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George Michael Says The Smiths are Reforming: VIDEO

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The Guardian caught up with George Michael over the weekend, with a rapid-fire question interview in which Michael handed off one-line quips on various topics such as his greatest fear (losing the ability to create music), his favorite word (go-on-then), his favorite book (impossible to answer) and how often he has sex (wouldn't you like to know).

MichaelBut it was the answer to his final question which stirred the loins of the music world, when the Guardian asked him if he could tell them a secret. Said Michael:

"The Smiths are reforming."

Whether George Michael knows something we don't know or is just messing with the hearts of those who hope to hear Morrissey's voice and Johnny Marr's guitar back together again (more likely) is anyone's guess, but it's certainly the most interesting thing he said in the interview.

Morrissey's personal website True To You announced over the weekend that "Three weeks after the release of Morrissey's World Peace Is None Of Your Business (#2 UK, #14 US), Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett. Morrissey is once again in search of a record label."

For his part, Morrissey answered the question of a reunion (once again) in January, saying:

"I don't know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion! But, no, there aren't any bands I like to see again because your memory of them is how they were in their prime or at their best or at their most desperate, and you look to them to be someone that they no longer are."

He also said he'd be retiring from music about now.

And, Gigwise notes, this is what Marr had to say about a reunion three months ago.

And have a listen to George Michael's most recent release from Symphonica, a cover of the standard "Feeling Good", AFTER THE JUMP...

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Prom Date's 'Good Morning, Boyfriend' Is a 'Little Monsters' Inspired Gay Synth Love Story: VIDEO

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New Orleans synthpop collective Prom Date has just released the video for their new single "Good Morning, Boyfriend," a gay love song of sorts. Bonus points go to the lead singer for being a really cute bear. 

The Truth About Music writes:

With its thick, bouncy bass, swirling effects, snappy percussion, solidly tight three-part harmonies and interweaving backing vocals, the track builds on the deliciously danceable synth pop of its predecessor ['X My Heart']. As for the video, the band pay homage to Little Monsters, using the 80′s comedy flick to drive home a message of self-acceptance.

Check out the video (and their first single too), AFTER THE JUMP...

Prom Date’s full-length album Portraits is set for release August 5.

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Kiesza Covers Nirvana’s 'Heart Shaped Box': VIDEO

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Punky pixie siren Kiesza - whom we've mentioned a time or two - picked up her six string for a stunning acoustic cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box." She doesn't claim it the way Johnny Cash did Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", but rather softens the harshness and dissonance to make it something hauntingly beautiful and different of her own.

You can listen to her performance and compare it to Nirvana's original AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Vocal Bliss From UK Newcomer Moko and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Triphop is an often-forgotten subgenre of dance music that fuses breakbeats, soul, funk, and jazz influences.  Artists like Massive Attack and Tricky have established careers by infusing this genre into their production for artists like Bjork, Madonna, and Everything But The Girl.  Moko is a newcomer to the music industry, breaking through in the UK last year by performing with Neneh Cherry on Boiler Room TV and subsequently signing to MTA records in July 2013. 

Moko: 'Ceremony'

The London native got her start singing in church, and spent some time singing in London Community Gospel Choir before finishing university.  'Ceremony' is the second single from her forthcoming sophomore EP, Gold.  Despite being a newcomer, Moko sounds like a seasoned professional, with rich vocals that complement the ebbs and flows of the song's beats.  Her career is set to blow up in the coming months, so be on the watch out for her!

Another banger from Moko, and more new tracks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Whitney Houston is Matt Zarley's Greatest Love of All: VIDEO

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Bearish crooner Matt Zarley (you've seen him get into political hot water and stand in for Jim Lange in a zany remake of The Dating Game) sat down with his mic for a tribute to the singer who was his biggest influence.

Strap yourselves in for Zarley's soaring arrangement of a number of Whitney's greatest hits,
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Conan O'Brien, L.A. Gay Men's Chorus, and The Simpsons Join Forces in September for 'The Monorail Song'

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Fans of The Simpsons have something to look forward to in L.A. next month, according to an interview Conan O'Brien did with Buzzfeed UK:

...what’s really interesting, just because you brought it up, is two days before I left to come to England my phone rang and it was The Simpsons. And they said that they were doing a live show at the Hollywood Bowl, and all the actors are going to do the voices, and, “Would you be a special guest star and sing ‘The Monorail Song’ with the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Choir?” And the answer there is “YES”, so I am going to do that I think in September.


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