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    Weezer Plan All-Star Cruise Fest

    Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed the group's coolest concert yet: a five-day sea-faring music festival dubbed The Weezer Cruise, set to take place early next year. And the guys have roped in some pals for the party, including Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Wavves, the Antlers, Yuck, Free Energy, and Sleeper Agent. The ship sails from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico, on January 19-23. Watch Cuomo discussing it in the video below. Music won't be the only distraction, though. The Carnival Destiny ship will host games and activities, 24-hour room service, "a few rounds of bingo," plus day trips to Cozumel's beaches. Also: these guys will be there.Weezer, meanwhile, will play three sets throughout, plus participate in a Q&A session and personalized photo-ops. Prices start at $799 per person for double cabins, or four attendees can bunk together for $599 per person.

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    Ra Ra Riot's Mathieu Santos' Solo Project

    As one of the founding members of the New York orchestral-pop outfit Ra Ra Riot, bassist Mathieu Santos has been content to remain in the background. But the Brooklyn-based musician is stepping out with a side-project and will release his debut album Massachusetts 2010 on Barsuk Records August 2. SPIN has a taste of the record with the lead track "I Can Hear the Trains Coming," which you can hear here. Mathieu Santos, "I Can Hear The Trains Coming" (DOWNLOAD) The project began during sessions for Ra Ra Riot's last album,The Orchard,which was cut on a peach farm in rural Massachusetts and featured Santos' first solely written tune, "Massachusetts." Once the album wrapped, Santos began writing more tracks on his own. "When I started working these songs I got really into the whole process and ended up writing the ten songs that ended up on the album," he tells SPIN.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Mayhem in Atlanta With the Black Lips

    Riding mattresses down the street and lighting guitars on fire may be wild shenanigans for the average Joe. But for Atlanta's Black Lips, a band known for outlandish stage hijinks including nudity and vomiting, it's just another hometown photo shoot.While capturing images for our July issue, SPIN photo director Michelle Egiziano and photographer Ture Lillegraven visited frontman Cole Alexander's home in Cabbagetown, just outside Atlanta. It was Egiziano who suggested pulling the quartet around town on a mattress tied to the back of an SUV."They said, 'Sure!,' no hesitation," recalls Egiziano. "They acted like we were asking them to drink beers by the pool."But the fiery shot that made the magazine cover was the band's own idea. "When we got to the studio for the cover setup, Cole quietly approached me and asked, 'Hey, do you mind if I set this guitar on fire?'" says Egiziano.

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    Portishead Map First U.S. Tour in 13 Years

    Portishead fans in North America are all too familiar with the gaps in the UK trip-hop trio's 17-year career, especially when it comes to seeing them on a stateside tour. But after the band finishes curating two days of ATP's All Tomorrow's Parties in early October, Portishead will embark on its first full North American trek since 1998. Check out the full list of dates below. The 10-city jaunt will come three years after the release of Portishead's third album, Third (which came 11 years after the band's second, self-titled LP), and their mind-blowing performance at 2008's Coachella festival. "We've always thought that we must come back to tour in the States, something we wanted to do with the release of Third, but our schedule just wouldn't allow it," said Portishead's Adrian Utley.

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    Best of Glastonbury: Radiohead, Beyonce, U2

    It was an action-filled weekend in rural Somerset, England, for the annual Glastonbury Music and Arts Festival, the world's largest outdoor music event with more than 100,000 fans. Highlights included headlining sets from U2, Coldplay, and Beyonce, who recruited British trip-hopper Tricky to guest on "Baby Boy." The pop diva also covered songs by Alanis Morrissette ("You Oughta Know"), Kings of Leon ("Sex on Fire"), and Prince ("Beautiful Ones"). "A girl, a woman, a young lady has not headlined here for 20 years," she said of her landmark set. "This is history." Radiohead dropped in for a surprise set, as did reformed British alt-rock heroes Pulp, who ran through their '90s hits to wild applause. Also making the trek to Worthy Farm were legends Paul Simon, B.B.

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    Wiley's Guide to the Hottest British Hip-Hop

    If any rapper knows what's next in British hip-hop, it's Wiley.

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    ALBUM STREAM: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

    Smith Westerns, Telekinesis, and Yuck are three of the hottest new bands to break out in 2011. But which up-and-coming act are they crushing on? Portland, OR-based trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who have been recruited to tour with all three on the strength of their psychedelic self-titled debut for Fat Possum Records. Listen to the entire album below before its June 21 release. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the brainchild of New Zealand-born Ruban Nielson, whose defunct power-pop and noise rock band Mint Chicks were gaining steam in his native country, winning five Tui awards, NZ's equivalent of a Grammy, playing the massive Big Day Out Festival, and opening for bands like the White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and TV on the Radio.

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    EXCLUSIVE: New D.C. Quartet Deleted Scenes

    What do you get when you mix the smart, sweeping pop of the Shins with Talking Heads' artful angst? Something like Washington, D.C., quartet Deleted Scenes. Check out our premiere of the first single, "Bedbedbedbedbed," from their second album, Young People's Church of the Air (due in September). The song is an indie club anthem with floating guitars, gentle-and-charming melodies, and military-march drums, paired with come-hither lyrics from frontman Dan Scheuerman: "Won't you crawl into my bed?" he asks. Sexy! Actually, not really... "It's a broken love song," Scheuerman tells SPIN. "I had been sleeping in the band's van and in friends' closets for a couple months during a long-distance period of a relationship, living very selfishly and not paying my college loans or cutting my hair or returning phone calls.

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