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    Coldplay, Blink, Bloc Party Call for Haiti Relief

    Tuesday, Jan. 13, a massive earthquake hit Haiti, flattening its capital city, Port-au-Prince, killing up to 50,000 people and leaving 2 to 3 million survivors in dire need. In the aftermath, musicians like Coldplay and Blink-182 are donating to the relief cause, asking fans to do the same, and releasing statements about the disaster. "I visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago," Coldplay frontman Chris Martin wrote on Coldplay's website, urging donations to the internation aid organization. "It's a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell. The people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance." Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke also issued a statement in support of Oxfam.

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    Sneak Peek at Aziz Ansari's Comedy Special

    Comedian and sitcom star Aziz Ansari's first-ever stand-up special airs on Comedy Central this Sunday -- check out an exclusive clip below!The one-hour show, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, features Ansari -- who plays Tom Haverford on NBC's Parks and Recreation -- performing for a packed crowd at Los Angeles' Brentwood Theater.In the hilarious two-minute preview below, Ansari riffs on linen manufacturers who deceive the public about the actual thread counts of their bedsheets. "If that was a drug deal," the jokester rants, "I would have shot Hotel Luxury Linens in the face!"The special airs Sunday at 10 P.M. EST/9 P.M. CST -- and will hit stores in CD, MP3, and DVD formats on Tuesday. Check out Ansari's tumblr page for more funny stuff from the up-and-coming comic.WATCH: Aziz Ansari

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    Sneak Peek: Kings of Leon's Fashion Line

    Kings of Leon fans can now wear jeans just as skin-tight as the Followills themselves! But there's one problem: you might have to take out a second mortgage on your home to afford 'em. SPIN's Band of the Year have created trendy new fashion line, KOL x S2A, via the Paris-based company Surface to Air. Their 12-piece collection just hit stores in Europe, and will arrive in the U.S. on Jan.

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    Gaga Goes Superhero, MacGowan Gets Teeth

    Here are some of the weirdest stories we found on the web this week: Hello, pearly whites! Pogues singer Shane MacGowan said goodbye to his trademark toothlessness in '09. Now his infamy will now rely on drunkenness alone. [Daily Mail] If Eminem needs fodder for another Mariah Carey dis track, he should watch this video of the boozed-up diva slurring during an acceptance speech. [YouTube] It's a bird!?! It's a plane!?! It's Lady Gaga, the fashion- and sex-obsessed superhero! [E! Online] Kanye West attempted and failed to reverse his Scrooge image by serving food at a L.A. homeless shelter this holiday season. "I'MMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT YOU'RE THE SMELLIEST BUM EVER." [Idolator] A NYC concert-booker hypothesizes that by sporting a beard indie rockers are making profound cultural statements. Residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn already knew this.

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    Flight of the Conchords' HBO Series Canceled

    Expect fewer thinly-veiled sex jokes, hilarious folk songs, and semi-creepy super fans on HBO in 2010: Flight of the Conchords has officially been canceled. A statement posted today to the New Zealand duo's website confirmed long-floating rumors that jokesters Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie will not be returning for a third season of their 10-time Emmy-nominated series. "We've noticed the less we say about the future of the show, the more people want to talk about it, so in an effort to reverse this trend we are today announcing that we won't be returning for a third season," the statement reads. "We're very proud of the two seasons we made and we like the way the show ended." According to TV blog ThrFeed, HBO execs wanted a third season, but for Bret and Jemaine -- who both have families back in New Zealand -- two seasons was enough.

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    Flaming Lips' Xmas Fetus, Metallica's 'Death Vagina'

    Here's some of the weirdest news to hit the web this week: The Flaming Lips are really taking the Embryonic thing to a whole new level with this trembling fetus Christmas ornament. Potentially aborted -- but festive! [Flaming Lips] Jessica Simpson and Billy Corgan dating!?! Well, that certainly explain the the Smashing Pumpkins' new song! [People] Lil Wayne's daughter Reginae Carter has teamed with T.I.'s baby girl Zonnique for a rap duo called the OMG Girlz. Watch out: they're already strapping. [MySpace] The cover of Metallica's Death Magnetic sort of looks like a big, hairy vagina -- and Lars Ulrich agrees. [Metal Sucks] 50 Cent wants to take 48-year-old chart topper Susan Boyle clubbing. It's official: The rapper will do anything to keep his name in the headlines. [NME] Lady Gaga is now a comic book super heroine -- and she's seeking a side-kick! Kanye's resume was thrown out.

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    Beyonce and Of Montreal to Duet?

    Of Montreal and Beyonce collaborating!?! It's a match made in heaven -- an extravagant, pop-tastic heaven. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the pop diva confessed a desire to record with the Athens, GA, psychedelic indie-pop group. "There are so many people I'd like to work with still," the "Single Ladies" singer said. "But I'd like to maybe go outside of the box. My sister [Solange] has put me on to bands like Of Montreal and some other different types of artists. I would love to do something like that on my next album." And Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes is totally down. "I fell in love with Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love' and, since then, I've always kept an ear out for what she releases," Barnes told Paste. "I wasn't that familiar with her Destiny's Child stuff, until Solange played me some of the deep cuts.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Disco Biscuits Live!

    Even if trance-fusion jam bands aren't exactly your thing, there's no denying the mind-blowing live show of Philadelphia's Disco Biscuits.In this exclusive live video, the quartet perform "Uber Glue" -- off their upcoming release The Planet Anthem EP, out Feb. 2 -- at Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre last May, as tribal dancers and ninjas in neon-lit suits set a psychedelic mood. And be sure to catch the last 20 seconds for a glimpse of a glowing, neon robe-clad chieftain. The psychedelic characters are Biscuit staples, creating a genuine Cirque du Soleil feel at live shows.Watch the video of "Uber Glue" below, then tell us what you think of the group's sound and live show in the comment section. DISCO BISCUITS, "UBER GLUE"

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    The Who to Perform at Super Bowl XLIV

    British rock legends the Who are reportedly confirmed to headline television's biggest event of the year -- the Super Bowl. According to Sports Illustrated blogger Jimmy Traina, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and the rest of the Who's current lineup will rock the halftime show Feb. 7, 2010, at Miami's Land Shark Stadium, although the National Football League and CBS, who'll broadcast the game, have yet to confirm the report. It certainly isn't the first time an international band has starred on the biggest day annually in American sports: U2, the Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney are all halftime show alumni -- and a few of them made our list of the five most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows of all time. But should someone else get the call?

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    WATCH: Animal Collective's New Video

    By now, "Animal Collective" and "tripped out" are basically synonymous, and that's how we like it. Their latest weirdo endeavor: A lo-fi video for "In the Flowers," the opening track from Merriweather Post Pavilion, one of SPIN's 30 Best Albums of 2009...So Far. Directed by Abby Portner, sister of AC member Avey Tare, the video marries the song's underwater ambience, psychedelic pop explosions, and out-of-body optimism with five minutes of equally out-there visuals. A couple of recurring motifs are noticeable throughout: offbeat ballet dancers: a '60s-era pixie girl, and plié-ing, tutu-wearing macabre skeletons. Check out the vid and let us know what you think in the comments section below! WATCH: Animal Collective, "In The Flowers"

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