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    Jay-Z & Kanye Drop Hot Otis Redding-Sampling Track

    When Jay-Z and Kanye West unveiled the tracklisting for their collaborative album Watch the Throne, the most intriguing cut on the LP was a tune titled "Otis," featuring vocals from the late soul great Otis Redding. That tune has now been unveiled via Jay'z website Life + Times — head over here to stream it. On "Otis," the pair sample Redding's 1966 classic "Try a Little Tenderness" and they brilliantly infuse the soul ballad into a minimal hip-hop track. Redding's vocals, horns, and guitar riffs are repurposed to serve as the song's main percussive beat, as Jay and 'Ye trade verses about their ultra-fly lifestyle: couture, private jets, supermodels, champagne, Kanye's Benz, "his other Benz," and all manner of bling that'd max out your credit card. "Sounds so soulful, don't you agree?" Jay asks.

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    Katy, Kanye, Adele Lead MTV VMA Nominations

    Katy Perry leads the pack for the 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards with nine nominations, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video for "Firework," plus multiple nods for "E.T. (Featuring Kanye West)" and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The show will air live from Los Angeles on MTV on August 28 at 9 P.M./ET. See the full nominees list below. Adele and Kanye West also scored big, with seven nods each.

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    Timberlake & Fallon Revive Awesome Rap Sketch

    Justin Timberlake dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday, but the pop star-turned-actor had more than his new movie Friends With Benefits on his mind. Timberlake wrapped up his chat session by reviving the awesome "History of Rap" duet with Fallon — the medley of hip-hop classics that they debuted last September. Watch it here. "It's not gonna happen — we can't do it again, we can't top [it]," Timberlake jokes, before the pair grab some mics and leap out onto the floor.

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    Beastie Boys Drop Hilarious Action Figure Video

    The Beastie Boys are reviving the art of the must-see music video. After releasing their epic, star-studded "Make Some Noise," from their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, the New York rap trio are back with a clip for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" and, as promised, it's an "explicit action adventure spectacular." Well, sort of. Watch below (via Funny or Die). PHOTOS: Check out rare photos of the Beastie Boys Through the Years With a "screenplay" by Adam Yauch and direction by the Boys' longtime collaborator Spike Jonze, The Continuingly Ill Adventures of the Beastie Boys stars action figure versions of MCA, Mike D, and Ad-Rock, as well as Santigold (who does guest vocals on the track). And the resulting piece is an awesome parody of everything from G.I. Joe to The A-Team.

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    Flaming Lips Unveil Three "Gummy Fetus" Songs

    It's barely been a minute since the Flaming Lips released music in their ongoing singles series, which has included housing songs in edible gummy skulls. But Wayne Coye and Co. have just announced their next edition: Three sprawling new songs that will be put out via... a gummy fetus. Check out the tracks below and peep the pictures of the actual fetuses here (via Psych Explorations of the Future Heart). "Enthusiasm" is an absolute blast of psychedelic drone, with an almost-bluegrass guitar lick from Steven Drozd. "Squishy Glass" is even weirder - it starts as a three-minute instrumental of organ fuzz before gliding into a deranged Pink Floyd-ish groove. "Steven's Moonbow" is a gorgeous one-and-a-half minute experiment that comes on like the most deranged children's lullaby ever. More of these awesomely bizarre releases are on the way, too.

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    Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon Debuts New Band

    Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon announced earlier this year that he was stepping out with a new side-project dubbed the Horrible Crowes, whose debut album Elsie is due out this fall. Now, he's debuted the first track, titled "Behold the Hurricane," which you can hear here. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter told SPIN earlier this year that the record was a "radical" departure from Gaslight's stuff, but fans of the blue-collar punks (and Springsteen) will find plenty to like on "Hurricane." It's an anthemic, mid-tempo rocker, powered by chiming guitars, a heavy pulse, and Fallon's stadium-ready ooh ooh oohs. Expect the rest of Elsie, which features Gaslight roadie Ian Perkins on guitar, to explore far more experimental terrain.

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    LISTEN: Red Hot Chili Peppers Bring the Funk

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers will end their five-year hiatus on August 30 when their 10th album I'm With You hits stores. But the first track from the album, "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie," has hit the web now; hear it below. Touring member Josh Klinghoffer has joined the band full-time - he replaced longtime guitarist John Frusciante - and his soaring solo on this tune is reminiscent of George Harrison on the Beatles' classic "Something." The chorus of the song - "Heeeeey, now, you've got to make it rain somehow!" Anthony Kiedis croons over Chad Smith's propulsive, scissor step beat - proves the Chili Peppers are still masters of funk-rock. Also: cowbell! PHOTOS: Check out rare and candid pictures of the Red Hot Chili Peppers through the years. Last month, bassist Flea told SPIN that the band's hiatus helped reignite their approach to music.

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    St. Vincent Delivers Rowdy Tom Waits Cover

    St. Vincent's Annie Clark is no stranger to reinventing classic rock songs. The singer-guitarist brought down the house at the recent Our Band Could Be Your Life concert with a blistering reworking of Big Black's "Kerosene." And at a show honoring Tom Waits' 1985 album Rain Dogs in London on July 13, Clark delivered a jaw-dropping cover of "Big Black Mariah," which you can watch here (via Pitchfork). Waits' original is a stomping, tough-as-leather blues number, but Clark and her band turn it into a noise-rocking beast by adding torrents of noise: horn squawks, amp feedback, guttural guitar riffage, drum thwacks, and more. Even cooler: watching Clark's petite frame pummeling her guitar with more force than Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo combined. St. Vincent's next album, Strange Mercy, will be released on September 13. Watch It: St. Vincent, "Big Black Mariah"

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    Blink-182 Debut First Song in Eight Years

    Eight years since Blink-182 released their last album, the pop-punkers are back with their first new song, "Up All Night," the lead single from their fall LP. Check it out below. Frontman Mark Hoppus has said the band are expanding beyond their radio friendly punk sound for the album, and "Up All Night" kicks off with some experimental (well, for Blink-182) guitar riffage and a quasi-ska drum beat. The lyrics are fairly dark, too: Hoppus and DeLonge confess about the "demons that keep [them] up all night." Blink-182 are hitting the road for a 40-date summer tour with My Chemical Romance, beginning August 5 in Holmdel, NJ, and ending October 15 in San Diego. "These are our biggest shows yet," DeLonge told SPIN. Hear It: Blink-182, "Up All Night"

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    Thurston Moore Trips Out in Stunning Video

    On his third solo album, the Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts, Thurston Moore tones down the Sonic Youth-style amp death in favor of buttery, string-soaked acoustic tunes. That doesn't mean the noise-rock guru has lost any of his weirdness, as his wild new video for "Circulation" will attest. Check it out here. Directed by visual artist Rose Mackey, Moore says he wanted "to capture the magic touch of dance and music" and "ritualistic love energy" of the arty girls who live in his Northampton, MA, home. And he does just that: "Circulation" features young ladies wigging out in a warehouse space, and the footage gets tweaked with all sorts of kaleidoscopic, psychedelic effects. It almost makes you forget that Moore's lyrics attempt to unlock the mysteries of...female menstruation?

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