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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

MGMT album trailer: Watch the NSA watching the band -- VIDEO

MGMT released a thoroughly confusing trailer for their self-titled third LP. The trailer samples six tracks from the upcoming album while playing footage that tells a nutty story involving a possum, the NSA, and what appears to be a little girl transforming into a reptilian monster.

In a series of vignettes, the band members encounter one strange occurrence after another: Lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden is attacked by a possum in his bathroom and Benjamin Goldwasser discovers a beetle-turned-listening device in a speaker. Oh, and there’s a scale-covered monster watching the NSA, who’s watching MGMT, prompting an NSA agent to say, “The Reptoids have heard the new MGMT album.”

“They know how good it is,” the other agent replies. But who are the Reptoids? And why is the NSA watching MGMT?

Who knows? There are no answers in the trailer — the band leaves on a bus, while a little girl with snake eyes scrutinizes them — but watch below and see if you can find any clues.
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MGMT's best song in ages, 'Your Life Is a Lie,' gets a great video -- WATCH

We all know MGMT have a fame-and-fortune complex: When F&F beckoned, they responded with the snidely-titled Congratulations, which our then-critic called an “odd little sonic onion … [that] studiously avoided any obvious pop hook.”

Their third album, which comes out September 17, is self-titled, so it could be about anything. “Alien Days,” a space-out from the album that was released as a Record Store Day cassingle (LOL), suggested we were in for more of the same. But their bracing new single, “Your Life Is a Lie,” hints at an MGMT under new management.

Two minutes long and rather rude, “Your Life Is a Lie” is more or less the sound of a band pulling its head out of its ass. It’s got a gnarly, looping garage-rock drive, and more niceties than you’d expect from such a quickie: cowbell, an almost comically buzzy high-end, some kind of something solo that you could (yes) call spacey, and a magnificent hook.

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Best Coast, MGMT, the Kills and more cover Fleetwood Mac for upcoming tribute album

A Fleetwood Mac tribute album featuring covers by Best Coast, MGMT, and the New Pornographers, among others, will arrive Aug. 14.

Randall Poster, who also organized the Buddy Holly tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly, is producing the album. Covers slated for the release include Antony Hegarty’s version of “Landslide” and Lykke Li’s take on “Silver Springs.”

This isn’t the first time Best Coast has covered Fleetwood Mac. The band, who released a video for Golden State romp “The Only Place” last week, debuted a “Storms” cover on BBC Radio in late April. On the upcoming tribute, they’ll take a crack at “Rhiannon.”

Read the full tracklisting for Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac after the jump: READ FULL STORY

MGMT play New York's Radio City Music Hall: on the scene

MGMTImage Credit: Karl Walter/Getty ImagesLast night, an assortment of New York’s cool kids and dweebs piled into Radio City Music Hall to see Brooklyn-based band MGMT go to work.

But before leading men Andrew Wells VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser took the stage, former Wesleyan University schoolmate Francis Starlite opened with his ’80’s pop/funk collective Francis and the Lights. Often dancing into the dark crevices of the stage—arms flailing and legs twirling in ways that’d make James Brown smile—Starlite left the audience in awe. The band’s 30-minute set of pensive jams like “Strawberries,” “Darling, It’s Alright,” and “For Days” more than warmed the stage for MGMT.

The frail twentysomethings of MGMT hit the stage just after 9—bed-headed VanWyngarden in a tee shirt and skinny jeans, Goldwasser with an untucked shirt and blazer, as if he was interviewing for a managerial position at 7-Eleven afterward. Sprayed by primary-colored lights, they started with “Pieces of What” and transitioned to “Brian Eno,” their ode to the famed English producer.  They strangely followed with one of their biggest hits, 2008’s synth pop winner “Electric Feel.” Usually such a smash would be reserved for the conclusion. But as I’d learn, they had no intention of saving the best for last.

“We’re glad to be in NYC, our hometown,” said VanWyngarden before launching in to their surfy “Flash Delirium.” Psychedelic images of overlapping eyeballs and geometric figures projected on the stage while fans waved their neon glow sticks to the beat.

Next up was the first track off of their latest album, Congratulations:It’s Working.” Then they performed another big hit, the bouncing “Time to Pretend.” About an hour in, fans had spent the entire time on their feet. But that soon changed when they broke into “Siberian Breaks.” The audience used the lengthy song to rest. Butts fell to chairs, as did heads to palms. MGMT’s music teeters towards soft rock at times, and with wind chimes twinkling ever so lightly, they’d slowed the show down to a snail’s pace.

Life was revived when “Kids” and its throbbing synths dropped. But it fizzled quickly as the group attempted to end the show with “Congratulations.” They left after, but screaming for more, the fans didn’t move for the exits. Instead, they screamed for more.

What followed was a lengthy, obnoxious encore filled with ear-busting guitar solos and murky album cuts like “Something Missing.” Really, they could’ve done without it. Many became dejected, like they regretted their encore request. It was a dreadful ending for what was great show overall. Understanding that VanWyngarden and Goldwasser were excited to play Radio City, maybe they should’ve let the fans leave a bit earlier.

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Glee's Madonna tribute knocks Justin Bieber off No. 1 spot

GleeImage Credit: Carin Baer/FoxA little Glee appears to be the cure for Bieber fever. Glee‘s The Power of Madonna soundtrack nabbed the No. 1 spot from Justin Bieber this week on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, selling 98,000 copies. It’s the highest debut yet for a Glee-related album, but also the lowest first-week sales: Glee Season One: The Music Volume 1 sold 113,000 copies its first week, while Volume 2 did 173,000.

Lady Antebellum moves from No. 3 to No. 2, selling another 83,000 copies of their Need You Now. Last week‘s No. 2, MGMT‘s Congratulations, fell out of the top 10 altogether.

With the blockbuster film more than a week away from release, AC/DC’s Iron Man 2 soundtrack debuts at No. 4, selling 76,000 copies.

Justin Bieber dropped to No. 3 with My World 2.0, while’s first installment My World is at No. 8. His label head, Usher, dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. His Raymond v. Raymond sold 52,000 units.

Selling 31,000 albums, Jimmy Buffett’s live Walmart exclusive Encores debuts at No. 7. The Zac Brown Band jumps from No. 15 to No. 9. And Lady Gaga‘s rounds out the Top 10 with her 2008 debut, The Fame.

What albums, if any, did you pick up last week? Surprised about this week’s numbers? Let us know.

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Justin Bieber tops Billboard album chart again, while MGMT manages second place

justin_bieberImage Credit: Pamela LittkeyThis planet still revolves around Justin Bieber. For the second straight week (and third nonconsecutive) his My World 2.0 is No. 1 on the  Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 92,000 records.

It was a slow week on the chart: Bieber’s World is the lowest-selling album in the top spot in almost a year. The last to hold that dubious distinction was Chrisette Michele’s Epiphany, last May.

Psychedelic rockers MGMT‘s sophomore album, Congratulations, is the chart’s biggest debut, landing at No. 2 with 66,000 sold. It’s the best chart showing of their career, Billboard noted. Oracular Spectacular, their last album, never sold more than 17,000 in a week, but its steady sales have led it to a 606,000 total in the U.S.

The chart’s second-highest debut is Coheed and Cambria’s No. 5. ranking for their Year of the Black Rainbows, which sold 51,000 copies. It’s a step down from their last album, 2007’s No World For Tomorrow, which bowed at No. 6 but sold 62,000 units.

Usher, last week‘s No. 2, is now down to No. 4. His latest effort, Raymond v. Raymond, sold 64,000.

Riding off her performance on NBC’s Saturday Night LiveKe$ha‘s Animal returns to the top 10, moving from No. 16 to No. 8 with 31,000 sold.

Monica‘s Still Standing is doing just that in the top 10, holding steady 30,000 records sold at the No. 9 spot.

And Justin Bieber’s first installment of My World falls two spots No. 10 with 30,000.

Surprised MGMT couldn’t knock Bieber out of No. 1? Did you buy anything new this week? Let us know.

Coachella 2010 Saturday: Muse and the Dead Weather rock very differently, plus MGMT, Dirty Projectors, and more

Muse-CoachellaImage Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesSeveral ardent fans have already pre-emptively chastised me for underrating Coachella 2010’s night two headliners. As one commenter on yesterday’s Jay-Z post put it, “Muse will be by far the best act all weekend, learn about something before you talk about it.” Well, I’ve just come home from seeing Muse perform, and I can say I’ve learned that the British rockers might very well be the biggest, loudest, showiest act all weekend. But the best? That’s another question. Read why after the jump — plus my full report on seven other notable acts from Saturday afternoon and evening.

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MGMT, 'Flash Delirium': Hear the first single from their upcoming album

MGMT, the glam-psych duo who went from dorm-room hotboxing to platinum-selling poncho glory in the span of mere months, have unleashed (and that really is the right word) the first single from their upcoming sophomore album Congratulations, due April 13.

Stream the choogling, operatic Moby Grape-in-disco-boots “Flash Delirium” below, and tell us what you think of their first post-Oracular follow-up. Spectacular, or not so much?

Sasquatch 2010: MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and My Morning Jacket join Pavement

With festival season heading into full swing, Sasquatch—the indie music madness that takes place at the Gorge in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend each year—announced the line-up for its festivities this year. According to Spinner.com, MGMT, Vampire Weekend (at left), and My Morning Jacket are the biggest acts to join the line-up, which includes the previously announced headliner,Pavement. The acts were announced at a show held at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle last night.

Also signed on: Broken Social Scene, the National, the Hold Steady, Band of Horses, the xx, Dirty Projectors, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Ween, Public Enemy, Tegan & Sara, LCD Soundsystem, and Massive Attack.

Who’s missing, Music Mixers? Will you be gearing up for Sasquatch 2010? If you could choose one late-add (or several!), who would it be?

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