• Tom Gabel of Against Me! and Paramore's Haley Williams

    Full Warped Tour Lineup, Itinerary Unveiled

    Who: Against Me!, Angels and Airwaves, Paramore, and Gym Class Heroes highlight the Vans Warped Tour's exhaustive 2008 bill also featuring Say Anything, Rise Against, Relient K, Pennywise, As I lay Dying, Cobra Starship, and Jack's Mannequin, among many, many others. What: A 46-date outing slated to kick off June 20 in Pomona, CA and conclude Aug. 17 in Los Angeles, CA, set to hit cities across North America from Miami, FL to Seattle, WA, to Montreal, Quebec in between. Should I go: Sure. For fans of punk rock, Warped Tour gathers an unrivaled bill, and also offers a plethora of other onsite entertainment like skateboarding demonstrations.

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    MGMT, Of Montreal Members Form Blikk Fang; Dresden Dolls Unveil New LP

    The psychedelic minds of MGMT's Andrew Van Wyngarden and Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes have united to form side project Blikk Fang, and hope to release a debut LP in early 2009. Until then sate your curiosity with two tracks -- "(Just a Little) Judas Tonic" and "Nupital Eagles Sharpened" -- posted at purevolume.com. [Pitchfork]Boston's Dresden Dolls -- evidentially disciples of the Eastern philosophy of yin and yang -- have announced the May 20 release of No, Virginia, a collection of new songs, as well as old demos and B-sides from 2006's Yes, Virginia sessions.Coachella promoter Goldenvoice has teamed with Amtrak to provide a free train shuttle, dubbed the Coachella Express, between Los Angeles' Union Station and the festival grounds at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA.

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    Did iTunes Leak Raconteurs Album Early?

    This past Monday (March 17), in an industry-shaking announcement, the Raconteurs revealed that Consolers of the Lonely, the quartet's much-mooted sophomore LP, would drop March 25 in digital, CD, and vinyl formats via Warner -- eliminating any lead time for press or marketing the album. But today (March 21), the album apparently popped up for sale on iTunes -- accidentally, we assume -- and now the new 14-track set, which Jack White and crew hoped would "not be defined by it's [sic] first weeks [sic] sales, pre-release promotion, or by someone defining it FOR YOU before you get to hear it," is now seeping across the internet. Don't rush to the iTunes Store, though: Consolers of the Lonely is no longer available there, but eager fans are already snagging the album over illegal file-sharing services. SPIN.com reached a spokesperson for Apple, who could not comment at press time.

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    New Alanis Morissette Album Due June 10

    After a four year absence, Alanis Morissette, the once-jagged, multi-platinum-selling Canuck, will return June 10 with her seventh LP to date, Flavors of Entanglement. The album, originally slated to drop May 20 but postponed by her label Maverick/Reprise, was co-written and produced by Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Imogen Heap) and, per usual, will document Morissette's "fragile moments," the songstress said in a press release. But fans can also expect a slight sonic departure: Eastern percussion, strings, and electronics will pepper the album. To hold yourself over until June 10, check out Morissette's gut-busting cover of Fergie's "My Humps" here.

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    New Wedding Present LP Out May 20

    No matter if you're altar bound or not, frontman David Gedge's the Wedding Present will return to the LP game May 20 with the release of El Rey, the band's eighth studio album to date and follow up to 2005's Take Fountain, set to arrive stateside courtesy of Manifesto. The fresh eleven-track set, produced by seasoned knob twiddler Steve Albini, also the man behind the Wedding Present's 1991 set Seamonsters, will feature tunes with California-centric titles such as "Santa Ana Winds," "Spider Man on Hollywood," and "Palisades," all possibly telling of Gedge's Golden State residency. Though details have yet-to-be revealed, the album's release will be followed by an extensive U.S. tour. El Rey tracklisting: 1. "Santa Ana Winds" 2. "Spider-man on Hollywood"3. "I Lost the Monkey"4. "Soup"?5. "Palisades"6. "The Trouble with Men"?7. "Model, Actress, Whatever..."? 8.

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    Circa Survive Frontman Goes Solo at SXSW

    From Peter, Bjorn and John's Peter Morén to Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, to Tilly and Wall guitarist Derek Pressnall's project Flowers Forever, going solo was name of the game at SXSW '08. Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green joined the pack, surprising SPIN.com with a vast departure from his band's epic wall of sound on a new assortment of acoustic ditties. Watch Green perform solo track "Drug Dealer" at SPIN & MySpace's San Jacinto Saloon on 6th Street in Austin, and then check out a video interview with SPIN.com, in which the rocker details his forthcoming solo album, and what's next for Circa Survive. Now Watch This: Anthony Green - "Drug Dealer"

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    New Video: Dizzee Rascal Deciphers British Hip-Hop Slang

    Welcome to British Hip-Hop Slang 101, students! Today your professor, London's grime rhymer Dizzee Rascal, will kick off the semester with a basic exercise in footwear. So take a torch to those French, Spanish, and German language textbooks, and pay attention as Mr. Rascal offers a truly valuable lesson you can take to the streets: Note to the world: Can we get a U.S. hip-hop artist to provide a lesson in stateside street slang? We here at SPIN.com are behind the curve, still consider "dope" and "fresh" streetwise vernacular, and have taken recent hip-hop cues from Flight of the Conchords. Please help!

  • Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder / Photo by Lucy Hamblin

    Pearl Jam Tours East Coast Before, After Bonnaroo

    Who: Reigning alt-rockers Pearl Jam return to the road, sandwiching their Bonnaroo appearance with ten East Coast dates. Kings of Leon and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists split the tour's opening spots. What: A 10-date jaunt ascending the East Coast from opening gig in West Palm Beach, FL June 11 to concluding set June 30 in Mansfield, MA. Should I go: Absolutely. Pearl Jam rarely venture out of the headlining-a-festival slot nowadays, and to catch the band on tour is a must, especially considering the awesome opening acts. For ticketing information visit pearljam.com. Pearl Jam tour dates: 6/11, West Palm, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre) *6/12, Tampa, FL (St.

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    Smashing Pumpkins Return to Studio, Shun LP Format

    Smashing Pumpkins will return to the studio this spring to begin working on new material for a forthcoming release, but they'll deliver them in a surprising way. "Billy [Corgan] and I are going to start working every day like we used to," drummer Jimmy Chamberlain told Spinner.com (via the Daily Swarm). "But I don't think we will make records again... the old business model is dead.

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    Watch, Buy Live Nada Surf on MySpace

    Haven't caught a live set from Nada Surf as the trio tour the nation behind their latest LP, Lucky? Well, if not, don't fret for MySpace Transmissions, an original program offering exclusive music and video to users, has come to the rescue with its second installment featuring video of a live seven-tune set, as well as Q&A with the Brooklyn-based indie rockers. Head over to myspace.com/transmissions to check out the full set, which includes performances of "Always Love" and "Blizzard of '77," off 2005's This Weight Is a Gift and 2002's Let Go, respectively, plus new Lucky tracks like "I Like What You Say" and "See These Bones." For a taste, here's the clip of "See These Bones": And if you're dying to make these tracks yours, buy the exclusive live EP via iTunes by clicking here. Nada Surf's MySpace Transmissions tracklisting: 1. "Always Love" 2. "Whose Authority"3.

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