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Backstreet Boys Are Back In The Studio, Alright!

Brothers, sisters, everybody sing: Backstreet’s back! This morning on Good Morning America, the OG boybanders Backstreet Boys shared the good news that they are back to work on a new album, their first with all five original members since 2005. With a hand from Mary J. Blige and Train producer Martin Terefe, they hope to have the album set for release by the band’s 20th anniversary next spring. And before then, they will play their first of surely many comeback shows on GMA this August 31st. Alright! Read more…

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It’s Hugs All Around For No Doubt In Their New “Settle Down” Video

At last, No Doubt are steady on their return! Yesterday they dropped “Settle Down,” their first new track in over decade, and today we get the accompanying video. Directed by “Don’t Speak”, “Simple Kind Of Life” and “Underneath It All” director Sophie Muller, the clip casts the band’s four members as truck drivers looking to reconnect at some sort of LED-lit, carnival-esque parking lot party. It’s hugs all around when they get there, and then onto some skanking and an impromptu performance in a truck-bed.

Two kids later and bra-straps forever sliding out from her tank, Gwen Stefani looks and sounds almost exactly as she did when we last left her. And to be sure, that verve of hers is only in part thanks to the shiny red L’Oreal Paris Infallible lip gloss she flashes around. Time truly has not touched these guys, and they are still repping a similar sound and the same dance moves. And most of all, they still look cooler than we could ever hope to be. We are so glad to have the good influence of Gwen and her boys back in rotation!

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Lil Wayne Proves He Is Not A Human Being In “My Homies Still”

Lil Wayne and his skateboard take over suburbia in his new video for “My Homies Still” featuring Big Sean from the upcoming sequel album, I Am Not A Human Being Pt. 2. The front lawns of nice homes in a quiet neighborhood are crowded with Lil Wayne’s circus of disarmed naked mannequins, an elephant and random furniture. Not to mention a hyper Lil Wayne rapping in leopard shorts sans a shirt. “Don’t make my goons go stupid,” Wayne raps while the neighbor walking his dog looks rather perplexed right before his head turns into the dog’s and vice versa. Big Sean chills out next to his skeletal pal draped with a purple feather neck piece. And have we mentioned the chick making out with one of the mannequins on the porch? Read more…

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You Oughta Know Live: The Lumineers Push Through “Stubborn Love”

It’s no secret that we love July and August You Oughta Know artists The Lumineers‘ “Ho Hey!” So joyous and ever infectious, they stomped their way straight to our hearts. We would be remiss, though, if we didn’t share also The Lumineers’ more plaintive side. At VH1 headquarters for their You Oughta Know Live performance, they slowed things down for “Stubborn Love,” a beautiful and yearning song about love that won’t give up. “She’ll tear a hole in you, the one you can’t repair,” it so goes, “but I still love her, I don’t really care.” Refusing to give in and raised by a crescendo of drums and cello, they insist that you “Keep your head up, keep your love” because “It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all.” And when Wesley Schultz wails that, “The opposite of love is indifference,” you can’t help but feel moved.

The rising American folk rock trio also performed “Ho Hey!” and “Slow It Down” off their self-titled debut. Check out their full session here!
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The xx Debut Pretty New Single “Angels”

We’ve been waiting for this! The xx have finally debuted proper “Angels,” a pretty first single off their much anticipated sophomore effort Coexist. Much like their eponymous debut album — and even some of their blockbuster side projects since — the oh-so-delicate love song is a carefully crafted and coy affair. “The end comes to soon, like dreaming of angels,” sings a yearning Romy Madley Croft‘s, before adding a long few beats later, “and leaving without them.” Tantalizing in how spare it is, the song builds slowly to a cluster of drum rolls before it gently decrescendos like an exhale to the close.

Coexist is out September 11th in the U.S. via Young Turks. Enjoy “Angels” above, and check out the album’s cover and tracklist below.

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Passion Pit Cancel Six Shows For Michael Angelakos To Deal With His Mental Health

Passion Pit Cancels Six Shows

As Passion Pit gears up from their upcoming Gossamer album dropping on July 24th, the group has some unfortunate news. Rolling Stone reports the band’s lead Michael Angelakos apologized for the six cancelled shows on the group’s website. Michael wrote, “In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health.” He thanks the fans for their support and looks forward to seeing “all of you very soon in a much different light.” Shows have been cancelled in Nashville, TN, Knoxville, TN, Charlotte, NC, Dover, DE, Norfolk, VA and New York, NY. Read more…

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Founding Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dead At 71

Heavy music fans the world over are mourning the death today of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord. He died from a pulmonary embolism this morning after battling pancreatic cancer for several years and passed away surrounded by family at the London Clinic.

Lord was a founding member of the seminal hard rock band who are known as one of “The Big Three” of early heavy metal, alongside fellow countrymen Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Formed in London in 1968, the band’s galloping rhythms and neo-classical flourishes expanded and forever influenced metal’s musical language. Their landmark 1972 release Machine Head is one of rock’s essential albums, containing such standards as “Smoke On The Water,” “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin.’” Throughout their discography, Lord’s virtuosic keyboard playing might be the bands most innovative aspect. In a genre primarily known for loud and distorted guitar riffs, his thick and aggressive keyboards gave many of Deep Purple’s heaviest songs their actual heft.

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Mumford and Sons Are Set To Return With Babel This Fall


Since their 2007 debut, Mumford & Sons have exploded from London porch-stomping, You Oughta Know artists past into the Grammy nominated, chart-topping, Unplugged playing, movie star marrying, scene-leaders they are today. And all this with just one album, Sigh No More, to their name. To be sure, all these years later we still have those twelve tracks in regular rotation on our iPods. But it’s time that the “Dust Bowl Dance” goes on. Thankfully, the Mumford & Sons have at long last confirmed that a sophomore album is on the way. Babel will hit shelves September 25th and will include twelve new songs to take us into the fall.

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Meek Mill And Drake Have An “Amen” Party, But Not In Church

Meek Mill’s recent dispute with local Philadelphia pastor over his song “Amen,” which Pastor Jomo Johnson believes to be blasphemous, didn’t phase Meek. Bright and early on Sunday morning he dropped the NSFW video to the controversial song featuring Drake. So, we’re assuming the Philly rapper wasn’t in church when he tweeted out the link to “Amen” followed by, “#amen? video is 100% real footage! Really my whips, really club liv, really my friends, really on a jet, really drake show! #mmg.” Everything is real footage, but we hypothesize the women passed out on the sofa and in the bathtub after a long night of partying isn’t “real.” But we get the drift. Read more…

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Green Day Are Back With “Oh Love”

Like No Doubt, Green Day, too, are back and doing the 90s proud. The pop-punk heroes have a trilogy of albums called ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre! lined-up for release beginning this fall (September 25th, November 13th, and January 15th, respectively), and today they debuted the first cut from the bunch. “Oh Love” finds the band back in fine form.

This Rob Cavallo-produced single is a bit more produced than some of the band’s earlier stuff, and the punchy-guitars might sound straight classic rock were it not for Billie Joe Armstrong‘s still distinctive — and at times almost pained sounding — voice and trademark angst. “Far away, far away/ waste away tonight/ I am wearing my heart on a noose,” goes the chorus, and you know that Green Day have still got it.
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