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Danny McBride takes on The Black Keys -- read this week's cover story

Note: this is an extended version of the cover story on stands now.

We here at Entertainment Weekly like to think of our jobs as highly specialized. (Not just anyone can push that little voice-recorder button while simultaneously asking questions and nodding wisely, you know.) But when the Black Keys said they wanted to be interviewed by Danny McBride, how could we refuse? After all, the platinum-selling, Grammy-sweeping rock duo just released their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, and will be dominating festivals and headlining arena shows from Croatia to Cleveland this summer.

We asked McBride, 37—so memorable as egomaniacal pitcher Kenny Powers on HBO’s late, lamented Eastbound & Down and as himself in last year’s star-packed apocalyptic meta-comedy This Is the End—to man the tiny microphone for us. While he and drummer Patrick Carney, 34, already knew each other socially, singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, also 34, hadn’t met McBride before our EW photo shoot. Soon enough, the duct tape appeared, the pants came off, and a friendship was born. Of course, bondage is one thing; hard-hitting journalism is quite another. Does McBride feel up to the task of conducting his first cover-story interview? “To be on this end of it,” he says with Powers-like confidence, “that’s the easy stuff, right?” Well, actually, no. “I will be the judge of that!”

Danny McBride: Entertainment Weekly wants us to kick this off by talking about the first time we came across each other’s work. I’ve been along since the very first album. I was unemployed, living at my parents’ house. I was the person always telling all my friends, “The Black Keys, the Black Keys!” Then we set up our show, Eastbound & Down, and you guys’ music is all that we scored our pilot with.

Dan Auerbach: That’s weird. We have something in common. Because when we made that record, we were unemployed, living at our parents’ houses too. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

The Stories Behind Five Classic Blondie Songs (and One New Track)

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The immortally cool band that helped bring punk and new wave to the masses celebrates its 40th anniversary this month with a double album, Blondie 4(0) ever. Frontwoman Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein look back—and forward—at their work.

“RIP HER TO SHREDS”

Debbie Harry: We wanted to do something like the Velvet Underground, or a Lou Reed, New York kind of song. “Rip Her to Shreds” was this composite piece about a lot of female people in the scene, and it was kind of a gossipy thing. In that scenario, I’m both doing the ripping and the one being ripped. I was poking fun at other people but also at myself. It’s a tough song.

READ FULL STORY

Summer Music Preview: Listen to DJ/Producer/Duck Sauce-er A-Trak's summer playlist

Canadian-born Renaissance man A-Trak (a.k.a. Alain Macklovitch) is a DJ, a producer and the owner of Fool’s Gold, the Brooklyn-based label that has been home to artists including Kid Cudi, Flosstradamus, and Danny Brown.

Since winning the 1997 DMC World DJ Championship at 15, he’s collaborated with everyone from Kanye to Chromeo, and is on tour through August both solo and to promote his most recent album, Quack, with his house-group superduo Duck Sauce partner Armand Van Helden. READ FULL STORY

Summer Music Preview: Hear Scottish trio CHVRCHES' summer playlist

Glaswegian synth-rock trio CHVRCHES seemed to be everywhere last summer with the pulsing singles “Recover” and “The Mother We Share,” from their debut album The Bones of What You Believe, released last September.

But with the album’s reach still expanding — and a slate of major festival dates coming up, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands — we’re ready to make this another summer of nearly-vowel-free Scots.

Listen to their playlist of summer songs below, curated especially for EW and featuring artists ranging from Pavement to Major Lazer, Sonic Youth and the Cocteau Twins: READ FULL STORY

Summer Music Preview: Hear indie-dance duo Phantogram's favorite summer songs

Phantogram’s blend of electronic rock, trip-hop and shoegaze dreaminess doesn’t sound like something you’d hear emanating from a barn in upstate New York, but that’s where the duo has written most of their music — at least when they’re not crashing with Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White.

Now members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, who met in high school, will spend the summer in fields, festival stages, and other non-barn structures to promote their latest album Voices now through late August.

And to help inaugurate our Summer Music Preview, on stands today, they made a playlist for us featuring some of their favorite artists, from Beck and Bowie to Q-Tip and Kendrick Lamar. Stream it below: READ FULL STORY

The Black Keys' Essential Playlist

In honor of this week’s cover stars, we decided to compile an essential (but by no means comprehensive — they have eight studio albums alone) playlist for Akron’s prodigal blues-rock sons.

Stream it in full via Spotify below, and get our full Summer Music Preview, starring the Black Keys and their duct-tape-happy interrogator Danny McBride, on stands tomorrow:

 

Bruno Mars on his tour playlist: Waka Flocka, Jake Bugg, Michael Jackson and more -- EXCLUSIVE

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This week’s cover star Bruno Mars is about to spend the next five months crisscrossing the globe on his massive Moonshine Jungle Tour — and man cannot live on backstage catering and laptop DVDs alone. He needs music!

We got Mars to tell us about the songs and albums that soundtrack his life on the road, and put it all in a Spotify player after the jump so you can tour the tunes for yourself.

JAKE BUGG
“He’s kind of got an Arctic Monkeys thing, who I love, but there are also some parts that remind me of Elvis. I think his song ‘Lighting Bolt’ has a very rockabilly, ‘50s like Elvis [vibe], and I like ‘Slide.’”

 WAKA FLOCKA FLAME
“We’ll put on the most ratchet music you can think of backstage. ‘O Let’s Do It’ by Waka Flocka was kind of our anthem for the last tour — every night before the show it’d be that one, so we’ll probably do it again, just for comfort reasons. We’ll jump around, taking shots — ‘Alright, let’s go!’ and then the curtain opens on a bunch of 14 year old girls. [laughs]” READ FULL STORY

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