• The Kills Hit SXSW, Nationwide Dates in May

    Dirty garage rock duo the Kills -- Brit Jamie Hince and American Alison Mosshart -- will hit the road this spring behind the release of Midnight Boom, and spread their infectious sonic fever across the nation. But not before they unveil the new record -- the follow up to 2005's No Wow -- before fans and industry insiders at Austin's SXSW March 12. Next, after a month or so apart, the two will reform to kick off their U.S. tour in Boston April 30. The outing's opening duties will be split by Telepathe (MySpace) and the Childballads(MySpace), warming stages for the first and second half of the tour, respectively.

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    Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Metallica Top Bonnaroo Bill

    Eat it up, Bonnaroo fans! Alt-rock veterans Pearl Jam, Spin's 2007 Entertainer of the Year Kanye West, and revered hard rockers Metallica will headline the seventh annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, again slated to hit the lush 700-acre farmlands outside Manchester, TN June 12-15.

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    News Roundup: Feist, White Stripes, Dr. Dog

    Spin's Breakout of the Year, Feist, has beat out esteemed fellow nominees like Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Spoon, and Wilco to win the Shortlist Prize for her 2007 record, The Reminder. The prize, originally intended to recognize artists that have sold less than 500,000 records in the U.S. between January and November of each respective year, honors Feist despite her recent success, which pushed the sales of her honored LP just over the mark, to 515,000 copies sold.

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    Spin Weighs in on Grammy Noms

    As nominees, music fans, and industry insiders prepare for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, slated to be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on CBS at 8 P.M. Feb. 10, many are making their picks as to who will walk with a statue. And today, as more performers -- Fergie and John Legend to duet! Josh Groban! John Fogerty, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis! -- were added to the bill already including Album of the Year nom and Spin cover boys Foo Fighters, and Breakout of the Year artist Feist, Spin's Peter Gaston took to the CW Morning News to discuss the candidates in the anticipated categories, and predict which artists will emerge victorious. Will it be Amy Winehouse? Bruce Springsteen? Kanye? You'll have tune in and see for yourself. Now Watch This:

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    Presidential Election '08: Q-Tip Backs Barack Obama

    As OK Go, members of Shudder to Think, and Stella's Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain gear up for a New York City benefit gig tonight (Feb. 4), the Grateful Dead reunite and rally in Frisco, and Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz revels in his Cocktail-esque skills after bartending his recent benefit, artists continue to emerge in support of democratic candidate Barack Obama -- the latest being Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip. Today, the MC provides a detailed letter, a near diatribe justifying his support for Obama, while urging others to back a candidate he feels "offers sound judgment and experience rooted in the lives of real people." We are in the midst of a very important time in our history. The world is fixated on an American election for many obvious reasons. Abroad, young Americans are dying in a poorly managed and ill-conceived war.

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    News Roundup: Arcade Fire, Gang of Four, Radiohead, the Format

    Yesterday (Feb. 3), millions indulged in one of America's greatest pastimes, the Super Bowl, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' lackluster halftime performance. And as the indie rock crowd may have noticed while reclining in a haze of cheap beer and chicken wings, the Arcade Fire's tune "No Cars Go" popped up in an NFL ad during one of the beyond-expensive-for-airtime commercial breaks. Yes, slightly odd. Well, turns out Win Butler and Co. didn't approve the usage of said tune -- um, oops! Lawsuit? Well, according to reports, legal moves have yet-to-be made from the band's camp. [Via Pitchfork] Seminal post-punk outfit Gang of Four, which reunited in 2005 to re-record old material, is currently working on fresh tunes and hopes to release a new record in the near future. "So far [the new songs] aren't huge departures from what we've done before," bassist Dave Allen told NME.com.

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    Peasant Treats Holiday Commuters

    The holiday season is for giving, and no one is more in spirit than Peasant, a.k.a. Damien DeRose, a blossoming Pennsylvania-based troubadour, who made the trip to the Big Apple to treat yuletide commuters to tunes from his forthcoming LP, On the Ground. With a team dispersing free downloads cards -- creatively fashioned like a subway pass -- for his new record, Peasant boarded the train with a Santa Hat rightfully in place, and performed a series of delicate, lucid, and life-perceptive tracks as his voice quaked over the squeals and grinds of the train's steel tracks.

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    News Roundup: SXSW, Blur, TV on the Radio, the Roots, Bill Cosby

    The SXSW lineup continues to build, and now the onslaught of musical acts set to hit Austin, TX March 12-16 is mind-boggling. So far, according to austinist.com, a few names have been added to the bill -- approximately 350. A few highlights in alphabetic order: Annuals, the Cool Kids, the Cribs, Elvis Perkins, Jens Lekman, Kimya Dawson, Lykke Li, Man Man, Nada Surf, the Raveonettes, Vampire Weekend, and White Williams. Following yesterday's tidbit regarding the failed Blur reunion, our hearts beckoned a sorrowful "why?" Was it the appetizers, Mr. Graham Coxon? But now, frontman Damon Albarn has cleared things up, discussing the band's, ahem, musically fruitless reunion meal. "I had dinner with the guys recently and it was laugh but there's no way they want to work with me again -- they all hate me," he told NME.com.

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    News Roundup: Blur, Peter Morén, Billy Bragg, Sun Kil Moon

    Despite hope of "a happy four-piece ending," and rumors of the band reuniting in the studio this past December, fans of Brit-pop outfit Blur, which fractured in 2002 when guitarist Graham Coxon left the band, won't be hearing new material anytime soon. According to an interview with NME.com, Coxon said the four original members met for dinner the week before recording was rumored to begin and opted to ditch the sessions. "I think people thought, 'Oh, it's a bit too much, just jumping into a studio'," Coxon explained. "We met for a catch-up and it was great, but there was no real talk of recording. It doesn't really bother me. I've got enough going on to feel happy and fulfilled." But please, Mr.

  • Kanye West's Glow in the Dark Tour

    Though full details have yet-to-be announced (i.e.: the dates), January Spin cover subject Kanye West has unveiled genre mashers N.E.R.D. -- featuring the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo -- denim and sword lovin' rapper Lupe Fiasco, and "Umbrella" hit maker Rihanna as the openers for his Glow in the Dark tour via a blog post. With a lineup like that, just a few words come to mind: Better, faster, stronger!

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