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    New Weezer Album Out June 24

    It's official: After much speculation, a statement confirms that revered rock quartet Weezer will return June 24 with the band's third eponymous set and sixth album to date, arriving courtesy of DGC/Interscope Records.

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    These New Puritans Announce First-Ever U.S. Tour

    Who? Youthful quartet These New Puritans reigning from the small resort town of Southend-on-Sea, located on the Southeast Coast of England. Fronted by Jack Barnett and featuring his twin brother George on drums, the band's dark, arty, and simply unique sound is rounded out by Thomas Hein (bass, sampler) and Sophie Sleigh-Johnson (synth, sampler). What? A 12-date tour, the outfit's first-ever trek across North America, scheduled to begin June 5 in Washington, DC. From there, These New Puritans will flaunt tunes off their debut record Beat Pyramid (available now via Domino) to fans in cities like Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Should I go? Yes. These New Puritans -- featured in Spin's April issue -- have culled plenty of buzz from a steady regiment of shows across the pond, as well as with much-hyped gigs at SXSW.

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    Video Vault: Duffy

    You may have noticed that SPIN.com is entirely brand new this month. One of the big differences: our on-demand video section. With this new regular feature, we'll be dipping into our vast, growing video vault to show off some of our best clips. Today's (April 16) clip recalls an unseasonably warm morning this past January, when SPIN.com joined Duffy and band in Brooklyn to record new tune "Mercy," the second single off the chanteuse's debut album, Rockferry. Watch footage of the performance, a stripped down rendition with an acoustic guitar and drum box setting the stage for Duffy's urgent retro-soul groove, and be sure to check back to SPIN.com for more picks from the video vault, and visit our video section for all the latest. "Mercy"

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    Flight of the Conchords Plot Spring Tour

    Who? Grammy Award-winning New Zealanders Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, the stars of hilarious HBO series Flight of the Conchords, which chronicles -- often in gut-busting song -- the duo's awkward relationships and attempts to make it as a band in New York City. What? A 14-date U.S. tour in support of their self-titled debut album, out April 22 via Sub Pop. Kicking off with an in-store performance at Los Angeles' Amoeba Records, the tour will lead the ragamuffin duo to cities like New York, Milwaukee, Denver, and Chicago, as well as festivals like Washington State's Sasquatch! and the previously detailed Sub Pop 20th birthday bash in July. Should I go? Absolutely!

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    CSS Plot North American Tour, Tote Go! Team on Select Dates

    Who? Brazil's CSS, an eclectic, genre-mashing outfit belting an interesting blend of electro-infused baile funk and punk, led by energetic frontwoman Lovefoxxx. Sonically similar Brit outfit the Go! Team will open a handful of dates. What? A 17-date North American tour set to kick off in Minneapolis July 30 and hit Toronto, Portland, and Los Angeles, as well as festivals like Lollapalooza, All Points West, Treasure Island, and Austin City Limits. Should I go? Yes.

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    Cat Power, Jim James, She & Him Top Newport Folk Fest Bill

    Blame Bob Dylan: The lineup for 49th annual Newport Folk Festival has been announced, and it appears fans can look forward to yet another classic year in Newport, RI -- albeit a thoroughly electric one: Cat Power, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, She & Him, Jimmy Buffet, the Black Crowes, Kaki King, Cowboy Junkies, Calexico, the Felice Brothers, Willy Mason, and even the son of one of the festival's defining artists, Jakob Dylan, will all perform at this year's festival, set for Aug. 1-3. Also on the bill: The Avett Brothers, Levon Helm, Stephen and Damian Marley, and Gillian Welch, among others. As a "modern take on the festival's original premise," the 2008 lineup will be spread across three stages at the city's Fort Adams State Park, the event's original and only site. Tickets go on sale April 23 at 9 A.M.

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    The Kooks

    What? With their debut In/Inside Out, the acoustic Brit-pop and ska-tinged gems of this Brighton-bred quartet leapt straight into our hearts and playlists. But after exhaustive touring efforts, the band, led by the lighthearted, lash-tongued brogue of frontman Luke Pritchard, failed to attain the chart-topping success stateside at they had back in the U.K. This week, however, the band return with Konk, their much-anticipated sophomore album that delivers a similar yet matured sound via acoustic jams ("Tick of Time") and electrified ditties such as first single, " Always Where I Need to Be," and -- most importantly -- spearheads the band's hopes of American domination. Who?

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    Watch Against Me! Rock the Vote

    There's no hiding Against Me!'s outspoken political stance -- it comes across clearly in much of the band's material, notably their latest, Spin-praised opus New Wave. And with numerous issues affecting contemporary America as our country heads into a decisive election, the quartet have joined forces with the Rock the Vote campaign to, well, truly rock the vote. Performing their upbeat, politico tune "Stop!" in a video PSA, the band, led by frontman Tom Gabel's apt narrative, illustrate quick video snippets of many of the issues facing voters in 2008, including gay marriage, terrorism, abortion, poverty, and war, as a lone voting cubicle stands in the background. And with the election just around the corner, we suggest heeding Mr. Gabel's words: "Stop take some time to think and figure out what's important to you." Now Watch This: Against Me! Rock the Vote PSA

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    Video Vault: Rogue Wave

    You may have noticed that SPIN.com is entirely brand new this month. One of the big differences: our on-demand video section.

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    Jay-Z to Headline Glastonbury, Oasis' Noel Gallagher 'Not Having' It

    Noel Gallagher, the perpetually trash-talking Oasis singer/songwriter, has opened his mouth once again, now blaming U.S. rapper Jay-Z, who is billed to headline Glastonbury this summer, for the festival's slow ticket sales. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Gallagher told the BBC (via msnbc.com) of the event's historically guitar-centric mold and the strange billing of Jay-Z. "If you break it, people ain't gonna go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? ... No chance," continued Gallagher, who has headlined the fest twice with Oasis. "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It's wrong." Emily Eavis, the 38-year-old festival's co-organizer, pointed out past performing hip-hop acts like Cypress Hill and the Roots, and said Gallagher's comments reflects British society's "innate conservatism." "There is also an interesting undercurrent in the suggestion that a black, U.S.

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