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  • Cold Cave / Photo by Angel Ceballos

    Hear Cold Cave's Frosty Goth-Pop Single 'A Little Death to Laugh'

    Before Cold Cave are reborn with a new lineup, they're presenting us with an exquisitely gloomy new single that nods toward, well, death. For the yuks, apparently? "A Little Death to Laugh," which leading Cave chiller Wes Eisold made all by himself back in February at his new home in Los Angeles, is the title track of a new three-song 7" single (pre-order here; the first 50 copies will be signed) and it's inspired by the late poet Tristan Corbiere.What that means to those of us neither holding the autographed vinyl in our hands nor fluent in 19th-century French poetry is another expertly bleak, brittle slab of synth-based goth-pop from an act swiftly becoming synonymous with that style. "A little death," in French, has a meaning completely unrelated to mortality, and Eisold's booming repetitions about "half the love I need / And no more" could point in that direction.

  • HalfNoise

    Ex-Paramore Drummer's HalfNoise Still Sounds Totally Unlike Paramore

    At the peak of Ben Folds Five's initial rise to fame, less than a year after the piano-pop smartasses had performed "Brick" on Saturday Night Live, Folds released a side project album under the alias Fear of Pop. Though there might not be a catchy "-phobia" name for this syndrome, it appears fellow Nashville resident and former Paramore drummer Zac Farro is similarly afflicted. And his condition could be serious.Over the summer, Farro released a video for "Free the House," an airy electro-pop track by his new solo project HalfNoise that he described as "combining the ambiance of bands from Iceland with the sampling and electronic elements of Radiohead." Now, Farro has announced that HalfNoise will release a self-titled, five-song debut EP on October 2 in the U.S. via (and on October 1 in the U.K. and Europe via Xtra Mile Recordings).

  • The Weeknd / Photo by Ian Witlen

    Watch the Weeknd Debut Soaring New Material Live in Chicago

    The Weeknd, like Lynyrd Skynyrd, is as free as a bird, and this bird you'll never change. With this theme, "The Birds (Part 1)," from the second of Canadian outre-R&B auteur Abel Tesfaye's three free mixtapes last year, Thursday, is an apt a summation of the Weeknd's unromantic, antihero take on slinky slow jams as anything. The spacily percussive, Timbaland-futurist track is also a testament to the influence that this Drake pal and his aesthetic have had on broader pop culture: Omnipresent rapper 2 Chainz sampled it on his summer release Based on a T.R.U. Story.Thursday also contains "The Birds (Part 2)," which adds reverberant guitar and creepy audio samples to the original's hook, and as the Weeknd news website the Weeknd XO points out (via, he returned to the song on Friday night during a concert in Chicago.

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins Gaslight Anthem

    See Eddie Vedder Join Gaslight Anthem Live for 'Singles' Jam

    "The first music that I ever discovered myself that made me want to smash my parents' living room was Nirvana and Pearl Jam," Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon told SPIN's David Marchese recently, explaining how Pearl Jam influenced the New Jersey punks' new album Handwritten. On Friday at DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, Florida, Eddie Vedder joined Gaslight Anthem for a full-throttle performance of "State of Love and Trust," from the just-turned-20 Singles soundtrack (check out our picks for an equivalent contemporary soundtrack here). Gaslight Anthem are in prestigious company: Vedder's most recent live collaborators were Bruce Springsteen and, at least in a sense, President Obama. Watch fan footage of the Pearl Jam frontman's latest joint venture below, via Consequence of Sound.

  • Mumford and Sons

    Hey Dude: Watch Mumford & Sons Invade 'Saturday Night Live'

    "The poor man's version of the Beatles." Marcus Mumford's humble-brag description of his band during a Live on Letterman taping Friday night, as reported by MTV, turned out to be a colorful preview of Mumford & Sons' stint as musical guest over the weekend on Saturday Night Live.Like the Beatles and that earlier British Invasion, London's newest Fab Four take indigenously American styles — bluegrass, the genre that is Dave Matthews Band — and serve them back with crowd-pleasing levels of charm and craftsmanship. On this weekend's Joseph Gordon-Levitt-hosted episode of SNL, Mumford & Sons showcased their homey arena anthems "I Will Wait" and "Below My Feet," both from their new album Babel (out today overseas and in the U.S. tomorrow).

  • Florence Welch from Calvin Harris'

    Florence Welch Suits Up for Calvin Harris' 'Sweet Nothing' Video

    Florence + the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch's collaboration with Calvin Harris on "Sweet Nothing" is the kind of overwhelmingly catchy, perfectly trendy EDM-pop hit you're going to have to go out of your way to resist. The new video for the track, set to appear on Harris' star-studded October 29 album 18 Months, makes it a whole lot easier to stop worrying and love Florence's potential breakout pop-star moment.We know the Internet rules about giving away too much, so we'll just say the clip stars Welch and Harris as embattled lovers, and an elegantly androgynous Welch lip-syncs the tune as the performer at a skeezy dive that might be a strip club. "We both know the words are empty air," the Machine singer proclaims in full belt, and the expertly crafted video makes it only that much easier to feel that air beneath you when the Scottish DJ's beat goes into its inevitable freefall.

  • A.C. Newman / Photo by Noah Kalina

    New Pornographers' A.C. Newman and Neko Case Reunite for 'Encyclopedia' Zinger

    "Don't you know there is a war on here?" asks A.C. Newman on "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns," the newest track to emerge from the New Pornographer's upcoming Shut Down the Streets. Fellow NPs all-star Neko Case follows Newman into battle, and although her backing vocals might be disappointingly understated for fans of the belter once pegged as alt-country, she blends in seamlessly with Newman's jaunty, melodically lush track. Like the October 9 Matador/Last Gang LP's previously released "I'm Not Talking," it's the kind of dense folk-pop that suggests yes, Newman can read Gordon Lightfoot's mind. Now, how's about sending us a promo copy of that there takedown encyclopedia?Download "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns" here.

  • Every teardrop is a windfall: Coldplay label Parlophone to be sold under deal

    Universal, EMI Now Clear for Mega-Merger

    The proposed merger between Universal Music Group and EMI Group, two of the "big four" record companies, is really happening. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced this morning it had unanimously approved Vivendi-owned Universal's $1.9 billion offer to buy the recorded music arm of Citigroup-owned EMI, without conditions. Earlier today, as the Wall Street Journal reports, European Union officials approved the deal on condition that the combined entities sell off key brands.Universal, the biggest record company in the world, and EMI, the fourth-biggest, together make up 39 percent of the global record market, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The E.U. is requiring the combined entities to sell off operations with €350 million ($457 million) in revenue, or about two-thirds of EMI's European sales.

  • Gwen Stefani of No Doubt

    Hear No Doubt's Paparazzi Script-Flip 'Looking Hot'

    Gwen Stefani is not Axl Rose. This is obvious, but bear with us. No Doubt didn't spend 11 years coming up with their new album because they were hiding out in L.A., pursuing some vainglorious artistic ideal, auditioning every expensive guitar-shredder in Southern California, or whatever. As the Diplo-produced title track and Santigold-en "Settle Down" promised, and our knee-jerk reviews of the leak mostly confirm, Push and Shove sounds like it took so long because No Doubt actually wanted to make a sleek, cleverly crafted, potentially saleable contemporary pop album. Tortured genius is so passé.Nowhere are No Doubt's pop smarts more evident than on "Looking Hot" (via Just Jared), a muscular dance-pop twist on the eat-it-paparazzos theme that's way wilder than we would've had any right to expect it to be.

  • Adam 'MCA' Yauch of the Beastie Boys

    Adam Yauch-Inked Beastie Boys Skateboard Up for Auction

    The late Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch's affinity for skateboarding was widely documented, and now some of his final contributions to skate culture are going on the block for charity. As Rolling Stone reports, Yauch transcribed the lyrics from Ill Communication's "Bodhisattva Vow" on three different boards two months before his untimely death, signing and dating them "Adam Yauch March 15, 2012." Famed skater Bucky Lasek asked Yauch to participate in the Tony Hawk Foundation-led fund-raising effort.Yauch's decks will go up for auction online on November 29. Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and Ben Harper are also participating. McCartney wrote the lyrics to "Blackbird" on one of Hawk's own used decks. On other pros' old boards, Petty set down "I Won't Back Down" while Harper did "God Fearing Man" and "Burn One Down." The auction raises money for skateparks in low-income neighborhoods.

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