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Norman Reedus co-stars in Tricky's new 'Sun Down' video

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At the beginning of his career, Tricky’s moody, murky trip-hop hinted at a near future where humans would become kinkily intertwined with technology and increasingly alienated from each other. The past 20 years have more or less lived up to his predictions, while at the same time his lushly minimal electro-organic compositions have become crucial building blocks for the sound of contemporary hip-hop, R&B, and pop.

Most artists who are ahead of their time in their youth tend to fall behind the times as they age, but Tricky continues to release albums that can easily stand up next to zeitgeist-nabbing early works like Maxinquaye. His recently released Adrian Thaws offers plenty of proof that he’s still one of the best there is at making darkly brooding avant-rap, including the narcotic lead single “Sun Down.” The track features a vocal contribution from the up and coming artist Tirzah—and the video features Walking Dead fan favorite Norman Reedus as Tricky’s co-star.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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An unlikely gang parties hard in Sneakout's 'The Art of Hanging On' video

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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.

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

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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.

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Superhumanoids share 'Flipping Out' and a beat-heavy playlist

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You don’t find many electropop groups covering Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, but that’s exactly the kind of thing that LA’s Superhumanoids excel in.

The band’s preferred tactic is to juxtapose singer Sarah Chernoff’s lilting, dreamy vocals against harsh electronic sounds, like the grinding synth bass on its otherwise intensely mellow new single “Flipping Out.” This adds an intriguingly rough edge to a track that otherwise conjures up images of languorous Californian decadence. If any music directors are looking to score a scene of good-looking young people swimming underwater in slow motion, they’re in luck.

Along with the single, the group has shared with EW a playlist that, like its music, blends hooky pop and ambitiously experimental electronic beats. Superhumanoids will be hitting the road shortly to open for electropop godfathers Erasure.

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Hear 'Edge of Space' from The Jazz June's first album in 12 years

The Jazz June was one of the biggest bands during emo’s creative heyday during the ’90s, distinguishing themselves through a combination of intense musical ambition and accessible pop songwriting. The Pennsylvania four-piece released their last album Better Off Without Air in 2002, shortly before disbanding, but they’ve reunited just in time to catch the current emo revival wave. On Nov. 11, Topshelf Records will release the band’s first full-length recording in 12 years.

After the Earthquake will include 10 new songs produced by emo revivalist Evan Weiss (aka Into It. Over It.), including “Edge of Space.” Frontman Andrew Low, who relocated to London after the group’s breakup, says that the song “is loosely based on the story of Felix Baumgartner, who broke the record for skydiving 25 miles from space.

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Watch the trailer for the lost Doors film 'Feast of Friends'

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It’s become a cliche of pop music that at a certain point in their career, a popular enough act will have to make a movie about themselves in order to give their audience an “unguarded” (but in reality heavily mediated) look at their life offstage. But when the Doors decided to self-produce their own film in 1968, it was still a fairly novel idea. That film, entitled Feast of Friends, was never officially released, although clips of it have been used in documentaries and music videos, and bootleg copies have been passed from Doors fan to Doors fan for years. In fact it came close to being a quite literally lost project—rumor has it that those bootlegs were all duplicates of a print that Jim Morrison left in a paper bag at a friend’s house just days before he died.

Now, Feast of Friends is finally getting a proper release by Eagle Rock Entertainment on Nov. 11. The DVD/Blu-Ray edition includes not only a complete cut of the film but a companion compilation of outtakes called Feast of Friends: Encore, plus a 1968 Doors doc produced for British television called The Doors Are Open, as well as a 1967 performance of filmed for a Canadian TV pop-music variety show where they drop a full 10-minute version of “The End” on a group of stunned Torontonians.

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