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Hear Butch Walker's very pretty new song 'All the Love You Need' -- EXCLUSIVE

Butch Walker has a great track record working on songs for others — everyone from Taylor Swift to Fall Out Boy have enlisted his services — but his own music ain’t half-bad either.

Next month, the Georgia-born musician gets his own documentary called Butch Walker: Out of Focus. Check out the preview now:

Out of Focus includes a special track he recorded with South Carolina folk duo Shovels & Rope called “All the Love You Need,” and you can hear it exclusively here.

Says Walker of the song: “[Shovels & Rope's] Mike and Cary Ann were on tour with me at the time, and they stayed in California to collaborate on [my] last record, The Spade. That song was a few lines I rattled off to Mike and the next day he came back with the rest written and it CRUSHED ME. we laid it down live in about one or two takes, just before happy hour. Thank God, because the song is super-depressing.”

Get depressed after the jump:

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Interview: Bryce Dallas Howard on directing M83's 'Claudia Lewis' video

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Electronic music fans and science-fiction kids often overlap, as they do in M83′s new video for “Claudia Lewis,” which features actors Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments) as a blue-haired teen alien and Isreal Broussard (The Bling Ring) as an earthling high schooler.

The clip was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard as part of the MTV’s collaborative Supervideo series — which, you may recall, had previously united Drew Barrymore and Best Coast for a video that featured Chloë Grace Moretz, Alix Shawkat, and Donald Glover. We spoke to Howard — acclaimed for her acting in films like The Help, Twilight, and 50/50 but also as a budding director (it runs in the family) — about her role in the project, from casting Collins for the project to getting the video’s ’80s-movie look just right.

EW: So how did you decide on this song?

Bryce Dallas Howard: The coolest thing that happened: they [at MTV] said, “What kind of music do you listen? Who are your favorite bands? Do you have a particular song that you’d like to bring to life?” There was no list — it was like, of all the songs you could do, which would it be? And that’s the best question you could ever ask a young filmmaker. And M83 is hands down my favorite band. I’d specifically homed in on this song ‘Claudia Lewis’ very early on. It was an amazing day to get to actually meet Anthony [Gonzalez] of M83 and say, “Could we do this?’”And he said “Yes!”

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Icona Pop announce fall album date, release new single 'All Night'

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The Swedish electro-pop breakout Icona Pop has had a good run in the States despite the fact that they never released an album here. But hey, who needs something as old-fashioned as an LP when you’ve got Robin Thicke give your songs sexy makeovers?

Well, apparently Icona Pop still do: the duo has announced a date for their first U.S. album. Titled This Is…, the group’s American debut will hit streets Sept. 24. And as a preview, they’ve already released the album’s cover art (above) and a Soundcloud of their next Stateside single “All Night,” which you can hear below:

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Watch Australian folkie Vance Joy's new acoustic 'Riptide' video here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Need some new blood in your folked-up summer playlist? Meet Vance Joy.

After putting in his time on the Melbourne open-mic circuit, the Australian singer-songwriter landed gigs opening for the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Ben Howard, and his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing is slated for a Stateside release Sept. 3.

The album’s lead single,”Riptide,” is already rising on the Aussie charts, and the original, excellently weird clip already has more than half a million pageviews on YouTube– but you can watch the song’s new, more intimate acoustic video exclusively here:

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Autre Ne Veut 's new song 'On and On' for Adult Swim -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s time to go for a swim — perhaps of the adult variety?

Not like that, you perverts. We’re talking about the Adult Swim Singles Program, currently in its sixth week of releasing new, never-before-heard singles from a badass roster of artists, including Killer Mike, Miguel, and Marnie Stern. This week’s song comes from NYC-based Autre Ne Veut, and you can hear it exclusively here.

Titled “On & On,” the song has the kind of hypnotic, electronic avant-R&B sound you’ve come to expect from the indie VIP. Take a listen to “On & On: below: READ FULL STORY

New She & Him single: 'I Could've Been Your Girl' is so very Zooey

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The latest single from multitalented actress/songstress Zooey Deschanel and indie guitarist M. Ward demonstrates a commitment to their unique sunshine pop sound.

But the thing about duo She & Him is that while their orchestration is always upbeat and reminiscent of a tropical vacation, the words are almost always about failed love and disappointment. However in true Zooey style, the lyrics are still adorkable — she croons that she could’ve been your girl and “you could’ve been my four-leaf clover.” Also she wants to send you her pillow.

So dance through your breakup tears, and have a listen here:


Deschanel and M. Ward will debut their new album, Volume 3 on May 7. It is available for preorder on CD, LP, and yes, even cassette tape. Naturally!

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She and Him drops new single ‘Never Wanted Your Love’: Hear it here

Hear the dancey new Dragonette single 'My Legs' -- EXCLUSIVE

O, Canada — thank you for giving us Dragonette.

The electro-pop group from Toronto is ready to brighten up your week with a stream of its newest single “My Legs.” The track won’t be released until May 20, but you can hear it now exclusively here.

The song comes from Dragonette’s most recent album, Bodyparts, which earned the trio – Martina Sorbara, Dan Kurtz, and Joel Stouffer — a nomination for Canada’s coveted JUNO Award for Best Dance Recording of the Year.

If nothing else, “My Legs” is the likely winner for best dance recording of today. Give the new Dragonette single a listen in the player below:

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Hear 'Your Life, Your Call,' the new single from Jose Gonzalez's Junip -- EXCLUSIVE

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Let José González make your Monday a little dreamier.

The  Swedish indie guitarist and singer and his group Junip have released a new song from their upcoming self-titled album, and you can listen to the American premiere here.

“Your Life, Your Call” will be the first major single from the trio’s sophomore effort (due April 23). It’s a bit of a departure from the album’s previously released teaser, the ethereal “Line of Fire.”

The new song finds Junip tapping into its rhythmic side, with a snaking grove undercutting lyrics like “It’s over now/You’ve been taking your time/But you can’t stay here/Boy dry up your tears.”

Take a listen to “Your Life, Your Call” below:

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SXSW roundup: The non-superstar acts we loved

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What began as as intimate little outlet for indie bands and the people who love them has famously become a giant Pepsi Doritos playground for household-name brands like Justin Timberlake and Prince and Green Day.

And since Music Mix has already given you the skinny all the JT and GD happenings of the week, it’s time to go over the festival’s undercards. Our SXSW staff has each selected some of their favorite moments from the week:

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SXSW: Austra chills out, Icona Pop turns it up

The bill at Wednesday night’s Vicemagazine “style stage” was two sides of one sexy coin.

The showcase (sponsored by Vice‘s music channel Noisey and Garnier Fructis, complete with an on-site mini hair salon, because why not?) brought together the atmospheric Canadian group Austra and the hard-partying Swedish electro duo Icona Pop. It was an interesting combination.

Canadian trio Austra, whose 2011 debut Feel It Break cemented them as one of the leaders of the darkwave scene — dreamy, brooding synth bands reviving and reinterpreting the likes of Depeche Mode and Kate Bush — came on first and unleashed their not-so-secret weapon, frontwoman Katie Stelmanis’ otherworldly voice. Last night, that voice hovered over the music as the band worked through Feel It Break favorites like “Lost It” and new, unheard material from their upcoming second album, Olympia.

If the live show was any indication, Olympia will be a very mellow affair. Austra’s set was chill, sometimes to point of hypnoisis, and for a while, it was easy to forget you were at a music festival and not daydreaming on a blanket.

Icona Pop, however, did not want you to sleep; they want to crash their cars into bridges and watch it burn. They don’t care — these are ’90s bitches.

Those (paraphrased) lyrics come from the duo’s breakthrough single “I Love It,” which you’ve most likely heard by now. But hearing is one thing — seeing them play it live in front of a sea of screaming, crowdsurfing, screaming again young women is another thing. They were jumping at each other, throwing drinks at the stage, going all-around nuts. It was like a F—-d Up show, but with an exactly opposite girl-guy ratio.

The rest of the Icona Pop’s set, it turned out, was basically a dubstep party. Almost every song wound up having the kind of huge chub-wub-wub bass drops that literally shake the roof — there was debris falling on the heads of the unlucky revelers by the stage’s perimeter. Yet while the kids loved it, a certain, several older members of the crowd suddenly felt an urgent need to smoke a cigarette or make a phone call outside.

As I overheard one such guy put it to his friend, “SXSW is wasted on the young.” But, hey, it is spring break.

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