• More News on 50 Cent, Michael Jackson, and Coldplay

    Michael Jackson Arrives Late to Court Wearing Pajamas, Faces Angry Judge Arriving more than a half an hour late for court, Jacko leaves the bling at home in favor of dinner jacket and jammies. He spends the day listening damaging, gut-wrenching testimony from a cancer surviving accuser. The only upshot is at least he's didn't bring his monkey. nypost.com 50 Cent and the Game Bury the Hatchet Unfortunately The Hatchet was the latest signing to G-Unit. mtv.com Rush Guitarist to Stand Trial for Assault The incident occurred after an on air performance by Rush at Hot 97.

  • 50 Cent and The Game Make Nice, Trial Set for Rush Guitarist Accused of Assault, more...

    50 And The Game Kiss and Make Up MTV.com Trial Set For Rush Guitarist Accused Of Assault Yahoo.com Harvard Newspaper Calls Hillary Duff A Loser And A Chicken MTV.com Jadakiss Strikes Back At 50 For "Piggy Bank"The Game might be done, but at least we can count on Jadakiss MTV.com DMB Driver Admits He Dumped Human WasteDid he really expect no one would notice 800 pounds of shit? Billboard.com Ginger Spice's Solo Tour CancelledTo the sorrow of thousands of fans.....wait.... Launch.com Babyshambles Gig Cancelled Due To "Family Bereavement"By which they probably meant, Pete got arrested. Again. Launch.com

  • Hot 97 Bans Posses, Michael Jackson's Trial, more...

    Posses banned at Hot 97 The carpenters' union, which owns the Hot 97 building, has ordered that rappers only be allowed to bring one person inside with them. I guess they're still trying to catch up on repairs to last year's bullet holes. NY Daily News.com Jackson's Lawyer Pokes Holes In Testimony Of Boy's Brother The choice of any form of the word "poking" for any headline related to this case is unfortunate. MTV.com Nick And Jessica Getting Back To The Reality Of The Studio Nick also says he's thinking of reuniting 98 Degrees. If the Backstreet Boys are playing Irving Plaza, I guess this also-ran group can look forward to packed gigs at the Mercury Lounge. MTV.com Fred Durst Promises 'Brutal' New Limp Bizkit Album As if the public hasn't been brutalized by Durst enough in recent days.

  • News on 50 Cent, Weezer, Oasis, more...

    50 Cent denies shooting has anything to do with rap battles.This just in: 50 Cent also made ambassador to Neverland for the sunken city of Atlantis.MTV.com Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda claims that his "friends" Common and Black Thought will be guest rapping on his new hip hop album. They are not your friends, Mike.MTV.com The Weezer album has a title! And a release...month! Little tidbits of Weezer news. Like manna from heaven.NME.com The Oasis album. Also a title! And an actual release date! And a single called "Lyla." Little tidbits of Oasis news. Sort of like a stale saltine.NME.com We can't even imagine the total awesomeness of the benefit concerts that are going to result from this: CBGB's may be forced to close if Hilly Kristal can't get enough money to sign a new lease.NME.com Al Sharpton asks the FCC to ban rappers who "use violence to settle scores." Can't save the world.

  • The Music, Morningwood, and Kasabian

    Yes, it's true that Kasabian and the Music are almost entirely unoriginal. But within the realm of the live music experience, this should not be a sticking point. Besides, many of the people being force-fed the current crop of British imports probably missed bands like Primal Scream in their heyday anyway. We should be able to avoid the critical rut of relying on comparisons. It's a difficult fucking task though, I know. A recent show at New York City's Irving Plaza kicked off with local act, Morningwood, who could very well be accused of the aforementioned stylistic poaching. Having first made the scene when New York City rock was resurrected in 2002, Morningwood were branded from birth as a sub-standard Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Maybe it's the libidinous frontwoman, Chantal Claret, or the quick spurts of sludgy rock they dash off as fully fledged songs.

  • 20 Years of Classic Photos

    clippings, the ticket stubs. But what truths can we really hold when itcomes to our icons? Even the most skilled rock journalist will onlydivine what a cornered musician wishes to reveal during the course of acarefully arranged and negotiated sit-down. It's in the photographs,however, that we begin to get a deeper understanding. Here, we see thethings that artists can't completely mask. In this collection oftimeless portraits from the pages of Spin -- a special sectionthat kicks off our 20th-anniversary year – Beck appears quizzical andprobably is; Marilyn Manson looks demented and probably isn't; Chuck Dseems furious, but look closer and there's some worry too; and KurtCobain is, for a moment, at least, content.

  • Ben Kweller Lays Down the Rules at SPINhouse Live

    Ben Kweller burst into the Spin offices all dewy-faced and glowing on a Thursday night in September. "I'm sorry I'm late," he told us, looking down at his perfectly worn urban cowboy boots, "I was stuck on the F train." But all was forgiven as the singer/songwriter picked up his guitar and launched into an acoustic version of the modern classic "Ice Ice Baby," changing lyrics when necessary to intensify his bordering-on-emo appeal. Kweller finished his set in a smooth thirty minutes, managing to cover all the highlights from his short career ("Tylenol" and "Commerce, TX," were especially well-received). An audible sigh of disappointment could be heard when one of his lyrics from the title track of his new album On My Way, made reference to his marital status.

  • Burning Down the (SPIN)House with the Fever

    "Welcome to the board meeting," Fever frontman Geremy Jasper offered to a packed house in the SPIN offices one recent night. "We have a PowerPoint presentation coming up." He was joking, thankfully, opting instead for a raucous installment of the SPINHouse Live series, one that rattled our humble edifice and undoubtedly enraged many late-night workers. With a brutal sound that relied on Jasper's bratty, provocative rants, Sanchez Esquire's fidgety guitar licks, Doors-like melodies from organist J, and the relentless rhythm section of bassist Pony and drummer Achilles, the Fever were an ace attraction for the rocking-ist of happy hours...

  • Louis XIV

    Hometown: San Diego, CA Sounds Like: More attacks from T. Rex than in Jurassic Park, but it's not just a flair for glam rock that sews the sequins on this ten-song sequence. Singer Jason Hill totally said "neato" and checked his libido on lead single "Finding Out True Love Is Blind," making a breathy, throbbing come-on to ladies like "Chocolate Girl" and "Carrot Juice," a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of lascivious delights. "Illegal Tender" and "Hey Teacher" mine dumptruck loads of Stonesian riffs that leave Louis XIV just an iPod commercial away from superstardom. Jerk it out, baby. Fun Facts: The band's tunes made their way into the offices of influential UK rock rag NME after Spin's Ultragrrrl put out a three-song Louis XIV single last fall on her Stolen Transmission label; the 500-copy pressing sold out in just two months.

  • Tracy + the Plastics

    Hometown: Olympia, Washington Discography: 2001 - Muscler's Guide to Videonics (Chainsaw)2004 - Culture for Pigeon (Troubleman Unlimited)2005 - Real Damage EP (with the Gossip) (Dim Mak) Fun Facts: Tracy + the Plastics are actually all one person. On stage Wynne Greenwood is Tracy, while recorded images of Greenwood are projected as her back-up singers, the Plastics ("Nikki Romano" and "Cola"). Kind of like the Supremes on acid. Sounds Like: Throaty, distorted, electro-dance avant-garde. Singer Wynne Greenwood sounds like Kathleen Hanna mixed in a lo-fi psycho blender. Buy Buy From Amazon

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