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    EXCLUSIVE: The Kooks Debut Two New Songs

    After three years, British rockers the Kooks will return with their third album, Junk of the Heart, on September 13. Get a sneak peek with two of its songs - "Mr. Nice Guy" and "Fuck the World Off" - available exclusively here. SPIN caught up with frontman Luke Pritchard to get the details on the band's synth-spiked sound and last-minute switch in producers that forced the them to scrap half their recorded material and start over. The title Junk of the Heart certainly suggests a lot of emotional drama..."Yeah. That phrase kept coming back to me. Even before we went to record, I wanted to name the album that. It made sense. The songs lyrically are about baggage, my 'Junk of the Heart.' I got very obsessed with the relationship between pain and love, and how you can't have one without the other.

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    Kooks Free Download, U.S. Tour News

    Brit rockers the Kooks will support their next album, Junk of the Heart (out September 13), with a 17-date U.S. tour beginning November 15 in Philadelphia. It'll be the group's first trek in three years, during which time they've emerged as one of the hottest young bands in the U.K. SPIN has an exclusive download of a new song - a lovely acoustic version of the album's killer title track, which has been burning up alternative radio this summer. Download it in exchange for an email address below. Expect the Kooks' new material to be some of their most upbeat yet. "What we really wanted to do was build a proper, full album," frontman Luke Pritchard tells SPIN.

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    Mastodon Roar Back With Monster Metal Anthem

    Atlanta metal kings Mastodon will return September 27 with their highly anticipated fifth album The Hunter - and the group have offered up the first track from the record, titled "Black Tongue." Check it out - along with haunting visuals provided by artist A.J. Fosik - here. Brent Hinds told SPIN in May that the new LP would be a "jump-on-your-bed, get naked, and go streaking kind of record" - and that definitely holds true for "Black Tongue." It's three-and-a-half unrelenting minutes of buzzsaw riffs, double-helix guitar soloing, and pummeling drums. "I haven't had this feeling about a Mastodon record since [2004's] Leviathan," Hinds added. "It's just fucking awesome." Fans can pre-order a "Limited Edition Package" from the band's official site.

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    Strokes Tribute Album: PB&J, Real Estate + More

    Last week, SPIN released a tribute album commemorating the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. But 2011 is the 10th anniversary of several great records, including the Strokes' debut, Is This It? -- and the folks over at Stereogum have compiled their collection of covers honoring that landmark release. Download Stroked: A Tribute To 'Is This It?' for free on their website. Is This It? -- which ranks at No. 18 on SPIN's 125 Best Albums list -- never hit No. 1 on the charts like Nevermind did, but it reached No.

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    Musicians and Friends Remember Amy Winehouse

    When news broke on Saturday that Amy Winehouse was dead, the reaction from the music community was immediate. Artists like Mark Ronson and Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch grieved on Twitter, while singer Adele and comic Russell Brand posted heartfelt notes and remembrances on their websites. And the tributes continue to flow in the days since she was found in her London flat: ADELE"Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing. I don't think she ever realized just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming." [Adele] RUSSELL BRAND "She wasn't just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes.

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    EXCLUSIVE: L.A.'s Grouplove Howl on New Tune

    The Black Keys channeled the spirit of packs of wild animals with their Brothers song "Howlin' For You," but artsy L.A. quintet Grouplove take the full moon concept to new heights on the closing track to their debut LP, Never Trust a Happy Song. Listen to the energetic "Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten" below. LISTEN: Grouplove, "Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten" Grouplove, one of SPIN's must-hear acts of SXSW, built up to the release of Happy Song with a semi-controversial music video for their catchy single "Colours" and touring dates with Florence + the Machine, Foster the People, and the Joy Formidable. "Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten" introduces itself with collective howls from the band before moving into slowly-building acoustic guitar and call-and-response vocals.

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    Skrillex Plans Massive 51-City Tour

    From Korn collaborations and continual touring to releasing three well-received EPs, Skrillex, aka Sonny Moore, is not one to sit around while contemplating his next move. Today he announced another robust string of North American concert dates. Check out the full list below. The 51-city trek, dubbed "The Mothership Tour," will see Skrillex hitting large and small locales all over the U.S. and Canada. "This is going to be an incredible tour," he says.

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    EXCLUSIVE: LCD Bandmember's Electro Film Score

    Trent Reznor (The Social Network) isn't the only SPIN favorite making a name composing music for movies. Fall On Your Sword, the electronic duo featuring founding LCD Soundsystem member Philip Mossman, wrote the score to Sundance prizewinner Another Earth, which hits theaters in NYC and LA this weekend. Watch the debut music video, "The First Time I Saw Jupiter," exclusively here. The clip is set in a science classroom, where video projections, stop-motion graphics, and animated special effects whirl around to FOYS' beautiful, blip-y soundscape, replete with staccato chirps, reverberating guitar, and laser-like electronics, underpinned by a harrowing synth beat.

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    Bjork Ponders Existence on New Song "Cosmogony"

    Cosmogony is a theory that attempts to explain the origins of the universe and human existence. It also happens to be the title of a song from Björk's forthcoming Biophilia, the Icelandic singer's ambitious album and iPad app. The single will get an official release on iTunes tomorrow, but the track is available for streaming over at All Neon Like. As the title suggests, Björk delivers a haunting and mysterious ballad, peppered with horns, a subsonic pitter-pattering beat, and other symphonic sounds. The spare, minimal instrumentation allows Björk's voice to take center stage, as she unspools her own understanding of how the universe came to be. Evidently, it involves a fox.

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    Hear the Wu-Tang Clan, Fugazi Mash-Up Album

    From The Grey Album to Girl Talk to The Brothers of Chico Dusty, there's been no shortage of musicians mashing together unlikely musical pairs. But could you ever imagine the formula working between the kung-fu-obsessed hip-hoppers Wu-Tang Clan and straight-edge punks Fugazi? Thanks to two sharp-eared musicians, it does. Pick up 13 Chambers, a wild release from Wugazi, as a free download here. The Wugazi project is the brainchild of Minneapolis producers Cecil Otter (who is also an emcee in P.O.S.'s Doomtree hip-hop collective) and Swiss Andy (real name: Andrew Lund).

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