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Watch sailors and babes make out in Kings of Leon's new 'Supersoaker' video

You already got to see Fred Armisen crack some jokes with Kings of Leon earlier today, but the Followill boys aren’t done taking up your time just yet.

The band has dropped the official music video for Mechanical Bull’s lead single “Supersoaker,” which you can watch below. Shot (or at least designed) with vintage filters, the clip features retro milkshake joints full of sailors and dames, among other neat visuals.

Check it all out below:

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Lollapalooza 2013 Day 2: Mumford & Sons set the tone, Kendrick Lamar ascends, and Postal Service run a victory lap

Most of the time, Lollapalooza’s scheduling seems left to the whims of fate, the daily lineup strung together seemingly at random so that indie poppers bump up against metal acts and soul throwbacks open for folky singer-songwriters. It makes for some wildly jarring juxtapositions, with occasional stumbles into transcendence.

Saturday was different, at least at the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park. The ascendance of headliners Mumford & Sons rippled all the way into the afternoon, where banjo-friendly arrangements and country twang informed the bulk of the performances: Court Yard Hounds brought their pop-friendly version of crossover bluegrass, Eric Church stomped through a set of outlaw Southern rock, and twee Irish strummers Little Green Cars crafted colorful tapestries out of all manner of acoustic thread. (The National, sandwiched in between Church and semi-main eventers the Lumineers, must have been deeply confused by all the headband-wearing sunflower girls hanging around, as they’re used to playing for broodier types. Still, they did dedicate “England” to Mumford & Sons.)

It all led up to a triumphant turn by Mumford & Sons, who drew a massive throng of folk-hungry youth to sing along with Marcus Mumford’s every bellow and wail. There wasn’t a single tune across Mumford’s nearly two-hour set that wasn’t greeted as a massive hit, though the gathering masses reserved extra glee for “Little Lion Man,” “I Will Wait,” and “Lover of the Light.”

Mumford & Sons are not showmen, and their performance was free of both bells and whistles, but their songs clearly resonate across a wide spectrum, and they’re savvy enough to get out of the way of their trainload of sing-alongs.

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Lollapalooza 2013 Day 1: The Killers and New Order bridge the gap, Nine Inch Nails challenges, Imagine Dragons blow up, and Icona Pop make it rain

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In the video for New Order’s “Crystal”—which opened the veteran Manchester dance-rockers’ twilight set on the first day of Lollapalooza—there is a fake band called the Killers that inspired the name of the real band known as the Killers, who headlined the southernmost stage in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday night. Those who spent the evening parked in front of that stage were treated to four hours of blissful, rhythmic, guitar-based pop that tapped into Lollapalooza’s spirit of eclecticism and brotherhood.

Even in their first-album youth, the Killers have always played the role of a big rock band—they seem custom-built for festival headlining slots. They did not disappoint; their 90-minute Friday finale was a gimmick-free charge through their impressive, hook-filled back catalog.Frontman Brandon Flowers worked the tens of thousands in front of him like a Vegas lounge revue, strutting and pounding through neutron bombs like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” and in a charming bit of hero worship that brought the evening back around for a resolution, he welcomed New Order frontman Bernard Sumner to join the Killers for a cover of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” which they turned into a spry, jittery singalong.

In fact, the transformation of Joy Division songs might have been the highlight of Friday’s festivities. New Order finished their performance with three nods to the band they used to be, ripping through “Atmosphere,” “Transmission,” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as a tribute to late JD frontman Ian Curtis. In a remarkable bit of alchemy, Sumner (with a healthy assist from a game audience) turned “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” a downer of a song written by a guy who hanged himself, into a (pardon the pun) joyous anthem. Maybe that’s just the power of New Order, who ripped through a hit-filled set of effervescent synth-powered janglers like the dreamy “The Perfect Kiss” and a thudding “Blue Monday.” READ FULL STORY

Liam Gallagher taking legal action against newspaper over baby-daddy story

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher announced today that he would be taking legal action against the New York Post after they printed a story that accused the Beady Eye singer of fathering a child with an entertainment journalist. The piece says that Gallagher is the father of writer Liza Ghorbani’s baby, and the tryst began a few years ago when Ghorbani interviewed Gallagher for the New York Times.

Gallagher has been married to former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton since 2008. Liam is already the father of three children: One with Appleton, one with first wife Patsy Kensit, and one with British musician Lisa Moorish (who has a child fathered by Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty as well).

He’s also no stranger to conflict—he spent the better part of his professional career openly feuding with brother and band mate Noel, and has even taken legal action against him. (Previously, he was happy just to taunt him from the balcony.)

Read More on EW.com:
Liam Gallagher says he’s not opposed to an Oasis movie. Brilliant!
Russell Brand inspires psychedelic road trip in new Noel Gallagher video: Watch it here!
DO look back in anger: Liam Gallagher sues brother Noel over press conference remarks
Noel Gallagher announces solo album details, talks fight with Liam: ‘He was like Randy Savage’

Kings of Leon reveal new single 'Supersoaker': Hear it here

After a break to handle some family business and a canceled tour that had everyone worried we’d seen the last of them, Kings of Leon are back with a new album, Mechanical Bull, that will arrive in stores on September 24.

The first taste of that album arrived a few weeks ago when the band started introducing new stuff into its live set, but the completed studio version of the first single “Supersoaker” is now official. Hear it below: READ FULL STORY

EW's Fourth of July 2013 playlist: Stream our Spotify playlist here

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Beers! Burgers! Boats! Babes! Bros! Blurred Lines!

That’s right, it’s Fourth of July eve, which means it’s time to get yo’ jubilee on. And to help celebrate the U.S. of A.’s 237th HBD, we’ve put together the ultimate Independence Day playlist to blast at your backyard/rooftop/beach party.

After combing through this year’s choicest summer jams, we’ve recruited a select team of songs from the likes of Kanye, Disclosure, Vampire Weekend, Joey Bada$$ and more — plus a few evergreen oldie-but-goodies. (And before you look askance at foreigners like Disclosure and Daft Punk making our list, remember that America is all about inclusion! Except for “Blurred Lines”; we actually left that one off.)

So, with the power vested in us by Spotify, we hereby present you with our official Fourth of July 2013 playlist. Stream responsibly!

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Tuesday roundup: Beck debuts single, Janelle Monae drops new video

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If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a pretty good day for new music.

In addition to a new single from Robin “I Know You Want It” Thicke, a snazzy music video from Les Phoenix, and a deep dive into Ciara’s shower-dancing technique, the ‘nets have yielded two more goodies thanks to Beck and Janelle Monae.

Titled “I Won’t Be Long,” Beck’s new track is his second standalone single of the summer and, like it’s predecessor “Defriended,” has an interestingly low-key but spacey Beta Band-ish vibe,  with a dash of Spoon thrown into the mix.

Which, perhaps, is a long way of saying it’s very Beck; take a listen below:

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Serious question: What was the last truly great rock album?

By now, you’ve probably combed through Entertainment Weekly‘s All Time Greatest issue, which features our humble picks for the 100 best albums ever made. (Within certain paremeters—the lack of jazz or, you know, Beethoven should have tipped you off to the list’s limitations.)

Though I’m proud of the amount of hip-hop, R&B, and pop featured on the final tally of 100, the list is dominated by rock albums. That’s to be expected, as rock music (and particularly the albums made by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan) set the template for what an album was and what it could be, and there have been few variations on that template since the ’60s. (For all its forward-thinking and genre-hopping, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is structured and paced an awful lot like a Beatles LP.)

Plus, traditional rock music had a few decades’ worth of a jump on other genres we incorporated into our list, so Rubber Soul and Blonde On Blonde have had an extra 20 years to constantly re-entrench themselves, while the legacies of the first wave of great hip-hop albums are only now just being established.

But another pattern emerged as we were putting the list together: As we considered newer albums to incorporate into the conversation, fewer and fewer of them were rock albums. READ FULL STORY

The Pixies sweeten your Friday with new song 'Bagboy': Hear it here

Sometimes, when you don’t expect it, good things just happen without warning. One of those things happened this morning when indie-rock heroes the Pixies debuted a new song on their Facebook page.

Titled “Bagboy” and produced by Gil Norton, the band’s first new track in nine years is very much in line with the Pixies we’ve come to know and love (even if it was recorded without longtime bassist Kim Deal). If you had to place it on one of their albums, it’d probably be Doolittle or Trompe Le Monde.

Take a listen (and a look) at the song and its accompanying visual here:

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Nine Inch Nails' David Lynch-directed 'Came Back Haunted' video: Watch it here!

Trent Reznor and David Lynch are ideal compatriots: Both are obsessed with industrial sounds, both are fixated on the idea of evil, and both have an affinity for a hyper-intense, almost violent visual style.

So it makes sense that the director of Blue Velvet and Inland Empire would take the reins for the brand new Nine Inch Nails video “Came Back Haunted.” 

Check out the clip below, and be sure to pay attention to the disclaimer, since it’s as rife with flashing lights and whip-pans as suggested: READ FULL STORY

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