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Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli on reuniting the band, getting outplayed by Bob Odenkirk, and more

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When cultishly adored indie heroes Afghan Whigs first got back together in 2012, it was only going to be for a handful of shows. But then a few shows turned into a few more, and then more legs of an international tour.

Now Afghan Whigs are simply a band again — and they’re celebrating it with a new album, Do To The Beast, out April 15. This morning, they unveiled the album’s first single, “Algiers,” and premiered the video (both are below).

Frontman Greg Dulli spoke exclusively to EW about how Usher inspired the album, the inspiration for their new video, and how Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk scooped everybody on the album’s existence.

EW: So when did the idea of doing a record set in?
Greg Dulli: It was after we played the gig with Usher at South by Southwest in March. [Bassist] John [Curley] and I had dinner and talked about making a record. We decided that we should. We started in May, and I finished it on December 30, and there you have it.

Was there anything different about being in the studio this time, compared to the last time you guys recorded together?
I don’t think anything has changed for me studio-wise since I was a teenager. You go in with an idea, and you work it out until it becomes something you enjoy. Recording has always been very simple and therapeutic for me. No matter when and how I’ve done it, it’s always a very consistent experience. Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want to, and there’s certainly successes and failures in anything, but I have a very zen approach to recording, honestly. It serves me well. READ FULL STORY

Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed

Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.

The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an  an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.

Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.

Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage.  READ FULL STORY

Want to buy the Oscar-nominated music from the 'Her' soundtrack? You can't

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When the chatter first began about Spike Jonze’s warm, lovely film Her, one of the talking points was the music: Arcade Fire member William Butler and fellow Canadian Owen Pallett (known to the pop world as Final Fantasy) would be writing the score, Arcade Fire would perform it, and additional musical input would come from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O (who had previously collaborated with Jonze on the music for Where The Wild Things Are).

The results lived up to the anticipation; the music in Her perfectly complements the internal life of lead character Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed, and when the Oscar nominations were handed down last week, both the score (by Butler and Pallett) and the original song “The Moon Song” (performed by Karen O and written by her and Jonze) were included in the race for prizes. 

But despite the accolades, the music from Her is unavailable for purchase, either in physical or digital form. READ FULL STORY

Barcelona's 'Diamond and Silver' hear it here -- EXCLUSIVE

Even if you don’t know Barcelona by name (or the fact that they’re from Seattle not Espagne), if you have basic cable you’ve almost definitely heard them.

The short list of TV shows the band’s breezy, Phoenix-y songs have soundtracked include Sons of Anarchy, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, and (Northwest appropos!) Grey’s Anatomy.

Now the trio’s next EP, Love Me, is due Jan 21; get a preview here with an exclusive stream of the airy electro jam “Diamond and Silver”: READ FULL STORY

Hear the shimmering new Sleepy Sun song 'Outside' -- EXCLUSIVE

When your band is called Sleepy Sun, you better be from from Northern California and make hooky, fuzz-filled, gently trippy psych-rock. Fortunately, they are and they do, and you can hear their new song “Outside” exclusively here.

The San Francisco band is set to release their fourth album, Maui Tears, on Jan 28, and they’ve been busy giving fans a taste of what’s to come. They’ve already premiered  “Galaxy Punk” last month, which leans on their melodic side –“Outside” is definitely more of a space jam.

Give it a listen below:

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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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Hear the new Speedy Ortiz single 'American Horror' -- EXCLUSIVE

For my money, Speedy Ortiz‘s full-length debut, Major Arcana, was one of the best records of 2013, and their EP Sports was one of 2012’s highlights. So can the Northampton, Mass., indie-rock revivalists continue their streak into 2014? Their new song “American Horror” says yes — and you can hear it here first.

Not to be confused with Ryan Murphy’s debauched cable series, “American Horror” is the first single off of their upcoming four-song EP Real Hair, due out Feb. 11. It’s got all the catchy melodies and scruffy guitars you’d expect from a band hailing from the same Western Mass. stomping grounds as the Pixies, Sebadoh, and Dinosaur Jr.

Check it out below:

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Ten indie albums to get excited for in early 2014

Early winter’s still a notoriously slow time for new music, even in this era of the thoroughly disrupted record industry. But now that we’ve absorbed all the year-end best-of lists—and, of course, Beyoncé—we can look ahead to the quieter enjoyment of a more modest slate of albums in January and February.

Which isn’t to say we won’t be talking about some of these — a few of which I’ve heard in full, and others in bits in pieces — come December. (We’ll also have a 2014 Forecast issue on stands Jan. 10, which will cover major album releases and tours, as well as upcoming movies, TV shows, and more.)

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags
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If you’ve heard one lazy, lovely, wordy Jicks jam you’ve heard them all—and yet, six albums in, the band’s still a gust of fresh and fragrant air in an indie scene as alienated as ever from sensual guitar soloing. Bonus: for “Lariat,” they made the most subtly sexy lyric video ever: READ FULL STORY

Best and Worst 2013: The Worst Albums of the Year, starring Lil Wayne, Five Finger Death Punch, and John Fogerty

Let’s face it: Outside of a few exceptions, the bulk of the music that came out this year (or any given year) falls into the “pretty much okay” category. It takes a remarkable feat to cross the bridge from “merely disappointing” or “aggressively sub par” over to “truly, remarkably heinous.”

Which is to say: The five albums listed below aren’t merely boring or trite or annoying (though they are in fact all of those things). Each of the five long-players below had to go the extra mile. As many have taught us in the past, it takes quite a bit of work to be this terrible.

So here are EW’s picks for the five worst albums of 2013. They are all terrible. Let us never speak of them again. READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk, Elton John, The Clash, and other join Tony Hawk and Ben Harper for second 'Boards + Bands' charity auction

Last year, Tony Hawk launched the first Boards + Bands auction, which raised over $126,000 to build skate parks for at-risk youth by auctioning off custom skateboard decks featuring hand-written lyrics from famous artists — and this year, the participants include Daft Punk, Ben Harper, members of the Clash, Elton John, and John Lydon.

The idea is that Hawk’s friends donated decks they actually rode. Then Hawk sent those boards to some of his rock star friends, who wrote lyrics to their skateboarder-approved tunes on the decks. “Last Year’s Boards + Bands auction surpassed all expectations,” Hawk said in a statement. “This year we have equal caliber of skaters and musicians contributing, so I am looking forward to seeing the excitement (and high bidding) they bring.”

The auction kicks off tomorrow, December 5, at the auction’s official site. You can take a look at the wares available online, or if you’re in Los Angeles, check out the decks at the Grammy Museum. You can also donate to Hawk’s cause even if you don’t want to buy a custom Elton John skateboard.

Check out the highlights from last year’s auction below.

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