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Here's the inevitable dance remix to 'Mockingjay's' 'Hanging Tree'

If you end up clubbing in Vegas to some bump and grind dub-step, don’t be surprised when you think to yourself, “Hmmm, is that Jennifer Lawrence I hear?”

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Watch OFF!'s complete 'Grizzly King' video

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Earlier this month, hardcore supergroup OFF! released a pair of goofy, Jack Black-starring music videos for their songs “Over Our Heads” and “Meet Your God.” The band has now stitched the two together in a gory, bizarre seven-minute film called “Grizzly King”—and EW has the premiere, along with some silly behind-the-scenes footage. READ FULL STORY

Clean Bandit wants to get in your bathtub with this playlist of bathtime songs

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British electronic group Clean Bandit  just got a Grammy nod for their runaway hit single, “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne, and you know how when you get really good news you want to celebrate by getting a homework assignment? Us too, so we asked them to make us a playlist.

Maybe it’s because their enjoying their final stretch at home before hitting the road (upcoming dates listed below), but they made us “Songs to Listen to in the Bath.”

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Chris Farren wishes you a slacker-pop Christmas with 'Like a Gift From God or Whatever' -- exclusive

Chris Farren, front man for Fake Problems and Antarctigo Vespucci, likes to refer to himself as a “punk celebrity,” but on the title track from his new collection of Christmas originals, Like a Gift from God or Whatever, he channels more of a chill-bro slacker pop vibe, with an assist from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs. For the endearingly goofy video, director Kevin Slack uses well-out-of-date VHS technology whose grainy, glitchy texture should bring back memories of childhood Christmases for anyone who grew up in the pre-digital age.

A portion of the profits from the album’s sales will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Best of 2014: The best and worst lyrics of the year

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When it comes to pop lyrics, every year has its ups and downs, and 2014 seemed to have higher highs and lower lows than most. We had the vivid imagery of Pharrell’s “Me and 20 girls doing yoga naked” from Future’s “Move That Dope” that reminded us of everything we fell in love with Pharrell for in the first place, and the sublime simplicity of Bobby Shmurda’s “About a week agooooo.” Then again we had the ugly “Loyal” following us everywhere, as well as Kevin Gates’s domestic violence apologia “Posed to Love Me” that counteracted most of those happy feelings.

After a wild and weird year in pop, we’ve picked five of the best and five of the worst lines that came our way.

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Backstreet Boys get candid in new trailer for upcoming documentary

In 2013, the Backstreet Boys celebrated their 20th anniversary with a new album, In a World Like This. And two years later, the band is releasing a documentary that follows them during the making of that album, when they all moved to London together. READ FULL STORY

Kitty releases a virtual reality-inspired video for 'Second Life' -- exclusive

The string of impressive tracks that she’s released online over the past two years have established Kitty as an adept if controversial rapper (at least among people who can’t stand it when women make rap songs). But with her new EP Frostbite, she’s moved into more of a dance-pop space that sounds sort of like Britney Spears getting stoned and falling down a Tumblr rabbit hole. Her latest single, “Second Life,” is basically a chill-out techno song by an apparently brony-affiliated producer named PinkiePieSwear given a drum ‘n’ bass remix by Anamanaguchi’s Ary Warnaar, topped by Kitty’s now-trademark hypnotic vocals.

For the video, the filmmaking team Many Hearts recruited J-pop-inspired DJ/producer Maxo to play a video game addict immersed in a Kitty-themed virtual reality.

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Madonna comments on album leak

If you resisted listening to the leak of Madonna’s upcoming album that surfaced online earlier this week, she has something to tell you: “Thank you for not listening!” she wrote on her Instagram Wednesday. “Thank you for your loyalty!”

Although Madonna hasn’t been forthcoming with details about the album, she has confirmed she’s working on one. She further elaborated on the leak in her Instagram caption, where she clarified the songs released were not final cuts.

“Thank you for waiting,” she said, “and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world.” READ FULL STORY

Ferguson protests inspired D'Angelo to move up his album release date

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The Sunday-night release of D’Angelo’s first album in 14 years, Black Messiah—only a few hours after it was played for journalists and industry at a listening party in Manhattan—was the most surprising surprise album release in the 12 months since Beyoncé’s self-titled LP put the final nail in concept of traditional release dates. In a New York Times article on Black Messiah‘s unconventional release, members of D’Angelo’s team reveals that the singer’s decision to move the release from early 2015 to this week was inspired by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on murder charges in the death of Michael Brown, and the protests that emerged in its wake.

According to the article, D’Angelo told his tour manager, Alan Leeds, “The one way I do speak out is through music. I want to speak out.”

'December is the Longest Month' in this new video for Chumped -- exclusive

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One of 2014’s best musical surprises was Teenage Retirement, the debut full-length from Brooklyn band Chumped. It shouldn’t have been; the group showed a penchant for tuneful indie-punk back with its self-titled 2013 EP, but Teenage Retirement takes that promise and builds on it. A good example of that is album opener “December is the Longest Month,” a hook-laden lament on the taxing end to a tough year. That mixture of melancholy and melody recalls one of Chumped’s stated influences, seminal indie-punk band Superchunk, but Teenage Retirement also bears strains of early ’90s East Bay punk (particularly Tilt). Our fondness for all of that stuff means we’re excited to premiere the video for “December is the Longest Month.” READ FULL STORY

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