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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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An acoustic summer jam by... the Backstreet Boys? Hear it here first!

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“Trust Me” has a laid-back vibe that feels very Jack Johnson. Its gentle guitar brings Jason Mraz to mind. Sultry lyrics like “Oh love/You and me/Underneath the willow tree/Kissin’, lovin’/Makin’ sweet sexy babies” sound like they could be a PG-13 version of Robin Thicke.

But listen closer to the distinctive voices crooning each verse — not to mention the occasional tight harmony — and you’ll realize that this sweet, acoustic earworm actually comes from the last source you’d expect: the Backstreet Boys, all grown up and unplugged.

“Trust Me” is a new song off their upcoming album, In a World Like This. Get an exclusive preview below — for maximum effect, listen while swinging in a hammock and sipping something cold.

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Watch Australian folkie Vance Joy's new acoustic 'Riptide' video here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Need some new blood in your folked-up summer playlist? Meet Vance Joy.

After putting in his time on the Melbourne open-mic circuit, the Australian singer-songwriter landed gigs opening for the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Ben Howard, and his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing is slated for a Stateside release Sept. 3.

The album’s lead single,”Riptide,” is already rising on the Aussie charts, and the original, excellently weird clip already has more than half a million pageviews on YouTube– but you can watch the song’s new, more intimate acoustic video exclusively here:

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L.A. rockers Family of the Year gets tropical in 'St. Croix' video -- EXCLUSIVE

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If you’re stuck in a cubicle this summer, let Family of the Year take you away.

The L.A. band’s latest video for their single “St. Croix” is full of dreamy palm trees and darkly tropical vibes, just like the title implies. The song, off of their 2012 album Loma Vista, even comes with suggestive island-ready lyrics like, “You bring the ocean, I’ll bring the motion/Dancing all night in slow motion.” Wink wink!

Take a mini-vacation with the “St. Croix” video below:

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Autre Ne Veut 's new song 'On and On' for Adult Swim -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s time to go for a swim — perhaps of the adult variety?

Not like that, you perverts. We’re talking about the Adult Swim Singles Program, currently in its sixth week of releasing new, never-before-heard singles from a badass roster of artists, including Killer Mike, Miguel, and Marnie Stern. This week’s song comes from NYC-based Autre Ne Veut, and you can hear it exclusively here.

Titled “On & On,” the song has the kind of hypnotic, electronic avant-R&B sound you’ve come to expect from the indie VIP. Take a listen to “On & On: below: READ FULL STORY

Watch the darkly hypnotic new video for Maps' 'A.M.A.' -- EXCLUSIVE

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What the heck is going on in Northampton, England?

Some heavy stuff, apparently: the new video from that town’s Mercury Prize-nominated electronic artist Maps is rife with dark, beguiling imagery. The clip — accompanied by the song “A.M.A.,” the first single of the brand-new album Vicissitude — from seemingly unconscious people at a creek to a seemingly unconscious man with Joker facepaint at the wheel of a vintage Volvo. In other words, lots of unconscious people.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel! Without giving away too much, let’s just say the clip gets pretty lively towards the end. Take a look below: READ FULL STORY

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