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    Watch: Frightened Rabbit Unplugged in NYC

    Scottish quartet Frightened Rabbit recently finished recording their next album -- due in early 2010. (We're fans of their last one, The Midnight Organ Fight.) And while in the U.S. for some concert dates, frontman Scott Hutchison stopped by SPIN's NYC office to play an old song, a brand new one, and an excellent cover. Performing as part of our SPIN Sessions concert series, Hutchison needed only an acoustic guitar to support his wavering tenor, allowing his songs' hummable melodies to shine through in the stripped-down setting. His banter was also sharp. Before playing "The Modern Leper," the buoyant first track off The Midnight Organ Fight, Hutchison challenged the SPIN staff to name another love song about leprosy.

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    AFI Announce Fall Tour

    California's AFI, a.k.a. "Da Emo Boys", haven't played a show in the U.S. since 2007, but that will all change on October 2 when the band kicks off a just-announced eight-date tour in Minneapolis. The brief string of shows will support their September 29 release, Crash Love. Joining the guyliner-sporting rockers will be England's Gallows, a breaking punk quintet featured in our July issue. Animal-rights activists may be mixed on the pairing. PETA recentrly named AFI lead singer Davey Havok one of today's "sexiest vegetarians", but the same organization pattacked Gallows for allegedly recording a pig-slaughtering.

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    Decemberists Extend Fall Tour

    The Decemberists have added 14 shows to their U.S. tour behind The Hazards of Love, the Portland, OR, band's latest album. The new run of gigs will kick off September 20 in Burlington, VT, and conclude in San Francisco Oct 18. The group will continue playing the theatrical new album in its entirety. Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, who have tagged along for much of the Decemberists' "A Short Fazed Hovel" tour (it's an anagram), will reprise their roles as the female characters from the album. Also joining the band on the road will be former Artist of the Day Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames. Before she jumps aboard the tour, though, the Decemberists have a set of summer dates to finish, including a non-Hazards show at the Newport Folk Festival to be broadcast on NPR.

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    Thom Yorke, Bon Iver Confirmed for 'New Moon' Soundtrack

    It seems only last week that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke was only a glint in New Moon director Chris Weitz's eye. Wait, it was only last week!Well, moving fast to keep up with the ever-growing hype surrounding the Twilight sequel, Weitz announced that Yorke has in fact submitted a new tune. At San Diego's Comic Con festivities, Weitz told the adoring crowd that he hasn't actually listened to the track yet, but "unless it's sounds of him belching, I think I'll put it in."If it's anything like the othertwo new tracks Yorke recently debuted, Weitz needn't worry. Also on board is indie woodsman and Volcano Choir-boy Bon Iver. "I selfishly want to put songs in by artists I love," Weitz explained."I think [Bon Iver] is fantastic.

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    Exclusive Song: L.A. Punks the Bronx Go Mariachi!

    Many rock bands' personal experience of Mexican culture is limited to one too many shots of tequila. But Los Angeles punks the Bronx have embraced their SoCal roots to create their alter-ego, Mariachi El Bronx -- donning full South of the Border regalia, playing acoustic instruments and horns, and rocking out Mariachi-style. "Mariachi music is every bit as much a soundtrack to southern California [as punk]," the group explains. The quintet, which released a real punk album last fall, will drop their record as Mariachi El Bronx August 25. For the sessions, the band added Vincent Hidalgo, son of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, to play the guitarrón, an oversized acoustic bass typical of the mariachi sound. One of the record's best tracks is "Quinceniera" (listen below), a snappy tune with a hip-shaking Latin rhythm that's spicier than Salma Hayek (well, maybe not quite).

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    Flight of the Conchords Prep Sophomore Album

    Flight of the Conchords devotees waiting since season two ended to hear "Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)" again will get their chance Oct.

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    Springsteen, U2, Metallica Confirmed for Rock Hall B-Day Bash

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th anniversary this October with a two-night birthday blow-out at New York's Madison Square Garden, featuring performances from a who's who list of rockers, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Metallica, and U2. The Boss, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, and Stevie Wonder have been confirmed for Oct. 29, while Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Metallica, and U2 are on board for the Oct. 30 show. The concerts are being presented by American Express, with all proceeds going to create a permanent endowment for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum. Tickets go on sale first to AmEx cardholders on Monday, July 27, with a general on-sale to follow Aug. 3. Visit rockhall25.com for more details.

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    Jay-Z Reacts to Chris Brown's Public Apology

    When news of Chris Brown and Rihanna's domestic altercation first made headlines in February, HOVA called Brown a "walking dead man." But yesterday, after viewing Brown's public apology, Rihanna's onetime mentor changed his story. "We're all flawed human beings," Jay told European radio host Tim Westwood. "The most he can do is apologize, that's it. What can we say? Everyone should be allowed to make mistakes. It happens." [Via MTV] Jay, born Shawn Carter, also denied rumors that he had somehow blocked Brown from appearing at the recent BET Awards tribute to Michael Jackson. "Let me first categorically deny it, that's not even my style," Jay told Westwood. "If I have a problem with Chris Brown, I have a problem with Chris Brown. I haven't said anything live or behind the scenes. I don't agree with what he did, that's it.

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    Diesel Radio: Les Savy Fav, Lissy Trullie, and More

    Diesel's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City is already an iconic fashion address -- and this week, it's a music mecca, too. Diesel is broadcasting a Diesel:U:Music radio station all week long from a studio in the store's front window, featuring more than 50 celebrity DJs spinning their favorite tunes, plus loads of live performances.The music will be piped to the street outside, allowing the thousands of passers-by the chance to see radio being made -- and it'll be broadcast online at diesel.com. DJ highlights include Les Savy Fav, Luiza Sa of dance rock band CSS, NYC nightlife icons like the Misshapes and Paul Sevigny, and even a SPIN show, airing on Friday! Performance-wise, fans shouldn't miss sets by Siren Festival buzz band Bear Hands or SPIN staff favorite Lissy Trullie, who performed for us in February.

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    Watch: Mile High Fest Artist Interviews

    Those of us not fortunate enough to be out in Colorado for the Mile High Festival this past weekend watching Tool's first performance in eighteen months or Gogol Bordello's crowd-surfing gypsy-punk can catch up on the excitement with SPIN's artist interviews, filmed live at the Budweiser Lager Sessions area. Whether it's 3OH!3 dishing about Lil' Jon's condom collection or Galactic describing "gay-bounce" music, check out our video interviews with artists from the weekend's Mile High Festival in Denver. We also chatted with the Fray, India.Arie, Jet, Matt Nathanson, Ani DiFranco, the Duke Spirit, and Needtobreathe, who gave us a stripped-down performance! WATCH:

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