• SXSW 2005: Check out exclusive photos of M.I.A and Diplo, Smoosh, Queens of the Stone Age, Damon Albarn, Bloc Party, the N

    It's all we could do to crawl back to our humble workstations on Monday, reeking of cigarette smoke (yes, it's still legal to smoke in clubs in Texas), ears ringing with the thunder of a thousand guitars. While we try to make heads or tails of what we saw, heard, loved, hated, or just plain forgot (ahem), check out photos from each day and night spent pounding the pavement on Austin's infamous Sixth Street, in search of the perfect song. In summary: Punk rock is back! (And so are greasy, raggedy hairstyles. Whatever.) But the madness that is Austin never went away... SXSW Day One Photo Gallery SXSW Day Two Photo Gallery SXSW Day Three Photo Gallery SXSW Day Four Photo Gallery

  • The Village People Not Gay and Other Stories in Spandex

    Village People: Gay? Not Us! The group's lawyer has decided members need a more "mainstream" image and is barring inclusion of their songs in an upcoming gay rights documentary. The rest of us can just enjoy the sweet, sweet irony of imaged of Republican conventioneers getting down to "YMCA." nypost.com Hawkins gets waxed The singer of the Darkness is to be immortalized in wax at the equally immortal Madam Tussaud's. Word has it that the choice was made after creative staff realized their budget for fake hair was running low. yahoo.com Britney's "Desperate Cry" Spears claims her 55-hour Vegas marriage was intended to "shock the shit out of" her parents.

  • Kevin Martin Crowned Chairman of the FCC

    In an utterly predictable move, President Bush promoted current conservative FCC member Kevin Martin to the vacant post at the head of the regulatory government agency. Martin has been a staunch supporter of the recent crackdowns on indecency in the post-Nipplegate world. He replaces the departing chief, Michael K. Powell, the son of Colin and a remnant from the halcyon, blow-job referencing days of the Clinton administration, when Sex in the City dominated the small screen and Foxy Brown defiled the airwaves. In his first move as FCC chair, Martin plans to sew Howard Stern's mouth shut.

  • The Foxymorons

    Hometown: Mesquite, Texas Discography:1999 - Calcutta (American Pop Project)2001 - Rodeo City (American Pop Project)2005 - Hesitation Eyes (Heartstroke) Sounds Like: The ghost of heartbroken, mid-'90s complaint rockers like Pavement and the Lemonheads. This southwestern duo combines the catchiness of Summerteeth-era Wilco and the sweetness of Evan Dando's vocals (pre-rehab). Lyrically, the band takes major cues from Steven Malkmus, specifically in the song, "Between the Lines." Singer David Dewese drawls, "You're a pedigreed girl / and we're a perfect match," lifted straight from Pavement's "Spit on a Stranger" ("Honey I'm a prize / and you're a catch / and we're a perfect match").

  • The Go! Team

    Sounds Like: Old school hip-hop, northern soul, blaxploitation soundtracks, and low-fi fuzz sewn together with friendship bracelets and adorned with Cracker Jack prizes. This can (and will) be the soundtrack to every cool indie-rock dad's iMovies, where baby shakes his rattle to cutesy tunes like "Bottle Rocket" and "Friendship Update." But it's not all loops and samples; vocalist Ninja's Motown-era tones will have many wondering if Phil Spector is licensing old vocal tracks from his ex-wife Ronnie to pay for his murder trial. Fun Facts: Comprised of three boys and three girls, the Go! Team takes its name from the agile crews dispatched to tidy up airplanes in-between flights--an apt choice considering how the band makes a living off re-imagining things others might have discarded.

  • Lil' Kim Loses Her Magic Stick and More News Updates on Jacko, Paula Abdul and Bono

    Lil' Kim Conviced of Perjury, Faces Jail Time Lil' Kim faces jail time after being convicted of lying to a grand jury. Now I don't believe anything she has to say. I bet she was fibbing about that whole Sprite-can-disappearing-in-her-mouth bit, too. nme.com Paula Abdul May Be Charged with a Hit and Run So, by reading into the lyrics to Abdul's popular 1989 dance hit "Straight Up" and using some simple logic one can deduce that you don't really want to love me forever, oh oh oh. netscape.com Former Michael Jackson Housekeeper Recalls Seeing Drunk Children She said Neverland Ranch was just like Animal House, except with real animals. mtv.com Paul Wolfowitz Discusses World Bank Mission with Bono Though their ideologies are worlds apart, the pair did find some common ground: Wolfowitz's war in Iraq wasn't very good, and neither was How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. yahoo.com

  • On Texas Time: SXSW Kicks Off

    It's a city with more bass cabinets than bathrooms, more tour buses than city buses, more cymbals than cellphones. It's Austin, Texas, and those who love the rock have invaded its borders for the annual beer-soaked festivities of South By Southwest. This year, Spin is taking it to the streets, literally, with Spin Mobile and our free SPINsider text messaging service all week long in Austin. Last night, SPINsider texted the party people in Austin, letting them know which up-and-coming bands were worth the time and effort; by all accounts, we picked some good ones. Check out photos from our exclusive SXSW Photo Gallery here. From Day One see pics of the Duke Spirit, Smoosh, Selfish Cunt, Jennifer Gentle, and the Upwelling, and while you're there check out Day Two, including exclusive shots of Queens of the Stone Age's secret show in an Austin airport hangar!

  • Snow Patrol Ditches Bassist, Billy Joel Ditches Sobriety, and All the Other News that Rocks

    Snow Patrol Ditches Bassist Band relations grown frigid towards bassist Mark McClelland. Snow Patrol leaves him to be eaten by polar bears. yahoo.com Britney Admits Vegas Wedding Was Intended to "Shock Her Parents" Most kids just pierce their nipples or get satanic tattoos. yahoo.com New Music Download Service Reaches Deal with Indie Labels College students rejoice; Metallica groans.

  • The Merediths

    Sounds Like: The Beatles fronted by any member of the Elephant 6 Music Collective. Frontman Joe Meredith has the perfect indie-pop croon; his voice is equal parts plaintive and shrewd. The first song on the the Closed Universe EP, Marmalade Maggie, is a knowing nod to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," while the harmonies on "Homo Erectus" are reminiscent of pre- Good News Modest Mouse. "Homo Erectus" even deals with similar cosmic themes as The Moon and Antarctica.

  • The Latest News on Pearl Jam, Ozzfest, and Annie

    New Pearl Jam Album Nearly Complete pitchforkmedia.com Ian Brown Arrested for Beating During Show Next: Ian Brown weds alien stripper, gets face lift. nme.com Ozzfest Lineup Announced Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage among this summer's ear-bleeders (tasteful restraint, pastels, women among those denied invites). pitchforkmedia.com Gideon Yago's Laptop Jacked Send out the ironic cavalry! nydailynews.com

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