<p>The Black Keys</p>

The Black Keys

Watch: Black Keys feature a 'Lonely Boy' on first single from new album

This 'El Camino' is driven by a lip-syncing superfan

The Black Keys are no strangers to bizarre music videos, and the latest for single "Lonely Boy" is no exception.

This single-shot video features the hot-stepping and lip-sycning of a man who is decidedly not the Black Keys. He, however, exhibits a familiarity of the tune as though he were.

Interestingly, the clip was shot by Jesse Dylan, an acclaimed media executive and the director of films like "Kicking & Screaming." He is also is the son of Bob Dylan. I'm not sure why the big guns were brought in for a video that looks like it was shot on your iPhone.

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Watch: Monica brings death and tears into 'Until It's Gone'

Watch: Monica brings death and tears into 'Until It's Gone'

There goes your Tuesday

Geez, Monica, you had to go there.

It seems that the veteran R&B singer went all the way with her "just you wait until I leave you" theme in "Until It's Gone," the Diane Martel-helmed music video to her latest song from forthcoming "New Life." It's as though she hooked up with the same melodrama machine that pumped out Lil Wayne's soap-operatic "How to Love," complete with cheating men and hospital scenes of mourning.

There's at least this grand PSA: don't forget to buckle your seatbelt.

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<p>Little Big Town</p>

Little Big Town

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Watch: Little Big Town covers 'Moves Like Jagger' to a T

Covers series engages with Maroon 5's mega-hit

I'll admit: I'm sick to death of Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera. This No. 1 was completely unavoidable all summer, and I don't like a shirtless Adam Levine smirking at me. I heard a two-year-old on the subway singing it the other day and I felt a faint urge to kidnap the little guy.

But Little Big Town is making me circle back, or at least has me putting their version on repeat. As part of the Nashville-based country band's "Scattered, Smothered and Covered" series, the group collaborated with their road band for a banjo-happy version. It's... adorable. And it's recorded backstage at a concert in Iowa.

The SSC series is a very smart move on the part of Little Big Town. By covering acts like Adele and the Jackson 5, they're grabbing the attention of folks who might not be aware of the quartet to begin with.

Look for more SSC on the Little Big Town YouTube channel.

LBT last released "The Reason Why" last year.

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<p>Mazzy Star</p>

Mazzy Star

Listen: Mazzy Star to 'Lay Down' new album in lieu of fresh single

Hope Sandoval and David Roback release new music for the first time in a decade

Last year at the U.S. edition of All Tomorrow's Parties, Hope Sandoval sent me straight off to Dreamland, in many good ways. The light-dappled eddies of her butter-smooth voice shot me straight back to 1994, to Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," just a couple years before the Cowboy Junkies charmed the world with the same sound on their cover of the Velvets' "Sweet Jane." It was a cool period where ladies sounded like women, somewhat of a predecessor to artists like Neko Case, Beach House and Liz Phair, at least to these ears.

Mazzy Star -- the winning combination of Sandoval and David Roback -- hasn't released a new album since 1996. They split that year and then around the turn of the century, they went on a brief reunion tour, during which they played unreleased and new songs. Since then, both have sworn that they'd eventually put something out, including that time in 2009 Sandoval swore a new album was coming, even if the release date was a little bit hazy.

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<p>Trent Reznor</p>

Trent Reznor

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Listen: Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Depeche Mode, more cover U2 for 'Achtung'

How does Trent Reznor sound on his band's take of 'Zoo Station' for 'AHK-toong?'

The U2 covers keep marching in, "Baby." Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, the Fray, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode and more have now revealed their takes on songs from U2's "Achtung Baby," compiled into Q Magazine's covers tribute "AHK-toong BAY-bi."

Trent Reznor and his midnight merry men get a little squirrely with the end of "Zoo Station" as Brandon Flowers' dramatic voice flares all over the Killers' cover of "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)." Depeche Mode's "So Cruel" is predictably dark.

"AHK-toong BAY-bi" came out today, packaged with Q Magazine latest. The publication also honored U2 for some damn thing last night at its annual awards show.

"Achtung Baby" gets its own schmancy reissue on Oct. 31. I've already fawned.

Last week, we posted U2 covers from Jack White, Damien Rice and Garbage; below, ah hell, I've just posted as much of the covers set as I can. What's your favorite?

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<p>Kelly Clarkson, &quot;Stronger&quot;</p>

Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger"

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Review: Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' is weak on identity

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Singles at competition with themselves

 

On Kelly Clarkson’s new song “You Love Me,” the singer bemoans her own disintegration: “I’m just a sinking ship” she bawls, as though from said ship. “I’m not as strong as you think.”
 
This after she’s already declared, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” from Jorgen Elofsson-penned “What Doesn’t Kill You.”
 
Has Clarkson not been “killed” enough? How much longer does she need to stay in pain?
 
Because pain and disappointment still spill from the liner notes of the original “American Idol’s” newest album “Stronger.” Loudly lamenting the state of her romantic affairs is no new go-to for Clarkson – and it’s honestly what she does best – but the quantitative and qualitative volume at which she delivers is what makes each new song on “Stronger” just sound like its at competition with itself.
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<p>Coldplay, &quot;Mylo Xyloto&quot;</p>

Coldplay, "Mylo Xyloto"

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Review: Coldplay, 'Mylo Xyloto' is a mixed bag of pain and pleasure

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Can a new audience fall in love with Chris Martin falling in love with Rihanna?

It’s a bit of an optical illusion, saying that Coldplay’s new “Mylo Xyloto” runs 14 tracks long. Three of them are instrumental interludes and intros. One of them should have been trimmed. And one doesn’t belong on this album altogether. 

Frontman Chris Martin took visual cues from graffiti and historical inspiration from places like Nazi-occupide Germany to inform his “let’s get out of this town” narrative, as restless boy meets troubled girl and they fly/float into destruction. It, of course, ends with the boy finding solace as he looks toward heaven and hope. Of course.
 
In this regard, the the British quartet have made a complete and fitting album, this their fifth full-length. “Mylo” comes on the heels of immensely, astronomically successful “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (2008), the first marriage of Chris Martin’s familiar melodies and Jonny Buckland’s friendly guitar lines with Brian Eno. The veteran producer helped turn some of the sad-sacking into arena-sized laments (see: “Lost?” vs. “Lost!”) and a four-on-the-floor rocker into one of the best-known singles from that year (the album’s “Viva La Vida”).
 
Here, Eno’s attributions of size and texture remain the same, though the triumph of each song is limited to Martin’s capability of coming up with a melody that sounds new and trustworthy. And with Martin, that’s always a hazy indefinable: with his strongest songs, I’m left dumbstruck that those melodies haven’t ever been written before, and I’m merely glad they finally made their way out. They’re so familiar, sing-songy, like the children’s stuff of “Princess of China” or the stupid-sticky sweetness of “Paradise. But then there's excellent “Charlie Brown,” which recalls Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Going Down,” or “Hurts Like Heaven,” played with a body-shaking “Keep the Car Running” thump. (Buckland, on the other hand, owes fantastical royalties to the Edge for "Us Against the World.")
 
These aren't bad songs, though. And Martin most accomplished on the album’s earliest single, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” the titles and lyrics to which played second fiddle to the bagpipe-like guitar riff and – yes – the return of four-on-the-floor. And perhaps that is the most major downside to Martin’s melodic architecture: it comes at the expense of mediocre lyrics.
 
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<p>Joe Henry</p>

Joe Henry

Interview: Joe Henry discusses his open-door policy, 'Reverie'

Songwriter and producer reveals how he's landed with Hugh Laurie, Solomon Burke and more

 

Joe Henry’s latest solo set had an open-door policy. Literally. The songwriter and producer kept windows and doors open during the recording process, letting what he called “the racket” lead his backing musicians like T Bone Burnett drummer Jay Bellerose and labelmate Tom Waits’ main axe man Marc Ribot.
 
“It was a deliberate decision to allow those sounds to be heard as music. Songs don’t happen in a vacuum,” Henry told me in an interview this week. “When you’re writing a song, there’s life coming all around you. [Musicians] try to disappear into some hermetically sealed chamber. I resist that. I believe all kinds of racket to be musical. We called it the weather in the room.”
 
Of course, allowing “the field” into the room may not be a new, novel idea, but it certainly gives a raw sheen and texture to “Reverie,” released via Anti- last week. These groaning blues and abstractly folk capsules are the composite of Henry’s 12th solo release. His writing has meandered admirably around varying genres over the last two decades, almost as much as his production credits have.
 
Recently, he left his mark on Hugh Laurie’s New Orleans blues album and Irish songwriter (and Immaculate Noise favorite) Lisa Hannigan’s sophomore set “Passenger.” He’s produced for artists like the late, great, Solomon Burke, Americana mark-makers like The Jayhawks and Son Volt, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann and “my hero since I was 19,” Loudon Wainwright III; he’s worked, too, with his sister-in-law Madonna and composed for major television shows.
 
His daughter thinks he’s pretty cool too.
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<p>Tom Petty's &quot;Kiss My Amps (Live)&quot;</p>

Tom Petty's "Kiss My Amps (Live)"

Record Store Day hosts Black Friday sale with Tom Petty, Beatles, Kings of Leon

Bob Dylan, Nirvana, The Doors, Phish and more go vinyl for the holidays

Record Store Day no longer comes around just once a year. Independent retailers will be hocking special edition and first-time vinyl and CD releases on Black Friday this year, on Nov. 25.

So far, more than three dozen special edition drops are planned. Some highlights include contributions from the Beatles, Tom Petty, The Doors and Nirvana.

However, organizers are trying to counter that this is not a second Record Store Day. It's more to emphasize the importance of indie shops.

"This is a terrific street date of great releases that can only be found at real live record stores. Yes, these pieces are limited, and indeed, some may sell out, and of course, the stores won’t all stock every piece," reads the website. "Mostly, our goal is to remind folks that locally owned, independent record stores, like those that are listed on the site, are a GREAT place to celebrate the holidays, do a little gift-shopping (for yourself or others), support your community, and maybe pick up something really special. And  really, that applies all year-round."

Check it out: the Beastie Boys' "Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2" will be out in a vinyl deluxe edition with a 60-page book, 5.1 version of the set and videos. John Lennon's "Imagine" gets a 40th anniversary vinyl boxed set makeover. Nirvana's "Nevermind" singles will be packaged as 10"s in a numbered slip case. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' live vinyl LP "Kiss My Amps (Live)" features 7 tracks, from "Mojo" and a B-Side "Sweet William."

See the whole -- and still-improving list -- here.

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Lou Reed and Metallica's 'Lulu' streaming online in whole

Lou Reed and Metallica's 'Lulu' streaming online in whole

I'm so sorry

I don't want you to be alarmed or interrupt anything important you're doing, like shining silverware or alphabetizing the things on your desk, but Metallic and Lou Reed's "Lulu" is streaming in full.

First this week it was just 30-second snippets of all the concept-driven songs. Now you have 95 minutes of hurt.

Here, here you go.

"Lulu" is out on Nov. 1.

 

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