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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.

Hear the new Wooden Shjips song 'Back to Land' -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s been several years since the psych band Wooden Shjips has released an album, but that all changes next month.

The San Francisco group is set to release fourth album Back to Land in November, and you can preview the title track right now exclusively here. Unlike the excellent “These Shadows (Acoustic Version)” they recently released, “Back to Land” is a full-fledged rocker, and a promising taste of what’s to come on the new record.

Check out the new track below:

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Katy Perry reveals how John Mayer (and Africa!) inspired her emotional new single 'Unconditionally' -- EXCLUSIVE

Pop superstar Katy Perry’s new album Prism comes out next Tuesday, Oct. 22 (you can stream the full album now at katyperry.com and read EW music critic Nick Catucci’s review here) but the singer has now officially released the second single, “Unconditionally.” An emotional, soaring ballad, the song is Perry’s favorite on the album and was actually inspired by Perry’s current love, John Mayer, and a recent trip she took. “‘Unconditionally’ was influenced by my boyfriend and also really influenced by Africa,” Perry reveals to EW. “I went to Madagascar and did a UNICEF trip that changed my life and gave me this song. It’s just a simple message about loving someone and accepting them and kind of driving at you don’t have to be so self-conscious, you don’t have to fear, because essentially, everybody has their stuff. Nobody comes stuff-free. Everybody has their things and you’re never going to be perfect, and accepting that and understanding that, especially in a relationship, it makes room for a real, genuine kind of love.”

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

 

Check out Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels' new comic book -- EXCLUSIVE

Back in July, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — one third of legendary hip-hop trio Run DMC — launched Darryl Makes Comics, a new comic book company.

Not only is DMC the CEO, but he’s also the protagonist of the new DMC comic, which is just about to premiere. The book finds McDaniels making the transition from rapper to superhero — just as he did when he made his way from Darryl to DMC.

It’s the long-awaited kickoff of a passion project for McDaniels. “This production is first and foremost respectable and legitimate to comic-book culture,” he told Entertainment Weekly back in July. “The same things DC and Marvel did, the same stories and passion is what this is first. My comic-book passion has always been there, but I never pursued it; but I didn’t want to be a hip-hop dude trying to do a hip-hop comic book.”

Check out the exclusive EW premiere of the first few pages of DMC below.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Vintage Trouble's sexy new video 'Jezzebella' -- EXCLUSIVE

L.A. blues-rockers Vintage Trouble won Ryan Seacrest’s Indie Song of Summer, the most coveted prize in all of music. Okay, maybe not, but’s its still a nifty honor (he’s a man of power, after all) and the band’s aiming to keep it going with the video for their song “Jezzebella” — which you can watch exclusively here:

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Hear a new song from Canadian indie band Reuben and the Dark -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s time to shed some light on Reuben and the Dark. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it.)

The Calgary-based group is the newest signee to Canada’s Arts & Crafts, the label that gave us such Canadian delights as Broken Social Scene and Feist. The band, led by singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock, is currently working on their 2014 debut, coproduced by Florence and the Machine drummer Chris Hayden.

Get an early exclusive listen here with the single “Rolling Stone”:

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Paul McCartney talks Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Next Tuesday, October 15, would have been Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday. The Nigeria-born Fela was a responsible for bringing Afrobeat—and world music in general—into the Western world. And though he passed away in 1997, his legacy still stretches across the globe.

Yesterday saw the release of Red Hot + Felaa new benefit compilation of classic Fela tunes reimagined by the likes of Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, My Morning Jacket, tUnE-yArDs, Childish Gambino, Spoek Mathambo, members of TV on the Radio, and a host of African artists. Fela—whose life was captured in the Broadway musical Fela!produced by Jay Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith—is also being remembered in a series of videos that find all manner of legends, including George Clinton and Brian Eno. 

One of those participants is Paul McCartney, whose new album New is about to land in stores. In the exclusive video below, McCartney talks about a great lost Fela tune that he saw performed live once but has never been able to track down on record. Clearly, it left an impression: READ FULL STORY

Stream the new Heavenly Beat album 'Prominence' here -- EXCLUSIVE

It’ll be another week until you can get your grubby hands on the Heavenly Beat album, but until then, you can stream the whole thing exclusively here.

Prominence showcases the Brooklyn-based former Beach Fossils bassist’s (né John Pena) penchant for blissed-out songcraft and one-worded titles. Which one’s your favorite: “Honest”? “Complete”? Perhaps “Thin”?

Give them all a spin below to find out:

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