Melissa Goldstein

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    Wolfmother Return with New Single, Album Plans

    Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale is a man of his word: After both of his bandmates departed the Wolfmother lineup last summer, he vowed to continue recording music under the same moniker, with new members. Now, the wait is over. Today, the new incarnation of Wolfmother released their first track, "Back Round," as a free download from their official website. (Instead of payment, they are encouraging donations to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal to aid victims of Australian brush fires.) At first the tune sounds a lot like the original Wolfmother, with loud, fast guitars channeling the rock swagger of Led Zeppelin and the thundering brutality of Black Sabbath. "I'm coming back around," Stockdale snarls with his familiar, Robert Plant-esque power vocals.

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    Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson to Reunite

    When there's something strange, in the studio... who you gonna call? Mark Ronson! When there's something reggae, and it don't sound good...Who you gonna call?

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    Michael Jackson in London: Elephants, Warriors, Parrots & Potter!

    Michael Jackson may have vacated his Neverland abode, but ever since announcing his London concert residency, the King of Pop has brought a bit of Peter Pan-style fantasy back to town. For his shows, MJ is purportedly bringing backup -- in the form of snakes, a panther, tropical birds, three monkeys and an elephant. "He hopes to make it the most spectacular gig ever. For the jungle section, he wants to ride out on an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains," a source told UK gossip rag The Daily Mirror. "Parrots and other birds will fly behind him.

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    Hagar, Satriani, and a Chili Pepper to Debut as Chickenfoot

    The "supergroup" known as Chickenfoot -- comprised of ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Joe Satriani -- have announced plans to release their first album. Blame it on Cabo (though Satriani would probably blame it on Coldplay): The self-described "accidental" collaboration occurred as a result of jam sessions at Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their self-titled debut will drop June 5, and comes complete with a "heat sensitive sleeve" which will reveal the cover artwork via touch [via NME.com]. Groovy, fellas. But will it also offer a reading on our current mood?

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    Musicians Confess: Kanye, Chris Cornell, and More

    There was a time when musicians were all, "No personal questions please. My music speaks for itself." But these days they're eager to reveal every last detail. Read below for the latest candid revelations from Kanye West, Pete Doherty, and Chris Cornell. Kanye West: "I would never spaz on MTV the way I did before," West told Complex about his rant at the 2007 VMAs in Las Vegas. (It came after he was scheduled to play a side-stage rather than the main arena.) "MTV had a major part in making me, so how the hell could I ever come out of my mouth and dis them and just be like the cry-baby-ass bitch over one performance? How the hell is a 29-year-old grown ass man acting like a little bitch and getting all emotional? How spoiled can I get?" And MTV wasn't the only one on Kanye's "make amends" list: "[My Grammy speech from last year] confirmed that Kanye's arrogant and not appreciative.

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    Duran Duran Recording New Album with Mark Ronson

    Duran Duran have hit the studio with super producer Mark Ronson to record their 13th album. "For over two decades, Duran Duran have given listeners a catalogue of new music that is both innovative and influential," the group said on their website. "Working with Ronson is a natural next step for the band, who continue to challenge themselves with each new phase of their career." It's not the first time this group has worked together -- they were paired up last summer, when Duran Duran tapped Ronson to rework some of their classic tunes for a one-off gig in Paris. They were impressed by his solo album as well as his work on Amy Winehouse's album Back to Black, which keyboardist Nick Rhodes described as a "masterpiece record." High praise indeed.

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    Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Quits Smashing Pumpkins

    This Pumpkin patch is starting to look like the day after Halloween. In a statement posted on Smashing Pumpkins' website, the group has announced the departure of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, the sole remaining original member of the pivotal alt-rock band other than frontman Billy Corgan. It's not the first time Chamberlin has left the band: He was fired by Corgan in 1996 after a heroin-related incident in which the group's touring keyboardist died from an overdose. He came back on board prior to the band's 2000 break-up, and again for the band's recent "reunion," which many have criticized because Corgan and Chamberlin were the only two original members involved. Original bassist D'arcy Wretzky and guitarist James Iha did not join the reunion.

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    New Music Movies: John Lennon and Tupac

    Like death and taxes, music biopics are inevitable. Here, a rundown on the latest musicians who are set to get the big-screen treatment. John Lennon: Under the direction of famed British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, Nowhere Boy tells the story of Lennon's childhood in Liverpool. The script is penned by Matt Greenhalgh, who also wrote the script for Control, the story of late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Production is already underway on the feature, which stars Aaron Johnson (The Illusionist) as the young Beatle, and Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) as his Aunt Mimi, who played a big part in raising him. The Weinstein Co. has acquired the rights to the film, so expect a heavy Oscar campaign.

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    Stone Roses Set For Reunion?

    It's possible that Stone Roses bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield has finally convinced frontman Ian Brown the time is right for a full-on reunion! UK tabloid The Mirror is reporting that the influential Manchester band are reuniting and that more than 21 shows have been planned for the UK, with a US date in the works -- possibly the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. The tour is said to coincide with the upcoming re-release of the band's 1989 self-titled debut album. A band spokesperson was unavailable by press time. "It's taken a lot of time to get Ian to agree but he's finally signed on the dotted line," a source told the paper.

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    Gwyneth Paltrow on Joaquin Phoenix: "I'm Not Convinced"

    Add Gwyneth Paltrow to the growing list of people who aren't buying Joaquin Phoenix's hip-hop sincerity. In a recent interview the actress commented on Phoenix and his retirement from film to pursue hip-hip. "I'm not totally convinced that this is his last film," she said of her Two Lovers costar. "I think that there might be something going on. I'm not sure what, but... Maybe it's like a big performance art piece." And when asked whether Phoenix had exhibited any passionate tendencies for rapping during the filming of Two Lovers (in which he also raps), she answered, "No... He had fun making up his rap, but I'm not sure that he's like, a true hip-hop artist. "It seems odd," she added to MTV. Yes, Gwyneth.

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