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    Author Salman Rushdie, Dredg Join Forces for SPIN Charity Event

    An internationally renowned author doesn't often share the stage with an alternative rock band, but when there's a good cause to support, anything is possible. On October 1, Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie will join San Francisco rockers Dredg at NYC's Housing Works Bookstore Café for the third installment of SPIN's Liner Notes series, a special event that unites authors and musicians for an evening of collaboration -- and fundraising. All proceeds from Liner Notes benefit Housing Works, a non-profit that strives to ensure that homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and their families have adequate housing, food, social support, drug treatment, health care, and employment. Tickets will go onsale Aug.

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    Watch: 50 Cent's New Lady-Pleasing Video

    Apparently, the economic recession doesn't apply to 50 Cent -- or his lady friends. The rapper's "Funny How Time Flies" video sees him driving his girl around in a fancy white convertible -- top-down of course -- boasting about a life of "trips to P.R., sex in the car, floatin' diamonds shapar." "I know what she like," he spits in that characteristic drawl, "I know what she want." The track comes off his mixtape Forever King, released earlier this month. His long-delayed full-length studio album, Before I Self-Destruct, drops this fall. Watch below. WATCH: 50 Cent, "Funny How Time Flies"

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    New 50 Cent Album Coming In September

    50 Cent's long-delayed Before I Self Destruct finally has a release date after two years of delays, MTV News reports.The album, his fourth, drops September 29 and 50 says the wait was worth it. "My album -- it's perfect," he told MTV. "I'm ready. I'm ready to put this album out. I really don't need adjustments." He may be ready, but the album isn't just yet.For that, blame deadline-phobic producer Dr. Dre."I need a few songs to be finished," 50 said."Dre, he drags his feet. He's slow, but it's because he's so creative.

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    Watch: Everest Cover Crazy Horse Guitarist's Somber Ballad

    It's not every day you meet a band that can name a member of Crazy Horse whose name doesn't end in "Young."It's even rarer to find a band that actually knows that member's solo material.In our new video below, Everest pulls off both feats.The member in question is Danny Whitten, a guitarist who played on the seminal Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After the Gold Rush.He died of a heroin overdose in 1972 (it's no secret that Neil Young composed "The Needle and the Damage Done" partly about him), but before he passed, he wrote the gorgeous "Look at All the Things."In retrospect, it should be no surprise that Everest knows this tune.Neil Young did hand-pick them to open his North American tour last fall, so they must share some common ground.Everest unearthed this gem for us in an acoustic set down at Bonnaroo -- watch them play their own song, "Rebels in the Roses," here.With this sad

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    Watch: Alberta Cross Cover John Lennon

    If you listened to our stream of "Leave Us and Forget Us," you know that Alberta Cross lace their sing-along hooks with Southern rock swagger.If you watched our first round of backstage Bonnaroo performances, you know they sound just as sharp exploring folksy, acoustic side territory.Now we've got another video from that unplugged session, and it finds the band digging deep into the John Lennon catalog."Steel and Glass" comes originally from Lennon's Walls and Bridges album, but the record could just as well have been called Burning Bridges, based on the hostility he exhibits.Setting the bar for dis tracks everywhere, "Steel and Glass" is an angry tirade against former manager Allen Klein."Your phone don't ring; no one answers your call," Lennon wrote."How does it feel to be off the wall?"The lyrics may be hostile, but Alberta Cross frontman Petter Ericson Stakee calls it one of his favo

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    Watch: Gnarls, Fall Out Boy, Panic Members In Coke Ad

    Question: Why did the zebra lead the children into an abandoned alley? Answer: To show them a musical fantasy world where Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump flies a fish helicopter, Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy dances with robots, Panic at the Disco's Brendan Urie reports the news, and up-and-comer Janelle Monae teaches an elementary school how to shake it. Oh, and the zebra?He turns into Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green and proceeds to sing! Such is the magic at work in "Open Happiness," a new music video that's equal parts Willy Wonka, Teletubbies, and a bad acid trip. The song was written by Green and producer Butch Walker.

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    Strokes Singer Julian Casablancas Announces Solo Album

    The Strokes haven't released an album since 2006, but frontman Julian Casablancas has kept busy nonetheless. Whether he's collaborating with Gnarls Barkley mastermind Danger Mouse or the guys from Saturday Night Live, the line "feat. Julian Casablancas" has cropped up regularly on iTunes. And now the garage rock poster boy is branching out on his own with Phrazes for the Young, his debut solo album out this fall. For those keeping track, that makes him the fourth Stroke to go solo, following guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture,and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Casablancas previews the disc on his website with a short film (watch it below) that cryptically proclaims, "Drunkenness is cowardice. Sobriety is loneliness," alongside a series of zany special effects of city skylines and bee hives.

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    Exclusive Song: Alberta Cross' Southern Swagger

    "Leave Us and Forgive Us" is a fist-pumping banger ready to get the party started, so why is it the second-to-last track on Alberta Cross' debut Broken Side of Time? "Loading up the first half of records with the strongest material is what record labels do, not artists," frontman Petter Ericson Stakee tells SPIN.com about the song, which you can stream below."You don't use the best parts of a movie in the beginning." These London rockers, who recently moved to Brooklyn, released a pair of acclaimed EPs that landed them the opening slot for Oasis, the Shins, and Bat for Lashes.

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    WATCH: Lily Allen's Party Girl Turns 30 -- Ouch!

    Considering her constant beefing with fellow pop stars, esteemed journalistic institutions, and music itself, "introspective" may not be the first word that comes to mind to describe Lily Allen. But in her new music video for "22," SPIN's February cover girl plays a club kid reflecting on her life of boozing and one-night stands. "When she was 22 the future looked bright," Allen sings in the latest single off It's Not Me, It's You, "but she's nearly 30 now and she's out every night." To illustrate her point, Allen plays both sides of a bathroom-mirror narrative, in which a younger Allen speaks with her older, trashier self during a break from the dance floor. For better or worse, the two versions of Lily are best differentiated by how well they apply their mascara. WATCH: Lily Allen, "22"

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    Atlas Sound Taps Animal Collective, Stereolab Members for New Album

    When an early version of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox's second album under the Atlas Sound moniker leaked to the internet last summer, the Atlanta native was peeved."Fuck this shit," he wrote to his blog at the time. "It's not finished and now it never will be." Well, much like fellow DIY-er Trent Reznor, Cox sometimes changes his mind."I did not react well to the leak, in retrospect," he wrote in a press release for his new album, titled Logos, which is, in fact, finished and will be released on October 20. After all the leak drama, though, Cox is done with self-analysis. Logos is "not about me," he wrote of the new album's lyrics. "[They're] not autobiographical. The view is a lot more panoramic and less close-up.

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