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    Kim Dotcom's MEGA File-Sharing Network Adds Pirate-Friendly Search Engine

    MEGA? More like Megaupload.Kim Dotcom's new file-sharing service now has a search engine, Wired reports. The addition brings MEGA closer to the hilariously narcissistic digital entrepreneur's previous file-sharing service, Megaupload, which was dramatically shut down by the authorities a little more than a year ago. (See Down By Law: The Year Downloading Took a Dive.)The search engine doesn't yield many results just yet for illicit music-seekers. That's probably because, rather than crawl MEGA's services like a traditional search engine, MEGA's search functionality depends on users volunteering links to files stashed on the service.

  • Frank Ocean

    Frank Ocean Will Perform at the Grammys Like He Said He Would

    Earlier this week, Frank Ocean let it slip that he would be performing at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. More specifically, the multiple-Grammy nominee said on Twitter that he cut his finger during his recent parking-lot brawl with Chris "Jesus H. Christ" Brown and therefore wouldn't be able to use two hands during his upcoming Grammy performance.Now Grammy organizers have made Ocean's big gig official. The channel ORANGE singer will be performing alongside other new lineup additions Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, according to an announcement from the Grammys. The show will be televised live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10, from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

  • Beyoncé Super Bowl promo pic

    Watch Beyonce Werk in Dance-Heavy Super Bowl 'Countdown' Video

    "Countdown," from 2011 album 4, is one of our favorites — SPIN editorial director Charles Aaron dubbed it a "masterpiece" — but a relative commercial disappointment in Beyoncé terms. The splashy, Boyz II Men-sampling, happy-in-love dance-pop track never got higher than #71 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Surely it would be unrealistic to hope the "Single Ladies" and "Irreplaceable" singer might perform it during her Super Bowl halftime show? The one where she's reuniting with Destiny's Child and the reported setlist so far doesn't even include hits like "Jumpin', Jumpin'"?It might still be unrealistic, but like My Bloody Valentine teasing us for decades about the prospect of a follow-up to their immortal shoegaze touchstone Loveless, Beyoncé is keeping us hanging on.

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga Has 'Bored' the Internet, Search Data Shows

    Lady Gaga might want to drop ARTPOP on us sometime soon. (After all, it's one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013.) As London search engine marketing agency AccuraCast notes, via Queerty, the Born This Way singer's online search popularity has fallen steadily since May 2011.AccuraCast calls the decline "astonishing," considering that over the past year Gaga introduced her own fragrance, launched the Born This Way Ball tour, acknowledged suffering from an eating disorder, and otherwise kept her name in the headlines. In fact, search activity so close to where it was in 2008, before The Fame and The Fame Monster EP made Gaga, well, famous, might indicate the Internet is "bored" with the singer, according to the marketing firm.And sure, that's possible.

  • Joey Bada$$ and Lil B

    Lil B and Joey Bada$$ Dis Tracks Extend Weak Streak for Rap Beef

    They don't make beef like they used to.When Joey Bada$$, in his dis track responding to a dis track from Lil B, invokes Nas' classic Jay-Z skewering "Ether," the comparison illustrates how trivial hip-hop feuds have become since that early-2000s commercial and critical heyday. Azealia Banks' recent dispute with Angel Haze, which pitted two virtuosic rappers who between them have yet to release a proper album, did little for anyone except boost music sales and force fans to choose between condoning homophobic language and encouraging Perez Hilton's trolling. Last year, when it looked like Pusha T's "Exodus 23:1" might push Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music and Lil Wayne's Young Money into a major lyrical conflict, Wayne responded so limply that any further verbal beatings would've been inhumane.Which brings us to Bada$$ and Based God.

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    Watch Pegasus Warning Mix Bodies and Sculpture in Slightly NSFW 'TrySoHard' Video

    New York-bred singer and multi-instrumentalist Guillermo E. Brown is set to release his debut EP as Pegasus Warning, Woof Ticket, on February 5 via Plug Resarch. "TrySoHard," a collaboration with bandmate Robert Lux, shows how this SPIN Best New Artists alum can step into territory that's been heavily trodden recently — R&B fractured with rock and avant-garde influences — and make it as intimately personal as a fingerprint. Directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Vinay Chowdry, the dark-paletted video for this intense, prog-inflected slow burner is a reflection of the music, at once physical and preternatural. Starring dancer Ayo Jackson and influenced by sculptor Rodin, the video mostly focuses on two nearly naked bodies, artfully entwined, but lips also move from within a black body covering, as if illustrating the obstacles against which Brown's narrator rages.

  • Boris 2013 residency tour trailer video

    Boris to Unearth Classics on Subgenre-Melding 'Residency' Tour

    Japanese metal polyglots Boris have announced they will be taking their heavily psychedelic, wildly diverse discography through American cities two nights at a time on a headlining "residency" tour, following the group's performance at Austin Psych Fest. The first night of the tour will feature Boris' "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the U.S.," while the second night will combines most of 2006's massively doom-y Flood with "a noise/drone/experimental set." The tour comes after Boris released three head-smashing albums in 2011.

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    Yo La Tengo Share Recipe for Lasting Romance in Sly 'I'll Be Around' Video

    Yo La Tengo's excellent Fade, as SPIN's Keith Harris wrote, once again exists within the intimacy of the aspirationally long-running marriage of guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley. Directed by Phil Morrison, who helmed the Oscar-nominated 2005 film Junebug, the video for gentle folk-pop ballad "I'll Be Around" carries over that theme. Billed as the Hoboken trio's first video since 1997 (the time-lapse clip for Fade opener "Ohm" and animated short for Fade closer "Before We Run" were atypical), "I'll Be Around" stars Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, who lip-syncs and strums the guitar in the woods, while the band members cook what looks to be a delicious meal. Unfortunately, bass player James McNew has evidently been up to something away from the safety of the group.

  • Eddie Vedder

    Eddie Vedder Does Kenny Rogers Karaoke on Unearthed Pre-Pearl Jam Demo Tape

    Pearl Jam fans can enjoy a rare glimpse of Eddie Vedder's early recordings. Antiquiet says it has gotten a hold of a direct copy of a tape Eddie made for co-worker at San Diego Petroleum around 1989 or 1990. While not the first pre-Pearl Jam solo demo tape from Vedder to surface online, this one reportedly boasts better audio quality than 1989's so-called Bad Radio demos. It's a playful listen: Vedder covers Kenny Rogers' hit version of the drippy adult-contemporary ballad "(Something Inside) So Strong" backed by karaoke music, goofily sings the chorus from Sam Cooke's unabashedly ignorant soul classic "Wonderful World," and delivers a goofy, Bukowski-name-checking rave-up called "I'm Alive" that has nothing at all to do with Pearl Jam's "Alive." Also included: a drunken answering-machine message from a friend named Chris.Stream and download it from Antiquiet.

  • The Strokes' 'Comedown Machine'

    The Strokes Title New Album 'Comedown Machine' (Updated)

    The Strokes' upcoming album will be titled Comedown Machine, the band announced today. The follow-up to the New York five-piece's 2011 Angles is due out on March 26 via RCA Records, and is available for pre-order now via the Strokes' website. The first single from the album will be titled "All the Time" and will be available as an instant download with pre-orders through iTunes. iTunes and other retailers' pre-orders for Comedown Machine will begin on February 19. The announcement comes after (via NME) enterprising Reddit user @andersonenvy dug around in the Strokes' website code and found the cover art image. "Well, basically — when people make websites they sometimes test them live online and try to hide it," @andersonenvy explained.

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