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  • Christopher Owens

    Hear Christopher Owens Opener Melted Toys' Synth-Baked 'Always'

    As former Girls frontman Christopher Owens sets out on tour in support of solo album Lysandre, he has tapped another San Francisco-based group, Melted Toys, to support him at several shows.Not without reason: The Fader points to "Always," from the band's tour-only cassette, which contains demos from their upcoming full-length, plus past singles, and their 2011 debut EP on Underwater People. One of the demos, "Always" ought to encourage fans of lo-fi synth-pop to arrive early early for psychedelic guitars, softly insidious vocals, and thick, chewy electronics. Rather than echo the flute- and saxophone-based chamber pop of Lysandre, Melted Toys' sound is hazily complementary.As for Owens, he reiterated that there were no hard feelings behind the Girls breakup in an extensive New York Times profile.

  • Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson

    Beyonce Leads President Obama's Stacked Inauguration Concert Lineup

    Beyoncé must be getting pretty used to the White House by now. The former Destiny's Child singer, who serenaded the First Couple with Etta James' classic "At Last" at President Obama's first presidential inauguaration ball four years ago, joins Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor on the bill for Obama's second inauguration, USA Today reports.Beyoncé's tough task will be to sing the national anthem. Clarkson, who won the first American Idol, doesn't have a much easier job: She'll handle the patriotic song "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," which Aretha Franklin performed at the 2009 inaugural ceremony while sporting a much-discussed hat.

  • David Bowie 'The Next Day'

    David Bowie's First New Album in a Decade Marks Return to 'Classic' Style, Producer Says

    It's the next day after David Bowie revealed the totally unexpected existence of his first album since 2003, The Next Day. Though the first single, "Where Are We Now?", is an elegaic ballad, the other songs are more rock-oriented, longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti told the BBC in a Skype interview (via the Quietus). Visconti said the record also reflects two sides of the legendarily style-shifting artist."I've been listening to this on headphones walking through the streets of New York for the past two years, and I have not tired of a single song," Visconti told the BBC. "I think the material on this album is extremely strong and beautiful, and if people are looking for classic Bowie, they'll find it on this album.

  • Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber, Your Next 'Saturday Night Live' Dual Threat, Gets James Franco-ized

    Justin Bieber is piling up milestones this week.As Billboard reports, citing a source, Justin Bieber will indeed pull double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. This very Bieber-y SNL will air on February 9 and puts the pop singer among such other double threats in the show's history as Justin Timberlake, Mick Jagger, and, most recently, Paul McCartney.The news also confirms a hint the Bieb dropped on Twitter yesterday, which prompted speculation about an effort to distract from recently published photographs appearing to show corporate America's next big endorsement hope smoking a blunt.But SNL isn't the only heavy hitter honoring the "Boyfriend" crooner lately.

  • Iceage

    Iceage Preview Matador Debut With Sexually Conflicted Slayer 'Coalition'

    If Iceage's 2011 debut New Brigade, our choice for #23 album of that year, was, as we (admittedly) put it, a "call to arms," the answer has been loud, varied, and intense. The Danish youths' martial barks and post-punk chill find their most obvious successors in Swedish band Holograms, whose secretly twee twist on scabrous propulsion led to one of SPIN's 40 Best Songs of last year. Along with the Iceage members' own side projects, of which there are surprisingly many, it's also tempting to see fellow Joy Division disciples such as London's Savages (right below Holograms on our Best Songs list) as fellow militants. The armies are mustering.What, exactly, are we fighting for? Iceage come closer to letting us know with bunker-busting "Coalition," the first track to emerge from their February 19 follow-up (and Matador debut), You're Nothing. It's really something.

  • Faith No More

    Faith No More's Reunion Has Probably Run Its Course

    Faith No More fans who saw the spasmodic art-metal band during its three-year reunion tour should count themselves even luckier than they might've thought. Asked by the Believer if the Faith No More reunion is still happening, frontman Mike Patton said, "It's sort of petered out."The same lineup that broke up up in 1998 reformed for a tour beginning in June 2009, with a handful of U.S. dates that included what our own Chris Martins called a "big pimping" set at Coachella 2010. Though Faith No More just last week wished their fans a happy new year on Twitter, they have no tour dates scheduled after a 2012 European jaunt that ended where the reunion began: at London's O2 Academy Brixton. "We're also maybe a little too conscious for our own good," Patton said.

  • Jimi Hendrix Somewhere

    Jimi Hendrix Imagines UFOs Laughing on Wanky Blues Jam 'Somewhere'

    Our first listen from the latest record of Jimi Hendrix music no one saw fit to release for decades is here! "Somewhere," off of the March 5 album People, Hell, and Angels — the first compilation of previously unreleased Hendrix recordings since 1997's posthumous First Rays of the New Rising Sun — is a chopsy blues workout. And they're some chops: According to Rolling Stone, the band consists of Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Band of Gypsys member Buddy Miles on drums, and Buffalo Springfield/CSNY singer-songwriter Stephen Stills on bass. Still, decades of breathless hagiography shouldn't blind us to the fact that these are all just human beings, and while Hendrix's melodic, adventurous guitar solo here is out of most mortals' reach, the loose, improvisational, not-quite-there-yet track still has plenty to say to younger heavy-rockers like Ty Segall.

  • Sky Ferreira on 'Fallon'

    Sky Ferreira Sings 'Everything Is Embarrasing' With the Roots in Network-TV Debut

    The melody might stick in your head the rest of the day. The wide-screen emotional ache might linger a while, too. The performance — successfully relaunched leftfield-pop singer Sky Ferreira, a song that's one of SPIN's 40 best of 2012, and a little help from house band the Roots — well, did we mention there's also a smoke machine and plenty of brooding, heavy-lidded gazes?Like Solange's thrilling take on her own "Losing You" last month on the same show, Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon brought the right mood to a song that bears songwriter-producer Dev Hynes' fingerprints and carries atmospheric echoes of early-'80s pop. Where for Beyoncé's younger sister the past was retro, fodder for a kickass loft party, for Ferreira it's a ghost.

  • Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse's Second Inquest Confirms the First: Alcohol Poisoning

    The results were never really in doubt, but now it's doubly official: For a second time, a coroner has ruled that Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning.According to the Guardian, coroner Shirley Radcliffe entered a finding of death by misadventure, saying, "She voluntarily consumed alcohol, a deliberate act that took an unexpected turn in that it caused her death." The inquest reiterated the previous determination that Winehouse had 416 milligrams of alcohol per deciliter in her blood. (A pathologist confirmed that more than 350 milligrams can be lethal.) Paramedics discovered Winehouse's body in her apartment in July 2011, dead at age 27.Winehouse's parents had questioned their daughter's cause of death, but a family spokesperson previously said they weren't responsible for the new inquest.

  • Nirvana 'In Utero'

    'Leaked' Nirvana Memo Distills Band to Consumer-Friendly Bullet Points

    The 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind was, undeniably, a huge event for the music industry and music publications alike. In August 2011, SPIN even did a cover story on "What Nevermind Means Now." If only we'd had a crib sheet as helpful and hilariously on point as the satirical "secret memo" posted by Australia's Collapse Board, though, it might've saved everybody a whole lot of effort. With the two-decade mark for follow-up In Utero approaching this September 13, the document — purportedly being sent to "all major music publications and websites" — aims to simplify the job of rehashing familiar tales that reinforce Nirvana's legendary status. For example: "Kurt Cobain: Reluctant star. Pressure. Compromise. Depression. Heroin. Death. It’s that simple." It's worth clicking through to read the whole thing.

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