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Watch HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder Crash Chromeo’s “Old 45’s” Video

Electro-pop duo and general mischief makers Chromeo are at it again. After releasing a slew of singles we’ve been fawning over, the two have up and shared a music video for White Women cut “Old 45′s” that features the type of mayhem you would expect from a romance rival song.

Directed by Dugan O’Neal, the video features all three of the HAIM sisters, Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder, and the dancing duo popping moves in a diner to win over the lady of the hour. With the lyric “If you think romance is dead and gone / find an old …

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LIGHTS Streams ‘Little Machines’

It’s been three years since we last heard a full-length from LIGHTS, so today is undoubtedly an exciting one as the electro-pop star has teamed up with the New York Times to premiere an exclusive stream of her brand new record, Little Machines.

While the album officially hits stores September 23 via Warner Bros. Records, digital pre-orders can be purchased on iTunes for those who dig what they hear.

Click here to check out Little Machines and be sure to let us know your thoughts on LIGHTS’ latest effort in the comments section below.…

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REVIEW: Hostage Calm – ‘Die on Stage’

Artist: Hostage Calm
Album: Die on Stage
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Punk, Alternative

There are a lot of bands that come and go in the music scene, and rarely make a mark of any kind. Most bands like to think that they are “different” and “special,” but let’s be honest, they usually are not. A few years back when I first saw Hostage Calm, I really did not get “it.” A lot of people really liked them to an extreme degree, and I felt like I was on the outs in a way. Maybe I just wasn’t …

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Hear Cobra Starship and Icona Pop Team Up In “Never Been In Love”

It’s been three years since Cobra Starship‘s  last album, Night Shades. Now they’re back and teaming up with radio hit duo Icona Pop for their new single, “Never Been In Love,” which everyone has been talking about, from Pete Wentz to Panic! At The Disco. Prepare yourself, though. It sounds pretty different from their previous works.

The song’s keyboard and chord progression are reminiscent of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You,” but it still maintains the characteristics that make it a Cobra Starship hit, even with the glossing of Icona Pop. Although considering the band wrote a song about …

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Watch Charli XCX Hijack a School Bus In “Break The Rules” Video

Back before “Fancy” and The Fault In Our Stars and millions of YouTube views, Charli XCX was ghostwriting for singers and working on her own set of pop songs. Fastforward to 2014, and she’s putting out a new album called Sucker (out October 21), and singing a little off-key on the radio to “Boom Clap.” This year has seen her swap her sound to a new house pop style, but “Break The Rules” is phenomenally recorded, giving attention to bass drops and electric drum claps carefully instead of overindulging when not needed — and the new music video …

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Charli XCX Wants To “Break The Rules” And Put Out This New Album, ‘Sucker’

Many ages ago, in a time before “Boom Clap” and “Fancy” appeared against the radio horizon, Charli XCX released a candystriped single called “Superlove.” It was, presumably, a precursor to a second album. News of that second album was a long time coming, though. We got a few cool covers, and then, well, Iggy and The Fault In Our Stars swept us all away.

Now, though, we have word of that album. It’s called Sucker, and it’s out on October 21 via Neon Gold/Atlantic. This news is ushered in with a second, obviously-timed single called “Break …

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Stream Imogen Heap’s Inventive And International New Album ‘Sparks’

Sparks isn’t so much an album as it is an unparalleled project and experiment. Collaboration is a necessary part of almost all music, but the new work from Imogen Heap spans countries, peoples, and technologies like few others.

Ann Powers’ introductory piece for NPR’s First Listen series, which is streaming the album, can’t help but be a laundry list of the stories behind each song. It’s a rather unique laundry list, though, including items like Deadmau5, a documentary, an ever-expanding biographical track, 13 pianos across Edinburgh, a running app, and so much more. Each story could be its …

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Get Your Garage Pop Fix With Casey Jack’s “Cool Kids”

Garage pop has seen quite the revival in recent years. It first started re-soaring when Smith Westerns reminded us how well the two genres blend together, and then got a reboot last year when Ty Segall’s sidekick Mikal Cronin dropped his near-flawless debut LP. Casey Jack may be following in their footsteps, but he’s straying from the path to create his own take on the sound. His self-titled album, which drops August 26 via Rough Beast Records, is proof.

The Missouri singer-songwriter lets sweet hooks and jagged fuzz take shape in his newest single, “Cool Kids.” Jack’s vocals lineup with …

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ALBUM STREAM: JJ – ‘V’

On August 19, Swedish pop duo JJ will release their third album, V, via Secretly Canadian. We’ve heard several tracks off the record so far, but starting today the album is streaming in full at NPR.

The 12-track release is a follow-up to 2010’s jj n° 3 and includes the mesmerizing singles “All White Everything” and “Dean & Me.” Vocalist Elin Katlander says JJ have made this music “quite selfishly” in that it appeals to themselves versus a preconceived audience. In his own statement, multi-instrumentalist Joakim Benon added that they have been working on …

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Pomplamoose Release New Record, Music Video for “Video Killed The Radio Star”

Internet-famous pop duo, Pomplamoose, have returned with the release of their second album, Season 2; a compilation of covers, medleys, reinterpretations of popular songs, and some original works. The album features songs based on the work of Lorde and Pharrell, and even Taco’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” to create quite the eclectic mix of music.

As we’ve come to expect from the inventors of the “VideoSong,” the band has released a video for their cover of the infamous “Video Killed The Radio Star,” which is available to stream below the jump. Pomplamoose’s recent videos are fascinating and intricate …

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Listen to JJ’s Beautiful New Single “Dean & Me”

It’s been three months since we first got word of Swedish duo JJ’s new album, VSince then, we’ve seen one glitter-filled teaser video, a haunting single that gave us goosebumps, and a tracklist outlining the intimate titles of songs we have yet to hear. Today, Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander return to share a new synth pop track that pairs well with the last of July’s sunny rays: “Dean & Me.”

Club beats and skittering cymbal taps outline the soaring new single as JJ’s melodic chorus of “oohs” raises us back up from the emotional well …

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Listen To Artist Vs Poet’s New Single, “Sincerely Me”

Over the weekend the pop group Artist Vs Poet debuted a brand new single titled “Sincerely Me.” The song is true to their typical style and is pretty damn adorable. Joe Kirkland’s voice is soothing, and he expertly delivers the heartfelt lyrics. You can give it a listen by taking a look beneath the break.

Unfortunately the song cannot be purchased quite yet, but the band confirmed it will be released on iTunes by next week. In the meantime, you can grab their recently released EP Sake Of Love if you haven’t already.…