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    Two Deaths Reported at the U.K.'s V Festival

    The British media are reporting two deaths at the U.K.'s two-city V Festival, which took place over the past weekend in Chelmsford and South Staffordshire and featured a lineup that included the Killers, the Stone Roses, Tom Jones and more. At around 1 a.m. on Sunday, 22-year-old Timothy Brockhurst was found not breathing in a tent at the South Staffordshire location, as reported by the BBC. Emergency personnel administered first aid before pronouncing him dead. The cause of death is still unknown, but authorities have ruled out foul play in this instance. The other festival fatality, however, is another story: Police arrested 10 men on suspicion of murder, according to the NME. The victim was a 39 year old, whose name has not been released, who reportedly succumbed to head injuries.

  • Baroness Post Lighthearted Photo From the Hospital

    Baroness Post Lighthearted Photo From the Hospital

    Last week, a bus carrying the members of hard rockers Baroness through England fell 30 feet off a viaduct, sending the band and its crew to the hospital with serious injuries. As of last Friday, three members were still receiving medical care. Today, though, they're smiling. The band posted a photo on Facebook, showing (from left) drummer Allen Blickle, who suffered fractured vertebrae, standing; vocalist-guitarist John Baizley, who broke his left arm and left leg, in bed; and bassist Mike Maggioni, who also suffered fractured vertebrae, standing in a brace. Not pictured is guitarist Pete Adams, whom the hospital released week and who has since returned to the U.S. "Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way," reads the note they posted with the photo. "We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power.

  • Garbage Shirk Their Dark Side in 'Big Bright World' Video

    Garbage Shirk Their Dark Side in 'Big Bright World' Video

    A few months ago, Garbage released their first new album in seven years, Not Your Kind of People, and with it, a black-and-white, silent-film-like video for the song "Blood and Poppies." Today, they've released another black-and-white video for the record's "Big Bright World," but this one has a few Wizard of Oz-like moments. The clip, which was directed by L.A.-based artist Julie Orser, finds singer Shirley Manson singing about raging "against the dying light," even though she's usually dressed in blacker-than-goth-black blacks, including a black veil. The camera shows close-ups of weathered religious statutes, shimmering, black oceans and people falling into swimming pools. Then there are those vibrant, color scenes where a woman wearing a white and red dress dives deeper into the pool (which, for some reason, has a candlestick holder in it).

  • Scott McKenzie

    Scott McKenzie, 'Kokomo' Cowriter and Summer of Love Star, Dead at 73

    Singer-songwriter Scott McKenzie, who performed the hippie anthem "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" in 1967's Summer of Love, has died. He was 73, according to the BBC, and had been receiving treatment in hospitals for Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which affects the nervous system, for the last two years. Although it might be easy to peg McKenzie — who was born Philip Wallach Blondheim in 1939 — as a one-hit wonder, we should also remember him as the cowriter of the Beach Boys' salvo into their John Stamos years, "Kokomo." He worked on the song, which came out with the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail, in the late '80s alongside the Beach Boys' Mike Love, the Byrds' Terry Melcher and the man who wrote "San Francisco," the Mamas & the Papas' John Phillips. "Kokomo," with all its steel drums and Stamos video cameos, surprisingly became the group's first No.

  • Brandon Flowers / Photo by Getty Images

    Watch the Killers Cover Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger'

    Now that former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has joined his brother Noel in singing the band's tunes again, maybe it's fair game for anyone to cover them (One Direction notwithstanding). During the Killers' appearance last night at England's V Festival, frontman Brandon Flowers announced, "We're going to celebrate one of the U.K.'s finest for a moment." Then, as spotted by Consequence of Sound, the group launched into Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger," which you can watch in fan-filmed video below. Flowers may or may not have been affecting an accent — it's hard to tell with so many Brits singing along. The band reportedly also played a number of songs from its forthcoming LP Battle Born, some of which you can hear here and, of course, in this video prior to its September 18 release date.

  • Peter Buck onstage with R.E.M. / Photo by Getty Images

    R.E.M.'s Peter Buck Plots Return With Richard M. Nixon, Solo LP

    Since disbanding last September, the members of R.E.M. have not disappeared. Frontman Michael Stipe has used his Tumblr to reveal parts of him we didn't know existed, bassist Mike Mills hasn't been shy about how he feels post-breakup and guitarist Peter Buck has been releasing songs with a band called the Baseball Project. Now news is spreading of Peter Buck's band — Richard M. Nixon — and a solo album under his own name. In correspondence with Seattle Weekly (via Slicing Up Eyeballs), Young Fresh Fellows vocalist-guitarist and former R.E.M. session axman Scott McCaughey announced Buck's return. The group Richard M. Nixon, he said, will feature Buck, McCaughey and former Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin, who sat in with R.E.M.

  • Randy Blythe

    Lamb of God Frontman Randy Blythe Returns to the Stage

    After spending over a month in a Czech prison on charges of manslaughter, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe made his first public appearance with the band since his release. The thrash band played both dates of Slipknot's Knotfest in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Somerset, Wisconsin. "I'm so glad to be here," he told the Iowa audience to massive applause. "I have never, ever, ever in my life been more excited about being in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa." Then, later, he said nonchalantly, "I've been away for a little bit, but I'm back now." And again the crowd cheered. The set list for the Iowa show, which is the only one on setlist.fm now, shows that the band played a mix of testosterone-pumping aggressive fan favorites from all of their albums.

  • See Kanye West's Dancers Perform 'Runaway' at 30,000 Feet

    See Kanye West's Dancers Perform 'Runaway' at 30,000 Feet

    Passengers on an Australian flight recently got a big surprise when some passengers spontaneously toasted douchebags, assholes, scumbags, and jerkoffs who never take work off to the tune of "Runaway" with an in-seat flashmob. Little did those on board know that these were the dancers who performed at concerts on West's 2012 Australian tour. The dancers each get a credit, as does one bemused-looking "regular passenger" whose face pops up right when Kanye says "scumbags." Oops. See how it all plays out:

  • See Odd Future, Eat a Taco at Los Angeles Carnival

    See Odd Future, Eat a Taco at Los Angeles Carnival

    The members of the hip-hop collective Odd Future have announced they'll be holding a carnival at Los Angeles' Club Nokia on September 30, following a month-long U.S. tour (see the dates below). For the big event, which will feature performances by Odd Future, the Internet, Trash Talk and others, the crew has picked carnival games, rides, prizes and food. The group is offering two deluxe carnival packages on its Camp Flog Gnaw website, one of which offers, among other things, early access to the carnival, a chance to "hang with Odd Future," and "free tacos" (though it does not clarify whether or not they mean Odd Future member Taco Bennett).

  • George Costanza Takes on a New 'Contest' in Nickelback Clip

    George Costanza Takes on a New 'Contest' in Nickelback Clip

    Nickelback are indeed one of pop history's biggest punching bags and are possibly a sex repellant, but recently Chad Kroeger and Co. have shown that they have a sense of humor (even as the universe punishes their fans). Last year, they made this video when Detroit football fans petitioned to keep the group from playing its middling hard rock at a Lions halftime show. And earlier this year they made a pretty funny video responding to YouTube comments, including one about how men can feed babies without a particular part of female anatomy. Now they've released a vaguely humorous video for the song "Trying Not to Love You," off last year's Here and Now. The good news is that you don't have to look at Nickelback in the video; the bad news is you have to hear not one but two Nickelback songs if you attempt to watch it.

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