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Django Django get trippy in 'Life's a Beach' video: Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

As we noted in our November playlist, the spacey British indie rockers in Django Django have made quite the impression on our playlists since their Mercury Prize-nominated debut made it to our shores this fall.

That impressive self-titled album was coupled with their surrealist “Hail Bop” video, which combined Tron, Salvador Dali, and our weirdest lucid dreams. Now the four-piece has a new clip for their song “Life’s a Beach,” and it takes that psychedelic aesthetic one step further with out-there visual effects that one might encounter on late-night public-access television circa 1989.

Check out Django Django’s latest visual treat in the video exclusively on EW.com below:

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Chris Martin, Eric Clapton added to Hurricane Sandy benefit in NYC

And the lineup for the big 12-12-12 benefit for Hurricane Sandy keeps getting bigger and better.

British rock heavyweights Eric Clapton and Chris Martin have been added to the increasing roster of musicians lined up to play Madison Square Garden. As we reported last week, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and the entire Bon Jovi band were the most recent additions.

Also slated to perform at the benefit are Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, the Who, and Roger Waters. Proceeds from the concert will go toward Hurricane Sandy relief via the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Tickets are on sale now.

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman' -- EXCLUSIVE

Here comes another round of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors.

The revered rock band’s three surviving members — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jimmy Page — have been confirmed for a rare TV interview on The Late Show With David Letterman next week, EW can exclusively announce.

The Led Zep vets have been spending a fair amount of time together lately as they promote this month’s Celebration Day, the DVD/CD version of the reunion-ish concert that they staged in London back in 2007. And as we reported last month, the trio’s recent encounters with the press have resulted in “politely terse” to “cheekily hostile” interactions, especially regarding the question of a band reunion. All of this should hopefully make their chat with Dave an interesting one.

And for those wondering, Paloma Faith is booked as Letterman’s musical guest that night. So unless an incredibly bizarre collaboration goes down, it’s unlikely that Led Zep will be rocking out Ed Sullivan Theater.

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Pulp to end their reunion

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Pulp, one of the foremost groups in the ’90s Britpop scene, are drawing their reunion to a close.

“We’ll just be cruising off into the sunset,” lead singer Jarvis Cocker told England’s Q Magazine (via NME.com) “Seems poetic. Not wishing to make a big deal, but we’ve played for a while and it’s been really good, but you can’t keep doing that forever.”

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Coldplay hints at hiatus

Is Chris Martin pulling a Dave Grohl?

During a recent Coldplay show in Australia, Martin dropped numerous hints that his band might be taking some kind of hiatus.

“This is the last big show for three years or so,” the singer told the crowd last Wednesday, Billboard reports. “I don’t want to stop.” That, coupled with an earlier comment assuring the audience “that we’re going to play for you the best f—ing show in our life,” have people wondering if there might be a short break in order for the “Fix You” band.

Of course, none of that means the band will be leaving us completely. For one, we know for sure that drummer Will Champion will enter our televisions next year via HBO’s Game of Thrones. Moreover, the hints dropped throughout the show indicate a hiatus from playing live — leaving open the possibility that the band could spend some of the next few years writing and recording their next album. And, probably, getting some sleep.

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Album sales: One Direction top Billboard 200 for second time this year

They may have had a trophy-free night at last weekend’s American Music Awards, but One Direction still have the votes of more than half a million album buyers (you know who you are).

For the second time this year, the British boy band has snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to their sophomore effort Take Me Home. And taken to many homes they were: the group moved 540,000 units in the week, a vast improvement from the 176,000 their record-breaking debut Up All Night earned them back in March.

The new numbers give them the third largest debut week of the year, with only Taylor Swift’s Red (1.2 million) and Mumford & Sons’ Babel (600,000) surpassing them.

Of course, when someone goes up, someone’s gotta come down. Swift’s three weeks atop the chart came to an end, dipping to the second spot with 145,000 for its fourth week. (That puts Red‘s running total at 1.89 milli.)

Rounding out the top three this week is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which pulled off 93,000 in sales for the frame — a decent showing, but markedly less than their first installment’s soundtrack (which debuted at No. 1 with 165,000) or the New Moon edition (which moved 153,000 units).

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Rolling Stones expands anniversary tour, add Brooklyn date

Are the Rolling Stones going artisanal?

After watching tickets to their four-date 50th anniversary tour sell like hotcakes, the Stones have announced that they’ll be playing an additional fifth show for fans — in Brooklyn.

According the band’s site, Mick and the boys will be playing the borough’s new Barclays Center on Dec. 8, the Saturday before their two dates at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. (The first two concerts of the band’s victory lap will take place at London’s O2 Arena.) Presale tickets for the Brooklyn show begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST, while general tickets will be up for grabs starting the morning of Monday, Nov. 19.

And they’re not the only Brits invading Brooklyn that month: Coldplay recently announced that they, along with Jay-Z, will be playing Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve.

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One Direction announces 3-D movie on 'Today', shows off new tattoo on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

One Direction’s new album Take Me Home hits U.S. streets today, and the boys in the band won’t let you forget it.

The British group hit up Today this morning, an event that attracted a record-breaking 15,000 shrieking fans to Rockefeller Plaza (and made Music Mix late to work). According to Al Roker, no other group in the history of the Today show has brought in so many fans — so bravo, Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn, and Louis.

The boys also had a special announcement for Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie: they’re having a baby movie!

“We are going to do our first-ever movie, and it’s going to be in 3-D,” Niall announced.
It’s coming to cinemas near you on the 30th of August, 2013.”

Well, then! Get ready to go through 1D-mania all over again next year. But for now, take a glimpse at their Today performance in the video below:
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Hear a 'Silver Linings Playbook' exclusive track, 'Buffalo,' from Mercury Prize-winning rockers Alt-J -- EXCLUSIVE

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Things are looking good for Silver Linings Playbook – the David O. Russell-directed Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence drama already garnering serious critical raves in advance of its Nov. 21 release — and for Alt-J, the British indie rock outfit that recently took home England’s esteemed Mercury Prize for their debut, An Awesome Wave.

Winners like to come together, apparently: Alt-J has penned a song for Silver Linings, “Buffalo,” for the the official soundtrack, which also contains previously released tracks from Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Alabama Shakes, as well as a new score by Danny Elfman.

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Check out Coldplay's 'God Put a Smile Upon Your Face' from 'Live 2012' - EXCLUSIVE

Coldplay are known for turning it out at their live shows — Chris Martin’s signature dance style even has its own Urban Dictionary entry — and now fans can experience it all in widescreen, thanks to the upcoming concert doc Live 2012.

The movie, filmed over a handful of cities around the world during the band’s tour for 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, finds the group hitting the highlights of their vast catalog, including on smashes both old (“Clocks,” “Yellow,” “Fix You”) and new (most notably “Princess of China,” which features a guest appearance by Rihanna).

Coldplay’s Live 2012 premieres on cable network Epix on November 17, with the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release following a few days later.

But you can get a first look at the film below with the exclusive unveiling of Coldplay knocking out a particularly rocked-up version of “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face,” from 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head:

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