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Stream 'Back to Bellevue,' the new full-length by Brooklyn's Challenger -- EXCLUSIVE

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“I know you love the holidays. Happy f–kin’ new year,” says a voicemail message opening the second track on Challenger’s new album, Back to Bellevue. It’s a sarcastic prelude to Challenger’s otherwise ingratiating electro-pop, but the song titles on Challenger’s sophomore effort make it clear there’s more to this release than bright synthesizers and frontman John Ross’ often understated vocals: take “How Terrorism Brought Us Back Together,” “Science of a Seizure,” and the title track, for instance.

Ross is Challenger’s sole creative force, though he rounds out the group with other musicians for live performances. (New Yorkers can check out the Back to Bellevue release show May 30 at Union Hall.) Album standouts include “Birthday at Beth Israel,” “Sweater Weather,” and the affecting, acoustic “I Want You to Love Me.” Alternately chiming and thick-sounding synthesizers propel the songs, more than a few of which could’ve run over the end credits of The Breakfast Club had they been around 30 years ago. READ FULL STORY

Lionel Richie to receive Lifetime Achievement trophy at 2014 BET Awards

He is “Truly” a legend, and BET will honor him as such.

Lionel Richie will be given the 2014 BET Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, EW has learned. The 64-year-old singer/songwriter will perform at the ceremony, which will air live on June 29 at 8 p.m. from Nokia Theatre in L.A and is being hosted by Chris Rock. READ FULL STORY

Summer Music Preview: Listen to DJ/Producer/Duck Sauce-er A-Trak's summer playlist

Canadian-born Renaissance man A-Trak (a.k.a. Alain Macklovitch) is a DJ, a producer and the owner of Fool’s Gold, the Brooklyn-based label that has been home to artists including Kid Cudi, Flosstradamus, and Danny Brown.

Since winning the 1997 DMC World DJ Championship at 15, he’s collaborated with everyone from Kanye to Chromeo, and is on tour through August both solo and to promote his most recent album, Quack, with his house-group superduo Duck Sauce partner Armand Van Helden. READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy': Listen to Amos Lee cover 'Like a Virgin' ahead of tonight's episode -- EXCLUSIVE

Grey’s Anatomy‘s tenth season has been about experimenting: Surgeons experimenting with new trials, Karev experimenting with a new practice, and even music supervisors experimenting with new music.

Following in the show’s recent trend of having artists cover classic 1980s songs for its soundtrack, this week’s big episode, which will feature the return of Isaiah Washington’s Dr. Preston Burke, will include a brand new-version of Madonna’s iconic 1984 hit “Like a Virgin” — performed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Amos Lee (Mission Bell, last year’s Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song).

We’ve got the exclusive stream of the song. Listen below:

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Listen to Grouplove's 'The Fault In Our Stars' soundtrack song 'Let Me In' - EXCLUSIVE

The upcoming The Fault In Our Stars is a love story based on a hugely beloved YA novel, so of course it comes armed with a sweet soundtrack full of decorated alt-pop wonders and feel-good tearjerkers.

The Fault In Our Stars — Music From The Motion Picture arrives on May 19 and features brand new tracks from Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, M83, Lykke Li, Jake Bugg, Ray LaMontagne, and a host of others. (Check out the entire track list at the bottom.)

One of those new songs is Grouplove’s “Let Me In,” a dreamy, synthy sing-along that gets its exclusive premiere below.

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Moon Taxi's 'Morocco': Watch the Nashville buzz band's new video here

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If you haven’t seen Nashville rockers Moon Taxi on tour opening for the likes of Gov’t Mule or Matisyahu, or caught them earlier this year on Conan, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re either ace travel agents or amateur geographers, based on the name of their most recent album, Mountains Beaches Cities, and the title of their latest single, “Morocco.”

But nope, they’re just a charmingly beard-y band, with a fun new video directed by photographer Matthew Wignall (Cold War Kids, Black Keys, Delta Spirit), which you can watch exclusively here: READ FULL STORY

Phox's 'Slow Motion' -- watch the neo-soul breakouts' new video here

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It’s been a pheel-good year for co-ed soul collective Phox. The Baraboo, Wisconsin six-piece, who’ve been praised everywhere from NPR to the New York Times and will spend the summer touring behind their self-titled debut, due June 24 on Partisan Records (the Brooklyn label that’s also home to Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards, and Eagulls).

In the meantime, you can watch the video for the breezy, syncopated charmer “Slow Motion” exclusively here: READ FULL STORY

Passion Pit remix SomeKindaWonderful's 'Reverse' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Sometimes, inspiration is a tiny seed that hibernates until it blossoms, fed slowly but steadily by patience and luck. And sometimes it’s a thing that happens a few hours after a bunch of dudes meet in a bar in Cleveland.

That second scenario is pretty much how SomeKindaWonderful‘s “Reverse” which recently took the #1 most-played song spot on SiriusXM Alt Nation and is sneaking up the playlists of rock-radio stations across the country, came to be. Now the band’s breakout track has a brand-new remix by Passion Pit, available exclusively on EW.com — listen below: READ FULL STORY

Ben Watt of Everything But the Girl's 'Spring': Watch the video here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Ben Watt may always be known best as The Boy in dreamy alt-pop duo Everything But the Girl, but the 51-year-old Londoner has been garnering some of the best notices of his career for the new album Hendra, his first solo release in more than three decades.

Hendra‘s collection of contemplative, gently strummy songs is currently streaming in full on NPR’s site  — and now you can find the official video for single “Spring” here. READ FULL STORY

Jake Bugg's 'Lightning Bolt' live for Record Store Day - hear it here EXCLUSIVE

Next Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music retailers and the glory of vinyl.

One of the 400 exclusive special releases belongs to breakout Brit Jake Bugg, who is releasing the EP Live at Silver Platters. It’s a four-track collection of unplugged tunes performed at Seattle’s Silver Platters, including an acoustic rendition of his hit “Lightning Bolt.” Listen here:

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