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The All-American Rejects are no strangers to the listeners of 101.9 The End, and their brand of pop-alternative tends to work very well for our listeners. The band’s latest single “I Wanna” was today’s Spotlight. From their album When The World Comes Down, “I Wanna” is starting to become a bit of a hit for the band.

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear “I Wanna” on AAR’s MySpace page. The band can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

What do you think of the song?

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This looks so awesome!

Mark your calendars for November 6th, kiddos.

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The Heavy is a band from Noid, England (Avoid the Noid!) that are about to release their second album in October. The first single from that album is “Sixteen,” today’s New Music Spotlight. The band combines a retro Motown sound with a hip-hop vocal reminiscent of Goldie or even Tricky. It’s an interesting combination that I’m still not sure about, myself. However, the listeners have spoken, and apparently you like it.

Rosie called in and said, “I’m digging this song!” John said it reminded him of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You.” I can’t really argue with that. Texters had the same mentality. One said, “the heavy kicked ass,” while another said, “interesting sound but I like it.” Fairly positive response for this one.

If you missed the Spotlight, you can hear “Sixteen” on the band’s MySpace page. You can also find the Heavy on their official website.

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Noisettes formed in London in 2003 and with their debut album in 2007, What’s The Time Mr. Wolf, gained prominence in their home country and abroad. They are now poised to release their sophomore album Wild Young Hearts (it’s been available in Europe since April). The band’s sound is very retro, if you’re a fan of Duffy, Amy Winehouse or those classic sounding artists, the Noisettes may be right up your alley.

Feedback to the song was more positive than I expected. Mike called in and said, “I thought it was killer. … It’s the kind of stuff that I’m always looking for, something that makes me think ‘Where has this song been for the last 20 years?’” Kortni said she liked it, but wasn’t sure if it fit on the End, and Erin said simply, “That song’s awesome!” One texter, noting the Duffy similarity, said, “I liked it”. And another said, “I really liked that new music spotlight. It sounds like a fifty’s type song with modern guitar.”

If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear “Never Forget You” on the band’s MySpace page. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

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Panic! At The Disco (apparently they brought the exclamation mark back) has a song on the soundtrack for Jennifer’s Body, the new Megan Fox film. In the movie, Fox is a high school cheerleader who becomes possessed and starts killing her fellow students. Sounds like an amazing motion picture to me! The soundtrack, on the other hand, actually DOES look good. Featuring Hayley Williams (of Paramore), Little Boots, Black Kids and White Lies, among others, there are some good artists on this soundtrack.

Reaction to P!ATD was fairly positive, but not overwhelmingly so. John said, “I thought the song was actually pretty good.” Lena also liked it saying, “it was catchy like their original stuff.” One texter said, “i thought it was really good gonna look that up online”. Keeli texted “really like the new panic song! Kinda bouncy.” While another texter summed up my feeling perfectly by saying, “meh.”

If you missed the Spotlight, you can hear the song on the band’s MySpace page. You can also catch up with them on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.

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What would you say if I offered you a musical soup that included equal parts Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin? How could you possibly deny the tantalizing awesomeness of that recipe? You couldn’t. And any attempt would end in futility.

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) have gone all Vultron on us and joined forces to fight intergalactic crime!

Or maybe they started a band together.

Either way, the world will never be the same. I don’t know how I could possibly be more excited about a project that I am about Them Crooked Vultures. Someone would have to come back from the dead to get me more excited about a band than Grohl-Homme-Jones. The über super-group has been playing shows, their first was an after party during Lollapalooza in Chicago, in Europe. Most recently they were the surprise headliner for the Pukkelpop Festival.

Hit the jump to check out a performance of “Elephant,” that they started their Pukkelpop set with. But I caution you, the awesomeness may be too much for you to handle. Consider yourself warned.

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Back when Pearl Jam were just starting to promote their new album, Backspacer (due September 20th), they played a fanclub only show at the Showbox in Seattle. Cameron Crowe, a close friend of the band, filmed the concert and the footage has found a home as the video for the band’s current single, “The Fixer”.

View the video after the jump.

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