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    Pussy Riot Member Freed, Because She Was Arrested Too Soon to Protest

    Finally, one member of Pussy Riot is free. A Moscow court has suspended the sentence for the feminist Russian punk group's Yekaterina Samutsevich, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Unfortunately, the Moscow city court upheld the two-year sentences for her partners in alleged "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.In a bittersweet twist, the reasoning Samutsevich's new lawyer used to get her out of jail doesn't sound likely to help her fellow band members much. The Pussy Riot members have been locked up since March for performing an anti-government song at a Moscow cathedral.

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    Morrissey Performs Unreleased 'People Are the Same Everywhere' on 'Colbert'

    Steven Patrick Morrissey and Stephen Tyrone Colbert were practically made for each other. One's a dapper, lovably curmudgeonly media manipulator, and the other used to sing for the Smiths. Last night on The Colbert Report, the Pope of Mope and the Lord Protector of Faux Punditry finally met face to face.Morrissey's outsize persona isn't really suited to sitting back and letting someone else play the diva, but nor would he ever deign to try and out-funny some late-night cable-TV host, so the result was one of the more enjoyably awkward Colbert musician interviews since April's backstage weirdness with Jack White. With a dry smile all the while, Morrissey blasted the British monarchy as a "dictatorship," gave Colbert a playful lesson on the meaning of the word "legend," and once again rejected the idea of a Smiths reunion. "Not everyone's a fat old slag," he said.

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    Kanye West Rules BET Hip Hop Awards From Afar: Watch the Performances

    The 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, which gained some extra notoriety this year following two separate altercations at the September 29 taping in Atlanta, hit TV last night. Kanye West, who didn't grace the Atlanta Civic Center with his presence, still won the most awards, picking up six trophies, including Producer of the Year. 2 Chainz snagged three prizes, including the People's Champ Award and Rookie of the Year. Drake's Lil Wayne-assisted "HYFR" video won Best Hip Hop Video. You can see the full list of winner below.The show was packed with live musical appearances, too. Kendrick Lamar, who vaulted ahead of Nas, Jay-Z, and Kanye West to snag Lyricist of the Year, performed bits of his masterfully ambivalent "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and uncharacteristically easygoing "The Recipe." Wiz Khalifa gave the opening performance, joined by Young Jeezy and Juicy.

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    Will The-Dream, As Def Jam's New A&R Exec, Green-Light His Own Album?

    Terius Nash, better known as The-Dream, is a man of many talents. As a songwriter, his credits include Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Justin Bieber's "Baby," Kanye West and Jay-Z's Frank Ocean showcase "No Church in the Wild," and more. As a solo artist, The-Dream's albums have led us to describe him as "an auteur of weirdly personal, brilliantly lowbrow, and dazzlingly state-of-the-art pop." And arguably the definitive full-length realization of his aesthetic is the girl group Electrik Red's hyperspeed-brassy 2009 album How to Be a Lady: Volume 1, which hardly anybody ever heard. Nash is the shit with this shit.And now Nash is an executive vice president of A&R at Def Jam, according to an announcement from corporate parent Universal Music Group.

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    Hear Taylor Swift's Dubstep-Tinged 'I Knew You Were Trouble.'

    The aspect of Taylor Swift's newest song that's most likely to dominate conversation about it is also, in the end, its least remarkable. "I Knew You Were Trouble.," which hit iTunes today (via Just Jared), is almost surely the song Rolling Stone was describing when it said one track on Swift's upcoming Red includes a "dubstep-inspired bass breakdown." But much as with Muse's dubstep feint in the runup to The 2nd Law, Swift's try at dropping the bass ultimately gets absorbed into the artist's own aesthetic.So, yes, "Trouble" shows some wub, and if it had come out back in the days of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," it could have been a truly jarring departure for the country-pop mega-seller.

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    Green Day Unveil 'Dos' Track List: Hear Britpoppy 'Stray Heart'

    Green Day regretfully announced yesterday the Bay Area pop-punks would have to cancel their October 27 headlining gig at New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival, but their album trilogy continues on schedule despite singer Billie Joe Armstrong's rehab treatment. ¡Uno! came out last month, and the band has already announced the track list to follow-up ¡Dos!, which arrives on November 13.Aside from a snippet preview of the back-to-basics slacker anthem "Lazy Bones," the first track to surface from the album is the upbeat love song "Stray Heart." This one has an amped-up Motown bounce recalling Britpop progenitors the Jam's classic "A Town Called Malice," but with speaker-bursting modern-rock dynamics and, of course, Armstrong's distinctive, hiccupy vocal.

  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 'Ramada Inn' video

    Watch Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 17-Minute 'Ramada Inn' Video

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse can't be accused of mild-mannered conformity. The iconoclastic rockers' first album of the year, Americana, reworked old folk standards as gnarled guitar workouts. Their second, Psychedelic Pill (one of SPIN's 25 Fall 2012 Albums You Gotta Hear), is due out October 30 via Reprise, and it's an eight-song double album, with three tracks clocking in over the 16-minute mark. The first video from the set chops one of those ramblers, "Walk Like a Giant," down to a kaleidoscopic four minutes and change, but the video for wistful gnasher "Ramada Inn," which arrived today via Pitchfork, shows no such restraint. Interspersing archival footage (of highways and lovers) with whirling psychedelic imagery, it's 17 minutes poignantly and smolderingly spent.

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    Watch Sigur Ros' Mist-Draped Video for 'Dauoalognm'

    Sigur Rós' Mystery Film Experiment, where the angelic Icelandic post-rockers have been encouraging directors to make videos for the music from the band's 2012 album Valtari, is nearing its big payoff moment.Yesterday the band announced that Belarus-based director Ruslan Fedotow was the winner of the film competition's "People's Choice" honors, for his atmosphere-drenched, visually sumptuous take on the album's characteristically ethereal "Dauðalognm." The patient, lovingly handled clip shows two naked men, though nothing is exposed that might draw the scrutiny of an IT department, so make your cubicle viewing decision accordingly.Sigur Rós will reveal the Mystery Film Experiment's overall winner on October 12 during a screening as part of the BFI London Film Festival.

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    New Order's Delayed 'Lost Sirens' Collection Due Out in November

    New Order played their first U.S. show in seven years on Friday night, albeit without founding bassist Peter Hook. SPIN contributor Daniel Kreps, who was there, said the set "sounded great," with each song "perfectly manicured and perfectly timed to its visual companion on the video screen." Speaking of perfectly timed: According to Rolling Stone, the synth-pop pioneers will release a seven-song outtake collection, The Lost Sirens, this very next month.The exact release date is unclear, but The Lost Sirens will reportedly consist of material recorded during the making of 2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call. Slicing Up Eyeballs notes that the compilation was originally scheduled to come out last December as a CD-and-vinyl package but had been delayed.

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    Grab Rick Ross' 'The Black Bar Mitzvah' Mixtape

    "We celebratin' life," Rick Ross exults on the first track from his new The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape. "We celebratin' success." The release, which you can stream or download below, is the very same one that prompted us to congratulate the Teflon Don on his impending conversion to the religion of Abraham. That was when he released the Star of David-emblazoned cover artwork, which you can see above, taking hip-hop's ongoing fascination with Judaism (l'chaim, Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas) to new heights of audacity. Along with a few extremely familiar beats, the tape features Drake, Gunplay, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Diddy, Lil Reese, and more.

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