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Dawn Landes does karaoke 'Lost In Translation'-style in 'More Than This' video

Louisville-born singer-songwriter Dawn Landes has racked up an impressive number of accomplishments over the course of her still young career: recording with Will Oldham and Justin Townes Earle, touring with Feist and Andrew Bird, accompanying the New York City Ballet at the Lincoln Center, working at Philip Glass’ personal studio. Now she can add “coming up with the funniest riff on Lost in Translation‘s karaoke scene for a music video” to the list.

Sunday night Landes kicked off a tour as opening act for former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, and on Tuesday, she self-releases her Covers EP (recorded with her band the Kentuckians), which includes her lilting, countrified version of Roxy’s “More Than This,” alongside classics by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Henry Mancini. For the video she created a shot-by-shot reproduction of Lost in Translation‘s most memorable moment, cleverly playing both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s roles. That’s what you call versatility.


Chromeo share a 'sexy S-themed' playlist

For the past 12 years, Dave 1 and P-Thugg of Chromeo have been waging a two-man crusade in the name of electro-funk, the vaguely defined genre that connects everything from late-’70s soul groups to early rap producers to New Jack swing boy bands. While they’ve spent much of that time working from the underground, their years of hard work—including an endless string of reliably high-energy live shows (see below for dates)—have finally earned them a pop audience. Their most recent album, this spring’s White Women, charted around the world including a No. 11 debut on the Billboard 200.

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of their capsule collection with the fashion label Surface to Air and a concert in Central Park, the pair took a break to put together a playlist themed around sexiness and the letter S.


Stream Team Spirit's 'Killing Time' and reconnect with rock 'n' roll

Historically, every time rock ‘n’ roll has started to seem terminally stagnant some group of young musicians will power-wash away the stylistic and philosophical cruft that the genre’s accumulated, relocating its live-wire heart and giving it new life by connecting it to the core principles that it’s forgotten about. In the past, that task has fallen on punks, alt-rockers, and garage rock revivalists, and today it’s falling on a loosely affiliated community of bands that combine all the above with the kind of frills-free, gut-punch energy that’s made legends out of bands like the Stooges and AC/DC.

One of those groups is Team Spirit, founded by former Passion Pit keyboardist Ayad Al-Adhammy after an aesthetic epiphany where he ditched synthesizers for a six-string. Their Killing Time LP (out Sept. 30 on Vice/Warner Bros.) is a raging gang fight of classic rock guitar riffing and sugar-sweet pop-punk hooks with the potential to connect with van-driving, horns-throwing headbangers as deeply as it does with stage-diving punk kids. If at any point in recent memory you’ve thought to yourself, “Maybe rock really is dead,” you owe it to yourself to listen.


Hear Estelle's club-poppy new single 'Something Good'

There are two basic sorts of breakup records: the heartbroken, mopey kind, and the kind where the writer digs through the wreckage of their relationship to find whatever lesson it has to offer and uses it as an opportunity to grow as a person. Estelle’s upcoming fourth album, True Romance (out Nov. 4) is firmly of the latter type.

“Something Good,” the album’s second single behind the anthemic “Conqueror,” pairs lyrics about picking up the pieces after a split with a piano-heavy house beat that synchronizes nicely with the current revival of ’90s club pop.

“‘Something Good’ is a feel-good song,” Estelle writes in an email. “A reminder that you’re dope and have something wonderful to offer life and yourself and the world.”


Johnny Depp joins Ryan Adams onstage in London: Watch


Johnny Depp joined good friend Ryan Adams onstage Thursday night during a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. Depp played guitar on two songs, “Kim” from Adams’ eponymous album released Sept. 9, and a blues-tinged cover of “Mother,” the Danzig metal classic. READ FULL STORY

Panic! at the Disco covers 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' brilliantly

If the mere mention of Panic! at the Disco conjures flashbacks of an angsty adolescence—shunning your parents, stewing in self pity and fawning over boy bands in eyeliner, tight pants and top hats—then here’s your chance to reacquaint yourself with a decidedly grownup Panic! The band performed a truly awesome rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on their Gospel Tour with Fall Out Boy and Linkin Park. (Okay, so maybe they haven’t changed that much).


J-Lo and Iggy continue the Summer of Butts with 'Booty' remix video


It may be the third week of September, but the Summer of Butts swelters on. Last month, Jennifer Lopez released a remix of her song “Booty,” featuring Iggy Azalea—and now they’ve put out an ass-tastic video to accompany the audio.

The video isn’t as colorful or absurd as Nicki Minaj’s recent ass masterpiece. In fact, Iggy leaves Nicki out of the derrière dialogue completely, claiming “the last time the world seen a booty this good it was on Jenny from the Block.” READ FULL STORY

Hear 'Heartbreak In Motion' from Anna Lunoe's debut LP


Aussie DJ/artist Anna Lunoe is releasing her first EP, All Out, next week on Ultra Music on Monday, Sept. 22 (available for preorder here). The album caps off an explosive year for Lunoe—she dotted the major festival scene with sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, and Splash House while also supporting The Weeknd on tour. She released “Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D.)” on Skrillex’s Nest imprint in early summer as well as popular dance track “Feels Like” with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs on his Nice Age Label.

Lunoe is becoming known for interesting collaborations, and “Heartbreak in Motion” features a partnership with Jesse Boykins III. Jesse is on lead vocals, Anna plays back-up, and the interplay between the two is incredibly dynamic. Co-written with fellow Aussie Stylaz Fuego, it pays homage to old school house music without feeling dated.  READ FULL STORY

Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Still dancing and dreaming 25 years later

Like serialized television and comic-book movies, R&B is in the midst of a golden age. As ambivalent as I am about Beyoncé’s work, her influence cannot be overstated, and her sequined coattails have been long enough to support an incredible wave of exceptionally provocative albums from next-in-line voices both female (Jhené Aiko, FKA Twigs, Tinashe) and male (Frank Ocean, Miguel, the Weeknd).

The roots of this form of modern R&B can be traced back to Janet Jackson’s landmark album Rhythm Nation 1814, which turns 25 years old today. Though it’s a quarter century old, Rhythm Nation has barely aged—it sounds as rich and vital as it did when it was first released, and stylistically as contemporary as anything on the Billboard charts. READ FULL STORY

This Week in Diplo: A new track and some New Year's Eve plans


The threat of Jack U music has loomed large this summer: Skrillex becoming increasingly present on the MDBP tour, a stint at Hard Summer, sets at Burning Man, a (scheduled but canceled due to weather) set at Electric Zoo, and the live performance recording of “Take U There.”

Finally, we have a studio recording.

“Take U There” by Jack U featuring Kiesza is out this week, streaming on BBC Radio here, and will likely be unavoidable on dance floors everywhere for the foreseeable future. Following the song is a quick interview with Diplo and Skrillex, discussing the track’s genesis. (Spoiler alert: It was on a whim in Ibiza.) The track is also available for purchase on iTunes. READ FULL STORY

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