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    Anthony Green

    What? While his other band, emo-prog wizards Circa Survive, take a brief break, fire-piped frontman Anthony Green turns down the heat, reducing his voice to a heavenly, high-noted whimper on his first solo album, Avalon, due Aug. 5. Named for the New Jersey city it was cut in, the album -- a set comprising both new tunes and others dating back to high school -- features the likes of "Devils Song (This Feels Like a Nightmare)," an ode to "meaninglessness," the quest for numbness "Drug Dealer," and the requisite "chick" song, "Dear Child (I've Been Dying To Reach You)" -- all of which Green has shared with SPIN.com in various incarnations. Who? First making his name as the chord-shredding vocalist of underground scenester sensations Saosin, Green then joined forces with members of his post-hardcore contemporaries to conjure a more spacey, progressive project they dubbed Circa Survive.

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    Behind the Scenes at Download 2008 Los Angeles: Mates of State

    On Sunday, July 20, throngs of music-hungry fans converged on Los Angeles' Gibson Ampitheatre for Download 2008 to have their craving satiated by sets from Tapes N' Tapes, Datarock, Ghostland Observatory, Gang of Four, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, among others. SPIN.com's Peter Gaston sat down with indie rock's favorite husband-and-wife duo Mates of State; watch video of Peter chatting with the pair in front of a live audience about being Ira Glass's house band, bringing two kids on the road, and living in Connecticut among the nine-to-five set. The band even agreed to brave the spontaneity and take questions from the crowd on art and marijuana. And make sure to stay tuned in the coming days as more festival coverage comes your way, this time from Lollapalooza. More on SPIN.com: >>Mates of State, Jesus and Mary Chain, Duke Spirit, and Others Sparkle at Download Fest's L.A.

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    Rantings of Eva Win SPIN's Hot Pursuit

    As we announced on Tuesday, the time has finally come to unveil the winner of the Hot Pursuit contest (presented by Spin, Hennessy, and Music Nation). We've heard from some of the nation's most talented, hungry bands, all of whom have competed for a record deal in battle overseen by celebrity judges like songwriter Butch Walker, Peter Bjorn & John's Peter Moren, the Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer, comedian Michael Showalter, and Spin Editor Doug Brod. And without further ado, SPIN.com is proud to announce the 2008 Hot Pursuit winner: Rantings of Eva. The Atlanta, GA-based outfit have toughed it in the local scene for six years, building a name for themselves on the merits of their shimmering, buoyant alt-rock.

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    Exclusive: New These Arms Are Snakes Album Due Oct. 7

    SPIN.com has confirmed the release of These Arms Are Snakes' Tail Swallower & Dove, the band's ambitious follow-up to 2006's Easter. The record is scheduled to slither out Oct.

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    Exclusive: New Gang Gang Dance MP3

    After three years of doubtless mad-scientist studio mastery, Gang Gang Dance are ready to tease their new studio project, Saint Dymphna, which will see the dark of the dance floor on Oct. 21 via the Social Registry. Stressing the Dance in their moniker, the New York avant-group and favorite of the gallery set are strapping their Eno drone to a pulsing rush of electronics and a backbeat on the album's first single, "House Jam." Essentially plastering their mission like an e-billboard across the Interweb, GGD have revealed the track in two remixed forms by Hot Chip and XXXChange, but only SPIN.com is delivering the unfettered original in all its tribal, abum-version glory. If you can break the spell of the soft primal chants, peep the proggy guitar lead stuttering with delay, but just don't stop dipping to the click clock drums. Now Hear This: Gang Gang Dance, "House Jam"

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    The Airborne Toxic Event

    What? A tad grimy and wholly gimmick free, Los Angeles' the Airborne Toxic Event sport fuzzed out six-strings and danceable Franz Ferdinand-like grooves on their self-titled debut, out Aug. 5. Alternating between steady Strokes-y guitar rock and more free-form vibes, these Cali rockers even flirt with new wave on album opener "Wishing Well," building atmosphere with anthemic synths and strings. And the group get a touch cheeky on "Does This Mean You're Moving On," delivering deadpan lines like, "I come to your door / I hear a moan / Then another voice / Oh, Christ, she's not alone." Who? Formed in 2006 by singer/guitarist Mikel Jollet, and hailing from the edge of the Hollywood Hills in Los Feliz, California, the Airborne Toxic Event have cultivated local buzz into a launching pad for international exposure, even sharpening their live chops with a residency at the Echo.

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    Exclusive: Amanda Palmer Video Premiere

    Like director David Lynch's foray into digital video for Inland Empire, the new Amanda Palmer clip for "Runs in the Family" (viewable below) presents a manic mood that's eerie in its intimacy, disorienting with its quick cuts, and effective in its emotional impact. And her forthcoming solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer -- its morbid title a reference to Lynch's Twin Peaks -- likewise indicates that a combo of unsettling, sinister camp seems to be Palmer's forte. "Oh, I just love the man," Palmer tells SPIN.com about the influence Lynch has had on her solo creation. "I loved him dearly as a teenager, mostly because he put his finger on the pulse of how fucked up and twisted suburban life is under the superficial green lawns and white picket fences.

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    Exclusive MP3 Download: Kings of Leon, "Crawl"

    Always true to our word, SPIN.com presents a free download of "Crawl," the first track (although not the official single) from the forthcoming Only By The Night, due Sept. 23 through RCA. It's the first new material we've heard from the Southern boys since 2007's Because of the Times, but as one of rock's busiest bands, the intervening period has seen them traverse the globe with shows ranging from Spin's SXSW party last year at Stubb's to New York's Radio City Music Hall to the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival. But without further ado: Just visit this Spin-friendly section of the band's website to have "Crawl" as your very own, on us. The track will be available for free for one week only, so get your download on, stat! Get the track here

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    New Kings of Leon MP3 to Premiere Monday on SPIN.com

    With the release of Kings of Leon's fourth LP, Only By the Night, due Sept. 23 via RCA, SPIN.com is happy to unveil "Crawl," the first track (though not the first proper single) anyone has heard from the record. Now, we don't have it at our fingertips just yet, but before you start sweating Jack Daniel's, check back here Monday at 10 A.M., at which point we will personally direct you to a free download of the song, which represents the only new sweet sounds from KOL since last year's Because of the Times.

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    Exclusive: New MP3 from Rilo Kiley Bassist Pierre de Reeder

    Hot on the heels of SPIN.com's announcement that Jenny Lewis wasplanning her second solo effort, Rilo Kiley bassist Pierre de Reeder has announced his own intentions to drop The Way That it Was on Aug. 12 through Little Record Company. And SPIN.com has the exclusive premiere (see below) of "Never Thought," one of the record's most luminous tracks. On the pop-folk ditty, de Reeder pairs acoustic plucks with a bright lead and lush harmonies on a timeless pop melody, instantly affirming his membership in the noteworthy-side-project club already frequented by his bandmates. Rich layers of "hey, hey, hey" and "ha, ha, ha" reach great heights and shimmer before the song's guitar solo playfully hijacks the middle section.

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