Hans Zimmer releases “Aurora”; all proceeds benefit shooting victims

The Dark Knight Rises composer Hans Zimmer has released a new track, titled “Aurora,” on his Facebook page to raise money for victims of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.

“‘Aurora’ is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado,” writes Zimmer. “I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families.”

The track is available for donations ranging from 10 cents to $2,500, and all proceeds benefit the Aurora Victim Relief Organization. Click here to download.

LISTEN: OneRepublic debut new single “Feel Again”

UPDATE: “Feel Again” will be available on iTunes Aug. 27, with the track releasing to radio five days prior.

Ryan Tedder called in to SWR3 in Europe to premiere OneRepublic’s new single “Feel Again.” He had recently teased the new track on Twitter, noting that after the European launch, it will begin rolling out in other countries (including the U.S.) for radio.

The band is set to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Aug. 10. That is reportedly when the single will officially receive a stateside release date. A release date has not been set for OneRepublic’s third album.

Listen to “Feel Again” below (unofficial audio from radio, for the time being):

Olympics Festivities: Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol, One Direction, The Who

According to MTV, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini and none other than Paul McCartney will all be a part of opening festivities for the Olympic Games in London.

Rumored for closing ceremonies are Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Queen, Take That (pictured above), One Direction, Russell Brand, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and The Who, according to documents leaked earlier this month.

Civil Twilight launch remix contest with $1500 prize

South African rock trio Civil Twilight is offering fans/musicians a chance to remix their songs and be featured on their upcoming remix EP. It also doesn’t hurt that $1,500 is up for grabs to the winner(s). Songs for remix are: ”River,” “Highway of Fallen Kings” and “Shape of a Sound.”

For details and to enter the contest, click here.

PHOTO: ‘Arrested Development’ New Script!

They’re not going to make it easy for Arrested Development fans. In what is probably one of several more “teases” to come, EP Ron Howard tweeted a photo of the first script of season four, offering two vague clues about the series’ return.

The first clue comes from the tweet itself: “Very very funny :-) Lots of lines for the narrator too!” Does this mean Howard may be lending his voice again?

Clue No. 2 is in the title: “arrested development: michael.” There had been plans for each episode of the new season to focus on a different character; however, series creator Mitch Hurwitz later suggested those plans had been scrapped. With Michael’s name specified at the top, perhaps plans have changed…again.

Arrested Development will return for Season 4 early 2013 on Netflix.

Frank Ocean performs in L.A., covers Prince

Watch as Earl Sweatshirt joins Frank Ocean on stage in Los Angeles for “Super Rich Kids” — with the audience screaming the lyrics. Ocean also covered Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” Watch them below.

Mumford & Sons’ new album: ‘Babel’

Mumford & Sons will return on September 25 with the follow-up to their smash debut, Sigh No More. The band has announced that their sophomore LP is titled Babel and includes 12 tracks, many of which have been previously performed live.

The band reportedly wrote Babel in just five weeks, but recording lasted a year and a half due to their heavy tour schedule. Markus Dravs, who also helmed Sigh No More, served as producer. The end result is is said to feature “heavier emotions,” but does not stray far from their trademark acoustic sound.

Babel Tracklist:
01. Babel
02. Whispers in the Dark
03. I Will Wait
04. Holland Road
05. Ghosts That We Knew
06. Lover of the Light
07. Lovers’ Eyes
08. Reminder
09. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste

Watch the band perform new track “Love of the Light”:

LISTEN: Passion Pit’s New Album ‘Gossamer’

The long-awaited follow-up to Passion Pit’s breakthrough album, 2009’s Manners, is finally here: Gossamer is full of incredible layers of airy synths, crisp snares, and of course, frontman Michael Angelakos’ expressive falsetto.

Stream the album here via NPR.

‘Community’ show runners: We won’t ‘screw it up’

The new show runners of Community had barely taken their seats on the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday morning before trying to calm the nerves of the show’s dedicated fan base.

“It’s all going to be OK,” new co-show runner David Guarascio assured the crowd. “A couple of months ago we were a lot like you, fans of the show. Now we’re here helping to keep it going. We want to keep it the weird, wonderful gem that it is. And that’s not going to change.”

The show’s fourth season doesn’t begin shooting until later this summer, but it will definitely be under the microscope this fall after the show’s creator and previous show runner, Dan Harmon, was abruptly fired earlier this summer.

“What I’m trying to say is that we’re not going to screw it up,” Port finally conceded.

Win tickets to see Emeli Sande open for Coldplay!

Emeli Sande

Capitol Records is giving fans a chance to see Coldplay & Emeli Sande perform live! Sande is featured in the latest issue of Variance. We discuss her amazing talent and the bright career ahead of her!

Click here for a chance to win tickets!

Florence Welch Loses Voice

Unfortunately, Florence Welch won’t be performing several scheduled shows this week due to losing her voice. As of now, Florence and the Machine is still scheduled to perform July 20 in Burnaby, British Columbia.