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Hear two of Mark Ronson's 'Mortdecai' tracks -- exclusive

Mark Ronson is currently sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for his straight-from-the-’70s “Uptown Funk,” but his collaboration with composer Geoff Zanelli for the Mortdecai soundtrack is more appropriate for a James Bond montage than a dance party—although both are heavy on the horns, a Mark Ronson signature.

While Ronson’s new to film scores, Zanelli’s a veteran: He won an Emmy in 2006 for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Into the West and has contributed to scores for movies including Disturbia and 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. READ FULL STORY

'CSI' star Hayley Kiyoko shows her electropop side with 'Given It All' -- exclusive

Hayley Kiyoko has a big year in the works, with roles on the upcoming series CSI: Cyber (alongside Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Bow Wow, and Luke Perry) and in the live-action adaptation of the classic ’80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms. On top of all that, she’s also adding another chapter to a musical career that includes a stint in the girl group The Stunners (alongside “2 On” singer Tinashe) with the release of an EP titled This Side of Paradise, out Feb. 3. Her new single “Given It All” is a bubbly electropop jam that combines big, rave-worthy synthesizers with an even bigger bubblegum melody that would make Jem proud.

Kiyoko will hit the road next month.

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David Strange's 'Cocaine' video is a buzz -- exclusive

Singer-songwriter David Strange has lived a pretty unconventional life, including a stint as Courtney Love’s guitarist and a working relationship with musician and model Charlotte Kemp Muhl that led to them recording in the home studio of her boyfriend’s mother, who happens to be Yoko Ono.

Strange’s music is saturated with the influence of classic rock, but he has a talent for bending it in unique new ways. His latest single, “Cocaine,” is like a modern-day update of the classic cut of the same name written by J.J. Cale and popularized by Eric Clapton, a psych-rock freak-out that manages to make the titular substance seem less glamorous than nightmarish. The video, full of slow-motion destruction, gives a boost to the track’s surreal edge.

Strange’s self-released, self-titled EP is out Tuesday.

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You Blew It! share the emo-tinged ballad 'Your Side' -- exclusive

Orlando quintet You Blew It! have worked there way into the upper echelons of the emo revival with a melodic but muscular sound that’s drawn a lot of comparisons to Jawbreaker and the Get Up Kids, but they have a quieter side as well. On Jan. 27 they’ll release a new EP, Pioneer of Nothing, through the storied indie label Jade Tree that’ll include “Your Side,” a track where the band sets aside the crunchy guitars for a tender, sugar-sweet ballad decorated with washes of cymbals and strings.
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Two Gallants share the raggedly rocking 'Incidental' -- exclusive

Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel, aka Two Gallants, have been making music together since age 12, and when they first started drawing attention from the indie scene in the mid-aughts it was with a punk-infused folk-rock sound. Since then they’ve evolved their sound by broadening it, and their new single “Incidental”–from their upcoming fifth album, We Are Undone (out Feb. 3 on ATO Records)–pulls from enough strains of rock ‘n’ roll to defy attempts to pin a modifier on it. It’s just, you know, rock ‘n’ roll, in the same sort of timeless way that the best Replacements records are. In fact, there’s more than a little ‘Mats in the joyously ragged, frills-free sound and immensely catchy melody of ”Incidental.”

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American Aquarium channels Springsteen tenderness on 'Man I'm Supposed to Be' -- exclusive

The roots-rockers of American Aquarium are firm believers in the power of straightforwardness. For the video for their new single “Man I’m Supposed to Be” (from their upcoming LP Wolves, out Feb. 3), a ballad that recalls Springsteen’s more tender moments, they recall the song’s birth, with frontman BJ Barham strumming an acoustic guitar in his apartment—a rare moment at home for someone who spends 300 days a year on the road.

“The song itself is an open letter to my wife letting her know that I may not be a lot of things, but I’m hers,” Barham writes in an email. “It was my first attempt at a love song, because frankly, it was the first time in my life that I had been so head over heels for someone that I wanted them to know, without a doubt, that I was 100 percent in it for the long haul. It’s simple. It’s straightforward. It’s exactly what I wanted to tell her. I’m not the best guy in the world, but I’m going to try to be the best guy for you.”

American Aquarium is on the road now.

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Asaf Avidan's 'The Jail That Sets You Free' gives garage rock a synthy makeover -- exclusive

Asaf Avidan may not be a household name in the U.S., but in Europe and his native Israel he’s a full-blown rock star. In fact, the first album by his old band, Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, is the top-selling independently released album in Israeli history.

Maybe America will get on his wave after he releases his sophomore solo album, Gold Shadow, on Feb. 3. Its latest single, “The Jail That Sets You Free,” boasts a clever combination of bluesy garage rock, poppy New Wave synths, and a chorus that’s infectious enough to cause an epidemic. Avidan launches his American tour Feb. 1.

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Progressive pop duo Chelan get ethereal on 'Before It All' -- exclusive

Unlike many people in bands, the members of Californian pop duo Chelan actually have day jobs making music: Jen Grady teaches classical music, while Justin Hosford is a composer for film and television. Their work outside the pop format seems to have an influence on the material they create together.

Their latest single, “Before It All,” from their upcoming album Equal Under Pressure, which they’ll release on their own Echo Phone label on Feb. 17, combines radio-ready hooks with an ambitiously experimental bent. With its percolating percussion, washes of near-ambient synthesizer, and cleverly multitracked vocals, their new single “Before It All” should appeal to fans of Kate Bush and Lorde alike.

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Summer Cannibals unleash the razor-sharp 'Something New' -- exclusive

Portland quartet Summer Cannibals formed in 2012, released their first album No Makeup the following year, and are just about to drop their follow-up. Show Us Your Mind shows off how much the band has evolved in the short time it’s been together, with songs that refine the fuzzy garage-pop of its debut into something sharper, tighter, and much more difficult to shake off. The lead single “Something New” is a bit of razor-edged bubblegum that balances taut verses with outbursts of wildly fuzzed-out guitar that along with a singsongy vocal performance by frontwoman Jessica Boudreaux brings to mind the delinquent pop stylings of the Runaways in their prime.

Show Us Your Mind is out March 3 on New Moss Records and available for pre-order here.

KNTRLR's 'XXX' video is a five-minute sci-fi epic -- exclusive

There are bands that take care of their obligations to make music videos with clever ways of stretching a tiny budget, and then there are bands like electronics-heavy rockers KNTRLR who for their new single “XXX” have gone all out and produced an entire sci-fi short complete with action sequences and a generous serving of special effects. The video’s smoggy postapocalyptic atmosphere makes an interesting juxtaposition with the song’s optimistic lyrics, and the prevalence of gas masks could perhaps be an ironic nod to the fact that their CMJ showcase last fall was canceled after a New York doctor infected with the Ebola virus visited the venue.

KNTRLR’s The Great Filter is out Feb. 24 on Brooklyn’s Goodnight Records.

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