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    Santigold Rediscovers Her Confidence on New LP

    After blowing up in 2008 on the strength of her self-titled debut and its single "L.E.S. Artistes," Santigold will return this fall with her yet-to-be-titled second effort. And while it features some famous guests, including Karen O and Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio, the LP is really defined by solitude, Santigold tells SPIN. "My lyrics end up being very much about what I'm personally going through, and I felt really alone on this record," she says. "Last time I had writing partners. But this time it was just me. And that was really hard." Following the release of her debut, the 34-year-old born Santi White hit the road for nearly two years. When she returned to start work on the LP in early 2010, she was "totally exhausted and had not written anything yet," she says.

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    IN THE STUDIO: Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer

    Maynard James Keenan is spending the summer touring with reunited alt-rockers A Perfect Circle, but this fall he'll focus on another one of his projects, Puscifer, which will release their second album, Conditions of My Parole, on October 18. "We're still mixing, but it's mostly finished," Maynard tells SPIN. "Musically, it's like Twin Peaks in the desert." The LP is being recorded in Northern Arizona, where Maynard lives and owns vineyards for his Caduceus Wines brand. In fact, the band set up a makeshift studo in his wine cellar. "It's different writing music in the outback compared to writing music on Hollywood Boulevard," he says of the high desert location. "The Verde Valley has so much diversity. You've got stories of ghosts and aliens, plus republicans, democrats, conservatives, liberals, vineyards, ranches, horses.

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    Eddie Vedder, Bon Iver Play Late Night TV

    If you're a music fan, Monday night was a good one to stay in and watch TV: Both Eddie Vedder and Bon Iver dropped by late-night shows to play tracks off their new albums. Check out the videos below. Vedder visited the Late Show to play "Without You," a tender track from his just-released second solo album Ukulele Songs. "[He] single-handedly made playing the ukulele cool," joked host David Letterman. Over at The Colbert Report, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon performed the ethereal and gorgeous "Calgary," from the Wisconsin bard's self-titled new album, out today, with an eight-piece band, including a horn section and two drummers.

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    'Jackass' Star Ryan Dunn Dead at 34

    Ryan Dunn, a cast member of MTV's infamous daredevil Jackass crew, died in a car crash early Monday morning, NBC's Philadelphia affiliate reports. He was 34. The mother of Jackass' Bam Margera confirmed the news by calling into 93.3 FM WMMR's Preston and Steve Show, on which Dunn had previously been an on-air guest. Both Dunn and another unidentified person died in the crash, which occurred around 2:30 A.M. at Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township, a suburb of Philadelphia. Local police said Dunn's Porsche flew over a guardrail, slammed into a tree and burst into flames. The police report reads, "Preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident." Hours before the crash, Dunn posted to Twitter a photo of himself drinking with friends.

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    Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Goes Solo

    Jesse Hughes, the wildman leader of Palm Desert, CA's trash-rock outfit the Eagles of Death Metal, is going solo with Honkey Kong, his debut LP under his nickname Boots Electric, out September 20 via Dangerbird Records. Download the LP's first track, "Boots Electric Theme," below. For the album, Hughes swapped the Eagles' rough'n'raunchy '70s pastiche for electro glam-pop with help from the Beastie Boys' keyboardist Money Mark and producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, Depeche Mode). But thankfully his trademark wink-and-grin sex appeal (and sleazy 'stache) remains gloriously intact. "Boots Electric is what I am: a Parliament-Funkadelic disciple who knows that when a white boy loves the funk he can become the Honkey Kong," Hughes tells SPIN.

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    LISTEN: Major Lazer Remix Beastie Boys

    On Beastie Boys' latest album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" is a chill dub and reggae track with guest vocals from Santigold. Irie, man! But with their just-released remix, DJ/producers Diplo and Switch, aka Major Lazer, crank up the intensity and hit the dancehall. Listen below. The remix is an aural feast fit for a Trench Town club. The duo layer on clacking percussion, a steady bass thump, blaring vuvuzela horns, and overdubbed vocals of a Rasta shouting about a united world. One love on the dance floor!

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    Download Rare Jay Reatard Song!

    Memphis garage-rocker Jay Reatard died last year at the age of 29 -- but thankfully he left loads of demos, LPs, EPs, and rarities behind for fans to discover and revisit. Born James Lee Lindsey, Jr., Reatard recorded some 60 albums in his 11-year career, and the label that gave him his start, Memphis' Goner Records, just dropped a compilation of his early releases that were previously available only on cassette. The 39-track collection, called Teenage Hate/Fuck Elvis Here's the Reatards, is out now on Goner's website and in select record stores. SPIN has a free download of album gem "You Build Me Up Just to Bust Me Down." Get it below! What do we learn here? That the young Reatard was playing the gritty punk-blues before the White Stripes used a similar sound to ignite indie rock's garage explosion in the early aughts.

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    Hear Stephen Malkmus' Pavement-y Solo Song

    The first track from Stephen Malkmus' fifth solo album, Mirror Traffic, produced by Beck, has dropped online before its August 23 release, and though the reunion tour from his '90s band Pavement is over, it sounds a little like he never stepped offstage. "Senator," available below courtesy of Matador Records, is more playful and loose - and Pavement-y - than anything he's released as a solo act.

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    Tyler, the Creator Smells Sleeping Girl's Panties

    Tyler, the Creator, the madcap leader of L.A. rap collective Odd Future, introduced himself to the world by eating a cockroach, puking, and mock-hanging himself in his video for "Yonkers." So what's his visual take on a love song? Well, it involves wearing a creepy mask and breaking into a girl's bedroom while she sleeps to smell her underwear. So romantic! Directed by Tyler under his pseudonym Wolf Haley, the video for "She," an R&B-tinged track from Tyler's solo debut Goblin -- which debuted at No. 5 on the charts in May -- is simultaneously sick and silly. The clip is made to look like a family TV sitcom, starring a cute new girl on the block.

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    EXCLUSIVE: 311 Debut Funky New Single

    More than 20 years into their career, Omaha, Nebraska's reggae-and-rap rockers 311 -- the guys who blew up in the mid-'90s with hits like "Down" and "Beautiful Disaster" -- are back with their 10th studio album, Universal Pulse, out July 19. But why delay the good vibes? SPIN.com has an exclusive stream of the LP's first single, "Sunset in July," below. The track is classic 311: head-bobbing rhythm, heavily distorted guitars, funk bass, and a feel-good sing-along chorus: "Watching you dancing and having the time of your life!!!" Singer-guitarist Nick Hexum explains the track: ?"[It's] about how the more fun you have, the faster life flies by. Most nights in July we're on stage as the sun is setting. You can actually see the crowd losing their inhibitions as the daylight fades away. We get off on watching the crowd at our shows, which inspired the song's chorus.

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