Larry Fitzmaurice

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    Exclusive Podcast: Pearl Jam Celebrate 'Ten' Reissue

    Between the wealth of unreleased material offered on the forthcoming reissue of 1991's Ten (out March 24) and rare video footage made available to fans, Pearl Jam are clearly in the spirit of giving. Their latest gift? A ten-part podcast, Ten Code -- Pearl Jam Radio, featuring previously unreleased tracks and band interviews.The series isn't set to premiere on radio stations until March 16 -- but SPIN.com has an exclusive stream of the first episode, for your listening pleasure! Below, hear bassist Jeff Ament discuss how a show in Switzerland laid the groundwork for the band's breakthrough 1992 acoustic performance on MTV Unplugged.

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    First Listen: Yeah Yeah Yeahs' New Album

    Hey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs fans: Were you ecstatic when the band moved up the release date of their third album, It's Blitz!, more than a month to March 10? If so, get ready to jump for joy -- the trio are offering the album for free on MySpace right now! Click here to listen to It's Blitz! in its entirety. But act fast: the stream will only be available until tomorrow, when the album releases digitally. More Yeah Yeah Yeahs on SPIN.com:>> Yeah Yeah Yeahs Rush Out New Album>> Exclusive: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Talk New Album>> Exclusive: Yeah Yeah Yeahs' SPIN Photo Shoot

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    Mastodon Ride the Lightning in New Video!

    Guitars that shoot lightning? Foxy babes? A giant Yeti? Are we trippin', brah? Nah, it's just all a part of Mastodon's video for "Divinations," the lead single off next month's Crack the Skye. Confused?Let drummer Brann Dailor explain. "We're explorers on a mountain, kind of a Mt. Everest type of situation, sort of like John Carpenter's The Thing," Dailor tells SPIN.com about the clip, which was directed by Roboshobo (Metallica) and filmed at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, CA. "We're climbing up a mountain, finding various early-man artifacts along the way that flash back to us as cavemen, and using these artifacts in some kind of bizzare ritual. We get to the top of the mountain and discover an iceman, and it happens to be [frontman Brent Hinds], who is frozen in a block of ice.

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    Dakota Fanning to Play Drug-Addled Rock Star?

    If you think it's surprising that Twilight star Kristen Stewart will play guitarist Joan Jett in the upcoming biopic about Jett's all-girl '70s band the Runaways, then you might want to sit down for this one: Dakota Fanning is in negotiations to play Runaways singer Cheri Currie! According to Variety, the 15-year-old actress may star as wild child Currie -- who admitted to using marijuana, Quaaludes, and cocaine at, coincidentally, 15 -- in the still-untitled movie, which is set to begin production this spring.

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    U2 Announce World Tour

    2009 will be a busy year for U2: The quartet just released their latest album, No Line on the Horizon, are planning to drop another by year's end -- and are now preparing for a world tour! "We're very excited about the idea to go on the road with this album," U2 guitarist the Edge told Billboard.com of the quartet's upcoming outing, called "Kiss the Future," which will kick off in the U.S. September 12 at Chicago, IL's Soldier Field and run until Oct. 28. "It's an album I think is going to translate well to the live context. The songs we've tried in rehearsal are sounding fantastic, so that's got everyone really fired up." U2 have planned an extravagant production, including a circular stage in the middle of each venue, allowing fans 360-degree viewing, and a cylindrical video screen.

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    Free Download: St. Vincent's Does Disney

    As we reported earlier, ex-Polyphonic Spree/Sufjan Stevens rocker Annie Clark was inspired by vintage films and their soundtracks for Actor, her upcoming sophomore album as St. Vincent. And sure enough, its first leak, "The Strangers," is a virtual score for an indie remake of a Disney classic. Angelic vocal harmonies and bubbling melodies open the tune (think the inviting forest from Snow White) until a sinister guitar riff comes storming in like the fire-spitting dragon from Sleeping Beauty. And like a Disney flick, the tune has a happy ending, with a soothing mix of accordion, acoustic guitar, and skyward vocals. However, Michey Mouse probably won't approve of Clark's lyrics about "painting the black hole blacker," quarreling with a lover, and keeping secrets in a relationship. Oh, well. Hear the song below. And head to St.

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    Amy Winehouse Charged with Assault

    She may be "off drugs and in love," but that doesn't mean Amy Winehouse is staying out of trouble. The neo-soul singer was charged with common assault yesterday in London, England, according to BBC News. The charge stems from an incident that took place at the End of Summer Ball in London's Berkeley Square September 26, when Winehouse allegedly hit a fan. Her spokesperson said: "Amy voluntarily attended a police station in London yesterday morning. She was questioned by appointment in relation to an accusation made after the Berkeley ball last year." Winehouse is due to appear in the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court March 17. Winehouse will make her first U.S. appearance in more than a year at the Coachllea Music and Arts Festival.

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    Chris Brown Charged with Felony Assault

    Nearly a month after the alleged pre-Grammy altercation with Rihanna, Chris Brown has been charged with one count of felony assault and one count of making criminal threats (also a felony) by the Los Angeles District Attorney. A spokesperson for the D.A. said the singer could face a maximum of fouryears and eight months in prison. He has been free on $50,000 bailsince his Feb. 8 arrest. Brown appeared in court this afternoon, but did not enter a plea. The judge allowed his lawyer's request to postpone the singer's arraignment until April 6th. Brown was also placed on a 60 day protective order. He is not allowed to "annoy or harass" anyone. The charges come just days after Brown and Rihanna reunited in Florida. Earlier today, TMZ revealed what is reportedly an LAPD detective's notes.

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    Michael Jackson Announces London Concerts

    Despite recent reports of legal troubles and deteriorating health, Michael Jackson has announced a 10-date concert residency at London, England's O2 Arena. "These will be my final show performances in London," Jackson said during a press conference today at the venue, where the gigs -- branded "This Is It" -- will begin July 8. "I'll be performing the songs my fans want to hear." Fans can register for presale tickets via the event's official website. General ticket sales begin March 13. Earlier today, concert promotion company AEG Live's president and CEO, Tim Leiweke, revealed that the 10-date engagement could be extended: "We'll announce 10 shows. I think you'll see 20, 25 dates at the O2," Leiweke said. "His production budget is...

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    'The Beatles: Rock Band' Gets Release Date

    John, Paul, George, and Ringo are coming to a living room near you! A Beatles-themed installment of the Rock Band video game franchise hits stores September 9, marking the first-time the band's music -- or likeness -- has appeared in a game. The game "takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band's legendary career," and will be available for XBOX360, Wii, and Playstation 3 gaming consoles. The Beatles: Rock Band will also offer a limited number of instruments modeled after those used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The tracklist has yet to be announced, but with Giles Martin, son of Beatles' producer Sir George Martin, as the game's Music Director, the Fab Four's catalog is in good hands.

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