Michael Sheffield

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    WATCH: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Go Acoustic at MoMA

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs members Karen O and Nick Zinner made New York City's cultural elite swoon last night, performing an intimate set at the Museum of Modern Art's 42nd annual Party in the Garden.

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    WATCH: New Massive Attack Video

    Massive Attack sync their melancholy trip-hop to a dreamlike dance between a freckled little girl in an orange jacket and a gang of ghosts in their just-released video for "Psyche," off their SPIN-approved album Heligoland. Check it out below (via Pitchfork)! In the clip, a redheaded tween lip-syncs the song while being stalked by ghosts (floating bed sheets with cutout eye-holes) as she wanders through a barren cityscape, passing by flickering lights, painted murals, and through an empty subway tunnel -- but watch all the way through to see the story's spooky surprise ending. The girl's lip-syncing reminded us of Massive Attack's 1998 clip for "Teardrop," in which the track's lead vocals (sung on the album by the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser) were mouthed by a CGI fetus, floating in the womb.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes with Minus the Bear

    Seattle's Minus the Bear have been playing their own sophisticated brand of prog-leaning indie pop for close to a decade, and in this exclusive video captured during the making of their latest release, Omni, the band unveil some of their secrets while talking about their new song, "Hold Me Down.""On this one I think everyone kind of went off into 'headphone land' and I think everyone brought some very specific, different things in," explains keyboardist Alex Rose. And what specific influences is he talking about? Everything from Yes to Fleetwood Mac, hardcore to Steely Dan.Check out the video and let us know what you think of the eclectically influenced "Hold Me Down" below.Also, hear frontman Jake Snider talking about the origins of his band's name in our Name That Band series.

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    Vampire Weekend Announce U.S. Tour

    Indie kings Vampire Weekend will hit the road this fall on a North American tour, and the quartet have recruited a few notable friends to tag along: Beach House and Dum Dum Girls! The 13-date trek kicks off August 28 in Vancouver, BC, and will see the three bands hit cities like Chicago, Toronto, Boston, and New York, where the hometown prepsters will headline a three-night stint at Radio City Music Hall. The tour will wrap with a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 26. See the complete itinerary below. All three bands have had a big year so far. Vampire Weekend's new album, Contra, hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart; Beach House broke out with their SPIN approved release Teen Dream; and Dum Dum Girls wowed at this year's SXSW. Can't wait for 2010's indie rock super tour? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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    WATCH: Trent Reznor's New Band Debut Gory Video!

    When it comes to blood and gore, Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig's new band, How To Destroy Angels, are giving M.I.A's genocidal new video some fierce competition. The band just released their new clip for "The Space in Between," from their self-titled six-track EP, out this summer, and it's a total horror show: the newly-wed couple are found murdered, laying face-down in a pool of their own blood in a hotel room, where they're soon set ablaze. Yowsa. Watch below. The song, a NIN-esque affair with brooding electro beats, buzz saw guitars, and atmospheric flourishes, only expounds on the video's ominous vibe. In the clip, ex-West Indian Girl frontwoman Maandig, whose corpse is propped up on a blood-soaked bed, next to her hubby, sings the frightening ballad: "All the blood lying on the floor...

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    Green Day Cover Rolling Stones on 'Late Night'

    Green Day kicked off a special week of live performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, rocking through cover of "Rip This Joint," off the Rolling Stones' 1972 benchmark release, Exile on Main St. Watch it here. The week-long streak of cover performances -- also featuring Sheryl Crow (May 12) and Phish (May 13) -- is in honor of Exile's reissue on May 18. The song selection was appropriate for Green Day, who flaunted their classic rock influences on their latest album, 2009's 21st Century Breakdown. "Rip This Joint" is one of the Stones' faster, more frenetic jams, and the Bay Area punks revved up its energy, recruiting a second guitarist and keyboardist for the performance to blast out the tune's wild honky-tonk solos. Green Day have been quite busy of late.

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    LISTEN: New Band of Horses Album

    Band of Horses has posted all 12 tracks of their new album, Infinite Arms, a week in advance of its official May 18 release date. Listen to the album here. Infinite Arms is the rockers' third studio release and was produced by indie go-to man Phil Ek, who produced the band's two previous albums, as well as releases from Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes, and the Shins. Band of Horses are currently touring, including a gig at New York City's Madison Square Garden on May 21 opening for Pearl Jam before they head West to Washington State for the Sasquatch Festival on May 31. Check out the band's complete itinerary here. What do you think of Infinite Arms? Give it a listen and then sound off in the comment section below.

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    Broken Social Scene Extend North American Tour

    Broken Social Scene have extended their North American tour to a total of 29 dates, mostly in September and October, all in support of the just-released, SPIN-approved Forgiveness Rock Record. See below for the full itinerary. The band has been celebrating their new album with a few standalone gigs over the past week, beginning last Saturday in San Francisco. Read SPIN's review. In addition to their headline tour, BSS will make festival appearances at Sasquatch in George, WA, on May 29, and July 16 at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. They'll also play a gig in New York's Central Park on September 18. Broken Social Scene tour dates: 5/29, George, WA (Sasquatch Festival)7/16, Chicago, IL (Pitchfork Festival)8/28, St.

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    WATCH: Jay-Z Plays the Hits on 'SNL'

    Jay-Z's performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend reaffirmed his status as the king of hip-hop. Watch it below! Sounding powerful and looking slick in a leather vest, shades, and a white v-neck, Jay-Z treated America to a medley of hits from the past decade. Backed by a full band, the MC began with a mini-set that felt more like a concert than a TV performance and included "Public Service Announcement" and "99 Problems" from 2004's The Black Album; "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" from 2002's The Blueprint 2; and current chart-toppers "On to the Next One" and "Empire State of Mind" from 2009's The Blueprint 3. Jay-Z protege Bridget Kelly delivered the Alicia Keys hook on "Empire." In his second performance slot, Hova dedicated "Young Forever" to 88-year-old SNL host Betty White, and was joined by soulful Roc Nation signee Mr.

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    WATCH: 90-Minute Muse Concert!

    British rock outfit -- and former SPIN cover stars -- Muse traversed the States earlier this year with the extravagant stage spectacle of the Resistance Tour. Now, they've posted an entire 90-minute concert for online viewing, recorded at Seattle's Key Arena. Watch it below! With an immense stage, laser lights, and three giant video columns, the gig featured much more oomph than their scaled back but awesome set at SXSW. The setlist included tracks like "Uprising" and "Undisclosed," off last year's The Resistance, and catalog classics like Origin of Symmetry's "New Born" and Black Holes and Revelations' "Knights Of Cydonia." The band will resume touring in the U.S. this autumn beginning September 22 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA. Click here for the complete itinerary.

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