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    Chris Brown: Earlier Abuse of Rihanna Alleged

    Chris Brown was formally sentenced to five years probation, one year of domestic-abuse counseling, and 180 days of community service Tuesday, August 25, stemming from his February altercation with Barbados-born singer Rihanna, reports MTV. This sentence upheld the plea deal Brown made in June to avoid jail time. Judge Patricia Schnegg had delayed the sentencing from earlier this month. Domestic violence advocates have argued that the plea agreement and sentencing sends kids the wrong message and that Brown received a lenient sentence due to his celebrity. [Via NY Daily News]. Judge Schnegg also upheld the protective order, issued in March, which demands that Brown remain at least 100 yards away from Rihanna, except at music industry events where the distance is only 10 yards.

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    Listen: New Pearl Jam Song Leaks

    It's been a killer week for Pearl Jam fans. The alt-rockers opened their North American tour in Toronto with a bang, charmed Chicago with a pair of brilliant shows, and unleashed the high voltage music video for the first single single, "Fixer." And now the Seattle band's new song "Supersonic" has leaked! Guitarist Stone Gossard penned the hard-rocking "Supersonic," off their September 20 release Backspacer, and it showcases Eddie Vedder howling at his melodic best. Listen below, and check back to SPIN.com for more from Pearl Jam's U.S. tour, which hits San Francisco's Outside Lands Fest this weekend. LISTEN: Pearl Jam, "Supersonic"

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    Tegan and Sara: Album Details, Tour Dates

    After receiving near unanimous praise for 2007's The Con -- including four of five stars from SPIN -- Tegan and Sara are gearing up for the October 27 release of Sainthood by unveiling the album's cover art and tracklist, plus the first dates of their fall tour. In a new website post -- a rather tame update from the Canadian duo known for posting lengthy iChat recordings and jokingly calling their mother a lesbian -- they reveal titles of the album's 13 songs, including "The Ocean," "Hell," and "On Directing," and three dates of their supporting tour: October 25 at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre, and October 30 & 31 at New York's Town Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 28. The cover art, meanwhile, shows Sara on the left looking serene with Tegan -- whose face is cut-and-pasted on a mannequin of sorts -- looks, well, pissed off.

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    Watch: Them Crooked Vultures Live

    Dave Grohl fans will love the Head Foo's furious drumming on the latest leak from his new supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures' "Elephants."While the song's lyrics are tough to make out, the musical energy comes through loud and clear. Recorded at a surprise festival show in Belgium last week -- Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones' third live performance following their Chicago debut and an Amsterdam gig --"Elephants" features a more prog-metal sound than we've heard from them before. WATCH: Them Crooked Vultures, "Elephants" Live

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    Danzig, Of Montreal Set for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest

    An event that bills itself as Fun Fun Fun Fest sets the bar pretty high for itself, but this year's line-up indeed promises good times. Danzig, Ratatat, Jesus Lizard, Of Montreal, Yeasayer, Mission of Burma, Fucked Up, and Les Savy Fav lead the acts set to take over the festival's four color-coded stages in Austin, Texas' Waterloo Park, November 7-8. The festival lineup covers four broad genres -- punk/hardcore, indie/progressive, hip hop/DJ, comedy/debauchery -- and the eighty-plus artists run the gamut from retro rap (The Cool Kids) to shoegaze (Atlas Sound) to electropunk (Crystal Castles).The Whitest Kids U Know sketch troupe and Brian Posehn head the comedy lineup, sharing the Yellow Stage with indie popsters Destroyer, garage revivalists King Khan & BBQ Show, and more. For the full line-up and ticket information, go to the festival's website.

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    Kiss Announce 35th Anniversary Tour

    Even after 35 years, it seems New York quartet Kiss can still rock'n'roll all night, and the costumed crusaders will do just that on a new 41-date fall tour, dubbed "Kiss Alive/35." The jaunt kicks off September 25 in Detroit, where the band will perform their entire 1975 classic, Alive!. Each show will feature a new stage set, two-and-a-half hours of music, pyro effects, and, most notably, all new costumes. The band will play the classics, plus songs from their October 9 release Sonic Boom. Buckcherry will open all North American dates. "Sonic Boom is our future and Kiss Alive! is our proud past," singer Paul Stanley said. "New stage, new battle gear, and a pyro arsenal that will again show everyone that there is only one Kiss!" "For 35 years, Kiss raised the bar for what a rock concert should really be," Gene Simmons added. "This year is no different -- all new, all killer...

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    Watch: Cameron Crowe Films Pearl Jam

    As we saw during this weekend's tour kick-offs in Toronto and Chicago, energy rarely flags during a Pearl Jam concert. Capturing live passion on camera though is tricky -- even for rock journalist-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe, who directed the band's "The Fixer" music video. Recorded live in May at Seattle's Showbox theater, the new clip for the Backspacer single uses swooping cameras and quick editing to attempt to capture Pearl Jam's live ferocity. Frequent shots show audience members jumping up and down with glee. But take a look for yourself: WATCH: Pearl Jam, "The Fixer"

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    MGMT Discuss New Album

    Brooklyn duo MGMT continue to charm the pants off festival crowds this summer with their psychedelic dance tunes. But what's up with that new album, Congratulations? By the time it's expected out in 2010, nearly three years will have passed since their debut Oracular Spectacular. Backstage at England's V-Fest this past weekend, singer/guitarist Andrew VanWyngarden explained the delay to NME. "We set up to do it really fast originally and then we realized that we don't really work fast," VanWyngarden said. "It takes awhile.... We have music for ten songs right now and four of them have vocals on them... the demos are definitely in a much better-sounding state than they were when we went up to [the studio] last time." VanWyngarden added that several of the band's new tunes were generated on the road.

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    Gogol Bordello Announce Tour, Live DVD

    Their live shows are raucous and sweaty affairs, and now they're available for anyone to see. Gypsy punk trailblazers Gogol Bordello are releasing their first live DVD, Live From Axis Mundi, on October 6, and it includes a full concert, their music videos, and b-sides, plus a bonus CD of outtakes and live tracks.The trailer for Live From Axis Mundi, a SPIN.com exclusive, will leave you breathless all by itself -- watch it below.

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    Rivers Cuomo Explains 'Raditude'

    Since Weezer revealed the title of their upcoming album this week, the internet has been buzzing with two questions: "What the heck is Raditude?" and, "Are these guys serious? In a new Billboard.com interview frontman Rivers Cuomo answers both questions and describes the upcoming record, out October 27. First off, that crazy title. It turns out the name came from Cuomo's sometime collaborator, The Office's Rainn Wilson. "He has a super-rock persona," Cuomo said.

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