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    Coldplay's New Album Due June 17

    It's a hard-knock life for Coldplay: They've been in Spain for months, recording in cathedrals alongside producer Brian Eno and infusing the country's "sights, sounds, and flavors" into the follow up to 2005's X&Y. Now, with the rioja and paella digested, the band has announced a June 17 release date for the fittingly titled Viva La Vida, Billboard.com reports. ¡Olé! Although a tracklisting for the new effort has yet to be revealed, a March 19 band website post by Chris Martin says the band was "finalizing the tracklist today (March 19)." Currently, Coldplay has just one North American date scheduled, at Canada's Pemberton Music Festival, slated for July 25-27 in the mountainous city outside Vancouver, B.C.

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    Fall Out Boy to Play Record-Breaking Gig in Antarctica

    Opting out of the race for most chin-ups in one minute, Fall Out Boy have discovered a more apt route to enter the Guinness Book of World Records: perform on all seven continents in less than nine months, and celebrate with a crowning gig in Antarctica! To claim the title, which began with a world tour last summer that delivered the quartet to Africa, Asia, North America, Australia, and Europe, the boys will head to South America, perform March 23 in Santiago, Chile, then board a plane bound for King George Island in Antarctica.

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    Gnarls Barkley, QOTSA Rock Free SoCo Shows This Summer

    Who? Gnarls Barkley, Queens of the Stone Age, Ghostland Observatory, Ryan Shaw, Bassnectar, the Black Keys, and others. Additional acts will be announced shortly. What? The fourth annual SoCo Music Experience, a series of free music festivals for fans 21-and-over showcasing select artists in cities like Atlanta, Denver, San Diego, Madison, Saratoga Springs, New York, and Tempe, Arizona. Should I go? Definitely. The Atlanta installment is shaping up with a headlining performance from Queens of the Stone Age, as well as sets from Ghostland Observatory and Ryan Shaw, while Gnarls Barkley tops a bill rounded off by the Black Keys and Bassnectar in Denver.

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    Tilly and the Wall Unveil 'O'

    On the heels of a dancetastic SXSW (watch our video!), the imaginative boys and girls of Tilly and the Wall have regrouped -- guitarist/vocalist Derek Pressnall pulled double duty in Austin with his project Flowers Forever -- and announced the June 17 release of their third LP, unofficially titled O. The follow up to 2006's sophomore set Bottoms of Barrels, which a press release states "has no title," but "could be called O because its cover it just that: an oval-shaped frame for the artwork," was produced by Saddle Creek fixture Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Cursive). What artwork will appear in this mysterious O-shaped frame, you ask? Well, it's up to you: Tilly and the Wall are inviting fans to submit their own artwork. They'll pick a dozen entries, and include a different one with each month's pressings of the album.

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    Converse Preps Kurt Cobain Signature Sneakers

    Never one for Dr. Martens boots, deceased Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain -- like Mos Def and many a basketball superstar before him -- will receive the royal sneaker treatment as Converse prepares to display the rocker's lyrics, drawings, and other writings across Chuck Taylor high and low tops, Jack Purcells, as well as Cobain's beloved One Star model, the Daily Swarm reports. The limited edition series, featuring journal entries pulled from 2002's revealing book Journals, is in production now and will release this summer as part of Converse's 100th anniversary celebration. The project is in full cooperation with Cobain's estate (i.e., Courtney Love), but will not feature Nirvana tunes in advertisements. Either way, it appears Cobain may be on the path to reclaiming his Richest Dead Guy crown and consumers are on their way to wearing a dead guy's sneakers. Kinda icky, don't you think?

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    Radiohead to Fans: Animate Our Video!

    Attention Radiohead fans, animators, and music video creatives! The brainy, Oxford-bred fivesome, in partnership with independent animation network Aniboom and TBD Records, are seeking fan-created animated music videos for any of the tunes on the band's seventh LP, In Rainbows. The contest, now accepting creative storyboard submissions, is promoted by Adult Swim and MySpace, the latter of whom will conduct fan voting for the best videos. Upon the conclusion of round one on April 27, the pool will be cut down to ten semifinalists, each receiving $1,000 to produce a one-minute short. Radiohead's five members will then shift through the semifinalist submissions and pick one winner, who will receive $10,000 to produce the final video.

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    New Stream: Death Cab for Cutie, "I Will Possess Your Heart"

    A few months back, when guitarist/producer Chris Walla stated Death Cab for Cutie's forthcoming follow up to 2005's Plans would be "really weird" and sound"way more lunar" than the band's usual "urban meadow sort of thing," a few fans may have been slightly perplexed. But with "I Will Possess Your Heart," the first single off Narrow Stairs, the Seattle-based quartet's eighth studio LP out May 13 via Atlantic, Walla's words are finally making sense. An eight minute-plus epic, "I Will Posses Your Heart" relies on a steady, chunky bass line as a mixture of ethereal, amorphous piano rattles and woozy guitars fire in the background. Some four minutes into the song, Gibbard's squawk finally enters: "You gotta spend some time, love / You gotta spend some time with me / I know that you will find love / I will possess your heart." Lyrically familiar? Most definitely.

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    Coldplay, NIN to Headline New Canadian Fest

    It's a festival frenzy! Coldplay, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nine Inch Nails, and Jay-Z have been announced as headliners for the latest addition to the summer circuit: the inaugural Pemberton Music Festival. The three-day event (July 25-27), named for (we hope) the mountain city of Pemberton, just outside of Vancouver, B.C., will also feature Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, and the Flaming Lips, as well as Spin cover boys Vampire Weekend, plus Metric, MGMT, DJ Shadow, Secret Machines, Sia, MSTRKRFT, the Fiery Furnaces, Mates of State, and Chromeo, among others. For more information and a full lineup, visit PembertonFestival.com.

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    Review: The Helio Sequence

    And the award goes to...the Helio Sequence! That's correct: after a week jam packed with more shows than one can count, I can now answer the incessant "who was best?" query: the Helio Sequence receives my vote for the Best Show of SXSW '08. Friday night (March 14) at the Sub Pop showcase, drummer Benjamin Weikel and frontman Brandon Summers met an uncharacteristically large crowd and dove directly into pop-centric shoegaze-digitalism of new LP Keep Your Eyes Ahead. Weikel animatedly moved in atomic time algorithms and manned the computer as Summers fiddled with his numerous guitar pedals, layering riff upon riff. New track "Hallelujah" was the defining point; the rapid-fire lyrics and outer space sonic paired with precise, forefront drumming sealed the deal. Now Watch This:The Helio Sequence, "Can't Say No"

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    Reviews: The Breeders, NOFX

    I consider myself an unrivaled Breeders fan, but as NOFX and Kim Deal and co. took the stage simultaneously just a hundred or so yards from each other, raggedy punk statesman Fat Mike may have had a point: "Do we have more people than the Breeders?" the frontman questioned, "They're so good, but we're fucking better." The band then plowed through the bulk of 1994's classic Punk in Drublic, as bodies circled in a mosh-pit puree, some fans jumping onstage, throwing beers, and one who even climbed the scaffolding and leapt from some 20 feet into the crowd. On the other end of the field, the crowd was decidedly more tame -- and old. As youths and punk lifers raged elsewhere, bespectacled thirty somethings watched on as the Breeders rolled through old hits and tracks from new LP, Mountain Battles.

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