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    Tame Impala Bassist Nick Allbrook Leaves the Band

    Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook has quit the group. The Pond frontman, seen recently singing feathery backing vocals on Tame Impala's cover of OutKast's "Prototype," will continue with his other music projects. Cam Avery, also of Pond, will replace Allbrook on bass for his prior group, the Australian space rockers' behind last year's SPIN Essential album Lonerism.Allbrook's last show with Tame Impala came on Saturday night at Belvoir Amphiteatre in Perth, Australia, according to a post on the band's website. The band wrote that Allbrook "is hopping off the Tame Impala band wagon so that he can try and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into society. A task the rest of us fear we will one day have to perform...."The talented Allbrook isn't fully rejoining civilian life, though.

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    Beck Debuts New Songs, Covers George Jones at 'Song Reader' Tour Kickoff

    Beck has wasted no time previewing new material live. Last night at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, California, he performed a few previously unreleased songs, plus material from last year's Song Reader sheet-music collection, a George Jones cover, and a wide-ranging assortment of material from throughout his career. The show was the first in a handful of acoustic and electric dates Beck has scheduled in the next few months, most recently including Montreal's Osheaga Festival and a Song Reader-themed London event with Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, and other high-profile guests.The Odelay singer and songwriter played in a stripped-down setting, based around acoustic guitar, harmonica, and piano. He introduced "She Thinks I Still Care," by recently deceased country great Jones, as a song by someone who set "the high watermark" for singers.

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    Watch Queens of the Stone Age's Warped 'My God Is the Sun' Video

    As Queens of the Stone Age prepare to release new album ...Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador Records, their fifth video from the LP continues an inscrutably dark run-up that began, let's remember, with a single Twitpic. So far, ...Like Clockwork cover art designer Boneface has dreamed up images and Liam Brazier has turned them into animation for "I Appear Missing," "Kalopsia," "Keep Your Eyes Peeled," and "If I Had a Tail." Today's video is for powerhouse first single "My God Is the Sun," which the band originally debuted live, and it sticks to the zombie-apocalypse vibe of its predecessors.

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    Hear Wu-Tang Clan's Dusty, Hydra-Headed 'Execution in Autumn'

    An unreleased Wu-Tang Clan song unceremoniously entered the world today (via Nah Right), and it's noteworthy for almost as many reasons as there are rappers on the track.First, of course, there's the music: Titled "Execution in Autumn," the song's gritty, soul-based instrumental by producer Frank Dukes and adamantium-plated verses from Inspector Deck, Raekwon, RZA, and U-God are classic Wu.Also remarkable, though, is how Wu-Tang Clan are releasing the song — not only as a "pay what you feel" download, but as a "pay what you feel" limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single, too (buyers still have to cover shipping).And then there's the mystery of how "Execution in Autumn" might fit into any broader Clan release plans. Wu's Soul Temple Music label says the track is "from the personal vaults of the RZA" and bills the pay-what-you-want release as a "customer appreciation" move.

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    Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Tribute Planned for Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

    No sleep till... Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival? The ninth annual event's organizers announced today the July 10 to 13 fest will include a moment of silence for late Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch, followed by a tribute.Pusha T, EPMD, and Redman are headlining the festival's closing concert, which takes place on July 13 at Brooklyn Bridge Park (buy tickets here). Now organizers have revealed the show will also honor Yauch, who succumbed to cancer a little more than a year ago. Wes Jackson, the fest's executive director, and Rawbeatz, a DJ with fest producers Brooklyn Bodega, will oversee the tribute.

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    Britney Spears' 'Ooh La La' Smurfaces as She Heads to the Studio

    Today's Britney Spears forecast calls for bubblegum with a strong chance of Will.i.am.The "Toxic" singer's new song for The Smurfs 2, "Ooh La La," has surfaced over at Just Jared, and it's peppy, guitar-bursting dance-pop that shouldn't overly upset Papa Smurf. After the "Britney, bitch" swagger of "Scream & Shout," this one is decidedly PG-13, beckoning us to "come with me and be my ooh la la." Spears will still dance with us if we don't wear "designer clothes," she promises. A couple of noteworthy twists: Spears tries out some Gwen Stefani-like (or, maybe closer to the point, Ke$ha-like) almost-rapping, and there's a pitch-shifting, dubsteppy breakdown.

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    The Pogues' Philip Chevron Reveals Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

    The Pogues shared some sad news with their fans this week. Philip Chevron, the London-based folk-punk group's guitarist and a founding member of Irish punk band the Radiators From Space, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. In a post on the Pogues' website, the group said, "The cancer is, in short, inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy."Chevron received treatment in 2007 for head and neck cancer, and in April 2012 doctors told him he was cancer-free.

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    Hear the Weeknd's Endless Sex-and-Drugs 'Kiss Land' Title Track

    "You ain't takin' nothin' but your clothes off," the Weeknd main man Abel Tesfaye coos more than once on "Kiss Land," the title track of his upcoming follow-up to three strong 2011 mixtapes recently compiled as Trilogy. That's right: The most memorable hook from the eponymous song on an album hilariously called Kiss Land is basically a low-budget porn version of the old traveler's standby, "Take only pictures, leave only footprints." Did we mention the song goes on for almost eight minutes?

  • Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera

    Musical Chairs: Nicki Minaj Leaves 'Idol,' Christina Aguilera Rejoins 'The Voice'

    American Idol's 12th season wraps tonight, and Nicki Minaj won't be coming back. After rival TV singing competition The Voice ends its season on June 18, Christina Aguilera will be returning to fill her old seat, occupied most recently by Shakira. That's according to separate reports from US Weekly. Us' source on Minaj's exit is "an insider," who's quoted as saying, "She had a great time but she was only going to do one season anyway." The rapper would instead be using her time on a new album, touring, and endorsements. Minaj has yet to officially confirm her reported departure from the show. She would be following Randy Jackson, Idol's last standing original judge, on his way out the door.

  • Titus Andronicus, So So Glos, Beastie Boys

    Watch Titus Andronicus and So So Glos Rowdily Cover the Beastie Boys

    If you're looking for a sweaty, raw-throated, impassioned cover of East Coast dude-bro classics, be sure Patrick Stickles is somewhere in the building. The Titus Andronicus frontman was recently seen joining Diarrhea Planet for an extraordinarily intense rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." Now Stereogum points to a video of Titus Andronicus and tourmates So So Glos uniting at the end of a recent set at New Orleans' Siberia for a wild and raucous version of the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn." Stickles, a New Jersey transplant who now calls Brooklyn home, roams the stage shirtless and cigarette-dangling, while So So Glos, natives of Bay Ridge, deliriously shout the song's lyrics, with occasional changeups.

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