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Listen: Panic! At The Disco Covers "Bohemian Rhapsody," Wins the Internet

Queen's eternal classic—and drunken karaoke standby—has received a seriously excellent re-do. see more
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Fall Preview: 18 Albums You'll Be Downloading Before Christmas

After a summer of endless music festivals and the continuous loop of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," it's time to look ahead. With the dark pop of newcomer Banks, a new side of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O, and the return of Interpol, Weezer, Pink Floyd, and Foo Fighters (plus rumored releases from Kanye West and Adele), the rest of 2014 has more than enough reasons for music fans to be pumped. Here are the best autumn LPs from veterans and newcomers alike. see more
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Q&A: Playwright Kenneth Lonergan Brings His Enduring Coming-of-Age, This Is Our Youth, to Broadway

From left: Mark Ruffalo and Missy Yager; Tavi Gevinson and Michael Cera. Since This Is Our Youth premiered Off-Broadway in 1996 starring Mark Ruffalo, playwright Kenneth Lonergan's searing portrait of three teens behaving badly in early-eighties New York City has been a launching pad for gifted young actors out to prove their mettle. Warren, a slacker who steals $15,000 from his abusive father, was played by both Jake Gyllenhaal and Casey Affleck early in their careers, while Matt Damon and Hayden Christensen took on Dennis, the drug-dealing owner of the apartment where most of the action takes place. Anna Paquin see more
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Trading Music for Meds

Last spring, Jason Sebastian Russo (pictured above), of the bands Common Prayer and Hopewell, was stricken by a stabbing pain on the left side of his mouth every time he tried to eat. It was a cavity. But the 40-year-old musician—who hadn't been to a dentist since he was a kid, and last saw a regular doctor when he was in his early 20s—couldn't afford proper healthcare. Free clinics in Brooklyn could help with urgent medical needs, but not a bad tooth. see more
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The Shins' James Mercer on His Childhood Shyness and Why He Never Went Solo

Mr. Mercer, how do you write a song? It depends on what the song needs or wants. I try to interpret what the music is already saying. I listen to the music and try to figure out what emotions are being expressed by that music. Often times it'll remind me of something I've been thinking about and I'll go down that route. If that doesn't work, I think it's cool to just try to come up with some sort of hypothetical scenario that gives that emotional feeling that's being expressed by the music. There are different ways of doing see more
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Budding Musician Cris Cab on Working With Pharrell, His Off-Stage Style, and His Favorite Store

Big news for Cris Cab, whose song "Liar Liar" saw north of 27 million views on YouTube as of this post: The 21-year-old Miami native will be the opening act for his mentor Pharrell Williams during the upcoming Dear G I R L tour. So if the name didn't ring a bell for you, it may very well enter prime buzz territory soon. see more
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How Honor Titus Went From Shooting Hoops with Julian Casablancas to Opening for The Strokes

Honor Titus was a little late for our interview. The 24-year-old lead singer of Cerebral Ballzy—one of just eight bands represented by the indie label, Cult Records, founded by The Strokes' Julian Casablancas—was busy arguing with a stranger outside the bar where we met him. Titus' aggression takes many forms, and while he may best known for his expletive-laden punk lyrics, he actually has a lot to say about modern urban life. In advance of the June 17th release of Cerebral Ballzy's new album Jaded & Faded, we spoke to him about growing up in New York City, his see more
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The Black Keys Change Their Tune on New Album Turn Blue

It's been three years since the Black Keys released their platinum seventh record, El Camino, which shot up the Billboard charts, won three Grammys, and helped pioneer a blues-tinged-garage-rock revival. But on their latest, Turn Blue (out May 13), the duo peel away from their trademark sound and experiment with psychedelic riffs, sunny synths, and swinging melodies. From the beckoning guitars on "Bullet in the Brain" to the unforgettable lyrics of "Gotta Get Away," it's clearly an effort built for summer (and a convertible). But the pair's prolific production credits preserve their roots-rock, well, roots. Guitarist Dan Auerbach brings bluesy see more
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Q&A with David Byrne: Filmmaker, Performance Artist, Disco Theatre Writer—and Musician

He's directed a film, starred in others, crusaded against the free music-streaming industry, and, oh yeah, written a hit song or two (you can keep tabs via his online journal). Now music legend David Byrne is burning down the house at the Public Theatre with the immersive theatrical experience "Here Lies Love" (pictured below), an interactive disco written with Fatboy Slim that tracks the life of Philippine ex-first lady Imelda Marcos. You can join the party in New York, or catch the genre-bending hit maker (along with some special, unannounced guests) this evening on The Tonight Show. see more
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Lily Allen: "If He's Gonna be Yeezus, I Sure as Hell Wanna be Sheezus"

The 28-year-old Brit-pop provocateur learned a few things during her self-imposed exile: Kanye rules, Twitter sucks, and if a girl won't get naked, she'd better speak the naked truth. see more
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