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Pharrell continues his smooth-funk roll with a video and a song with T.I.

It’s hard to believe that just a short couple years ago people were talking about Pharrell in the past tense—especially when his post-“Get Lucky” comeback is threatening to actually overshadow the first half of his career. This morning, he added a boost of momentum to the unbelievable roll he’s been on with the release of a video for “Gust of Wind,” the Daft Punk-featuring latest single from his G I R L album. Directed by Edgar Wright, the visual complements the song’s airy, string-laden arrangement with choreography and costumes that nod heavily toward wuxia kung fu films and a pair of giant stone Daft Punk helmets floating around the autumnal scenery like it’s no big thing.

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London Richards is the next big thing in R&B

“I’m just happy that I’ve been able to take my time to release this first single,” London Richards says. Actually, only about a year passed between London deciding to pursue a singing career and the release of his debut single “Will You Wait,” but Richards is only 17, and considering his age—and the fact that these days artists can make or break a career in a matter of weeks—he can be forgiven for thinking that’s a long time.

Richards may be new, but on “Will You Wait” and his upcoming EP love, London (out Oct. 27), he emerges as a seemingly full-formed artist with crafty songwriting skills, a supple voice, and a compelling, of-the-moment aesthetic that sets highly accessible pop hooks in a bed of darkly textured electronic instrumentation. This formula has already starting to pay dividends–soon after its release, ”Will You Wait” appeared on Billboard’s Emerging Artists and Trending 140 charts, and it’s starting to gain enough critical mass to make a run at the pop charts seem entirely possible. “There are almost no words to describe how amazing it’s been,” he says. “It’s all positivity.”

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'Sexually Enlightened R & B Song' will get you in the oh-so-consensual mood

Good news, R&B loving feminists: Your bedroom soundtrack just got a whole lot more female-friendly (and funny). CollegeHumor has produced an R&B music video, starring Key & Peele writer Phil Jackson, that mercilessly parodies the genre’s misogynistic tropes with an overtly feminist spin. Jackson’s faux-serious delivery is hysterical—at one point he leaps around in nothing but socks and boxers, with the (attempted) grace of a ballerina and a sheer sheet billowing behind him.

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Foo Fighters to join Letterman for week-long residency

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Foo Fighters are taking a page from Justin Timberlake’s book and taking on a week-long residency on a late night show ahead of the release of their upcoming album, Sonic Highways.

The band will join David Letterman as The Late Show‘s musical guests beginning Oct. 13 and will end their residency Oct. 17, the same day Grohl’s documentary series, Sonic Highways, premieres on HBO.

The series documents the making of Foo Fighters’ latest album, which was recorded in eight different cities ranging from Seattle to New Orleans. Together, the songs are what Grohl calls “a love letter to the history of American music.” READ FULL STORY

Hear Stevie Nicks and the Haim sisters perform 'Rhiannon'

The pairing of Fleetwood Mac’s twirling goddess Stevie Nicks and sister act Haim is a perfect cross-generational match, and The New York Times‘s T Magazine brought them together for a new feature by author Sheila Heti, which resulted in a collaborative rendition of “Rhiannon.”  READ FULL STORY

The Voice's Michelle Chamuel returns with 'Face the Fire'

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Michelle Chamuel’s best known for her second-place finish on season four of The Voice. But she was already a fairly well-established independent musician before the show, and she’s continued to work steadily after, releasing EDM under the name Reverb Junkie. Despite her sizable catalog of work, her upcoming Face the Fire (due out next February on The End Records) is Chamuel’s first official solo album to be released under her own name.

The titular lead single promises good things for the full-length—with its big hooks, eccentric sounds, and spark-throwing energy, it sits somewhere between Taylor Swift and Le Tigre.

Chamuel writes in an email, “‘Face the Fire’ is about the innate desire in you to go for it and follow your passion. It can be daunting—but at some point you just start going after what you burn for. That’s facing the fire.” The song will be available for purchase tomorrow, Oct. 7, but you can hear it here first.

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tUnE-yArDs releases video for colorful 'Real Thing'

tUnE-yArDs, the soulful project of rhythmic wunderkind Merrill Garbus, has released a second music video from this year’s excellent nikki nack. Following in the kaleidoscopic footsteps of “Water Fountain,” the video for “Real Thing” couples tUnE-yArDs’ now-signature aesthetic with political symbolism.

Garbus’ crooned lines like “I come from the land of slaves / Let’s go Redskins, let’s go Braves” are now accompanied by drab mannequins picking the colorful singer off an assembly line and shutting her in a box of packing peanuts. She describes the video as “a simple and light-hearted backdrop for some complex and weighty ideas.”

“‘Real Thing’ was the one song I didn’t want to make a video for,” Garbus said in a statement. “It has too many images of its own in the lyrics, and could mean so many different things for different listeners. What changed my mind is wanting so much for this particular song to be heard by more people.”

tUnE-yArDs also announced additional December shows, including four at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check out the video and tour dates below. READ FULL STORY

Bassnectar on noise, beauty, and his legion of hardcore fans

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On Saturday night, bass heads from all over the country gathered at New York’s Madison Square Garden for Bass Center VIII, the latest once-per-tour destination performance for Bassnectar fans who can’t follow the DJ/producer from city to city. They came in tutus. They came in tie-dye. They came with kandi and flags and posters. They came to party—and Bassnectar, the Bay Area artist they follow with religious-like fervor, did not disappoint. READ FULL STORY

Rave Jedi-style with Flux Pavilion's 'Star Wars Rebels' theme remix

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Following in the legendary footsteps of Meco’s disco version of the Star Wars theme song, U.K. dubstep star Flux Pavilion has brought his remix skills to bear on a DJ-friendly new version of the theme to Disney XD’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels. 

Combining the epic sweep of a John Williams score and a generous amount of tweaked-out EDM bass, the track should come in handy when you need to turn up your function to intergalactic levels.

The remix goes on sale Tuesday, Oct. 7 here.

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Hear Butch Walker's weepy ode to classic rock 'Chrissie Hynde'

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Butch Walker‘s been knocking around the music biz since the late ’80s, playing in bands, recording solo records, and writing and producing for a bewildering array of artists ranging from Bowling for Soup to Taylor Swift. After spending so much time he’s somewhat predictably developed a jaded view of the whole machine, which is probably why he gets along so well with similarly seen-it-all types like Ryan Adams, who produced his new album, Afraid of Ghosts, and Johnny Depp, who plays on it.

But like a lot of guys who like to project a sardonic front, Walker’s kind of a softie at heart, which comes through loud and clear on the Ghosts track “Chrissie Hynde.” It’s an aching, country-tinged ballad about a universal condition: the desire to give the world the middle finger and just put on some Pretenders records.

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