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Father John Misty might be the busiest guy in indie rock

The last two years were good ones for Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty. The former Fleet Foxes drummer released his first FJM album, Fear Fun, toured the heck out of it, got married, and hit the road again with what he called a “variety show” tour (performances included a scantily clad woman wearing a giant bunny head as he tried out new songs).

Tillman has since taken a well-deserved break — or so we thought. Ostensibly holed up to work on his sophomore album, he actually never went away; he’s just letting the psychedelic ringleader persona of Father John Misty take a backseat while he collaborates with other artists in unexpected places.

Since his last tour, here’s where Tillman has been spotted:

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Jack White, Marcus Mumford among performers at 'Inside Llewyn Davis' concert

Joel and Ethan Coen could not have picked a better time to make Inside Llewyn Davis, their hard-to-spell tribute to the folk rock of the 1960s that has come back to dominate the rock landscape in the 21st century.

As a tie-in to the film and a fundraiser for the National Recording Preservation Foundation, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, and the Avett Brothers will perform at a special concert at New York’s Town Hall on September 29. The concert was put together by legendary producer and Inside Llewyn Davis music supervisor T Bone Burnett.

“We decided to do a concert to bring together the community that had done the music,” Burnett told the New York Times.  “So there would be some synergy between the music and the film.”

Burnett also wanted to bridge the gap between old school and new school, which is why the lineup includes upstarts like Conor Oberst, Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, as well as Patti Smith and Gillian Welch. There will also be a performance by Oscar Isaac, who plays the title character in the film, which is loosely based around the story of folkie Dave Van Ronk. (The concert will not feature Inside Llewyn Davis actor Justin Timberlake, who’s scheduled to be in London that day.)

Inside Llewyn Davis will be released in theaters on December 6, while the soundtrack—co-executive produced by Burnett and Mumford and featuring a never-released Bob Dylan track—will hit store shelves on November 12.

Hear Kris Kristofferson's song 'How Many Days' for the Stephen King/T Bone Burnett/ John Mellencamp 'Ghost Brothers' project -- EXCLUSIVE

What happens when Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T Bone Burnett get together, and then rope in a whole crew of their famous musician friends? A supernatural Southern gothic musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, naturally.

The album, due June 4, is stuffed with luminaries — Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, and Roseanne Cash all make appearances — but the Kristofferson contribution “How Many Days” is a clear highlight, and you can hear it exclusively here:

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Hear Lisa Marie Presley's 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet,' her first new song in five years -- EXCLUSIVE

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For fans of solo female artists with strong voices, times are booming.

There’s Adele, of course, still commanding the charts; Norah Jones, set to release her Dangermouse-assisted new album in less than a month; and Fiona Apple, whose overdue comeback is prowling just around the corner.

Now, add Lisa Marie Presley to the mix. After a seven-year absence, the scion of a legendary pop legacy is about to unleash the T Bone Burnett-produced Storm and Grace.

“When songs from Lisa Marie Presley showed up at my door, I was curious,” Burnett says of working on the record. “I wondered what the daughter of an American revolutionary music artist had to say.”

“What I heard was honest, raw, unaffected, and soulful,” he continued. “I thought her father would be proud of her.”

The album doesn’t hit shelves until May 15, but you can listen to the smoky, spooky lead single “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” exclusively here:

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Katniss sings! Jennifer Lawrence lends her vocals to the 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

You only have a few months left before The Hunger Games takes over the pop-culture landscape completely. (Yes, the post-apocalyptic adventures of Katniss Everdeen have captivated readers in book form for a few years already, but the coming film franchise promises to make Jabberjays a permanent part of common parlance.)

Famed producer T Bone Burnett confirmed to MTV News that he and star Jennifer Lawrence have recorded “Rue’s Lullaby,” a tune that Katniss sings to a fellow Hunger Games contestant after the latter is mortally wounded in battle. “It was beautiful,” he told MTV. “She did great. She’s singing great. Killer actor too.”

The composer, who is co-creating the music for The Hunger Games with fellow Grammy winner Danny Elfman, did not reveal when the world would get to hear Lawrence croon “Rue’s Lullaby,” only nothing that it would be released “soon.” READ FULL STORY

Jeff Bridges signs a record deal, inches closer to becoming his character from 'Crazy Heart'

Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for his portrayal of a down-and-out musician on the road to nowhere in Crazy Heart, and now he’s officially on the road to real-life musician-dom with a record deal on Blue Note—the jazz-originated label that is currently home to Norah Jones and Amos Lee, among others.

Bridges will team up with old friend and producer T-Bone Burnett (who also twiddled the knobs on the Crazy Heart soundtrack, which won him an Oscar as well) to release an album. It will contain a handful of original compositions as well as covers of songs by Tom Waits, Bo Ramsey and Greg Brown.

His solo debut, due later this summer, will also feature guest appearances by the likes of Roseanne Cash and Sam Phillips (among others), though there is no word on whether or not Bridges’ greatest duet partner will be along for the ride.

Between the album news and Bridges penchant for getting real with reporters, it’s like the actor really is morphing into his Crazy Heart alter ego Otis “Bad” Blake (though honestly, better him than Clu 2).

What do you think readers—are you stoked for Bridges’ latest role?

Read more on EW.com:
Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges circling ‘The Seventh Son’
‘True Grit': John Wayne vs. Jeff Bridges — which one has more true grit?
Jeff Bridges: (Finally!) An Oscar Winner

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