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Watch Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson in JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's 'Rouse Yourself' video - EXCLUSIVE


This groovy, way-back kind of summer that began with Daft Punk, shimmied on through Bruno Mars, and took a Steely spin with Mayer Hawthorne, now continues with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound — with a little help from their fancy TV-star friends.

“Rouse Yourself,” from the Chicago quintet’s new album, Howl, perfectly encapsulates what they call their “post-punk soul” sound. And apparently it inspired New Girl star Jake Johnson (Johnson is friends with the band’s guitarist) and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza to act like total deranged ninja (okay, that’s mostly Johnson) in the clip.

Check out the exclusive premiere of the “Rouse Yourself” video below: READ FULL STORY

Listen to acclaimed indie rockers Goldspot's new song 'Abyss' -- EXCLUSIVE

You may not know New York-based multi-culti rockers Goldspot by name — but if you have a television (their songs have been featured on shows like How I Met Your Mother and The OC), a Netflix account (The Dilemma, How Do You Know), or an Apple product (their music was used to help launch the iPad) you’ve probably heard them.

Though the band’s third album, Aerogramme, isn’t due till August 20, EW has an exclusive sneak peak of the record, produced by frontman Siddhartha Khosla and Beach Boys engineer Jeff Peters.

Listen to the jangling, melodic “Abyss” below (and preview another track, “The Border Line,” here on iTunes):

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Watch Usher's action-packed 'Looking 4 Myself' short film -- PREMIERE


Usher is a busy man. In addition to mentoring The Voice and popping up at music festivals alongside the Afghan Whigs, Mr. Raymond has taken the time to star in a new Samsung-produced short film, which you can watch the premiere of here.

Titled Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” Presented By Samsung, the Rich Lee-directed clip features a duel between two versions of Usher — one being down-to-earth side of him, and the other being his celebrity half.

Watch the video below, and read on to find our interview with Usher himself:


Mayer Hawthorne's new Pharrell-produced 'Reach Out Richard': Hear it here - EXCLUSIVE

Just in time for Father’s Day, Hawthorne has a new track called “Reach Out Richard” that pays tribute to his dad.

The song, produced by Pharrell Williams (a.k.a. the man already featured on two of the top five songs in the country right now), is from his upcoming Where Does This Door Go, due July 16, and is giving us some serious Steely Dan/’70s funk yacht-party vibes.

Check out the exclusive EW premiere of “Reach Out Richard” below. READ FULL STORY

Hear Pete Yorn cover Lee Hazlewood's 'Six Feet of Chain' for super-group project featuring members of the Pixies, Modest Mouse, and more -- EXCLUSIVE


Sometimes, things — even good things — fall between the cracks.

Thriftstore Masterpiece, however, wants to start scooping them back up: the supergroup collective, whose guests include Frank Black of the Pixies, Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock, and Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor, aims to take history’s “underdog records” and reinterpret them with new artists.

The first album in the project’s series is Lee Hazlewood’s 1963 debut Trouble Is a Lonesome Town, and it includes Pete Yorn’s rendition of “Six Feet of Chain,” which you can hear exclusively here.

Take a listen to the track below:


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform 'Same Love' for ONE's agit8 campaign: Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have parlayed their chart-topping success (their single “Can’t Hold Us” remains at the top of the Billboard Hot 100) into a platform for a number of charitable causes.

The Seattle hip-hop duo have stood up for gay rights, the Boys & Girls Club, and drug abuse counseling, and now they have teamed with dozens of other artists and ONE to rally against extreme poverty.

Alongside the likes of U2, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, Kid Rock, Mumford & Sons, and Elvis Costello, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are part of ONE’s new agit8 campaign, which urges both world leaders and young people to fight against extreme poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest nations. The hope is to draw attention to those problems in advance of the upcoming G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.

In order to draw ears and eyes, the participating musicians have recorded new versions of beloved protest songs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis didn’t need to draw from someone else’s song—they already had the single “Same Love” in the holster, and recorded a fresh version of it for the agit8 campaign.

Check out their very special performance of “Same Love,” with a rare appearance by guest vocalist Mary Lambert, in an exclusive video premiere below: READ FULL STORY

Watch Typhoon's dramatic new video 'Dreams of Cannibalism' -- EXCLUSIVE

Despite the band’s name and their song’s macabre title, Typhoon is not some pummeling metal band. Instead, they’re a group of good-natured indie-rock lads and ladies from Salem, Ore., who have a new video for “Dreams of Cannibalism” — which you can watch exclusively here.

The song is the single off their upcoming new album White Lighter, due out this fall. (Hopefully, the album won’t bring the band too much bad luck!).

Watch it below — and stick around to the end for a Shyamalanian twist ending:


Hear Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Dawn McCarthy cover 'Omaha' by the Everly Brothers -- EXCLUSIVE


Ready to get folked up?

Earlier this year, indie-country stalwart Bonnie “Prince” Billy (né Will Oldham) and Faun Fables mastermind Dawn McCarthy teamed up for an Everly Brothers cover album, What the Brothers Sang. Among the duets on the Drag City-released album is “Omaha,” for which they commissioned multimedia artist Ben Russell to make a video — and you can watch it exclusively here.

The clip features both singers’ faces the entire time as a series of other arty images come and go in the background. It is, we think you’ll find, a bit hypnotic.

Catch their video for “Omaha” below:


See Mavis Staples and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy team up in the 'I Like the Things About Me' video -- EXCLUSIVE

In a couple of weeks, soul legend Mavis Staples will drop her second Jeff Tweedy-assisted album, One True Vine. But you don’t have to wait until then to get in on the goodness — we’ve got their official video for album track “I Like the Things About Me” ready to be watched exclusively here.

The black-and-white clip centers around shots of  Staples, Tweedy, and Tweedy’s 17-year-old son Spencer (plus a couple other cool-looking cats) making their sweet music together at the Wilco Loft in Chicago, the city where both stars call home. Making the video even groovier is the fact that the song itself is a great jam.

See Staples and the Tweedys affirm themselves in the “I Like the Things About Me” video below:


Watch Mykki Blanco's surreal video for 'The Initiation' -- EXCLUSIVE


They say two heads are better than one, so why not faces?

Multi-gendered artist Mykki Blanco explores that question literally in the new video for  “The Initiation,” which you can watch exclusively here.

The new Ninnian Doff-directed Blanco clip justifies it’s sponsorship by L.A.’s MoCA and MoCA TV with serious art-star weirdiosity as Blanco – born Michael Quattlebaum, Jr. — prowls the streets in a sort of David Cronenberg/David Lynch cityscape fever dream.

Check it out for yourself below:


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