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Stream Harriet Brown's intensely funky 'New Era' EP

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The music Aaron Valenzuela makes under the name Harriet Brown is stylistically miles away from what the club-kid image he affects might suggest—it has syncopated rhythms and loosely organic instrumentation rather than the four-on-the-floor beats and quantized MIDI tracks. He’s earned every single comparison to Prince that he’s accumulated during his still-young career, and much of his New Era EP has the confidently unhinged quality that helped define the Purple One’s late-’80s material, but it’s far from an exact replica. Like fellow pop auteur Blood Orange, he makes music that’s laced with nostalgia but not reliant upon it, drifting in an ambiguous timeframe somewhere between the near future and the recent past. More importantly, it’s just seriously really funky stuff.

New Era is out tomorrow on the Feel So Real label, but EW has an early look here.

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Hear Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips' trippy 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' cover

When the Flaming Lips finalized their star-studded Sgt. Pepper tribute album, With a Little Help From My Fwends, last month, more than a few feared Miley Cyrus would take a wrecking ball to her contribution, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” Now the Lips have released the track, which also features Moby, along with pre-ordering details. READ FULL STORY

Prince Rupert's Drops' 'Climbing Light' is mystical retro acid pop

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New York-based quintet Prince Rupert’s Drops is far from the only band right now emulating the sounds of psych rock’s first wave, but they’re one of the few who are trying to get deeper than its surface aesthetics, and striving to represent the psychedelic experience as something more than Sgt. Pepper’s and acid rock posters.

Their new album Climbing Light (out Nov. 11 on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records) is more Alan Watts than “Mellow Yellow,” adding a slightly scary edge to the Summer of Love-era sounds they’re working with, as befits a journey beyond the veil of mana and into contact with a universe that no human mind can ever fully comprehend. It’s heady stuff, but in PRD’s hands it’s catchy, too—the album’s titular track sounds like The Zombies if they’d recorded a song based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

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Nickelback's Chad Kroeger lends support to an anti-Nickelback campaign

One Nickelback detractor has mounted a campaign to keep the band out of London, but Chad Kroeger is fine with that.

“I love it,” Kroeger told radio show The Pulse of Radio, according to NME. “More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever. I think it’s hilarious.”

The crusade to prevent Nickelback from playing in London all started with a Kickstarter-like page that set out to raise money for the Foo Fighters to play a show in Virginia. It worked, and Craig Mandell—an avid Nickelback anti-fan—decided to try out the method for himself: He created a Tilt page that asks music lovers for a total of $1,000 “to ensure that Canadian ‘rockers’ Nickelback do not come to London, England to play a gig.” READ FULL STORY

Foo Fighters share new 'Sonic Highways' teaser

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Continue to get pumped for the fall of the Foo Fighters. No, not their demise—rather, a season packed with the alt-rock titans. On Friday, the band released a teaser for their upcoming eight-part HBO docuseries Sonic Highways, which is more or less a teaser for their album of the same name, set to drop Nov. 10. READ FULL STORY

Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Pharrell lead American Music Awards nominations

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Iggy Azalea just got fancier: The Australian rapper is nominated for six American Music Awards, more than any other artist this year.

Dick Clark started the American Music Awards in 1973 and they’ve become the fan-based alternative to the Grammys: Nominations and winners are based on public polls and data from music sales. Other nominees this year include Katy Perry, John Legend, and Pharrell Williams, who trail Azalea with five nominations each. READ FULL STORY

Lia Mice searches for a lost pet and finds electro bliss in her 'Our Heavy Heart' vid

Lia Mice is an exceptionally peripatetic artist, both geographically and artistically. She started out her music career in punk and soul bands in Australia, relocated to Brooklyn’s noise scene, and finally settled in France, where she now makes music that combines adventurous electronic sounds with a distinctly Gallic brand of clever pop songwriting in the lineage of Serge Gainsbourg and the French yé-yé artists of yore. Her album I Love You comes out Nov. 4 on Old Flame Records, and it’s full of sing-alongable melodies and sonic textures that are easy to lose yourself in. Her latest single, “Our Heavy Heart,” steers the current dream pop revival toward the dance floor with help from a clanging, echo-laden cowbell that almost manages to steal the show from Mice’s shimmering vocals. Its video alternates between shots of her on the street searching for a lost snake and shots of her and the snake dancing together in presumably happier times

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Meet Hozier, this weekend's 'SNL' musical guest and 'The Blues Brothers' obsessive

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Even if you don’t know recognize Hozier by name, you may have already run across “Take Me To Church,” the soulful ballad that showed up in a key moment during HBO’s The Leftovers and comes pre-approved by Revenge, Arrow, and The Fault In Our Stars music supervisor Season Kent. The track steadily climbed up the Irish singles chart last fall, then made its first impact in America after Hozier performed it on The Late Show With David Letterman in the spring. It currently sits at 62 on the Billboard Hot 100, has over 13 million views on YouTube, and promises to leap even further into the consciousness thanks to his appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Not bad for a song cut in a cramped storage space.

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TV Jukebox: 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' 'The Flash,' 'Please Like Me,' and more of the week's best music-on-TV moments

Have you found yourself wondering, “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? We’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: Spoilers ahead.) READ FULL STORY

Teen-pop veteran Tinashe grows up and out on 'Aquarius'

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Aquarius, released this week, may be Tinashe’s first proper album, but she’s far from a rookie in the entertainment game. The 21-year-old singer got her start early as an actor, appearing in Robert Zemeckis’s CGI Christmas flick The Polar Express and the Bob Dylan-starring surrealist sci-fi project Masked and Anonymous before being recruited at age 14 to join a manufactured teen-pop group. That may not sound like a very auspicious start for a serious music career, but she says it was valuable nonetheless. “I think I learned a lot being in a situation where I wasn’t necessarily able to create music that was totally true to who I was or to present the person who I was,” she says over the phone from her home in Los Angeles.

If anything, her time in The Stunners helped give Tinashe a good idea of what she didn’t want to do when she struck out on her own. After the group split up in 2011 she started working on solo material in her home studio, sans record contract. “When you’re part a group,” she says, “it’s definitely a group effort, creatively. When I wasn’t signed to a record label I was free to make my own decisions. I definitely felt the need to create stuff on my own and just do things and make my own decisions and just put things out there. It was a really important step for me because it really opened the door so that now I have so much creative control in my art.”

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