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    Ke$ha Throws a Party at Solo NYC Show

    Love her or hate her, Ke$ha knows how to throw a party. The pop provocateur sauntered onstage for her free concert at NYC's Roseland Ballroom in aviator sunglasses, ripped glitter t-shirt, and fingerless cheetah-print gloves while a recording of rapper Flo Rida's 2009 hit "Right Round" blasted in the background. Singing the hook on the track was Ke$ha's first big break. The song is also responsible for the dollar-sign addition to the Nashville transplant's stage name-a reference to the fact that while recording it Ke$ha had minor celebrity, but not a whole lot of cash. A year later, though, the packed house was there to see Ke$ha perform her own hits. The 9-song, 40-minute set was a celebration of her recent cover for Paper magazine, showcasing fan favorites from her No. 1 debut album, Animal. And the exuberant, dance-ready crowd knew every word.

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    EXCLUSIVE: We Are Scientists Go Acoustic

    We Are Scientists are known for their infectious mix of punk, funk, and disco -- but the Brooklyn-based duo are no strangers to dialing down their sound, either. The band has recorded a spare, somber acoustic version of their latest single, "Rules Don't Stop," and the track is available as a free download exclusively at SPIN.com. As the first single off We Are Scientists' upcoming album Barbara (out June 15), "Rules Don't Stop" is a post-punk assault. But here, singer-guitarist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain -- who have performed acoustic for SPIN.com before -- swap the track's angular electric guitar riffs, drum machines, and speedy synths for slow strums, piano plinks, and soft drums, allowing Murray's earnest vocals and rebellious lyrics to shine.

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    WATCH: Vampire Weekend's Funny "Holiday" Video

    In Vampire Weekend's just-released video for "Holiday," the third single off their SPIN-approved album Contra, the New York indie rockers enjoy a day under the sun -- all while dressed as four rosy-cheeked George Washingtons, complete with 18th-century garb: powered wigs, leg stockings, and colonial coat-tailed suits. Watch below! In the video, singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig and the boys cruise around in a convertible, hang out poolside with bikini-ed babes, hit the drive-thru at In-N-Out Burger, and get in a tussle with a surfer dude on the beach. Vampire Weekend aren't afraid to have fun, but the upbeat track also boasts some politically-minded lyrics. "It's about a member of my family who gave up meat when we invaded Iraq," Koenig told NME of the track. "They were horrified by what was happening and they lost their taste for meat...

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    Kings of Leon: 'Fun, Beach-Inspired' New Album

    Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon will hit the road this summer on 32-date North American tour, including a stop at their home state's Bonnaroo music festival June 11. What can fans expect from the SPIN cover boys live in their own backyard? Lots of new material from their follow-up to 2008's Grammy Award-winning release Only By the Night! "The record is coming along great," drummer Nathan Followill said during a Bonnaroo press conference today. "It will be tough to not play the whole [new album] at Bonnaroo. We're going to try to be very selective of what we play, but there will definitely be some new tunes." KOL have been in the studio working on their new album since the beginning of April -- but this time around, the boys switched things up.

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    Liam Gallagher's New Band Hits the Studio

    Liam Gallagher and two of his former bandmates are officially in the studio, recording material for their first post-Oasis album -- and now their new band has a name: Beady Eyes. Fronted by Gallagher and featuring former Oasis members Gem Archer (guitar) and Andy Bell (bass), Beady Eyes are working on new music with Steve Lillywhite, the Grammy-winning producer who has worked with U2, Dave Matthews Band, and Morrissey, among others. A photo of the new band working in the studio surfaced today on the official Oasis website. Back in January, Liam said he'd be heading into the studio in April, hoping to have an album out by July, but it appears that timetable was a bit ambitious.

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    EXCLUSIVE SONG: New Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

    Seattle indie rockers Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band had a busy 2009: after emerging with aseries of hilarious online videos, the quartet rocked SXSW, was named a hot new band by SPIN, and even performed atop their namesake volcano in Washington State. On August 3, they'll return with Where the Messengers Meet, their second album, and SPIN.com has an exclusive download of one of its best tracks, "Leaving Trails," below! With MSHVB, it's a family affair: 15-year-old drummer Marshall Verdoes is the adopted brother of frontman Benjamin Verdoes, who is married to keyboardist Traci Eggleston. The outfit find pop-sensible cohesion in the familial chaos: "Leaving Trails" showcases Benjamin Verdoes' distorted yet atmospheric vocals and commanding yet subtle guitar work, which switches from ominous to uplifting.

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    WATCH: Muse's New 'Twilight: Eclipse' Video

    British rock trio Muse just released a new music video for their track "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)," the lead single from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, out June 8, and it's as dramatic and emotional as the songs itself. Watch the clip, complete with Eclipse movie footage, below! The video opens with footage of frontman Matt Bellamy pounding out the song's classical melody on a grand piano on a dark, wide stage, before he switches to his guitar to rock out with drummer Dominic Howard and bassist Christopher Wolstenholme in front of a color-changing background. The performance is interspersed with Eclipse footage, focusing around the complicated love triangle between mortal Bella (played by Kristen Stewart), vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson), and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner).

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    WATCH: Eddie Vedder Joins Band of Horses

    While opening for Pearl Jam Tuesday night in New Jersey, Band of Horses invited Eddie Vedder onstage to play "Act Together," a tune from the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood's 1974 solo album, I've Got My Own Album. Watch the video below! BOH often play the tune, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, live. Bridwell also brought his young daughter onstage for the occasion. Band of Horses have one more night on tour with Pearl Jam -- Friday, May 21, at New York's Madison Square Garden -- before heading out west for next weekend's Sasquatch festival. Pearl Jam, meanwhile, head abroad -- see their tour dates here. Watch the Vedder/BOH duet below and tell us what you think in the comment section below! WATCH:

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    Billy Corgan, Pearl Jam, & Others Honor Dio

    The death of heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio on May 16 has resonated throughout the musical community, affecting artists inspired by his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own band, Dio. Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan, who posted the above photo of himself with Dio, took to his Twitter account: "R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. I only got to meet him once and I can honestly say he was the nicest person I have ever met in music. ... Ronnie was a true gentleman, and obviously one of the best rock singers there will ever be. What a sad loss." At a Monday concert in Boston, MA, Pearl Jamclosed their performance of "Alive" by playing riffs from BlackSabbath's Dio-led track "Heaven And Hell." See a video of theperformance here. The Roots' Questlove tweeted: "Snap!!! Ronnie James Dio passed?! awwww man. So many cats put me on to him. Dude was so loved by these cats.

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    Jim James Plans Benefit Tour

    My Morning Jacket/Monsters of Folk frontman Jim James has announced a tour this summer to benefit Appalachian Voices, an organization devoted to ending the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. The Louisville, KY-based singer/songwriter, touring under his solo moniker Yim Yames, has recruited two fellow Kentucky artists for the Appalachian Voices tour: cellist Ben Sollee and folk singer Daniel Martin Moore. The trio has teamed up to draw attention to the problem of mountaintop removal coal mining and its impact on the people and land of central Appalachia.

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