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    Dr. Pepper Makes a Bet with Guns N' Roses

    Yesterday (March 26), Dr. Pepper, you know, that syrupy brand of soda-pop, addressed Guns N' Roses' reclusive, dreadlocked frontman Axl Rose, placing the future of America's thirst in his hands, by offering each U.S. resident -- sans runaway guitarist Slash and Buckethead -- a gratis can of Dr. Pepper under one condition: the fractured hard rockers must release their nearly 17-years-in-the-making opus, Chinese Democracy, sometime in 2008. "It took a little patience for us to perfect Dr. Pepper's special mix of 23 ingredients, so we completely understand and empathize with Axl's quest for the perfect album," a company spokesperson said in a statement. No doubt, the inventive publicity stunt stirred a few taste buds and got a some pondering that ol' record once again -- notably, Mr. Rose himself. "We are surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr.

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    Video Vault: Man Man

    You may have noticed that SPIN.com is entirely brand new this month. One of the big differences: our on-demand video section. With this new regular feature, we'll be dipping into our vast, growing video vault to show off some of our best clips. Today's clip recalls the scorching days of last summer spent at Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool Parties, where many bands performed each Sunday. Amongst them: Philadelphia's Man Man. Watch video of the eclectic, eccentric six-piece performing "10 lb. Mustache," off their 2004 debutThe Man in a Blue Turban with a Face, to a packed and responsive crowd on July 1, 2007. Check back to SPIN.com for more picks from the video vault, and visit our video section for all the latest.

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    She & Him Plot Few U.S. Gigs

    Who: The brand new project from folky singer/songwriter M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel, a peculiar duo creating an blend of pensive, '60s-style chamber pop. What: Three bi-coastal dates in support of debut album, She & Him: Volume One. Fans in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco will be treated to the duo's performance. Should I go: Sure. If you're a devout fan of She & Him, the spring shows offer a rare chance to catch the duo, which has yet to play a significant number of gigs -- and our SF correspondent totally loved their debut at Noise Pop last month.

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    Hives Map Brief Spring Tour of U.S.

    Who: Swedish garage rock kingpins the Hives, led by sassy, Jagger-like frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. What: A seven-date U.S. tour delivering tunes from the quintet's acclaimed new record, The Black and White Album, to an assortment of cities nationwide, including Atlanta, Nashville, Milwaukee, Fargo, and Spokane. A stop into Washington State's Sasquatch! Music and Arts Festival will cap the outing. Should I go: Absolutely. If you've yet to catch the Hives live -- you must! With an unprecedented level of energy, exemplified by Almqvist's flagrant onstage antics, and a career's worth of kick-ass tunes to boot, the Hives are not to be missed.

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    Valient Thorr Frontman to Donate Kidney, Postpones Shows

    Valiant indeed! In a selfless move made public to draw attention to the National Kidney Foundation, Valient Himself, frontman of Chapel Hill, NC rockers Valient Thorr, will go under the knife April 29 to have to a kidney removed and transplanted into his sick father. All of the band's shows have been canceled through June 10, at which point they will hit the road in support of Immortalizer, their latest album out June 17 via Volcom. Valient Himself, also the author of an amusing SPIN.com tour blog, hopes his noble move will motivate others to do the same. "If I can go from a hospital bed to playing in front of a crowd of 75,000 at the UK's Download Festival in just eight weeks, people out there might consider becoming organ donors as well," the Viking-like frontman said.

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    M.I.A. Tours North America, Holy Fu*k Open Many Dates

    Who: Flagrant, Sri Lanka-raised, London-based Maya Arulpragasam, a.k.a. genre-clashing rapper M.I.A., and Toronto's improvisational electronica group Holy Fuck. What: A spring/summer tour set to kick off in Poughkeepsie, NY April 11, and make twenty-two stops across North America, many featuring opener Holy Fuck, before concluding at Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool June 6. Should I go: Yes. M.I.A.'s live show is always a hot ticket due to the rapper's wild stage presence and musical style, as well as the crowd's lively response. Gigs featuring Holy Fuck as the opening act will only bolster the show's urgency. All dates via Pitchfork. M.I.A.

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    Video Vault: Hot Water Music

    You may have noticed that SPIN.com is entirely brand new this month. One of the big differences: our on-demand video section. With this new regular feature, we'll be dipping into our vast, growing video vault to show off some of our best clips. Today's clip is a newish one, recorded just two weeks ago at South by Southwest, the inaugural festival of 2008's very packed festival docket. We met many bands at our Austin outpost -- the SPIN/MySpace San Jacinto Saloon -- including post-hardcore rockers Hot Water Music, who offered up info about their recent reunion and the prospect of recording new material. Check back to SPIN.com for more picks from the video vault!

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    New MP3: Flight of the Conchords, "Ladies of the World"

    As any viewer of HBO's Flight of the Conchords series knows, protagonists Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are not only musically inclined, but also devout but awkward admirers of the female populace. And here, with "Ladies of the World," a tune from last season, as well as the New Zealand-born duo's forthcoming Sub Pop full-length, out April 22, McKenzie and Clement kindly address their feminine counterparts across earth and offer their services. "I just want to do something special for all the ladies in the world, and the girls, don't you forget them girls," McKenzie croons over a jangle of acoustics, segueing into a ramble in which Clement calls out earth's females by nationality, religion and, um, species: "Bolivian, Namibian...

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    Fall Out Boy Postpone Antarctica Gig; Rivers Cuomo Asks Fans to Pen Tune

    Due to bad weather, and possibly the collapse of the massive Wilkins Ice Shelf (scary!), Fall Out Boy's flight to Antarctica, and the subsequent record-breaking gig set for March 25, have been postponed, at least for the time being. Conditions permitting, the quartet, currently holed up in their hotel rooms in Punta Arenas, Chile, hope to fly in today (March 26). "To be honest, we're just hoping some other band doesn't slip in by boat or something and set the world record right under our noses," frontman Patrick Stump told MTV.com. Another, band, sure -- or Al Gore, armed with a new PowerPoint. As Weezer polishes off their forthcoming album, expected to drop this June, Rivers Cuomo is seeking new collaborators: YOU! In a YouTube video titled "Let's Write a Sawng," Cuomo encouraged his fans to contribute ideas that would ultimately result in a brand new song.

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    New Video: Time Machine, "The Groove That Just Won't Stop"

    As blinding neons, symmetrical shades, and lo-fi production resurface in hip-hop, it has become evident that the retro, flagrant stylings of the '80s are reclaiming the genre. And while Windy City acts like the Cool Kids (featured in Spin's March issue) wax nostalgic, across the country in Los Angeles, Time Machine are paying dues to hip-hop's golden era with the music video for "The Groove That Just Won't Stop," a tune off the trio's forthcoming debut, Life Is Expensive. MCs Biscuit and Jet Set Jay, and DJ Mekalek join forces as Time Machine and offer a funky, house party bangin' joint with Atari-like blips and bleeps, and fun, decipherable lyrics and a catchy, wax-cuttin' chorus.

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