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Skrillex gave billionaire Richard Branson a quick lesson on how to DJ backstage during last weekend’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Baltimore — and thankfully, the cameras were rolling to capture the magic. []

— One day after their YouTube Presents concert — which, not to brag, streamed live — Blondie have offered up free online downloads of two brand-new tracks and a cover of a tune by David Essex. Check out the New York legends’ new grooves here: [Consequence of Sound]

— Nouvelle Vague have created a musical out of their kitschy, bossa nova-meets-New Wave cover tunes, and now the French quartet plans to tour the U.S. with the production. Titled ‘The Dawn of Innocence,’ the musical is in Santa Cruz, Calif., tonight and stays on the road through Nov. 2 in Miami. [Brooklyn Vegan]

— Hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World opened up for Bill Clinton at a Get Out the Vote Rally hosted by U.S. Senate hopeful Rich Carmona Wednesday in Tempe. Ariz. Insert “opened up for Bill Clinton” jokes here… [Phoenix New Times]

Ben Gibbard knows that his success as Death Cab for Cutie‘s frontman doesn’t necessarily mean that his new solo album, ‘Former Lives,’ will also flourish. “The vast majority of the people that like Death Cab for Cutie don’t know my name,” he says. “Most people don’t listen to music like that. They hear a song on the radio, they buy the record, they download it.” [Spinner]

— So really, how’s that new Rolling Stones single, ‘Doom and Gloom?’ “After seven years away from the studio, these legends still have it,” insist our buddies over at Ultimate Classic Rock. Take a listen to the tune and let us know if you agree. [Ultimate Classic Rock]

— If “psychedelic electronic music” is your bag, you’ll want to check this out. And if you don’t know what “psychedelic electronic music” is, check it out anyway — you definitely might learn something. [Death + Taxes]

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