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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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Ke$ha tells us all kinds of awesome, crazy stuff: 'Have I made out with chicks? Hell yeah.'

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features a profile of randy new pop star Ke$ha (see an exclusive portrait from the photo shoot), who recently overtook Susan Boyle at the top of the charts and has generally been blowing up the music scene like she’s Lady Gaga in 2009. If you know anything about the budding pop princess, you know this: She’s not lacking in the personality department. Ke$ha always has something to say, and it’s usually kinda crazy. So we thought we’d treat you to all the juicy, leftover tidbits from our interview with her. Little gems like how she gets frisky while text messaging and Twittering, her hatred of “celebretards,” and how she wouldn’t want to meet Jay-Z in a rap-off. Enjoy below!

On the glitter around her right eye: “If I smear glitter on my face, you don’t have a choice—you will be more attracted to me. It’s part of our brand makeup. So anyway, then I started thinking, why just do my eyes? Why not my entire body? And at the end of my shows why don’t I put a backpack on that’s like a hand-held cannon and blast glitter at people? So not only do I look attractive, but so does everybody who’s dancing? It’s kind of like become my thing.”

On providing vocals for Flo Rida’s smash single “Right Round”: “I didn’t get credit, I didn’t get paid. Honestly, I walked into the studio and there was Flo Rida and Dr. Luke doing the song, and I was like, ‘I’ll just sing on it. I’m just happy you like my voice enough to put me on your song.’ I believe in karma, so if I’m not a douchebag about that, it’ll just come back to me. So it’s like, ‘You know what, if you don’t want to pay me, it’s fine. I’m excited to have my voice on the radio.’”

On her relationship with her former marching bandmates from high school: “I get text messages all the time. And they were all such bitches, so now I’m like, Eat it! I save their numbers to prank later.”

On people thinking that she runs around with the likes of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie: “Oh, gross! I’m from the opposite of that. Do you think that those girls dig through the garbage for their clothes? That’s what I’m saying. And, you know, would they live in a house with 10 people that they’ve never met, you know? And would they be OK if they never came home for four days and just went to Vegas on a whim? Like, would they never wear high heels when they go out so they can run from the cops? Very different.”

Much more after the jump!

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Who needs a whole choir to make 'Glee'? This guy can belt out a duet all by himself

A lot of us here are stoked about the release of Glee’s first thirteen episodes on DVD (I can finally skip the fake pregnancy subplot!), but we’re also left wondering what we’re going to do without a reliable dose of singing and dancing teenyboppers in our lives, at least until the show returns in April.

Well, if you want more Glee in your life, why not make it yourself? That’s what YouTube sensation Nick Pitera has done: The 23-year-old has the jaw-dropping ability to sing pitch-perfectly in a smooth male croon and in a falsetto that, well, sounds like a girl’s voice. And a fabulous one at that.

You have to hear what he does to believe it. Pitera covers Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and sings it just like it appears in the Fox series’ first episode—that is, he does it as a male-female duet. And as you can see in the split-screen video below, this computer-animator-by-day performs both parts himself. If you close your eyes while he alternates between vocal registers, you would swear it’s two separate people—of different sexes—singing.

You can also check out Pitera’s take on Glee’s cover of Bill Withers feel-good-classic “Lean on Me,” where he yet again belts out the boy/girl sections with equal aplomb.

So what do you say? Have you heard Nick Pitera before, (his “Don’t Stop Believin’” cover is up to one million views, so somebody has to be watching), and what do you make of his singular talent? And if you still aren’t wowed, check out his cover of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. You won’t dare close your eyes.

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'The Cleveland Show': Watch Hall and Oates' devilish (and angel-ish) cameo

This Sunday, Hall and Oates cameo on Family Guy spin off The Cleveland Show, and you can see their appearance below. I don’t know what relevance it has to the plot, but I do know Oates has allowed himself to be the butt of jokes abut his lack of stature (both professional and actual). That makes him a big man in my book. And, as the book in question is the new biggie from Stephen King, he will actually fit in it!

I jest, of course.

Dare I ask if you can go for this cameo? I dare! I dare!

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Them Crooked Vultures: The rock supergroup streams their entire album online

Rock geek dream supergroup Them Crooked Vultures just leaked their entire album online today. For the uninitiated, The band’s membership is made up of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme singing and shredding on guitar, Foo Fighter/Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl on sticks, and John Paul Jones of LED FREAKING ZEPPELIN on bass and keyboards. Amazing x 3 + holy crap = I’m gonna by this album.

But why did they release their entire 13-track album a week early? According to an email they sent out to fans, “F— PATIENCE, LET’S DANCE. STREAM THE FULL ALBUM NOW.”

Succinctly put, sirs, and hardly misleading—Them Crooked Vultures’ self-titled debut is the booty-shaking kind of hard rock that Homme has experimented with before, but never have the results been so much fun. The dance-tastic “Scumbag Blues” even has a keyboard funk vamp!

Songs like “New Fang” and “Dead End Friends” boast Zep’s God-of-Thunder-style drumming (courtesy of their disciple Grohl) and QOTSA’s inventive guitar playing… they even throw in a few drops of Vanilla Fudge’s psych-metal for flavor. For evidence, listen to “Elephant” below:

So what do you think—now that you can hear it in full, are you more likely to buy when it’s released on November 17th in the U.S.? And how do the Vultures measure up to other hard rock supergroups, like, say, Audioslave, Velvet Revolver or The Dead Weather?

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Electro-pop chanteuse Roisin Murphy gets 'Orally Fixated' on new single

Irish dancefloor iconoclast Roisin Murphy’s new single “Orally Fixated” doesn’t physically come to the U.S. until November 17, but its synthetic charms are already wending their way through the internet’s many channels.

If you think that Roisin is singing about an oral fixation because she’s nine months pregnant—meaning she eats a lot of pickles, right?—well, bless your sweet heart, and try to tune out the words while you listen to the lyrically NSFW song after the jump.

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Mayer Hawthorne: The Music Mix recommends

Mayer Hawthorne just wrapped up his first U.S. tour this month, but we miss him already. The sweet bespectacled crooner from Ann Arbor, Mich., has been all over the place lately, selling out cool-kid venues like NYC’s Mercury Lounge, bringing respectable crowds to suburban shopping malls, even playing soundtrack to a sexy (fantasy?) moment in the Spike Jonze/Kanye West short We Were Once a Fairytale — and yet we still can’t get enough of his Motown-worthy grooves and soothing falsetto.

We’re not the only ones. Hawthorne’s already impressed tastemakers like Mark Ronson, garnered multiple comparisons to soul great Curtis Mayfield (he admits he’s a fan), and nabbed John Mayer’s endorsement for his recently released debut, A Strange Arrangement, as “best record of the year” (Mayer also invited him to open up on several live dates later this year).

What do you think—are you swooning to Hawthorne’s doo-wop tunes as much as we are?

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'Say Anything' turns 20: Cameron Crowe's crazy story behind 'In Your Eyes' and Lloyd Dobler's boom box

Prepare yourselves, hopeless romantics: To commemorate today’s 20th-anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD re-release of Say Anything…, Twentieth Century Fox will be “Mobler”-izng (apparently “mob” + “Dobler” = “Mobler” — and yes, I agree it’s a stretch) a veritable army of Lloyd Dobler lookalikes to descend upon New York City’s Times Square later today, boom boxes outstretched and hearts worn proudly on their trench-coated sleeves. Clever? Yes. Original? Hardly!

In last week’s issue of EW, I wrote of my own life-imitating-Lloyd moment to get my high school girlfriend back, which coincided with the original release of the movie two decades ago.

Today’s publicity stunt will also have over-the-emo-top-named band the Lloyd Dobler Effect playing an acoustic version of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” What it will not have, but which I have here, is the full story from Say Anything‘s writer and director Cameron Crowe on how the scene and song came together to create the iconic John Cusack moment (and, um, eventual shameless PR stunt).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did the scene come about? It’s something that could have gone terribly awry, but instead is incredibly endearing and iconic and lasting. Did you just write “lifts boom box overhead”?

CAMERON CROWE: Yeah, and the music wafts down the hillside, I think was what it was. I was supposed to, not that it’s such an epic event, but I just remember the day that I was waiting to go somewhere; we were in Seattle and Nancy [Wilson, Heart guitarist and Crowe's wife of 23 years ] and I were late to go someplace and I was ready to go and she needed some more time. I had been writing, and it’s that great thing of like, “Thank goodness I don’t have to work on this any longer and try and solve this problem because I’ve got to go.”

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Florence + the Machine in concert: The Brit sensations turn Bowery into church of rock 'n' roll

You know you’re at a great rock show when there’s a harpist reeling and rocking onstage just as hard as the guitarist.

Such was the mood of wild-child artiness last night at New York’s Bowery Ballroom when Florence + the Machine pummeled the audience with their forceful brand of indie soul.

Even before the British buzz band took the stage, opening act Holly Miranda thrilled the crowd by bringing out surprise guests Nada Surf (yeah, all three members) to be her backing band. The alt-rock favorites provided some easy-going muscle to Miranda’s mournful sound, contributing vocals on some numbers and even playing their own “Killian’s Red” with Miranda’s support.

Excitement levels stayed high between sets thanks to celebrity fever: Someone in the crowd noticed Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl (seriously, omfg), and the sight of him hiding in the wings incited a flurry of iPhone picture-taking activity.

When Florence Welch herself finally glided onstage, her ethereal presence transformed everything. Wild red hair stood out in stark contrast to her wispy white gown, and her whole countenance gave everything a vaguely spiritual quality. The plastic Christmas lights strewn around the stage suddenly brought to mind vocational candles in a cathedral, and the granny drapery behind the band suddenly seemed elegant and baroque.

She basically covered Lungs in its entirety, including takes on “I’m Not Calling You a Liar,” “Hurricane Drunk” and “Dog Days Are Over,” and by the time she dove into the crunchy rave-up “Kiss with a Fist,” it was obvious Welch was just as adept as playing the rock and roller as she was the gospel diva. Flailing around—or as she called it, “wigging out”—and conducting her band with lithe hand motions, Florence Welch gives the impression that she is as much a force of nature as she is an artist.

Not to say she ever truly let loose—actually, her McCartney-esque goofball charm wouldn’t be out of place in a British music hall. But her art—her commanding voice, her yearning songs of redemption—is as elemental as it is exciting, leaving one with the feeling that Florence + the Machine is a band that will be with us for a while.

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