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  • Don Henley, Frank Ocean, Okkervil River, stealing, copyright

    Don Henley, Still Awful, Says Frank Ocean and Okkervil River Stole

    UPDATE: Okkervil River's Will Sheff has responded to Don Henley's comments via an essay at Rolling Stone, beginning, "I woke to the news that Don Henley was 'not impressed' with me. OK..." He saliently addresses the issue of ownership and "stealing" here: "This is what artists are supposed to do — communicate back and forth with each other over the generations, take old ideas and make them new (since it's impossible to really 'imitate' somebody without adding anything of your own), create a rich, shared cultural language that was available to everybody." Read the rest there and catch the back story below.In 1974, Linda Ronstadt's former backing band (though not the one that recorded her classic "Different Drum") put out a song called "Ol' 55" on their album On the Border. That band, of course, was the Eagles, and the track was a cover.

  • Future,

    Future Emotes Under Power Lines in 'Blood, Sweat, Tears' Video

    A little more than a month after Future released his new album, Honest, it's not a bad time for the Atlanta rapper and Auto-Tune charmer to reflect on how far he's come. The SPIN cover star's latest LP, which we deemed "a heavily considered album from the only reasonable rap star around," has sold more than 100,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But more importantly it's one of the 50 Best Albums of 2014 so far, with irrepressible singles like "Move That Dope." More importantly still, Nayvadius Wilburn and fiancée Ciara have welcomed their first child — also named Future. On "Blood, Sweat, Tears," the final track from Honest, Future hints at the trials that have gotten him here, and now he has shared a stark video for the song.

  • Jack White, 'Lazaretto,' video

    Watch Jack White's Bulletproof 'Lazaretto' Video

    Jack White keeps finding new, old ways to start the adrenaline pumping. The Nashville rock don's new video for "Lazaretto," the scorching first single from his upcoming album of the same name, has bulletholes, broken glass, speeding cars, raging bulls, skulls, and other time-worn signifiers from those movies some critic always blurbs as a "fast-paced thrill ride." But as with the old-fashioned rock'n'roll and the country-twanged fiddle of the song itself, damned if those familiar pieces don't fit together into something exhilarating. It helps that the Jonas & François-directed (Justice, Kanye West, Iggy Azalea) clip also brings White's shadow to life, turns his Lazaretto cover photo into a tattoo (see below), and, like — spoiler alert — blows up the man's guitar. "Incendiary," yes.

  • Beastie Boys, Ad-Rock, Bridget Everett, 'Inside Amy Schumer,' Julie Ruin, Adam Horovitz

    Watch Ad-Rock Bust a Move for Bridget Everett on 'Inside Amy Schumer'

    The Beastie Boys may be effectively done, but that doesn't stop them from pursuing extracurricular activities.

  • Michael Stipe, R.E.M., 'The Cold Lands,' Tom Gilroy, new music

    Michael Stipe Shares First New Music Since R.E.M.'s Breakup

    Michael Stipe has revealed his first new original music since R.E.M. called it quits in 2011. The indie and alternative-rock legend has certainly been active post-disbandment, joining artists' call for "real net neutrality," giving a speech inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and even singing, whether a pirate ballad with Courtney Love or a holiday carol with Stephen Colbert.  Now he has shared an ambient-inclined instrumental set to bonus footage from longtime friend and collabarator Tom Gilroy's new film The Cold Lands. "I ended up writing four different song parts and then putting them together," Stipe said of the piece, which also features Andy LeMaster, originally from fellow Athens, Georgia band Now It's Overhead but also a producer on various noteworthy Saddle Creek Records releases.Watch and listen over at Salon.

  • Soundgarden, Jimmy Fallon, 'Superunknown'

    Watch Soundgarden Kick Up 'Spoonman' and 'My Wave' on 'Fallon'

    Soundgarden aren't sweating the inevitable 20th-anniversary ceremonies. Frontman Chris Cornell recently sat down with Marc Maron for the WTF podcast, and the result was a refreshingly chatty and wide-ranging. The alternative-rock titans performed 1994's Superunknown in its entirety on Monday night at New York City's Webster Hall, and our photo gallery suggests a band with an ease earned from playing these songs for a couple of decades. Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd, and drummer Matt Cameron (one of SPIN's 100 Greatest Drummers in Alternative Music, soon to be taking a break from Soundgarden to tour with Pearl Jam) put that on display last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, casually churning out heavy earworms "Spoonman" (above) and "My Wave" (below).

  • Pure X, Eddie Rabbitt

    Pure X Dole Out Two Tender, Heartfelt Eddie Rabbitt Covers

    Pure X used to call themselves Pure Ecstasy. Eddie Rabbitt's first country No. 1 hit as a songwriter was "Pure Love," a 1974 single for Ronnie Milsap. The Austin, Texas band, which recently released the gleaming, love-blissed new album Angel, have now covered two songs by Rabbitt, a Brooklyn native who died in 1998 at age 56 (even if you don't know the name, it's a good bet you know the man's 1982 Crystal Gayle duet, "You and I"). "His songs influenced us a lot during the writing and recording of Angel," the band says in a statement. In fact, Pure X's gentle, unhurried covers manage to psychedelicize the mellow-twang Midas originals without changing them all that much.

  • Black Keys, Patrick Carney, Carrie Brownstein, 'The Talkhouse'

    Black Keys' Patrick Carney Knows This Headline Is Reductive

    Patrick Carney is seldom at a loss for words, but he has an astringent take on how his comments circulate online. "I'm tired as hell, to be honest," the Black Keys drummer says at the start of a new interview with Carrie Brownstein for artist-on-artist criticism site The Talkhouse. In a 49-minute talk with the Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag guitarist-singer and Portlandia star/creator, he shares his frustrations with the shortcomings of social media, how remarks in interviews (about Michael Jackson, say) can get taken the wrong way, and about what he saw as personal attacks in coverage of new album Turn Blue.

  • Turn to Crime,

    Turn to Crime's Scuzzy 'Can't Love' Gets Satisfaction in No Satisfaction

    Turn to Crime are quickly getting quite the rap sheet. The Detroit-based project of Derek Stanton, who previously led Brooklyn's Awesome Color, will release their first album, Can't Love, on July 1 via Old Flame and Mugg & Bopp. The garage-scuffing trio, which also includes Ian Saylor and Dorian Foerg, has already shared the easygoing lope of the LP's "Sunday's Cool." Now comes the title track, a dronier, seedier, and harder-charging number. Stanton sneers that he wants nothing, doesn't need lovin', can't stand sunshine — and you know what, he comes across as pretty content. Unwholesomeness pays.

  • Wye Oak, Kate Bush,

    Wye Oak's Wiry, Intense Kate Bush Cover Is Great

    Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)," from her landmark 1985 album Hounds of Love, is the type of song that can't be celebrated enough, a triumph that imagines man and woman trading places and plays out an emotional spectrum from love to lust to pain. It's also a great fit for Wye Oak, a male-female duo who moved from sumptuously wafting guitar haze to cloudbursting synth-pop on new album Shriek.Note: Some users are experiencing difficulties getting the video to play in Chrome. Safari seems to work fine, but you can also visit the A.V. Club.The Baltimore team of singer-bassist Jenn Wasner and drummer-keyboardist Andy Stack has covered Bush's classic for A.V. Club, and the results are as a thrilling as you'd hope, a lean, passionate reading: two people, intimate yet with a larger-than-life intensity.

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