Melissa Goldstein

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    Grizzly Bear Rock with the London Symphony

    This year, Halloween in London provided for a truly haunting pairing. That's haunting in the "beautiful! goosebumps!" sense and not the poltergeist one, and it's entirely due to the much-hyped union of the London Symphony Orchestra with Grizzly Bear at the Barbican Centre. The members of Grizzly Bear were keen to emphasize their own awe at the opportunity the evening presented, with bassist Chris Taylor asking the audience, "Does this feel as fancy for you guys as it does for us? Fancy enough to go out to dinner and everything?" Despite the wide-eyed repartee, the critically adored quartet are relatively familiar with this sort of set-up, having played with both the Los Angeles and Brooklyn Philharmonic on prior occasions. Grizzly Bear are to orchestral accompaniment what greyhounds are to racetracks: They were built to excel in this situation.

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    Rumble Strips Debut New Album Live

    Wednesday night's Rumble Strips album launch party in London had all the trappings of a music industry wedding. There was something old -- the venue: an exquisite yet crumbling grand music hall known as Wilton's. There was something new -- the album: the band's second effort, produced by Mark Ronson and titled Welcome to the Walk Alone. There was something borrowed -- a mini-orchestra: filled out with a string and horn section playing arrangements written by Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett (a.k.a. Final Fantasy).

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    Watch: The Game's Michael Jackson Tribute Video

    The team behind the Michael Jackson tribute track "Better On the Other Side" has unveiled a companion music video. The clip showcases footage of fans both mourning and celebrating Michael Jackson -- tearful children holding candles and "R.I.P" signs and aspiring moonwalkers illustrating the King of Pop's unmatched dance legacy, plus footage of rapper The Game recording the track in the studio with Diddy, Chris Brown, and Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris. The Game is pictured coming to terms with his idol's death by soaking (clothed) in a bathtub and composing the lyrics of the tribute track in his notebook, all the while flanked by candles. The lyrics on the track are clearly close to the Game's heart: "First thing I did when I heard was call Puff," Game raps, as he dials Diddy on his iPhone, "because him and Mike tried to stop the beef between us --it was us, me and 50 --that beef is

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    Public Memorial for Michael Jackson Planned, Tribute Concert Afoot?

    Despite much media speculation, Michael Jackson's body will not be transported tomorrow to the singer's former residence, Neverland Ranch, for a public viewing, but a public memorial service is being planned, according to a statement released by the Jackson family Wednesday afternoon. "Contrary to previous news reports, the Jackson family is officially stating that there will be no public or private viewing at Neverland," the statement said.

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    MGMT, Karen O Featured on New Flaming Lips Album

    Show of hands: Who here sometimes forgets about phone conversations they've had late at night? Fair enough. Okay, now keep your hands up if those "conversations" involved "doing it over the phone" with Karen O. Anyone? Well, it seems that Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne was so busy dwelling on the hardship of recording his band's forthcoming album Embryonic, that the fact that MGMT and Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O also appear on the record just completely slipped his mind. "People do a lot of collaborations these days," Coyne explained to blogger Rafaël Zeier, who interviewed Coyne at the Open Air St Gallen Festival in Switzerland.

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    Watch: Dirty Projectors Debut New Video

    Brooklyn art rockers the Dirty Projectors have released a video for R&B-inflected Bitte Orca track "Stillness Is the Move." And unlike Jay-Z's new video, this one is light on Harvey Keitel appearances, but the Matthew Lessner-directed clip does feature wolves and a llama. Those familiar with the band's reputation for innovation would surely expect something that defies run-of-the-mill-ness, and they'd be right. Outfitted in powder blue jumpsuits and hooded by shawls, lead vocalist Amber Coffman and DP bandmates Angel Deradoorian and Haley Dekle fashion themselves as a sort of girl group for the Druid set, breaking from emphatic shoulder-shaking to run with the wolves. They also let their hoods down for a synchronized dance routine that looks a bit like the cast of Chicago's reinterpretation of the Electric Slide. Overall, it's ever-so-Ladyhawke in tone.

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    Michael Jackson: Unfinished Business

    While the investigation into Michael Jackson's untimely death persists, new information about the star's final projects continues to emerge. It seems that Jackson had recently wrapped work on an elaborate 3-D video project in his final weeks. The production, titled the "Dome Project," was planned as a visual component of his 50-date concert residency at London's O2 Arena. Vince Pace, whose company provided cameras for the 3-D production described it to the Associated Press as "a groundbreaking effort" that would have resulted in the audience's perception that "they were visiting the 'Thriller' experience, like they were there." He added, "To think that Michael's gone now, that's probably the last documented footage of him to be shot in that manner." An unnamed source commented that while Jackson "walked with a spring in his step" on-set, he also looked "willow-thin" and "pallid," and

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    Michael Jackson's Death: The Fallout

    Janet Jackson paid emotional tribute to her brother Michael at Sunday night's BET Awards, responding to an audience-wide standing ovation by saying, "To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family. He will forever live in all of our hearts." Holding back tears, Janet said, "On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much." [Via MTV.com] Janet's emotional tribute came after recent revelations from Michael's onetime nanny, who, in a story published by London's Sunday Times newspaper, said that she had proposed a drug invention for Michael, attempting to enlist his mother Katherine and sister Janet for their help. "I had to pump his stomach many times. He always mixed so much of it," the nanny, Grace Rwaramba, said in reference to the star's alleged drug use.

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    Jay-Z Debuts "D.O.A." Video

    It's one thing to announce the "Death Of Auto-Tune." But it's quite another to get Harvey Keitel and LeBron James involved. Both the actor and basketball star appear in Jay-Z's new music video for his tune "D.O.A." -- and it's a Godfather-style tribute to the death of the vocal effect, complete with vintage limos, chauffeurs, Italian restaurants, and card games. The clip opens with the rapper being chauffeured by Warner Music Group head Lyor Cohen, who drops him off in a dark alley and offers a salute.

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    Watch: The Roots Debut New Tune On 'Late Night'

    The Roots debuted the title track from their upcoming album, How I Got Over, last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where they also serve as the house band. Vocalist Black Thought conjured James Brown, asking in soulful repetition, "Can I get some help now?" Meanwhile, a dapper-looking ?uestlove (accessorized with an oversized bowtie that was still dwarfed by his impressive 'fro), let it rip on the drums. Anchored by the band's side-stepping brass section, the Roots' latest tune falls in line with the outfit's socially-conscious brand of hip-hop. It's about the reality of living "in the hood where the shots are fired" -- and concludes, "I'm sick of being sick and tired." And just think: As Black Thought told HipHopGame.com back in May, this one is their "slightly more optimistic record." The album is due out on October 20. WATCH: The Roots, "How I Got Over"

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