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Tegan and Sara dance through 'Heartthrob' -- Live on the scene at New York's Beacon Theatre

The Quin sisters are dance-obsessed.

The Canadian duo’s awesome new album Heartthrob was produced by Greg Kurstin (Pink, Gwen Stefani, Ke$ha), Mike Elizondo (Eminem, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado), and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Gnarls Barkley), all of whom infused the ladies’ huge pop hooks with heady keyboard atmospherics and bass-heavy throb.

During their performance at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night, Tegan asked the crowd if they were excited about the return of rave fashion, noting that she and her sister used to be part of the glowstick crowd in the late ’90s.

The duo may have masked their penchant for massive pop hooks on their earliest releases, which tended to lean on indie-folk singalongs. Slowly though, they added more crunch and jitter, punking up the guitars and speeding up the drums. As their sound evolved, it became clear that they had always been writing dance music—it just took a few albums for the full-on pop diva costume to fit right.

They drove that point home over the course of a nearly two-hour set at the Beacon, which featured a healthy dose of Heartthrob. Though those songs are mostly radio-ready smashes (“Drove Me Wild” seems particularly primed for heavy rotation), Tegan was almost apologetic about rolling out so much new stuff. READ FULL STORY

On My iPod: 'Castle' star Stana Katic on collecting folk music and making out to Led Zeppelin

On Castle, Stana Katic plays Kate Beckett, a no-nonsense detective who often has to reign in partner and paramour Rick Castle.

In her life outside of network procedurals, however, Katic is a little more footloose—she regularly travels the world in search of new culture, and spends a great deal of that time on the road listening to and collecting new music.

She also got an education in punk rock history for her upcoming film CBGB, in which she plays producer and club mainstay Genya Ravan. Check out some of Katic’s favorites below, and spin them all on the Spotify playlist at the bottom:

Queen, “I Want to Break Free”
“F— yeah. I never knew about until very recently. There are just these classic rock songs that for some reason weren’t on my radar growing up. It speaks to me on so many levels. Everyone around me was like, ‘How do you not know this song?’ And then I watched the video and was even more in love with it. Freddie Mercury is incredible. He’s an amazing vocalist, and his story was really wonderful as well. It’s that amazing mix of classical ballad vocals with rock, and I see that happening a lot now. The lead singer for fun. or Neon Trees—these guys have voices that could fit elegantly and comfortably on any Broadway stage, but here they are entertaining us with rock music. Their vocals are so complex and capable of inspiring a lot. Freddie Mercury, I think in so many ways led that path. He’s an incredible performer. I like this song because it’s got a great beat, it’s got a lot of fun going for it, but it speaks to my restlessness, my wanderlust right now. I feel like a caged cheetah sometimes.” READ FULL STORY

Drake drops new single 'Started From the Bottom': Hear it here

Drake was supposed to debut his new single next weekend in the wake of the Grammys, but apparently Super Bowl fever overcame him and he just couldn’t wait.

Over the weekend, Drake unveiled “Started From the Bottom,” the first single from his still-untitled follow-up to his smash sophomore release Take Care. It deviates a bit from the norm for Drake, delving more into the hallucinogenic energy of Kendrick Lamar or A$AP Rocky.

Drake sets aside his warm croon for something a little harder and more confrontational, and there doesn’t seem like much crossover potential as a single, but the heads will certainly be happy. Give it a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Watch Wake Owl's new video 'Gold' here - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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Wake Owl is the nom de studio of singer-songwriter Colyn Cameron, a worldly rambler who intricately constructs hymns out of warm-strummed folk, breezy country hardware like steel guitars and violins, and his slightly psychedelic coo.

His new single “Gold” (which has also been featured on Grey’s Anatomy) comes from the forthcoming EP Wild Country, which will be available January 29 via Vagrant Records. Check out the exclusive premiere of the video for “Gold,” which deftly translates the track’s dusty swirl into visual form, below.  READ FULL STORY

Avril Lavigne covers fiance's band: Hear her sing Nickelback here

Engaged lovers Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are gonna get all cute in front of you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

As the entire internet has noted, the First Couple of Canadian music are putting a maple-leaf ring on it. So, Lavigne had no choice but to take the next logical step: covering her fiance’s band Nickelback outright. And she chose wisely: “How You Remind Me,” of the Kroeger band’s bigger hits, sounds pretty all right coming from Lavinge’s voice.

The song actually comes from the soundtrack of a Japanese anime movie called One Piece Film: Z, which makes us really curious to know what that movie’s all about.

Until that flick hits American shores, though, you can buy the soundtrack album on Amazon for $40. Or just listen to the song for free in the video below:

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Shania Twain leads parade of horses to residency in Las Vegas

It was a stunt so strange, not even the writers of Nashville could’ve dreamed it up.

Shania Twain arrived to her two-year residency in Las Vegas by leading a parade of forty horses through the city yesterday, the AP reports. The singer, herself on horseback, was accompanied by nine wranglers as they made their way to the fountains in front of Caesars Palace, which will host her Vegas run starting on Dec. 1.

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Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj coordinate a pool party for 'Beauty and the Beat': Watch the 'stolen' video here

Hey, remember that time everyone was worried about Justin Bieber’s stolen laptop and camera? Turns out, it was just one giant psych – so you’re off the hook, Tacoma-area thieves!

The stolen-gear claims made by Bieber and his label were all part of a coordinated publicity stunt designed to pique your interest in the video for “Beauty and the Beat,” his Believe collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

“On October of 2012 three hours of personal footage was stolen from musician Justin Bieber,” the video hosted on Bieber’s official Vevo account reads. “The following footage was illegally uploaded by an anonymous blogger.”

In fact, the clip features DIY-style scenes of a massive waterpark party, complete with beer pong, babes, and, of course, Ms. Minaj, the sudden queen of dubiously leaked videos.

Take a look at the fake found footage for yourself in the “Beauty and the Beat” below:

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Alanis Morissette covers Green Day's 'Basket Case' in support of Billie Joe Armstrong: Watch it here

Green Day and Alanis Morissette are kindred spirits in a way. Both broke big when their third albums — 1994′s Dookie and 1995′s Jagged Little Pill – became smash successes at around the same time, so it makes sense that Morissette would want to make a public show of support for the beleaguered Billie Joe Armstrong.

“I’ve always been an advocate and supporter of artists and Billie Joe, to me, he deserves to be bowed down to,” Morissette told Billboard after covering Green Day’s ’95 hit “Basket Case” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “He’s been in this industry for a long time and so for him to experience the consequence of a system that kind of set it up for him to fail is a travesty to me.”

“I think he’s braver than I am,” she added. “We’re all figuring it out, so let’s just support the fragile artist.”

Take a look at Alanis’ cover of Green Day in the video below:

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Deadmau5 battles My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way in crazy expensive 'Professional Griefers' video -- Watch it here

Think Reel Steel meets Electric Daisy Carnival, and you’re almost close to visualizing Deadmau5′s new video for “Professional Griefers.” I say “almost” because even the most vivid imagination would be missing one of the UFC-themed clip’s key ingredients: So. Much. Money.

In a recent interview with Spin.com (also known as the only Spin), Deadmau5 helmet-wearer Joel Zimmerman claims that the video “is one of the highest-budget electronic music videos of all time,” saying that the budget is “in the seven-digit range.”

So, what did all of that money go toward? A giant, future-primitive Ultimate Fighting thunderdome in which the EDM hero battles My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way with massive, remote-controlled metal avatars. Oh, and there’s a cute little puppy! Sort of…

See all seven digits of this electronic madness in the video below:

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It's coming: Carly Rae Jepsen's album 'Kiss' set for Sept. 18 release

After a summer full of Hot 100 dominance, countless parody videos, and a planned 90210 cameo, it’s hard to believe Carly Rae Jepsen hasn’t put out a new album in four years. That all changes next month, however, when Jepsen will release her sophomore effort, Kiss, on Sept. 18. READ FULL STORY

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