Larry Fitzmaurice

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    Metallica Announce U.S. Tour Dates

    After a smashing surprise set at last weekend's South by Southwest music festival, the metal masterminds in Metallica have unveiled plans for a massive North American fall tour. Scheduled to kick off in Nashville on September 14, the 26-date tour will hit major cities in the U.S. and Canada before concluding December 12 in San Jose, CA.Tickets for most dates are scheduled to go on sale April 4, with the remaining dates on sale April 11. Metallica spend a good part of the last year on the road -- click here to check out our photo gallery documenting the boys on tour! Metallica tour dates:9/14, Nashville, TN (Sommet Center)9/15, Cincinnati, OH (US Bank Arena)9/17, Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Fieldhouse)9/19, Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)9/28, San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)9/29, Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)10/1, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Bank Atlantic Center)10/3, Tampa, FL (St.

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    Premiere: Manchester Orchestra's Emotional Getaway

    You can run but you can't hide. That's the message in the new video from on-the-rise Atlanta, GA, quintet Manchester Orchestra, which makes its world premiere here on (watch below). The clip -- for "Shake It Out," an angst-ridden rocker off their forthcoming major label debut, Mean Everything to Nothing -- finds a teenage girl running away from her life and hitting the road. But as shots of her despondent getaway bleed with vintage footage of a happy family on vacation, it's obvious she's unable to fully escape her problems, emotions, and, most notably, her memories.If you dig the video for "Shake it Out," then be sure to visit Manchester Orchestra's homepage: Directors Clay Lipsky and Jason Bognacki filmed clips for all 11 songs on Mean Everything to Nothing, and the band will be rolling them out one at a time in the weeks leading up to the album's release on April 21.

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    Elvis Costello Goes Americana on New Album

    Elvis Costello will visit America's heartland on his new record, Secret, Profane, & Sugarcane, out June 2 via Hear Music. The album was recorded in three days at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studio and was produced by T Bone Burnett, who last worked with Costello on 1989's Spike. (Burnett also produced this year's Grammy-winning collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand.) The majority of the album features new original songs by Costello. But on two Sugarcane tracks -- "Sulfur to Sugarcane" and "The Crooked Line" -- Burnett shares the songwriting credit.

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    Up-and-coming Atlanta quintet Manchester Orchestra are making a name for themselves with a raucous guitar sound that'sdeepened by frontman Andy Hull's emotional lyrics and tender vocals (check out "I Was a Lid" for proof). Hull's recent solo acoustic performance at SPIN's NYC office treated some 25 staffers to the band's softer side. Below, check out video of Hull performing "I've Got Friends," "My Friend Marcus," "100 Dollars," and "I Can Feel A Hot One" from Manchester Orchestra's forthcoming second full-length (and major-label debut), Mean Everything to Nothing (out April 21). Is Manchester Orchestra one to watch in '09? Let us know in the comment section.

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    Full Album Stream: Metric's 'Fantasies'

    Canadian indie-poppers Metric will release their first record in four years, Fantasies, on April 14. But why wait? You can hear the entire album now! Stream the entirety of Fantasies below. Then check out video of Metric frontwoman Emily Haines and guitarist Jimmy Shaw performing acoustic renditions of album tracks "Twilight Galaxy" and "Front Row," filmed live at SPIN HQ! Not enough Haines and Shaw for you? Click here to check out exclusive footage of the dynamic duo performing Fantasies' "Gimme Sympathy" at 2008's Coachella Music and Arts Festival! LISTEN: Metric, Fantasies WATCH: Metric Unplugged in NYC

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    Green Day Reissue Entire Catalog on Vinyl

    Attention LP aficionados and Green Day die-hards: While the world awaits their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, due out in May, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys have announced a campaign to reissue their entire catalog on vinyl over the remainder of 2009! The reissue campaign begins March 24, when Green Day's first two records -- 1990's 39/Smooth and 1992's Kerplunk -- will re-release on vinyl. The band's third record, 1994's breakthrough smash Dookie, will drop April 18, just in time for Record Store Day. Green Day's record label, Reprise, will continue to release vinyl versions of the band's entire catalog over the rest of the year, including 2001's greatest hits compilation International Superhits!, 2002's rarities collection Shenanigans, and 2005's live set Bullet in a Bible.

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    Exclusive: Superdrag Get Pissed-Off!

    Superdrag are back -- and they're pissed-off!On "Aspartame," a tune off their first album in seven years, Industry Giants (out March 17), vocalist John Davis rants about war, video games, the artificial sweetener the song takes its name from, and the general "wickedness at hand." The video serves the lyrics with projected images of bomber jet planes, skulls and crossbones, and working-class masses that cross a screen as the foursome shred through the rockin' tune with searing electric guitar, driving rhythms, and, unexpectedly, a bridge with dub-style grooves.It's a no-frills concept that places attention on tune's musical and lyrical assault. Oh, and guys: we're digging the all-white outfits.Check out the video below. Then unleash your rage (politely, please) in the comments section.

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    Hot Song: Oasis Stroll Down Abbey Road

    Meet Sgt. Gallagher's Oasis Hearts Club Band! Oasis have never shied away from expressing their love for the Fab Four. And here the Britpop band are taking it back to the summer of 1967 with "Those Swollen Hand Blues," a tune off their just-released Falling Down EP. The track is indebted to the John, Paul, George, and Ringo's landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Noel Gallagher-penned song starts off with gently strummed guitar, before breaking out into a fuzz-filled guitar-melody reminiscent of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.""Feeling like a rolling stone," Noel sing-slurs in the song's chorus. Wait... Rolling Stone?!? Don't get confused, Noel! Check out the song below. And for details on how to get a free download of one of Noel's solo acoustic performances in London, click here. LISTEN: Oasis, "Those Swollen Hand Blues"

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    Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore Marry

    Break out the champagne: Just one month after announcing their engagement, unlikely couple Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore have tied the knot! Moore's publicist confirmed to that the scruffy country-rocker and the former teen-pop star were wed yesterday in an intimate ceremony in Savannah, GA. A "friend of Mandy's" told gossip site PerezHilton that Moore is "very, very happy." The marriage is the latest change in Adams' life. Her recently announced he was quitting music (he only has six concerts left) to concentrate on writing. His first tome, Infinity Blues, is due out next month, and his second work, Hello Sunshine, will drop this fall. So congrats, guys.... Any suggestions for baby names, readers?

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    U2 Tops Charts, While Fake Bono Charms Miami

    It's official: U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, is a Bono-fide hit, landing the No.1 spot on the Billboard charts. Horizon sold 484,000 copies, the biggest one-week sales so far this year. This marks the band's seventh No. 1 release, matching Led Zeppelin for the second most chart-toppers ever. The Beatles hold first place with 19. With tentative plans to drop Horizon's follow-up later this year, U2 has a chance to pass Led Zep. But U2 guitarist the Edge won't guarantee a 2009 release date. "We have talked about a second album. We certainly have loads of material," he told MTV News. "But we're still so delighted with this record [Horizon]. It's hard to put a timetable on it." And drummer Larry Mullen Jr. was even more vague about the next record's release. "Will it be released? We don't know. But there is an album's worth of material...

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