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Friday’s Music Roundup

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[Updated: 6:34 P.M.]

NEWS:

    JAY REATARD Memorial Announced
    The public ceremony is set for 5 P.M. on Saturday at Memphis, TN’s Memorial Park Funeral Home. [Pitchfork]
    WEEZER’s RIVERS CUOMO Recovers from Bus Crash
    Plus: The frontman and his band prep for their first gig since the December accident. [SPIN]
    Ex-MISFITS Drummer BRIAN KEATS Dead at 46
    The rocker, a.k.a. “Damage,” died Tuesday of an ongoing battle with liver cancer.[Spinner]
    LADY GAGA Collapses, Cancels Concert
    Paramedics treat the pop star for exhaustion and dehydration in Indiana. Read her explanation. [SPIN]
    KEANE Collaborate with K’NAAN on New EP
    Night Train is due for a May release and will also feature Japanese Baile Funk MC Tigarah. [GigWise]
    DEATH CAB Pay Tribute to JOHN HUGHES
    Seattle band will cover Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” on the Critics’ Movie Choice Awards. [SPIN]
    ARCADE FIRE Call for Haiti Disaster Donations
    Win Butler and Régine Chassagne (of Haitian descent) call the tragic earthquake “Haiti’s darkest hour.” [Arcade Fire]
    SUEDE to Reunite
    Britpop group play one-off gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall. [NME]
    BLUR Reunite for Premiere of New Doc
    Brit band attend London screening of No Distance Left to Run. [NME]
    GUNS N’ ROSES Kick Off ‘Chinese Democracy’ Tour
    Welcome to the Jungle, Winnipeg! Axl is in fine form. [SPIN]
    BILLY CORGAN Records Music with JESSICA SIMPSON
    The couple’s love affair just took an artistic turn. [People]
    INCUBUS’ DJ Obtains Restraining Order Against Former Bandmate
    Chris Kilmore claims ex-Incubus DJ Gavin Koppell is threatening to kill him. [Exclaim.ca]
    COLDPLAY Sued for Plagiarism… Again
    A self-described “unknown” songwriter alleges that Chris Martin and Co. stole “Clocks,” “Yellow,” and more. [TMZ]
    RIHANNA Speaks Out on CHRIS BROWN
    “I feel like this happened to me so I could be a voice for young girls,” singer says in new issue of W mag. [MTV]
    Album Updates: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, ELBOW
    The two bands give updates on their upcoming releases. [SPIN]
    PEREZ HILTON Launches Boy Band Competition
    Perez and American Idol creator Simon Fuller seek “The Boy Band for the Next Generation” via online contest. [MTV]
    BECK Pays Tribute to JAY REATARD
    Boho rocker posts the deceased Memphis, TN, rocker’s cover of his tune “Gamma Ray” online.[Beck]
    PIXIES Mourn JAY REATARD
    Reatard’s recent tour mates “express condolences to the friends and family of Jay Reatard, on his sudden passing.”[Facebook]

MP3s & VIDEOS:

    WATCH: THE HOT RATS Cover BEASTIE BOYSon Letterman
    The covers-only side project from UK band Supergrass perform “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!).” [Stereogum]
    WATCH: AIR’s Mysterious New Video
    French duo’s latest clip is a dramatic film noir. [SPIN]
    WATCH: New MUSE Video. ‘Resistance’
    Get a taste of the rockers’ gargantuan live show in this just-released clip! [SPIN]
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