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    James Hetfield Makes Public Land Donation

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    Metallica frontman gives 330 acres to California county in exchange for more privacy

    In California, the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted a donation of 330 acres of Lucas Valley farmland from Metallica's James Hetfield. The land, which sits around the singer's property, is to be preserved as open space. It follows an earlier gift by Hetfield of 400 acres. County officials say they are close to a deal with Hetfield that would reroute a hiking trail......read more

    Le Loup "Forgive Me"

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    Directed by Matthew Lessner, this vid features an abundance of beards, bunnies, and mysticism.

    The young, talented filmmaker Matthew Lessner has a taste for the unusual, which shines through in all of his work. His weird and wonderful piece for "Forgive Me," off Family, the latest release from Le Loup, finds robed mystics cavorting in the sand dunes of Oregon with bunnies and lizards. It's not normal, and very awesome....read more

    10 Best Songs About Bicycles

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    A mixtape honoring our favorite form of transport.

    Cycling and music are two things we couldn't live without. The others being eating and sleeping. So we're extra hyped that our friends at Flavorwire put together this mixtape of songs about biking, featuring two-wheeled anthems from Pink Floyd, TV On The Radio, Kraftwerk, and more. (But hey, where's "My White Bicycle" by Tomorrow? Classic bike-adelic rock!) Photo via The......read more

    Pearl Jam To Plant $210K Worth Of Trees

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    Trees planted in band's home state of Washington part of effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by their 2009 U.S. tour.

    The Pulse of Radio reports that Pearl Jam is spending $210,000 to plant trees in the band's home state of Washington as part of an effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by the band's 2009 U.S. tour. According to Reuters, the money will cover the band's own travel and hotel contributions as well as emissions made by fans traveling to shows. The group wants to continue......read more

    Band Of Horses "Compliments"

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    Landscapes intertwine in vid for lead single off Seattle band's upcoming record.

    This video is either the perfect visual interpretation of the new Band Of Horses song, or totally off the mark. Directed by photographer Christopher Wilson, the trippy nature photomontage seems a bit detached from the rootsy vibe of the tune. But then the intertwining landscapes somehow fit with vague lyrics questioning the existence of God. In any case, it looks cool. The new Band Of Horses......read more

    Delorean, "Stay Close"

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    Appropriately hypnotic video for dreamy track from Delorean, Barcelona's indie dance champs.

    With this recently dropped video for a lovely balearic pop jam by Delorean, Brooklyn's Weird Days add another piece to their growing portfolio of amazing-looking music vids. "Stay Close" is the lead single off Delorean's record Subiza, released in June on True Panther Records....read more

    Lighten Up Trailer

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    Our first original web series, produced in collaboration with Stonyfield Farm, documents the greening of the music industry.

    Lighten Up, our first original web series, chronicles bands taking part in the cultural shift toward sustainability. The series kicks off with The Honey Brothers (featuring SHFT's own Adrian Grenier on drums), followed by Brandi Carlile, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Dave Matthews Band. Lighten Up is produced in partnership with Stonyfield Farm....read more

    Black Mamba "White Woods"

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    Snowy, surrealistic music vid directed by Josh Hassin.

    "White Woods," the lead single off Black Mamba's first record, is a a dreamy and delicate number. With this surrealistic video, filmed in the Laguna Mountains near the Mexican border, director Josh Hasslin deftly matches the mood of the tune. If this isn't a perfect visual interpretation of a song, then we don't know what is. ...read more

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