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  • Beck's

    Watch Beck's Sheet-Music Album Cut 'Old Shanghai' Perfomed by 'New Yorker' Band

    Beck is now more fully offering information on his upcoming album as sheet music, which he first announced several months ago. Beck Hansen's Song Reader box set was always set to include a foreword by Beck himself, and now the alt-pop icon's 1,500-word preface is available in full over at the New Yorker. Beck has also e-mailed his listserv subscribers with a link to download the sheet music for his new song "Old Shanghai," and you can watch a New Yorker cartoonist and staff rendition below.Beck traces the genesis of Song Reader, which arrives December 7 via McSweeney's, to the mid '90s, when he received a piano and guitar-chord book based on one of his albums and saw what a strange fit it was for his music.

  • Widowspeak

    Widowspeak Preview 'Almanac' LP With Mellow 'Golden' Strummer

    Widowspeak's self-titled debut album last year on Captured Tracks showed the Brooklyn band had brighter pop charms than sublimely dusty early singles such as "Harsh Realm" had hinted. "Ballad of the Golden Hour," the first track from the band's upcoming sophomore album, Almanac, is another step in a more gleaming direction.Though Molly Hamilton's languorous drawl still evokes a cowboy-junkie bar fit for Cat Power or Mazzy Star, and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas still threads a knotty line between twang and twinkle, drummer Michael Staziak's crisp backbeat harks unmistakably back to Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac.

  • Alt-J

    Alt-J 'Buffalo' With Mountain Man on Ornately Folky Soundtrack Cut

    Buffalo is a musical word, so appealing it thrives despite the American bison having little to do with the African buffalo or Asian water buffalo, and only maybe slightly more to do with the city of Buffalo, New York. Alt-J cover all their buffalo bases on "Buffalo," a collaboration with Feist-backing Vermont woodswomen Mountain Man. Set to appear on the November 19 soundtrack to upcoming David O. Russell film Silver Linings Playbook, the intricately gloaming track neatly demonstrates the hybrid of rootsy folk and future-bent electronics that helped the band's September debut An Awesome Wave nab Britain's Mercury Prize.The rustic siren vocals of Mountain Man's harmonizing trio impressively bring out the more down-to-earth aspects of a band also known to format its name as the Greek letter delta.

  • Kurt Cobain 'Experiencing Nirvana'

    Nirvana's Intimate, Unseen Tour Photos Revealed in New E-Book

    A new e-book released today chronicles Nirvana's first European tour, including previously unseen photos of Kurt Cobain and the band's original lineup. Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt has independently published Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, which contains photos from his personal collection. A portion of the sales proceeds will go to Seattle's Vera Project, an all-ages, volunteer-driven music and arts venue. Download the e-book from the iBookstore here.Don't miss our Nirvana coverage: What Nirvana's Nevermind Means to Me Kurt Cobain: Anniversary Scrapbook True or False? 8 Myths About Nirvana's 'Nevermind'The Rap on Kurt: Hood Pass 4 Life How the Nevermind Boy Was Almost a Girl

  • Metric

    Relive Metric's Thrilling Summer Tour in 'Breathing Underwater' Video

    Metric, to mix a metaphor or two, are taking a well-deserved victory lap before coming back out for an encore. The sleek Canadian synth-rockers' Essential album Synthetica came out way back in June, when our reviewer Josh Modell described sharp-edged anthem “Breathing Underwater” as "like the ass-kicking younger sister of 'With or Without You.'" Now the potential hit has a fittingly triumphant yet wistful video, centered around high-quality footage from Metric's acclaimed summer tour, featuring a lot of frontwoman Emily Haines cavorting in an excellent Margiela leather jacket.Haines and company aren't stopping at a video, though. They've also shared audio streams for three versions of the song: the original album track, the bonus Synthetica Reflections track, and an acoustic rendition.

  • Gunplay's 'Drop'

    Gunplay, on House Arrest, Drops Crime-Filled Single 'Drop'

    Gunplay's troubles away from the recording studio haven't slowed down one of the year's most pulse-quickening rappers (see Gunplay: Miami's Wild Child MC Is Guided by Voices). Though the Maybach Music Group rapper is serving a stint on house arrest for charges of, um, gunplay, and brawled with 50 Cent's security at the BET Hip Hop Awards "like a lion on a wildebeest," Def Jam is still promising his major-label debut album, Medellin, early next year.On Friday, he shared the bristling mixtape track "The Hard Way," and today he unveiled what's billed as the first Medellin single, "Drop." A blaring, aggressive track in Gunplay's usual style, it doubles down on the coke-dealing imagery of "The Hard Way," swapping Golden Girls puns for Aretha Franklin puns.

  • Soundgarden 'Live on Letterman'

    Soundgarden Dig Deep for Full 'Live on Letterman' Set

    Soundgarden's first new album in 16 years, King Animal, is out today, but the mega-selling rockers haven't forgotten their pre-"alternative" roots. Last night during the TV broadcast of Late Show With David Letterman, the band gave an appropriately ferocious performance of saber-toothed new single "Been Away Too Long" (above). But the reunited beasts also played a one-hour online Live on Letterman show, which you can watch in full below. Though the 10-song set understandably leaned heavily on new material, Soundgarden also favored '90s CD buyers with Superunknown's lurching radio hit "Fell on Black Days" — and treated true diehards to two songs from 1988 SST debut Ultramega OK, "Incessant Mase" and "Beyond the Wheel." They've been away, but they weren't gone for good.

  • Johnny Marr's

    Johnny Marr Roams Bleak Countryside in Debut Solo Video 'The Messenger'

    The title of Johnny Marr's debut solo album turns out to be a head fake in more ways than one. Due out on February 26, 2013, The Messenger might yet be a prophetic statement from the founding Smiths guitarist, who more recently has been sitting in with the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Modest Mouse. But the geometrically precise title track and its color-drained new video are studiously ambiguous on the masterful sideman's intentions as he steps out on his own.Where the Stone Roses wanted to be adored, or the Smiths' Morrissey declared he was the son and the heir (albeit "to nothing in particular"), Marr announces here, in a slightly Liam Gallagher-like coo, that he doesn't "want to be the messenger." This newly christened frontman is, well, no cocksure frontman.

  • Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama

    Bruce Springsteen Wants You to Be in His New Documentary

    Now that Bruce Springsteen has successfully campaigned for President Barack Obama and raised money for Hurricane Sandy victims, he can go back to being just Bruce Springsteen again. Of course, being Springsteen involves being a veteran folk-rocker with a huge and adoring fan base, so that shouldn't be too hard. A group working on a new documentary about what Springsteen means to his listeners is calling on those very fans to share their stories about how his music has affected their lives, according to a post on the Boss' website (via Exclaim).Titled Springsteen & I, the film is being produced by Ridley Scott Associates, Black Dog Films, and Scott Free London, and it's scheduled for a global theatrical release next year. The producers are inviting both new and old either to contribute their own footage or contact the filmmakers via e-mail or phone.

  • Kelly Clarkson's

    Kelly Clarkson Battles the Elements in Sleek 'Catch My Breath' Video

    There was an interview with Hillary Clinton over the weekend in which, less than a minute after telling New York Times columnist Gail Collins about her plans to do nothing next year, the Secretary of State started contemplating a tougher workout schedule. You get the feeling Kelly Clarkson has a similarly driven personality. Though the title of "Catch My Breath," the lite EDM-pop single from her November 19 Greatest Hits — Chapter One comp, quite literally suggests a breather, there's no rest for the original American Idol winner in the song's newly released video. Clarkson is a solitary figure throughout the clip, and she's indomitable, her face conveying nothing but confidence and determination as around her water bubbles and flame-like effects burst.

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