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    Fiona Apple Records New Song Written by 'Tweens

    Fiona Apple will release her first new recording in five years on an upcoming benefit album. The catch: Her song was written by Los Angeles music students participating in a songwriting program coordinated by 826LA, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization. She & Him, Cold War Kids, and Crystal Antlers are also among the artists who have lent their skills to the Chickens in Love, a benefit album for 826LA, due out on April 20. The compilation features songs written by students aged 7-13 who participated in "Songwriting with the Submarines," a music composition workshop led by John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard of L.A. indie-pop group the Submarines -- now renowned for their 2008 single "You Me & the Bourgeoisie," which was the soundtrack to a massive Apple iPhone campaign.

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    Phoenix, Jay-Z, Weezer Lead Bonnaroo Lineup

    Phoenix, Jay-Z, Weezer, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, and the Flaming Lips (who will be performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon) are among the 150-plus bands headed to Bonnaroo, the Tennessee mega-music fest taking place June 10-13. The Dead Weather, Regina Spektor, Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones, Japandroids, She & Him, the National, Jimmy Cliff, the Avett Brothers, OK Go, Jeff Beck, John Prine, 311, the Melvins, Neon Indian, and more are also confirmed to perform. The lineup was trotted out Tuesday via Bonnaroo's MySpace page --a new performing artist was announced every six minutes. Tickets for the show are available now at the Bonnaroo website! Check out the complete lineup right here.

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    White Stripes Attack Air Force Reserve Over Song

    Detroit garage rockers the White Stripes claim the U.S. Air Force re-recorded their hit song "Fell in Love With a Girl" for a commercial aired during this Sunday's Super Bowl, without the band's permission. "The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserves presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support," the band wrote on their website. "We simply don't want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict and hope for a safe and speedy return home for our troops." The ad was part of a recruiting campaign for the Air Force Reserve, whose 67,000 members back up the main Air Force. As of publication time, there has been no official Air Force reaction to the band's claim, although the recruitment video was removed from its site.

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    LISTEN: New She & Him Song!

    She & Him's second album, Volume Two, doesn't drop until March 23, but new track "In the Sun" has leaked online and given us a taste of what M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel have been working on. The duo broke out in 2008 with their debut album, Volume One, a dreamy combination of country twang and '60s pop. And newbie "In the Sun" follows the same formula, this time adding tap dancing indie-folksters Tilly & the Wall on guest vocals.

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    Dead Weather Set Spring Tour

    Jack White's latest supergroup (and SPIN cover alumni) the Dead Weather have announced a 13-date spring tour of the U.S., set to kick off April 5 in San Francisco. During the trek, the quartet -- also featuring singer Alison Mosshart (the Kills), guitarist Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age), and bassist Jack Lawrence (the Raconteurs) -- will drop into Coachella and the New Orleans Jazz Fest in support of their debut album, Horehound, which was selected as one of SPIN's 40 Best Albums of 2009. The Dead Weather are known for their onstage energy and effervescent cool.

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    LISTEN: Yeasayer's New Album!

    SPIN is fond of Odd Blood,the second album from Brooklyn experimental electro rockers Yeasayer, praising its combination of "hazy psych-folk" and "'80s synth pop and tribal-beat tickles." The album drops Feb. 9. But why wait to hear the awesomeness? The boys have leaked the new album via MySpace -- and you can hear it right now, right here! "We wanted to sonically challenge Rihanna in the clubs," singer-keyboardist Chris Keating recently quipped about the band's new sound to SPIN's David Marchese. "We wanted you to feel the bass in your balls." As an added SPIN.com bonus, download one of the album's songs, "O.N.E.," here. Tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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    EXCLUSIVE: 'No Use For A Name' Singer Goes Solo

    After 20 years with San Jose, CA, punks No Use For A Name, frontman Tony Sly will release his debut solo effort on Feb. 16. The record, titled 12 Song Program, finds the singer/guitarist breaking away from his punk roots in favor of a more polished, folk-inspired sound. Download album track "Via Munich" below. Though just two minutes long, the new track is packed full of introspective longing that even the upbeat production can't hide. Sly's raspy tone roughens up the bright acoustic guitars, accordion, and sweeping strings, exposing his vulnerability as he address the tune's serious subject matter. "This song is about the inevitable and constant consumption of alcohol that goes along with being on the road," Sly tells SPIN.com.

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    Mark Ronson Taps Santigold, Scissor Sisters for New Album

    British producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson will collaborate with Santigold, Scissor Sisters, Miike Snow, and others on his upcoming album, The Business, set to be released sometime later this year. Unlike his 2007 breakthrough Version, on which Ronson crafted stylish, brassy covers of songs by Britney Spears, Radiohead, and Coldplay, the new record will consist of all original material -- and no horns. Ronson, whose masterpiece is Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, has been writing with Dave McCabe of the Zutons and Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs.

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    Lil Wayne, Eminem, Barker to Perform at Grammys

    Two unique collaborations between hip-hop acts and rock stars are among the last-minute additions to this Sunday's Grammy broadcast, airing at 8 P.M. EST on CBS. Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake, and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker have been added to the growing list of performers, and according to hip-hop blog Nah Right, the quartet will probably be storming through Barker's remix of Weezy's "Forever." Get a taste of what it might sound like in this video: WATCH: Lil Wayne, "Forever" (Travis Barker Remix feat. Eminem & Drake) Eminem is nominated for three awards including Best Rap Album for Relapse, while newcomer Drake -- SPIN's Rapper of the Year -- is up for two awards, including Best Rap Song for "Best I Ever Had." Lil Wayne's new album, Rebirth, hits stores on Feb.

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    Dave Matthews Band Announces Summer Tour

    The Dave Matthews Band will perform this Sunday at the Grammy Awards ceremony, where they're nominated for "Album of the Year" and "Best Rock Album" for 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. But the performance will be just a warm-up: the South Africa-born singer/songwriter and Co. have announced a massive summer tour of North America, kicking off May 28 in Hartford, CT. For the 49-date trek, Matthews handpicked a top-notch crew of opening acts, including Ben Harper and Relentless7, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the Felice Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Gov't Mule, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Brett Dennen, and Raphael Saadiq. The trek will be the band's second behind Big Whiskey, which contains the last recorded material from saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died in August of 2008. Still not enough Dave for ya?

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