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    WATCH: Stephen Malkmus Plays New Song

    Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks recently held a contest soliciting an FCC-approved substitution for the phrase "blow job" in their song "Senator." The winner, Malkmus announced during an in-store gig at Los Angeles' Amoeba Records (watch!), is "corn dog," and Tuesday night the quartet played the censored version on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. They also performed a version of a never-before-heard track called "Surreal Teenagers." Watch both here. "Senator" is the first single from Malkmus' just released Beck-produced album Mirror Traffic, while "Surreal Teenagers" is a prog-tinged jam reminiscent of Malkmus' last album, the guitar hero collection Real Emotion Trash. In a recent interview with SPIN, Malkmus discussed the meaning of "Senator": "To me, it's really just a metaphor. The senator could be me or any singer in a band, anyone that's trying to hang in there.

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    FREE MP3: Wavves' Rockin' Ode to Dave Grohl

    Just because Nathan Williams, the stoner-punk frontman of San Diego's Wavves, is big enough to hang out at the VMAs doesn't mean he's no longer a fan boy. Williams honors one of his idols, ex-Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl, in Wavves' just-released new song, "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl." Download it at at MTV! The track debuted Sunday night on MTV's new show I Just Want My Pants Back, which chronicles the debauched, confusing lives of post-collegiates living in the hipster-ground-zero Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn. It's a hyper-tuneful pop blast of fuzz-bomb bass, whistle-worthy guitar riffs, and Williams' charmingly ragged vocals. "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl" is featured on Wavves' Life Sux EP, set to drop on September 20 via Williams' own Ghost Ramp label.

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    WATCH: Nicki Minaj & Rihanna Will Survive

    The odds of the average person surviving in a post-apocalyptic world are very, very slim – have you seen the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road? But Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are no normal Janes, and they remind us of just that in Minaj's new video for "Fly." Watch below! In the clip, directed by Sanaa Hamri (Jay-Z, Prince, Christin Aguilera), the duo stroll through a destroyed city, all while dressed in high style -- clearly the apocalypse hasn't stopped these fashion icons: Minaj wears a dress adorned with scrap-metal and sports a series of wild hair-dos, including a pink bob, a leopard-print Mohawk, and a Frankenstein-style afro. To survive, they're forced to overcome the environment's harsh obstacles, including a gang of ninjas. "I came to win / To survive / To prosper / To rise!" Rihanna sings on the track, the latest single from Minaj's debut LP Pink Friday.

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    WATCH: See Inside Rihanna's Charmed Life

    Barbadian pop queen Rihanna leads a charmed life. But at heart, she's just a hometown party girl, and her new video for "Cheers (Drink to That)," the sixth single off her album LOUD, proves it. Watch here. The clip features behind-the-scenes footage of the 23-year-old singer traveling in private jets, toasting with champagne backstage, posing for the paparazzi, and performing to packed arenas. But despite all that glamour, girl also keeps it real: She sings karaoke at local bars with fans, horses around on the beach with pals, and dresses up in a feather-adorned bikini and a headdress for Carnival in Barbados. "Life's too short to sit around miserable," she sings. Cheers to that. WATCH: Rihanna, "Cheers (Drink to That)"

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    St. Vincent Abducted, Buried Alive in New Video

    Awww. Poor Annie Clark. The Brooklyn singer-songwriter known as St. Vincent is abducted, abused, and buried alive in her new video for the aptly-titled "Cruel,"from her powerful third album Strange Mercy (out September 13). Watch below! In the clip, Clark is snatched from a gas station, thrown in the trunk of a car by a lonely father and his mother-less young son and daughter, then forced to cook, clean, sew, ballroom dance, and perform other housewife-esque tasks by the ungrateful and downright cruel family of three. She's finally dunked in a bathtub, tied to a chair, then thrown in a deep grave in their backyard -- as the daughter shovels dirt over her. Clark describes the video shoot for Huffington Post: "The cast and crew and I shot three grueling days in a row at locations both north and south of San Francisco," she writes.

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    Girls' New Song Is a Surf-Rock Ode to Mama

    Christopher Owens, frontman for San Francisco outfit Girls, is looking for love on the just-unveiled "Honey Bunny," the opening track from Father, Son, Holy Ghost, his band's second full-length, out September 13. And all he wants is a girl to love him sweetly, like his mama. Listen over at NPR. It's got a snappy 1950s rock'n'roll sound, with surf-rock leads, oh oh ah ah, baby baby backing vocals, and Owens' semi-boastful lyrics about shallow hook-ups: "I've been messing with so many girls / Who don't give a damn about who I am / They don't like my bony body / They don't like my dirty hair / But I'm gonna get you honey!" But in the bridge, the tempo slows down, and Owens calls out: "Mama, she really loved me / Even when I was bad / She'd hold my little hand and kiss me on the cheek ...

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    ALBUM PREMIERE: Wild Miami Rockers Jacuzzi Boys

    With their raucous garage rock sound, Miami's up-and-coming Jacuzzi Boys impressed Jack White, who invited them to record a live show at his Third Man HQ in Nashville. (You can get the vinyl 12" here.) The band's upcoming LP, Glazin (out August 30), continues the raw and rockin' good times. SPIN's seven-out-of-10 review raves: "If these goofy garage punks ever come to your town, be there with beer money...Jacuzzi Boys have taken their place among the best sloppy racket-makers bashing out easy-boogie soundtracks to your next drunken night at the local rock dive." You can stream the entire album here, a week prior to its release. Singer-guitarist Gabriel Alcala tells SPIN that Glazin has two main lyrical themes: "Girls and sweets.

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    LISTEN: First New Florence + the Machine Song

    Flame-haired Brit singer Florence Welch and her band the Machine, one of SPIN's 2010 Artists of the Year, have unveiled the first song from their November LP, the follow-up to their smash debut Lungs. Listen to "What the Water Gave Me" below. The five-and-a-half-minute track is a surge of gospel-tinged pop with harp, piano, and throbbing bass driving under Welch's powerful vocals: "Lay me down / Let the only sound be the overflow / Pockets full of stones / That's what the water gave us!" It was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Bloc Party), who helmed "Cosmic Love" and "Blinding" from Lungs. The new album also features "Strangeness and Charm," which you can hear a live recording of below. Florence and the Machine, "What The Water Gave Me" "Strangeness and Charm"

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    WATCH: Anna Calvi Rocks SPIN's Rooftop!

    SPIN is crushing hard on London singer-songwriter Anna Calvi -- and we're not alone. Her brooding and sexy self-titled debut wooed Brian Eno and Nick Cave, who invited her on tour, and scored a nomination for the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize. Recently, Calvi rocked our NYC office rooftop. Watch video of her performance below! The guitar-playing singer led two supporting musicians in a 45-minute set -- part of the SPINhouse L!VE concert series, presented by Lacoste L!VE.

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    LISTEN: Chili Peppers' New Disco-Funk Song

    Red Hot Chili Peppers' first new album in five years, I'm With You, is set to drop on August 29 -- and the perennially-shirtless Los Angeles surfer dudes have unveiled another new track in advance of its arrival. Hear"Monarchy of Roses," which debuted early Monday morning on the band's hometown rock radio station KROQ. Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Monarchy of Roses" The track "rides a sleek disco-rock bass riff by Flea, whose recent stint in Thom Yorke's future-funky Atoms for Peace seems to have made an impact," we wrote in our seven-out-of-10 album review. In the video interview with KROQ below, RHCP's new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer discusses the creative process behind the song, which, he says, all started with Flea's bass line: "[We were] crouched on our knees in Flea's basement. He started [mouths bass riff] and I just started doing those wacky medley chords....

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