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Beach Boys, Japandroids, Big K.R.I.T. crowd our weekly Spotify playlist

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Thanks to great new material from the likes of Liars, Japandroids, and Temper Trap, this week’s playlist goes heavy on indie rock. Underground hip-hop is also repped hard by Mississippi mixtaper Big K.R.I.T. And then there’s the obscure little garage heroes the Beach Boys, who recently reemerged for their comeback album That’s Why God Made the Radio. 

Also on deck this week: a new collaboration between Sean Kingston and T.I., a fiddle-heavy number from Zac Brown Band, and a downtempo howler from Swede garage monkeys the Hives. And if Wilco’s “Me Avivé” sounds a little familiar to you, it’s because they covered their The Whole Love standout “Dawned on Me” — in Spanish. Y se trabaja muy bien!

Find out what we’re talking about by giving this week’s playlist a spin in the player below:

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Maroon 5 'Songs About Jane' release includes 'This Love,' 'She Will Be Loved' demos: Hear them here -- EXCLUSIVE

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In a few weeks, Maroon 5 will deliver the band’s fourth album, Overexposed. But first they’d like to remind you of their breakout debut, Songs About Jane, which is getting the rerelease treatment today in honor of its tenth anniversary.

Can you believe it’s been a decade since a young, Voice-less Adam Levine first entered our lives? To put that in perspective, take into consideration that Songs About Jane is older than: Kanye West’s College Dropout, the Postal Service’s Give Up, and most Carly Rae Jepsen fans.

But Maroon 5’s debut wasn’t an immediate hit. Its first single, “Harder to Breathe,” was only a modest success, topping out at No. 18 on the Billboard 100 when it was released in 2002. It wasn’t until two years later when band released their next single, “This Love,” that things took off: chart domination, a Grammy win, and the seal of approval from John Mayer, who told Rolling Stone, “It’s one of those perfect songs you always hope to write.” The album became the tenth best-selling album of 2004, two years after its release.

To get an idea of how that hit single — and its follow-up, “She Will Be Loved” — came to be, the Songs About Jane: Tenth Anniversary Edition includes a second disc containing demo versions of the tracks, which you can listen to here.

And as a bonus, we’ve also included an exclusive video of Levine and the guys trying to pick out a band name. (Let’s just say we’re not writing this post about a band named Maroon Poon.)

Check it all out in the videos below:

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Justin Bieber goes clubbing 'All Around the World' with Ludacris: Listen here

Now that he’s turned 18, Bieber is finally allowed to party at the discos — and party he will.

The dance-infested, Ludacris-featuring “All Around the World” is the latest Believe track to hit iTunes (though not as an official single), and it basically screams, “We be clubbin’!”

A Euro beat worthy of the Wanted? The vocal swagger of Chris Brown? Lyrics smacking of One Direction (“You’re beautiful, beautiful/You should know it”)? Check, check, and check, please!

Between this latest offering, the Justin Timberlake-y “Boyfriend,” and the Jackson 5-ish “Die in Your Arms,” it looks like the Biebz will be trying on all sorts of new pop looks on Believe.

But does he wear it well? Judge for yourself with the video below:

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Kris Kristofferson is an unsmooth criminal in Brandi Carlile's 'That Wasn't Me' video: Watch it here

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Brandi Carlile’s got an ace up her sleeve for her latest video, and it can be told in three words: Kris freakin’ Kristofferson.

To celebrate the release of her fourth album Bear Creek, out today, the alt-leaning folk singer recruited Texas country-outlaw Kristofferson to star as the reformed jailbird in her clip for “That Wasn’t Me,” which you can watch exclusively below.

But when Kristofferson’s konvict kharacter (see what we did there, Kardashians?) gets caught with a sharp blade — it’s for woodworking, he swears! — he gives up, smashing his trusty guitar out of frustration. We don’t want to give away the ending, but let’s just say it stops thankfully short of a full Shawshank.

Take a look at the exclusive new clip in the video below (and click here to buy the album):

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Azealia Banks drops rhymes, balloons, confetti at NYC Mermaid Ball

At a packed Bowery Ballroom on Manhattan’s Lower East Side late Sunday night (or more accurately, early Monday morning), Azealia Banks had several questions. “Who’s already drunk?” the shimmering Harlem rapper shouted, whipping up the already whipped-up crowd. “Who’s already high? Who’s f—ing tonight?”

Judging by the hoots and hollers, there wasn’t a sober celibate in the house. And the Harlem hot thing gave them what they wanted, pulling out all the stops for the Mermaid Ball, which also doubled as her homecoming party. Like the glitter-clad Banks herself, the event’s underwater theme was anything but subtle. She said her sister was in charge of the decorations — octopus and seahorse balloons, free cotton candy everywhere, flurries of confetti and balloons and more confetti — but we were more concerned about whoever had to clean up. READ FULL STORY

Team Breezy gets busy: Chris Brown leaks six new songs and a video

How much Chris Brown can you handle at once? Let’s find out!

On Memorial Day, Breezy began what would turn out to be a weeklong jag of new music by linking to the track “One More Time” on Vimeo, his preferred method of song delivery.

He kept the ball rolling with, so far, “Countdown,” fan ode “I Love You Team Breezy,” the Hit-Boy-produced “Off That Liquor,” “Second Serving,” and, finally, the Lil Wayne collaboration “What Your Girl Like.” 

In case you were wondering, he did assure fans that none of these newly leaked tracks will appear on his upcoming album Fortune, which is slated for a July 3 release. In other words, Breezyheads just got a freebie EP. (And people who hate him will probably never have to hear these songs on the radio.)

He also debuted a new video for  his single “Till I Die,” roping guest appearances from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. So, yes, it’s a weird one — and according to Brown’s Twitter account, it’s dedicated to late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

Breezy interrupts a slow work day at someone’s office and drips swagu all over the place, including the copy machine. Then he bails early to ride around in a car with Snoop, Wiz, and some unidentified females. Gotta love Summer Fridays. Inevitably, things get kinda Pineapple Express-y after that, with a pair of Wu-Tang vets (you’ll never guess which two!) barely visible through the smoke.

Check out the clip, as well as the rest of Brown’s offerings for the week, in the videos below:
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Azealia Banks, Patti Smith, Haley Reinhart invade our weekly Spotify playlist

What do a Harlem rapper, an American Idol runner-up, and a legendary French chanteuse have in common? They’ve all landed repeat-worthy songs on our playlist this week.

Hip-hop hipster Azealia Banks proved there’s more where “212” came from with her long-awaited 1991 EP, while third-place Idol contestant finds her own style on her debut, Listen Up! Elsewhere, the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom gave us an excellent reason to put Francois Hardy’s timeless “Le Temps de l’Amour” back in rotation.

Also here: punk poet Patti Smith unleashes her first new album in five years, indie-folk messiah Edward Sharpe (a.k.a. onetime Robot Alex Ebert) and his Zeroes bliss out on his second album, and Rick Ross and Usher joined forces to touch us with their hot new single.

Other artists on this week’s docket: Kip Moore, Travis Porter, Katy Perry, 2:54, Scissor Sisters, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below:

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In honor of 'Moonrise Kingdom,' listen to a playlist of our favorite Wes Anderson soundtrack songs

If you’ve already put on your finest camp gear and nonprescription black-framed eyeglasses, then you’re well aware that Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom — the director’s first live-action movie in five years — opens today. And you know what that means: a new Wes Anderson soundtrack!

By now, the filmmaker’s soundtracks have become more or less their own genre. Anderson is clearly a man of cultured (and very specific) tastes, and his curatorial chops shine on his soundtracks as brightly as they do in his obsessively detailed movies. The trailer for his latest, for instance, has Francois Hardy’s classic “Le Temps de l’Amour” basically woven into its DNA.

Yet the soundtrack to Kingdom, his seventh feature-length film, is the most unlike his previous ones. Anderson’s movies are usually supported by a mix of vinyl-era rock greats and British Invasion hipsters (think David Bowie, Love, the Rolling Stones, and especially the Kinks, which he originally wanted to be the only band soundtracking Rushmore) as well as Newport Folk Festival friendlies (such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez), plus original compositions from Devo vet Mark Mothersbaugh. This time around, though, the music comes largely from composer Alexandre Desplat; after him, Hank Williams is the dominant force, with three songs.

Of course, a lot of this probably has to do with the movie being set in 1965, before most of his favorite go-tos were hitting their stride. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited — if anything, we’re all the more intrigued.

To get further amped for Anderson’s latest entry, we’ve combed through sixteen years of his soundtracks — from 1996’s Bottle Rocket to today’s Moonrise Kingdom — and put together our ultimate Wes Anderson playlist. Give it a spin below and let us know if you agree with our selections:

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John Mayer, Kimbra, Joey Ramone grace our weekly Spotify playlist

Last week, we saw a pair of Brits sneak their tracks into Music Mix’s heavy rotation. This time around, however, all sorts of other Commonwealth nations are coming out of the woodwork.

Two venerable New Zealanders of the female persuasion, Kimbra and Ladyhawke, have captured our attention with left-of-center pop songs from their respective new albums.

This week’s playlist also includes ’90s alt-rock survivors Garbage (fronted by Scotswoman Shirley Manson); rising indie-rockers Civil Twilight, who hail from South Africa; and veteran-rockers the Cult, representing England herself. The fun never sets on the British Empire!

Of course, a range of Americans also pleased our ears this week, including new treats from the likes of evolving, apologetic folkie John Mayer, NYC’s dearly departed Joey Ramone, Ohio lo-fi lovers Guided by Voices, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below!

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Our weekly Spotify playlist: Beach House, Adam Lambert, Killer Mike rub elbows

Things kick off this week with Baltimore’s organ-happy indie duo Beach House’s dreamier-than-thou “Wishes,” one of our favorite tracks on their new album Bloom. Rye Rye (with teammate M.I.A.) take the baton from there with the Go! Pop! Bang! highlight “Sunshine,” while pop maven Adam Lambert, rappers 2 Chainz and Killer Mike, and indefatiguable Alanis Morissette each hit us with their own new cuts.

Also on deck this week: shiny-haired Malibu songstress Colbie Caillat, ’90s indie-rock revivalists the Cribs, and not one but two excellent U.K. soul imports, Alex Clare and Cold Specks. Check it all out by streaming the playlist below:

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