Joseph Coscarelli

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    Coldplay's Chris Martin Reveals Guilty Pleasure

    Whether it's Gossip Girl, double cheeseburgers, or "sick" days off work, we all have guilty pleasures. And now Coldplay frontman and Gwyneth Paltrow's better half, Chris Martin, has admitted his: An affection for Canadian rockers Nickelback. Possibly feeling a radio-rock kinship for his often insulted, mega-selling peers, Martin -- as earnest as ever -- voiced his support for Chad Kroeger and Co. to Absolute Radio DJ Christian O'Connell last week, stating he has "nothing but respect" for the group. [via]. "They take a lot of flak from people who have never done fuck all in their life. And I think they're great. That is my final word." Can we expect a collaboration, Mr. Martin?

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    D'Angelo Returns With New Song

    In SPIN's August issue, we explored the tumultuous career of neo-soul singer D'Angelo, detailing his disappearance from the limelight because of drug and alcohol problems, while remaining uncertain about the fate of the struggling soulman's new tunes. Now D'Angelo is back with a remake of his 1996 song "I Found My Smile Again," available now exclusively via iTunes. As a lead-up to his long-awaited third album, tentatively due next spring, the song -- originally featured on the soundtrack for the movie Space Jam -- arrives after D'Angelo's recent collaborated with Q-Tip on the track "I Believe." According to, D'Angelo is currently hard at work in a Los Angeles studio on his forthcoming follow-up to 2000's Voodoo, which is said to feature the Roots' ?uestlove, retro-soul singer Raphael Saadiq, and jazz great Roy Hargrove.

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    Dirty Pretty Things Break Up!

    Surprise, surprise, Libertines offshoot Dirty Pretty Things, helmed by Brit man-about-town Carl Barat, have broken up to pursue other projects. "It's been a glorious three years which we all would gladly live out again, but it is time for us to try new things," Barat told of Dirty Pretty Things' split. "We are reluctant to give up touring but will give the last waltz everything," he continued. "We have and are determined to go out as we came in, after which we all have other ventures to be getting on with and splendid future plans." Details regarding Barat's "other ventures" and "splendid future plans" have yet-to-be announced, but, as he confirmed, his forthcoming projects certainly won't include the LIbertines. And who can blame him with former co-frontman Pete Doherty's, er, dope-headed behavior.

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    Exclusive: Port O'Brien Debut 2 New Videos

    Bay Area quintet Port O'Brien recently shot not one, but two videos on Super 8 reels, borrowing from the style of 1920s silent movies by applying a deliberate, but naturally worn, sratchy quality to match the band's pastoral folk aesthetic. Both "Stuck on a Boat" and "In Vino Veritas" were filmed in the band's hometown of Cambria, CA, by director Joey Izzo."It was really important to me that every scratch was genuine and authentically created," Izzo tells "No digital effects were used on these music videos. We wanted to give Port O'Brien something unique and special -- something that didn't look common and couldn't easily be replicated." Mission accomplished. Check out the exclusive premiere of the videos below.

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    Franz Ferdinand on New Record: "Friendlier for the Dance Floor"

    After a lengthy world tour and an exhausting stint in the studio following the release of 2005's You Could Have It So Much Better, Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand have finally finished recording their yet-to-be titled third album, which will be released in early 2009. And according to frontman Alex Kapranos, the new set will be a change of pace. "It does sound different and there are different instruments on the record, different tempos, a different attitude to making it," Kapranos told the BBC [via]. "The last record was fast, furious, frantic, 150 beats per minute," he continued. "It was like a teenager having sex. This one's a bit more assured and a bit friendlier for the dance floor. It's about 104/105bpm."

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    Smashing Pumpkins Unveil 20th Anniversary Tour

    Though only two members of the original band remain -- alt-rock overlord Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin -- Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled the itinerary for a 20th anniversary tour celebrating their birth way back in 1988. Kicking off in Cleveland November 1, the 19-date tour will take the Pumpkins through multi-night stands in Toronto, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Kansas City, and Los Angeles -- plus, a four-night stay in the group's hometown of Chicago. Each extended engagement will include entirely different set lists with no songs repeated between night one -- dubbed "Black Sunshine" -- and night two, called "White Crosses." In related news, the Pumpkins are also gearing up for the dual release of a new single, "G.L.O.W." -- being premiered live on Jimmy Kimmel Live Oct.

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    Amanda Palmer

    What? Amanda Palmer's just-released record isn't simply a collection of songs, but a full fledged multimedia experience that includes an exclusive online video series and a companion book of photography. The album, entitled Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, which can be purchased with various extras for up to $100 through her website, is a cryptic affair influenced by spooky TV series Twin Peaks and laced with staccato piano, sweeping cello, and often mile-a-minute confessionals. Palmer, who called the result "biblical" in a chat with, delivers on apocalyptic blitzes like "Runs In The Family" and heavenly ballads like "Ampersand." Who?

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    Exclusive: New Tilly and the Wall Video

    Tilly and the Wall's childlike exuberance has truly been captured in the new video for "Alligator Skin," an upbeat track off the band's recently released album, O. With more neon colors than the Vegas strip, clowns, furry animal costumes, bouncing balloons, and flowing confetti, the set looks as if a party store exploded.What's more, you can catch Tilly and the Wall's live set this fall when the quintet hit the road with dance rock spark-plugs CSS. Both bands are encouraging fans to tape each concert for an upcoming documentary project. Details can be found here. Now channel your inner youngster and join the festivities in the "Alligator Skin" video below.Tilly and the Wall, "Alligator Skin"

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    TK Webb & the Visions Rock New York

    Nary a word was spoken from the stage throughout TK Webb & the Visions' set last night at Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom, probably because only full-force, raspy screams could even begin to compete with the growling distortion of the band's two guitar assault. And so the Brooklyn-based Webb skipped the small talk in favor of hell-raising howls on 10 scorchers. Sandwiched between Swedish hard rock acts Graveyard and Witchcraft, Webb and the boys cherished the home field advantage, sauntering onto the stage with unkempt hair and flannel sleeves rolled up, leaving no doubt that even those expecting Nordic doom would be floored by both the band's sound and swagger. Drawing almost entirely from the sludgy blues of the group's debut album, Ancestor, the searing set pushed onward with punishing drums.

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    Paramore Recording Tunes for 'Twilight' Movie Soundtrack?

    After weeks of speculation that pop-punk outfit Paramore will contribute new songs to the upcoming film adaptation of teen book series Twilight, spitfire singer Hayley Williams has finally cleared the air, calling the rumors, "a little less than true but a little more than a lie" in a blog post before confirming the band is, in fact, "recording again for a possible shot" at inclusion in the forthcoming movie. Williams says the crew is holed up at Blackbird Studio in the their hometown of Nashville working on the material -- "if you can even consider this work," writes Williams -- after spending a year and half on the road supporting their last full-length, Riot!. But aside from the new tracks, what's Williams most excited about? Simple: The VMAs. "Being there was a trip," Williams writes. "I even congratulated Britney face to face!

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