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    DOWNLOAD: New Amanda Palmer Song

    For ex-Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, freedom sounds like a sweet folk ballad. The cabaret songstress has just posted a new song, "The Truth...," as a free download on her website to commemorate her release from Roadrunner Records. The tune features Jason Webley on guitar and Sam Kulik (from Palmer's touring band the Nervous Cabaret) on trombone. It arrives with a "heart on her sleeve" letter to fans about her career and new pictures from the studio. Palmer -- ever the social media junkie -- Tweeted up a storm Tuesday night, writing that she was celebrating her newfound artistic freedom by drinking from a keg before an impromptu Webcast, in which she performed "The Truth..." live, among other songs, from her parents' house in Lexington, MA. Listen to "The Truth..." below, then tell us what you think in the comment section.

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    Tour Updates: Against Me!, LCD Soundsystem

    AGAINST ME!The Floridian punk outfit have just announced a 21-date North American trek in support of White Crosses (out June 8), their high anticipated follow up to SPIN's 2007 Album of the Year New Wave. The trek kicks off April 16 in Greenville, SC, and wraps up May 11 in San Antonio, TX.

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    MGMT, Duran Duran Cover David Bowie

    David Bowie may be keeping a low profile, but his musical descendents are speaking up. MGMT, Duran Duran, Vivian Girls, and Chairliftround out the eclectic cast behind Repetition: A Tribute to David Bowie, a double album homage to Mr.

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    U2's Rose Bowl Concert Comes to DVD

    U2's October 2009 stop for 97,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, streamed in HD to the entire world via YouTube, and now it's being released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 3. Watch a trailer below! Filmed by 27 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger, who helmed the band's 3D concert movie that screened in theaters last year, the gig was U2's largest ever in the U.S. and was viewed over 10 million times in one week on the Dublin rockers' YouTube channel. (The Rose Bowl video is no longer available on the channel, but you can check out other U2 clips there.) U2360° at the Rose Bowl will will also contain a tour documentary, Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°.

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    WATCH: Hayley Williams Covers Lady Gaga

    Hayley Williams is no stranger to covers -- with her band Paramore she covered Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" last year -- but yesterday she took on the biggest pop star of them all, posting a tossed off, piano-led, solo cover of Lady Gaga's 2009 smash hit "Bad Romance" -- watch the TwitVid below! "Feel a bit crazy posting this, but you asked for it!" Williams tweeted. "My apologies to Miss Gaga. Love, your friend, Lady Haha." In the clip, the pop/punk heroine fixes her signature tequila-sunrise hair before jumping into an effortless yet pitch-perfect cover, first posted this morning by the Village Voice. "Why haven't I ever done this before?" Williams tweeted while recording the song.

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    FREE MP3: New Song From Tokyo Police Club

    Tokyo Police Club are back. With a new album on the horizon, their second full-length, the Ontario-bred indie-rockers are whetting fans' appetites, posting their newest song, "Breakneck Speed," for download on their official website. Reverb-infused guitar carries the track, which finds Tokyo Police Club channeling their frantic sound into a dynamic, mid-tempo pop anthem. As singer David Monk reflects on a failed relationship, he chants an appropriate refrain: "It's good to be back, good to be back." Dropping June 8, Champ follows 2008's Elephant Shell. The band recently made a video teaser for the new album, where they discuss Champ's new sound, their recent move to LA, and dictionaries.

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    DOWNLOAD: Free Phoenix Live Album

    After receiving much love from audiences over the past year, and winning a Grammy, French pop band Phoenix is giving something back: a free live album is now available for download on their website. Recorded earlier this month, Live in Sydney includes performances of eight tracks from 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which landed at No.

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    LISTEN: MGMT's New Album!

    It's finally here. Three years after the release of their smash debut, Brooklyn's MGMT are streaming their much-anticipated second album, Congratulations (out April 13), via their official website. Listen to all nine tracks here! Don't confuse this "official" leak with last week's "unoffical" one. Explains the band: "Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn't make sense to anyone but us." Produced by Spaceman 3's Pete Kember (a.k.a. Sonic Boom), Congratulations is MGMT's experimental journey into psychedelia, giving a glimpse into their record collections, which clearly include Pink Floyd, the Zombies, T. Rex, the Kinks, and more.

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    WATCH: Lupe Fiasco and Kenna's New Video

    Never shying away from a good cause, hip-hop stars Lupe Fiasco and Kenna -- who recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to fight the worldwide water crisis -- have just released the video for "Resurrection," their collaborative benefit song to support relief efforts in Haiti. Watch below. Produced by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, "Resurrection" works as both a club bumper and a sincere tribute to the horrific tragedy.

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    D'Angelo Arrested for Soliciting Sex in NYC

    Grammy award-winning R&B singer D'Angelo, born Michael Archer, was arrested Saturday night in New York City for allegedly offering an undercover policewoman $40 for oral sex while he cruised alone in his Range Rover SUV, the NY Post reports. Police discovered $12,000 cash in the singer's car and later charged him with solicitation. Monday afternoon, D'Angelo's management released a statement. "We know there is a lot of speculation in regard to the arrest of D'Angelo in New York City this past weekend. We would like his fans and the public at large to know that D'Angelo has pled not guilty -- and is contesting the allegations made against him.

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