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Watch Coldplay Debut “Always In My Head” At SXSW

Mar 12th, 2014 // Comment
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Austin iTunes Invasion
Coldplay's "Midnight"
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Coldplay kicked off iTunes Fest SXSW last night (March 11), taking a break from rocking stadiums for an 11-song set at Austin’s Moody Theater. The performance included the live debuts of four songs from the forthcoming Ghost Stories (out May 19), including “Midnight” and “Magic.” And while the whole concert was live-streamed, the only video that has survived this morning is album opener “Always In My Head.”

As with the two prior cuts, this is a subdued one. Unlike those, the straightforward ballad doesn’t delve into atmospheric electronics; instead it’s built around a couple alternating notes on the guitar and a swaying beat. Overall, a pretty innocuous choice for the first track on the LP.

Check it out up top. More »

Skrillex Pulls A Beyonce: Stream His Surprise Debut Album ‘Recess’ In Full

Mar 11th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Skrillex pulled a Beyonce, dropping his (debut) album Recess at roughly 3 a.m. ET early this morning (March 11). Well, it’s available for streaming — the actual release date is March 18. Yes, after a couple Grammy wins for the DJ/producer and what feels like an eternity of brostep-soundtracked movie trailers spawned in his image, this is Skrillex’s first proper album. Featured guests on the 11-track effort include Diplo, Passion Pit‘s Michael AngelakosCL (from 2NE1), Chance The Rapper and Niki & The Dove, among many others.

And just in case you questioned the dude’s self-awareness, the first track is called ”All Is Fair in Love And Brostep.” Recess is supposed to be streaming on iTunes Radio’s “First Play,” but the link sent out from his camp doesn’t seem to be functioning. However, some enterprising fans have already ripped the album to SoundCloud, so you can stream the whole thing below. More »

Calvin Harris’ New Single “Summer”: Listen To A Preview

Mar 10th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Back in spring 2011, “Bounce,” the Kelis-featuring lead single from Calvin Harris‘ third album 18 Months, first surfaced. A year and a half later, the LP itself was released, and now, in this early stretch of 2014, said record’s eighth and final single, “Thinking About You,” is still hovering in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100.

When Harris’ next album will arrive is anyone’s guess, but at least the ball seems to be slowly but surely rolling in the lead-up. This afternoon the Scottish DJ/producer teased his Instagram followers by posting a six-second snippet of new track “Summer.” As you might guess, it’s a balls-to-the-wall dance cut — one that, so far, doesn’t give any indication as the what the lyrics are or who might be singing them.

Get the first taste of Calvin’s “Summer” jam below. More »

Alleged Daft Punk & Jay Z Collaboration “Computerized” Hits Web: Stream The Track

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment
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Well this is interesting. A purported Daft Punk song featuring Jay Z called “Computerized” has made its way onto the Internet. It’s allegedly a leftover from their Random Access Memories sessions, and some sites are even claiming that it was produced by Kanye West. The track certainly sounds authentic, and I can’t recall ever hearing these Jay verses before.

Consequence of Sound agrees on the Jay front, and points out that some Reddit sleuths concluded “Computerized” contains some elements from the Robots’ Tron soundtrack. So it’s possible that this was a real track which was scrapped, and parts of it served as the foundation to a different song on the 2010 soundtrack. But you could also argue that some enterprising copycat simply pulled elements from the duo’s Tron work to create a very convincing simulacrum here. But then, where did Jay’s vocals come from? Now that True Detective is over, this song is our new Yellow King mystery.

Check it out below, but seeing as how Daft Punk counterfeits are all over the Web (remember all the fake “real” versions of “Get Lucky” before the full single was released?), one must go into this with a healthy dose of skepticism.  More »

‘Glee’ Cast Covers Boston’s “More Than A Feeling”: Listen

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment
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We recently heard temporary Queen front man Adam Lambert belt out The Darkness“I Believe In A Thing Called Love” for Glee, and now we can hear the cast’s rendition of Boston‘s “More Than A Feeling.” The 1976 anthem is perfectly suited for the show, with all those wails and the backing vocals on the refrain and, ya know, all that talk about “feeling.”

The song will appear on the March 11 episode, which will skew toward some classic tracks like U2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Neil Diamond‘s “America,” with OneRepublic‘s “Counting Stars” thrown in for some modern flair. And then, of course, next week is part one of the show’s 100th episode, which will feature over a dozen songs over the two halves.

The song was premiered at Billboard, and you can hear it below. More »

Pet Shop Boys Turn Rory O’Neill’s Gay Rights Speech Into Dance Track: Listen To “The Best Gay Possible”

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment
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The Pet Shop Boys are currently readying their Alan Turing stage project, A Man From The Future, and gearing up for their second North American tour in support of acclaimed 2013 LP Electric, but the duo still found the time to re-work a recent viral gay rights speech by Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss into a 10-minute dance track. Panti, whose real name is Rory O’Neill, appeared on Ireland’s The Saturday Night Show in January and commented on gay oppression and homophobia, causing a subsequent flood of commentary and even legal threats against the RTE broadcasting company.

In response to the outcry, O’Neill gave his “Noble Call” speech last month at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, parts of which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe pulled from and married to a synthy disco track.

Head below to hear the result — “The Best Gay Possible (Oppressive Dance Mix)” — and to watch O’Neill’s original Abbey Theatre speech. More »

Kylie Minogue’s “Sparks”: Listen To The “Into The Blue” B-Side / ‘Kiss Me Once’ Bonus Track

Mar 10th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Everything’s gone f***ing Kylie Minogue this week, as the Aussie songstress’ grand pop LP Kiss Me Once is now streaming in full ahead of its March 18 release. And while it might seem like forever ago that we first heard the album’s lead single, “Into The Blue,” the song was just made available in the UK yesterday. Tacked onto some versions of the release is the ethereal dance-pop confection “Sparks,” a co-write that comes courtesy of two song-makers who’ve worked with Kylie before: Karen Poole (“Red Blooded Woman,” “Wow”) and Matt Schwartz (“Timebomb”).

Whether or not you think “Sparks” should have been included on Kiss Me Once proper (I say YES!), at least the song made it onto the Japanese version of the album as a bonus cut. Give it a listen below. More »

Frank Ocean Joins Diplo & The Clash On Converse Track “Hero”: Stream/Download

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment

New Frank Ocean, everybody! Sure, it’s a wild collaboration for a shoe company, but still, new Frank Ocean, everybody! As part of Converse’s Three Artists series, Ocean linked up with Diplo plus Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash for “Hero.” It would’ve been easy to guess that Diplo’s island-inspired production is a good match for The Clash’s dub/reggae tendencies (he did sample the band on M.I.A.‘s “Paper Planes,” after all), but the thought of putting Frank Ocean into the mix is particularly inspired, and it works.

The track starts as hazy bit of summery, retro pop, but then it explodes into a driving, choir-backed chorus, as we get to hear Ocean take a rare break from crooner mode. After that, the song alternates between breezy sway and anthemic crunch.

Stream it or grab a free download below. More »

Kylie Minogue’s ‘Kiss Me Once’ Album: Listen In Full

Mar 10th, 2014 // Comment

We’re now only a week off from the March 18 release of Kylie Minogue‘s 12th studio album Kiss Me Once. We recently interviewed the Australian pop queen, who had this to say about the LP’s co-executive-producer Sia: “I didn’t know if it was something she had done or was interested in, or if maybe she just preferred writing and doing her own music. Anyway, she said yes immediately and I was thrilled, because I really admire her.”

Kiss Me Once is now streaming in full over at the Guardian‘s website. It opens with lead single “Into The Blue,” then carries on through Kylie’s collaborations with such songwriters and producers as Ariel Rechtshaid, Pharrell Williams, MNEK, Metro and, of course, Sia. We have a feeling this is one album you’ll be kissing several times over, for some time to come. Go give it a spin.

Foster The People Go Unplugged For “Fire Escape”: Watch

Mar 9th, 2014 // Comment
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Foster The People may be a trio, but frontman Mark Foster sings alone for an unplugged version of Supermodel track “Fire Escape.” The acoustic lullaby begins at the Los Angeles apartment building where he used to live, then shifts its focus to its view of the city and neighboring Hollywood: pimps and prostitutes, younger folks replacing older ones.

“Los Angeles, I’ve been waiting for you to pick yourself up and change,” Foster sings.

Foster has said that he felt like a younger Hunter S. Thompson when he moved to L.A. at 18, as he quickly dove into “this Hollywood Hills subculture.” According to interviews and other recent singles (“Coming of Age,” “Pseudologia Fantastica”) off Foster The People’s sophomore album Supermodel (out March 18), Los Angeles has since inspired a newer, deeper fascination with what’s considered to be shallow. More »