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Elvis Costello and the Roots collaborating on an album due in September

Throughout his career, Elvis Costello has been backed by a handful of different bands. There was the first version of the Attractions, which ended up becoming the bulk of the News (as in Huey Lewis). Then there was the more famous version of the Attractions, who played on classics like My Aim Is True. 

There were the Impostors, and also the Sugarcanes. He’s released album-length collaborations with Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky Quartet, and Allen Toussaint, as well as multiple one-offs with Paul McCartney, Aimee Mann, and Billie Joe Armstrong. So why not the Roots?

In September, Costello will release Wise Up Ghost, an album recorded with the Philadelphia hip-hop stalwarts turned Jimmy Fallon late-night musical crew. Details are scarce, and the official press release about the album’s existence contained a lot of purposefully obtuse information (when asked about the album, Costello described it as “the shortest distance between here and there,” whatever that means). READ FULL STORY

Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentino on 'True Blood'-approved duet -- Hear it here!

This is a pretty strange story, even by True Blood‘s standards.

Influential Los Angeles radio station KCRW premiered a new collaboration between famed Detroit protopunk Iggy Pop and Best Coast’s Spin covergirl Bethany Cosentino called “Let’s Boot and Rally.”

The new cut’s snaking guitars and Cali surf-rock vibes strike an interesting balance between the two artists’ respective styles, though given Best Coast’s recent taste for the subdued melancholy, the song tilts toward Iggy.

What really makes it intriguing, though, is that the song was co-written by KCRW DJ and True Blood music supervisor Gary Calamar and composer James Combs — plus the fact that it will be featured in the HBO program this Sunday.

Writes Calamar:

“Each episode is named after a song that is used in that show. We had a situation where we had an episode called ‘Boot and Rally’ but we really didn’t have a song that was True Bloody enough to use. What to do. Should we change the title of the episode? I suggested that maybe we can have someone write a new song called ‘Boot and Rally’…..Everyone agreed to give it a try and I started brainstorming.”

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The Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu Twitter feud over nudie music video

Sorry, John Mayer and Taylor Swift: There’s a new music beef in town.

The messy feud between Erykah Badu and the Flaming Lips has a surprisingly long timeline that dates back to March, when Badu complained to Rolling Stone about the creative process behind the song “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” their collaboration off the Lips’ Heady Fwends release.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she said of the supposed collab, during which she was reportedly interrupted by Lips leader Wayne Coyne “29 times.” Continued Badu, “I was like, ‘C’mon man, just let me sing it!’”

But the show went on, and when it came time to produce a clip for the track, Coyne decided to post nude pics of Badu from the video shoot.

And then about a month ago, Coyne and Co. debuted the since-removed NSFW video, much to Badu’s chagrin. She took to her Twitter account to express her displeasure, writing, “I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video.”

Apparently looking to avoid negative and perhaps even sexism- and racism-tinged publicity (remember when Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry without her consent?), the Oklahoma psych-rock vets released the following apology:

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Johnny Depp plays guitar on stage with Marilyn Manson for 'Sweet Dreams': Watch it here!

The guest list for Wednesday night’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards wasn’t particularly glamorous, as it featured mostly stars from the heavy metal community. There was one exception, however, as Johnny Depp — he of Hollywood red carpets and “Sexiest Man in the World” awards — dropped in to share the stage with Marilyn Manson on a run through the band’s first big hit: a cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).”

Depp began the song on stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater rather incognito, but frontman Manson gave away his special guest. “If you don’t recognize my personal friend, my personal savior, my personal guitar hero, Johnny Depp!” he told the crowd.

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Katy Perry covers 'N---s In Paris': Watch it here!

Katy Perry’s collaborations with rappers so far have been pretty fruitful — the Snoop Dogg-assisted “California Gurls” and the Kanye West-abled “E.T.” both ended up in the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier today, she proved that she might have learned a thing or two from her collaborators.

While visiting BBC Radio 1, Perry put a New York Yankees hat on top of her electric-blue hair and ripped into a cover of “N—-s in Paris,” from West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne. It was slowed down slightly and re-arranged so that it could be played by her band, and nixed most of the bad words.

The energy level is way lower than the original, though Perry seemed really focused on getting all the lyrics out (and it’s a lot of lyrics).”This is about to get embarrassing,” she said before ripping into the first verse. You can be the judge of that below. READ FULL STORY

Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000's 'DoYaThing' drops today: Hear it here

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A few weeks ago, EW chatted with Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn about his latest tag-team collaboration with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and OutKast lyric spitter Andre 3000 for Converse’s recurring “Three Artists. One Song” campaign on the one-off single “DoYaThing.”

The full song, a spastic four minutes of psychedelic funk, is now available as a free download at Converse’s official website. (The four limited-edition Chuck Taylor All-Stars designed by Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett are also now available.) And it’s a seamless marriage of the three men at the helm: Albarn’s head-trippiness, Murphy’s beat science, Andre’s lightning-tongued lyrical attack.

But don’t take our word for it. Download it at the Converse site or give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Beach Boys added to the Grammys, which now features 957 performers and will last four years

The Grammys really want you to watch their show on Sunday. And they’re doing it by throwing as many performers as humanly possible onstage — many of them at the same time.

This afternoon, the producers announced that the long-dormant, recently reconstituted surviving members of the Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks — would be making their return to the stage at the show for their first performance together in roughly two decades.

In a confounding bit of casting, they’ll join “Pumped Up Kicks” hitmakers Foster the People and “Moves Like Jagger” juggernaut Maroon 5 for a never-before, never-again collaboration that has the potential to be both a blissfully memorable celebration of great music or a complete and utter train wreck. (On a side note: This is totally the performance the Grammys wanted Bon Iver to be a part of, right?)

Also on the Grammys performance roster this year? The Civil Wars, Maceo Parker, Diana Krall, and Joe Walsh. For those of you keeping track, the current performance lineup looks like this: Adele; Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood; Glen Campbell, the Band Perry, and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters, deadmau5, David Guetta, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne in a tribute to dance music; Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paying homage to Etta James; Bruno Mars; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; Katy Perry; Bruce Springsteen; and Taylor Swift.

It was unclear whether or not the Civil Wars, Parker, Krall, and Walsh would be performing together (though that quartet doesn’t make any sense at all, for what it’s worth), but even if they are, that’s a conservative grand total of 15 performances over the course of Sunday night’s show. Last year’s version of the Grammys featured 17, and there’s still time for some surprises.

Adele’s performance is undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated and the most important, as it will be the first time the world has heard her since her vocal cord surgery. But the biggest headline-grabbers from last year were the tributes and collaborations, so let’s dive into those, shall we? READ FULL STORY

Ryan Adams, Donald Glover, and Michael McDonald audition for the Super Bowl in '30 Rock' webisode: Watch it here

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Quick, what’s your favorite NBC theme song, and who do you want to see perform it?

Don’t spend too much time thinking of the answer, because only 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy has the power to actually make such pipe dreams happen.

In a new webisode of The Donaghy Files, the Alec Baldwin-voiced character gets the motley trio of Ryan Adams, Michael McDonald, and Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover a.k.a. Troy from Community) to cover the beloved theme songs from Saved by the BellKnight Rider, and Passions (just go with it).

But why? He’s making them audition for the Super Bowl halftime show, owing to a fire-related injury that caused Madonna to drop out. So, who will sing which song, and who will win their way to the Super Bowl?  Watch the video below to find out:

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Bjork discusses 'Biophilia,' elves on 'Colbert Report'

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Everyone knows Stephen Colbert is the toughest interview in town — not even Iceland’s adorable quirk-princess Björk is off the hook when she shows up in his studios.

After delving into the background and composition of her new album-slash-app Biophilia, the million-dollar satirist cut to the heart of the matter, asking the Umlauted One: “Can I lick the album?”

Björk, under her technicolor hairdo, replied positively: “You should give it a go!”

The two also got to talking about her native land’s most intriguing feature: elves.

Colbert wanted to know if the good people of Iceland really believe in elves. Spoiler alert: they do. She then went on to highlight the merits of her people’s traditions and note that elves represent their close relationship with nature. “It’s all about respect,” she told Colbert.

Check out the full interview below:

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Did Disney inadvertently spark a possible Joy Division reunion?

Getting members from defunct bands to reassemble can be a tricky business, but Disney may have found “A Means to an End.”

It began when the company riffed off of Joy Division’s 1979 classic Unknown Pleasures for a new t-shirt, altering the black-and-white pattern from the album’s iconic cover art to resemble Mickey Mouse’s distinctly shaped head.

After garnering much attention online, the shirt was discontinued by Disney, and now the ones in circulation fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay.

But the fracas may also inspire a 3/4ths reunion for the beloved post-punk band.

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