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    The Heavy

    What's the Deal? Fusing ingredients like Stax-era horns, scathing punk guitars, back alley croons, and funky, fuzz-drenched instrumentals, the Heavy debut with Great Vengeance and Furious Fire, an astonishingly cohesive album due stateside April 8. Opener "That Kind of Man" (watch below) sets the tone, bouncing like an acid-fueled scrap from The A-Team film soundtrack. From there, ironically, the instrumentation gets more eclectic, and the album more solid; "In the Morning" fleshes out TV on the Radio's psych-and-soul-pop shortcomings, while "Doing Fine" rattles brassy acoustics over frontman Swaby's rasp.

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    In Stores Today: March 25, 2008

    Here's a rundown of what's out in record stores this week. Click each album title to read Spin's review: Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple: The dynamic duo of eccentric pop return with polished predictability. Panic at the Disco, Pretty. Odd.: Love is all these emo moptops need to silence the haters. The B-52's, Funplex: New-wave icons dance this mess around one more time. Guilty Simpson, Ode to the Ghetto: Hard-eyed tough-guy tales, endorsed by a studio legend. Singer, Unhistories: Digging deep into the The X-Files of Windy City punk rock. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band (ex-Godspeed You! Black Emperor), 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons: And you thought the war was weighing on John McCain's mind.

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    Smashing Pumpkins Sue Virgin Records

    Smashing Pumpkins have filed a lawsuit against former label Virgin Records, claiming the EMI subsidiary used the band's image and music in a worldwide Pepsi Stuff promotion in collaboration with Amazon.com and Pepsi Co., which has "irreparably harmed the group, their reputation, and goodwill with their fans." According to a press release, the band's breach-of-contract suit, filed yesterday (March 24) in the Superior Court of the State of California in Los Angeles, is seeking "a full and complete accounting of all funds received by Virgin pursuant to the Pepsi promotion," and "an award of punitive damages against Virgin in an amount according to proof." "It's a frustrating situation honestly, to be treated so poorly by a label where we had so much success," Billy Corgan said in a statement, commenting on the band's 17-year relationship with the label.

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    Foo Fighters, Oasis Top Toronto's V-Fest Bill; Robyn Maps North American Tour

    Foo Fighters and Oasis will headline the 2008 installment of Toronto's Virgin Fest, slated to hit the city's Island Park Sept. 6-7. Also on the bill: Bloc Party, Paul Weller, Spiritualized, Constantines, Stereophonics, and the Weakerthans. More international and Canadian acts will be added to the lineup in the coming months. [Via the Daily Swarm] In support of the much-overdue U.S. release of her 2005 self-titled album, out April 29, Swede songstress Robyn has mapped a 10-date North American tour, set to kick off in Boston April 29 and wrap in Los Angeles May 17.

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    New Girl Talk Album Due Late Spring/Early Summer

    Girl Talk, a.k.a. Gregg Gillis, the dance party rockin' DJ machine known to mix artists like Enya and Clipse into rapturous delight, has been hard at work on the follow up to 2006's breakout LP Night Ripper, and hopes to drop the new record, tentatively titled Wild Peace IV: Feed the Animals, Raise the Dead, before summer gets in full swing. "I've been compiling new material for this album over the past two years," Gillis said in a statement. "It's been a similar work process as my previous releases. I come up with little pieces of new material to experiment with at the live performances each week, and the general direction and style of the album naturally evolves over time." Specifically, what can fans expect, hmmm, Gregg?

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    Fleets Foxes' Debut Out June 3

    After a handful of EPs, a much-publicized sign to local label Sub Pop, loads of online love, and SXSW hype aplenty, Seattle's Fleet Foxes have finally announced the release of their debut LP: Fleet Foxes will drop June 3. The debut, which the fivesome -- Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar), Skyler Skjelset (guitar), Casey Westcott (keyboards), Nick Peterson (drums, formerly of Pedro the Lion), and Christian Wargo (bass) -- recorded with producer Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Built to Spill, the Shins), is set to deliver their orchestral, folk-pop harmonies. "We grew up listening to the music of our parents," Pecknold said of the band's influences in a statement.

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    Be Your Own Pet Tunes Too Violent for U.S. LP; Liars to Open Radiohead Tour

    Three tunes off Be Your Own Pet's new LP Get Awkward -- "Blow Yr Mind," "Black Hole," and "Becky" -- have been barred from the album's U.S. version after being deemed too violent by Universal, which releases the quartet's albums through a deal with their U.S. label, Ecstatic Peace. "I guess that's just what happens when you decide to have something to do with a major label," frontwoman Jemima Pearl told NYU student paper Washington Square News. "They're going to be scared of anything that's not completely cookie cutter." [Via Pitchfork] Sure, you're stoked for Radiohead's forthcoming spring tour behind In Rainbows, but now there's even more to get celebrate: New York City art rockers Liars will open all dates.

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    Velvet Revolver to Break Up?

    It appears Velvet Revolver's current U.K. tour may actually be the death knell for this supergroup of seasoned hard rockers. According to a Blabbermouth report (via the Daily Swarm), last week during a gig in Glasgow frontman Scott Weiland told fans, "You're watching something special... the last tour by Velvet Revolver." In response, drummer Matt Sorum filed a blog vaguely discussing the band's internal disputes, and now Weiland has responded, airing out Velvet Revolver's dirty laundry -- and it's ugly. "I've made many attempts to remain cordial with the members of VR, but mainly, the likes of you [Sorum]... [I] have maintained a level of professionalism regardless of how many drugs I've ingested into my system. I have only canceled one tour during the entire course of my 16-year run and that was the 'make-up' Australia tour. Now, shall I open that can of worms, Matthew?

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    Beck, Wilco Round Out S.F.'s Outside Lands Fest

    Three weeks after stirring interest with the announcement of headliners Radiohead, Tom Petty, and Jack Johnson, officials for San Francisco's inaugural Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, a three-day event slated to hit Golden Gate Park Aug. 22-24, have finally unveiled the complete bill -- and it's pretty stellar. Beck, Wilco, Broken Social Scene, Devendra Banhart, Cold War Kids, M.

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    Sons and Daughters' Brash Bop Hits BK

    Sporting a sparkly gold, sequin-covered top and black short-shorts, spunky frontwoman Adele Bethel led the Sons and Daughters through a set heavy in tracks from sophomore LP This Gift Friday night (March 21) at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, as a thin crowd of local devotees boogied to the band's punked-out-twist-and-shout rockers. Guitarist Scott Paterson held court with slashing rhythms and hollering backing vocals during new single "Darling" and old shake-rattle-and-roll track "Rama Lama," lifting the collective confusion lingering from Bodies of Water's eclectic, opening set chock full mostly bewildering vocal intonations. Perpetually one-upping the sass, Bethel and Paterson traded move for move, commanding the spotlight with foot-stomping lead vocals, and a rockabilly aesthetic and tricky six-string fingerings, respectively.

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