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Gwen Stefani and Pharrell are at it again with 'Spark the Fire'

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Gwen Stefani and Pharrell are no strangersmost memorably, they collaborated together on her 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl”and they’re at it again, this time for Stefani’s latest single, “Spark the Fire.”

Stefani hasn’t released a new album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape, and “Spark the Fire” is the second single she’s released since then. The first was “Baby Don’t Lie,” a track she released in October. READ FULL STORY

Synthpop auteur Harrison Scott shares retro-fied 'Silence Into Noise' video

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New York-based Harrison Scott has a real knack for emulating the sounds of ’80s synthpop, but it’s the little tweaks that he throws into the proven formula–like the Auto Tune-esque vocoder–that make his new single “Silence Into Noise” stand out.

With its sticky melody, body-jacking beat, and whiff of haughty intellectualism (which is definitely not a bad thing in this case), the track would have worked well on club dance floors when Erasure first hit the scene—and it still works great now. The video continues the theme of slightly chilly aesthetics by putting Scott in a couture shorts set and a series of mannered poses, which reflect the aloofness that all serious synthesizer artistes should aspire to.

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Nick Offerman gets a German accent in new Decemberists video

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The Decemberists accomplish every person’s life goal in the new video for “Make You Better”: They hang out on a talk show hosted by Nick Offerman.

This isn’t the bacon-and-eggs-loving Offerman we know from Parks and Rec, but one with a German accent and a giggly disposition. He has an awkward conversation with Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy before the band takes the stage for a performance bathed in colorful lights. As they perform, Offerman makes eyes at a cute producer who he fears is more into their non-mustached co-worker — don’t worry though; things turn out well for him. READ FULL STORY

Fall Out Boy announce new album in classic Fall Out Boy fashion

It looks like the Fall Out Boy reunion that produced last year’s Save Rock and Roll has stuck. Earlier today, the band posted to their blog a chunk of cryptic text followed by a Henry Miller quote followed by some more cryptic text followed by an announcement: On Dec. 8 they’ll release a new single, “American Beauty/American Psycho,” with an album of the same name on Jan. 20. Between all the feelings-intensive poetry and a reference to the tried and true “good girl/crazy chick” dichotomy, it’s classic Fall Out Boy all the way. With the speed the retro cycle’s been churning at recently it’s not impossible that the emo revival could get around to the early aughts by the time the LP drops.

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You can (and should) stream the platinum edition of 'Beyonce' on Spotify

From the surprise release of her self-titled album just before the year started through her On the Run Tour to the various zeitgeist-shattering videos, remixes, and awards show ceremonies (not to mention a notorious example of shit going down in an elevator), pantsless superhero Beyonce has had 2014 steady on lock. Just to make sure we somehow don’t forget about her and her flawless (pretty much) album between now and Dec. 31, she’s about to release a “platinum edition” of it that includes a couple new tracks and a few remixes, plus a DVD, photo books, and a 2015 calendar (because she apparently plans on owning 2015 as well). It doesn’t come out until next Monday, but the new tracks–including the Nicki Minaj-enhanced “Flawless” remix and a “Drunk in Love” remix with Kanye–are already on Spotify. Get to streaming.

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Ariana Grande releases upbeat Christmas track 'Santa Tell Me'

Ariana Grande completed an important step in reaching pop diva status Monday when she released an instantly memorable Christmas single, “Santa Tell Me.”

This isn’t Grande’s first foray into Christmas songs: Last year, she released a holiday EP titled Christmas Kisses that featured two original songs, “Snow in California,” a straight-from-the-’90s ballad, and “Love Is Everything,” an optimistic song heavy on the belting. But while those two songs are more the type you’d listen to while decorating the tree, “Santa Tell Me” is a poppy track perfect for playing during holiday festivities—or for blasting in your car. READ FULL STORY

Hear some vintage, previously unreleased Tegan and Sara

Ten years ago, Canadian duo Tegan and Sara released their breakout album, So Jealous. On Dec. 23, they’ll put out So Jealous X, a deluxe reissue that will include a hardcover book and a bonus disc with remixes, covers, and demos.

Now you can stream one of those demos, a short and raw track called “When I Get Up.” The song didn’t appear on So Jealous, but Tegan and Sara have played it in concert for years. Head over to TIME to listen.

Bahamas unveils a video for the viral hit 'All the Time' (aka that song from the James Franco smartphone ad)

Canadian auteur Afie Jurvanen released his first album under his nom de rock Bahamas back in 2009, has shared bills with Wilco and Jack Johnson, and was nominated for his home country’s top musical awards multiple times, but it took a smartphone commercial for him to finally break through in the States. You’ve probably seen it–it’s the one where James Franco turns falling off a building into a typically Franco-esque exercise in irritatingly competent multitasking to an impeccably chill soundtrack of lilting falsetto vocals and a fuzzed-out staccato bass line.

That song, “All the Time” (from the new Bahamas album Bahamas is Afie) is finally getting its own Franco-free full-length visual. While it’s a low-key, no-frills affair, the buoyant slow-mo and unfussy aesthetic suit the song nicely. And if you only know “All the Time” from the Droid commercial, the full version’s expertly deployed vocal harmonies and guitar leads–which sound like lost moments from a late-era Beatles album–are a revelation.

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Let's relive Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's performance of 'Booty' at the AMAs

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea performed “Booty” at Sunday’s American Music Awards and while there was no weird lube, there were plenty of butts. Plenty. 

Like Lorde, Lopez started off her performance in a box. Unlike Lorde, she spent most of her time in her box jiggling her butt and dancing with Azalea. It’s all a bit like the “Booty” music video until Lopez exits the box to lead a troop of dancers for an impressive choreographed number that shows off Lopez’s booty and her dance skills.  READ FULL STORY

The Best and Worst of the AMAs 2014 -- what did you think?

As a fan-voted competition, the American Music Awards are — no offense to that terrifying pointy trophy — much more about the performances than the prizes (most of which were given away off-camera anyway).

So what were your favorite moments? Did you love or hate Taylor Swift turning “Blank Space” into an Andrew Lloyd Weber extravaganza? What did you think of J.Lo’s “Booty,” and booty? Was Selena Gomez definitely crying? Is that dance Lorde does chiropractically safe to imitate at home?

We’ll have our full performance gallery up soon, but in the meantime share your thoughts on tonight’s intermittently censored and generally entertaining show in the comments below.

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