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    British Folk Pioneer Bert Jansch Dead at 67

    Bert Jansch, a guitarist whose finger-picking style proved hugely influential within the 1960s British folk music revival and beyond, has died at age 67 of lung cancer, the Guardian reports. The Glasgow-born artist first gained notice outside the folk community for his work in the pioneering folk group Pentangle. The band formed in 1967 and played shows frequently through 1972, with the original members eventually reuniting in 1982. Jansch also released about two dozen solo albums, including 2006's The Black Swan. As the Guardian reports, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page once described Jansch as "the innovator of the time." The Smiths' Johnny Marr called him "one of the most influential and intriguing musicians to have come out of the British music scene." Jansch played U.S.

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    Watch Radiohead and Blink-182 on Late-Night TV

    Late-night TV watchers had their pick of British art-rock or Southern California pop-punk on Monday night. Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, while Blink-182 took to the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch videos of both below, via The Audio Perv. Sitting next to Jimmy Fallon for Radiohead's performance was now-former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, bearded and smiling beneath orange shades and a light-colored hat. Appearing without their bandmates, Yorke and Jonny Greenwood gave a stripped-down rendition of plaintive ballad "Give Up the Ghost," from their latest album The King of Limbs. Yorke used effects pedals to loop his falsetto vocals, while Greenwood added ruminative electric guitar lines. Meanwhile on Kimmel, Blink-182 played "Up All Night" and "After Midnight," both from their first album in eight years, Neighborhoods.

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    Florence + the Machine Drop 2nd 'Ceremonials' Cut

    Just in time for your Halloween-party preparations, Florence Welch attends a mask-heavy gathering in the video for "Shake It Out," the second song to emerge from Florence + the Machine's upcoming second album. Watch the clip below. While the video doesn't have the clearest plot, it does depict Florence Welch dancing with masked, formally attired men, a visual that sparks comparisons to the posh orgy of Stanley Kubrick's film Eyes Wide Shut, but a bacchanal does not break out. Instead, a white-dressed Welch escapes to the woods, while a red-dressed one parties inside with some seriously creepy people. "I'm damned if I do, and I'm damned if I don't," she sings. "Shake It Out" and previously unveiled track "What the Water Gave Me" are slated to appear on Ceremonials, the follow-up to last year's Lungs.

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    R.E.M.'s 1981 Cassette Demo Surfaces Online

    Less than two weeks after R.E.M. broke up comes an intriguing reminder of how it all began. The band's hard to find 1981 "Cassette Set" demo tape has started circulating online, offering a glimpse of producer Mitch Easter's original mixes of three early songs by the indie rock pioneers. Hear a stream of "Radio Free Europe" over at Slicing Up Eyeballs; blog The Power of Independent Trucking has cleaned up and posted the entire tape for download. The tape consists of "Radio Free Europe," "Sitting Still," and "White Tornado," plus studio variations for each, including the previously bootlegged "Radio Free Europe (Radio Dub)." R.E.M. recorded the songs on April 15, 1981, at Easter's Drive-In Studio in Winston-Salem, NC.

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    Zola Jesus Transforms in Artsy Clip

    Butterfly enthusiasts, take note. Zola Jesus's new video for "Vessel," from her just-released third album Conatus, centers around the image of a moth undergoing metamorphosis.Watch it over at The New York Times. The video moves freely between shots of the moth in its chrysalis and scenes focusing on Zola Jesus (the 22-year-old trained opera singer born born Nika Roza Danilova), who spends much of the video standing in what might look like a frigid Arctic scene. According to Danilova, the video was actually shot in the New Mexico desert. "I wanted snow very badly at first, to find maybe a frozen tundra or a vast white space," she told the Times. "I wanted to shoot the record in Nunavut or northern Sweden, but [director] Jacqueline [Castel] told me about the desert in New Mexico, which was much closer, and that felt even more perfect than anything I could have imagined.

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    Garbage Prepping New Album for Spring 2012

    Alt-rockers Garbage have announced they're finishing up a new album for release next spring. The as-yet-untitled LP will be the band' fifth studio album and their first since 2005's Bleed Like Me. Check out a 25-second teaser for the record on theirFacebook page. Garbage's new album will also be their first recorded outside of Madison, WI, according to the announcement. This time the band recorded instead in a basement in the Atwater Village region of Los Angeles. Garbage self-produced the tracks, which is no surprise considering their drummer/programmer Butch Vig is the iconic producer behind Nevermind and other classics. "Years' worth of pent-up music came out in some bizarre ways -- bleary cell phone memos became real songs, conversations turned into lyrics, and new computer gizmos inspired wicked tangents," the group said in a joint statement. "Ghosts came in, had their say.

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    Watch Drake's New "Headlines" Video

    Over the weekend, Drake unveiled the video for "Headlines," which the Toronto rapper-singer has previously called the first single from sophomore album Take Care (out October 24). Watch it below. Posted on Drake's October's Very Own blog, the clip finally shows the perpetually conflicted star finally appearing to enjoy his success -- well, at least a little bit. Backed by imperial-style columns, standing in a vast but empty stadium, or chewing a stogie on the escalator at a high-rise office building, Drake looks every bit a leader, and he has a crew of solemn-faced men to back him up. From the follow-up to smash debut Thank Me Later, "Headlines" is a skittering, string-pulsing rumination on fame, produced by frequent collaborators Noah "Boi-1da" Samuels and Noah "40" Shebib. "I know I exaggerated things," Drake says, in a sing-song cadence.

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    Watch Pearl Jam Cover Pink Floyd's "Mother"

    Pink Floyd week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon came to a rousing conclusion on Friday night with a performance by Pearl Jam. Watch the video below. Eddie Vedder and Co. played "Mother," from the 1979 rock opera The Wall. Vedder's smoky vocal represented the tribute week's biggest change from the original, as Pearl Jam brought the the song from its wavering acoustic introduction to a grandiose, organ-streaked crescendo. Earlier in the week, MGMT covered "Lucifer Sam" (with a cameo by Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox), Foo Fighters covered "In the Flesh?" (joined by Pink Floyd singer-bassist Roger Waters), and the Shins covered "Breathe." Country star Dierks Bentley also performed "Wish You Were Here." The show's tribute to Pink Floyd came as the English rock giants rolled out their massive reissues series.

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    Hear Three Unfinished Hank Williams Songs

    Jack White, NOrah JOnes, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and other artists put their own music to lost lyrics by country legend Hank Williams for a new collection called The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, due out tomorrow, October 4.

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    Hear Radiohead's Complete Two-Disc Remix Album

    Since July, Radiohead have released various remixes of tracks from their latest album The King of Limbs through a series of 12-inch singles. A two-disc compilation of those re-worked versions, titled TKOL RMX 1234567, is scheduled for release on October 11, but The Hype Machine is streaming the entire set now. Hear it below. The 19-track collection features remixes by top electronic acts like Caribou, Modeselektor, the xx's Jamie xx, and SBTRKT. Radiohead made news last Friday when rumors spread that the band would be playing for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in downtown Manhattan. Later, a post on Radiohead's Facebook page threw cold water on such talk, as New York magazine points out.

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