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News of Note: Muse Stream The Resistance, Jay-Z, Wild Beasts, White Lies, Kurt Cobain’s Guitar Hero Avatar, and Much More by 20watts
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Muse decided to stream their new album The Resistance for 24 hours

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Muse’s “United States of Eurasia” MP3

Hype for The Resistance has practically reached the point of parody. Filter reported on how Muse streamed The Resistance in full, for a full 24 hours. The fact that they had fans piece together a song before they could hear it just goes to show that this band will stage any stunt get more exposure — redundant when you’re in one of the biggest acts in the world. What else can you do, Matt Bellamy, streak in a performance art display singing the lyrics to “Uprising”? [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor's Pick #157: Muse's United States of Eurasia]

As many probably knew, Jay-Z is going all out to promote his latest effort, The Blueprint 3, which dropped Tuesday. To kick off the world tour, he played a secret show at NYC’s Gramercy Theater last night which apparently also included a fire alarm. SPIN‘s got photos and additional details for those so inclined.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick #173: Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” (Alicia Keys, Blueprint 3)20 Watts Reviews Jay-Z's Blueprint 3]

Stereogum reported on Wild Beasts live NYC debut, held two nights ago downtown at Joe’s Pub. Considering the quality of Wild Beasts’ two albums, particularly the recent Two Dancers, one would expect them to play in a dedicated rock venue. Not the case with this sit-down establishment, but that’s all right when you take into account that many popular indie acts — including Brand New, Sufjan Stevens, and The Rural Alberta Advantage — prefer smaller venues. Rock club or not, Wild Beasts played a great show by all accounts. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews Two Dancers]

NME.com reports that British alternative rock band White Lies released a rare track for download today. The song “Taxidermy” is a live favorite and was only available before on the band’s 7″ single “To Lose My Life.” White Lies will be touring the U.S. soon along with shows supporting Kings of Leon from September 25 through October 16. Close dates include New York City and Toronto on September 25 and September 26 respectively. White Lies also have their track “Death” on the Jennifer’s Body soundtrack. The film, starring Megan Fox, hits theatres September 18. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Lykke Li Covers Kings Of Leon ]

In preparation for their latest album Air have released a music video for the song “Sing Sang Sung,” and it’s featured on Pitchfork today.  “Sing Sang Sung” is the first single off the French electropopper’s forthcoming album Love 2. The album, which drops October 6, was entirely produced at the band’s own studio.[Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Air Releases a Studio Recording of "Do the Joy"]

Pitchfork also reports that Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan has launched a website today called Everything From Here to There. According to the site, which is likely to be a blog about Corgan’s personal beliefs, “If you are drawn to the Hidden Truths, drawn to God as something beyond limitation, and drawn to Love as the greatest force in the Universe, then you have come to the right place at the right time.  This is a place of Love.” [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Industry News, Week 4]

Subpop has just added Beach House to it’s already unrivaled indie roster. Beach House are the gorgeous, sleepy, dream-pop duo that brought you Beach House and Devotion, and they announced their move to the Seattle-based label today.  They’ll release their third album in early 2010 after completing a tour with Grizzly Bear. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Jay-Z Endorses Indie Rock, Grizzly Bear's "While You Wait for the Other"]

Princeton are making all kinds of appearances in the upstate area this weekend, so now is as good a time as any to check out their new video “Martina and Clive Krantz.”  It’s featured on Pitchfork today!  While you’re hanging out in that trendy neck of the woods, make sure to check out the song “Calypso Gold,” off the band’s forthcoming full-length Cocoon of Love.  They’re playing Ithaca tonight and Buffalo Saturday, with Ra Ra Riot.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Emerging Artist -- Princeton]

Apparently no one is happy with the way Kurt Cobain has been immortalized in Guitar Hero 5Courtney Love already tossed a fit on her Twiter, and now Cobain’s bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have expressed their disappointment. A Rolling Stone article lays out all the details, but here are the highlights from Grohl and Novoselic. “We want people to know that we are dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game. It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters. We feel he deserves better.” [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Video Games Hurt Record Companies' Profits]

Syracuse.com’s Listen Up Blog reported today that legendary folk guitarist Richie Havens would be playing at Onondaga Community College on October 21. Though the concert is free, OCC recommends calling 315-498-2828 to reserve a seat. Havens opened Woodstock forty years ago with a few Beatles covers and the traditional Negro spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. Even at 68, Havens still tours — playing NYC’s free River to River festival this summer — and has released the new album Nobody Left to Crown. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews River to River 7/26 at South Street Seaport]

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[...] SPIN announces that Smashing Pumpkins will release a new 44-track free record, entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. On top of the free songs, the band will also be putting out eleven limited-edition EPs of the tracks. Even though leading man Billy Corgan is the only original Pumpkin left, it’s still an intriguing project for the 90s alt-rock stalwarts. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: News of Note: Muse Stream The Resistance, Jay-Z, Wild Beasts, White Lies, Kurt Cobain's Guitar Hero ...] [...]

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