• Barack Obama, clearly enjoying a sweet bass drop / Photo by Getty Images

    Barack Obama: 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Campaign'?

    The '80s Indeep classic goes "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life," and now the people behind Obama's reelection campaign are apparently hoping for a similar effect. Perhaps because they, like MTV's VMA producers, have noticed that "EDM Culture" is this "new thing," Obama for America has launched something called DJs for Obama wherein the folks who are usually behind the turntables step up in ads to ask voters to support the incumbent. DJ Cassidy, who Obama reportedly asked personally to work the 2009 inauguration, told Rolling Stone, "I would never have imagined that my love for hip-hop, my love for music would allow me to get involved like this.

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    Nightclub Wants Chris Brown and Drake to Pay Up $16 Million

    When Drake and Chris Brown and their respective entourages got into an infamous brawl at a New York nightclub in June, the dispute allegedly began when someone threw a bottle. At least five bystanders were injured, as well as Breezy, though Drake seemed to come out unscathed. But both stars may get financially scuffed up in the near future — the nightclub in question, WiP, has unsurprisingly decided to join the lawsuit lollapalooza surrounding the incident and sue both stars. The club's suit contends each artist's henchmen "fashioned deadly weapons out of whatever materials they could find, including glasses, alcohol bottles and furniture," according to TMZ.

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    Axl Rose Still Suing 'Guitar Hero' for Associating Him With Slash

    Shortly before Thanksgiving 2010, Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose slapped a $20 million lawsuit on Activision, makers of the now-discontinued video-game franchise Guitar Hero. In the suit, he alleged that the company used their collusion to dupe him into licensing "Welcome to the Jungle" to Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock under the premise that songs by Velvet Revolver — the band featuring former GN'R members, notably Slash, whom Rose seems to particularly detest — would not be used. When it was released in October 2007, the game included several songs by the band, used an image of Slash on its packaging, and included the guitar hero as a playable Guitar Hero avatar, so Rose filed the suit claiming he was defrauded and that Activision breached contract.

  • Baroness' crashed bus / Screengrab via the BBC's footage

    Baroness Bus Crash in England Injures Nine

    The members of alt-metallers Baroness were involved in a serious accident today when their bus fell 30 feet off a viaduct near Bath in the U.K., landing on its side, at about 11:30 am British Standard Time, the BBC reports. The band — whose latest release, Yellow & Green is a SPIN Essential we dubbed the "metal album of the year" — was headed from a show in Bristol to Southampton, where they were to play tonight. Firefighters released two passengers who were trapped on board — one was the driver, according to ITV, but it's not clear whether the other was a band members or crew — who were immediately treated by first responders and brought to a hospital in Bristol.

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    Amy Winehouse Foundation to Honor Nas at New York Gala

    If the lyrics to "Me and Mr. Jones" weren't proof-positive enough that Amy Winehouse had a deep respect for Queens-bred rapper Nas (he's Mr. Jones, after all), the inclusion of the song "Like Smoke," on the first of possibly many posthumous Winehouse releases, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, provided more insight. Then there's "Cherry Wine," a song on Nas' latest, Life Is Good, that features a previously unheard Winehouse vocal and proves her admiration (or at least appreciation) was mutual. In celebration of that relationship, the Amy Winehouse Foundation will honor Nas at a $1,000-per-person dinner, dubbed the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards & Gala in New York on October 11. He will also perform alongside other, yet-to-be-announced guests.

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    I Can't Live Without My Radio: Report Claims People Discover New Music Via Old Media

    People may be curious enough to Shazam 5 billion songs (11 million of which were Gotye's), but a new report conducted by Nielsen claims that radio remains the No. 1 way people discover new music. In fact, almost half of the 3,000 consumers surveyed — online, no less! — made that claim. The next most popular music referrals come from friends and relatives and YouTube, which, by the way, is the main way teenagers listen to music. Other interesting stats include that after a recommendation from a friend, the information on music blogs (hi there!) is the most likely influencer in purchasing music, followed by brand endorsement. A tiny fraction of those who responded, 8 percent, share music on social-networking sites, while only 6 percent claim to upload music.

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    Death Cab's Ben Gibbard Taking Solo Show on the Road

    For the past eight years or so, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has been gearing up for his first solo album, Forever Lives, which will finally come out October 16. He's released a few solo songs over the years, like his 2003 split EP, Home Volume 5 with Wooden Birds' Andrew Kenny, and a few quirky dribs and drabs as of late (a cover of Stars' "Set Yourself on Fire," a tribute to baseball player Ichiro Suzuki), but we're expecting Forever Lives to be a little less left-field. Only time will tell, though, since he told Stereogum recently, "It’s only my voice and songwriting that ties [the songs] all together." All will be revealed on or before September 26, when Gibbard plays the first of a couple of solo one-off dates leading up to a short tour in November.

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    Three New Beck Tracks Arrive Via 'Sound Shapes' Video Game

    In the latest in a seemingly endless line of inscrutable moves (releasing an album only as sheet music, rapping with that guy from Community), Beck — who is now a free agent — has unleashed three new songs via the PlayStation 3 game Sound Shapes. Released last week, the game contains "Cities," "Spiral Staircase," and "Touch the People" (all playable below, complete with a few complimentary bleeps and start screens), which might have constituted an EP if released differently. Nevertheless, it's great to hear some new Beck music, even under somewhat quirky circumstances. "Cities" is a densely textured, keyboard- and percussion-driven song that has a lot of "aaaahhhh" parts, as the video-game screen transcribes.

  • Harry Enfield and Damon Albarn / Photo by Getty Images

    Blur Release 'Parklive' Concert Album of Possible Final Show

    Blur have released their entire Sunday night concert at London's Hyde Park for download, an called Parklive, mere hours after they left the stage. What makes the show special, though, is that the concert, at which the Britpop archetypes played alongside New Order and the Specials (a better lineup than watching David Bowie vids across town), might have been the band's last. For the better part of this year, frontman Damon Albarn has been flip-flopping about the status of the band, calling them done then backtracking.

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    5 Things Creed Frontman Scott Stapp's Tell-All Book Must Address

    When SPIN interviewed Creed frontman Scott Stapp in 2009, he said, "If I could take it all back and do it all over again from the middle of 2002 to November of 2006, I would." Anyone who's followed the baritone's journey into the mainstream in the post-grunge '90s, though, would assume there's a lot more time he'd like to take back. Years of hurting people's ears with songs like "Higher," a track on the Passion of the Christ soundtrack, and some painful public battles with drugs help explain why Creed earned the No. 4 spot on our list of the Biggest Punching Bags in Pop History. Now Stapp has announced a release date for an "uncensored, tell-all" memoir, titled Sinner's Creed and coauthored by David Ritz, due out October 2.

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