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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talks Bonnaroo

Nearly a decade after they achieved buzz-band status in America with arch Britpop ditties like “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” Arctic Monkeys have become bona fide stadium stars—literally.

Armed with a fuller, Josh Homme-assisted sound and a long-nurtured fan base, the band has graduated to sell-out crowds at venues like Madison Square Garden and L.A.’s Staples Center, both of which they’ll be playing on a massive tour this summer that includes a stop at Tennesee’s Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend.

We tracked down frontman Alex Turner, 28, on the road in Germany and got him to talk tequila, two-way pagers, and how .
EW: How have the Germans been treating you?
Alex Turner: I just got here. Did a sound check. Then a very nice German lady served me some beef stroganoff, and I was absolutely famished, so that went down a treat. I’m going to talk to you, then take a nap, and I’m going to go play a rock show. It’s not that bad a day, really. READ FULL STORY

Hear the Yoshimi-led OOIOO's new track here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Yoshimi P-We, a founding member of Japanese noise-rock icons Boredoms and robot-battling muse of the Flaming Lips, famously never meant for OOIOO to be a real musical project.

But more than 15 years after coming together as a fake band for a Switch magazine spread, the group has opened for Sonic Youth, released music on iconic indie labels Kill Rock Stars and Thrill Jockey, and collaborated with the likes of Sean Lennon, Kim Gordon, and Yuka Honda.

This July 1, they’ll release Gamel, their first album in five years (preorder it here), and EW have one of the first previews — listen to “Jesso Testa” here, and find their summer tour dates after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Watch the video for 'Pagan Baby' by California punk band Weatherbox -- EXCLUSIVE

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“You heard we were a good band/Well, you didn’t hear it from us,” sings Weatherbox frontman Brian Warren in “Pagan Baby,” one of the standout songs from the band’s new album, Flies in All Directions. Anyone familiar with Weatherbox’s previous work knows such a statement is madness. Since the San Diego outfit debuted in 2007 with American Art, it has crafted reliably good, punk-inflected rock that recall greats like Samiam and Cursive. And The Replacements, for that matter: The video for “Pagan Baby” takes its inspiration from the ‘mats’ video for “Bastards of Young,” only the stereo speaker has been replaced by a computer screen (naturally).

Check out the video and Weatherbox tour dates below; Triple Crown released Flies in All Directions on May 13th. READ FULL STORY

Summer Music Preview: Hear Scottish trio CHVRCHES' summer playlist

Glaswegian synth-rock trio CHVRCHES seemed to be everywhere last summer with the pulsing singles “Recover” and “The Mother We Share,” from their debut album The Bones of What You Believe, released last September.

But with the album’s reach still expanding — and a slate of major festival dates coming up, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands — we’re ready to make this another summer of nearly-vowel-free Scots.

Listen to their playlist of summer songs below, curated especially for EW and featuring artists ranging from Pavement to Major Lazer, Sonic Youth and the Cocteau Twins: READ FULL STORY

Seth MacFarlane's galloping theme song for 'A Million Ways to Die in the West': Hear the Alan Jackson tune -- EXCLUSIVE

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Western ballads are no stranger to death and bloodshed. Heck, Marty Robbins probably has more people getting shot in his songs than N.W.A. But Seth MacFarlane’s newly released theme song from his mordantly morbid comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West is probably the first ballad dedicated specifically to the act of getting shuffled off the dusty trail of life.

MacFarlane recorded the ditty with country-music star Alan Jackson, and it’s a quick-pickin’ old-timey tune, filled with Elmer Bernstein swells, fiddle sawing, and baritone lines like “six bullets in the gut/or just a paper cut” and “they’ll blast you into shards/for playing good at cards.” Listen to “A Million Ways to Die” below and let us know what you think. After all, you can never go wrong combining westerns and music. READ FULL STORY

Macklemore talks about losing a friend to drugs, keeping his sobriety and more in MTVU special -- watch a clip here EXCLUSIVE

It’s a pretty good week to be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

As much as the duo might be high on life (and Grammy fumes) right now, Macklemore has always been open about his past issues with substance abuse, and in a special , he talks specifically about losing a friend to addiction, and the advice he has for ones who are struggling.

The  interview is part of “The Other Side,” an initiative launched by mtvU and The Jed Foundation’s “Half Of Us” campaign to help students deal with prescription drug abuse on college campuses.

Watch the two clips exclusively here:
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On the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Scarface,' hear Giorgio Moroder's new remix of 'Tony's Theme' - EXCLUSIVE

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Dance music legend Giorgio Moroder has spent the better part of 2013 looking back. He explored his own biography with the help of some French robots on Daft Punk’s “Giorgio By Moroder,” from the Grammy-nominated Random Access Memories, and remixed Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You Baby” (a song he initially built in 1975) for an album commemorating the late disco diva.

Now he’s remixed himself once again, this time taking the digital scalpel to “Tony’s Theme,” from one of Moroder’s finest film scores: Scarface, which hit theaters exactly 30 years ago today.

In a conversation today with EW, Moroder remembere getting the call from director Brian De Palma about the project and creating the now-legendary score for Al Pacino’s Tony Montana, one of cinema’s most iconic gangsters. “I wanted something a little bit mysterious, because this character is very complex and kind of mysterious coming from Cuba,” Moroder recalls.

“I wanted it to have a little bit of a classical feel in the sequence of the chords. The idea came from a German half-classical singer called Klaus Nomi. He had one song where he did a very high voice, a staccato, a little bit like Laurie Anderson on ‘O Superman.’ Those two songs kind of inspired me, so I came up with the chords and then brought in the big choir and strings and all the rest.”

The new remix of “Tony’s Theme” is more of a complete reinvention — Moroder did not use any of the original tracks to construct the new song. That points to the tune’s versatility. “It works quite well with a big orchestra, and it works quite well with just a piano,” he said. “There’s one section [in the movie] when Tony kills someone, and there I played kind of soft; I think it’s just a bass line. So it works well both big and small.”

Check out the exclusive premiere of Moroder’s new remix of “Tony’s Theme” below.  READ FULL STORY

Hear Diego Garcia's new song 'Sunnier Days' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Diego Garcia was born in Detroit to Argentinian parents, but he’s probably best known for being part of the early-aughts New York scene that spawned the Strokes and Interpol. (Elefant, the band he fronted, played countless downtown gigs and even opened for the latter on tour. )

Nearly a decade later, Garcia still has the post-punk cheekbones, but his music has evolved into a gentler, more Latin-tinged sound — like the new “Sunnier Days,” from his upcoming solo album Paradise, due Oct. 8.

Stream it exclusively here below, and click here to download it to keep: READ FULL STORY

Fred Armisen tests Kings of Leon on their royalty cred -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fred Armisen has already signed on to direct the Kings of Leon AmEx Unstaged show live from London this Friday — but first, the SNL and Portlandia star wanted to quiz them on just how Kingly they are.

¿Quien Es Mas Macho? Or more specifically: Who can make the best small talk, walk the best rawk walk, and eat imaginary spicy snacks most sexily? Watch below and find out:

To see Fred put the band jump through more fully arbitrary hoops starting tomorrow, subscribe here: http://goo.gl/Bj42y.  And to see the broadcast live, tune into http://amexunstaged.com to watch Kings Of Leon perform live from London on August 9th at 4PM ET/1PM PT.

Texas country stars the Randy Rogers Band new track 'Speak of the Devil' -- hear it here EXCLUSIVE

Add “building a local fan base” to the list of Things They Do Bigger in Texas.

The Randy Rogers Band may not be as widely known outside their native state as many Nashville-based stars are, but they’re so huge within it that their last two albums debuted at the no. 1 spot on iTunes’ country chart, and at no. 3 and no. 2 respectively on the Billboard US Country chart.

The quintet returns April 30 with their sixth studio album, Trouble, tomorrow (fans who preorder it here get an autographed disc as well as a digital copy), and you can hear the song exclusively here: READ FULL STORY

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