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See John Ennis get weird in Gap Dream's 'Shine Your Light' video -- EXCLUSIVE

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Do you ever get home a little tipsy from a night out and throw an episode of The X-Files on Netflix to drone in the background while you scarf down some greasy cheeseburger you shouldn’t have bought?

No? Oh, we haven’t either. But if we had, we bet that it would be something like watching the new Gap Dream video below. Called “Shine Your Light,” the clip stars John Ennis (Mr. Show) as an alcoholic detective navigating some weird stuff — glitter, goo, grease — in order to find his missing partner. Aliens may or may not to be to blame.

Sound weird? It is! Check it out below:

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Stories Behind the Songs: Brandon Flowers talks about the Killers' biggest hits

To celebrate the release of the Killers’ greatest-hits compilation, Direct Hits (out now), frontman Brandon Flowers told EW the tales behind some of the band’s best-known anthems.

“Mr. Brightside” (2003) 
“This was literally the first song that me and Dave [Keuning], our guitar player, wrote. We didn’t have a drummer yet but he gave me a cassette, and it had a few demos with complete songs of him singing, and then there would just be these riffs that he had — so he basically had the guitar for “Mr. Brightside,” and the pre-chorus. I had an idea already of this sort of monotone, linear delivery, and it just fit so well over his guitar line. So I slapped a chorus on it, and it was written pretty quickly.

I remember the first time I heard it [set] to a beat, it was a monumental experience. We wrote a lot of songs after that, but then the Strokes’ first record came out and we ditched everything we wrote except for that song and started 
again. [Laughs] Because that record’s so good, you know? It was just… we realized that they raised the bar. Whether the Strokes know it or not, they really changed our path.”

“Somebody Told Me” (2004) 
“We were going out to clubs a lot at the time. I think it speaks to a young man’s frustration, the difficulty of picking up girls. [Laughs] That’s probably where it stems from. I was just able to run with it, and the band supplied a wonderful backing track.”

“All These Things That I’ve Done” (2005) “I worked at a casino called the Gold Coast as a bellman. This was back when there weren’t cell phones yet, so I used to call the guys and tell them I was gonna call them back and leave an idea on their answering machines. I was very heavily into glam rock at the time, and I felt like [Lou Reed’s] Transformer and [David Bowie’s] Ziggy Stardust – the delivery of those records, sometimes it was almost talking to you, especially Lou. The lines ‘Help me out, yeah yeah, you gotta help me out/Don’t you put me on the back burner, you gotta help me out’? I was just trying to be Lou Reed funneled through the Las Vegas Strip. And the bass line is a direct rip-off of a Bowie track called ‘Slow Burn.’ I can say it now because I don’t think he’s gonna come after us.” READ FULL STORY

Bonnaroo 'Soopergroop' documentary and mixtape feat. YouTube stars Soul Khan, Jeni Suk, Black Violin and more -- watch and listen here EXCLUSIVE

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What happens when the Internet meets the mud- and rock star-infested playing fields of rural Tennessee?

At this year’s Bonnaroo, festival organizers and INDMUSIC gathered YouTube stars Knower, Jeni Suk, Black Violin, and Soul Khan to form a liberally spelled ‘Soopergroop’ — and recorded it for posterity in an eight-part documentary series and original mixtape. Listen after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Stream singer-songwriter Chris Garneau's 'Winter Games' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Brooklyn singer-songwriter Chris Garneau — whose charmingly eccentric compositions you’ve heard everywhere from Grey’s Anatomy to terrifying Pedro Almodovar movies — will release his new album, Winter Games, on Nov. 12.

But you can hear it here exclusively a full week early. Listen below: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry says her 2014 tour for 'Roar' will be 'less cartoony' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Katy Perry’s tour for Teenage Dream was an epic escapist odyssey that turned stadiums and arenas around the globe into her own personal Candyland. When she hits the road in 2014 in support of her chart-topping latest, Roar, what will she do to keep her game elevated?

“The tour is going to be fantastic,” Perry told EW while Tim Stack followed her halfway across the Earth for the cover story in the current issue. “I always try to take it to the next level. I think people will realize what the tour is going to be like when they listen to the music.”

Perry promises that the new show will definitely incorporate material from Roar, but she’ll always make room for her catalog of older hits. “There’s nothing worse than going to a concert of an artist and not hearing your favorite songs,” she said.

As for the concept and the stage design, Perry is tight-lipped, but she does offer one intimate tease. “Let’s just say I’m going to be very close to people,” she said.

Check out the rest of Perry’s thoughts about her upcoming tour in the exclusive video below. For more on EW’s whirlwind tag-along with Katy Perry, check out the current issue.

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Stream all of Heidecker & Wood's new album 'Some Things Never Stay the Same' - EXCLUSIVE

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Tim Heidecker is known primarily as one of the whacked-out comedy minds behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tom Goes to the Mayor. But he’s also got a penchant for melody and an obsession with ’70s rock, which manifests in Heidecker & Wood, his tag-team with Tim and Eric composer David Wood.

Their first album, Starting From Nowhere, genuflected at the altar of yacht rock, and their new album Some Things Never Stay The Same is an homage to crunchy ’70s singer-songwriter types like Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, and Harry Nilsson. The fact that its gently mocking shouldn’t get in the way of the fact that tunes like “Cocaine” and “Getaway Man” could easily have found their way onto the Singers & Songwriters series.

Some Things Never Stay The Same isn’t out until next Tuesday, November 12, but you can stream it in full below. You can also check out the video for “Getaway Man” below, and stay tuned to JASH (the YouTube network co-founded by Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman,  and Reggie Watts) for more on Heidecker & Wood.  READ FULL STORY

'Dallas Buyers Club' soundtrack: Hear new songs from Tegan and Sara, Neon Trees, My Morning Jacket and more - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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One of this fall’s most anticipated movies, The Dallas Buyers Club, tells the true story of Texas native Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), whose 1986 HIV diagnosis, received in an era before treatment was readily available, spurred him to start his own prescription drug-smuggling ring.

The movie, which also stars Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, and Jennifer Garner, doesn’t open until this Friday, November 1, but you can stream the soundtrack exclusively here today. The album features brand new compositions by the likes of Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees, Cold War Kids, and Leto’s own band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The album kicks off with Shuggie Otis’ stoned-soul anthem “Sweet Thang,” and also includes two classic T. Rex songs.

If you buy the album on iTunes (where it goes on sale today), 40 cents of every sale will go to the AIDS relief charity Project (RED)‘s Global Fund.  Jared Leto will be taking over Project (RED)’s Twitter account today at 11:30 AM Eastern/8:30 AM Pacific to answer questions about the movie, the soundtrack, and AIDS awareness.

Listen to the full album below: READ FULL STORY

Hear a clip of the Lumineers' 'Hunger Games' track 'Gale Song' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Can suspenders be used as a weapon? Leave it to the resourceful kids of The Hunger Games to try: The upcoming Catching Fire soundtrack will feature a brand-new contribution from ho-heyin’ Denver folk trio the Lumineers, and you can hear a clip of it exclusively here.

The new number is titled “Gale Song,” and after many hours of exhaustive research, we’ve concluded that it probably has something to do with the character in the movie named Gale. (Or very strong winds?)

Give the song a 90-second listen below:

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Hear a new iTunes Session song from 'Let Her Go' singer Passenger -- EXCLUSIVE

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By now, you and 113,901,170 other people know Passenger‘s breakout hit “Let Her Go” quite well. But the British singer, also known as Mike Rosenberg, is set to release an iTunes Session EP with new versions of some of his favorite songs — and you can hear one of them exclusively here.

Titled “Patient Love,” the song comes off of last year’s All the Little Lights. It gets the stripped-down treatment here, making you feel like Rosenberg is in the room with you. (Dun dun dun!)

Listen below:
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Katy Perry explains new album 'Prism' and writing about her divorce from Russell Brand -- EXCLUSIVE

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Katy Perry’s new album Prism (out 10/22; read EW critic Nick Catucci’s take here) is full of the bouncy, joyous pop tunes that she’s known for. But perhaps the most surprising aspect is her bluntness when writing about her 2012 divorce from Russell Brand in the poignant-but-hopeful closing track “By the Grace of God.” In it, Perry sings that post-break-up she could be found on her bathroom floor crying.

“Well, imagine what you go through,” she tells EW. “Imagine what happens when you go through a break up. We all go through break ups and we all get very depressed and desperate. The lyrics are very exact and autobiographical. That’s how I write. But the one thing about those lyrics is you can hear me finding my strength throughout the song. It starts off really low and then I kind of stand up for myself and say, ‘No!’”

Perry adds: “Sometimes you look in the mirror when you’re crying and if you look in the mirror it will make you cry more because you’re feeling sorry for yourself. And then sometimes you look in the mirror and you cry and I’ve been like: ‘Snap out of it! It’s time to — come on — grow up! No!’ There’s almost like this inner warfare that comes out, this inner battle between the good angel and the bad devil.”

Perry, who says her recent single “Unconditionally” was partially influenced by current boyfriend John Mayer, specifies that “By the Grace of God” is the lone track from Prism specifically about her relationship with Brand. “All the other songs are stories from different times in my life,” she says. “It’s people making assumptions. It’s kind of hard because I am so vulnerable and I am [such an] open book, but I don’t feel like I want to hand over a specific story about each and every song. I don’t feel like I want every song to come with a little package, a little tabloid-al package because it’s like, ‘Why don’t you let the song be a little unspecific to the listener? Then the listener can use it and relate to it in their own way. So, not every song comes up with an excerpt. They’re biographical but all you’re going to get in the songs is just that.”

For much more from Katy Perry, look for EW’s intimate all-access profile of the star on newsstands Nov. 1.

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