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Livestream the Bonnaroo Festival starting today -- watch Paul McCartney, Macklemore, Nas, the National and more

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Even though Mumford and Sons announced today that they’ll be canceling their Bonnaroo headlining gig while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from a blood clot on his brain Jack Johnson will step in to replace them – there are still approximately 97,000 bands, solo artists, comedians, and collective super jams to see over the next three days.

But if you’re not among the 80,000 attendees testing the limits of their capacity for mud, music, and psychoactive substances in Manchester, Tennessee this weekend, you can still enjoy the show from the warm, dry comfort of your laptop.

To watch Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang, the National, the Lumineers, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, Beach House, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Solange, Schoolboy Q, Cat Power, ZZ Top, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids and many many more in real time, go to Ustream.tv/bonnaroo. Homemade living-room mudpit (and of course, clothing) optional.

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Grammy Nominations 2013: Your water cooler cheat sheet!

The Grammy nominations are in — and by now, we hope you’ve had time to do the following: Read the full list of major nominees, peruse Kyle Anderson’s take on the biggest snubs and surprises, and enjoy Scooter Braun’s Twitter tantrum.

But if all that’s not enough for you, we’ve cobbled together some interesting trends about this year’s crop of Grammy nominees — so even if you’re not a Grammys aficionado, you can pretend to be one around the office.

* The Best Album category this year is oddly rock-heavy With the notable exception of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, the Best Album category is dominated by rock acts. But whereas the category (until very recently) used to feature the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, it’s now honoring a newer crop of rockers.

Or, as one of my co-workers put it, “It’s like the Grammy voters have replaced their old fogies with young fogies.” The inclusion of The Black Keys’ El Camino and Jack White’s Blunderbuss feels especially odd, since both of those acts’ previous albums were substantially better than those efforts. (Though the White Stripes’ excellent 2004 release Elephant did get a nod that year.) Add in Mumford & Sons’s Babel and fun.’s Some Nights, and you’ve got a very dude-ish, very guitar-heavy category. READ FULL STORY

Bjork's vocal cord surgery successful

Icelandic singer Bjork says she has had successful surgery to remove a vocal cord polyp.

The eccentric 47-year-old singer says on her official website that she had been trying to tackle the problem with exercises and diets since doctors first discovered the polyp, a benign growth on either one or both of the vocal cords, several years ago.

Bjork said that she decided to undergo laser surgery and it has worked, though she had to stay quiet for three weeks.

She wrote: ‘‘Surgery rocks! … It’s been very satisfying to sing all them clear notes again.’’

The singer apologized for cancelling various shows earlier this year, and that she looked forward to singing for her fans next year.

TV Jukebox: 'Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23,' 'Magic City,' 'Girls,' and more music-on-TV moments

Behind every great lady there’s a great man singing behind her — at least that was the case for most of this week’s Jukebox. In one instance, there was even a man singing as a lady (welcome back, Glee!). This week saw one particularly untrustworthy B—- in Apartment 23, a new slew of Girls, a masseuse with a heart of gold (The Client List), and a Scandal-ous Beltway fixer with brass… well, you get where I’m going. To paraphrase the great Aretha Franklin, sisters were doing it for themselves — with the help of artists as diverse as The Clash, Sleigh Bells, Paddy Casey, and Otis Redding, of course. Check out our picks below, and make sure to click through to the last page to listen to all the songs in our customized Spotify playlist. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Bjork discusses 'Biophilia,' elves on 'Colbert Report'

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Everyone knows Stephen Colbert is the toughest interview in town — not even Iceland’s adorable quirk-princess Björk is off the hook when she shows up in his studios.

After delving into the background and composition of her new album-slash-app Biophilia, the million-dollar satirist cut to the heart of the matter, asking the Umlauted One: “Can I lick the album?”

Björk, under her technicolor hairdo, replied positively: “You should give it a go!”

The two also got to talking about her native land’s most intriguing feature: elves.

Colbert wanted to know if the good people of Iceland really believe in elves. Spoiler alert: they do. She then went on to highlight the merits of her people’s traditions and note that elves represent their close relationship with nature. “It’s all about respect,” she told Colbert.

Check out the full interview below:

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Drew Barrymore talks directing Supervideo for band Best Coast and chooses her five favorite music videos -- EXCLUSIVE

Drew Barrymore latest project has taken her behind the camera once again. The actress (on screen next in February 2012’s Everybody Loves Whales) and director (2009’s Whip It) has gone behind the camera once again to helm a clip for garage-pop trio Best Coast’s single “Our Deal,” featuring young Hollywood breakouts Chloë Moretz (Let Me In) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) in a dreamy homage to The Warriors and West Side Story. The 10-minute MTV Supervideo, a concept developed by the network and executive producer Kashy Khaledi, also features appearances by Alia Shawkat, Miranda Cosgrove, Donald Glover and Shailene Woodley. “I’m so inspired by music,” says Barrymore. “So many performances and emotions and feelings enable an actor on set if you play live music.” We asked the star to pick a few of her all-time favorite clips. READ FULL STORY

Bjork's new single 'Crystalline': Hear it here

Four years have elapsed since Björk dropped her last album, 2007′s forgettable Volta.

But it’s been even longer since we’ve heard classic Björk. The one who put together crazy genre-hopping classics like 1995′s Post, 1997′s Homogenic and 2001′s Vespertine refreshingly shows up on “Crystalline,” the just-leaked first single from her upcoming album Biophilia.

It’s got everything a classic Björk track needs, including some wigged-out xylophones, some crazy-voweled caterwauling about “inner nebulae” and a Roni Size-channeling bit of jungle breakbeat science to wrap things up. It’s fantastically weird and remarkably thrilling, and contains all of the twitchy glitching Björk has been obsessed with since her landmark 1993 debut.

Give “Crystalline” a spin here:

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'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy offers apology to Kings of Leon; did Gwyneth fix it?

meant” to say after they declined Glee use of the song “Use Somebody.”

“I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked,” Murphy explained. “Who am I to say, ‘F— you’? That’s not what I meant. I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs.” READ FULL STORY

Bjork's live cut of 'Earth Intruders': Stream it exclusively here!

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Icelandic fairy space princess Bjork is releasing a DVD/CD/vinyl compilation called Voltaic on June 30th, chronicling the period after 2007′s Volta with tour footage, music videos, remixes and a whole CD of live cuts recorded in London.

As of June 17th, those of you in select cities will be able to screen her Paris concert in a movie theater near you. For now, though, check out the EW Exclusive™(!) streamable track below, a clattery run through “Earth Intruders,” and tell us what you think…

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