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    Gorillaz Announce North American Tour Dates

    Blur frontman Damon Albarn's animated group Gorillaz will come to life this fall on a 19-date North American tour. The Brit band will kick off their "Escape to Plastic Beach" trek on October 2 in Montreal, then hit arenas in cities across the U.S., from Boston to Dallas to Seattle. Gorillaz will also drop into New York City for a rock'n'roll right of passage: their first headlining show at Madison Square Garden on October 8. The tour closes out November 3 in Vancouver, BC. Why should you go? SPIN gave the band's new album Plastic Beach -- a name that came to Albarn while watching people and animals forage through a Malian garbage dump -- high marks for its emotional weight and cameos from Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, Mark E.

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    Terry Gilliam to Direct Live Arcade Fire Webcast

    Arcade Fire's too-brief, 10-date North American tour is a hot ticket, but fans worldwide can watch their upcoming date at NYC's Madison Square Garden live via Vevo -- and Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil) has been tapped to direct the webcast. The show -- in support of Arcade Fire's superb new album The Suburbs (out August 3) -- will air August 5 at 10 P.M. EST, via the band's Vevo page. Arcade Fire's webcast kicks off a new online concert series launched by American Express and YouTube called Unstaged. The two companies co-produced a DA Pennebaker-directed online broadcast of the National's set at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this year. John Legend and the Roots are slated for an Unstaged concert later in 2010. Will you be catching Arcade Fire from your laptop?Let us know in the comments section below!

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    Jagger, Scorsese Team for HBO Music Drama

    Martin Scorsese is taking his love for rock'n'roll from the silver screen to the TV screen, and Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is onboard for the effort. According to Deadline, the Academy Award-winning director (The Departed) and the rock legend are developing a series for HBO called History of Music, which is a period drama that "follows two friends through 40 years in the music business, from the early days of R&B to contemporary hip-hop." Sopranos writer-producer Terence Winter, who recently worked with Scorsese on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, is being brought in to write the script. History of Music has been in the works for over three years. It originated as a feature film project, first at Disney and most recently at Paramount (Scorsese was attached to direct). HBO is now in the talks to buy the treatment from Paramount.

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    WATCH: Nicki Minaj Plays Samurai in New Video!

    Singer-rapper Nicki Minaj can add "Karate Kid" to her growing list of alter egos (which already includes "Harajuku Barbie," Freddy Krueger, and "Roman Zolanski"). The glossy new video for her hit single, "Your Love," directed by Lil X (a protégé of legendary hip-hop video director Hype Williams), plays out like an R&B Shakespearean tragedy set in Japan: Minaj portrays a sexy samurai-in-training with the hots for her sensei. Unfortunately for the singer, so does a fellow student, and it's a duel to the death for their master's heart.

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    Brandon Flowers Announces First Solo Shows

    The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers will be hitting the road this August for a five-city tour to promote the release of his debut solo album Flamingo, which hits stores September 14.See the complete list of dates below!

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    Mercury Prize Shortlist: The xx, Dizzee Rascal & More

    The shortlist for the 2010 Mercury Prize, the prestigious U.K. music honor, has been announced with nominations going to some of the nation's hottest exports this year, like the xx, Foals, and Mumford & Sons, as well as more seasoned musicians like Paul Weller and Corinne Bailey Rae. See the full list below! The Mercury Prize is awarded to the year's best album by a British or Irish artist, as chosen by a panel of musicians, producers, and media representatives. U.K. oddsmakers William Hill pick Dizzee Rascal and the xx as co-favorites at 4-1 odds. The winner will be named September 7 during a televised ceremony in London. SPIN's Mikael Wood called Bailey Rae's latest release, The Sea, "achingly beautiful." And we compared her North American tour kick-off in April to a religious experience.

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    Perry Farrell: Gaga is Lolla's "Centerpiece"

    Lollapalooza kicks off August 6 in Chicago's Grant Park, and while the line-up features big-name rock acts like Green Day, Soundgarden, and the Strokes, it's pop radio queen Lady Gaga that festival founder Perry Farrell is hailing as the event's main attraction. "When I think about Lollapalooza, in that gorgeous setting of Grant Park, with the amazing buildings all around us, lit up, I see her and her show as being a centerpiece to the evening," Farrell, the singer of Jane's Addiction, told MTV. "Her presentation is so overwhelming that some may overlook the music... but the truth is, her music, to me, is right where music should be," he added. "It's on the cutting edge, but it's [also] in the crosshairs of where every musician is aiming these days... She's this hybrid of Yoko Ono, sort of the Plastic Ono Band meets Madonna meets Elton John.

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    Pink Rushed to Hospital After Onstage Fall

    Pink was rushed to the hospital Thursday night after she fell from a suspended harness during her concert in Nuremberg, Germany, and fell onto a steel barricade. A fan captured the incident on video. Watch below. The 30-year-old singer addressed fans via Twitter on her way to receive treatment. "To all my nurnberg [sic] fans - I am so so so sorry to end the show that way... I'm in ambulance now but I will b fine." Pink later explained that her harness had been attached incorrectly. "Didn't get clipped in2 harness correctly, drug me off stage, fell in2 barricade," she Tweeted. "Getting xrays. I hope it at least looked cool!!!" Acrobatics are a vital part to Pink's Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour -- it features numerous circus-inspired stunts plus other stage productions, like huge inflatable harlequins and Broadway-worthy choreography (read our review of her tour kickoff here).

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    Facebook Movie Trailer: Timberlake, Radiohead Cover

    The trailer for The Social Network, Fight Club director David Fincher's film about Facebook (out October 1), just hit the Web and it's full of music: Justin Timberlake even acts in the clip, which is soundtracked by a version of Radiohead's "Creep" performed by an all-girl Belgian choir. Best of all: the movie looks really good. Watch below. The Social Network focuses on Mark Zuckerberg (played by Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg), who founded Facebook in 2004 in his Harvard dorm room, and his partners: Sean Parker, Facebook's first president, played by Timberlake, and Eduardo Saverin, its first business manager, played by Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). The film's connections to music go deeper than Radiohead covers and Timberlake. As previously reported, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor is writing and recording the score to the movie.

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    Amy Winehouse: New Album Out This Year

    The wait for a third album from oft-troubled British singer Amy Winehouse might be over by the end of the year. "The album will be six months at the most," Winehouse told London's Metro this week at the premiere of horror flick Psychosis, directed by her new boyfriend Reg Traviss."It's going to be very much the same as my second album, where there's a lot of jukebox stuff... I just can't wait to have some new songs [to perform] on stage." It's been nearly four years since Winehouse's career-making, Mark Ronson-produced Back to Black was released, beginning a stretch that ranged from amazing highs (five wins on Grammy night in 2008) to some horrific lows (the singer's very public battles with substance abuse, her destructive marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil). Read more in SPIN's July 2007 cover story. Not surprisingly, skepticism abounds.

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