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Brian Eno talks being an art-school kid, finding inspiration, and more -- EXCLUSIVE

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Brian Eno is a man who knows things about things — from his early days with glam-rock godheads Roxy Music to essentially inventing ambient music in the 1970s and producing iconic albums for the likes of David Bowie, Talking Heads, and U2.(Also: doing this.)

Last year, he sat down with the Red Bull Music Academy for their documentary What Difference Does It Make: A Film About Making Music.which can be streamed for free via RBMA15.com and on Red Bull TV.

The doc (which was shot at last year’s event in New York) includes talks with such luminaries as Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Erykah Badu, James Murphy, and more — not to mention, or course, our man Eno.

Watch the bonus Eno footage below:

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The Avett Brothers talk about their new album, explain who's the 'Magpie' and who's the 'Dandelion'

North Carolina folk-rockers The Avett Brothers recently released their eighth full-length album, Magpie and the Dandelion — which is also their third effort with super-producer Rick Rubin, who worked with them on their breakout hit “I And Love And You.” Led by single “Another Is Waiting,” whose video premiered here on EW.com, Magpie debuted at No. 5 on Billboard 200, giving the banjo-plucking troupe their second straight Top 5 debut.

A few weeks before the album’s release, EW caught up with the band before a PBS taping at the McCittrick Hotel. Bassist Bob Crawford couldn’t participate in the interview, but brothers Seth and Scott Avett sat down with us to talk about their new music, their bird obsession, how Crawford’s young daughter is doing (she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012), and what the title Magpie and the Dandelion means.

Why are you releasing an album just a year after The Carpenter?
Scott Avett: It used to be commonplace for us. We were hard on ourselves early on. We felt obligated to put something out every year. That felt very appropriate for some reason. So the material presented itself — we realized it was there.

You’d recorded it already?
Scott: Yeah, we’d recorded most of it with The Carpenter, not thinking it would come out as an album necessarily, but maybe it would come out as singles or extra material or what not. The more we listened to it, the more we realized there was a piece, a whole there that deserved to be together and synchronized. READ FULL STORY

Let the buzz begin: Singer-songwriter Yuna on her new album 'Nocturnal'

With her second American album Nocturnal set to hit streets on Tuesday, we sat down with the Malaysian-born singer-songwriter Yuna to chat everything from listening to the Spice Girls  to working with the Neptunes’ Chad Hugo.

EW: So your sound has a big mix of genres. What are some of your strongest influences?

Yuna: I’m a ‘90s child, so I grew up listening to the Cardigans, Fiona Apple – just a weird mixture. The Cranberries and Spice, you know what I mean? My dad used to play a lot of rock, too, like the Beatles and Velvet Underground.

You once described your music as a cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay. Can you elaborate?

I can’t believe people still hold onto that! It was a quote that I had on, like, my Myspace Music page seven years ago. But yeah, what I meant to say is I like to incorporate a lot of different genres in my music, and, you know, having a sense of honesty and sincerity in the lyrics as well. But I’m still pop at the same time.

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EW Interview: Vampire Weekend talk about their current tour, 'Breaking Bad,' and serenading One Direction

Vampire weekend have been touring nearly nonstop since their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, bowed at No. 1 in May. During their brief hometown stopover in New York City last week, we grabbed frontman Ezra Koenig and drummer Chris Tomson to catch up and toast their absent comrades at East Village bar Scratchers. (Bassist Chris Baio now lives in London, and guitarist/keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij was visiting family.)

Read on as we talk DVDs, babies, and Steve Buscemi with Koenig and Tomson. And maybe get them a little bit drunk.

EW: You guys have played every festival from Coachella to Glastonbury this year, and now you’ve got dates through October, including a slot at Austin City Limits next month. That’s a lot of time on the tour bus — how do you pass the time?

EZRA KOENIG [sipping Patron]: I like to read, watch TV.

CHRIS TOMSON [drinking a pale ale]: There’s a real big movement within the band to read books on electronic devices. There’s been a real uptick in that lately. And in the past, we’ve done a lot of serial television shows. Either very occasionally collectively, but mainly on our own. Someone will go down into an Entourage hole or something like that.

EK: We do like the kind of lesser Owen Wilson movies. And there was a time when I was watching the first few seasons of Martin. I usually watch that before the show, and then later maybe watch some Sopranos or something.

CT: Actually, this next tour, when TV season starts up again, we’ll probably definitely going to set the bus DVR to Key and Peele. That’s coming back strong. We also like the show Nathan For You. Dude’s Canadian.

It must be hard to keep up with your favorite shows on tour. 

CT: Well, we’re going to be in L.A. on the day that the last Breaking Bad airs. And apparently — I don’t know anything about this, [bassist Chris] Baio told us about it — but at Hollywood Forever Cemetery there’s going to be a party where the cast is going to be there. They’re going to show the first episode and then the last one, with maybe a Q&A thing. So I think we’re all trying to hustle up and catch up so we can be ready if we can get into that thing. READ FULL STORY

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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Three rounds with.... Phoenix!

You’d expect four coolly sophisticated Frenchmen to know all about wine. But sake? A few days before their recent return to Saturday Night Live, the Versailles-bred indie-pop phenoms Phoenix met up with EW at the posh EN Japanese Brasserie (a favorite of singer Thomas Mars and his wife, director Sofia Coppola, who live nearby with their two young children) to show just how serious they are about fermented rice beverages, among other things. Over a few of their favorite bottles, Mars, bassist Deck D’Arcy, and guitarists Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai talked about childhood fist fights, popular perfumes, and their upcoming fifth album, Bankrupt!, out April 23.

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Interview: Dhani Harrison talks 'Beautiful Creatures,' the RZA, and Abbey Road

Between promoting the latest album from his band thenewno2, scoring the movie version of the YA-lit hit Beautiful Creatures, and collaborating with the Wu-Tang Clan, Dhani Harrison has been a busy man lately. We caught up with the son of the Quiet Beatle to find out more about about what he’s been up to.

Speaking on the phone from Los Angeles, Harrison discussed everything from recording at Abbey Road and being in the studio with the RZA to remembering the late Ravi Shankar.

It’s probably the only interview namechecking Catfish Keith that you’ll read all day. Check out the full Q&A below:

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Seven things to know about 'Thrift Shop' hitmakers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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Today, Seattle duo Macklemore (pictured, right) and Ryan Lewis (left), hit number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with their college-anthem-turned-mainstream-smash “Thrift Shop,” unseating Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven,” which had held the pole position for six weeks.

When the rapper/producer pair’s independently produced album The Heist opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last October, many music fans above the age of 21 were left wondering who Macklemore and Ryan Lewis even were. (Not us, of course. We chatted with Macklemore back in August.) But the monumental success of “Thrift Shop” has given them millions of listeners outside the college bubble.

EW recently chatted with the pair about their unexpected success, impressing Ellen DeGeneres, repping their hometown of Seattle, and how to thrift like pros: READ FULL STORY

The Avett Brothers on 'The Carpenter,' Gap ads, faith, and how cancer has shaped their songs

The Avett Brothers may be one of the hottest acts in the music industry right now — their album The Carpenter debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 last week — but that doesn’t mean they have an entourage cleaning up after them.

Empty pizza boxes and orange peels were strewn throughout their room at New York City’s Dream Hotel — which apparently leaves oranges on your pillows — where I sat down with Scott and Seth Avett (left and right, respectively) as well as bassist Bob Crawford (center) to chat about their new album, the currently hot state of Americana music, and the driving force behind their songs.

On a recent rainy Tuesday afternoon, the day before the band performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the three gents crowded onto the end of one of their hotel room’s unmade beds to talk about their long road to stardom, the changing face of the industry, and why Warrior is the best movie ever.

Below, read the full conversation, and at the end of the interview, check out an exclusive video of the Avett Brothers breaking down the lyrics of their album closer “Life.” READ FULL STORY

Macklemore interview: Seattle rapper talks pizza parties, social change, new video for 'Thrift Shop'

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Pacific Northwest hip-hop heads and glittery man-onesie fans already know Macklemore. For the rest of you, here’s a quick intro: The rapper, born Ben Haggerty, has spent years building a loyal following in his native Seattle and is now reaching a wider audience via his kinetic live shows (he recently impressed at Lollapalooza) and an upcoming debut full-length with producer Ryan Lewis, The Heist.

He’s also an artist who addresses his struggles with drug addiction, takes you back to his high school dances, slips on a sparkly jumpsuit and a British accent, and then invites you over for a pizza party, because that’s just the kind of dude he is.

Now he’s cementing his love for pimp coats and alligator shoes in the sax-tastic “Thrift Shop,” the album’s latest single — and he invited fans to do the same: They tweeted photos of their best thrift shop outfits for a chance to kick back with Mack in Seattle. See? What a guy!

We talked to Macklemore about building his fan base, homophobia in hip-hop, and the creative process behind The Heist, which drops Oct. 9. Catch the video for “Thrift Shop” below, too: READ FULL STORY

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