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Sam Smith, Kylie, Elton John, One Direction and Others Unite for All-Star Charity Single: VIDEO

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Elton John, Sam Smith, Paul Simon, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith,  Brian May, Dave Grohl, and Brian Wilson are among the stars teaming up for a cover of the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows" for the BBC's Children in Need charity.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Serenade Your Clingy One Night Stand with the Sam Smith Parody 'Please Go Home': VIDEO

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Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" cuts deep with lyrics from the point of view of a man who is sorrowfully, painfully lonely, so much so that he begs a one-night stand to just stay with him. It's an experience that many people can relate to once or twice during darker times in their own lives.

Enter parody musician Adrian Anchondo, whom we previously covered with his song "In-N-Out Mission", and his new piece "Please Go Home", Starring Daniel Franzese - who has grown up from being "too gay to function" to a majestically-bearded bear soon to co-star in Looking - "Please Go Home" hits the scenario from an even more universal experience: the clingy, regrettable, "What was I thinking?" one-night stand who just won't go away!

Members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and a handful of drag queens, including Sister Roma, accompany Franzese to give the sentiment the full emotional weight it deserves, which you can experience AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEW MUSIC: Peter Broderick, Kate Tempest, Oh Be Clever, GL, Empathy Test, Damien Rice - LISTEN

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New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

Peter Broderick: Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version)

Peter BroderickPeter Broderick is a musician, composer and singer from Oregon who is probably still best known as a touring member of Efterklang. He has also worked on various collaborations with the likes of Machinefabriek and Nils Frahm and has released fifteen solo albums - not bad for a 27-year-old.

His solo work includes two early solo piano albums (Float and Docile), an accompaniment for a performance art piece called Music For A Sleeping Sculpture Of Peter Broderick and a number of recent albums that fit nicely into the indie/folktronica genres.

Hugely talented as well as massively prolific, Broderick always surprises although recent collaborations with acts like Olafur Arnalds and The Album Leaf felt like inevitable gifts to fans.

His latest release is Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version), taken from an album of the same name to be released early next year.

Broderick is currently on a European tour.

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KT-SquareKate Tempest: Everybody Down

Kate Tempest is a novelist, playwright, performance artist, poet and rapper from London, England.

Her debut album Everybody Down was released back in May but has recently been nominated for a Mercury Music Award along with the likes of Damon Albarn, FKA twigs, Anna Calvi and East India Youth.

In good company then, but given Tempest’s massive talent and the sheer originality of her music, she should be a shoe-in.

A published poet, she has also written and is currently performing Brand New Ancients, an epic spoken-word “story of everyday heroes” set to a live score that last year won the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize.

Everybody Down is a revelation.  Every song on the album correlates with a chapter in her debut novel The Bricks That Built The Houses, an urban tale following the tribulations of London masseuse, waitress and dancer Becky.

A genuinely dark, threatening and epic album, there’s something on Everybody Down that you shouldn’t let pass you by even if you just don’t - like me - get rap.

Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists,
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Garfunkel & Oates Look At A 'Rainbow Connection', Proclaim 'Marriage Is A Right' - VIDEO

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Singing, strumming, slapstick duo Garfunkel (Riki Lindhome) and Oates (Kate Micucci) recently released a music video that tells gay marriage haters, "you've lost the fight." Feels apropos, no? The final bridge to their song "Rainbow Connection" is a smack in the face to equality opponents everywhere:

A rainbow doesn't choose to be a rainbow, 
It just shines in the sky, 
And there's nothing to debate, 
And there's nothing to deny. 
Love might be a privilege, 
But marriage is right, 
So to all of you detractors 
Who don't know you've lost the fight, 
To all of you in the darkness 
We're here turning on the lights. 

The funny ladies dedicated the video for the song to "all those people that are not able to view this video from their country, and are gay/friendly." Though bearing the same title as the famous song from The Muppet Movie, Garfunkel & Oates' version is not a cover. The presence of puppets in the video at least suggests, however, that the title is a nod to that well-known tune.

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The Berkshire Boys 'Really Don't Care': VIDEO

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Last we saw of the Berkshire Boys they were "Roar"ing it up with Katy Perry, but now they're back with two new members to lipdub about how they "Really Don't Care" with Demi Lovato. 

Poppy music and gratuitous abdominal muscles abound AFTER THE JUMP...

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Matt Alber Wakes Up Next to His 'Handsome Man' in New Music Video: WATCH

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Out singer-songwriter Matt Alber (you may recall his gorgeous clip "End of the World" or his clips for "Tightrope" and "Velvet Goldmine") is back with a new track and a video he crowdfunded production for on Indiegogo.

"Handsome Man" is a sexy celebration of the object of one's affection.

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