxTwinCities.com. Inspired, he went straight from the stadium to the studio, penning "Purple and Gold," an anthem that arrives just in time for his team's appearance in the NFC Championship game this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

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    LISTEN: Gorillaz Track with Mos Def

    Blur's short-lived reunion is kaput, so the limelight is shifting from singer Damon Albarn to his virtual band Gorillaz. The animated quartet's third studio album, Plastic Beach, is now confirmed to drop on March 9 -- but its lead single, "Stylo," featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack, just leaked online. Listen below. "Stylo" finds Gorillaz in their signature dub and trip-rock sound, but now with more flowing soul grooves and vocals. The single will officially release online on January 26. As previously reported, puppet masters Albarn and comic book guru Jamie Hewlett also recruited Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, and more for Plastic Beach, Gorillaz's first release since 2005's twice platinum Demon Days. But there's more! The Fall's Mark E.

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