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Joe Robinson

Born on the outskirts of Motown and raised in the shadow of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe has been writing about rock music since interviewing Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren for his high school newspaper -- back when bands like Shudder to Think were recording for major labels. He's written for the Cleveland Free Times, Alternative Press, the Village Voice, SuicideGirls and a variety of other online publications and blogs, some of which have not existed in years. He started with Townsquare in 2011 writing for Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock, and has been with Diffuser.fm since it launched in spring 2012.
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Flaming Lips’ Super Bowl Commercial Premieres Online

Are the Flaming Lips ready for their closeup? Singer Wayne Coyne and his mates better be, as this Sunday will see the Lips star in their first-ever Super Bowl commercial, which will be beamed into the living rooms, rec halls and barrooms of a billion people around the globe. The spot, which features the catchy new tune 'Sun Blows Up Today,' captures in epic detail a 'Ferris Bueller'-like day in the life of an ordinary suburban family spent rocking out and hanging out alongside the Lips.

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Daft Punk Releasing New Album This Spring

Daft Punk have reportedly lined up a May release for their fourth studio album and first in eight years, reports British newspaper The Guardian. The French electronica duo has inked a deal with Sony-owned Columbia Records to issue its proper follow-up to 2005′s 'Human After All,' which, like 2001′s 'Discovery' and 1997′s 'Homework' before it, were put out by Virgin Records.

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David Bowie Won’t Tour Behind New Album, Producer Insists

David Bowie fans got quite a surprise earlier this week when the rock legend ended a decade of musical silence by announcing plans to release 'The Next Day' in March, but the album's producer and longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti insists the singer has no plans to perform in support of the disc.

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Amy Winehouse Died From Alcohol Poisoning, New Investigation Confirms

Amy Winehouse did indeed die from alcohol poisoning, a new inquest has revealed. Authorities in London made the announcement today (Jan. 8), and while the initial inquest into Winehouse's July 23, 2011, death ended with the same conclusion, it was annulled last year, when it was discovered that the coroner who conducted the investigation was not properly qualified at the time, reports Rolling Stone.

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Flaming Lips’ Laser Hands Stolen in Australia

If you've seen the Flaming Lips live, you know all about the crazy multimedia show they put on. The spectacle includes a wild light show, bubbles, balloons, buckets of confetti and singer Wayne Coyne's giant laser-shooting hands. Unfortunately, the Lips report that those specialized hands went missing after the band's appearance at the Southbound Festival in Busselton, Western Australia, last weekend.

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Category: Music News, News, Weird News
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Vampire Weekend Releasing New Album This Spring

Vampire Weekend have emerged from their cave and announced plans to release a follow-up to their 2010 album 'Contra' sometime soon -- possibly as early as this spring, Consequence of Sound reports. The band recorded the as-yet-untitled disc in New York City and Los Angeles with producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Murs, We Are Scientists, Usher) and assistance from the group's own Rostam Batmanglij.

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Bamboozle Festival 2013 Cancelled

Two months after organizers announced that the Bamboozle festival would not be returning to Asbury Park, N.J., next year, the entire 2013 festival has been cancelled. "We are sad to announce we will miss all of you in 2013 but keep your eyes peeled for 2014 info," reads a Facebook post from the event's organizers. "Have a warm and safe holiday season!" No reason for the decision was given.

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Deadmau5 and Kat Von D Engaged After Twitter Proposal

Forget the news last month that Deadmau5 and Kat Von D had split up. Not only are the EDM DJ and tattoo artist together again, but the latest word is that they're engaged to be married after Deadmau5 popped the question via perhaps the most romantic and old-fashioned forum imaginable: Twitter.

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Amy Winehouse
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Amy Winehouse’s House Fetches $3.2 Million at Auction

The London home in which Amy Winehouse's body was discovered when she died in July 2011 at the age of 27 has sold at auction for $3.2 million, reports the BBC. The semi-detached Camden Square property went under the hammer on Monday (Dec. 3) at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) headquarters in the Piccadilly section of London.

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Wilco Announce Solid Sound Festival 2013

Now that Jeff Tweedy's thoughts on all those "dad rock" jokes are known once and for all, Wilco can get back to focusing on straight-up rocking -- and the band is already preparing to do just that, confirming plans to bring back the Solid Sound Music and Arts Festival next summer. The gathering is set for June 21-23 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass.

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