Taylor Swift has a desperate kind of love in new song 'Out of the Woods
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Taylor Swift has a desperate kind of love in new song 'Out of the Woods

Jack Antonoff co-wrote a synth-pop heart-stealer

"Are we out of the woods yet?" Taylor Swift sings over and over in her new song's chorus. "Are we in the clear yet?"

"Out of the Woods" is available now on iTunes, and is getting stripped every time it appears on YouTube. Still, though, you can listen to it all over Tumblr, here for example.

Co-written by Jack Antonoff (who just released a whole album of similarly minded pop and synth would-be-hits under the name Bleachers), "Out of the Woods" is a desperate kind of lost love single from the "Shake It Off" star.

A lot of (virtual) ink today will be devoted to the song's "last December" love interest, purportedly One Direction's Harry Styles, and partly for a good reason. Swift has always done a spectacular job of weaving relationship specifics in with evergreen heartache, painting songs like an intimate moment with one's favorite pop star AND generic enough to become one's own personal, relatable anthem.

"Remember when you hit the brakes too soon / 20 stitches in a hospital room," she relays about a snowmobile ride with an ex-boyfriend who, as told to Rolling Stone, "wrecked it so badly that she saw her life flash before her eyes. Both of them had to go to the ER, although Swift wasn't hurt. She corrects herself: 'Not as hurt.'"

"Out of the Woods" mixes of nostalgic and sad synths, trading minor keys and transitional chords for a chugging climax fit for any struggling optimist. It riffs off the '80s strains that led the "Drive" soundtrack, and wide open verses for Swift to get wordy-wordy and conversational, things she's good at.

And it's yet another signifier, that her album "1989" will far and away be her most pop album yet, that the "country" feel that dotted her last album "Red" were part of an obligation she's now fulfilled. Antonoff's encouragement here, to wave her on to song structures still more different, really works. This song will be everywhere this season, a certifiable hit.

"1989" is due Oct. 27.

Miley Cyrus covers the Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' with the Flaming Lips

Miley Cyrus covers the Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' with the Flaming Lips

Moby guests, too, on this track from the Lips' 'Sgt. Pepper' covers album

The Flaming Lips and some "fwends" have taken on the songs of The Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band," and first up is an iconic little song with Miley Cyrus and Moby.

Click here to listen to Miley Cyrus, Moby and Flaming Lips cover "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

Cyrus obviously bends her voice to fit the psychedelic trip on this one; but a trained singer singing purposely flat hurts my widdle hawt. It's nice to hear her step outside her wheelhouse, and, judging from the little blips of in-studio banter inserted at the beginning and end, she had at least a little fun.

As you'll see the song is conveniently located on the pre-order page for the set, officially dubbed "With a Little Help From My Fwends," a title you will be embarrassed to say aloud, guaranteed. The Oklahoma-founded group has gone the way of PledgeMusic for this release, with lots of extra goodies up as part of the support, though the album has an official release via Warner Bros. The push for extra scratch may have to do with the non-profit angle of the release: "Proceeds from sales of 'With a Little Help From My Fwends' will go to the Bella Foundation, an organization in the band’s Oklahoma City hometown that helps low income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care."

Miley Cyrus shows back up on another cover from the set, "A Day in the Life"; she and Wayne Coyne & Co. performed this song earlier this summer for the Billboard Music Awards. Cyrus has been a vocal proponent of the band and shot a very strange video with them -- and, again, Moby -- for "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain."

My Morning Jacket, J Mascis, Grace Potter, Tegan & Sara, Phantogram, Tool's Maynard James Keenan and many more guests aligned for this album, due Oct. 28.

This is a "Fwends" continuation: The Flaming Lips recorded a different guest-heavy set, "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends," for release on Record Store Day in 2012, with contributions from Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Jim James of MMJ (again), Tame Impala and more. The group also previously completed their version of a totally different emblematic rock set (with fwends), "The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon."

Here is the tracklist for "With A Little Help From My Fwends":

1 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (Feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever the Ghost & J Mascis)
2 “With A Little Help From My Friends” (Feat. Black Pus & Autumn Defense)
3 “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (Feat. Miley Cyrus & Moby)
4 “Getting Better” (Feat. Dr. Dog, Chuck Inglish & Morgan Delt)
5 “Fixing A Hole
6 “She’s Leaving Home” (Feat. Phantogram, Julianna Barwick & Spaceface)
7 “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” (Feat. Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer & Sunbears!)
8 “Within You Without You” (Feat. Birdflower & Morgan Delt)
9 “When I’m Sixty-Four” (Feat. Def Rain & Pitchwafuzz)
10 “Lovely Rita” (Feat. Tegan and Sara & Stardeath and White Dwarfs)
11 “Good Morning Good Morning” (Feat. Zorch, Grace Potter & Treasure Mammal)
12 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” (Feat. Foxygen & Ben Goldwasser)
13 “A Day In The Life” (Feat. Miley Cyrus & New Fumes)

HitFix Mix: Pentatonix can't cover Taylor Swift, plus who is the ultimate pop star?

HitFix Mix: Pentatonix can't cover Taylor Swift, plus who is the ultimate pop star?

Mitch Grassi and Avi Kaplan reveal their true feelings about Christmas music

For the life of them, Pentatonix just can't find their way into a Taylor Swift song.

The quintet has racked up millions of YouTube views, covering some of the most popular hit songs, chopping and screwing others, and doing their own spin on Christmas. But in my interview with Mitch Grassi and Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix, for this week's HitFix Mix, it's the "Shake It Off" singer that, for some reason, are hard to find their way into.

There's also "a lot of [covers] that wouldn't make sense to do," said Kaplan. "Earth Angel," "For the Longest Time" and other "old-school a cappella" hits haven't made their way into the troupe's rep either.

But what has are holiday classics, and with the Christmas season right around the corner, Grassi, Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado and Kevin Olusola will be on the road all this fall into December, promoting "That's Christmas to Me," due Oct. 21. As if "The Sing-Off" stars' plates weren't already full: Pentatonix only just released their new EP "PTX: Vol. 3" less than three weeks ago.

On that set, you'll hear Grassi taking a crack at a little something new for him, which is rapping, on Iggy Azalea's part for Ariana Grande's "Problem."

"It's fun for me. I don't really mind it. It's just really fun to talk really fast," he smiled.

Check out our interview above, with cuts from "La La Latch," a take on Frozen's "Let It Go" and more. Plus, Kaplan and Grassi tell us three songs a piece, what they'd put on their HitFix Mixtape:

Avi Kaplan's HitFix Mix: "Lemonade" by Sophie, "How's That" by FKA Twigs, "Blow" by Beyonce.

Mitch Grassi's HitFix Mix: "Love Like a Sunset Part I & II" by Phoenix, "Midnight" by Coldplay and "Dust Clears" by Clean Bandit.

Lone Bellow bring down the house in 'Then Came the Morning'

Lone Bellow bring down the house in 'Then Came the Morning'

Grip the air, point a lot, break it down: The National's Aaron Dessner produces next set

Raise you hands, break it down. The Lone Bellow are back with a new song, and it may take you to a holy, bright place.

"Then Came The Morning" is the first new song to arrive from the roots-rock troupe's next album, due some time in 2015. It'll be the trio's second set, and it's produced by another Brooklyn cohort -- The National's Aaron Dessner.

The single is available now via iTunes, and will be a 7" release come Record Store Day's Black Friday promotion this November.

Lone Bellow were on the HitFix slate to be one of the biggest breakouts this year. It's working. Catch them on the road, dates below.

Here are the Lone Bellow's tour dates:

Oct 9 - Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR
Oct 10 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
Oct 11 - Wow Hall - Eugene, OR
Oct 13 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, WA
Oct 14 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
Nov 2 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
Nov 4 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
Nov 5 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw,, NC
Nov 6 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
Nov 8 - SCADShow - Atlanta, GA
Nov 1- Ponte Vedra Concert Hall - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Nov 11 - Starz Center - Tampa, FL
Nov 12 - Cox Capitol Theatre - Macon, GA
Nov 14 - Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
Nov 15 - Thirsty Hippo - Hattiesburg, MS
Nov 16 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
Nov 18 - The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX
Nov 19 - The Parish - Austin, TX
Nov 20 - Fitzgerald's Downstairs - Houston, TX
Dec 6 - Modlin Center For The Arts - Richmond, VA
Dec 7 - Harvester Performance Center - Rocky Mount, VA
Dec 9 - 20th Century Theater - Cincinnati, OH
Dec 11 - The Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
Dec 12 - Thoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI
Dec 13 - Shakespeare's Lower Level - Kalamazoo, MI
Dec 14 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Dec 15 - Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
Jan 17 - Cayamo Cruise 2014- Miami to St. Barts to St. Croix - Miami, FL

Ne-Yo only sees strippers: Music video for 'She Knows'

Ne-Yo only sees strippers: Music video for 'She Knows'

Can't a librarian get a break?

"She loves the attention," Ne-Yo sings in his new single "She Knows."

Or maybe... you like giving it?

The R&B singer can't help but see pole-dancers everywhere in this new cheeky music video, featuring some very athletic dancers and championship-level pole strippers.

Ne-Yo doesn't even try to make any moves, like, Don't worry, dude, just stand there and point your fingers or nod or suck on your teeth or whatever. The ladies, again, will do the heavy lifting.

AND CAN'T A SEXY LIBRARIAN GET SOME PEACE AND QUIET.

"She Knows" featuring Juicy J is off of Ne-Yo's latest album "Non-Fiction." I suppose he's being liberal with that title.

Throwing bricks to get heard: Exclusive footage from Death From Above 1979's new doc

Throwing bricks to get heard: Exclusive footage from Death From Above 1979's new doc

'Dead Womb' tape from the dance-punk band's new 'Life After Death From Above 1979'

If Death From Above 1979 had finished their music video for the song "Dead Womb" (from their first, five-song EP "Heads Up" in 2002) the duo had a plan to try and get some air time for it. They were going to tie the tape of "Dead Womb" to a brick "and throw it through a window at MuchMusic," the Canadian music/comedy TV network, headquartered in their hometown Toronto.

Nothing ever came of The Plan, because Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler couldn't managed to shine off the video. But now, you can see what... glories could have been, should that brick have made it way into the Much channel building.

Today, HitFix debuts unreleased footage of "Dead Womb," which is featured in the new documentary centered on the noisy dance-punk band, "Life After Death From Above 1979."

"We filmed ['Dead Womb'] at my dad's work after hours (in a warehouse) when no one was around one weekend," Grainger told HitFix. "It was never finished because no one had editing equipment or software. It was just Jesse Keeler, Jesse Foster (filming), this guy Dan, and me. We painted bedsheets as backdrops and used a forklift to get the camera above us. I believe I had JUST got my 1979 tattoo."

"Dead Womb" itself was a blunt force, brash, assholish, unhinged and completely fantastic, just like the life, the death and the resurrection of DFA1979.

"LADFA1979" just arrived this week, exclusively via Vimeo On Demand; it was directed by Eva Michon, and sports interviews and music from the band, plus MSTRKRFT, Sebastian Grainger & The Mountains, Femme Fatale, CSS, Justice, MSTRKRFT, The Strokes, Metric, Yeah Yeah Yeah and more.

Death From Above 1979 formed in 2001, disbanded in 2006 after their stellar sole full-length "You're A Woman, I'm a Machine" and reconvened for Coachella in 2011. Their new album "The Physical World" came out in September.

Watch the rest o their story in the new documentary, the trailer for which is below.

 Synopsis:

 In 2001, after years of playing in various bands, living together, and bonding over a mutual desire to continue playing music while peers abandoned rock n' roll to follow more traditional career paths, Jesse Keeler (bass) and Sebastien Grainger (drums), started a band out of boredom and necessity. They hammered out their sound in an unfinished basement in the east end of Toronto, and the result is what many have described as "an elephant in your living room."


 They were propelled into the limelight based on the strength of their raucous live performances and the release of their seminal album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine (2004). But as the band's success grew internationally, their friendship became strained due to constant travel, and little-to-no buffer between them. Over the course of grueling schedules and never-ending tours, they broke up in 2006, right after the biggest tour of their careers, and ended the band before reaching potential stardom.


 In 2011, after five years of silence between them, and each focused on their own musical projects and respective lives, Jesse and Sebastien decided to reunite for one show: the legendary Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Life After Death From Above 1979 tells the story their rise, break-up, and coming back from the dead.

Caribou's 'Our Love' music video will devastate you

Caribou's 'Our Love' music video will devastate you

Dawn to dusk

A morning, into dusk.

I'm still a little rattled, after watching Caribou's mysterious and devastating music video for "Our Love."

It's directed by Ryan Staake, who has turned other electronic, dance and beats-oriented jams into moving, strange little worlds, like for Alt-J's "Left Hand Free" and Steve Aoki, Diplo and Deorro's "Freak."

"In 'Our Love,' I wanted to create a slow, brooding film that contrasted the seeming limitless of youth with the reality of death in later years. The film (which was photographed by Luca Ciuti) was shot on location in Ireland, at the beautiful Lough Ine House, about an hour and a half outside of Cork," Staake said in a release.

"Our Love" is off of Caribou's excellent, dynamic new album of the same name, out now. Tour dates are below the video.

And if you're less familiar with Caribou, check out another clip, for "Yeti" off of "The Milk of Human Kindness" from 2005, which may confuse and delight you too.

Here are Caribou's tour dates:

Oct 08 London, UK — KOKO* SOLD OUT
Oct 09 Brussels, BE — Botanique* SOLD OUT
Oct 10 Cologne, DE — Ewerk*
Oct 11 Hamburg, DE — Grosse Freiheit*
Oct 12 Amsterdam, NL — Melkweg Old Room*
Oct 13 Helsinki, FI — The Circus
Oct 14 Berlin, DE — Berghain* SOLD OUT
Oct 15 Leipzig, DE —Conne Island*
Oct 16 Prague, CZ — Meet Factory*
Oct 17 Budapest, HU — A38*
Oct 18 Vienna, AT — Electronic Beats @ TMuseumsquartier* SOLD OUT
Oct 19 Munich, DE — Muffathalle*
Oct 20 Zurich, CH — Komplex 457*
Oct 21 Lyon, FR — Transbordeur*
Oct 22 Lille, FR — Aeronef*
Oct 23 Liverpool, UK — Liverpool Music Week at Camp & Furnace*
Oct 24 Bristol, UK — Simple Things Festival at Motion * SOLD OUT
Oct 31 Manchester, UK — The Warehouse Project* SOLD OUT
Nov 01 Paris, FR — Pitchfork Festival Paris* SOLD OUT
Nov 05 Dublin, IE — Vicar Street* SOLD OUT
Nov 06 Barcelona, ES — Razzmatazz*
Nov 07 Turin, IT — Alfa MiTo Club To Club*
Nov 08 Reykjavik, IS — Iceland Airwaves*
Nov 10 Montreal, QC — Metropolis (was Le National)* UPGRADED
Nov 11 Boston, MA — Paradise*
Nov 12 New York, NY — Webster Hall* SOLD OUT
Nov 13 Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer*
Nov 14 New York, NY — Webster Hall* EXTRA DATE ADDED
Nov 15 Washington, DC — Black Cat*
Nov 16 Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle*
Nov 17 Atlanta, GA — Terminal West*
Nov 18 Orlando, FL — The Social*
Nov 19 Miami, FL — Grand Central*
Nov 20 Tallahassee, FL — Club Downunder*
Nov 21 New Orleans, LA — One Eyed Jacks*
Nov 22 Houston, TX — Fitzgerald’s*
Nov 23 Austin, TX — The Mohawk*
Nov 24 Toronto, ON — Danforth Music Fall* SOLD OUT
Jan 31  Brisbane, AUS – Laneway Festival
Feb 01 Sydney, AUS – Laneway Festival
Feb 06 Adelaide, AUS – Laneway Festival
Feb 07 Melbourne, AUS – Laneway Festival
Feb 08 Fremantle, AUS – Laneway Festival
Feb 27 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre EXTRA DATE ADDED
Feb 28 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre SOLD OUT
Mar 01 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Mar 03 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Mar 04 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Mar 05 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Mar 10 Brussels, BE – AB
Mar 11 Paris, FR – Olympia
Mar 12 Berlin, DE — Columbiahalle
Mar 14 London, UK — Brixton Academy

*support from Jessy Lanza

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.

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

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

<p>Mikky Ekko</p>

Mikky Ekko

Credit: RCA

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