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    Stooges Play First Gig with New Lineup

    The Stooges' Raw Power has returned. On Saturday, original Stooges guitarist James Williamson performed with Iggy Pop and Co. for the first time in over 35 years, effectively reuniting the lineup that recorded the band's 1973 benchmark Raw Power for a high energy 18-song set at Sao Paolo, Brazil's Planeta Terra Festival. Watch video of "Search and Destroy" below. Williamson, who left the band in 1974 to peruse a career in personal computers, returned after the death of late axeman Ron Asheton. The Brazil gig is just a warm-up show with Williamson. Iggy recently announced that the proto-punks are rehearsing for a 2010 world tour, for which two UK dates have already been announced. Below, watch the 61-year-old Iggy wiggle and jump around stage -- and hear Williamson really rip on around the 1:53 mark.

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    WATCH: Hockey Rock SPIN's Rooftop!

    Portland, OR, foursome Hockey recently dropped by SPIN's Manhattan offices for a rooftop set of tunes from their debut album, Mind Chaos. The show -- the latest edition in the SPINHouse Live series, sponsored by Newcastle Brown Ale and VTech -- saw the band rip through the record's highly danceable New Wave-tinged tracks, including "Work," "Put the Game Down," and "Too Fake." Check out the videos below. And read our review of the show here. Also, check out footage of other SPINHouse Live concerts, including Brendan Benson, ...Trail of the Dead, and Peter, Bjorn, and John.

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    FREE DOWNLOAD: Yeasayer's Rad New Single

    On November 3, Brooklyn experimental rockers Yeasayer will officially release "Ambling Alp," the first single off their forthcoming sophomore record Odd Blood (due in Feb.) -- but you can snatch it up for free today! (Check out the download info below.) It's unabashedly their most accessible track to date, four upbeat minutes of snappy synths and chipper guitar riffs underpinned by booming, reverb drenched beats -- it's a little bit of Cyndi Lauper's Goonies theme, a little bit OMD. A few unrecognizable samples in the background keep things weird enough, not to mention a puzzling lyrical reference to boxer Max Schmelling and a giddy arrangement of falsetto harmonies in the bridge.

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    Superchunk Cover Spoon & More Live

    DIY icons Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of Superchunk dropped by New York City's Housing Works Bookstore Friday for a reading from Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label that Got Big and Stayed Small, a new oral history about their revered 20-year-old label. And Mac surprised the packed, 250-person crowd with a special treat: a short set of acoustic tunes -- including covers of Merge artists Spoon and Magnetic Fields! Watch video of the performances below. Mac's five-song set was book ended with Superchunk originals "Detroit Has A Skyline," off of 1995's Here's Where the Strings Come In, and "Throwing Things," from 1991's No Pocky for Kitty.

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    U2 Play Free Show to Celebrate Fall of Berlin Wall

    U2 will let freedom ring... with their music. On November 5, Bono and the boys head to Berlin, Germany, for yet another politically-minded gig: a free concert at the grandiose Brandenburg Gate to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The peacemaking Irish lads' gig is part of the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards, which also features performers from the likes of Foo Fighters, Green Day, Jay-Z, and Tokio Hotel.

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    Stream the New R.E.M. Live Album Now!

    On R.E.M.'s latest two-disc live effort, R.E.M. Live at the Olympia, Stipe and Co. give a serious nod to their days as the kings of college rock with 39 tracks that missed the mainstream. (Click here to stream all 39 tracks!) Drawing rare, superfan-favorites spanning from 1982's Chronic Town EP to 2008's Accelerate, the disc plays like a history of the band that put alternative rock on the map. The tracks -- including the previously unreleased "Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance" and "On the Fly" -- were recorded during a five-night rehearsal stint at Dublin, Ireland's Olympia Theater from June 30 to July 5, 2007. "We were just trying to do something we hadn't done before," guitarist Peter Buck said in August. "There was no relaxing during the set. Every second we were playing something we didn't know all that well. Which was kind of good...

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    WATCH: Ezra Furman and the Harpoons Cover Daniel Johnston!

    When Ezra Furman and the Harpoons stopped by SPIN's backstage tent at Lollapalooza in August, the folk-rock foursome gave us a keyboard-heavy, pop-rock rendition of Daniel Johnston's "Walking the Cow," a 1983 lo-fi ode to uncertainty. Watch the video below.With their rendition, singer/guitarist Ezra Furman and keyboardist Job Mukkada trade vocals on the choruses, while lead guitarist Andrew Langer and drummer Adam Abrutyn keep the pulse of the original song going.Ezra Furman and the Harpoons' vid is the latest in SPIN's series of Lollapalooza covers. Check out Carney cover Queen, Amazing Baby covering the dBs, thenewno2 covering Thom Yorke, and Kevin Devine covering the Smiths.WATCH: Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, "Walking the Cow"

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    WATCH: Scott Weiland's Romantic New Video

    Scott Weiland has landed the lead role in a new romantic comedy video -- and its soundtrack kicks ass!For the music video for the sometime Stone Temple Pilot's solo song "Tangle With Your Mind," the 41-year-old rocker acts in an uber cute tale of boy-meets-girl. Check out the video below.A dapper Weiland strolls onto the scene, flicking a cigarette seconds before colliding with his polka-dot-dress-clad dream girl, who is riding on a vintage bicycle. Her basket of multi-colored construction paper flies, and the two spend the next three minutes staring at the stars and sharing strands of spaghetti like Lady and the Tramp. Awww..."Trying hard not to let you go, oh so cold, cause you never let it go," Weiland sings on the chorus of the upbeat track, which appeared on his SPIN-approved 2008 solo effort "Happy" in Galoshes.

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    WATCH: Pixies Debut 'Doolittle' Tour

    The re-reunited Pixies kicked off their much-awaited 20th Anniversary Doolittle tour Thursday night with a high-energy 21-song set at Dublin's Olympia Theater. Check out video below! Frank Black, Kim Deal and Co. started off, as promised, with four Doolittle-era rarities, including "Monkey Gone to Heaven" B-sides "Dancing The Manta Ray," "Weird At My School," and "Manta Ray," as well as "Here Comes Your Man" B-side "Bailey's Walk," before tearing through their 1989 masterpiece's 15 classic tracks. "The first time I ever performed this song for anyone, I was at Kim Deal's apartment," Frank Black said of "Monkey Gone to Heaven" halfway through the set. "I was showing her some songs and trying to convince her to join my band.

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    LISTEN: Death Cab, Son Volt Singers' Kerouac-Inspired Song

    Newlywed Death Cab for Cutie leader Ben Gibbard and Son Volt singer Jay Farrar have interpreted Jack Kerouac's 1962 novel Big Sur for their new album, One Fast Move or I'm Gone. And like the beatnik tale of alcoholism, depression, and exhausted youth, its first leak, "These Roads Don't Move," ends in despair. Listen to the dramatic track here. "These roads don't move, you're the one that moves," Gibbard sings on the tune, reflecting on dark memories of years spent looking out of jail and freighter ship windows. Gibbard and Farrar -- whose album will serve as the soundtrack to a new Kerouac documentary of the same name (out Oct. 20) -- say they relate deeply to Big Sur, being seasoned musicians with decades of touring behind them.

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