• Mark McGuire, 'Get Lost' (Editions Mego)

    At age 25, experimental musician Mark McGuire has released more than 30 solo records, including 2010's Living With Yourself, a deeply felt remembrance of his youth. His latest is dedicated to "the spirit of the summer night sky," and that's an accurate, if slightly cornball, description of these six impressionistic guitar instrumentals. Acoustic numbers like "When You're Somewhere" veer into trite New Age or Keller Williams jam-band territory, but when McGuire drops in burbling digital loops, as on opener "Get Lost" or sprawling 20-minute closer "Firefly Constellations," he captures the eerie feeling of wandering wide-eyed through a sleepless metro-polis.

  • Tom Vek, 'Leisure Seizure' (Cooperative/Downtown/V2)

    Tom Vek, 'Leisure Seizure' (Cooperative/Downtown/V2)

    This British multi-instrumentalist broke out in 2005 with spastic punk-funk and art-damaged pop, which landed him then-coveted cameos on shows like The O.C. The attention may have been too much: Dude vanished soon after, prompting Internet speculation on his whereabouts. With Leisure Seizure, Vek doesn't retool his sound much -- slabs of jittery synths underpin his urgent yelps, which start to grate over 12 tracks. Much better is the roughshod, guitar-powered "World ?of Doubt," which vibes ?like the hottest junk-?shop-pop number Beck ?has recorded in years.?

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    EXCLUSIVE SONG: Megafaun Channel Grateful Dead

    While Durham, North Carolina-based trio Megafaun - featuring brothers Brad and Phil Cook and Joe Westerlund - are sometimes referred to as "the guys who used to be in a band with Justin Vernon, before he was Bon Iver," they won't be in their old friend's shadow much longer. The proof: Their forthcoming self-titled album, due out September 20 on Hometapes. SPIN has a premiere of the track "Get Right," which you can hear below. Recorded in Vernon's own April Base studio, Megafaun's third album dips into all sorts of styles, from cacophonous free-jazz to stunning piano balladry, but "Get Right" is the sort of tune that could prove to be their big breakthrough: It's a sprawling, eight-and-a-half minute jam, with the sort of atmospheric, carefree improvisation that calls to mind the Grateful Dead during their peak. The band will promote their new album with a 16-date U.S.

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    Black Keys Revive Hip-Hop Project BlakRoc

    The Black Keys may may have finished recording their seventh studio album, but Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have more music coming down the pike. The Ohio rockers have announced a new album from their bluesy hip-hop project BlakRoc, their follow-up to the 2009 debut album. Check out a trailer below. While the record does not have a release date, Auerbach and Carney - along with hip-hop mogul Damon Dash - have tapped an A-List roster of MCs. Talib Kweli, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, the Cool Kids, Jim Jones, and more are slated to contribute rhymes to BlakRoc 2. The clip gives a sense of what to expect: it includes an awesomely druggy, blues-rock vamp over footage of guests laying down rhymes and (duh) smoking boatloads of grass. As SPIN previously reported, Auerbach and Carney recently completed the next Keys record.

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    Marilyn Manson Drops Scary, LaBeouf-Directed Video

    He's back — and sicker than ever. Marilyn Manson has returned with new music and a video for a track titled "Born Villain" — and the clip proves the shock-rocker has not lost his ability to freak fans out. Watch the very-not-safe-for-work clip below. Directed by actor Shia LaBeouf, Manson has crafted a nightmarish clip inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth and the video features the goth-rocker engaging in all sorts of torture. Warning: the 4:17 mark, where Manson pokes a needle into a woman's cheek, might be the sickest thing ever captured in a music video. And the execution at the end is just plain terrifying. LaBeouf explained that the surprising collaboration came about when he showed Manson a video he directed for Kid Cudi collaborator Cage. "I played 'Maniac' for [Manson], and he freaked the fuck out," LaBeouf told MTV. "Manson goes crazy.

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    Corgan Launches Smashing Pumpkins Record Club

    In the midst of recording Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania album and prepping for a fall tour, Billy Corgan has another project in the works: a record club, dubbed SPRC, which will roll out Pumpkins' rarities online. Corgan announced the project in a video posted on the band's YouTube channel, which you can watch below. He's kicked off the service with an early version of their 1992 track "Drown" and a two-track demo of "Geek U.S.A.", which are available in exchange for an email (via Hipsters United). Corgan promises "so much free stuff" to be uploaded soon. He recently discovered more than two hours of demos from their 1991 debut Gish and about six hours of Siamese Dream-related material.

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    DOWNLOAD: The-Dream Releases Free Album '1977'

    R&B crooner The-Dream revealed earlier this month that his fourth studio album has been delayed by his label due to "contract negotiations." But the songwriting pro (who's penned hits like Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Beyoncé's "Single Ladies") has offered up the next best thing: a free 10-track album, released under his real name Terius Nash. The set, titled 1977, is available for free download over at his official site. Nash tapped Big Sean and Pharrell to guest on a few of the tracks and 1977 is an awesome set of futuristic R&B, with glossy synths, programmed beats, and wonky production over Nash's soulful croon and emo confessionals.

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    LISTEN: Damon Albarn's Congo Benefit Album

    Last month, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Richard Russell of indie label XL, Dan the Automator, and others to record an album with more than 50 local musicians. The set was produced during 5 marathon days in the capital Kinshasa, with the goal of creating a record to raise awareness for the politically ravaged nation. Now, Albarn has announced the release date for the set, which will raise money forOxfam, the international aid organization. Kinshasa One Two will hit digitally on October 4 and physically on November 8. In advance of the release, Albarn has posted three tracks from those sessions, which you can hear below.

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    Foo Fighters Announce Tour With NSFW Clip

    The Foo Fighters are the kings of the comic music video, from classic clips like "Learn to Fly" to their VMA-winning one for "Walk," a spoof of the Michael Douglas flick Falling Down. But Dave Grohl and Co. may have revealed their most insane clip yet. Ever want to see the guys drop trou and lather each other up with soap in a rest stop shower? Today's your lucky day. The "Hot Buns" video isn't a music video per se - it's an announcement for the group's North American tour this fall. But they've created a short that is sure to grab attention and hopefully sell some tickets: The guys hang out in a truck stop sporting white trash wigs and trucker hats, before heading to the shower for some R-rated action. Guitarist Pat Smear looks horrified by what he discovers. If you can't bring yourself to watch the clip for the tour announcement, those dates are posted below.

  • David Guetta, 'Nothing But the Beat' (Astralwerks/Capitol)

    David Guetta, 'Nothing But the Beat' (Astralwerks/Capitol)

    Max Martin and Dr. Luke ?seduce pop haters with Britney's and Katy's Euro-disco chart-toppers, but David Guetta wants to bludgeon cynics into submission. The French DJ's first album since becoming the biggest party-starter on the planet is a 12-track hit parade of monster club ?anthems -- turning such egos as will.i.am, Usher, and Nicki Minaj into unrecognizable studio playthings, particularly during Minaj's wild diva turn on "Where Them Girls At." Guetta can't match the inexhaustible bliss of his Kelly Rowland–aided 2009 disco smash "When Love Takes Over," but he can make 50 Cent seem like an edgy Daft Punk fanboy, which is not an insubstantial trick.

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