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7 Best 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sight Gags: Gaga, Amish and Obi-Wan

7 Best 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sight Gags: Gaga, Amish and Obi-Wan

It's only five days into "Weird Al" Yankovic's brilliant Mandatory Fun daily video release, and we've already seen him transform into an inarguably tacky dresser, a blond handyman and a paranoid foil salesman on television.

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JUL
18
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Queen + Adam Lambert Create Magic at Madison Square Garden (Video)

Queen + Adam Lambert Create Magic at Madison Square Garden (Video)

Back in March, when the Queen + Adam Lambert tour was first announced, Adam Lambert sat in the front lobby of Madison Square Garden and told reporters that playing the famed arena was a dream of his.

On July 17, Lambert's dream came true as he stood in front of a packed house (which included View host Whoopi Goldberg), stepping in for the late Freddie Mercury on a summer night that Queen guitarist Brian May said was filled with "magic."

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JUL
18
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De La Soul Celebrates a Quarter-Century of Hip-Hop: Concert Review

De La Soul Celebrates a Quarter-Century of Hip-Hop: Concert Review

It may have been an event honoring the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, but De La Soul's show at Irving Plaza Tuesday was the farthest thing from one of those "play the album" nostalgia gigs that have become so common. Instead, the 70-minute set felt like a birthday party to which so many friends and relatives showed up that it had to be moved out of the backyard and into a club, with paying fans made honorary members of the family.

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JUL
18
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Weird Al Yankovic Roots for Losers in 'Sports Song' (Video)

Weird Al Yankovic Roots for Losers in 'Sports Song' (Video)

"Weird Al" Yankovic's fifth Mandatory Fun video takes spoof fans to the field.

PHOTOS THR's Sports Issue: Exclusive Portraits of Vin Scully, Ronda Rousey, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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JUL
18
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Johnny Depp Rocks Out on 'Train Kept a Rollin' With Aerosmith Onstage in Boston (Video)

Johnny Depp Rocks Out on 'Train Kept a Rollin' With Aerosmith Onstage in Boston (Video)

Not every actor unwinds from a long day on set with few strums alongside Aerosmith.

PHOTOS Johnny Depp's First Trip to China

Leave it to Johnny Depp to do the honors, as he joined the rock band onstage at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on Wednesday night.

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JUL
17
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Jazz Greats Outshine Boz Scaggs at the Bowl: Concert Review

Jazz Greats Outshine Boz Scaggs at the Bowl: Concert Review

It isn’t often — or ever — that a rendition of “Happy Birthday” steals the show at the Hollywood Bowl. But it definitely did Wednesday night in a moment of serene beauty amid an ill-fitting triple bill that found flat and fumbling headliner Boz Scaggs following a note-perfect turn from jazz legends Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour.

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JUL
16
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Camera Obscura Tap Audience 'Desire' on U.S. Tour: Concert Review

Camera Obscura Tap Audience 'Desire' on U.S. Tour: Concert Review

They may never have found a stateside fan base to rival that of their Glaswegian buddies Belle and Sebastian, but Camera Obscura have found their niche here. Launching a second U.S. tour supporting the year-old Desire Lines, they sold out shows in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, drawing on a fan base that's enthusiastic about more than just two or three favorite songs. 

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JUL
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'Weird Al' Yankovic Spoofs Lorde's 'Royals': Leftovers, Aliens and Patton Oswalt (Video)

'Weird Al' Yankovic Spoofs Lorde's 'Royals': Leftovers, Aliens and Patton Oswalt (Video)

Another day, another "Weird Al" Yankovic video.

This time, the parody master is spoofing Lorde's breakout hit "Royals" with "Foil," an ode to dinner leftovers and a PSA for proper food preservation — oh, and a theory or two on the government, the Illuminati and aliens.

Released Wednesday, the video also features Patton Oswalt acting as the director, plus Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant as government security detail.

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JUL
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'Weird Al' Yankovic Says Pharrell 'Could Not Have Been Nicer' About 'Tacky' Parody (Video)

'Weird Al' Yankovic Says Pharrell 'Could Not Have Been Nicer' About 'Tacky' Parody (Video)

"Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies on his new Mandatory Fun, and, in fact, got the green-light for everything he wanted.

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JUL
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Pop Art by Robert Christgau: In It for the Art

Pop Art by Robert Christgau: In It for the Art

Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five minutes running unless you count three to four hundred terrible opening acts.

PHOTOS 'CBGB' Character Posters: 10 A-Listers Play Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop and Blondie

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JUL
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'X Factor' Winners Alex & Sierra: 'It's About Us' (Video)

'X Factor' Winners Alex & Sierra: 'It's About Us' (Video)

X Factor season three winners Alex & Sierra are set to release their debut Columbia/Syco album, It's About Us, which is available for pre-orders today on iTunes.

PHOTOS 'X Factor' Season 3: Meet the Top 16

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JUL
15
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The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

It will be 40 years come December 2015 since the release of Patti Smith's Horses on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement emanating from New York's underground in the mid-'70s, ushered in by both the Velvets and the New York Dolls, not to mention the Stooges, MC5 and Lenny Kaye's influential '60s Nuggets collection.

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JUL
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Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart Dress Up in Drag for Jenny Lewis' Music Video

Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart Dress Up in Drag for Jenny Lewis' Music Video

Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson want to be one of the guys.

PHOTOS THR's Beauty Issue: Anne Hathaway, Olivia Wilde Pose With Their Imagemakers

Or, at least, that's what they're singing about in the new video for Jenny Lewis' song.

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JUL
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Steely Dan Sticks to Formula at the Forum: Concert Review

Steely Dan Sticks to Formula at the Forum: Concert Review

Back in summer 1993, when once-reclusive jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan returned after more than a decade in the quiet wilderness, lifelong fans came away thrilled not just by dexterous playing and unearthed gems but, more so, the mere sight of the group on any stage. This was, after all, the same enigmatic act that had sworn off the road nearly 20 years earlier, following a Fourth of July ’74 show at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. They preferred the pristine perfection of studio seclusion over what was then a less-than-fulfilling life on the road.

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