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– How can DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL’s Chris Carrabba shush his sing-along fans? By covering R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People in concert. A hauntingly faithful ”Nightswimming” is a standout. ITUNES.COM

– RYAN ADAMS has released yet another (online-only) EP, Morrocan Role. The ballad ”I’m Coming Over” suggests that Echo and the Bunnymen are his latest heroes. ITUNES.COM

– THE SECRET MACHINES’ pop hooks and atmospheric, synth-enhanced rock wowed critics at this year’s South by Southwest. ”Road Leads Where It’s Led” shows why. LISTEN.COM

– Despite their anti-Napster history, METALLICA are selling MP3s from their latest tour. A March 14 cover of Queen’s ”Stone Cold Crazy” is James Hetfield at his most melodic. LIVEMETALLICA.COM