Joseph Coscarelli

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    Against Me!'s Tom Gabel Unearths Classics in NYC

    There's something to be said for never forgetting where you came from. Since founding Against Me! a dozen years ago, frontman Tom Gabel has gone from recording acoustic rants on crackling cassette players as a 16-year-old cynical anarcho-punk to crafting the slick, radio-ready sounds of SPIN's 2007 album of the year. But last night at New York's Knitting Factory, it was all about those analog roots, as Gabel churned out a litany of old and obscure songs. A white T-shirt-clad Gabel took the stage armed with only an acoustic guitar. He set up next to a makeshift drum set and opened the gig with a brand new song about a recent dream centered around Bob Dylan before segueing into two songs off his new solo EP, Heart Burns: "Random Hearts" and "Anna Is a Stool Pigeon," which tells the tale of a political activist double-crossed by an FBI informant.

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    Exclusive Song: Cypress Hill's B-Real with Snoop Dogg

    B-Real, the lead MC in blunt-wrapped rap group Cypress Hill, has one major "hobby" in common with the pride of Long Beach, CA, Snoop Dogg... rapping, duh! Below, in an exclusive SPIN.com permiere, you can hear the two get to work on "Dr. Hyphenstein," a cut off B-Real's upcoming solo debut Smoke N Mirrors. The song, produced by Real himself, is a club-ready banger complete with a stomp-and-clap beat that also features guest appearances from Young De and Trace Midas. For more, pick up Smoke N Mirrors when it drops Feb. 24, 2009. Listen: B-Real, "Dr Hyphenstein (ft. Snoop Dogg)" Smoke N Mirrors tracklist: 1. "Children of The Night" (feat. Bo Roc / produced by Scoop Deville) 2. "Gangsta Music" (feat. Bo Roc / produced by Soopafly)3. "Don't Ya Dare Laugh" (feat. Young De / produced by Scoop Deville) 4. "Everything You Want" (feat. Buckshot / produced by Soopafly)5. "6 Minutes" (feat.

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    Michael Zapruder

    What? Best known for his 1999 project 52 Songs, for which he recorded and released a track online every week for a year, Michael Zapruder is certainly prolific -- but it's his songs' quality that's noteworthy. With the recent release of his new album, Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope, Zapruder expands on his lilting, dreamlike folk. He builds symphonic compositions in the mold of Sufjan Stevens or Andrew Bird. On the album's nine-minute centerpiece "Black Wine," for example, angelic harmonies add an ethereal feel to an otherwise earthbound ballad. Who? This longtime Californian singer/songwriter and guitarist first gained attention as a member the Naked Barbies, which self-released three albums between 1994 and 1998 before adopting the moniker the Vagabond Lovers.

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    Wu-Tang Clan

    What? When nine Staten Island, NY, rebels united in the name of hip-hop and brotherhood in 1992, a new musical dynasty descended on the music world. From Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to the death of the ever-eccentric group's linchpin Ol' Dirty Bastard, the collective has weathered ups and downs, and unity and division too many times to count. The quality of their art, though, has rarely wavered and includes classic albums from both the group and its solo members, including Method Man's Tical, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., and GZA's Liquid Swords.Now the authorized documentary Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan tells their story in never before seen interviews, exclusive archival footage, and performances of Clan classics like "C.R.E.A.M.," "Protect Ya Neck," and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."Who?

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    New Video: The Secret Machines, "Atomic Heels"

    When SPIN.com debuted "Atomic Heels," the single off New York psych- and prog-rock trio the Secret Machines' new record, the sonically adventurous track cried out for an equally bold video. And now it's finally here. Directed by SPIN contributing photographer Brantley Gutierrez, who hosted the Secret Machines at his Sounds & Lights show earlier this year, the video's swirling, psychedelic treatment and spectacular visuals are like an enlightening hallucinogenic trip. Follow the band down the rabbit hole, below. Watch: Secret Machines, "Atomic Heels"

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    Listen to Ben Lee's New Single

    Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee will release his seventh record, The Rebirth of Venus, on Feb. 10, 2009. But, dear fans, you don't have to wait three months to hear the album's lead single -- it's available below! The Rebirth of Venus, the follow-up to 2007's Ripe, is Lee's homage to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty.

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    Seattle Trio Wallpaper's Impressive Retro Debut

    Combining '50s twist and shout, '70s punk and sneer, and '90s garage-pop dorkiness, On The Chewing Gum Ground, the debut album from up-and-coming trio Wallpaper, is an impressive musical patchwork from the first Richard Hell-esque chords of "Rock Collage" to the freaky balladry of "Rock & Roll World." In fact, Wallpaper's bouncy and homespun pop sound so impressed K Records honcho Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) that he signed the band just months after performing with them in Seattle.

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    The Decemberists Debut New Tunes at Tour Opener

    Some people are just made for the spotlight. Americans elected one of these people to the Oval Office Tuesday night. Wednesday, 3,000 New Yorkers gathered to support another: Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, who, along with his merry supporting cast, opened the Portland, OR, band's U.S. tour at Manhattan's Terminal 5 venue. But before the night's star took the stage, Ritchie Young and his chamber pop group, known collectively as Loch Lomond, treated the crowd to a delightful warm-up heavy on tracks off their 2007 set Paper the Walls. Though decidedly less grand, Portland's Loch Lomond recalled Sufjan Stevens' noisemakers with each member providing a vital piece to a seamless collaboration.

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    New Video: Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"

    Guitar-driven power ballad? Check. Nostalgia-inducing backstage footage? Check. Sweeping aerial shots? Check. Barroom bonding and semi-sappy lyrics? Check. It might be the recipe for a new Nickelback, Bon Jovi, or Bryan Adams video, but this treatment belongs to the Followill boys of Kings of Leon, who take a wistful view of life on the road in this clip for "Use Somebody," a song off their new album Only By the Night. Watch below. And for a steamier and creepier Followills video, check out the "Sex on Fire"here. Now Watch This: More on SPIN.com:>> Exclusive MP3 Download: Kings of Leon, "Crawl" >> Kings of Leon Set London Ablaze >> New Kings of Leon Video: "Sex on Fire"

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    Pink

    What? While Avril Lavigne flip-flopped between punk grrrl and touchy balladeer, Christina Aguilera got "Dirrty" before going classy, and Britney just went straight crazy, in-your-face, Pink has stayed the course. With a cocktail of pop, rock, and R&B -- and a fierce rebel's spirit -- Pink has always stood apart from her girly-girl contemporaries. And with Funhouse the rift increases -- as does her success. Album-opener "So What" is Pink's first No. 1 single in the U.S. (it also topped the charts in 10 other countries) and she's bracing for more. With an eye on balance, Pink continues to pair party tracks and personal fare -- but adds more soul, especially when tackling subjects like her recent divorce from motorcross star Carey Hart. Who?

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