Lorde, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Chris Martin and more cover 'God Only Knows'

Lorde, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Chris Martin and more cover 'God Only Knows'

One of the most perfect songs ever gets and all-star makeover

"God Only Knows" is a perfect song. That's just science, people.

The BBC commissioned a star-studded version of the Beach Boys/Brian Wilson classic. Watch the video, we'll talk about it after.

Here are all the music superstars that appeared in this clip: Wilson, Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, Dave Grohl, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Jaz Dhami, plus BBC's Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland, joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Here's what Wilson said about its creation: "All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough,” he said. “I’m just honoured that God Only Knows was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written."

Why did this have to happen? The BBC is promoting its launched-slash-relaunched BBC Music programming. And the single will soon be up for sale, with proceeds going to BBC's Children In Need non-profit.

OK, so fine. It's a mess, tone-wise, and nothing compares to the original. BUT, this may just confirm, finally, that Dave Grohl is God.

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Exclusive: Ages And Ages break it down in new music video for 'Light Goes Out'
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Exclusive: Ages And Ages break it down in new music video for 'Light Goes Out'

'The Blacklist' raises indie rockers' profile

Ages And Ages' album "Divisionary" came out all the way back in March, but in the past two weeks, that set's come back into the spotlight.

The indie rock group's "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)" worked its way into the season premiere of "The Blacklist" on NBC during the last week of September. So while new fans are turned on, check out  "Light Goes Out," a HitFix exclusive music video premiere, below.

Keep your cat close, you may learn something about yourself:

From bandleader Tim Perry on the video's creation:

For "Light Goes Out," we wanted a video that encompassed the various components of this band, the song, and it's message. LGO takes a pretty firm stance on living a life of meaning over distraction but it also explores some of the tension within that belief. We wanted to portray this tension, the separate elements that make up a cohesive outlook. At the same time, we wanted to portray the separate elements that make up a cohesive song. The voices, the instruments, the noise makers. We chose to combine all of these images (both literal and symbolic) and have them occur simultaneously, growing into a swirling collage that's almost hard to keep up with.

Want some more pop-rock goodness? Check out Ages And Ages "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)" below the tour dates.

"Divisionary" is the band's sophomore album, out now via Partisan.

Here are Ages And Ages' tour dates:

10/05/14     Medford, OR     Imperial Event Center
10/06/14     Santa Cruz, CA     The Catalyst Club
10/07/14     San Francisco, CA     The Fillmore
10/08/14     Grass Valley, CA     The Center For The Arts *
10/09/14     Salt Lake City, UT     Kilby Court *
10/10/14     Denver, CO     The Savoy *
10/12/14     St. Louis, MO     Off Broadway *
10/13/14     Evanston, IL     Space *
10/16/14     Indianapolis, IN     HI-FI *
10/17/14     Louisville, KY     Zanzabar *
10/18/14     Cincinnati, OH     MOTR Pub *
10/19/14     Ithaca, NY     The Haunt *
10/20/14     Portland, ME     Empire *
10/21/14     Boston, MA     Middle East Upstairs
10/22/14     New York, NY     Niagara
10/24/14     New York, NY     The Living Room
10/25/14     Philadelphia, PA     MilkBoy *
10/27/14     Charlottesville, VA     The Southern *
10/28/14     Chapel Hill, NC     Local 506 *
10/29/14     Athens, GA     Green Room *
10/30/14     Little Rock, AR     Juanitas Cantina
11/03/14     Boise, ID     Neurolox
11/21/14     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios
11/22/14     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios

* with Horse Thief

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<p>Mikky Ekko</p>

Mikky Ekko

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Mikky Ekko has PSYCHIC POWERS in his new 'Smile' music video

A traipse through the fields

Mikky Ekko is a safer driver than you. Or he has psychic powers.

In a moving addition to the Car Crash Music Video genre, the "Smile" clips co-stars the singer with a lovely garlanded (as opposed to Garlanded) maiden. The lovers traipse the field in reverse, retelling a tale of old, and one man faces the eternal question: do I let my girlfriend drive my automobile?

"Smile" is the first single from Ekko's debut album "Time," out via RCA some time this fall. The set features collaborations with TV On The Radio collaborator Dave Sitek, Jeff Bhasker, Stargate, Dennis Herring, Clams Casino, Nick Ruth, Justin Parker, Benny Blanco and recent music video heartbreaker Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic).

Mikky Ekko is out on tour with Alt-J -- who had a big Billboard 200 bow this week -- in November.

Still trying to place that voice? Ekko was featured on Rihanna's smash hit "Stay."

Here are Mikky Ekko's tour dates:

11/10 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
11/11 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
11/12 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11/14 Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
11/16 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11/18 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11/19 Washington, DC - Echostage
11/10 - 11/19 with alt-J

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Mary Lambert has 'Secrets' and the best family reunion brag: HitFix Mix launches

Mary Lambert has 'Secrets' and the best family reunion brag: HitFix Mix launches

On the 'Same Love' singer's meltdown tips, and mixtape recs of Sylvan Esso, Tove Lo and Echosmith

LOS ANGELES - Mary Lambert has a little boast, for always, at every family reunion.

"'Oh, your cousin went to Dartmouth? Well, I sang with Madonna at the Grammys.'"

It's been a whirlwind of a year for the singer, who holds down the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love." Lambert stopped by the HitFix video studios for our premiere episode of HitFix Mix, our music interview and mixtape show.

"I have different little life-hacks," Mary Lambert explained how she keeps her head together. This is an artist who called her forthcoming album "Heart On My Sleeve." And her new single "Secrets," in which she reveals personal "secrets" like having bipolar disorder. And her live show is deeply intimately vulnerable. "There's a series of things I do before... a complete meltdown."

Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and watch our abridged chat, above.

This show aims to have in-depth interviews with artists, and provide a mixtape at the end of each show that the artist curates -- three songs they'd recommend. Lambert's "Secrets," plus her choices (Echosmith's "Cool Kids," Sylvan Esso's "Hey Mami" and Tove Lo's "Not On Drugs") can be streamed below.

Mary Lambert's "Heart On My Sleeve" is due on Oct. 14. Her tour dates are below her three-song mixtape.

Here are Mary Lambert's tour dates:

10/10  Toronto, ON              Adelaide Hall
10/11  Montreal, QB             La Vitrola
10/17  Albany, NY                College of St. Rose
10/19  Boston, MA               The Sinclair
10/22  Philadelphia, PA      North Star Bar
10/23  Washington, DC      U Street Music Hall
10/24 Durham, NC              Motorco Music Hall
10/25  Clearwater, FL          Capitol Theatre
10/27  Atlanta, GA                The Loft @ Centerstage
10/28  Nashville, TN            Mercy Lounge
10/29  Columbus, OH          A&R Bar
11/01  Minneapolis, MN      Fine Line
11/02  Omaha, NE               Waiting Room
11/03  Kansas City, KS       Record Bar
11/05  Denver, CO               Bluebird Theatre
11/07  Salt Lake City, UT    The Complex
11/09  Phoenix, AZ              Club Red
11/13  Boise, ID                    Knitting Factory
11/15  Vancouver, BC         Rio Theatre

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Exclusive Song Premiere: Thurz reveals 'Right Now' from 'Designer' hip-hop EP
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Exclusive Song Premiere: Thurz reveals 'Right Now' from 'Designer' hip-hop EP

Come for the story, stay for the party

"I wouldn't rap if I knew who my father was..."

So begins rapper Thurz in his lyrical journey through soul-sampling "Right Now," produced by Aaron Harris, the newest and first track from the emcee's forthcoming EP "Designer."

It's an intimate turn into the rising hip-hop star's life, after his funky party track "21" and the smooth summer day of "Perfect Words" featuring Kelsey Bulkin. Listen to both below our exclusive premiere of "Right Now" below.

"'Right Now' is designer music where I give the listener insight to my upbringing, where I'm at right now, and where I'm taking them," the Inglewood-raised artist said about the track. His "designer music" style is described as "fabric cut from the young, black Los Angeles experience, threads from Belize and the Ivory Coast, and tailor fit to move the world."

"Designer," the EP, will be out on Nov. 4 via Red Bull Sound Select. The seven-song sophomore solo outing features contributions from Prince bassist Andrew Gouche, producer Battlecat, DJ Khalil, DJ Dahi, recent Kendrick Lamar producer Rahki, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kent of OverDoz and even more.

Thurz opens for Immaculate Noise favorite Run The Jewels and Mystery Skulls at The Echo during the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in L.A. series. We'd say go, but the show's already sold out, so too bad.

Here is the tracklist for Thurz' "Designer" EP:

1.        "Right Now"
2.        "Big Bang"
3.        "21"
4.        "Favorite Girl"
5.        "$>BS"
6.        "Perfect Words"
7.        "Waiting"

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<p>Karen Gillan in &quot;Happy Idiot&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan in "Happy Idiot"

Karen Gillan distracts Paul Reubens in TV On The Radio's new 'Happy Idiot' video

Memories of lost love cause Racer Steven to lose his mind

TV On The Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe had an idea for a music video, where "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" actor and icon Paul Reubens would play a race car driver losing his mind. He took the idea to Funny Or Die.

Apparently, those kind of pitches work.

Rope in "Doctor Who" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Karen Gillan, throw the formerly indie band in some smashing white suits, and you've got yourself this Danny Jelinek-directed video insanity, for song "Happy Idiot."

"I got to speak with [Reubens] over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a LOT of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he's been a fan of the band for awhile," Adebimpe explained in a press release. "He liked the idea, and, somehow, here we are with Paul as a race car driver losing his mind."

Gillan shows up in a cheerleader uniform, and in bed reading a book, and happily gardening, many manner of fantastical imaginings any Gillan fan would have. But they're memories, for Racecar Steven. Poor Racecar Steven. Like in the song, he's just trying keep his mind off her. It turned into a "full on geek fest in the desert."

"Happy Idiot" is the first single from TV On The Radio's "Seeds" album, out on Nov. 18 via Harvest Records. It was recorded in L.A. with longtime producer Dave Sitek.

The band has a limited number of tour dates currently lined up, with more TBA.

Here are TV On The Radio's tour dates:

Fri-Oct-17: Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl (Supporting Massive Attack)
Sat-Oct-18: Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
Sun-Oct-19: San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
Wed-Oct-22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Thu-Oct-23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Fri-Oct-24: Joshua Tree, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
Sat-Oct-25: Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
Wed-Nov-12: Toronto, ON @  Phoenix           
Thu-Nov-13: Montreal, QC  @ Corona
Fri-Nov-14: Boston, MA @  Paradise
Sun-Nov-16: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
Mon-Nov-17: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue-Nov-18: New York, NY @ Apollo
Fri-Nov-21: Brooklyn, NY @ MHOW
Sat-Nov-22: Brooklyn, NY @ MHOW

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Maroon 5's music video for 'Animals' will be the most disturbing thing you'll watch all day

Maroon 5's music video for 'Animals' will be the most disturbing thing you'll watch all day

Think twice about your Top 40

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine does a disgusting and disturbing acting turn in the band's new music video for "Animals," which could seriously cause you nightmares. Co-starring supermodel Behati Prinsloo (Levine's wife), the clip features Levine as a psychotic and literal butcher, who becomes obsessed with his beautiful customer and starts stalking her. He finds out where she lives, snaps pics without her consent, has grand delusions of bedding her and having the bestest, sexiest blood-soaked sex with her.

Unlike Maroon 5's horrendous "Misery" music video, this little ditty shoots for at least some gritty realism, with Levine's character trying to actually make a move on his -- as the song describes her -- "prey." She rejects him.

This is a character who owns a bunch of knives with an unhealthy relationship with meat, mind you. Sex and violence combine in what are ultimately these delusions, but hint at the possible rape and bloody murder for the characters after the tape stops rolling.

I can't say that Levine's willingness to appear as a mentally ill predator of unsuspecting women is "brave," per se; the video's gaze falls repeatedly on his and her stunning mostly naked bodies, a pretty cheesecake move, particularly with one's wife. I'm particularly stunned, though, at how game director Sameul Bayer is presenting (without preaching or commentary) very grotesque, gory cinematography along with the scenes of sexualization, an excessive pouring-out of blood over their unbelievable coitus. And how bad it makes Levine look.

It's an extremely confrontational, and purposefully provocative video, despite its most absurd, asshole-ish elements. While we crown our celebrities as -- say -- People's Sexiest Men Alive, or Victoria's Secret Angels, it's not like we really know them. Similarly, our biggest pop songs and stars use predatory lyrics and we accept them wholecloth or at least as part of the norm. Persona and person and character blend.

"But don't deny the animal / That comes alive when I'm inside you... Baby, I'm preying on you tonight / Hunt you down eat you alive / Just like animals / Maybe you think that you can hide / I can smell your scent from miles," Levine croons. This song is a Top 40 staple, right this minute. Give that a think, and how the conception of those lyrics gives way to this gross visualization.

It's tells a story, I'd argue, that has crossed the minds of many women, women even who are fans of Maroon 5: that the man with the neckbeard at the club whose flirtations you reject will come back and murder you.

This is to say, even the lightest, silliest, most exaggerated or heavy-handed pop music sometimes dares to challenge the status quo with something disgusting or heartbreaking. This song is very disturbing, and this promotional tool (the video) forces the viewer to just think about it. It is up to us -- fans, viewers, critics -- to accept or deny the turn. It makes pop music complicated, if you want it to be.

A video like this forces that challenge. Remarkably, even for a band like Maroon 5.

Samuel Bayer has directed other interesting -- if not iconic -- music videos for artists like Green Day, Nirvana, David Bowie, Garbage, Sheryl Crow, Marilyn Manson and more. "Animals" is off of Maroon 5's newest album "V."

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Steve Aoki talks 'Neon Future,' film work and that one time he was almost in 'Tropic Thunder'
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Steve Aoki talks 'Neon Future,' film work and that one time he was almost in 'Tropic Thunder'

'Delirious (Boneless)' makes an impact on the charts for the DJ

Steve Aoki will celebrate the release of his new album "Neon Future I" tomorrow (Sept. 29), but has even more coming down the pike to get excited for

For the second time in his career, the star DJ and producer recently cracked the Hot 100 and the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs tally as lead artist, with "Delirious (Boneless)" with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink. You can check that out below.

Furthermore, his "Neon Future" will see its sequel in 2015, with all new club tracks and wall-to-wall bangers.

In Januaray, Aoki and his family story will be the spotlight of a new documentary premiering from David Gelb, ("Jiro Dreams of Sushi"), title to-be-announced, via Relativity. For two years, Aoki has kept his own cameraman in his employ, shooting night after night of sold out residencies, massive festival gigs, and, obviously, all of the cakings.

If you're confused about the latter, it's an Aoki gig trademark, where fans will suddenly find themselves covered in sheet cake, which the DJ himself throws into the crowds. It was introduced after Aoki had been literally riding an inflatable raft on top of his audiences.

"I needed something new," Aoki told me, of that shift in audience participation tactics.

The DJ spoke to HitFix and a small group of journalists from the set of the forthcoming "Point Break" remake earlier this month; he canceled a massive club gig to make his cameo in the film, which he said is representative of "the epicness of what 'Point Break' is to me."

Aoki also detailed why he didn't want to pass on this newest film gig: saying "no" had bit him in the butt before.

"In 2007, I got offered to play myself in a movie. [But] I had this gig, and it was paying me a lot of money at the time. The movie ended up being 'Tropic Thunder,'" he explained, saying it'd be for a scene when Tom Cruise's character Les Grossman hit "play" on his iPod, and the camera pans to an actual performer in his office. "I was supposed to be the slave DJ in the corner." Aoki, dejected, shook his head.

With all the cameramen that have actually been around lately, Aoki said "I feel pretty comfortable in front of a camera," that he's learned to "not get so stiff, just be myself." He said he's been inspired by what he's been seeing from teens at his own gigs, "You see these kids, going nuts, going ape-sh*t. Raging. That energy is so effective, you just want to always have that."

At some of his shows, he's seen other crowds or dissaffected club-goers "hanging, talking, socializing. At the festivals I'm playing now, these kids are so focused on the drop," he described, smiling. "This whole 'I don't give a f*ck about how I look, how I'm sweating, I just care about the music right now... I'm in my mid-30s, and I'm going nuts just like those little kids."

And, in case you were curious, Aoki has seen that Andy Samberg skit from "Saturday Night Live," the digital short "When Will The Bass Drop." And he loves it.

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Fergie's comeback single 'L.A. Love (La La)' is very Fergie... and 'Rack City'
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Fergie's comeback single 'L.A. Love (La La)' is very Fergie... and 'Rack City'

Don't be mad at DJ Mustard

Don't blame DJ Mustard that his impermeable hip-hop formula is so wide spread. It's certainly made its way onto Fergie's radar.

The Black Eyed Peas singer and Fergalicious rapper is back, with a new single "L.A. Love (La La)." Stream it below. She tapped DJ Mustard to co-produce and co-write the tune, which is a little swirl of "Rack City" with, I dunno, maybe The Fugees' "Ooh La La La," those "las" bopping in the high registers on the chorus.

Fergie's been all around the world, and whole world exists in Los Angeles, which means she's trying on an array of accents and "ratchet" inflections, many which will drive you up the damn wall. "Lohn-dohn" and "Switzerland" don't bang the same, my dear; that is how it go.

That is, I'm nervous for the music video. Proceed with caution, you wild multi-platinum pop artist.

"L.A. Love (La La)" is Fergie's first new tune since her contribution to last year's "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack, "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody." She is currently working on a follow-up to her 2006 solo album "The Dutchess."

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Listen to Lorde's new song for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'

'Yellow Flicker Beat' is all colors and quiet violence

"I'm a princess carved in marble / smoother than a storm," sings Lorde on her new song "Yellow Flicker Beat." "And the scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold... I'm locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me."

The track is less so about the New Zealand artist herself, but more an ode for Katniss Everdeen, as it was crafted for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" soundtrack. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter curated the entire soundtrack, with "Yellow Flick Beat" the first reveal of the tracklist. No word which other artists will appear on it.

"Yellow Flicker Beat" has a determined plod to it, topped with Lorde's descriptive and headstrong lyrics. Her hypnotically wavy voice hets harmonies over the big choruses, with production work from Adele helmer Paul Epworth to amplify the drama.

I think this one may be a grower for fans of Lorde's "Pure Heroine," but it certainly evades your typical syrupy end-credits ballad. Academy Award nominee Lorde, maybe?

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in theaters Nov. 21. We'll update you on when to expect the soundtrack.

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