Melissa Goldstein

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    Beastie Boys Bust Jimmy Fallon's Chops, Announce Album Details

    While most of America was grillin' and chillin' on Memorial Day, the Beastie Boys went on a veritable media blitz, sending out a mass email to their fans revealing the title of their forthcoming release (the follow-up 2007's mostly instrumental The Mix-Up) and stopping by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to chat about the album. "Our new record that is coming out that we finished the other day is called Hot Sauce Committee," the group said in their email, and, according to their interview with Fallon, it'll be out in September. But everything else they discussed with the late night host bordered on ridiculous -- with one funny bit referencing Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Here's a sample: Mike D: "We recorded part of it on Paul Allen's boat. He's got a recording studio in his yacht.

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    Eleven Die in Morocco Festival Stampede

    Eleven concertgoers were killed over the weekend after a fence collapsed at a music festival held in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. The event featured performances by Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, and Alicia Keys. Forty more of the festival's estimated 70,000 attendees were injured in the incident, which transpired when a rush to the exits caused a fence to collapse (via Reuters). While the Moroccan Interior Ministry released a statement saying that an investigation has been launched, initial reports from the scene debated the cause of Saturday night's tragic events. "The doors were closed by the police and we were forced to leave the stadium from some places not destined for this purpose," one concertgoer told the BBC.

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    Watch: Trent Reznor Slags Prince and Weezer, Tears Up

    In a candid new video interview, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor disses Weezer and Prince, discusses his possible collaboration with TV On the Radio's Dave Sitek, and is moved to tears when detailing NIN's future. The fan-conducted Q&A was spurred by Reznor's recent interview with Digg.com, which, he noticed via a plethora of online comments, many of his fans were unsatisfied with.

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    Jack White Records New Record with Rockabilly Royalty

    Jack White has joined forces with Southern rock'n'rollers the Dex Romweber Duo for a new seven-inch single. White has confessed to being a longtime fan of Dex Romweber, who is the former frontman for retro-rockabilly outfit Flat Duo Jets, and who now performs with his sister (his real sister, not his "Meg White" sister) Sara Romweber. "Dexter Romweber was and is a huge influence on my music," White said in the 2006 Romweber documentary Two Headed Cow. "I owned all of his records as a teenager...[He] is one of the best kept secrets of the rock'n'roll underground." The single features two songs recorded at White's home studio in Nashville.

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    Shins Frontman Talks New Lineup, Album

    Two longtime members of the Shins were notably missing from the band's recent Washington State tour-opener. Bassist/keyboardist Marty Crandall was replaced by Ron Lewis (Fruit Bats, Grand Archives) and drummer Jesse Sandoval by Modest Mouse's Joe Plummer. Members of indie rock bands aren't exactly trading cards -- so people had questions! Thankfully, frontman James Mercer had answers. "I started to have production ideas that I wanted to do that basically required some other people," Mercer told Pitchfork. "It's mainly about that. It's an aesthetic decision." You know what comes next -- the old "let's still be friends" line: "I'm on good terms with those guys, I hope to maintain that," he said. "I wouldn't say I'd never work with them again.

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    Hear 6 New Green Day Songs!

    Green Day have posted six songs from their May 15 album 21st Century Breakdown (read SPIN's review here). You can hear the songs here. They originally aired during a special segment of Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Kevin and Bean Show. The tracks are from each of the album's three acts ("Heroes and Cons," "Charlatans and Saints," and "Horseshoes and Handgrenades"), offering insight into the band's latest rock opera -- a conceptual record that rivals American Idiot.

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    Details on Interpol Frontman's Solo Release

    While Interpol bassist Carlos D investigates the "psychosis of celebrity" in his new film, frontman Paul Banks has been staying busy -- prepping his debut solo album under the name Julian Plenti! According to a source cited by Billboard, Banks has written and performed under the Plenti name for several years. His album, titled Skyscraper and due out August 4, was recorded recently, though some of the songs were written more than 10 years ago. Billboard's source described the record as sounding "cocky, sexy," adding that it also comprises tracks similar to Interpol as well as "straight-ahead rock songs." Plenti (Banks, whatevs) has also launched a website, which features only a logo, a few photos, and looping song samples. Check it out here.

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    Watch: The Streets Fight Swine Flu Zombies

    Watch out Eminem -- you're not the only white rapper with a gory new song and music video. The Streets' Mike Skinner has 'em, too -- and his have zombies and hilarious stabs at swine flu! Skinner, having recently discovered the pleasures of releasing free music via Twitter, posted the panic-mentality-lampooning rap "He's Behind You, He's Got Swine Flu" along with a video featuring zombie-centric scenes from horror flicks. Watch below. With mariachi horns wailing in the background, Skinner raps satirically about the public's panicky, apocalyptic reaction to the swine flu outbreak. He invites listeners to "make a sacrifice for society's sake -- decapitate your mate," and mock-confesses: "I saw him scratch a rash and I had to grab an axe." "Can I just state that nothing I do right now has anything to do with the label," he confessed.

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    Wedding Bells: Trent Reznor, Meg White

    Trent Reznor and Meg White are both set to tie the knot -- and not to each other. First up: the NIN frontman and his girlfriend Mariqueen Maandig, the singer for indie rock outfit West Indian Girl. The couple went public with their relationship at last week's Star Trek premiere, and a recent online post by Maandig'sbandmates confirmed the pair's plans to make it official. "In case you haven't heard the news, Mariqueen got engaged. Everyone in the West Indian Girl Camp is super excited and happy for her. [She's] an awesome person, friend and bandmate and she couldn't be marrying a cooler guy.

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    Snow Patrol Singer Goes Solo

    Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody is cool with his band being "like the Village People, only less gay." But when it comes to his solo work, Lightbody is heading in two very different directions. "A lot of the stuff I've been writing recently is just so leftfield that it just wouldn't fit on a Snow Patrol record, so I've had to invent other ways of getting it out there," he told BBC. Those "other ways" include an abstract record called Listen Tank with producer Jacknife Lee (who produced Snow Patrol's last three albums) and a country music LP titled Tired Pony. Lightbody hopes to release both in the near future. "I call it Russian submarine music," Lightbody says of Listen Tank. "I don't know why, there's just lots of voices on it with me using my vocals as an instrument rather than a guitar.

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