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Paramore's Hayley Williams on new album, moving to Los Angeles, and Blondie

In December 2010, Paramore members Josh and Zac Farro abruptly left the group, leaving a lot of questions hanging in the air. Would they continue on? Would charismatic singer Hayley Williams embark on a solo career? Would the band’s sound change completely?

Today, those questions are finally answered. The just-released Paramore, the band’s fourth album, pushes the now-trio’s vision forward. Though the band—Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and bassist Jeremy Davis—hasn’t entirely left its snotty pop-punk roots behind, they’ve fully embraced elements of New Wave, garage rock, and bubbly electro-pop.

The key to Paramore‘s coherence is Williams, whose voice has picked up more colors and whose lyrics are at their most direct and expansive on the new album. EW caught up with Williams via phone a few weeks back, where she talked about her bouts of writers’ block, the weirdness involved in choosing a producer, and the importance of the Warped Tour. And be sure to check out their just-released video for “Still Into You” at the bottom.

Entertainment Weekly: What was the first song that came together for Paramore?
Hayley Williams: “Proof” was the first song that we came up with. It was one of the first sets of lyrics I came up with, and I had this melody idea for it and I took it to Taylor, and like the next day we had the song. So that one came really easily, but then we had two and a half months of the worst writers’ block you could possibly imagine. That’s when we wrote the interludes. We needed something to laugh about and soften the blow that we couldn’t write any songs that we loved. And it was weird, because as soon as those interludes were done, the songs started happening. We realized we don’t need to take ourselves so seriously.

What was driving that writers’ block? What were you thinking while in the midst of it?
I was in this crazy depression about it. READ FULL STORY

Tyrone Wells, Brendan James, and Brett Young at New York's City Winery: On the scene

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Last night, the stage at New York’s City Winery hosted three musicians whose names you may not recognize, but whose songs you’ve already heard on shows like Vampire Diaries to Grey’s Anatomy (or just may be hearing more of soon).

Brett Young kicked off the night with a glass of wine in one hand and a guitar in the other. Accompanied by Jay Ollero, Young brought charming country vocals, his heartfelt lyrics and the occasional Bruno Mars cover as he sang about young love, lost love and everything in between. Young kept things short and sweet, ending his set with his newest single, “Kiss by Kiss.”

Contemporary singer/songwriter Brendan James followed, sitting down behind his keyboard and belting out fan favorites “Green” and “None of Them Are You.” James sang about his days spent in New York City, gun violence and even a song he wrote for his younger sister when she was experiencing her first break-up. But it wasn’t until he brought his drummer, Craig Meyer, on stage that the tempo picked up, switching seamlessly from heavy ballads to dance-worthy jams.

Then came the main attraction: Tyrone Wells. Opening with “Sink or Swim,” — which many know from Grey’s Anatomy season six promo — Wells’ vocals were just as strong live as on any CD, a soothing combination of falsetto and gruffness. Wells mixed old songs with new, adjusting his set list to incorporate audience requests, which led to at least one incident of yodeling.

Wells, whose set included a ukulele and a drum solo, won the audience over with a folksy diva mash-up that included Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” As the show came to a close, Wells belted out every last note to “When All is Said and Done,” even stepping away from the mic and finishing the last verse acapella — and just when the audience thought it was over, he brought the band back out to perform fan favorite, “I Will Remain.”

Wells and his openers are playing dates across the U.S. through April; give them a chance and go catch them if you can.

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Daft Punk officially announce new album, 'Random Access Memories,' with iTunes pre-order

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Yes, it’s happening. And we’re gonna celebrate.

Daft Punk officially announced their return with a press release emailed out at the dancefloor-appropriate hour of 1:45am EST last night — providing a link to the iTunes pre-order of their Random Access Memories for $11.99 plus an official website, randomaccessmemories.com, for the CD ($12.98) and vinyl ($39.98, which includes a digital album download code, an LP size booklet and “180 gram double vinyl gatefold”).

There’s no direct reference to a release date on the album site, but the iTunes page says “Expected Release May 21, 2013″. So there’s that, and the one 15-second song loop that aired in Saturday Night Live ad a few weeks ago to keep you going until May.

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Justin Timberlake confirms second '20/20' album

Justin Timberlake made everybody wait nearly seven years between albums. With that math, we’d be into the second term of the next Clinton administration before another opus surfaced.

But JT is a giver, and he won’t make anybody sweat nearly that long the next time around.

“I need to clear up a rumor,” he told the crowd at a release party for his new album The 20/20 Experience in Los Angeles last night, during an interview with Ryan Seacrest. “This whole thing about this being the first half of the album is true.” READ FULL STORY

Green Day make triumphant post-rehab return at SXSW

“Welcome back!” Billie Joe Armstrong shouted to a capacity crowd — but he might as well have been talking about himself.

A massively energetic Armstrong led Green Day in a triumphant live performance return at SXSW music festival in Austin on Friday night. The evening marked the first major performance by the band since he had an infamous onstage meltdown during the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last September and subsequently entered rehab. READ FULL STORY

Odd Future's 'Loiter Squad' returns to Adult Swim: Watch an EXCLUSIVE clip!

A few weeks ago, Odd Future centerpiece Tyler the Creator announced the release date of his new album Wolf and dropped the first single and video in “Domo 23.”

That clip looked a whole lot like a sequence from the collective’s manic sketch comedy project Loiter Squad, which also happens to be returning this Sunday, March 10, at Midnight on Adult Swim. Last season sat somewhere between The Kids in the Hall and Jackass, and based on the exclusive clip below, the second go-round will be a ratcheted-up version of the same.

Check out the soon-to-be-beloved new character “Catchphrase Jones” below.

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New Beach House video featuring Ray Wise -- Watch it here

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Eric Wareheim (of Tim and Eric), is responsible for executing the trippy pep rally for Beach House’s ‘Wishes’ music video. Off of their 2012 album Bloom, the video stars the always delightful Ray Wise (Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks, also, Robin Scherbatsky Sr. from How I Met Your Mother). It is bizarre and completely captivating.

As far as the collaboration, it’s not as random as you might think. Wareheim has been a fan of Beach House for a while, and he also directs music videos occasionally, including one for HEALTH’s “We are Water” and a few Major Lazer videos. And Wise has appeared on a few episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and then again in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. Wareheim also tweeted this, Thursday, to announce the debut.

In the video, Wise saunters out on a football field to lip sync ‘Wishes’ to a captive crowd, while cheerleaders and performers dance and grind around him. He’s wearing a sateen jacket and pants with the school’s stallion mascot embroidered on the back, like a deranged knock-off of Ryan Gosling’s Drive jacket.

There is too much awesome in this music video. Check it out below.

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Today in Internet victory: This Carly Rae Jepsen/Nine Inch Nails mash-up

You thought you were finished with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” didn’t you?

One of 2012’s most parodied, lip-dubbed, covered tracks — which also happened to be no. 1 on EW’s year-end Singles list – was mashed-up seemingly ad infinitum.

But here’s one more version of “Call Me Maybe” to add to your definitive collection — chopped up in Satan’s own special sonic blender with Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole” for a brand new track titled “Call Me a Hole.”

It’s credited to pomDeter (created on the suggestion of another genius called carly_rae_reznor), and it’s entirely possible it could end up being the best song of 2013. (Not really, but it is crazy-good.)

Listen below: READ FULL STORY

Carly Rae Jepsen cancels Boy Scouts concert

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Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t want the Boy Scouts to call her. Ever.

The singer was set to headline the Boy Scouts’ 2013 Jamboree this summer, but after a Change.org petition, which gathered 62,000 signatures in just four days, asked Jepsen to reconsider, she did. “As talented artists with incredibly loyal LGBT fans around the globe, I hope they will speak out quickly, and urge the Boy Scouts to end its dangerous anti-gay policy,” the petition read in part.

“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” Jepsen wrote on Twitter this morning. “I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.” READ FULL STORY

David Bowie rocks out, parties with Tilda Swinton on 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)': Watch the video here

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Now this is more like it.

A few weeks ago, David Bowie announced the existence of his first album in 10 years with the first single “Where Are We Now?” It wasn’t necessarily disappointing, but there were concerns that a whole album of woozy dirges about the end of the world might be a bit much.

Luckily, the rest of The Next Day isn’t nearly as dour, and Bowie just released a new single called “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” to prove it. It’s a driving, guitar-fueled charge that mixes together his ’70s glam instincts with the depth of the Berlin period and a touch of the jagged indie he clearly became obsessed with at the turn of the century.

What’s better is the video, which is directed by Floria Sigismondi (helmer of the punk biopic The Runaways and Marilyn Manson’s iconic clip for “The Beautiful People”). It stars Bowie, a bunch of androgynous models, and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton in a performance that passively acknowledges that she and DB kind of look a lot alike.

Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

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