While YouTube has made pop song parodies as common as cat videos, this generation has forgotten that there is an art to a great song parody. It's not enough to make a hit song about something else. You have to have a certain cadence—a feel for flow and comedy. Only about one person in a generation is really capable of a great parody, and the one person of his generation is Weird Al, who remains the unchallenged master of the form.

He's returning with a new (and supposedly final) album, Mandatory Fun, and is releasing a series of music videos to promote it. They've all been terrific, but his take on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" showcases just what makes him such a unique talent, transforming Thicke's ode to misogyny into a critique of tech writing, and replacing the rude jokes with genuinely sound advice. It's funny, it's important and it's much harder than it comes across ... Discuss

 

On this week's podcast we talk to Isaac Slade of The Fray about the band's new album, "Helios." Plus, we reach out to a listener in hopes of better understanding soccer, celebrate Seinfeld's 25th anniversary, recap the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and more ... Read More

 

Yo, teens. Wassup? You know how most musicals are totes lame-o? They're full of long songs and don't have any Iggy Azalea or Divergent in them? That's not so raven. Well, there's a new cool musical that's going to be extra groovy for you and all of your teen friends. Suh-weet! It's called Cats and it's pretty old, but don't have a cow, man. Andrew Lloyd Webber is updating the musical to be full of all your favorite funky fresh beats. Ch-ch-check it out:

Lloyd Webber said he was making the character of Rum Tum Tugger a rapping street cat because "I've come to the conclusion that ... maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap. "The thing about the Eliot verse is that you can tell he's American. Nobody other than Eliot would have written 'The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat,'" the composer said.

Smiley face emoticons. Bet you and your friends can't wait to catch this bomb-dot-com new performance with all the rapping in it. Catch you on the flipside. Leave it there, Bon Iver. See you on Broadway. Peace out ... Discuss

 

No matter how good or bad Zach Braff's new movie is, it'll have a pretty good soundtrack. Braff rounded up a list of indie music all-stars to write original songs for his movie, and the results have been spectacular so far. We've heard the Shins and Bon Iver contribute two stellar songs, and now this moody, simple new Cat Power + Coldplay collaboration sounds pretty great too. It's much more Cat Power than Coldplay, so you Coldplay fans will have to content yourself with their new album for the time being. Check out "Wish I Was Here" over at NPR ... Discuss

 

This week, we talk to rapper Andy Mineo and take you inside the new issue of RELEVANT. Plus, Jesse selects all the episode music while Chad is out, Eddie enlightens us about The Godfather, you all send in a ton of feedback, and a lot more ... Read More

 

The frontman for the band Arctic monkeys is turning his attention to a new creative endeavor: screenwriting. Singer Alex Turner is teaming with his bandmate from the side project Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, to write a superhero movie together. Kane told Digital Spy, "It's gonna have a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the '60s, but I can't give anymore away than that." At this point, their retro X-Men film doesn’t have any projected release date, but at the very least, we can look forward to a good soundtrack ... Discuss