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  • Justin Bieber

    Confounding Nemo: Harsh Winter Weather Threatens 'SNL,' Grammy Awards

    The wet snow descending upon the Northeast today as part of what could be a once-in-a-century blizzard is already affecting plans for Sunday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. And New York's Saturday Night Live will be right in the thick of it.According to the Hollywood Reporter, many in the entertainment industry have canceled plans to travel to the Grammys and others events this weekend due to the storm. The New York Times reports that airlines suspended "thousands of flights" from New York and Boston last night and this morning. A New York state emergency services official told reporters the latest forecasts indicate from 12 to 20 inches of snow in the New York City region, with wind gusts of more than 60 mph.Saturday Night Live is set to film this weekend, when Justin Bieber will be on double duty as host and musical guest.

  • Björk

    Bjorkenfreude! Bjork's Kickstarter Campaign Falls $565,000 Short

    It was a good morning for those who take pleasure in the misfortunes of Björk. It was not, unfortunately, a good morning for Björk. As the Awl astutely points out — with the not entirely commiserating tags "kicked to the curb," "oh well," and "seriously?" — the Icelandic auteur has canceled her Kickstarter campaign aimed at expanding her Biophilia app to Android and Windows 8 platforms. The fundraising effort had generated only £15,370 pledged of its £375,000 goal, which, for those of us who don't speak British, left it more than $565,000 short. The Biophilia Education Program is nonprofit, the album itself finds Björk "as boundless as ever" per our reviewer Rich Juzwiak, and the singer had indicated the app extension would help low-income students, so in that sense her failure is a shame.

  • Flatbush Zombies' 'MRAZ' video

    Flatbush Zombies Stay Psyched-Out in 'MRAZ' Video

    Flatbush Zombies got some attention for doing "Bath Salt" with fellow New York rappers A$AP Mob, but the style of the Brooklyn trio's D.R.U.G.S. mixtape suggests groovier intoxicants. "MRAZ," the first single from their upcoming follow-up mixtape, Better Off Dead, bodes well for further success from these Best New Artists alums. Zombies members Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arch Elliott each rap an elastic, word-twisting verse over the song's sparse, vaguely sinister stomp. The video, directed by the group's "spiritual advisor" Phillip T. Annand, playfully extends the band's trippier leanings and quite effectively complements the track. Check it out above.

  • Pavement

    Pavement's First-Ever Live Show Offers Hope to Rest of Us

    The ongoing '90s nostalgia cycle has left Pavement in an awkwardly elevated place. The indie rockers' 2010 reunion tour-slash-victory lap helped transform these erstwhile shrugging underdogs into the sort of almost universally canonized Rock Stars they would've mocked. Someone tell Beck: you can't be a loser once you're winning, baby. It all got to be so much that last year SPIN's own Rob Harvilla came out on #TeamBillyCorgan in the long-running Smashing Pumpkins-Pavement feud. Pavement were "ambitious men who cynically refused to appear ambitous"; the "class clown" was actually the "class bully."To that we say: But have you heard their early live recordings?

  • Night Terrors

    Watch Night Terrors of 1927's Explosive 'Dust and Bones' Video

    Blake Sennett hasn't slowed down since Rilo KIley's demise. As that now-defunct Los Angeles indie-rock band preps a rarities album and singer Jenny Lewis finishes up her next solo album, guitarist Sennett — also leader of Sub Pop alums the Elected — has been busy with Night Terrors of 1927. The duo of Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel, former frontman for Brooklyn band the Honorary Title, have only three songs on their SoundCloud page: catchy, slightly off-kilter synth-pop in the vein of Passion Pit. They've now released a video for one of those three songs, dramatically lofty "Dust and Bones." The clip blends archival footage of boxing matches, auto races, explosions, weddings, and more with brief glimpses of the band members; the song is also available on iTunes. 

  • Clear Plastic Masks / Photo by Emily B Hall

    Hear Clear Plastic Masks' Garage-Rock Scorcher 'So Real'

    The thing with clear plastic masks is they don't really "mask" much of anything. Emerging band Clear Plastic Masks must've taken that into account. The Nashville-via-New York rock'n'rollers' "So Real," from their self-titled debut album, is scorching garage rock with nothing to hide: just pummeling percussion, desperate yowls that recall Jack White before he became Jack White, and a whole lot of scrappy guitar fuzz that should please Black Lips worshipers. Or, hell, Screamin' Jay Hawkins fans. The limited-edition LP will be sold exclusively at the group's upcoming dates, which you can catch below.

  • Elton John, Dave Grohl

    Queens of the Stone Age's New Album Also Has Elton John, Dave Grohl Reveals

    Queens of the Stone Age's upcoming album, previously described by guest drummer Dave Grohl as "ridiculous," just became a little bit more so. And once again, Grohl, who has been everywhere recently, had something to do with it.Elton John played on the record, the "Rocket Man" piano man confirmed to Grohl in an interview last night, part of Grohl's week-long stint guest-hosting E! show Chelsea Lately. "I love that band so much," John said of Queens of the Stone Age. As reported guests on that record, he joins not only Grohl, but also Trent Reznor and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, along with Songs for the Deaf-era QOTSA members Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri. (There's a reason it's one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013.)As John poined out, QOTSA actually isn't such a stretch for him.

  • Justin Timberlake, 20/20 Experience

    Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' Cover Art Classes Up Optometry

    Justin Timberlake's debut solo album, 2002's Justified, made full use of those Hollywood-friendly puppy-dog eyes on its album cover, complete with a black leather jacket and slightly scruffy haircut to convey a slight bad-boy look. Four years later, FutureSex/LoveSounds' cover showed Timberlake, in a suit and tie, stomping furiously on a downed disco ball; those eyes were focused on the task at hand.

  • Cherry Red, Scared to Get Happy, Indie Pop

    12 Reasons to Get Happy About 127-Song '80s Indie-Pop Box Set 'Scared to Get Happy'

    One of the most understated of genres is about to get a massive box set all its own. As Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, Cherry Red Records has revealed the track list for its upcoming box set Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989. The U.K. label reportedly drew inspiration from Lenny Kaye's landmark Nuggets garage-rock compilations, except tailored to a genre that, it must be said, isn't merely the same as "pop" that is "indie."At a sprawling 127 songs spread out over five discs, the set promises an embarrassment of riches for anyone inclined to understand that "twee" can be a badge of honor, not just a dismissive insult. It may, however, require some measure of riches to obtain it: Scared to Get Happy, penciled in for a mid-June release, will come with a 72-page booklet and sell for about £50 (roughly $80).

  • Google, RIAA, takedown

    Music Piracy's Search Problem: Recording Industry Bringing the Fight to Google

    The conflict between the music business and Silicon Valley is approaching a new milestone. As Digital Music News reports (via FACT), the Recording Industry Association of America has now asked Google to remove nearly 10 million links from its search results.According to Google's most recent transparency report, from May 2011 through February 1 the organization representing the major record labels filed takedown requests for a cumulative total of 9,986,936 individual URLs.This might be bad news if you're trying to illictly download a copy of that blessedly great new My Bloody Valentine album.

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