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'Experiencing Nirvana': Check out never-before-seen photos of Kurt Cobain on Nirvana's first tour of Europe - EXCLUSIVE

Most of the narratives associated with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are steeped in tragedy: He was painfully self-conscious about selling out, suffered from a debilitating undiagnosed stomach ailment, struggled with drugs, and ultimately took his own life, leaving an infant daughter behind.

But all those tales came after Nirvana became the biggest band in the world following the overwhelming success of 1991′s Nevermind. There are plenty of stories to be told about the band prior to its ascendence, when they were just another loud bunch of punk kids from Seattle making noise because it was fun.

One of those narratives arises in Experiencing Nirvana, a new ebook (available Tuesday, November 13) featuring photos and recollections by Bruce Pavitt, who co-founded Sub Pop Records, Nirvana’s original label. The book centers around a series of pictures taken by Pavitt over the course of an eight-day run across Europe in the fall of 1989.

Nirvana was on the road with fellow Sub Poppers Tad, both of whom were on a collision course with Mudhoney as part of the label-curated Lamefest UK at London’s Astoria Theatre. The show ended up being a definitive moment for Nirvana; they managed to capture the attention of the taste-making British music press, an accomplishment that built buzz exponentially and started a domino effect that eventually led to the hugeness of Nevermind.

Pavitt’s photos, taken on the fly with a pocket-sized Olympus, reveal a would-be superstar still in development. READ FULL STORY

Backstreet Boys release new Christmas song: Listen here (and get filled with joy)

Christmas has come early for your inner 13-year-old!

In anticipation of the holidays, the Backstreet Boys have released a new Christmas song, and, if you’re anything like yours truly, the tune will fill you with the cheer that you and Nordstroms normally reserve until after Thanksgiving. But once you listen to the infectiously sweet track, titled “It’s Christmas Time Again,” we think you’ll have no complaints about a little premature Christmasfication.

Penned in part by BSBers Nick Carter and Howie Dorough, the tune — which is the band’s first new release since becoming whole again — follows every rule of Backstreet pop song-making. There’s a catchy tune, a little boy band hook (la-ta, la-ta, da-da, ta), a five-part harmony (as it should be), and lyrics in which they never call us fat.

Take a listen and tell us Mixers: New classic? READ FULL STORY

TLC won't stop chasing waterfalls, plans first new album in 10 years

Break out your baggy pants and bra tops — TLC is making a comeback album.

At least, T and C are. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins announced this weekend in Liverpool that they’re hard at work on a series of projects — including their first new album in 10 years, a tour, and a VH1 biopic that will dramatize the events already told in Behind the Music‘s best-ever episode. While this news is exciting, it’s also bittersweet for fans who know the girl group can never truly be what it once was — TLC’s third member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras 10 years ago.

Still, the remaining members seem confident about their new album. “We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time,” T-Boz told Rolling Stone. READ FULL STORY

Watch Swedish metal band Graveyard's 'Endless Night' video - EXCLUSIVE

Sure, most of the great Scandinavian metal bands hail from Norway, but don’t count out that country’s neighbor. Sweden is no slouch when it comes to the devil’s music — especially Graveyard, whose new album Lights Out lands on these shores on November 6 (you can pre-order the CD here and the digital version here).

Taking cues from the swampier, bluesier side of Black Sabbath, Graveyard have released two previous albums of impeccably scuzzy rock full of caustic spasms and thick fuzz. They continue that tradition on Lights Out, which turns up the throbbing low end and gives frontman Joakim Nilsson extra space to croon and bellow.

“Endless Night” is as good an entry point as any for this quartet of bearded tundra-dwellers, so check out the exclusive premiere of the freewheeling, head-tripping video below: READ FULL STORY

R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' returns Nov. 23 -- Watch 'Chapter 23' here!

It has been a few years since R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet left us hanging on a “To Be Continued” fade out. What would become of Sylvester and Twan? What was this “package” that everybody kept talking about? Does Pimp Lucius have more secrets? And what of Big Man?

These questions may get answers (which will probably lead to even crazier questions) when the next batch of Trapped in the Closet episodes return on Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. on IFC.

There are 10 chapters in the coming batch, though Kelly told Entertainment Weekly that there may be many, many more where those came from. Since Kelly sees this as his own self-produced soap opera, and because soap operas run for decades, it’s possible that Trapped in the Closet will run and run.

You can check out a sneak peak of “Chapter 23″ below.

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Beyonce joins Jay-Z onstage for 'Crazy in Love' and 'Young Forever' -- VIDEO

While other celebs spent the weekend getting sick onstage, perennial golden couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé made a rare public performance together, at Jay-Z’s final night of his eight Brooklyn, NY shows at new Barclays Center. (EW’s Leah Greenblatt was at opening night—read her review).

The final night was streaming free on Jay’s Life + Times site, and fans watching at home (not to mention those lucky enough to have tickets!) got an extra thrill when Jay-Z’s superstar wife Beyoncé hit the stage as a surprise addition.

Bey took over the arena (in a Brooklyn Nets hat, natch), first performing “Diva” – complete with her own backup dancers — and then segued into “Crazy in Love” with Jay-Z. But it looks like Jay was a little too crazy in awe of his wife – he seemingly missed his cue before coming out and finishing the song.

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'Parks and Rec' posts the full Benji's Cool Times Summer Jamz Mix on Spotify: Stream it here

During an ill-fated road trip scene last night, Park and Recreation fans were treated to a taste of an amazing mixtape by one Ben Wyatt, the nerdy-cute politico played by Adam Scott.

But you don’t have to visit the Beltway to belt out the “Benji’s Cool Times Summer Jamz” mix CD that April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) unearthed in the episode, because the fine folks behind the NBC sitcom posted the entire playlist on Spotify for your streaming pleasure.

As viewers learned last night, the mix begins with Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop,” but that’s just the tip of Ben’s ’90s iceberg. Other cuts on the magnificently nostalgic playlist include Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose,” Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You,” and the Gin Blossoms. Yes, the Gin Blossoms!

Also, Ace of Base. Also, Shaggy. Also, everything that’s awesome. This playlist is just one of the many clever ways the Parks and Rec staff flesh out their characters; if you’re still reading this, you should most definitely set the site for Pawnee’s sickest night club Snakehole Lounge, run by Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford, as your home page.

Jam out Ben Wyatt-style by listening to his 18-song mix in the Spotify player below:

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunite for fantastically cheesy Christmas album

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We’ve got chills! They’re multiplying! And we’re looooosing control — because John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have apparently collaborated on a Christmas album that features special guests like Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and Kenny G.

This is not a joke.

The album, This Christmas, marks the first time Grease‘s Sandy and Danny have recorded music together in nearly 35 years. According to a release, Travolta got the idea to make the record “after receiving a Christmastime text from his old friend Olivia noting that their 1978 smash, ‘You’re the One That I Want,’ had just become the best-selling duet in pop music history.”  READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean plays NYC synagogue, releases new song 'Blue Whale': Hear it here

R&B “It” boy Frank Ocean is not slowing down.

The man who dropped the summer’s must-album Channel Orange on our unsuspecting heads and lent both Saturday Night Live and John Mayer some cool points earlier this month is diving into the week head first. Following his I’ll Be Your Mirror appearance this weekend, Ocean played a mesmerizing set at New York’s Angel Orensanz Center, the antebellum synagogue where Fader and Vitamainwater held a joint event last night. Bon Iver was technically the headliner, but Ocean seemed to inspire the most excitement, prompting fans to crowd the Gothic Revival building’s delicate balconies for a better view of the night’s headbanded hero.

They were not disappointed. Backed by a Telecaster-wielding band, the singer obligingly launched into spacey Channel Orange favorites like “Crack Rock” and “Bad Religion” (interesting, given the setting) as well as earlier mixtape cuts, like the winding “American Wedding.” He ended his hourish-long run with the seedy Egyptology of “Pyramids,” and it all felt like the weirdly correct way to spend a night in a temple during the Jewish High Holidays.

One song Ocean didn’t play last night? “Blue Whale,” the brand new track he debuted this morning on his Tumblr. It’s a lo-fi number, characteristically mellow and introspective with lines like, “I wasn’t much into the type that my bros liked/So I never really had no wife/And that’s alright.”

Give “Blue Whale” and listen below:

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Lil Wayne's ridiculous deposition video - Watch it here

First things first: Lil Wayne is a great rapper (at least, he used to be). What Lil Wayne is not, however, is compliant in a court of law.

A little background: In 2009, Wayne sued Quincy Jones III, son of music producer Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson’s Thriller), over a documentary called The Carter, (via Digital Spy). Now he’s filed a second lawsuit against Jones, claiming the film illegally used tunes from Tha Carter IV. Which brings us to the current debacle: Wayne’s deposition.

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