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‘Captain America’ theme gets a heavy metal makeover


It’s not often that you can say “Captain America rocks” — after all, he’s a straight-laced superhero who’s roughly your (great-) grandparents’ age. However, here it’s fitting, and without an ounce of irony.

Eric Calderone (aka Erock), whom you may recognize from his 2014 rendition of the Iron Man theme, pay tribute to the Sentinel of Liberty with a metal version of Alan Silvestri’s “Captain America March” from Captain America: The First Avenger — with a little assistance from “Underoos.”

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Watch Clark Gregg and Hayley Atwell face off on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

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There was plenty of smack-talk and plenty of theatrics, but in the end, there could be only one winner in the Lip Sync Battle between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg and Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell: the viewers.

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Listen to Eddie Vedder and his daughter perform ‘Batman’ theme

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There are few better ways to start off a day than with this endearing rendition of the classic Batman TV theme by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and his 7-year-old daughter Harper.

According to Alternative Nation, the recording debuted on the band’s SiriusXM station during Vedder’s interview with Tomas Young’s War author Mark Ian Wilkerson.

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This guy is writing a song for each of the 700-plus Pokémon


Although Jacob Newman can’t catch all of the more than 700 species of Pokémon, he can write a song for each of them. Or so he plans to.

The 24-year-old folk punk artist, aka Jacob Norman Chainsaw-Arm, already has a good start, as he’s released a digital album called 100 Songs for 100 Pokémon, which contains tributes to the likes of Bulbasaur, Pumpkaboo, Charmander and Ivysaur (arranged according to Pokédex numbers, naturally). Just 600 more to go!

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Hayley Atwell belts out ‘Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’


She may not have the revealing costume or the backup dancers of competitor Clark Gregg, but what Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell lacks in theatricality she makes up for with sheer dedication to the song in a preview of this week’s Lip Sync Battle.

That song? The Offspring’s inescapable 1998 song “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy),” naturally.

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Clark Gregg performs Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’


An actor, director and writer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg was already a triple threat, but now he can add “fierce lip sync artist” to that already-impressive resume.

Spike TV has debuted a sneak peek at Gregg’s showdown with Marvel’s Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell from this week’s Lip Sync Battle, and is it ever a doozy. Donning a futuristic flight attendants’ uniform like the one Britney Spears wore in the music video, and flanked by backup dancers, Gregg gives “Toxic” his all … and then some.

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Batman meets ‘Hamilton’ in note-perfect ‘Batlexander Manilton’


If you’re heading out to watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, all the while wondering whether you’ll ever score tickets to Hamilton, you’re in luck. No, we don’t have tickets for you (pfft, we’d keep thosefor ourselves), but we do have the next-best thing: “Batlexander Manilton.” All right, maybe not next-best, but it’s pretty great.

Performed by the comedy group Turtle Cameron, it’s the Dark Knight/Founding Father musical mashup/parody you’ve always wanted, but didn’t realize until it now.

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A lonely Stormtrooper finds love in this heartwarming music video


As we’ve seen time and again, the life of a Stormtrooper isn’t easy: There’s the hot armor, the poor aim that leaves you a sitting duck for Rebel scum, and temperamental leaders who could have you killed at a moment’s notice. But, as we see in this new video from Icelandic singer/songwriter Bara Heiða, the worst part may be the loneliness.

The video for the song “Stormtrooper” follows an Imperial soldier left behind on an unfamiliar planet, where he struggles to find work and then love.

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Batman kisses Superman in sweet Coheed and Cambria video


The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel may fight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but in the new video for Coheed and Cambria’s song “Island,” their relationship takes a different path.

The video follows a Times Square Batman who meets an amateur Superman when a tourist pays them to stage a fight. However, later fists and sparks fly as the Caped Crusader leaps to the rescue of the Man of Steel when he’s harassed by a couple of unsavory costumed critters.

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Listen to ‘The Walking Dead’ theme performed a cappella


You may recall The Warp Zone for its a cappella rendition of the theme to X-Men: The Animated Series. Now, to celebrate the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, the sketch-comedy group turns its vocal talents to Bear McCreary’s haunting main title.

The quintet once again dresses like familiar characters — here it’s Maggie, Rick, Daryl, the Governor and Abraham — only this time to to be joined by an unexpected guest.

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Hasbro rolls out a ‘Transformers’-inspired album


Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and the other robots in disguise are finally getting a soundtrack to their lives with Transformers Roll Out, the first-ever album inspired by the long-running franchise.

Announced this morning by Hasbro Studios, the collection features 10 tracks from a blend of established and up-and-coming alternative, rock and indie pop acts, ranging from Bush and Born Cages to Elle Rae and MEW.

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This lightsaber can play the ‘Star Wars’ theme on a violin


Violinist Jeffrey Ding He has mastered the art of handling a lightsaber. Instead of using his saber to defend the Republic from the rising sect of the evil Sith Lords, he uses it to play beautiful music. Maybe there’s a place for him in the Cantina Band or at Maz Kanata’s new place?

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This acoustic version of ‘Jedi’s’ ‘Ewok Celebration’ is glorious

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I’ve never been a fan of those wretched Ewoks or their “Ewok Celebration” song from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which was virtually unavoidable on the radio in 1983, some 14 years before it was scrubbed from the special edition (perhaps one of the few good things to come out of the re-release). However, I may be forced to soften my position on “Yub Nub.”

Why? Musician Chris Nandor, aka Pudge, has released a performance of “Ewok Celebration” that’s almost … heartfelt. Seriously, it may be good enough to make you shout, “Allay loo ta nuv!”

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This ‘Star Wars’ AT-AT boombox is all about that (Rebel) base


In the never-ending parade of Star Wars merchandise (both official and unofficial) that’s ranged from shower heads to porch-light covers to a moving refrigerator, this items stands apart. Although, of course, it can be easily toppled by a tiny snowspeeder and towing cable.

It’s a one-of-a-kind Star Wars AT-BT Boombox (the letters stand for All Terrain Beats Transport, yo), which can stomp out Rebel forces even as it pumps of the jam.

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This ‘Pokémon’ theme jazz cover is smooth, smoky and stuck in your head


The Pokémon theme is so memorable, and so catchy, that its mere mention can trigger spontaneous, heartfelt outbursts of “I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.” (You’re humming it now, aren’t you?) But no matter how many times you’ve watched the opening of the animated series, and belted out the song along with it, you’re probably never heard it performed quite like this.

Singer Sara Niemietz slows things down with this terrific jazz rendition of the Pokémon theme, backed by Scott Bradlee & Friends, injecting some sophistication into a cartoon about kids training pocket monsters to battle each other.

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