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Arcade Fire played SNL last night – performing “Reflektor” and “Afterlife” – but they weren’t content to leave it there.  Instead, they played for 30 minute after the show finished, debuting more new music from their upcoming album.

Not completely out of character for the band, the video is pretty surreal throughout. Directed by Roman Coppola, it has appearances from a ton of celebrities – everyone from James Franco (who is pretty much in everything these days) to Bono (who I wish showed up a lot less).

The video begins with “Here Comes The Night Time”, then moves onto two other songs (probably “We Exist” and “Normal Person”, though I haven’t seen confirmation of that yet):


 
Watch for: Michael Cera wearing a shiny jacket that goes perfectly with his weird pseudo-mustache.

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I was all ready to be mad at Charli XCX when she cancelled a bunch of tour dates – including her date here in Austin – to open for Paramore’s tour.  “She’ll never reschedule”, I moaned, “And then the next time she comes through town she’ll be in a much bigger venue.”

Well, Charli proved me wrong because she rescheduled the date only a few months later and in the same venue. And when she finally gets here, it looks like she’ll have some new music to perform.  Read More

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Remember when you had to track down bonus tracks from rare Japanese editions of your favorite LPs? Yeah, I don’t either, but people older than me insist it’s a thing.

At this point, you can be pretty confident that whatever track you’re looking for will eventually end up online, perhaps even legally!

That’s the case for this bonus track from the Japanese edition of At Home, Keep Shelly in Athens‘ debut album that was released last week. Take a listen below: Read More

dance apocalyptic

You may have heard this track back when it was released over the summer, but it’s fresh in my mind now that I’ve had a week to listen to Janelle Monáe‘s amazing new album, The Electric Lady.

Be honest, have you listened to anything except “Q.U.E.E.N.”?  If you haven’t, I don’t blame you; that track alone pushes the album into 10 top category. But you haven’t taken a listen to the album at large, now is the time.

“Dance Apocalyptic” might not be the best track on the album, but it’s certainly one of the catchiest.  Let it be your introduction to the rest of The Electric Lady:


 
Listen for: “What’s the matter? / Your chicken taste like pork? / You have triplets instead of twins? / Does your food taste plastic?”


You can also check out the video for the track, which is absolutely worth 4 minutes of your time (and then 20 more minutes when you watch it 5 more times):

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