<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

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Watch: Mumford & Sons' 'Whispers in the Dark' music video

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Pre-show rituals

A lot of bands have pre-show rituals, what it takes for the members to pump themselves up for the stage. For Mumford & Sons in their video for "Whispers in the Dark," theirs may sometimes involve a sea adventure and fashions from the 1800s.

 While Marcus Mumford spiritual, desirous lyrics may point to an actual "ark," but the lead singer's chosen vessel is a motorcycle here, the leather jacket covering his usual tweed vest.

"There’s something a little different this time, with a concept concocted by the band in conjunction with director Jim Canty and featuring all four band members. It was shot in Camden, New Jersey during their recent East Coast US Tour and also features some other familiar faces," the band posted on their website. Canty has helmed vids for other artists like Mark Ronson and Spiritualized.

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<p>Prince at the 2013 Grammys</p>

Prince at the 2013 Grammys

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Exclusive: Prince will perform at SXSW

The Purple One is set to hit the stage in Austin next Saturday

The rumors are true: Prince is set to take the stage at the South By Southwest music conference for the first time. The Purple One is getting a specially remodeled stage at La Zona Rosa in downtown Austin, a source confirmed to HitFix.

The festival this year is already boasting music's biggest names like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips and Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, but Prince's concert will be bursting from its own seams with a 22-piece band. Prince hits the stage late Saturday night.

Furthermore, fest-goers should keep their eyes peeled for a certain awards show held during music festivities in Austin this week: His Royal Badness is slated as a "special guest" at the podium.

No word yet on how badge -holders or fans get access to the concert, stay tuned.

Are you attending SXSW this week? Peruse our list of 10 music-themed movies to watch out for here, and check out what resident HitFix movie critic Drew McWeeny had to say about two of the film festival's biggest movie premieres: horror remake "Evil Dead" and Jim Carrey-Steve Carell magician comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," both of which debuted in Austin over the weekend.

The SXSW Music Festival runs from March 12-17. You can browse a schedule of confirmed performers over at the fest's official website.

Are these new Daft Punk songs? 'Dancing to the Beat' and 'Future Is Now'

Are these new Daft Punk songs? 'Dancing to the Beat' and 'Future Is Now'

Those helmets can't just be smacked anywhere

Daft Punk released a 15-second commercial, a teaser trailer to their new album last weekend during "Saturday Night Live" with a blippy guitar-led groove. That groove seems to belong to "Dance to the Beat" a song that has successfully "leaked" from the French duo's new album.

And I say "leaked" because unlike other promotions and actual leaks, Columbia hasn't pulled the full-length, high-quality audio track down from YouTube yet, even as it sports the new Daft Punk signature, their performance helmets split and merged together.

Not only is "Dance to the Beat" making the rounds, but similarly so is "Future Is Now," a house anthem if there ever was one. It sports the same image plus an audio frequency bar and the Columbia logo.

The future is, indeed, now: the wait is... over? Producers have tried to scam fans into believing their own work was the work of Daft Punk, but there would undoubtedly have been quicker, swifter retribution (er, C&Ds) misusing the name, logos and sounds of the band if this were the case. Sneaky leaks seem to be in their wheelhouse in the promotional game at this point anyway.

Perhaps more will be revealed over the weekend, since that seems to be Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manual De Homem Christo's preferred promo time period.

The album -- as yet untitled -- was initially rumored to arrive next week on March 12. We'll be busy at SXSW. We can only dream that Daft Punk would be too.

<p>Nicki Minaj</p>

Nicki Minaj

Watch Nicki Minaj's eye-popping guest spot in French Montana's 'Freaks'

Learn to Dutty Wine

Throw together a low-lit club, your favorite tank and bikini, the Dutty Wine, the stocking cap you owned in high school, Lil Viscious, Chaka Demus & Pliers' "Murder She Wrote,"and -- gasp! -- Lil Kim  and you've got Nicki Minaj and French Montana together in the music video for the latter rapper's "Freaks."

Minaj makes a severely hot-n-bothered appearance in said gold pasties with only a jacket to keep her warm as Montana's over-dressed in this club-based video, for a song that's equally hot. I love the matter-of-factness in the MMG MC's voice, and Minaj's high-heeled dominance on the throne. ("American Idol" may have her climb down, though, and put on a shawl.)

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Song Of The Day: FIDLAR'S 'Max Can't Surf' music video

Song Of The Day: FIDLAR'S 'Max Can't Surf' music video

It's like Tim & Eric battled MTV and won

Remember around the turn of the century, when everybody was building their web pages with a starscape background and low-contrast colored fonts (and lime green hyperlinks) with flaming skulls in the margins and everything in 48-point type?

The music video for FIDLAR's snot-rock anthem "Max Can't Surf," which is a perfectly produced piece of garage, is sort of like that webpage, as much in execution as it is in mood.

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<p>She &amp; Him</p>

She & Him

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Zooey Deschanel 'Never Wanted Your Love' on new She & Him single: Listen

The catchy tune is the first single off their upcoming 'Volume 3'

She & Him, "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel's cutesy folk pop project with ace guitarist M. Ward, are back with a new summer name, just in time for the end of winter. "Never Wanted Your Love," the duo's first single from their upcoming fourth album, "Volume 3" (It's not a cheeky title; their third album was the holiday-themed lark "A Very She & Him Christmas"). 

Despite lyrics straight out of the Heartbreak Hotel, "Never" is a typically upbeat doodle of a pop song which highlights Deschanel's country-tinged vocals, some nice background harmony work and Ward's muted picking style. 

Listen to it here:

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"Volume 3" arrives May 7.

Watch Phoenix's weird Korean soap opera-themed 'Entertainment' video
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Watch Phoenix's weird Korean soap opera-themed 'Entertainment' video

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Music video for K-pop fans

Something something K-pop star, something government conspiracy, something something murder: welcome to Phoenix's music video for "Entertainment", which inexplicably is based around some form of Korean soap opera.

This is not to its detriment, but to its benefit. The video -- which is part B-roll and mostly awesome -- integrates the lyrics to the track in rare parts and then unfolds a bloody murder, a slammin' concert and, perhaps, a mirror into that whole pentatonic thing I was talking about earlier when the single first came out. I like the song better now. Job well done, video

Do you see yourself jumping up and down and clapping on the beat to this, as Phoenix makes its way around the country this summer to promote its new album "Bankrupt!" at 1.3 million music festivals?

"Entertainment" was directed by Patrick Daughters, who was responsible for all of Feist's best and most awesome music videos from "The Reminder," plus clips from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon, Muse and Beck. So he gets out of the house every now and then.

"Bankrupt!" is out on April 23.

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<p>Drake</p>

Drake

Listen: Drake drops new song '5AM in Toronto'

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Do you like it better than 'Started from the Bottom?'

Sweaters and suitcases! Drake has new track, and it's legions better than "Started from the Bottom."

"5am in Toronto" appeared on the October's Very Own Soundcloud page at about 1am this morning, but it's got enough biting, raw cuts at the Young Money singer/rapper's rivals to take you through the day. Well, except for "Wildin’, doin’ shit that’s way out of your budget / Owl sweaters and saddle luggage, you gotta love it," that's just funny.

"[I] give these n*ggas the look, the verse and the hook / that's why every song sound like Drake featuring Drake," he raps in these great, looping rhymes, with the backing of producer Boi-1da.

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<p>M83's Anthony Gonzalez</p>

M83's Anthony Gonzalez

Listen: M83 heads to the 'Stars' with new song for Tom Cruise sci-fi 'Oblivion'

Soundtrack cut is epic and a little sad

M83's Anthony Gonzalez has been able to take his star-gazing electronica formula and apply it to a movie that gets where he's coming from. The songwriter is co-composing the music to "Oblivion," and the Tom Cruise-starring film gets a fresh M83 song, "StarWaves" by proxy.

Thus, "Oblivion" gets its own "Clubbed to Death," as it were, epic in scope, a little sad, very intimidating and perfectly crafted. The lead of the film seems to have a lonely and confused role in his life, so he's got a companion in this.

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<p>David Bowie's &quot;The Next Day&quot;</p>

David Bowie's "The Next Day"

Review: David Bowie, 'The Next Day'

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66-year-old songwriter's first album in a decade

 

David Bowie, at first, presents his new album “The Next Day” as a dismantling of his earlier work. With an album design that literally puts a white box over the photo of Bowie’s face on the cover of his album “Heroes,” he turns fans’ “hero” into a blank slate,  The title “The Next Day” is a phrase from a script or the new chapter from a fiction, something one would say after “Reality” strikes. 
 
But it’s not all introspection and decomposition. It’s about moving around, as Bowie still dons different guises, playing a lot with being old and being young, being of this earth and not and all at once. And from song one, he sounds like he’s working hard, short of the times when he’s not having an outright blast with his dichotomies.
 
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