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    Catch the Buzz: Peter von Poehl

    Who? Those who miss the light, heady days of Moon Safari-era Air, don't fret: Peter von Poehl has landed. With meticulously crafted songs featuring spacey atmospherics, warm tones, and von Poehl's lushly fragile vocals, it's no wonder the French duo themselves took him along on their recent world tour. Don't write off the Sweden-born songwriter as a mere copycat, however. Although "Going to Where the Tea Trees Are" evokes the love-making loneliness displayed in Air's soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides, von Poehl's slow-burning singing voice puts him on another planet. Recommended if you like... Air, Peter Bjorn and John, Jens Lekman Their latest: Peter von Poehl's debut, Going to Where the Tea Trees Are, drops June 10 via Bella Union. Now Hear This: "Going to Where the Tea Trees Are" (DOWNLOAD MP3) More Buzzcatchers on PugGregor SamsaPonytailA.M.

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    AT&T blue room to Rebroadcast Bonnaroo 2004 Highlights

    Start counting down the days: Exactly one week from today (June 5), the mighty Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will kick off on 700-acres of farmland located outside Manchester, TN.Can't bear the seven-day wait? Quench your thirst with highlights from the festival's 2004 run courtesy of AT&T blue room, which will rebroadcast coverage from the event today at 3 P.M.

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    What? After re-releasing a re-mastered, re-jiggered edition of 2006's disquieting Palo Santo on new label home Matador last year, dramatic indie rockers Shearwater drop their exquisite fifth record, Rook, this week. Led by former Okkervil River member Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater specialize in heavily instrumented, moody rock accentuated by Meiburg's astoundingly versatile vocal range. Rook finds the act further honing their craft and imbuing a sense of variety, from the howling barn-burner "Century Eyes" to the dark-hued balladry of first single "Rooks." Who? Shearwater was founded in 1999 by Meiburg and Okkervil River leader Will Sheff as a venue for the duo's quieter creations.

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    New Video: The Hush Sound, Phantom Planet Sing About Cereal

    Forgot to eat breakfast this morning?Let Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald and the Hush Sound's Greta Salpeter remind you to take in the most important meal of the day.In this exclusive video, Salpeter and Greenwald offer tunes concerning a perennial breakfast staple: cereal.Greta sings a sweet ode to Cheerios ("They are a hole / In a bowl / That makes you full"), while Greenwald professes to be "an eggless egg beater" rather than "the Ayatollah of granola."These songs are part of a balanced breakfast. Now Watch This: "Songs About Cereal" More on in the Book ClubHonda Civic Tour Kicks off in S.F.Artist of the Day: The Hush SoundSXSW '07: The Hush SoundPhantom Planet perform "Raise the Dead" at SXSW '08'This American Life' Host Ira Glass, Mates of State Pay Homage to Phantom Planet, 'The O.C.' >> Enter to win a Honda Civic Hybrid!

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    Bonnaroo '07 Flashback: Cold War Kids

    With Bonnaroo '08 just over one week from kicking off, we here at are already digging out our tents, sunscreen, and die-hard festival 'tudes to hit this year's installment with full-force, bringing those at home complete coverage of the festival's awesome lineup. And while we wait to board our trains, planes, and automobiles for the trip down south, highlights from last year's festival are in constant rotation at Spin HQ. Among them, a video interview with bluesy rockers Cold War Kids. Watch video of our Peter Gaston (who recently spoke to the band about their forthcoming record poolside at Coachella) catching up with Kids Nathan Willett and Matt Maust as they talk about sweat-soaked backs, performing in the daylight, and Bonnaroo's status as "one of the last love fests." Bonnaroo '07: Cold War Kids interview

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    Cursive's Tim Kasher Karaokes to Billy Idol

    Prepare yourself for the strangest video you'll watch all day: Cursive frontman Tim Kasher took the stage at NYC's Pianos for a karaoke rendition of Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself." Our BFF Sarah "Ultragrrrl" Lewitinn captured the affair on video for her blog, Almack's Dance Hall, and it gradually evolves into the Kasher freak-out we know and love. Watch the video and sing along with Kasher at home -- throat-shredding vocals not required: Video removed by request.

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    Spin Writer Speaks About Mexican Emo Riots

    In our June issue, Joseph Contreras examines the recent rash of violence against those who affiliate themselves with the emo scene in Mexico (read more).Contreras appeared yesterday on Public Radio International's The World to further discuss the article's talking points. Listen to streaming audio of his appearance: Contreras explains the pent-up aggression and homophobia that is contributing to the social unrest, describes his encounters with members of both sides of the struggle, and considers the effects of cultural globalization.The interview is a fascinating listen, as well as an excellent informational complement to the article. Read the full story in the June issue of Spin, on newsstands now, and watch YouTube videos of the emo violence right here.

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    New MGMT Video: "Electric Feel"

    As purveyors of the freaky electro-psychedelia found on the band's acclaimed debut Oracular Spectacular, MGMT's Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden invite you to drink the Kool-Aid once again in the new music video for album track "Electric Feel." Beware, this rabbit hole goes deep! Capturing a hedonistic, freak-out fiesta set in the "Amazon," the video calls to mind some sort of Lord of the Rings meets The Matrix Reloaded visuals -- that is until an animatronic band of jungle animals appear and shimmy down as Goldwasser, Vanwyngarden, plus throngs of others dance along. And before you know it, the moon's harpooned and sliced open, glowing liquid is applied to dancers like holy communion, and the duo are riding through space on motorcycles.

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    New Modey Lemon MP3: "It Made You Dumb"

    Pittsburgh, PA: home to the Steelers, plenty of steel mills, and steely fuzz-rock act Modey Lemon. The trio's latest record, Season of Sweets, is primed to hit taste buds June 10, and album cut "It Made You Dumb" is a perfect sampler of the Lemon's noisy, sickeningly sweet racket. Shambolic drumming and jangly guitar lines compliment each other perfectly as vocalist Phil Boyd's voice climbs up and down each verse's melody; before you know it, everything explodes into one grin-inducing chorus as Boyd shouts, "You cut your tongue / And it made you dumb." Being stupid never sounded so good.Season of Sweets drops June 10 via Birdman. Now Watch This: "It Made You Dumb" (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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    Catch the Buzz: Gregor Samsa

    Who? In Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis, protagonist Gregor Samsa attempts daily life after being morphed into a revolting insect, fittingly, then, that a seven-piece post-rock group from Richmond, VA would don the name, specializing in a transformative sound, albeit of a prettier nature. The group, co-fronted by dual vocalists Champ Bennett and Nikki King, take sonic cues from both instrumental acts like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and slowcore luminaries Low and establish a sound that is truly their own. Check the atmospheric slow-build in "Jeroen van Aken," replete with twinkling chimes, steadily plinking piano, and swirling tones. Recommended if you like... Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Low, Sigur Ros Their latest: Third album to date, Rest, hit stores this week (May 27). Now Hear This: "Jeroen van Aken"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

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