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Instant Karma

  • Is Amnesty International’s support for abortion rights a problem for Christina Aguilera or Avril Lavigne, both of whom contributed tracks to AI’s Instant Karma album, and may or may not be pro-life? The London Sunday Times says “maybe,” the Guardian says “balderdash,” and then takes it up a notch, skewering the very idea of a resurgence in right-wing rockers. Take that.

  • 78-year-old singer-guitarist Bo Diddley is reportedly stable after suffering a heart attack in Florida. The legendary blues-rock musician also suffered a stroke in May.

  • Lou Reed has recorded a brand new track with Vegas alterna-rock stars The Killers. The song is called “Tranquilize” and will appear on the upcoming compilation of Killers rarities later this year.

  • Okay, fine, everyone else is reporting on this: Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins assured a topless female audience member at the UK’s Reading festival on Sunday that “American girls are sluts too.”
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