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Kenneth Partridge

Kenneth Partridge's work has appeared in such publications as USA Today, the Village Voice and the Hartford Courant, as well as online at MTV Hive and HowAboutWe, among other sites. He's helped to edit two encyclopedias -- one on Latin music, the other on reggae -- and penned biographies about Louis Armstrong and the opera singer Marian Anderson. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his beloved wife and slightly less beloved record collection.
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Pixies Release ‘Bagboy,’ First New Song Since 2004 – Watch the Video

The Pixies have unveiled 'Bagboy,' their first new song in nine years. 'Bagboy' arrived early this morning via an email from the group's publicist and tweet from their official account, and there's already a video up on YouTube (watch it below). The shocking news comes mere weeks after the Pixies announced the departure of bassist Kim Deal, who apparently does not play on the track, despite the presence of female vocals eerily similar to hers.

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Social Distortion Bring Pulpy Punk to Brooklyn’s Warsaw [Exclusive Photos]

We all know Mike Ness is a connoisseur of vintage junk culture. The Social Distortion frontman is responsible for some of the pulpiest songs in the punk canon, and since 1988's 'Prison Bound,' he's written almost exclusively from the perspective of outlaws, sinners, gangsters, greaseball hoods and doomed film noir protagonists.

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Replacements Reuniting for Riot Fest 2013, Performing in Toronto, Chicago and Denver

The Replacements will reunite for Riot Fest shows in Toronto (Aug. 24-25), Chicago (Sept. 13-15) and Denver (Sept. 21-22), according to a press release that's sure to have fans of the legendary Minneapolis punk band scrambling to make summer travel plans. The group hasn't performed live in 22 years, but according to bassist Tommy Stinson, they never actually broke up. Last fall, Stinson and frontman Paul Westerberg reconvened in the studio for 'Songs for Slim,' an EP recorded to raise money for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in 2012, and the old chemistry was apparently still there.

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Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dead at 74

Ray Manzarek, founding keyboardist for the Doors, died earlier today (May 20) at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, according to a press release. The 74-year-old rock legend had been battling bile duct cancer, and he's said to have died with his wife, Dorothy, and two brothers by his side.

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Wake Island, ‘Use It As a Weapon’ – Free MP3 Download

Truly an international crew, Montreal foursome Wake Island features musicians from Lebanon, Canada and the United States. It's a brainy band -- one of 'em is studying cell biology -- and that really came through on their 2009 debut, 'Fairytales From the Island,' an attempt to, in their words, "reach a common center" through elaborate, orchestral rock.

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Airborne Toxic Event, ‘True Love (Bombastic Version)’ – Video Premiere

Breathe deep, Airborne Toxic Event fans. Today (April 30) marks the release of the band's eagerly anticipated third album, 'Such Hot Blood,' and to celebrate, we're premiering a video for the tune 'True Love.' The clip is the latest installment in the group's 'Bombastic' series, which features single-take acoustic renditions of every song from the new record. Given ATE's reputation for sonic grandiosity, such performances cast the L.A. indie fivesome in something of a new light, and here, rather than kick it stadium-style, frontman Mikel Jollett and the gang spin the dimmer, spark some candles and strum, fiddle and pluck their way through a galloping folk-rock jam, grinning all the while. Watch it below!

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Forever the Sickest Kids’ Jonathan Cook Arrested for Selling Fake Rolex Watches

Jonathan Cook, lead singer for Forever the Sickest Kids, was arrested back in January for selling fake Rolex watches, Radio.com reports. The pop-punk frontman copped to the bust in a recent press release, and while the charges conjure images of dudes in trench coats peddling dicey merchandise in dark alleys, Cook is apparently a collector of antique watches, and he knew the Rolex he was selling was a fugazi. He just didn't know hawking a counterfeit timepiece -- "even if it is well known that the item is a fake," as he puts it -- is such a serious crime.

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Slowriter, ‘Animated’ – Free MP3 Download

A man can only rage for so long. After two years of playing guitar with the math-y Atlanta post-hardcore outfit the Chariot, Bryan Taylor has pulled up a desk chair and parked himself at the computer. There, piecing together tracks for his Slowriter side project, he fits together beats, loops, textures and lyrics, emerging with a kind of spoke-sung electro-pop.

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The Cannanes, ‘Zone (Dr. Version Remix)’ – Free MP3 Download

Stephen Hermann has at least one thing in common with Kurt Cobain, and that thing is a fondness for the Cannanes. Cobain wrote about the Aussie indie-pop duo in his journals, and Hermann has twice worked with the group, producing their most recent full-length in 2002 and returning for the 'Small Batch' EP, released earlier this year.

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The Bynars, ‘All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun Tonight’ – Free MP3 Download

Limber up, indie fans. Maybe throw back a Red Bull, scarf a protein bar or consume whatever substance you use for sudden bursts of energy. (We're not judging.) The Bynars are about to make you dance for 12 minutes straight, and you'll need your stamina.

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