Larry Fitzmaurice

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    Eminem, Flaming Lips, Jane's Addiction Headline New Orleans Fest

    The lineup for New Orleans' Voodoo Experience music festival has been unveiled, and it's packed with some of music's heaviest hitters: Eminem, the Flaming Lips, and Jane's Addiction are scheduled to headline the event, which will take place Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 at the Big Easy's City Park. The festival is Eminem's only scheduled concert for the rest of 2009; earlier this year, he played a surprise hometown show in Detroit to celebrate the release of his new album, Relapse.He also joined Jay-Z onstage at a party in Los Angeles earlier this month. Em's hip-hop crew D12 are also on the bill. Other highlights include Kiss, Gogol Bordello, Wolfmother, Justice, the Black Keys, Eagles of Death Metal, Ween, Silversun Pickups, Janelle Monae, the Cool Kids, the Black Lips, and Mates of State. And that's just the beginning!

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    Musicians React to Michael Jackson's Death

    The music world -- and the world at large -- has been mourning Thursday afternoon's unexpected death of Michael Jackson. Via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and more, some of music's biggest stars are honoring the King of Pop. Here's what they had to say: Paul McCartney: "I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones." Justin Timberlake: "I can't find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael's passing. We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only pop music but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him onstage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together.

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    The Killers to Release Covers Album

    With awesome late-night TV performances and epic new music videos, it appears the Killers are still focused on supporting their excellent 2008 release Day and Age.But don't be fooled: it's onward and upward for the Las Vegas quartet, who've already started working on their next project -- a covers album! "It's something that we've always talked about doing," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers told NME.com, adding that the band plans to finish recording by the end of the year. The Killers are currently on tour in Europe and have brought along a mobile studio to record the cover tracks. But the boys are still deciding which tunes will make the final album -- a process Flowers finds a little tough. "It's difficult for each of us to pick songs that represent us as individuals," he said. "I mean, I have a lot of personalities myself!

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    Paramore Announce Album Details

    Pop-punk sensations Paramore have announced the title and release date for their new album: Brand New Eyes will drop September 29 via Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records. Frontwoman Hayley Williams recently spoke to SPIN.com about the follow-up to 2007's breakthrough Riot!. "The record is about our band. It's about the things we've gone through and the times we've hurt each other.

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    My Morning Jacket's Jim James Covers George Harrison

    After a busy 2008 touring behind My Morning Jacket's hit record Evil Urges, which landed frontman Jim James and Co. on the cover of SPIN, the band are taking a much-needed break. How does Mr. James spend his down time? By dusting off an old collection of George Harrison covers and changing his name "Yim Yames" to release 'em. That's right: Tribute To, James' first solo release, will drop August 4 via MMJ's label, ATO. Tribute To was recorded back in 2001, just days after Harrison's November 29 passing. The six-track set features Jim -- sorry, Yim -- on acoustic guitar strumming through Beatles classics "Long, Long, Long" and "Love You To," plus Harrison's solo gems like 1974's "My Sweet Lord." [Via Billboard.com] If that wasn't enough to keep the bearded singer busy, James has also joined forces with Conor Oberst, M.

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    Blink-182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand Play Free Festival!

    Good news for penny pinchers: this year's installment of the Virgin Mobile Festival is completely free -- and the lineup kicks ass! Blink-182, Weezer, and Franz Ferdinand are scheduled to headline the event, which has been nicknamed the "Virgin FreeFest." The show will go down August 30 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, just outside the Baltimore and Washington, DC, areas. Rounding out the lineup are Girl Talk, Jet, Public Enemy, Mates of State, the Bravery, the Hold Steady, the National, St. Vincent, Wale, Danny Howells, Holy Fuck, Lee Burridge, and Pete Tong. Visit virginmobilefestival.com for more information. Tickets for the 35,000-capacity venue will be available beginning this Saturday, June 27, at 10 A.M. via Ticketmaster.com.And if a free pass wasn't enough, promoters are also treating do-gooders to special reserved seating.

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    It's Official: New Beastie Boys Album Due in September

    After months of cracking wise about political fart jokes and Elvis-related eyeglasses, the Beastie Boys have gotten down to business and finalized the details on their new album: Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will come out September 15. The album, originally called simply Hot Sauce Committee (does the addition of the "Part 1" mean a "Part 2" is next?), will feature cameos from pop sensation Santigold and fellow New York rap legend Nas, who took the stage with the Beasties at the Bonnaroo festival to perform Hot Sauce cut "Too Many Rappers." In an email to fans, the Boys also revealed that a reissue of 1998's Hello Nasty will be released August 25, with a reissue of 1994's Ill Communication following later this year. Last month, the hip-hop trio appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the follow-up to 2007's largely instrumental The Mix-Up.

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    Chris Brown Agrees to Plea Deal

    Chris Brown copped a plea deal in a Los Angeles courtroom Monday afternoon to felony assault charges stemming from the February altercation with his ex-girlfriend, pop superstar Rihanna, according to TMZ.com. Brown was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and 180 days of community service, which will be served in his home state of Virginia. Brown has also been ordered to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna at all times -- except at industry events, where he must stay at least 10 yards away. Brown's plea ends a dramatic series of events in recent months.

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    Watch: Green Day's "21 Guns" Music Video

    Love conquers all -- even a barrage of gunfire. That's the message in Green Day's new music video for "21 Guns," the arena-filling second single from their latest rock opera, 21st Century Breakdown . The clip, directed Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer), shows a hot young couple on opposite sides of a disheveled motel room, separated by a barrage of bullets flying by and blasting holes in the walls, furniture, and even a fish tank. Finally, the lovers (possibly Christian and Gloria, the central characters in Breakdown) take frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's advice -- "Throw up your arms into the sky / You and I / Give up the fight" -- and unite in the middle of the room, bullets still flying, to embrace in a pose reminiscent of the album's cover art. We hope they had the time of their lives. Check out the video below.Then tell us what you think in comments section.

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    New Air Album Due in October

    What is this -- a friggin' French invasion? First it was Phoenix, who blasted back to reclaim our hearts, and now their partners in Parisian crime, electro-pop duo Air, have announced the October 6 release their new album, Love 2. The record's first single, "Do The Joy," drops digitally on July 7, with an August 25 physical release planned for Love 2's second single, "Sing Sang Sung," which the band describe as a "summery pop anthem." The duo -- Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin -- recorded their fifth studio album and follow-up to 2007's Pocket Symphony at their newly constructed Atlas Studio in Paris. For the first time in their 14-year career, they produced the entire album by themselves.

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