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Modest Mouse to Release Heath Ledger Video

spin.com — Modest Mouse plans to release the music video actor Heath Ledger directed before his death in January 2008, the band's spokesperson tells SPIN.com. The Dark Knight actor helmed the animated clip for "King Rat,.More… (Music)

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Michael Jackson Sells Out All 50 U.K. Gigs

upi.com — Organizers of pop star Michael Jackson's shows at London's O2 Arena, set to begin in July, say all 50 scheduled concert dates are sold out. More… (Music)

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Metallica confirmed to play SXSW festival in small venue

austin360.com — Austin Powell of the Austin Chronicle says he’s received confirmation from the Metallica camp that the metal superstars will be playing at the venue Stubb’s on Friday March 20 at 10 p.m. as part of the “Guitar Hero: Metallica” showcase. Roland Swenson of SXSW was not too happy with Thursday’s “Off the Record” scoop, however. More… (Music)

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A Look At The Improved MySpace Music

techcrunch.com — Over the last few weeks MySpace Music has quietly rolled out a number of new features that should make the service significantly more appealing to consumers. While it kicked off to an fairly impressive start when it launched, even its President Courtney Holt has conceded that it wasn’t very user-friendly and didn’t have many new features.More… (Music)

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SXSW 2009 on BitTorrent: 6 GB of Free Music

torrentfreak.com — The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, SXSW has released a DRM-free, RIAA-safe collection of songs totaling 6 GB, which can all be downloaded for free, thanks to BitTorrent.More… (Music)

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Jack White announces new band, new CD

washingtonpost.com — No one can accuse Jack White of being lazy. The rocker is already a member of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, and now White says he's formed a third band, The Dead Weather. More… (Music)

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Chemical Brothers Added to Coachella Lineup!

nme.com — Devendra Banhart, The Orb, Etienne De Crecy, Murder City Devils, Busy P and a DJ set by The Chemical Brothers have been added to the lineup of this year's Coachella Festival. They will join Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Cure and Morrissey, who are set to headline the 2009 California desert festival, which takes place April 17-19.More… (Music)

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Trent Reznor Disses Chris Cornell Via Twitter

twitter.com — "You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell's record? Jesus."More… (Music)

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The 10 Most Overlooked Band Members

spike.com — We all know that being in a band is a team effort. It’s never a one-man show. So it’s unfortunate sometimes when fans just assume the lead singer writes all the lyrics and the guitarist is the only one composing the music. This is why we need to give a few shout-outs to some of the most talented musicians in the industry who rarely get respect... More… (Music)

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Top Artists Strike Back at Greedy Music Labels

torrentfreak.com — For years music industry lobbyists, headed by the RIAA, have gone after illegal file-sharers - supposedly in the best interests of the artists. Unexpectedly, a group of top musicians has started its very own lobby group to avoid being exploited by these very same record labels, who tend to abuse copyrights for their own sake.More… (Music)

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Top Artists Strike Back at Greedy Music Labels

torrentfreak.com — For years music industry lobbyists, headed by the RIAA, have gone after illegal file-sharers - supposedly in the best interests of the artists. Unexpectedly, a group of top musicians has started its very own lobby group to avoid being exploited by these very same record labels, who tend to abuse copyrights for their own sake.More… (Music)

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Anddddddd your keyboard is now Daft Punk [woot!]

najle.com — I played with this a bit longer than I'd care to admit.More… (Music)

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Radiohead, Blur Join Fight for Artists' Rights over Labels

techradar.com — Meeting up today as the Featured Artists' Coalition, a flurry of bands and musicians, including Radiohead, Blur and Billy Bragg, are looking to discuss the situation the music industry is in and bid to give artists more control over their music, not labels.More… (Music)

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Top 10 Worst Dressed Guitarists

guitarworld.com — Guitar World picks the worst dressed axmen in the history of rock and roll! More… (Music)

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Billy Corgan wants broadcast radio to pay artists

news.cnet.com — Internet radio has to pay performance rights but broadcast stations get a free pass. Billy Corgan, founder of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, told Congress on Tuesday that must change. More… (Music)

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