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Occupy Wall Street is getting an album featuring Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Devo, and more

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What do Willie Nelson, Devo, and Third Eye Blind have in common?

Other than being giants of their respective musical eras (yeah, we said it; just try not to sing along to this), they all support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

They and many other artists will be contributing music to the benefit compilation Occupy This Album: A Compilation of Music by, for and Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the 99%. Proceeds from the wordily titled record will go “directly towards the needs of sustaining this growing movement,” The Wrap reports.

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Matador 21 in Las Vegas: three nights of all-star indie rock with a heavy dose of Gen-X nostalgia

PavementImage Credit: David Becker/WireImage.comWhen you think of live music in Las Vegas, you think of names like Manilow, Dion, and Newton, not Superchunk, Yo La Tengo, and Sonic Youth. But all that changed this past weekend when legendary indie-rock label Matador Records threw a huge three-night party at the Palms casino in celebration of its 21st anniversary. Since 1989, the label has had a hand in launching and nurturing along some of the leading lights of indie rock–including Pavement, Liz Phair, Guided by Voices, Belle & Sebastian, and The New Pornographers, all of whom were on hand to celebrate. The hipsters-meet-elderly-slot-jockeys setting certainly felt odd, but when you think about it, when you hit 21, where better to celebrate than Las Vegas, where 21 wins at Blackjack and you’re officially able to drink? Plus, around midnight on the last night, between sets by Yo La Tengo and Guided By Voices, I found myself seated at a Blackjack table next to Spoon lead singer Britt Daniel, and where else is that going to happen? Some other highlights after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Extended Play: Yo La Tengo, Circulatory System, Os Mutantes

Welcome to Extended Play, a delightfully unpredictable feature on the Music Mix wherein, from time to time, we review new releases that we did not have room for in the print magazine. (Not because we don’t love them!) This week, we take on a trio of mind-expanding albums by Yo La Tengo (pictured, left), Circulatory System, and Os Mutantes. Intriguingly, each of these bands makes music that might plausibly be described at times as “Beatlesque” — and each one is dropping a brand-new record in this most Beatlesque of weeks. Coincidence? You decide…

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