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    Q&A: Stephen Malkmus on New LP, Beck + More

    After reuniting his legendary '90s indie rock band Pavement last year for a lengthy tour, Stephen Malkmus will return as a solo force on August 23 with his fifth LP, Mirror Traffic. Recorded with his longtime backing band the Jicks and produced by Beck, the album is the most stylistically varied, best release of Malkmus' post-Pavement career. SPIN called the 45-year-old father of two at his Portland, OR, home to chat about the record and working with Beck. The first sound that buzzed through the receiver was his two daughters, seven and four years old, laughing hysterically... Got your hands full, huh?Yeah. I had to set the kids up with some Dora The Explorer. My wife's been out of town for eight days now. Party time! So, Beck produced your new album. Are you guys old friends?Well, I wouldn't say friends. He's a pretty private guy. But he's definitely an ally.

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    Soul Asylum Recording First Album Since 2006

    After a five-year break, Soul Asylum, the Minneapolis band behind hyper-melodic, catchy alt-rock jams like 1993's Grammy-winning single "Runaway Train," is back. The band is currently in the studio working on their first release since 2006's The Silver Lining, tentatively called Rough Air. Soul Asylum's founders Dave Pirner (vocals, guitar) and Dan Murphy (lead guitar) are working in Minneapolis and in New Orleans, Pirner's adopted hometown, with drummer Michael Bland (Prince, Nick Jonas), who played on their last record and tours, and bassist Tommy Stinson, the ex-Replacements and Guns N' Roses man who helped record The Silver Lining after founding low-ender Karl Mueller lost his battle with cancer. "I've been cutting vocals here in my studio, and we've cut a bunch of guitars," Pirner tells Billboard.

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    Beasties Reunite With Spike Jonze for New Video

    Beastie Boys are delivering the visual goods around their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. First, the Boys dropped an epic short film for their track "Make Some Noise," featuring Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell, and Danny McBride. Now they're reuniting with Spike Jonze -- the director behind their iconic clips for "Sabotage" and "Sure Shot," and the hit film Where the Wild Things Are -- for an all-new work. According to the Beasties' blog, the trio hooked up with their "esteemed colleague" Jonze to shoot the video for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," a dub banger featuring vocals from Brooklyn's Santigold (hear a hot remix here). And apparently they're producing two versions: "[Both] short and epic length videos [have been cut] for the song," Mike D reveals in the blog post. The plot?

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    Missy Elliott Reveals Past of Sexual Abuse

    Just one week after revealing her diagnosis with the autoimmune disorder, Graves' Disease, rapper Missy Elliott has opened up about her troubled childhood, including that she was the victim of sexual abuse. [Via AOL] In her episode of VH1's Behind the Music, which debuted earlier this week -- and can be streamed in full below -- Missy said that she was abused by her 16-year-old cousin when she was only eight years old. "Each day he wanted me to come to the house after school," she explained. "It became sexual, which, for me at eight years old, I had no clue what that was, but I knew something was wrong." "Being molested ... it don't disappear," she added.

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    Marilyn Manson Taps Shia LaBeouf to Direct Doc

    Marilyn Manson is in the studio recording his follow-up to 2009's The High End Of Low -- and he's hired actor Shia LaBeouf to direct a documentary about the process. During his appearance on Live With Regis And Kelly, LaBeouf, the star of summer blockbuster the The Transformers, dished on first meeting Manson: "He's an eccentric human being. He lives in West Hollywood above a liquor store. There are no lights in the room. And there are these big metal doors and he opens the door and he's in a kimono, a big pink kimono. It's sort of like a lair. No lights, so you have to use your cell phone to guide you around. We sat and watched movies for a while and talked about what kind of visuals he wanted on his album. Which are all really eccentric ideas.

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    Watch Live Sets from Coldplay, Adele & 60 More!

    Today marks the start of the iTunes London Festival, a cool month-long series of webcasts that will stream concerts by Coldplay, Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, Duran Duran, Beady Eye, My Chemical Romance, Glasvegas, and 52 other artists. Check out the complete schedule here. To watch the sets - which kick off today with Paul Simon at the legendary Roundhouse venue - on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, download the iTunes Festival London 2011 app for free here, or tune directly into the iTunes store.

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    Smashing Pumpkins Tap Wrestlers for "Owata" Clip

    Smashing Pumpkins are known for their gorgeous, and often a little weird, music videos -- their clips for "Today," "1979," "Tonight, Tonight," and "Zero" helped define MTV's mid-'90s glory days. And Billy Corgan hasn't given up his visual ambitions. His reunited alt-rock band just released a 12-minute short film for "Owata," a track from their 44-track project Teargarden By Kaleidyscope -- and it's all about female professional wrestling. Watch below! For the short film. Corgan -- a fan of professional wrestling, who often posts about it on his Twitter account -- teams with director Robby Starbuck to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the personal and professional lives of female wrestlers, played by real-life ring ladies Cheerleader Melissa and Shelly Martinez, plus an appearance by Scott "Raven" Levy of Juggalo Championship Wrestling, who plays the girls' trainer.

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    Wilco Unveil Album Art and Full Details

    News about Wilco's eighth studio album has been leaking out for the past few weeks, but now we have official details: The Whole Love, the Chicago band's follow-up to 2009's Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album), will drop on September 27 via their own newly launched label, dBpm Records. Check out the LP's cover art here. The Whole Love was recorded at Wilco's Windy City studio/club house/HQ, The Loft, and features 12 tracks. Frontman Jeff Tweedy and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone teamed with Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright, Paul McCartney) on production duties. The Whole Love is bookended by a pair of longer epics, the seven-minute opener "Art of Almost" and the 12-minute closer "One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)." "I Might," a folk fuzz-bomb, is the first single.

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    Watch Coldplay's Colorful First Single

    Coldplay are a colorful bunch. The Brit band lit up the music world with the fuchsia-friendly, Sgt. Pepper's-esque paramilitary uniforms designed for their last album, 2008's Viva La Vida, and in their new music video for "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," the lads haven't lost their touch – the clip is like a spin-art painting come to life. Frontman Chris Martin and Co. -- wearing some casual, but very colorful outfits themselves -- perform the anthemic, Joshua Tree-inspired rock jam in a desolate industrial setting, as the lyrics appear written on the walls of the surrounding buildings in neon paint.

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    WATCH: Drake Drowns His Sorrows in New Video

    In Drake's new video for "Marvin's Room," off his second album Take Care (out October 24), the Toronto hip-hop smoothie, who perpetually builds songs around his tender heart, finds a destructive alternative to dealing with the pain of unrequited love: He hits the bottle. Hard. Posted to his October's Very Own blog, the cinematic clip flashes footage of blurry city lights with Drizzy hunched over the bar all alone in a crowded club, drowning his sorrows in booze, as he emotes about the girl he loves, who has shacked up with another man. "I've been in this club too long / I've been drinking soo much," he croons over minimal beats and subtle atmospheric washes. "I'm gonna call her anyway." Judging by Drake's wasted state in the video, that's a bad idea. Maybe sober up and sing for her instead? Drake, "Marvin's Room"

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