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Spring playlist with Banks, Sam Smith, Lo-Fang and more: Listen now

Shake off a long, cold winter with these breezy new tracks from artists on the verge—slinky singers, bedroom R&B auteurs, and FoLs (Friends of Lorde).

Sam Smith, “Money on My Mind”
The Londoner’s swinging track—already a U.K. smash—pairs his aching voice with a groove fit for an energy-drink-stocked cocktail lounge. (It also helped nab him a slot on SNL.)

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Staff Picks: Stream our January playlist featuring Broken Bells, Angel Haze, Black Lips and more

Pop’s superstars may be busy picking out their Grammy outfits, but a relatively quiet post-holiday release time just means there’s more room for lesser-known names (and a few old-school alt icons) in our headphones.

Read on to stream some of our favorite songs from the likes of Stephen Malkmus, Mø, Dum Dum Girls, Sevyn Streeter, St. Vincent, Mogwai and more — all from just-released or upcoming albums.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela and the Songs of Freedom: A Playlist

At Nelson Mandela’s memorial in Johannesburg Tuesday, leaders from around the globe gathered to express their admiration for the beloved freedom fighter and former South African president. Viewers may have noticed that many mourners were singing. Music has always played a huge part in South African culture and Mandela’s own life. In this week’s issue of EW, editor Sean Smith takes a in-depth look at the pop world’s role in the anti-apartheid movement.

A wide range of artists, from westerners like Paul Simon to African musicians like Ladysmith Black Mambazo (pictured above) and Hugh Masekela, have found inspiration in Mandela’s cause and the sounds of his country. We’ve put together a Spotify playlist of some of our favorite tracks below.

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The essential Lou Reed and Velvet Underground: Stream our Spotify playlist here

Lou Reed made music from the early 1960s right up until his death this weekend at age 71, so it’s hard to do his career justice in a single playlist. But the EW staff has compiled a list of 28 tracks from VU and his solo career that at least gives a snapshot of his musical legacy.

Check out our (nonlinear) list below, and share some of your own favorite tracks in the comments.
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EW's Fourth of July 2013 playlist: Stream our Spotify playlist here

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Beers! Burgers! Boats! Babes! Bros! Blurred Lines!

That’s right, it’s Fourth of July eve, which means it’s time to get yo’ jubilee on. And to help celebrate the U.S. of A.’s 237th HBD, we’ve put together the ultimate Independence Day playlist to blast at your backyard/rooftop/beach party.

After combing through this year’s choicest summer jams, we’ve recruited a select team of songs from the likes of Kanye, Disclosure, Vampire Weekend, Joey Bada$$ and more — plus a few evergreen oldie-but-goodies. (And before you look askance at foreigners like Disclosure and Daft Punk making our list, remember that America is all about inclusion! Except for “Blurred Lines”; we actually left that one off.)

So, with the power vested in us by Spotify, we hereby present you with our official Fourth of July 2013 playlist. Stream responsibly!

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The ultimate Phil Ramone playlist: Hear definitive tracks from Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Dusty Springfield, and Paul McCartney

Over five-plus decades, album producer, engineering whiz, and recording innovator Phil Ramone won 14 Grammys and collaborated with some of the biggest lights in pop and rock: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, Tony Bennett, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, just to name some of the bigger stars.

One of his most notable partnerships was with Billy Joel, whose sound Ramone helped hone on his mainstream pop crossover hit with 1977′s The Stranger. Over the course of Joel’s career, he became one of his most trusted collaborators. “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band,” Joel said in a statement on Ramone’s passing. “He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw on stage. He was with me as long as any of the musicians I ever played with—longer than most. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”

Ramone passed away at age 79 on Saturday, but his epic recorded legacy will live on. Check out our definitive Spotify playlist below, which includes hits from all points of his resume.  READ FULL STORY

SXSW Music has begun: Celebrate by listening to our Spotify playlist!

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The Twitterers are tweeting, breakfast tacos are being eaten, and Prince is packing his bags for Texas — that’s right, SXSW’s music conference has begun.

From today through Sunday, an army of artists big and small will be flooding Austin for another year of music-fueled revelry, music-affiliated branding, and, if they’re lucky, some actual music.

The boldface names are plenty — everyone from Depeche Mode to Green Day to Kendrick Lamar are scheduled to perform this week — but the true spirit of SXSW is still the up-and-coming indie acts. With that in mind, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of some the most exciting and anticipated artists playing this year, from the mysterious hypno-pop duo Rhye (pictured above) to the brash garage-rock upstarts the Palma Violets.

Take a listen to our full SXSW playlist below:

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The Great Folk Rock Revival: how bands like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers are leading a global phenomenon -- plus an ultimate Spotify playlist

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The following is excerpted from a feature in this week’s Entertainment Weekly.

To read the full story, find the issue on newsstands now — and scroll down to stream our ultimate folk-rock playlist featuring ten essential tracks from the current crop of stars, plus a starter kit of earlier classics.

The future of rock & roll looks a whole lot like the past. It’s wearing vintage suspenders and playing the banjo. It’s singing high-lonesome harmonies and rediscovering Woody Guthrie. And it was all over the Grammys this month, as some of the year’s biggest bands took the stage with old-timey instruments and formal attire straight out of There Will Be Blood. Before taking Album of the Year, the night’s top prize, for their Americana-fueled barn burner Babel, British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons showed off their fingerpicking and their fedoras, stomping their weathered boots to their floorboard-rattling anthem “I Will Wait.” Denver indie band the Lumineers strummed their ubiquitous “Ho Hey,” while their bow-tie-clad drummer kept time with a tambourine. After picking up their Best Country Album prize, Atlanta bluegrass lovers Zac Brown Band joined Elton John, Mumford, and more for an all-star Levon Helm tribute, performing the Band’s 1968 classic “The Weight.” For one night, at least, Hollywood felt just about as down-home as the Midnight Ramble, Helm’s legendary Woodstock jam session.

Backstage after the show, sipping from a plastic cup, Marcus Mumford celebrated his win: “It’s f—ing awesome!” he shouted. But he wasn’t quite ready to declare a victory for folk rock just yet. “I think it’s always been around,” he told EW. “And you guys”—meaning Americans—”did a good job of inventing it. The media likes to focus on things at certain times, and that’s good for us. That means we get to play lots of shows.”

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15 Artists to Watch: Listen to the Spotify playlist here

An A-to-Z (literally!) of the most exciting new artists releasing albums this year — in every genre from rap and indie rock to country and K-pop. And give all these rising acts a listen with our Spotify playlist at the end.

ALUNAGEORGE The U.K. boy-girl duo’s electro beats and stuttering slinky-sweet vocals feel like a ’90s flashback and the future at the same time, in the best way. Key track: “Your Drums Your Love”

ATLAS GENIUS The Australian brothers deliver dance rock with smart melodic swagger. February’s When It Was Now brims with Phoenix-y hooks. Key track: “Trojans”

BEACH FOSSILS These lo-fi Brooklyn darlings create the hazy, reverb-soaked pop that used to come out on obscure cassette tapes. Clash the Truth, out Feb. 19, should find them upping the ante (and the fidelity). Key track: “Careless”

BECKY G When pop Svengali Dr. Luke saw a video of L.A. native Rebecca Gomez, now 15, freestyling over Jay and Kanye’s “Otis,” he immediately signed her to his new label. Key track: “Problem”

FAMILY OF THE YEAR The coed fivesome make the kind of prettily cinematic indie folk that prime-time TV-drama montage dreams are made of. Key track: “Hero”

FRENCH MONTANA This Bronx hustler’s street-approved mixtapes made him a rap-blog favorite; now he’s ready to take it wide on his major-label debut, Excuse My French, due in March. Key track: “Pop That”

GIRLS’ GENERATION Sugar-rush pop from a nine-girl group already huge in Asia. Their I Got a Boy, out now, makes putting up with months of “Gangnam Style” seem worth it. Key track: “I Got a Boy”

HAIM Three SoCal sisters mash up their middle-school dance playlists on the Forever EP, infusing sunbaked keys-and-guitar buzz with R&B strut. Key track: “Go Slow”

ANGEL HAZE You might’ve heard about her Twitter beef with Azealia Banks or her feminist twist on Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” but you’ll remember her for her beatboxed samples and spitfire storytelling. Key track: “New York”

LOCAL NATIVES After opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and earning comparisons to Grizzly Bear, these Angelenos are indie rock’s next great hope. Key track: “Breakers”

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The best songs on TV this season: EW talks to the music supervisors behind 'Girls,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Revenge,' and more

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What are music supervisors from some of TV’s hottest shows loving in 2013? Read on to find out what you’ll be hearing while you’re watching. Then listen to our Spotify playlist of their picks when you’re done:

MANISH RAVAL (GirlsHappy EndingsNew GirlCommunityBen and Kate)

“With Lena [Dunham, Girls' creator], music is very important to the process. We’ll send each other songs, kind of like the old-fashioned mixtape trading. In the new season [premiering on HBO Jan. 13], there’s this gigantic moment with Hannah doing cocaine for the first time, and we have Icona Pop‘s ‘I Love It.’ Angel Haze‘s ‘Werkin’ Girls’ has a big feature later in the season, and we had Tegan and Sara cover the Rolling Stones’ ‘Fool to Cry’ specifically for the show.

Otherwise, I love this So Many Wizards song ‘Lose Your Mind,’ the new Lavender Diamond album, and bands called The Babies and The Little Ones that I got to use on New Girl. Angel Olsen is someone who I’m really trying to get into something. And this song ‘Nothing Is Wrong’ by Mika Ben-Yami is just ripe to be used in something.”

SEASON KENT (RevengeArrow)

“For the first episode of Revenge [Jan. 6 on ABC] we got the Chromatics cover of Neil Young‘s ‘Hey Hey My My,’ for a great montage, and Tame Impala‘s ‘Elephant.’ I got their first use, and it’s from their new record that everybody is freaking out about now. I really loved this beautiful, sparse, simple Azure Ray song that we used, ‘The Heart Has Its Reasons.’ On Arrow [returning Jan. 16] I’m using more mainstream stuff because the CW audience is a little younger—like Maroon 5, deadmau5. But I did use ‘Sparkly,’ by Young Magic, a really dreamy kind of electro indie rock.

Also, I can’t stop listening to ‘Pull Me Down’ by Mikky Ekko. It’s too good, I can’t handle it right now. I’m really loving the new Local Natives album,. I think they’ll really be able to take the next step. The Jessie Ware record was one of my favorites from last year. “Forever,” by Haim – they’re three sisters, and they’re so cute and so energetic, but they really rock. You just don’t expect it at all.” READ FULL STORY

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