Larry Fitzmaurice

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    Wayne Coyne on Recording New Lips Album: "It's Hard!"

    It seems self-confidence is in short supply among rock stars these days: Chris Martin recently warned that Coldplay's next record might suck -- and now Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne has doubts about the psychedelic band's forthcoming double album, Embryonic. "It's harder than you would think," Coyne told BBC 6 Music of completing Embryonic for its planned September release. "We want to go in so many strange directions and sometimes we're unfocused and sometimes we're just so wishy washy. I think it must be like being a cook in the kitchen -- you're preparing this great thing, but by the time it's ready you're sick of it because you've been smelling it, you've got it in your hair and in your fingers and all that." "It's great and thrilling but kind of scary because you just don't know if it's going to work," he added. The upside?

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    U2 Discuss 'Spider-Man' Musical

    Set the stage, and light the lights: The much-anticipated Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, featuring music and lyrics by U2's Bono and the Edge, is set to open February 18, 2010. In anticipation, U2's songwriting pair recently sat down to chat about what first attracted them to the project, including the relationship between rock bands and comic books. And they reveal the Spider-Man characters they most identify with (we'll give you a hint: their characters don't get along too well). Check out video of the interview below. Then head over to Turn Off the Dark's official website, which also features interviews with the show's director, Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Across The Universe).

  • Beastie-Boys-Ian-Wilen-15.jpg Live at Bonnaroo -- All Weekend Long

    From Thursday to Sunday, June 11-14, 2009's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will take place in Manchester, TN -- and for those ofyou stuck at home, will be bringing you full coverage of the four-day event.From MGMT's late-night Saturday performance to sure-to-be-epic sets by Bruce Springsteen and Phish, we'll make sure you're in on all the Bonnaroo action. Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates on the festival's music and madness.And don't forget to check in on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday forcomplete recaps of the previous day's sets and photo galleries of the best live concert shots.Also, check out our list of the 25 must-hear Bonnaroo artists to hear songs. Attention Amateur Photographers: Enter your best pic from Bonnaroo '09 for a chance to be published in SPIN magazine and win the $200 first-prize. Click here for details. Click to enlarge

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    Watch: Peter Bjorn and John Rock SPIN's Offices

    Swedish indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John recently rocked SPIN's downtown Manhattan offices in the 26th installment of our SPINhouse Live concert series -- and now you can watch the band's entire performance! Check out PB&J's stripped-down set -- including Peter Morén's mean harmonica solo on Living Thing cut "Nothing to Worry About" and the band's spirited cover of the Feelies' "Fa-Ce-La" -- below. See our review and photos from the show right here. More Peter Bjorn and John on>> Peter Bjorn and John Perform at SPIN Office>> Review: Living Thing >> Jacko Love: Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Peter Bjorn and John!>> New Video: Peter Bjorn and John Go Greaser!

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    Coldplay's Next Record "Might Be Bad"

    Coldplay fans, you've been warned: the Brit rockers and former SPIN cover stars are writing songs for their next record -- and they might suck. Coldplay, who are currently on tour of the U.S., are planning to follow up 2008's Viva La Vida with a concept record -- and according to frontman Chris Martin it might not be any good! "The next one [album] will be quite stripped down and based upon this story idea, which I can't talk about because it might be bad," he told the Philadelphia Enquirer. "I think at the end of this tour, we may not tour for a while. We may put out a record without quite so much fanfare." Excellent business plan! Martin also commented on guitarist Joe Satriani and Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens' plagiarism accusations directed at the band's 2008 song "Viva La Vida." "We've never had a hit that big before.

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    Jay-Z's 'Blueprint 3' Out This September

    Eight years to the day after hip-hop superstar Jay-Z released his benchmark album, The Blueprint, he'll return with his long-awaited new record, Blueprint 3. It will be released on Sept. 11, the date most Americans now associate with the terrorist attacks, via a partnership between Roc Nation and Warner Music Group, according to A label spokesperson was unavailable for comment at press time. Jay recently departed longtime label Def Jam after a 11-year relationship to pursue his work with Roc Nation, his imprint under touring conglomerate Live Nation.

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    Pretenders, Cat Power, and Juliette Lewis Tour Together

    Blondie and Pat Benatar will have a little competition on the touring circuit this summer. The Pretenders have tapped Cat Power and Juliette Lewis for a month-long summer outing in support of their latest record, 2008's Break Up the Concrete. The 22-date jaunt kicks off Aug. 7 in Rama, Ontario. Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, is expected to perform songs off her upcoming release, while actress-cum-songstress Juliette Lewis and her new band, the New Romantiques, will draw from their September release, Terra Incognita. The tempestuous lady rockers will open almost every show of the Pretenders' tour; at a few concerts, however, frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and Co. will go it alone. The tour will hit cities along both coasts before coming to a close September 4 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Tickets for select dates go on sale tomorrow, June 5, at 10 A.M.

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    Sneak Peek: Metric Goof Off, Find Their "Muse"

    Canada's most convincing Minister of Tourism: Metric's Emily Haines. The girl is practically an advertisement for fun -- she's the life of the party! And her band makes some of the best music in rock today, too. And in Metric's new video for "Sick Muse," the two worlds collide as the foursome dance in circles, play to the camera, and rip through the catchy New Wave track with grace. Watch below! But this show's all about Haines -- she dons a lace dress, lights a sparkler, and shimmies around a dimly-lit white room looking as cute as ever. "Watch out cupid / You stuck me with the sickness / Pull your little arrows out / Let me live my life," she sings. "Everybody just wants to fall in love / Everybody just wants to play the lead." She took the lead... and we're in love. Watch the video below. Then tell us what you think in the comment section below. WATCH: Metric, "Short Muse"

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    Watch: Kanye and Rihanna's Comic Book Adventure

    The finished version of Kanye West's music video for 808s and Heartbreak single "Paranoid" has been released -- and it's like a sexy Sin City with Rihanna as the star! The clip, which follows last week's leak of a test cut, was directed by Nabil Elderkin (the man behind the trippy clip for 'Ye's "Welcome to Heartbreak") and flaunts a comic book vibe with its black-and-white visuals and pop-up lyrics. But Rihanna is without a doubt the highlight, writhing around in a barely-there outfit and driving a car down a dark road at atop speed. Rihanna is back -- take that, Chris Brown! For the "Paranoid" video, Kanye recorded a different version of the song from the album version, adding synthesizer and Auto-Tuned croons to flesh out its disco-funk bounce.

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    Asher Roth and Kid Cudi to Tour Together

    Just because the school year is winding to a close doesn't mean "I Love College" rapper Asher Roth is ready for the party to come to an end. Which is why the Caucasian sensation has just announced a 19-date co-headlining tour with rising hip-hopper Kid Cudi! The duo will begin their humorously-dubbed "Great Hangover Tour" July 14 in Boston, MA, and will hit major U.S. cities through July before concluding August 5 in Washington, D.C. SPIN-approved rapper B.O.B.

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