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    EXCLUSIVE: DOM's Upcoming EP, 'Family of Love'

    The Massachussetts-based group DOM broke out as one of indie-pop's best new bands with their 2010 debut EP Sun Bronzed Greek Gods, which boasted awesome art-damaged anthems like "Living in America." They're back again with a second EP, titled Family of Love (out August 9). And while the group's single-named, red-headed leader Dom mines similarly scuzzy, synth-powered psychedelia, he's upped his game a bit: He retreated to Brooklyn's Rare Book Room studios to produce the set with Nicolas Vernhes (Björk, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). SPIN has the week-long exclusive stream of Family of Love - use the player at right - and also caught up with Dom to talk about the recording, his Mariah Carey obsession (honest), and the band's plan for their next release. You started out writing music in your bedroom, but teamed up with a pretty big producer for your second release.

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    Kings of Leon Cancel U.S. Tour

    Kings of Leon have cancelled their entire U.S. tour, citing frontman Caleb Followill's "vocal issues and exhaustion" in a statement. The news follows the Kings' aborted performance in Dallas, TX, on July 29, during which frontman Followill appeared unfit to perform. "I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit," he told the crowd.

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    The Kills Drop Stunning Marilyn Monroe Cover

    When the Kills headed to Australia to perform at the Splendour in the Grass Festival, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince dropped by triple j radio to tear through their new single "Satellite." The blues-punk duo also offered up a stunning cover of "One Silver Dollar," a tune performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1954 Western movie River of No Return. Hear it here (via Some Kind of Awesome). On their latest album Blood Pressures, Mosshart and Hince expand their skuzzy lo-fi sound, but they keep things simple on this faithful rendition of "One Silver Dollar." Mosshart belts out the lyrics with more passion than Monroe's sensual whisper, and while Hince opts for an acoustic guitar, he strums the tune's chords with as much vigor as his plugged-in six-string. Compare the Kills' version to Monroe's original below.

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    Drake Drops First Single from Album

    To celebrate his OVO Festival in Toronto this weekend, Drake released what he's calling as the first single from his next album Take Care - his follow-up to his smash debut Thank Me Later (out October 24). The song, titled "Headlines," is available for free download at his October's Very Own blog, or you can stream it here. Produced by frequent collaborators Noah "Boi-1da" Samuels and Noah "40" Shebib, "Headlines" finds Drake ruminating on the ups and downs of celebrity. "I might be too strung out on compliments," he raps. "Overdosed on confidence / Starting not to give a fuck and stop fearing the consequence." The production, meanwhile, matches Drake's defiant tone with a martial beat and heavy staccato strings. He has been releasing new music from Take Care over the last few weeks and it's shaping up to be a pretty dark album.

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    Death Cab Cover Ride's Shoegaze Gem 'Twisterella'

    Death Cab for Cutie have been performing their own take on Ride's "Twisterella" at recent shows, but when the band dropped by the BBC recently, Ben Gibbard and Co. laid down an awesome in-studio take on the shoegaze classic. Hear it here (via Consequence of Sound). Ride's original version — from their 1992 album Going Blank Again — found the British band lightening up their heavy, fuzzed-out sound, and Death Cab, whose new album Codes and Keys mixes uplifting lyrics with multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla's heavy textures, are one of the only bands who could do the song justice. Don't believe us? Compare the two versions below. Hear It: Death Cab for Cutie, "Twisterella" Hear It: Ride, "Twisterella"

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    INFLUENCES: Fountains of Wayne

    Whether telling aching tales of high-school football heroes staring down their twilight years or dishing teen-boy fantasies about a certain bodacious mom, New Jersey's Fountains of Wayne have spent 15 years becoming the rock'n'roll equivalent of Mark Twain. This continues with their fifth album Sky Full of Holes (out Aug. 2), which features gorgeous radio-ready numbers like "Richie and Ruben" - their chronicle of two buddies' failed plan to open a nightclub. To better understand their songwriting process, SPIN asked Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger to reveal the music that influenced them the most.

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    HEAR EP: Flaming Lips Team With Lightning Bolt

    Do the Flaming Lips ever sleep? Oklahoma's fearless freaks have been working non-stop: there's the gummy fetuses, the Neon Indian collaboration, vinyl reissues, cemetery gigs with Edward Sharpe, and more. Now, after dropping one song from their collaborative EP with Lightning Bolt, the whole set has hit the web. Hear it here (via Psych Explorations of the Future Heart). Rhode Island's Lightning Bolt are one of noise-rock's heaviest bands, and they bring their penchant for ear-deafening scuzz to these four tunes. "I Wanna Get High But I Don't Want Brain Damage" is six minutes of art-damaged, Led Zeppelin-y pummeling, while "NASA's Final Acid Bath" is seven minutes of avant-garde white noise.

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    Boys Noize, Erol Alkan Team With Jarvis Cocker

    Boys Noize's Alexander Ridha and British producer Erol Alkan are two of the better known DJs on the planet, and they've joined forces for a new single featuring Pulp's Jarvis Cocker. Check out "Avalanche (Terminal Velocity)" below. Ridha and Alkan lay out a sprawling seven-minute groove that mixes trance's atmospheric elements with the polyrhythmic thump of disco. Cocker, meanwhile, imbues the tune with a spooky vibe and he recites the lyrics to Leonard Cohen's 1971 ballad "Avalanche." "Your laws do not compel me," he commands with a whisper. "To kneel Grotesque and bare / I, myself, am the pedestal / For this ugly hump at which you stare." Hear It: Boys Noize, Erol Alkan, and Jarvis Cocker, "Avalanche (Terminal Velocity)"

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    Metallica Announce 30th Anniversary Concerts

    It's been thirty years since Metallica formed, and the kings of thrash metal are planning an anniversary celebration in San Francisco, CA, later this year. The band will play four shows at the Fillmore the week of December 5. As an added bonus, they are offering tickets for the low cost of $6 - the cost of their concert tickets in their early days (their first show was in Anaheim, CA, in March 1982.) "These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica," the band posted on their site. PHOTOS: Metallica and Three Decades of Metal Mayhem The concerts are only available to members of the band's Met Club, and registered users will have the option to purchase four-pack tickets for the entire run (those cost $19.81) or individual passes.

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    Matt & Kim Bring Raucous Performance to 'Fallon'

    Matt and Kim are known for delivering some of the most uplifting and energetic indie-rock shows around, and the Brooklyn synth-pop duo brought that manic energy to Late Night With Fallon, performing "Block After Block" from their latest album Sidewalks. Watch the clip here (via The Audio Perv). Sporting grins from ear-to-ear, the couple deliver one of the most energetic late night performances of the year: Kim leaps atop her drum stool mid-song, and Matt leads the crowd through tune's fist-pumping, sing-a-long chorus. Even the Roots' ?uestlove seems stoked by the duo's performance afterwards. "That's the way you do it right there!" Fallon says afterward. Dude's right. Watch It: Matt and Kim, "Block After Block"

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