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Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleet Foxes are among the many artists contributing new versions of their tunes to ‘Rhythms Del Mundo Africa,’ the latest fundraising album from the Artists Project Earth’s ongoing initiative to raise awareness of climate change and fund vital environmental projects. [The Omega Order]

– Expect yet another epic live show if you’re lucky enough to catch Muse on their upcoming tour. “We built this huge upside-down pyramid which is all made out of an LED screens,” drummer Dom Howard says of their stage setup. “It’s going to be crazy and hopefully amazing.” [BBC]

– Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Will Stratton talks about his unexpected battle with cancer at the age of 25 — and admits it wasn’t quite as unexpected as it seems. [Spinner]

– Riot grrrl legends Bikini Kill will reissue their self-titled debut EP on Nov. 20 with bonus goodies like archival photos, liner notes by Skinned Teen’s Layla Gibbon, reproductions of Bikini Kill’s vintage zines and interviews with Ian MacKaye. [Pitchfork]

– ‘Oddfellows,’ the fourth album from the Mike Patton-fronted alt-metal group Tomahawk, is due in 2013. The band’s first full-length release in six years is being teased with the new track ‘Stone Letter,’ which is currently streaming. [Spin.com]

– Want just one good reason why not to miss Crystal Castles on tour this fall? Sorry, but this review of their recent New York City show gives too damn many to list. [Death + Taxes]

– Kathi McDonald, a former backup singer for the Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker and others classic rock legends, has died at the age of 64 after slipping into a coma. [Ultimate Classic Rock]

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