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Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets his grunge on: Watch his live cover of 'Lithium' here

At this point, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt” is basically synonymous with “sexy version of an unsexy dude”—he’s given us sexy brainiac, sexy heartbroken dumped guy, sexy cancer patient, and even sexy awkward preteen alien (OK, I apologize for that last one).

On Tuesday night at Seattle’s Neptune Theater, Gordon-Levitt proved he can just as convincingly pull off “sexy unwashed grunge god,” too.

Gordon-Levitt showed off his formidable musical talents with a live cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium”—a crowd favorite, of course, in late frontman Kurt Cobain’s home state—at a concert promoting his collaborative production company, hitRECord.

“Now and then it’s nice to just do something that’s not for the record, that’s just for tonight,” the actor said, just before unleashing his rendition. “I just wanna play this song, in this town.”

Watch Gordon-Levitt’s impressively true-to-form cover of “Lithium” below: READ FULL STORY

Tokyo Police Club kick off their covers project with Moby's 'Southside': Hear the EW exclusive premiere here!

Tokyo Police Club’s energetic, deeply melodic songs have made them indie heroes in their native Canada, and the sweetness of their songs earned them both an opening slot for Weezer and an appearance on an episode of Desperate Housewives.

Starting today, the quartet will leave their own songs behind in favor of covers for a unique project that also acts as an impressive challenge. They’re calling the whole thing 10 Songs, 10 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Years. Every day for the next 10 days, the band will enter Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles to rehearse a new tune for 10 hours, which will then be recorded for premiere the following day.

Each song is from the last decade, starting with a song from 2001 and ending with a track from 2010. Since the group is also partnering with Polaroid for this experiment, they’re taking snapshots of the process and also constructing cover art for each song.

The Music Mix is proud to help the band kick things off by premiering the first track in the series. For their opening salvo, they’ve taken on Moby’s “Southside,” which featured guest vocals by Gwen Stefani.

The band invited along fellow Canuck Morgan Kibby from M83 to provide extra vocals. It’s an excellent interpretation of a great song, and you can crank up the whole thing after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Sugarland covers '80s classic 'Come On Eileen' with Sara Bareilles: Watch it here

Collaborating on fun covers is nothing new for country super-duo Sugarland: Earlier this year, the pair did a delightful version of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” with tourmates Little Big Town.

And just recently, they struck again, this time taking on Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ ’80s classic “Come On Eileen” with fellow touring singer Sara Bareilles while at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

How’d “Eileen” turn out with a country twist? Well, let’s just say that few things are as bouyantly fun as what transpired between Sugarland and Sara. I especially love it at about 2:15, when Jennifer and Sara start the slow breakdown of the song. Watch the video here:

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Robyn covers Coldplay's 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall': Listen to it here

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I thought Robyn’s cover of “Since U been Gone” was my favorite song cover the Swedish songstress had ever done, but then I heard her take on Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.”

Love is a strong word, but I don’t hesitate using it in this case. She gives the band’s latest hit what can only be described as “the Robyn treatment,” and it has left me in a state of synth-pop euphoria.

Could this cover (which she did for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge) be a hit for Robyn? I think so. Listen and weight in! READ FULL STORY

Duncan Sheik's new album of '80s covers: Hear his take on New Order's 'Love Vigilante' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik’s career has carried on from his ’90s “Barely Breathing” days on the pop charts to triumph on Broadway penning the music for the Tony-sweeping musical Spring Awakening.

He’s recently paired again with his Spring writing partner Steven Sater on a new Alice in Wonderland musical for the stage, but in the meantime, Sheik’s most current collaboration is with an entire decade of synth-pop heartbreak: His Covers 80s will be released June 7, taking on songs from the likes of The Smiths, Tears for Fears,  Dépêche Mode, Thompson Twins, New Order, The Cure, and Love and Rockets.

Stream his version of of New Order’s classic “Love Vigilante” here: READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff sing Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' on 'Glee': Watch it here

Those crazy 25-year-old kids on Glee demonstrate once more their uncanny ability to turn any song a delightful shade of vanilla, this time with a meh-tastic version of Adele’s cathartic, hell-hath-no-awesomeness-like-a-woman-scorned anthem “Rolling in the Deep.”

Check out the scene below, in which Jonathan Groff’s Jesse expresses his feelings to Lea Michele’s Rachel the only way he knows how: By awkwardly re-contextualizing someone else’s lyrics: READ FULL STORY

Matthew Morrison officially confirms duet with Sting -- EXCLUSIVE

Matthew Morrison has already announced collaborations on his upcoming album with an eclectic group of artists, including Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow, and American Idol winner Kris Allen. Now, the Glee star is confirming a duet with one of music’s biggest stars: Sting. While it’s been rumored about for months, Morrison now tells EW exclusively, “I am happy to confirm that the final duet on my album is with one of my icons, a musical genius, Sting.  I was honored that he agreed to do the duet and allow me to sing with him on one of his most incredible songs, ‘Let Your Soul Be My Pilot’.” Morrison’s self-titled album drops next Tuesday. Listen to Sting’s original version below…

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Karmin cover Lil Wayne's '6 Foot 7 Foot': So what now? We ponder the viral duo's career options

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Remember a few weeks ago, when wide-eyed indie duo Karmin covered Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now”?

Bostonians Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are back for an encore, this time taking a bite out of Lil Wayne’s comeback single “6 Foot 7 Foot.” It’s not quite as technically impressive as Heidemann’s lightning-fast delivery of the Busta Rhymes verse on “Look at Me Now,” but it’s still an impressive approximation of Weezy’s raspy, free-association delivery (and Noonan’s re-creation of the beat is also pretty mind-bending). Watch it after the jump.

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'Glee': Hear New Directions cover Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' here

Because you haven’t heard enough about the Lady yet today, Glee has gone Gaga once again.

The Fox series, which has already covered Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” “Bad Romance,” and “Poker Face,” is tackling the superstar’s anthem “Born This Way” on Tuesday’s special 90-minute episode.

The New Directions version finds Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) taking lead vocals with support from Kurt (Chris Colfer). Listen to the tune below: READ FULL STORY

William Shatner reveals track list of his space-themed album and surprise guest stars -- Bootsy Collins and Brad Paisley are just the beginning

A lot of people talk Shat about Captain Kirk’s music career, but you have to give William credit for sticking to his guns (or in this case, phasers): he’s 80 years old, he stars on a CBS sitcom, he slashes travel prices, and he still finds time to pursue his much-maligned passion for music.

Bill Shatner just posted the track list to his upcoming Searching For Major Tom, a collection of space-themed cover songs that are supposedly heavy on the metal influences (so Saruman of him).

Yes, this means that after thirty-plus years, fans will finally hear a studio version of Shatner’s bizarre talk-sing take on Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” which he first performed at the Science Fiction Film Awards in the ’70s and has since become a so-bad-it’s-impossible-to-stop-watching YouTube favorite.

The list of covers promises the strangest collection of tunes The Shat has yet recorded—which is saying something, since this is a guy who recorded an album combining Shakespeare monologues with “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “Mr. Tambourine Man” in the ’60s. And some of his most interesting—and most well-known—musical co-stars. READ FULL STORY

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