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    Black Lips Wanna 'Dance With You' on Unreleased Track

    It's awfully sweet that Atlanta troublemakers the Black Lips request your presence on the dance floor; but if this unreleased B-side from the band's new single "Sick of You" (both outtakes from last year's excellent Arabia Mountain) is the tune they have in mind, you'd best look alive. Starting with a slinky "Peter Gunn" bassline, the tempo speeds up through the verses and slows back down woozily before imploding into a minute-long psychedelic freakout. Mark Ronson or no Mark Ronson, it's no-fi, gloriously messy, and everything anyone would expect from the Black Lips, all jammed into one three-minute riot. DOWNLOAD

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    10 Things We Learned From the Times' Giant Jack White Story

    Perhaps not surprisingly for a guy who predicated his former band's entire existence on the presumption that his ex-wife was actually his sister, Jack White doesn't give a lot away in conventional interviews. Which is why Josh Eells' excellent, thorough cross-examination in the current New York Times Magazine is as revelatory as any story on the freewheeling White Stripe/Raconteur/Dead Weather man-turned-label boss and aspiring haberdasher could hope to be.

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    Santigold, Big K.R.I.T., Best Coast Deep-Fry SPIN's Austin BBQ

    After Escort finished their set on the main stage at Stubb's, the afternoon's host, comic DC Pierson, commended the 17-piece disco army on having the fewest number of laptops allowed onstageby Austin ordinance: one. A throwaway line, but also an underlying theme of sorts at SPIN's Friday party, brought to you by Sonos, Neuro, Miller Genuine Draft, Red Diamond Wines, and SESAC: Dance music is alive and well and being played by human beings. And it makes for a great day in the sun — on a work day, no less — and we say this with noeditorial bias whatsoever.

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    Bruce Springsteen, 'Wrecking Ball' (Columbia)

    Bruce Springsteen has come unstuck in time. At 32, he released Nebraska, a stark acoustic opus weighed down by the weariness of a man twice his age. At 58, he railed loudly against the moribund state of rock radio, pleading for a thousand guitars and pounding drums, name-checked Against Me!, and convincingly exhibited a feistiness seen too rarely in artists half his age. Now, at 62, just a few months after he lost Clarence Clemons, his brother-in-arms of four decades, Springsteen could have tackled mortality on his 17th studio album in a way that he never has before. And Wrecking Ball is nothing if not a record about death.

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    Davy Jones of the Monkees Dead at 66

    Considering that he was recruited to play in a made-for-TV band reverse-engineered to capitalize on Beatlemania long after the actual Beatles had lost interest in the subject — a move that would probably make the entire Internet explode in spite and scorn today — Davy Jones was pretty hard not to love. The lone British member of the Monkees died of a heart attack today in Florida at age 66, TMZ reports. Jones was well-known in England as a child actor before taking the Monkees gig in 1965, which could be why he was so instantly believable as a pop idol. (It didn't hurt that he came off like a combination of Paul McCartney and George Harrison left too long in the dryer.) While authorship and musicianship on the early Monkees hits may have been by committee, his vocals on "Daydream Believer" (which spent four weeks at No.

  • XRay Eyeballs, 'Splendor Squalor' (Kanine)

    Brooklyn garage-dwellers clean up, discover waves new and no. "Syrup" is "Waiting for the Man" screwed.

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    Up In It: Greg Dulli Talks Afghan Whigs Reunion

    While last week’s announcement that the Greg Dulli-curated 2012 edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties in New Jersey would be capped off by the first Afghan Whigs shows in 13 years may not have been a shock to anyone minding the indie-rock rumor mill, or keeping track of which beloved ‘90s bands had yet to give into reunion fever, big questions still abound: Why now? What else is in the works? And no one better to pose these questions to than Dulli himself, in New Orleans overseeing some home renovations that could be seen as plenty metaphorical, if one were so inclined. Dulli was cagey as to whether or not the band would perform publicly before or after the September festival date, other than to continually lapse into the plural, so we just leave you to think of all the other bands that reformed after more than a decade to only play one festival show.

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    Whitney Houston, Pop Legend, Dead at 48

    Singer Whitney Houston has died at age 48, according to a statement from her publicist. Details, including cause of death, are still scant, but an investigation is underway at the Beverly Hilton, where her body was reportedly discovered this afternoon. And while instant reaction seems equal parts shock and resignation given the troubles that marked the last decade or so of her life, there is no disputing, as the music industry preens on the eve of its biggest self-celebration, the gaping hole that she leaves in it. Raised in Newark, New Jersey, she was a born singer, quite literally — her mother was gospel legend Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick a cousin, Aretha Franklin a godmother. She sang backup on songs such as Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman," which she would later make her own, before signing with Clive Davis' Arista Records in 1983.

  • Van Halen, 'A Different Kind of Truth' (Interscope)

    Van Halen, 'A Different Kind of Truth' (Interscope)

    I was 13 in 1984. More to the point, I was 13 during 1984. It's hard to overstate the impact of Van Halen being the biggest band on the planet at that critical moment of an impressionable suburban adolescent's cognitive and social development. They were my Beatles: four distinct outsize personalities with skill sets to match, adding up to more than the sum of their considerable parts, a lab-tested calibration of chops, hooks, showmanship, and humor. Their logo was made to be scrawled on the front of an algebra notebook. They became the embodiment of what the term "rock band" even meant, and each band I've encountered since has been refracted through that image and attendant mythology, measured against that formula. Fifteen seconds into any song and you knew it was them; my mom knew it was them.

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    The Big Pink's Track-by-Track Guide to 'Future This'

    The first album from multi-instrumentalists and London scenesters Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell, a.k.a., the Big Pink, was 2009's impressive, and impressively large-sounding, A Brief History of Love, which featured the anthemic single "Dominos" (licensed by Xbox 360 and Skins, among others, and sampled on Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday). The follow-up, Future This, recorded last summer with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Bloc Party), goes even bigger and is even more packed with songs that stand to soundtrack the year. Cordell (whose father Denny produced Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends"), knows his way around a song and a studio. So here's a bit of insight into how each of Future This' ten tracks came into being.

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