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    Wayne Coyne Records Track With Uninvited 'Weirdo' House Guests

    In what may be considered an epic chapter in the annals of stalkerdom, or a fable that could only involve the Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne made some new friends last week. On the morning of his 51st birthday, Coyne answered the door at his Oklahoma City home to find three strangers bearing a gift: Nick Logie of the Los Angeles alt-rock quintet Telegram, his girlfriend Ashleigh Allard, and their friend Adam Ashe holding an extravagantly packaged copy of an album Logie and Allard had just finished recording. Coyne tweeted a photo of the trio along with the note, "Some weirdos showed up on my porch ... They drove all the way from LA to bring me a birthday gift!!!" The trio had driven 22 straight hours from California on their seemingly quixotic mission, but rather than be turned away, Coyne welcomed them. Says Logie, "He said, 'You guys look like weirdos!

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    Cee Lo and Big Boi Rock Grammy Party

    If there's one notion that Cee Lo Green's set confirmed Friday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, it's that a theater full of tipsy partiers don't need much incentive to shout "F*ck you!" Co-headlining a Grammy-weekend show with fellow Atlanta rap heavyweight Big Boi, Green applied an exclamation point to the wild evening by simply pointing his microphone toward the crowd during the chorus of his R-rated kiss-off anthem. They responded giddily. The song, which earned five Grammy nominations and one win, offered a real spark in Green's production-plagued set, which started with a 20-minute review of the old school --the big man, racing through Goodie Mob material with Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo.

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    Wavves, Warpaint Rock SPIN's L.A. Year in Music Party

    It was a year when new music sparked and exploded, and SPIN's Year in Music party on Tuesday night at the Music Box Theatre in Los Angeles served up two of the best newcomers: San Diego surf punks Wavves and L.A. art rockers Warpaint. The festivities, presented by New Era and RD.io, and stocked with complimentary mike's HARD PUNCH®, featured a brash headlining set from Wavves, whose midsummer release King of the Beach, combined with thrill-a-minute live shows, made them one of 2010's breakout bands. Frontman Nathan Williams and his wrecking crew of bassist Stephen Pope (formerly of late punk Jay Reatard's band) and drummer Jacob Cooper (formerly of the L.A.

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    Weezer Revisits 'Blue Album,' 'Pinkerton' in L.A.

    All that was missing were the home movies. The opening weekend of Weezer's three-city "Memories" tour felt like an audio/visual scrapbook that hosts Rivers Cuomo and his bandmates were just as giddy about sharing as the capacity crowds at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre were about receiving. Exquisitely crunchy and deliriously euphoric, Weezer started each night with a 10-song set of favorites, in reverse chronological order, and followed them with front-to-back renditions of their first two albums -- 1994's hit-laden debut ("The Blue Album") on Friday, and 1996's reviled-then-revered Pinkerton on Saturday. Between sets, longtime band aide Karl Koch narrated a slideshow of old photos, flyers and Weezer ephemera.

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    Brandon Flowers Brings Sin City Sounds to L.A.

    On his solo debut album, Flamingo, Brandon Flowers articulates the dreams and desperation of Las Vegas with a voice that cuts like a beacon through the nighttime desert sky, and Wednesday at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, the Killers frontman wielded it with abandon. What Flowers' turn lacked in breadth -- he performed barely over an hour -- it made up for in scale.

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    Cold War Kids Unveil Bold New Sound

    Cold War Kids are currently working up material for their third album and at an intimate gig on Saturday outside Los Angeles, the indie-rock quartet previewed new material from the record, which came on less like an evolution and more like a revolution. Throughout the band's blistering 80-minute set, the Kids tore through eight new songs that revealed a bigger, bolder take on their skeletal garage-y blues. Before a packed audience at the roadhouse venue Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, Cold War Kids launched immediately into new tracks "Royal Blue" and "Finally Begin," which featured Willet's high, forlorn wail and guitarist John Russell's scratchy guitar riffage.

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    REVIEW: Say Anything, Motion City Headline Tour

    On Friday night in Hollywood, Say Anything offered their co-headlining tour with Motion City Soundtrack and Saves The Day a supercharged show of their best emo-punk hits - plus a couple of deep cuts. For Say Anything, the gig was a hometown celebration, and frontman Max Bemis even called it one of the band's best local gigs ever. "I have a pretty shoddy memory," he said. "But I think this is the best L.A. show I remember. You have so much energy it's beautiful." Indeed. Through Say Anything's 16-song, hour-long set, the band's rabid fanbase responded with passionate sing-a-longs. Highlights included set opener "Crush'd," and early cuts like "Little Girls" and "Woe," from the band's 2004 debut ...Is A Real Boy. Say Anything also busted out a few rarities, much to the joy of the band's know-it-all fans.

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    John Lennon Tribute Stars Gaga, Yoko & More

    After more than 40 years in the public eye, Yoko Ono remains an indomitable spirit and irrepressible button-pusher. The weekend's two-night installment of the "We Are Plastic Ono Band" tour at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre--weirdly, a concert and a tribute rolled into one--played to both traits. A week before what would have been her late husband John Lennon's 70th birthday, the 77-year-old nodded to her own history, engaged in ear-splitting excursions into the avant-garde and brought the house down with duets with Iggy Pop (the first night) and Lady Gaga (the second). See exclusive photos from the event >> While they did not short-shrift the abiding themes of peace, feminism and self-realization in Ono's art and music, the concerts, under the direction of her son Sean Lennon, were all about spectacle.

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    Pete Yorn Plays New Album at L.A. Show

    For a guy who only last year released two albums that seemed content to background the conversation, Pete Yorn on Monday night played like a man intent on being at the center of it. Fronting a tight four-piece band on the eve of the release of his sixth album, Yorn delivered a crackling set at his old stamping ground, Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre, that underlined his latest manifestation: as an indie rocker who will roar, rather than mope, in the face of his chronically restless romanticism. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter certainly has the album for it. Titled, appropriately, just Pete Yorn, the rawboned new music -- actually recorded in 2008 prior to sessions for the coffeehouse-mellow Back & Fourth -- bears the fingerprints of its producer, the Pixies' Frank Black, and more than a little bit of his brash, fun attitude.

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    Eminem, Bush, Blink Headline Kick-Ass Cali Fest!

    Maybe the most telling part of Bush's convincing comeback show at Saturday's Epicenter Festival in Fontana, CA, came during the bridge of the 1994 hit "Everything Zen," when frontman Gavin Rossdale detoured into lyrical bits from Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime." "You may ask yourself / Well, how did I get here?" he sang. "And you may tell yourself / This is not my beautiful house / This is not my beautiful wife...." SEE MORE EPICENTER PHOTOS OF EMINEM, BUSH, PAPA ROACH, AND OTHERS >> No, this was Rossdale's rock band - a reconstituted version, anyway -loud and proud.

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