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Florence Welch

Florence Welch loves dressing in outlandish outfits when she is performing, and cites one leotard she donned for a festival performance as her favorite.

“My most outrageous stage outfit was a cabaret theme with big glittery pants, a tuxedo and a bow-tie. For a festival once I wore a lime-green catsuit with a slit down to my naval. I looked like a sort of deranged superhero version of Peter Pan. I’d been on tour with MGMT, and me and Andrew VanWyngarden kept swapping outfits. He gave it to me to wear,” the Florence + the Machine star said.

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Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs have laughed off rumors they are set to split.

The group dismissed speculation that their performances at last weekend’s Reading and Leeds festivals would be their last, insisting their calendar is empty because they are in need of a vacation.

“It’s our last show for the foreseeable future, so it’s a bit of an abyss. You think if it was our last one ever, we wouldn’t be having a good time? I don’t think bands split up when they’re still good friends and having a good time with each other,” Frontman Ricky Wilson said. “We just haven’t written anything new and we haven’t booked anything. If people look at your diary and see you haven’t booked anything, they think you’re stopping. We’ve been on tour for five years and we want to spend some of our money on air travel! I never really saw the point of going on holiday before. but last week I was in Tel Aviv and went in the sea. I thought, Oh, I get it now, it’s fun.”

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DJ SpinbadSay goodbye to the silly 80s revival, because it’s getting old. The early 90s has been represented and celebrated at raves, but we haven’t seen the music of the 90s make it’s big comeback yet. However, DJ Spinbad may be just the man who shines a light on the 90s, rekindling interest in the decade that began almost 20 years ago. He just put out a free 90s megamix that is pretty amazing. It features music from the decade, but also splices in TV and film audio bites as well, creating an amazing 80-minute mix that anyone alive in the 90s will enjoy. You can download the free MP3 at the link below.

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Snoop Dogg

A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:

  • Aerosmith: The band will rock it out with ZZ Top later this summer. The tour begins June 10 in St. Louis.
  • Austin City Limits: You can expect a number of big names at this October festival. Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Lily Allen, the Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys represent just a sampling.
  • Blazed and Confused Tour: Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and Stephen Marley will be trekking the country together starting on July 10.
  • Bob Dylan: Beginning July 2, Willie Nelson and John Mellancamp will join the legendary folk singer during a 22-city tour of minor league baseball parks.
  • Green Day: After a three-year hiatus, the group will resume touring this year. The 38-city journey starts July 3 in Seattle.

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Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

Lil’ Wayne may have had the most nominations going in, but he wasn’t the biggest winner coming out.

Next to Rihanna and Chris Brown, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the biggest newsmakers of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. The collaboration between the Led Zeppelin lead singer and the bluegrass artist earned the duo five awards last night including Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year. Prior to yesterday, Plant, 60, had only racked up one Grammy in his career. (Krauss, on the other hand, is now up to 26.)

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Death Cab for Cutie

A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:

  • David Archuleta: The American Idol 7 finalist begins a 20-city tour in February.
  • Death Cab for Cutie: The group will begin a U.S. tour starting in April.
  • Madonna: More overseas stops have been added to the Sticky & Sweet tour.
  • Modest Mouse: The band will hit 12 cities beginning next month.
  • Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine will all be part of the 27-city festival.
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Boss’ Super Bowl appearance will kick off a world tour.
  • Taylor Swift: She will headline the Fearless tour beginning this April.

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And you thought Paul McCartney’s appearance on the Colbert Report was cool.

Just days ago, the former Beatle officially became a part of this year’s Grammy lineup. Now the 66-year-old is scheduled to perform at his first US concert festival ever.

In addition to McCartney, nearly 130 more artists are slated to play at this spring’s Coachella event. Assuming she is able to make it into the country, Amy Winehouse is expected to make her first appearance on this side of the pond in three years. (Her recent Grammys performance was done via satellite.) Meanwhile, the other acts include The Killers, The Cure, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, Public Enemy, The Tings Tings, My Bloody Valentine, Okkervil River, James Morrison, Lupe Fiasco, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand and Superchunk. (A full list can be found here.)

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Paul McCartney

With less than two weeks to go until the , the list of performers continues to grow longer.

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., and Justin Timberlake have just been added to the previously announced roster. Radiohead, up for five awards this year, will also give its first live U.S. television performance in 9 years.

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Phish

The new year will not only be about change…it’ll apparently be about reuniting.

So far we’ve already learned about reunion tours for Fleetwood Mac and the Grateful Dead. Now we can add Phish to that growing list.

Although the group split (or took an extended hiatus) back in 2004, the band’s four members will be collaborating once again for eight engagements later this summer. After a three-day stint in March, Phish will resume their tour starting June 4 in New York. (Tickets go on sale January 30th.)

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Could Fall Out Boy be looking for a new manager?

Although the band had intended to give a free acoustic concert earlier this week, poor planning forced the group members to awkwardly improvise. Someone neglected to file the necessary paperwork for the Washington Square Park appearance, which meant the use of instruments would not be allowed.

Fearing they would be arrested by the New York police department if they chose to rebel, the group members elected to do an a cappella performance instead. (The show must go on, right?)

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