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Paul McCartney chants about Meat-Free Mondays in promo video


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


Sound artist creates music from electric currents generated by plants

A sonic artist has sprouted a real life sound garden.

Meet Mileece, the Los Angles-based sonic artist, environmental designer and programmer who makes music in a most unusual way: with plants. READ FULL STORY

Danny Brown has a psychedelic house party in 'Smokin' & Drinkin' video


Back in July, EW visited the Greenpoint, Brooklyn location where Detroit rapper Danny Brown was shooting a video for the Old track “Smokin’ & Drinkin’.” Wednesday, the final product hit the Internet in all its hedonistic glory.

Director Alan Del Rio Ortiz described the clip’s theme as “like a house party, but in a dream,” and to that end, he dropped Brown (clad in a leather jacket and Dead Boys tee) into a group of pretty young people going bananas in a psychedelically lit apartment. There’s a lot of dancing, a lot of glitter, a lot of 40’s being chugged, and since it’s a rap video, a generous number of attractive women just chilling in a shower.

Indie pop goes digital on Cassorla's 'The Right Way'


Every so often, a session musician will strike out from the backline to lead a group of his own. Much of the time, the resulting music is technically impressive but less than compelling—more or less underlining why he was playing backup rather than fronting a band in the first place.

But Ben Cassorla, who’s toured with bands like Washed Out and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (and, interestingly, Slick Rick), has proven himself to be an exception to the rule with his group, Cassorla. Back in the spring, he released an EP called Amigosnamed for the group of buddies, including Aubrey Plaza and members of the Magnetic Zeroes and Blitzen Trapper, who played on it—that emphasized his nifty pop songwriting chops over any flashy guitar skills he possesses.

The band’s about to head out for a fall tour with Blitzen Trapper. In preparation, he’s recorded a new single. Co-produced by Mighty Mike, who’s previously worked with Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Clarkson, “The Right Way” expands Cassorla’s sonic pallette by combining his signature punchy, riffy rhythm guitar playing with glassy keyboard flourishes and trap music’s flickering hi-hats, resulting in an odd but very interesting hybrid of indie rock and digital pop.


Hear Buzzcocks' brand-new breakup anthem, 'It's Not You'

If anyone can write a break-up song, it’s Buzzcocks: The English punk rockers have gone through over 10 lineup changes since their formation in 1976. And after going eight years without releasing a full-length album, Buzzcocks are back with loud, guitar-heavy breakup anthem “It’s Not You.”

“It’s Not You” is the first track released off their upcoming ninth album, The Way. The band last released an album in 2006 with Flat-Pack Philosophies when Phillip Barker was still drumming with the band — Danny Farrant has since replaced him.  READ FULL STORY

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