<p>Kendrick Lamar</p>

Kendrick Lamar

Listen: Kendrick Lamar adds a verse and remix to Emeli Sande's 'Next to Me'

Rapper headlining Spin show at SXSW; British singer wins big at the Brits

Kendrick Lamar added a little more stomp-and-clap plus a verse to Emeli Sande's already-excellent "Next to Me."

The remix arrived on the web today, only a few scant hours after the British singer Sande took home two massive honors at the Brit Awards last night -- for best female, and best british album.

You can hear both versions below.

Lamar is also making headlines today for being added to a big SXSW party next month: He'll be headlining Spin's Austin Throwdown on March 15 at Stubb's.

He also told MTV that he'd like Janet Jackson to appear in his music video for "Poetic Justice," off of his jaw-dropping 2012 album "good kid, m.A.A.d city." And wouldn't you know it, Jackson got word and is now considering it.

"Janet, c'mon, Janet. No paperwork with the managers, contact the managers. This is artist to artist," Lamar pitched in December. "This is a young boy that looked up to you for years. Please, yeah, video, Janet Jackson 'Poetic Justice.' It'll only be right."

Now: "Yeah, she heard the message, so we're still crossing our fingers right now."

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<p>How to destroy angels_</p>

How to destroy angels_

Trent Reznor's How to destroy angels__ announce tour, stream full album

'Welcome oblivion' out March 5: Check out a video

Trent Reznor's group How to destroy angels__, in preparation for the March 5 release of its debut full-length album 'Welcom oblivion' has been rolling out some promotional activity behind the release, namely a tour and an official stream of the new album.

And "rolling out," that means in pieces. Today the band announced tour dates, and tour cities, but not venues, which they'll be revealing tomorrow, adding mysteriously: "These are the only dates we have scheduled right now. To preemptively answer the 'when are you coming to my city/country??' questions: We just don’t know. Right now, the dates above are the only dates. There are some other announcements coming soon that will impact this as well…"

Maybe "other announcements" means there's more festival appearances, since this week seems to be the week of all festival announcements. Or maybe Nine Inch Nails is putting out a covers set of How To Destroy Angels songs. Who knows.

Meanwhile, you can sample "Welcome oblivion" in its entirety via Pitchfork. It includes the cuts from the " Check out the creepy, dark music video for "How Long" by Shynola, the London art collective which, on the flip side, was behind the totally amazing Coldplay vid for "Strawberry Swing."

Here are the How to destroy angels__ tour dates, to be updated when venues arrive:

4.12 indio, ca [coachella]
4.13 las vegas, nv
4.17 monterey, ca
4.18 san francisco, ca
4.19 indo, ca [coachella]
4.21 denver, co
4.23 chicago, il
4.25 toronto, on
4.27 boston, ma
4.28 montclair, nj
4.29 new york, ny

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<p>Billy Corgan</p>

Billy Corgan

Credit: AP Photo

Watch Billy Corgan's local furniture commercial with his team of wrestlers

You read that right

Billy Corgan, when he's not playing and recording with Smashing Pumpkins, runs a pro wrestling promotions company called Resistance Pro Wrestling. Its members and Corgan himself star in a commercial for the Walter E. Smithe furniture store, which is Chicago-based.

For the record, if I was famous, I'd do this kind of thing all the time.

Read my interview with Corgan on wrestling, the Pumpkins and fame here. It could explain nothing. It could explain everything.

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<p>Jack White</p>

Jack White

Credit: Katie Hasty

Jack White appointed Record Store Day ambassador... What was that about video games?

Third Man Records man has strong feelings about beauty, digitization and gaming

Jack White has been appointed the official ambassador for Record Store Day this year, to help support and market the April 20 push for music-buyers to head into their local mom-and-pop shops.

To kick off the festivities, the Third Man Record head posted a cheeky video chock full of conspiracy theories set at the United vinyl-pressing plant in Nashville; he is also dressed like Boris Badenov, the villain from "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show."

White also went to the lengths of penning a pro-vinyl post that commented on digital technology, the generation gap of music-buying and the importance of face-to-face interactions. The entirety of that missive is below.

Speaking to digital distribution of art and entertainment, White rhetorically asks, "What's the point?"

"Why go to a bookstore and get a real book? You can just download it. Why talk to other human beings, discuss different authors, writing styles and influences?" he wrote. "Well here’s what they’ll someday learn if they have a soul; there’s no romance in a mouse click. There’s no beauty in sitting for hours playing video games (anyone proud of that stop reading now and post your opinion in the nearest forum)."

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

Mumford & Sons

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Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney, Bjork and Tom Petty headlining 2013 Bonnaroo

R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, the National, Kendrick Lamar and more headed to Tennessee fest

Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Bjork and R. Kelly are headlining the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this year, marking a lineup that has hedged a little bit away from the fest's jam-oriented roots.

Organizers announced the complete lineup today during an hour-long press conference by "Weird Al" Yankovic, who's also headed to Manchester, Tenn. for the four-day event, which runs June 13-16.

Other big names to join the bill are The National, the reunited Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Immaculate Noise favorite Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, ZZ Top, Cat Power, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and more.

Early bird tickets already sold out, but general onsale begins on Saturday (Feb. 23) at noon EST. Like years previous, only 4-day tickets can be bought, no single-days.

It's good seeing names like McCartney and Petty on festival bills like these: normally, we'd see such veteran artists only do headlining tours or one-offs. It looks like Bonnaroo is interested in full catalog artists instead of long-termers who merely have a new album to promote. McCartney puts on a damn fine show, with more than three hours of legwork ahead of him with each date, so I'm curious how long his slot will be at the festival. Not bad for a septuagenarian.

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Win! Signed vinyl copy of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' new 'Push the Sky Away'

Win! Signed vinyl copy of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' new 'Push the Sky Away'

HitFix is giving away an autographed record, plus tour dates and more

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds fans rejoiced this winter when it was announced that the legendary songwriter and his band had completed a new album, "Push the Sky Away."

Now one of you may have an even bigger reason to cheer: HitFix is giving away an autographed vinyl copy of "Push the Sky Away" this week.

Check out the promotion below, share it basically everyone you know, and you could win!

"Push the Sky Away" hit stores today (Feb. 19) and you can buy it through iTunes here. The group is also supporting the set on the road, with a stop at the South By Southwest music conference plus tour dates below.

Watch Cave's "We No Who U R" video here.
Read more about "Push the Sky Away" here.

Here are Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' tour dates:

Mar 14: Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Southern Methodist University
Mar 16: Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Mar 17: Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Mar 20: North Bethesda, MD The Music Center at Strathmore
Mar 22: Montreal, Canada Metropolis
Mar 23: Toronto, Canada Massey Hall
Mar 24: Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Mar 28: New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Mar 29: New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Apr 1: Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Apr 3: Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

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<p>The single artwork to Phoenix's &quot;Entertainment&quot;</p>

The single artwork to Phoenix's "Entertainment"


Listen: Phoenix releases new song 'Entertainment' from 'Bankrupt!'

Is it exotic or just... different?

When I read the term "pentatonic" as a descriptor for the new Phoenix album "Bankrupt!," I felt a little skeptical  (the usual emotion after a hearty eye-roll). But that is an honest, qualitative way of illustrating just what "Entertainment" is.

The lead synth melody line sounds like something sampled from a Chinese film, or a movie that's trying at least to depict that. It's both cinematic and a little exotic, more challenging than their big hits like "Lisztomania" and "1901." Furthermore, it comes off as emotionally ambiguous, nesting in neither a major or a minor, and lacks a big explosive proper chorus to let you know either way. It's mostly like a long pre-chorus, with some tricky rhythm work that warrants a repeat listen.

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<p>Phillip Phillips</p>

Phillip Phillips


Stroll through time with Phillip Phillips in his new 'Gone, Gone, Gone' video

Should-be hit will ring Mumfords fans' bells

As I wrote in my review of his debut album, Phillip Phillips has more than a few things in common with Mumford & Sons -- which is to say, his song "Gone, Gone, Gone" should soon be a certifiable hit, or someone's not doing their job.

"Babel" took home the Grammy for Album of the Year earlier this week, and the charm of that album is in its universality and earnestness, rife with gang vocals, rockets into the four-on-the-floor with the choruses, rolling acoustics whether on guitars or banjos... Phillips' "Gone" arrives with perfect timing, as its video presents goosebumps-inducing home footage of families who are not yours, effecting in the same way military-themed commercials for phones or chocolate or Wal-Mart hit that sentimental spot.

Phillips takes his viewer on a stroll at sunset, on your way to a bonfire. Super-8 and scratchy frames blow through his promises of being there when you're down, laying next to you and helping you up and stuff. It's generic and it's generically uplifting.

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Listen: Usher and Diplo combine again for 'Go Missin''

From the makers of 'Climax': An abduction love story

Ladies, keep track of your drink, keep your purse zipped up and help to prevent a prevalent crime: Usher wants to steal your heart, by kidnapping you from the dance floor.

The singing superstar has reteamed with recent Grammy nominee Diplo -- who is half of the reason why "Climax" is so climactic -- and released "Go Missin'," which appears suggestively as a way to stick it your man if he's done you wrong.

Usher's voice sails comfortably in that saucy range, but it's the big booming bass that makes this track as foreboding (and forbidden!) as it is. Clicks and hisses and what sounds like an alarm warns ye who ventures to the club solo: Usher wants to take care of you, falsetto ("oh!") style.

"Go Missin'" arrived in the twilight of Valentine's Day, so even if you didn't have a sweetheart to celebrate with yesterday, an abduction may be in order*.

What do you think of this suggestive electronica-meets-R&B jam?

*Not really, do not abduct girls, its rude and against the law

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<p>Tyler, The Creator</p>

Tyler, The Creator


Tyler, the Creator's new video 'Domo 23': The 10 Best Moments

'Bimmer' also gets a bedtime debut, plus a Frank Ocean sighting

Tyler, the Creator is hard at work on his next solo album, "Wolf," and released two new songs and one long video in promoting it.

Below is the clip for smack-talker "Domo 23" as well as bedtime story (no, not the kid kind) "Bimmer," both of which prominently feature the Odd Future rapper. OFWGKTA cohorts like Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean and manager Christian Clancy also make cameos as well in the Mexican slash Sumo wrestling clip.

Check out the video, check it again, and look at my list of the best 10 moments from the video.

"Wolf" is due on April 2nd through the Odd Future record label.

:06 The lip mumbling, pre-ring interview with Domo

:28 A penis banner

:52 Zombie hipster girl arm candies + malaise

1:20: "I ate one roach and I made a lot of money."

2:09 After hell-raising for the last couple of years and raising ire from rape jokes, "fag" jokes and general race-baiting, Tyler looks the listener square in the face and says "no homo." The same reference Chris Brown used in his long, academic considerations of Odd Future's Frank Ocean coming out of the closet. "Too soon?" Blam.

2:19 Who hasn't thought of smoking a joint in-ring?

2:40 Those triplets. My God.

3:23 Ref gets down

4:06 "I'm the king of the world" Titanic riff in slow-motion.

4:28 Thanks to our Creator: a the song comparing a lady-lover to a car sticks to a strict 1-minute marker.

Bonus: Frank Ocean singing all over "Bimmer."

Thanks for all the spit, guys.

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