Luke McCormick



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    WATCH: Neutral Milk Hotel's Mangum Plays Rare Gig

    Jeff Mangum, the singer/songwriter behind Athens, GA, folk outfit Neutral Milk Hotel, played his first show in years Thursday night at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge. Below, watch video of Mangum strumming tracks from his band's adored 1998 release, In the Aeroplane over the Sea, including "Two-Headed Boy" and "Oh, Comely." Mangum's rare live performance was part of a benefit show for New Zealand musician Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs, the Enemy, Toy Love, Flying Nun Records), who had a stroke last year. 400 or so fans snatched up $75 tickets for the show, which also featured performances from TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, Yo La Tango, and more. Fans captured indie rock's J.D. Salinger playing his five-song solo set. Watch video below, then tell us what you think in the comment section. Setlist:"Oh Comely" "A Baby for Pree" "Two Headed Boy Pt.

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    WATCH: Against Me!'s "Teenage Anarchist" Video

    Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel fought the law and the law won. Or did they? The Floridian punk band just released a new video for "I Was A Teenage Anarchist," the lead single from their June 8 release White Crosses, and it shows Gabel running from the cops on a palm tree-lined boardwalk, getting apprehended, and then finding himself on the wrong end of a cop's baton. Luckily for Gabel, bystanders eventually step-in to stop the officer's excessive force, and Gabel makes a second get-away, only to be caught once again and thrown into the back of a cop's cruiser.

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    Owl City's Adam Young Returns as Sky Sailing

    Adam Young, the Minnesota-based mastermind behind chart-topping electro-pop project Owl City, is going back in time. The 23-year-old musician is reviving his former moniker, Sky Sailing, to release an album -- called An Airplane Carried Me to Bed -- of pre-Owl City songs on June 13. Young explains: "These recordings are a step into the past, the documented account of a shy boy from Minnesota with more hopes and dreams than he knew what to do with." Young's first order of business with his return to Sky Sailing was to post a MySpace page, complete with two tracks. The songs -- called "Brielle" and "I Live Alone" -- suggest the poignant sound of Owl City, yet focus more on acoustic guitar and piano than synth and ambient blips and bleeps. Excited for Young's return to Sky Sailing? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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    Atlanta Rapper B.o.B. Hits No. 1 on Album Chart

    21-year-old Atlanta rapper B.o.B.'s debut album The Adventures of Bobby Ray delivered on the promise of its chart-topping single, "Nothin' On You," selling 84,000 copies to capture the No. 1 spot on the album chart this week, reports Billboard. And that's not all: Bobby Ray leads Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, and Top Digital Albums charts as well. No doubt about it -- they got nothin' on you, Mr. B.o.B. Lady Antebellum's Need You Now sits in the No. 2 spot, Bullet for My Valentine achieved a career-high No. 3 with Fever, and Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 fell from No. 3 to the No. 4 slot. In addition to B.o.B.'s hit single, which features crooner Bruno Mars, Bobby Ray's success was aided by other high-profile collabos with T.I. (B.o.B.

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    Full Lilith Fair Tour Dates Announced

    Many of music's most talented ladies are ready to invade a town near you. As previously reported, Lilith Fair will be making its way across North American this summer for the first time in a decade. Dates for the entire trek have just been announced, complete with a one-night-only performance from Rihanna in Salt Lake City! The outing will celebrate women in music during its 36-city trek with over 80 performing artists, including festival founder Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Indigo Girls, and Nelly Furtado, plus SPIN faves Cat Power, Norah Jones, Metric, Erykah Badu, Tegan & Sara, and Janelle Monae. Lilith Fair kicks off June 27 in Calgary and hits cities across the U.S. before closing out in Dallas on Aug. 16.

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    Paul Westerberg Honors Big Star's Alex Chilton

    "How does one react to the death of one's mentor?" This is the emotional opening line of ex-Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg's op-ed tribute in Saturday's New York Times to Alex Chilton, the Big Star and Box Tops legend who died Thursday morning in New Orleans from an apparent heart attack. He was 59. Read the complete article here. In his lengthy piece, Westerberg -- who also wrote the Replacements' 1987 love letter "Alex Chilton" -- airs his reaction to the rocker's passing."Rock guitar players are all dead men walking," he writes. "It's only a matter of time, I tell myself as I finger my callouses... Those who fail to click with the world and society at large find safe haven in music -- to sing, write songs, create, perform.

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    LISTEN: New She & Him Album

    More than a week before its release date, Volume 2 -- the second album from actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M.Ward's low-key pop outfit, She & Him -- is streaming in its entirety via NPR. Listen below! The album follows a similar formula to 2008's Volume 1, with Deschanel's quirky soft-rock vocals complementing Ward's cushy arrangements. The duo will head to Austin, Texas, this week to perform at South by Southwest. To see SPIN's picks for the festival's must-hear bands and download a free MP3 album of SXSW's best acts click here. LISTEN: She & Him, Volume 2

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    EXCLUSIVE SONG: Modest Mouse-Approved Folkies

    More than a year after touring with Modest Mouse, Portland, OR, folk outfit Mimicking Birds released their self-titled debut Tuesday via MM frontman Isaac Brock's Glacial Pace Records -- and has an exclusive download of one of the album's best tracks below! One listen to "10 Percent" and it's obvious why Brock is so smitten with Mimicking Birds. The tune is a somber folk ditty -- not unlike some of the stripped-down moments from MM's catalog or Brock's onetime side-project Ugly Casanova -- with minimal piano, a shuffling snare drum, and frontman Nate Lacy's quivering, hushed vocals. Mimicking Birds was recorded in Brock's home studio in Portland, OR, and fans can catch the band playing their new songs live this spring at a few shows in the Northwest. More tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

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    LISTEN: New Gorillaz Song with De La Soul

    Damon Albarn has leaked a second sneak peek of the forthcoming Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach (out March 9), posting a stream of "Superfast Jellyfish" on YouTube -- listen here! The track features Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys singing a sunshine-drenched pop hook and De La Soul dropping verses over a thudding hip-hop bassline -- recapturing the winning formula of "Feel Good Inc." off Gorillaz' 2005 album, Demon Days, which also included a cameo by De La Soul. With their album release date less than a month away, the band has ratcheted up their online promotional blitz: Earlier this week, a post-apocalyptic video game starring the band's animated characters appeared on the official Gorillaz site, and the band offered up a free stream of lead single "Stylo," featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack, last month. Albarn is set to bring the Gorillaz live show to April's Coachella

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    Exclusive: Cool Punk Band Mean Jeans Debut Video

    Northwest power-pop punks the Exploding Hearts may be gone, but they're certainly not forgotten. Up-and-coming Portland, OR, band Mean Jeans, who share a label and hometown with the late Hearts, also embody their spirit and sound. Just check out the video for "Steve Don't Party No More," off Mean Jeans' 2009 debut Are You Serious, below.While "Steve" may have quit partying, Mean Jeans have not. In the clip -- exclusive to -- the guitar, drum, and bass trio throw a wild house party, slamming beers, scarfing pizza, and jumping around in a pool with bikini-clad babes, while their familiar brand of Ramones-esque punk plays along. The band breaks for a workout at the gym, though, which includes doing pushups and smoking cigarettes simultaneously!

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