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George Michael injured in car crash

George Michael has been hospitalized following a single-car accident. The former Wham! singer and platinum solo artist was a passenger in a Range Rover traveling on the M1 highway yesterday in Hertfordshire, England.

Reports say that Michael was airlifted to a local hospital with a head injury after the crash. “The man who we believe to be in his 40s sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilisation and immobilisation by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to hospital for further care,” Gary Sanderson, a spokesperson for the medical crew, told the BBC.

Meanwhile, Michael’s representatives told the BBC that the singer had only sustained “superficial cuts” during the accident and was fine.

Michael, 49, has been in questionable health. Last year, he canceled a handful of tour dates to work through the extreme anxiety that followed his extended hospitalization for pneumonia in 2011 (a visit that saw him slip briefly into a coma).

Though his last new album was in 2004, he has steadily been releasing one-off singles for various charities and events, including a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” recorded on the occasion of Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton and a new tune called “White Light” that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the first Wham! single.

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Stream Django Django's new remix album 'Hi Djinx' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Last year, British pastiche rockers Django Django released their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2012 and it was good — like, really good.

Now they’re mixing it all up again with Hi Djinx, a full smorgasbord of remixes with help from Nick McCarthy, DJ Mujava, Adrian Sherwood, and others, and EW has an exclusive stream of the full album via Spotify. Take a listen below, and find the full tracklist after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Blur's Damon Albarn teases new music: 'It would be a good time to try'

We have good news, if you’re a fan of on-again/off-again Britpop stalwarts Blur: The band might be making new music. “We were supposed to be playing in Japan next week. Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to go there, although we will go there at some point,” frontman Damon Albarn reportedly said at a show in Hong Kong yesterday. “So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try to record another record, so we’re going to make one here in Hong Kong.”

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British comedian (and voice of Darth Maul) Peter Serafinowicz posts hilarious clip for Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'

British comedian, onetime Hot Chip video director, and, yes, voice-of-Darth-Maul Peter Serafinowicz has just posted a highly entertaining clip for Daft Punk’s track, “Get Lucky.” According to the French duo’s publicist, the video is not authorized (although can robots really “authorize” anything anyway?) and we’re not sure quite why Serafinowicz decided to make the clip. But we’re glad he did!

You can check out the video below. READ FULL STORY

Coachella Day One: Blur, Skrillex's 'supergroup' Dog Blood, and more

The beauty (or not, depending on your point of view) of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is that there’s no longer one Coachella Music Festival. Once a one-day event attended by 10,000 people, the Indio bacchanalia has become a rite of passage for North America’s 25-and-under population.

In 2013, it occupies half the weekends in April, with over 100 acts competing for attention, spread out across seven stages and enough art installations to satisfy even the most ardent aesthetic snob. Headliners this year include the reunited Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rumors of a Daft Punk appearance remain rampant.

But if there’s a unifying theme that’s emerged from the last few festivals, it’s that electronic music has supplanted rock as the primary locus. That’s not to say that there weren’t bravura sets from America and England’s most celebrated rock bands, but none could match the MDMA-addled hordes that congregated in the Sahara Tent, the festival’s dedicated airplane hanger for electronic dance music. READ FULL STORY

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan on 'Delta Machine,' inspiring Frank Ocean, and what his band has in common with Led Zeppelin

Depeche Mode just released their 13th album Delta Machine, their strongest outing of the 21st century. Though they’ve been at it for over three decades, they show few signs of slowing and remain as relevant as ever: They’re constantly being covered (“Just Can’t Get Enough,” the band’s first single, showed up this season on Glee), and as frontman Dave Gahan points out, also regularly providing inspiration for a new generation of boundary-pushing artists.

EW: Your new album Delta Machine was made both in New York, where you live, and in California where Martin Gore has his studio. How does Depeche Mode work being a bi-coastal operation?
Dave Gahan: Depeche Mode is a bit of a revolving door when it comes to other people that work on our record since Alan Wilder left the band 20 years ago. We’ve had to adapt to different ways of working on things. This time we worked with Chris Berg who is a Swedish musician, and he’s worked with bands like Fever Ray and the Knife. He does sort of hardcore electronic stuff. He fit right in, he knew exactly what he was doing, he was very bold, he had great ideas. Martin and I both need a different angle, and that’s what makes it interesting. But to answer your question, yes, Martin’s out there in California, I’m here in New York, so basically we just the recording in half. He has a nice studio in his house, too. This record was really kind of a pleasure to make with Martin. He’s in great shape, he’s writing great songs. He’s as positive as we get as musicians. We’ve come a long way together, we see our strengths and we’ve come to this place where we have a very strong musical bond. I think that just happens with time. Being in a band, you spend the first 10 years chasing something. You spend the next 10 years trying to hold onto it. We’ve spent the last 10 years just kind of doing our own thing. I think there’s a great strength in having the courage and also having the support to do what you want to do when you’re an artist in any way shape or form. And we’ve been lucky to have some great people working with us.

You say you and Martin are positive, but Delta Machine is still pretty dark. Where does that come from?
That’s just in us. READ FULL STORY

Rolling Stones announce new American tour dates

“You kind of knew it was bound to happen again,” Keith Richards says in a video the Rolling Stones uploaded to YouTube today.

Indeed. The Stones will be returning to the road, the band announced in the video. They’ll be hitting up nine American cities (well, one’s Canadian, actually, but you know) from West to East, starting in Los Angeles sometime before May 5 (their first date is still under wraps) and ending in Philadelphia on June 18.

After that, the boys will pop back into England to play their only London date, at Hyde Park on July 6.

“I thought that we should continue doing this when the 50th anniversary came up,” Mick Jagger says in the video, referring to the band’s milestone last year. Hence the name of the venture, “The 50 and Counting Tour.”

Watch the video yourself below, and see the full list of tour dates below that

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Depeche Mode's 'Delta Machine' now streaming on iTunes -- read EW's review here

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How is it that Depeche Mode are one of the few stadium-filling bands from the ‘80s still standing?

It isn’t just that Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher remain upright, though that is impressive considering Gahan’s well-documented struggles with substance abuse. The real feat is that the Depeche Mode sound—obsessively constructed monoliths of synth-based, salvation-obsessed twitchiness—still feels fresh 13 albums into their career.

From another angle, it’s obvious: Most of the time they’ve been so far ahead of the curve that even their most pedestrian output sounds inventive, and you need only look at their followers—from Nine Inch Nails to Frank Ocean—to see that game recognizes game.

Delta Machine is the strongest album the group has put out this century, brushing up against the locked-in grooves of the group’s late-‘80s crest that began with 1984’s Some Great Reward and ran through the revolutionary classic Violator in 1990.  Much of that credit should probably go to collaborator Christoffer Berg, who has previously worked with Swedish electro-terrorists the Knife; he lends a long-lost toughness that runs through much of Delta, especially the end-of-days bass loop that underscores “Secret to the End” and the insistent pounding of “Soft Touch / Raw Nerve.”

In the wrong hands, those instincts would be pushed to the point of abrasiveness, but like any goth greats, Gahan and Gore recognize the need for equal parts candy and razor blades, so the songcraft and melodic flourishes on Delta Machine are as strong as the sonic boundary-pushing. And Gahan still has one of the most darkly sweet baritones in rock, despite the cracks that have snuck into his upper register; some of the gauzier tracks, like the brooding “Alone,” start out drab until Gahan brings the honey, at which point they suddenly shift into deeply compelling technicolor.

Like David Bowie, DM inexplicably chose one of the more bloodless tracks from their big comeback album as the first single, and though Gahan is a fine balladeer, the two songs that find the BPM knob turned way down (the deep-but-plodding “Heaven” and the drippy “The Child Inside”) are digital quicksand. Experience has taught them to finish strong, which is why the stomping, anthemic “Soothe My Soul” and the bluesy, explosive “Goodbye” end Delta Machine on a hallucinatory high note.

The former is especially brilliant at expressing everything that Depeche Mode does well: Sharp rhythmic undercurrent, snarling guitars, paranoid-sounding keyboard hiccups, and Gahan bellowing “I’m coming for you.” Depeche Mode are the definitive synth-rock sharks: They’re survivors, and they can’t stop charging forward. A-
Best Tracks “Soothe My Soul” / “My Little Universe”

Delta Machine is now streaming here.

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Morrissey cancels U.S. tour due to health problems

After several health-related postponements, Morrissey has decided to cancel the remainder of his North American tour dates.

His publicist sent out a message last night, noting “The singer has suffered a series of medical mishaps over the past few months including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and double pneumonia.”

All told, the British singer is calling off 22 dates, including stops in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. According to the press release, refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Moz has been making quite a bit of noise during this particular jaunt. He stood up Jimmy Kimmel as a protest against his fellow Jimmy Kimmel Live! guests from the show Duck Dynasty, then called out artists like Beyoncé and Paul McCartney in a series of rants. Along the way, his health has betrayed him, though he did manage to pull off a high-profile show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center that featured almost no meat products for sale at concession stands. (Morrissey is a militant vegetarian.)

Check out the full list of canceled tour dates below.

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SXSW: British buzz band Palma Violets bring fake IDs, real ruckus on their first trip to Texas

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It’s the classic U.K. conundrum: an artist is old enough to drink (and sell records) back in Britain, but when they hit the States, they’ve got to stick to the ginger ale.

So it is for Palma Violets, a garage-rock band whose famously boozy live shows helped make the under-21 lads the toast of London. Those raucous performances earned them an NME cover and a record deal, which led to their stellar debut album 180 — all without them having recorded a demo.

So, how did the band — singer Sam Fryar, bassist Chilli Jesson, keyboardist Peter Mayhew, and drummer Will Doyle — deal with the prospect of spending SXSW sober? The same way American teens have been for years: “We’re using fake IDs,” Doyle told EW last night at Mellow Johnny’s, a Lance Armstrong-owned bike shop where the band played a KEXP live session. “Except for Pete, since he actually is 21. But yeah, we actually got them on our last trip [to America], because there was no way we were going to be in New York for two weeks without drinking.” [Ed note: We do not condone this behavior, kids! And Austin cops, please don’t arrest them.]

Reasonable enough. But alcohol aside, their show last night — the quartet’s first ever in Texas — was a tamer live experience than they’re used to, given the early-evening time and yuppie-ish location. The sound was unusually good (you can listen to much of it yourself over at KEXP), though, and the boys did get to cut loose at certain points of their set.

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