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The Dixie Chicks nude EW cover 10 years later: Emily Robison and Martie Maguire reflect

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In 2003, the Dixie Chicks were riding an unprecedented high in the wake of the success of the band’s album Home.

Though their previous album Fly was a massive crossover smash, Home was a different animal — one that sold like gangbusters despite its more traditional bluegrass sound. The album even netted them their then-highest-ever spot on the Billboard Hot 100, via the trio’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

Then came the George W. Bush diss heard round the world: While introducing the song “Travelin’ Solider” during a concert in London, Maines said to the crowd, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

That quote spread like wildfire, and a backlash began. The group stuck to its guns and posted a follow-up statement on its website that read, “We’ve been overseas for several weeks and have been reading and following the news accounts of our government’s position. The anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding. I feel the president is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view. While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost.”

But that didn’t stop country radio stations from cutting all Dixie Chicks songs from their playlists, and it didn’t prevent people from lashing out against the girls online.

That’s when they pulled off perhaps the second-most-talked-about moments of their career: In their first big post-controversy interview, Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire appeared nude and covered with epithets (“Dixie Sluts,” “Sadaam’s Angels”) on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in May of 2003. READ FULL STORY

Watch sailors and babes make out in Kings of Leon's new 'Supersoaker' video

You already got to see Fred Armisen crack some jokes with Kings of Leon earlier today, but the Followill boys aren’t done taking up your time just yet.

The band has dropped the official music video for Mechanical Bull’s lead single “Supersoaker,” which you can watch below. Shot (or at least designed) with vintage filters, the clip features retro milkshake joints full of sailors and dames, among other neat visuals.

Check it all out below:

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Jessie J gets 'Magnetic' for 'Mortal Instruments' soundtrack: Hear it here -- EXCLUSIVE

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EW has already brought you the excellently un-bubbly Colbie Caillat song “When the Darkness Comes” for the soundtrack for the upcoming YA fantasy The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the bestselling book series.

And now, more sneak peeks where that came from: our favorite alliterative British pop import Jessie J has her own track, “Magnetic.” Listen to it exclusively below, and find the full album tracklisting after the jump:













Full album tracklisting:
1.  Zedd “Into The Lair”

2.  Jessie J “Magnetic”

3.  AFI “17 Crimes (LA Riots Remix)”

4.  Demi Lovato “Heart By Heart”

5.  Youngblood Hawke “Bring Me Home”

6.  Colbie Callait “When The Darkness Comes”

7.  Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54 featuring Tove Lo “Strangers”

8.  Pacific Air “Bear”

9.  He Is We featuring Owl City “All About Us”

10. Bassnectar “Calling From Above”

11. Jetta “Start A Riot”

12. Bryan Ellis “Strange Days”

To preorder the album, click here; the movie is in theaters Aug. 21.

Hear Gov't Mule and Jim James collab on 'Captured' -- EXCLUSIVE

After a long absence, Gov’t Mule is gearing up to release their first studio collection in four years next month. Titled Shout!, it’ll be a double-disc set, with the first half containing 11 new songs and the second half featuring special guest vocalists like Elvis Costello, Ben Harper, and Dave Matthews teaming up with the band to reinterpret those songs.

Among them is My Morning Jacket frontman, hair wonder, and sometime solo artist Jim James, who collabs with Gov’t Mule on “Captured” — and you can hear it exclusively here.

Give the song a listen below:

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Hear Kathleen Hanna's new Julie Ruin song 'Ha Ha Ha' -- EXCLUSIVE

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After laying low for serious bummer reasons for several years, riot grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna is back. The Bikini Kill and Le Tigre veteran’s new project the Julie Ruin is set to release their debut album Run Fast on Sept. 3, and the band recently put out a great video for the lead single “Oh Come On.”

Now they’re releasing another new song from the album, the spiky, hyperactive “Ha Ha Ha,” which you can hear it exclusively here:

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Hear Amos Lee's new single 'The Man Who Wants You' -- EXCLUSIVE

Amos Lee‘s fifth album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song doesn’t come out until Oct. 8, and the lead single won’t be available on iTunes until tomorrow — but you can stream it here first exclusively.

“The Man Who Wants You” will also be showing up this evening, when Amos performs it live on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Click here for a sneak peak:

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Hear Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo's entire 'Prince Avalanche' movie soundtrack -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s been nine years since Austin post-rockers Explosions in the Sky did the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights, but now they’re at it again for another Lone Star State movie.

The band, who are hitting the road this fall with Nine Inch Nails, teamed up with fellow Austinite David Wingo to score Prince Avalanche, a movie written and directed by fellow Texan David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington).

The movie, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, comes out August 9, while the soundtrack hits streets August 6 — but you can hear it now exclusively here.

Take a listen to the full soundtrack below, and read on for our chat with Explosions member Munaf Rayani:

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Watch the National perform 'This Is the Last Time' on 'The Artists Den' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The public-television concert series Live From the Artists Den is currently in its home stretch, but there are still a couple of great shows left. The next one, airing this Thursday, is going to feature the National — and you can watch a preview of it exclusively here.

The Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati band bring their characteristically dark and brooding vibe to the clip while performing their song “This Is the Last Time,” taken from their recently released sixth album Trouble Will Find Me.

Take a look at the clip below:

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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels reinvents himself as a comic book mogul, superhero - EXCLUSIVE

Darryl McDaniels grew up in the working-class New York neighborhood of Hollis in Queens, where he wore glasses and read comic books obsessively. Once he discovered hip-hop, he traded in his Marvel adventures for two turntables and a microphone and morphed into DMC, one third of the most influential collective in the history of rap music.

That transformation has all the makings of a superhero origin story, so it’s only natural that McDaniels now has his own comic book. The Run-D.M.C. co-founder is launching Darryl Makes Comics, a new company that will bridge the gap between the worlds of hip-hop and the fantastic adventures he got wrapped up in as a youth.

“Three years ago, I went to the comic convention in Philadelphia to do a celebrity signing. I just went to make a couple of bucks, and it ended up bringing my love of comics back again,” McDaniels explained. “I went there, and just being at this comic convention, the memories started coming back and filtering in. The problem was I lost a lot of money because I didn’t just stand there to sign autographs—I ended up taking a tour of the whole convention. I remembered a lot of old stuff, but I was introduced to a lot of new publications and productions.”

He was so inspired that he went about recruiting an all-star team of collaborators. He teamed up with fellow comic book obsessives Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Riggs Morales, and drafted writer Ronald Wimberly (Vertigo’s awesome Prince of Cats), artist Damion Scott (BatmanBatgirlRobin), inker Dexter Vines (Superman, Wolverine, Civil War), and cover artist Sal Buscema (Avengers, Incredible Hulk). The resulting book, DMC, casts McDaniels as an alternate universe version of himself who instead of growing up to be an MC became a super-powered crime-fighter (albeit one who still rocks Adidas shell-toes).  READ FULL STORY

First look: New Emily Wells music video features footage from upcoming movie with Neil Gaiman, Jeff Bridges, and more

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In the not-too-distant future, Here Is Something Beautiful (etc. — an animated movie based on the life of influential underground writer and poet Richard Brautigan — will be hitting the festival circuit, and not without some fanfare.

The movie, directed by Anthony Lucero and Paul Swensen, will feature evocative rotoscoped animation (see: the Richard Linklater films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly), and will feature appearances from Jeff Bridges, Neil Gaiman, Wim Wenders, and more — as well as an original score from acclaimed NYC singer-songwriter Emily Wells.

As a preview, Wells’ has a new video for her single “Darlin’” that features a full scene from the film, and you can watch it exclusively here. Like the movie itself, the video’s directed by Anthony Lucero and animated by Jun Awakawa, offering fans a first look at the movie’s visuals. The scene is inspired by Brautigan’s short story “Times Square in Montana,” taken from his book The Tokyo-Montana Express. The song itself (taken from her recent album Mama Acoustic Recordings) is simple and spare, with Wells’ quietly compelling voice nicely complementing the scene’s absorbing animation.

Take a look at the video below:

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