ON DECK: Elite Gymnastics, Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae x Charlie Chaplin

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RECOMMENDED SUMMER JAMS: Elite Gymnastics

The cover of Elite Gymnastics’ “Real Friends” EP is two eighties babes in bright, high-waisted swimsuits, intrepidly facing rolling surf, coolly gripping unadorned boards. Their music seems like a logical reflection of this summery, beachy image: it’s warm, tuneful chillwave. (Continue reading to listen and download)

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Arcade Fire: "The Suburbs" Tracklist Revealed

Everyone is squirming in their pants in anticipation of Arcade Fire's third studio album, The Suburbs to be released on August 3rd. I'm not here to update you on another tune to sample before devouring the album whole in late July/early August, but to let you drool over the sixteen-track tracklist. You can check it out below, and follow the links to listen to the songs that have leaked thus far (favorites in bold). (Continue reading)

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Janelle Monae Covers "Smile", Michael Jackson's Favorite Song

As part of Billboard.com's Mashup Mondays series, Janelle Monae covered Charlie Chaplin's "Smile", which is said to be Michael Jackson's favorite song. Watch Janelle perform the song, here.