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Beach House debut 'The Arrangement' for Sirius XM: Hear it here!

Beach House’s Teen Dream is a huge leap forward for the Baltimore indie-pop duo and an early contender for album of the year. (Can you tell that I love this record?) Good news for fans: There’s even more amazing Beach House music in your near future! The band’s four-track Zebra EP arrives on Record Store Day, which falls on April 17 this year. Along with remixes of Teen Dream highlights “Zebra” and “10 Mile Stereo,” the EP also features two new songs. One of them is called “The Arrangement,” and that’s the one you can hear them performing below.

This performance of “The Arrangement” comes from Beach House’s upcoming stint as co-hosts on Sirius XM satellite radio’s SIRIUS XMU. In addition to hosting that channel all next week, Beach House has recorded a “SIRIUS XMU Session” which airs March 3 at 9 P.M. Eastern.

As you’ll see below, “The Arrangement” is perfectly lovely and thoroughly Beach House-y. What are you waiting for? Get your weekend started in style and click “play” already! Then let us know how you like this tune.

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Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen: Awesome three ways in NYC

To folks who aren’t fluent in American Idol, there was probably zero appeal in the idea of Ryan Seacrest’s “Rock My Town” contest that brought season 8 stars Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen to the Highline Ballroom in New York City last night. Too bad for them. Because all three singers delivered such powerful, confident sets from their recent debut discs that blind devotion to Fox’s ratings behemoth was hardly a requirement for getting left weak-kneed, sore-throated, and ultimately elated by the time the trio combined forces to close the show with Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

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That said, seeing all three performers in an intimate venue like the Highline, as opposed to on a TV set or in the larger stadium setting of the Idols Live tour last summer, made it clear how each one connects to the audience from a different place: READ FULL STORY

'Everybody Hurts': the new video for Simon Cowell's Haiti-relief song will make you cry

Last week, dozens of bold-faced names gathered to sing a new edition of “We Are the World,” but the music industry’s outpouring of support for the devastation in Haiti doesn’t stop there. The star-studded, Simon Cowell-produced remake of the R.E.M. classic, “Everybody Hurts,” hit U.K. radio last week. The song is melancholy and inspiring, especially considering the contributions from such folks as diverse as Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle, Rod Stewart, and Jon Bon Jovi. But it’s the recently released video, which is filled with tragic images from the mess in Haiti, that will get your waterworks really going:

How many times during that six minutes did you whip out your cell phone and text $10 for Haitian relief? Yah, that’s what I thought. I can’t wait to see my cell phone bill this month.

But, Music Mixers, what are you thinking of this R.E.M. remake? Are does it move you to give? Buy? Do you think that this is better than the forthcoming “We Are the World” remake will be?

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Skeletons': Watch the spooky new video here

The band that once commanded Show Your Bones has finally offered a quid pro quo in a new video for “Skeletons,” the latest single from last year’s EW-adored It’s Blitz.

The clip is helmed by Karen O’s boyfriend Barney Clay, who matches the song’s woozy balladry in strikingly atmospheric black and white, with ghostly graveyard spooks, O channeling silent-film icon Theda Bara, and more dry ice than a magician convention. Watch it below:

What do you think, readers—in the pantheon of YYYs videos, from low-budget stunners to high-concept desert scenes and street-dancer shenanigans, where does “Skeletons” fall?

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Lady Gaga at Radio City: Best. Concert. Ever.

Last night, I had the great pleasure of seeing Lady Gaga kick off a sold-out, four-night engagement at New York’s legendary Radio City Music Hall and, lemme tell you Music Mixers, I almost wept with joy. Gaga’s Monster Ball tour is one of the greatest concert experiences of my life. AH-MAZING. I can’t stop thinking about it. In the past week  Gaga had some health issues, but you would never have known based on her tireless energy and robust vocals. This lady is the real deal! She opened the show with “Dance in the Dark” and hardly took a break until the climactic, floor-shaking performance of “Bad Romance.” My personal fave was “Boys Boys Boys,” which she began by asking, “Where are all the gay boys at?” Obvs, I immediately jumped up and began dancing. But there is no doubt that “Bad Romance” was the ultimate showstopper, with all of Radio City on its feet for Gaga’s hit single. The only downside was that Gaga never did one of my fave tunes off The Fame Monster, “Telephone,” but I’ll let it slide. Music Mix-ers, if you have any chance of going to see Gaga at Radio City, I heartily endorse. It could change your life. Or at least just make it really sparkly for a couple of hours.

Have you seen any of Lady Gaga’s shows? Were they as good for you as for me?

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Adam Lambert's 'Whataya Want From Me' video: Whataya think of it?

It’s probably folly to try to peek into the mind of an artist by watching one of his music videos, and yet the lovely new clip for Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” plays out in such a personal-yet-enigmatic way, it’s hard not to imagine that the American Idol season 8 runner-up is feeling a little overwhelmed by all the change that’s come to his life in the last 12 months. Think about it: A little less than a year ago — Jan. 20, 2009, to be exact — Lambert caught our attention singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” during Idol‘s San Francisco audition telecast. (If you’re a nostalgic sort, check out the recap of that episode here.) Since then, the guy has been a magnet for adulation, hateration, and controversy. His sexual orientation got discussed pretty much everywhere — even on The O’Reilly Factor! — before he came out as gay on the cover of Rolling Stone last summer. He got struck by flying sex toys on the subsequent Idols Live Tour. This fall, he was dissed by Out magazine for not being a hard-charging poster boy for the gay rights movement — at the exact same time he appeared on that magazine’s cover. And his sexually charged performance at the American Music Awards in November practically caused ABC to remove the first letter from its own corporate logo, paint it crimson red, and slap it on Adam’s chest. Lately, he’s had to ask his most rabid fans to dial back on organized request-line campaigns that have threatened to harm his relationship with radio.

And so it’s impossible, really, to look at “Whataya Want From Me” and not reference all those water-coolery moments in Adam’s public life. Conceptually, the video finds Adam interacting with the camera as if it was a second character and engaged in a strained pas de deux: There’s Adam turning his back, tuning out, fiddling with the remote; there’s Adam, standing by a bookshelf (that, woohoo, is fully stocked with books!) and offering a surly sideways glance; there’s Adam putting on a happy public face for the paparazzi, then betraying a completely different emotion as he slides into a limo; there’s Adam in the kitchen, angry now, bordering on menacing as he yells and charges at the camera; there’s Adam alone, pensive and repentant and reading some kind of note after the unseen character packs its bags and walks out; and finally, there’s Adam, welcoming his reconciled partner back into bed with just the slightest hint of a smile. Does Adam’s invisible partner in the video represent a lover, the media, his fans, his record label, or perhaps all of the above? Just like the song’s lyrics, the video is open to interpretation, but the sparseness of that dreamy apartment (Santa, I would like those kitchen cabinets!), the misty chill of the backyard scenes, the undiscarded remnants of a hastily eaten Chinese meal…they all contribute to a mood of slightly somber confusion, the idea that, yeah, even a pop star occasionally “needs a second to breathe,” to learn to navigate the public and personal relationships that get inevitably altered by the sudden arrival of fame and fortune, of all the good and bad that come with ‘em. Maybe I’m getting a little too heavy (handed?) in blogging about a music video on a sleepy January morning, but isn’t that what the best music videos do: Make us think a little more deeply about the lyrics of a song, allow us a little space to take away our own interpretations, let us see the artist in a variety of jaunty outfits/hairstyles? On those counts, “Whataya Want From Me” clip is a smashing success. Here’s hoping we can say the same for the song as it fights for its chance at radio and on the Billboard charts.

What do you think of Adam’s new video? Post your own reviews and interpretations below. Oh, and whaddoIwantfromya? Follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak, then sign up for all the low-calorie, high-flavor goodness of our Music Mix blog @EWMusicMix!

Jeff Mangum returns with a cover of Chris Knox's 'Sign the Dotted Line'

When Jeff Mangum’s name showed up in connection with a planned Chris Knox tribute album this summer, you could almost hear the collective gasp issuing from the indie-rock world. New music from the genius who more or less retired after recording two all-time classic albums with Neutral Milk Hotel in the ’90s? (That’s them in 1998, pictured. Mangum is second from the left.) Could we really be this lucky?

Believe it. Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, which went on sale today as a digital download at Merge Records’ website, comes with an unfortunate backstory: Knox, a great and underrecognized singer-songwriter from New Zealand, suffered a stroke in June, and an impressive list of friends and fans put together this covers album to raise funds for his recovery. But Mangum’s take on “Sign the Dotted Line,” originally recorded by Knox’s band Tall Dwarfs for 1990’s Weeville, is reason to rejoice.


Marina and the Diamonds: The Music Mix recommends

God bless the Queen—and the fantastical alt-pop princesses her U.K. dominion has yielded in 2009. To the list of spiritual-starchild Kate Bush descendants that includes Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, and Bat for Lashes, add Marina and the Diamonds, a.k.a. 24-year-old Welsh space oddity Marina Diamandis.

Though her first major-label single, a re-recording of “Mowgli’s Road” from February’s Obsessions EP, falls to earth today in Europe, a full-length isn’t due until next year, and her physical-release presence in the U.S. is so far limited to a small run on the Neon Gold imprint; Warner Bros. will reportedly be taking over her business Stateside.

Having finally recovered from the summer-long repeat-repeat-repeat compulsion that was her magi-gorgical  “I Am Not a Robot” video (lie! still playing it), I’ve recently (sort of) moved on to the “Mowgli” clip, below:

What do you think, Music Mixers? Still waiting for the guaranteed-bananas “Seventeen” video to drop, but to me she’s like Rocky Horror and Regina Spektor had a baby, and then hired Fiona Apple to give it afternoon piano lessons, plus absinthe juice box. Et voila! J’adore.

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Adam Lambert's outre-space 'For Your Entertainment' cover: What do you think?

Adam-Lambert-album-cover-520Adam Lambert unveiled the cover for his forthcoming debut CD, For Your Entertainment, on his official site this afternoon, and to paraphrase the sadly under-appreciated 2003 single from current Dancing With the Stars contestant Mya: This cover’s like…whoa!

A publicist for 19 Recordings reveals that the image was shot by Warwick Saint in August in New York City. And, to put it mildly, it’s a little more, um, out there than the pensive-yet-ultimately-benign images we’ve come to expect from Idol runners-up. (If you’re not familiar with the show’s post-second-place oeuvre, do check out Exhibit A, Exhibit B, and Exhibit C. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, of course.)

Is America ready for this particular jelly? Some of my EW colleagues aren’t terribly optimistic, but might I remind them, we’re dishing a dude who sailed through Grand Ole Opry week with a hyper-sexual, sitar-infused take on “Ring of Fire.” Anyhow, while the Glambert nation collectively wipes its brow, catches its breath, and attempts to unlock its eyes from Adam’s hypnotic gaze (good luck!), here’s five things I think the cover art reveals about the artist and his debut disc, set to drop Nov. 23.

1) I’m catching homages to Michael Jackson (a single glove on display), Madonna (and a fingerless glove at that!), and Prince (the For Your Entertainment font is more than a little reminiscent of Purple Rain, no?). Clearly, the season 8 runner-up has no shortage of (formerly brunet, now cerulean) ambition, and whether you think Adam is deliciously gutsy or ridiculously presumptuous for subtly inserting himself into that A-list galaxy, at least you can’t accuse him of playing it safe.

2) And anyhow, more likely than not, Adam Lambert is actually an alien from a distant planet. READ FULL STORY

Leonard Cohen at Madison Square Garden: The master at 75

Last night, about a month after his 75th birthday, Leonard Cohen packed NYC’s Madison Square Garden to the rafters. Earlier in the week, he’d released Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, a CD/DVD package documenting a festival set he played when he was just shy of 36. And here’s the thing: Ask me which of the two performances was more compelling, more full of life, more can’t-look-away transcendent, and…I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Sure, Cohen had a certain bright-burning intensity 39 years ago. He waited til after 2 A.M. to go on stage in 1970, which I imagine he wouldn’t be as happy to do today. His voice could hit a few more high notes back then. But that’s about all the obvious advantage that young Cohen has over old Cohen.


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