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    Live Footage from Inside 'VH1 Rock Honors: The Who'

    This past Wednesday, SPIN.com premiered its interview footage from the red carpet outside the VH1 Rock Honors tribute to the Who, featuring our man Ben Lashes unleashing shenanigans on everyone from Wayne Coyne to Pete Townshend. We also gave you a glimpse into the post-event After-Party, where well-knowns hob-nobbed and exchanged fond memories of getting drunk and emulating Keith Moon by blowing up their Rock Band drum kits. And now we'd love for you to see what happened in between -- the meat in the Who's celebratory sandwich if you will.

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    The Five Creepiest Musical Cameos in 'Sesame Street' History

    Pardon the jaded adult inside us (especially because he's hungry and hasn't napped in a while), but generally, the paradox of pop stars reworking their adult-themed lyrics for Sesame Street's preternaturally peppy musical performances comes off a tad creepy to anyone over 13 months. Of course, a built-in bias leads us to be relatively less appalled by Feist's reworking of "1234" (which has been adjusted to wax poetic about "monsters walking across the floor") in a segment set to air on Aug. 11. Fortunately, there remain enough clear-cut examples of disturbing interactions between musicians and elementarily educated Muppets to poke fun at while leaving Leslie out of the muck.

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    Exclusive Interview with Perry Farrell About Lollapalooza '08

    Lollapalooza, taking place Aug. 1-3 in Chicago's Grant Park, has made a spectacular re-emergence over the last few years. By positing itself as a singular event and working in conjunction with the city of Chicago, it's engendered a sense of stability and community that's hard for other hodge-podge rivals to compete with. Not that founder Perry Farrell views things in terms of competitiveness.

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    Exclusive: Video Footage from the Red Carpet at VH1 Rock Honors' Tribute to the Who

    As we reported yesterday, the VH1 Rock Honors gala in celebration of the Who brought out a -- well -- who's who of rock- and-general Hollywood elite. But before Pearl Jam, the Flaming Lips, Tenacious D, the Foo Fighters and Incubus, among others, paid tribute to the pinball wizards inside UCLA's Pauley Pavillion last Saturday night (July 12), SPIN.com correspondent Ben Lashes made his own brand of noise on the red carpet. And if your interest has crested to see what actually occurred inside the venue, tune into to VH1 this Thursday night, July 17, at 9 P.M. Either way, click below and enjoy. More on SPIN.com:>>VH1 Rock Honors After Party>>VH1 Rock Honors Adds Tenacious D>>Review: The Who, Endless Wire

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    The Most Likely Living Superstars to Be Posthumously Exploited

    Recently, SPIN.com ran an article in reaction to the snatching of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis' gravestone, pondering which other deceased icons should be protecting their burial assets. And then came the news that on October 14, the world will be graced with the latest figurative coffin-raping of Johnny Cash's legacy, Johnny Cash Remixed (Compadre/Music World). Cash has always been the most broadly accessible symbol of country machismo for audiences and artists who would otherwise refer to the genre after the words "I listen to anything but." And now, the country pioneer's music will be exploited by a new crew of opportunists, most disconcertingly, outlaw pimp Snoop Dogg, who's chosen to digg into "Walk the Line" as a clumsy complement to his recent Cash tribute-of-sorts, "My Medicine." Cash is not alone of course.

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    Exclusive Video Interview with Kanye's DJ A-Trak About His New Nike 'Running Man' Mix

    Toning your summer beach bod just got a lot more danceable, thanks to the fresh partnership between DJ A-Trak and a certain global sneaker giant. The Nike+ Original Run franchise has welcomed a new 45-minute composition, Running Man, from the Montreal turntablist, out now through iTunes. A-Trak joins LCD Soundsystem, Aesop Rock, and the Crystal Method as alum of the Original Run catalog.

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    Catch the Buzz: APSE

    Who? It's taken nearly a decade, a few DIY EPs and a sojourn through Spanish label Acuarela Discos, but genre-redefiners APSE have finally found a stable stateside home and belated buzz for their ambient-cum-tribal voodoo vibeology. ATP Recordings -- home to fellow experimenters Bardo Pond and Deerhoof, among others -- reissued the band's 2006 effort, Spirit, this week, coinciding with the group's impending appearance at All Tomorrow's Parties New York. The outfit's lineup, led from day one by frontman Robert Toher, has consistently been tweaked over the last several years. But all the adjustments have purposefully coincided with their ever-evolving mix of gloomy atmospheric passageways that serve as the connective tissue between frenetically ominous percussive ruptures.

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    Download New Dungen MP3 Here, Read Chat With Frontman Gustav Ejstes

    As reported on SPIN.com two days ago,September 30 sees the release of Dungen's 4, the fourth studio LP and second Kemado effort for everyone's favorite Swedish purveyors of throwback sounds. After taking an advance listen to the record, we offered up our prevailing thoughts about the group's most well-rounded opus to date, with the open-ended promise that frontman Gustav Ejstes himself would respond with his a checklist of things he experienced in the studio that helped inspire him while writing and recording 4. But what we didn't mention (we're so sneaky) was that we'd also be giving you the chance to download the lead track from the album.

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    Exclusive New Apollo Sunshine MP3

    One of the few bands to truly live up to its name – or at least half of it – Apollo Sunshine is readying another ray of pop delight, Shall Noise Upon, for release on Sept. 2 via Headless Heroes. And these champions of all things downright chirpy have graced SPIN.com with a little teaser for ya, "Singing to the Earth (To Thank Her for You)," available for download here. The pleasingly repetitious number is all sorts of hand-clapping, high-register goodness,sounding weirdly like the less pandering version of "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" that Coca-Cola may have preferred to use in their infamous ad.

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    First Listen: New Dungen LP

    Sometimes it takes an artist several albums and as many years to truly find their voice. Of course, whether they're provided with that room to grow by today's love 'em and leave 'em critical mass and crippled music industry is another story. But alas, like fellow overseas mood-masters Sigur Rós, Swedish psych-folkers Dungen have hit a masterful stride nearly a decade on in their career. September 30 sees the release of 4, their fourth studio LP and second for Kemado. And rest assured, it's a doozy of disparate sounds and divergences from their expected pastiche of power soloing and gentle flower-power vibes. Band leader Gustav Ejstes dropped that hero to get with the zero, or at least his guitar to romance the piano, his new instrument of choice. And the result is an effort more focused on nuance, texture and rhythm than the band has ever produced.

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