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Meet Vulvatron, GWAR's new female vocalist

When GWAR founder and frontman David Brockie, known as Oderus Urungus, died this past March the sci-fi metal band took a break and didn’t try to regroup for months. But now, GWAR is getting back on their feet and even have added another voice to the group: Vulvatron, according to Wondering Sound.

Vulvatron, who joins fellow vocalist Beefcake the Mighty, is the first female to join since 2000. The singer, whose non-stage name is Kim Dylla, joined the band onstage for the first time at Chicago’s Riot Fest Sept. 12 wearing a spiky, purple, butt-baring get-up. READ FULL STORY

Watch MC Frontalot's silly, strange video for 'Gold Locks'

Iconic nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot returned last month with his sixth album, Question Bedtime, a collection of twisted retellings of classic fairy tales. Now he’s put out the record’s first music video, for “Gold Locks,” and it’s awesomely weird.

The video and song recast the story of the three bears as a cautionary tale, with Frontalot rapping about the ways furry creatures can remain safe from the blond-haired human menace. In this case, that blond mop sits atop a zombie head with bloodshot eyes and a red jawline. Frontalot sports a Boy Scout uniform as he addresses Cub Scouts (get it?) with wisdom like “People don’t have feelings like bears, honey / They’re supernatural creatures who eat without cease / And they bound books full of us recipes.” Yeah, the MC has done it again.

The cut features a verse from Jean Grae, just one of Bedtime‘s many collaborators, including Kyle Kinane, Paul F. Tompkins, and Parry Gripp.

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Rustie discusses his 'non-dualistic' new album 'Green Language'

Glasgow-born producer Russell Whyte, a.k.a. Rustie, is one of a generation of electronic musicians who came up in the wake of dubstep’s emergence out of the U.K. dance-music underground and subsequent adoption by legions of American frat boys—a situation they responded to by adopting an aesthetic philosophy that disregards genre conventions and encourages a mix-and-match approach to styles. It’s a way of working that encourages creative ambition, and Whyte’s proven himself to be remarkably ambitious even by the scene’s heightened standards, blending old-school rave techno, contemporary American hip-hop, and knotty prog rock into a seamless whole.

Whyte’s exotic mix of styles has proven to be more popular than you might expect proggy rap-techno to be. Since the release of his 2012 album Glass Swords he’s found an audience in the mainstream EDM world that’s just as passionate as the one he has in the underground, thanks to tracks like “After Light,” which features vocals by Aluna Francis of the British R&B duo AlunaGeorge and big, ravey synths capable of filling the sports arenas that EDM festivals have made their home.

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Marianne Faithfull returns with 20th album, 'Give My Love to London'

Famed British singer Marianne Faithfull has announced the U.S. release of her 20th studio album, Give My Love to London. The record, which also honors her career’s 50th anniversary, is due out in the States on Nov. 11 via Easy Sound.

The record features collaborators including Brian Eno, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, and Anna Calvi.

Faithfull began her career in 1964 and first came to prominence with the song “As Tears Go By,” which was co-written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Andrew Loog Oldham. In an era before social media, Faithfull had a famously high-profile relationship with Jagger; she has long been rumored to have inspired Stones classics including “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Wild Horses.” READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney chants about Meat-Free Mondays in promo video

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Paul McCartney wants you to stop eating meat on Mondays.

The theory goes that if you cut meat out of your diet just one day a week, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and therefore helping save the earth from climate change. McCartney helped launch an online campaign urging everyone to take part in what he calls Meat-Free Mondays to help do their part—but he doesn’t just want you to do forgo meat: He wants you to go to the campaign website and pledge that you will stop eating meat on Mondays so he can show those pledges to global leaders when they meet Sept. 23 to discuss climate change. READ FULL STORY

An unlikely gang parties hard in Sneakout's 'The Art of Hanging On' video

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As a wise man once said, “Parents just don’t understand.” Grandparents can be another story. Like if your parents are fun-hating control freaks, they might round up a pack of fellow old folks and head out into the streets of L.A. for a night of mischief and kid-friendly partying, perhaps picking up some hot friends along the way.

That’s the lesson of the video for “The Art of Hanging On” by L.A. artist Robert Fleming, a.k.a. Sneakout, who you may have recently heard on Girls. Directed by Andrew Hines, who’s also shot for A$AP Ferg and The Head and The Heart, the clip gives a comedic spin to Fleming’s psychedelically embellished, New Wave-inflected electro-rock. The song’s available on Fleming’s new Letting Go mixtape. If you’re in L.A., you can catch him opening for EW favorite Lowell at Bootleg HiFi on Sept. 22.

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Jack White talks 'truth and beauty' in hour-long Dan Rather interview

Jack White has been in three bands, had a successful solo career, and founded his own record label. “Hanging out with Jack White,” Dan Rather said in an interview with the Grammy-winning musician, “the term ‘renaissance man’ definitely comes to mind.”

Rather talked with White for The Big Interviewa series where the former CBS Evening News anchor interviews celebrities for hour-long specials. The interview features White talking about everything from religion to his design aesthetic, mixed with clips of White performing with his various bands including the White Stripes. READ FULL STORY

David Bowie is getting his own holiday in Chicago

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Been looking for an excuse to don some Bowie-style red and blue face paint? Now’s your chance: Chicago has deemed Sept. 23, 2014 David Bowie Day.

A new exhibit that looks back at Bowie’s career (David Bowie Is) opens that same day at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel urged Chicagoans to visit the exhibit in a proclamation that made the holiday official. “David Bowie Is offers insight into the innovator, the rebel, and most importantly, the man,” reads the proclamation, signed Sept. 12 and obtained by Flavorwire. READ FULL STORY

Cash Cash released a new single and made us a playlist

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Cash Cash—the EDM group of brothers and best friends from Roseland, New Jersey—released the first single, “Surrender,” off their forthcoming album (due out in 2015) this week on Big Beat Records. Famous for dance-friendly tracks (you might know them best from co-writing and producing Krewella’s hit, “Live For the Night”), “Surrender” bodes well for the collection: original, infectious, vibrant. The song is available for purchase here.

EW asked the group to make a playlist of some of their favorites to go along with “Surrender.” Choices and commentary are below.

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Chief Keef's 'Wait': Weirdest rap song of the week (or maybe the year)

Two years after blasting his way into the pop zeitgeist via Kanye’s remix of “I Don’t Like,” Chief Keef remains the poster boy for Chicago’s drill scene, despite the fact that he’s been moving away from that style’s blueprint for nearly as long. Earlier this year, he released the single “All I Care About” from his Bang 3 mixtape that split the difference between drill and the blues, mixing a twitchy beat made out of drill’s signature chattering hi-hats and funereal tolling bells with a yowling Auto-Tuned vocal part and a hypnotically circular melody, resulting in six minutes of heavy strangeness that doesn’t fit comfortably in any one established genre. (“Computerized gangster soul” might work.)

Last night he proved that his weird streak’s not only continuing, but intensifying when he posted a new single on YouTube. “Wait,” which Keef produced himself, is a strange mishmash of odd noises that shares some rhythmic qualities with rap but overall is more sonically similar to the experimental electronic music that back in the ’90s was called IDM, or “intelligent dance music”—in particular in its glitchy hi-hats and the unexpectedly gentle synth lead that sounds like something Aphex Twin might have made back in the Richard D. James Album era.

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