Larry Fitzmaurice

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    Singer for Punk Legends X Diagnosed with MS

    Exene Cervenka, co-vocalist for long-running Los Angeles punk band X alongside bassist/singer John Doe, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the body's central nervous system and can result in physical disability. Cervenka, 53, born Christine Cervenka, revealed her health troubles in a statement released this morning: "After some months of not feeling 100 percent healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from multiple sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time. Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it. I, and X as a band, have supported the Sweet Relief charity since the mid-1990's; the irony of this is not lost on any of us.

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    Octodrive Contest Winner Revealed!

    1,487 Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy fans entered our trivia contest for a chance to win their very own limited-edition Octodrive, a stainless steel USB hard drive packed with exclusive audio and video content. Although 1,056 entrants answered all seven trivia questions correctly, there can be only one winner. And the winner is......Erin Black of Cary, NC! We caught up with Erin over Skype -- she's a college student studying abroad in the U.K. -- and asked her how she approached our challenge. "I knew most of the Fall Out Boy answers already, and I used Wikipedia, Google, and the Twitter hints to figure out the rest," she said. "[The bands] work so hard to do special things for the fans, and it's always really exciting to participate on our side.

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    Sneak Peek: 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

    The Beatles: Rock Band hits store shelves September 9 -- and if its official trailer is any indication, gamers and music fans alike are in store for the ultimate Beatles experience. Damn, the graphics are so good you can even see John Lennon sneak a joint during the tension-filled Let It Be sessions in 1970. Okay, maybe not.

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    New Pearl Jam Album Out This Fall

    Pearl Jam will release their new album, tentatively titled Backspacer, early this fall. Hey, it only took three years and cost bassist Jeff Ament $3,000 in cash, his passport, and a few head lacerations -- it must be awesome! Backspacer will be released through retail chain Target. Unlike Prince's exclusive deal with the retailer earlier this year, Pearl Jam will also sell the album through a variety of other distribution partners, including independent record stores. "We'll have a lot of partners," PJ's manager Kelly Curtis told"Target ended up allowing us to have other partners. We'll be able to take care of all levels of the Pearl Jam fan...

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    Sacha Baron Cohen Sits on Eminem's Face!

    What better way to welcome Eminem back to the media spotlight than by sitting on his face on live television... in ass-less chaps. Which is exactly what Borat funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen did last night at the MTV Movie Awards ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The fracas began when Cohen, in the guise of homosexual Austrian fashion reporter Bruno, flew on a wire above the audience while wearing angel's wings and a Roman-era leather skirt. Cohen then experienced a few "technical difficulties" with his stunt, and was flipped upside down, revealing his butt. The controversial funnyman was then lowered right into the lap of Marshall Mathers himself -- his exposed ass directly connecting with the hip-hop phenom's face! "Get this mother----er off me, man!," Em shouted as his bodyguards frantically rushed to remove Cohen.

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    Phil Spector Sentenced to 19 Years for Murder

    After being found guilty last month of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson, famed music producer and former Beatles collaborator Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison Friday, the AP reports. A Los Angeles judge gave Spector 15 years to life for second-degree murder, as well as four years for personal use of a gun.Spector was also ordered to pay $16,811 in funeral expenses and $9,740 to a state victims' fund, among other fees. In a statement made before sentencing, Donna Clarkson, mother of the slain actress, said, "I'm very proud of Lana, proud to be her mother.No one should suffer the loss of a child."

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    Watch: Bat for Lashes' Strange Stage Show

    In this new clip for "Pearl's Dream," from Bat for Lashes' stunning album, Two Suns, Natasha Khan -- the electro-pop songstress behind the BFL name -- doffs a fur-shouldered coat to perform on a smoke-filled stage in front of an empty auditorium. Well, save for a creepy blonde-wigged doppelganger.Khan flings herself around the stage and at one point takes flight to exhibit some truly electrifying special powers, while a scary-looking wolf looks on -- oh my! Khan's no stranger to strange (and, usually, quite awesome) videos -- see earlier clips for "Daniel" and "What's a Girl to Do?" Check out the super-weird new video: More Bat For Lashes on>> Review: Two Suns (Astralwerks)>> Bat For Lashes Soars in NYC>> Bat For Lashes: Bat Power>> New Song: Bat For Lashes Live

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    Killers, Springsteen, Neil Young Headline Hard Rock Festival

    The Killers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Neil Young are scheduled to headline the Hard Rock Calling festival, which will take place June 26-28 in London, England's famed Hyde Park.Dave Matthews Band, Fleet Foxes, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, and the Pretenders are also scheduled to perform, with more artists to be announced. In addition, Hard Rock International is kicking off the final round of its Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands competition, which chooses an up-and-coming American rock band to perform at the festival. A panel of distinguished judges, including E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt, former Run-DMC member Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and SPIN magazine Editor Doug Brod, have hand-picked five bands from more than 150 entries to compete in the final round.

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    Sneak Peek: Rihanna and Kanye Get "Paranoid"

    She may have cancelled her return to the stage, but in Kanye West's new video, pop icon Rihanna is back in the limelight -- at least in a preliminary cut of the video that leaked online earlier today, but has since been removed at Kanye's request. The clip for 808s and Heartbreak single "Paranoid" features the embattled pop star front and center, as she goes from lounging in lingerie, to hitting the road for a midnight drive and then back to bed.There isn't much of a narrative beyond Rihanna posing in a variety of sexy ways -- then again, in the words of one SPIN staffer after seeing the video: "Less is more." Kanye had the leaked clip yanked from YouTube because it was an unfinished cut. He explains on his blog: "It hurts me to see the old and very wrong version of the 'Paranoid' video get leaked all over the net while I was on an 11 hr flight and couldn't do anything about it.

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    Eminem's 'Relapse': Best Seller of the Year

    Go ahead, crack a bottle -- Eminem's on top of the charts! The rap megastar's first record in five years, Relapse, moved 608,000 copies last week, claiming the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and racking up the biggest weekly sales total of the year for any album. It's the best seller since AC/DC's "Black Ice," which moved 784,000 copies last October. Em has quite a bit to be proud of, as Relapse also marks Em's fifth straight No. 1 record. Overall, he has sold 34million albums in the U.S., making him the biggest selling hip-hop act inthe SoundScan era (1991-present). Let's just hope the newly-sober star doesn't go all "3 A.M." on us while he's celebrating.

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