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Music Dispatch: Watch Pharrell Sing with Elmo and Cookie Monster

Music Dispatch: Watch Pharrell Sing with Elmo and Cookie Monster

Sesame Street isn’t just for kids. The one and only Pharrell Williams stopped by to sing a song with Cookie Monster and Elmo about the genius and fun of books. If you’re looking for something a bit grittier, read on. Rihanna‘s Star Trek music video will premiere in IMAX theaters, the Beatles have a mesmerizing clip for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” St. Vincent debuted a song while dressed as a toilet, Apple may change phones so they can’t record concerts, and Pill dropped an energetic single to get you through the rest of the week.

On a recent episode of Sesame Street, Elmo and Cookie Monster invited their good pal Pharrell Williams over to talk about the letter B. Of course they didn’t just talk. Instead, they sang. All three launched into “B is for Book,” and original song about the joys of imagination, traveling, and pretending. Now someone point us in the right direction to a book where we get to pretend we’re hanging with these three! [Pitchfork]

Tomorrow, Rihanna will premiere her music video for “Sledgehammer” in IMAX theaters. Starting at 9 a.m., viewers can catch the Star Trek: Beyond clip before screenings of The Legend of Tarzan. It should be an interesting peak at what’s to come before the film officially comes out July 22. [Pitchfork] The Beatles will live on forever. Part of their legacy is carried on thanks to LOVE, the phenomenal Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas that reimagines their catalogue by combining various sections of their songs into new material. George Harrison‘s beautiful original “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” just got a new music video thanks to the group and Apple Corps Ltd. The Dandypunk-directed video sees selections from LOVE illustrating the song. It looks like CGI, but instead it’s a little bit of projection mapping and a ton of talent. Check it out above. [Rolling Stone]

that’s @st_vincent dressed as a toilet singing a song about @caradelevingne, to Cara. A video posted by Sam Paxton (@instaslammy) on

This past Tuesday, St. Vincent took the stage at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City for a benefit concert to raise money for her drummer’s son. Annie Clark performed her whole set while wearing a purple toilet costume. Why? That reason remains unclear. The good news, apart from the fact that she’s into wearing goofy costumes on days other than Halloween, is that she performed a new ballad there. Check out a snippet of it above. [Rolling Stone]

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Yesterday, Apple won approval for a patent that will change the concert-going experience for everyone, even if you don’t use Apple products. The new technology they’re vouching for allows a camera to detect visible light and infrared data. If that infrared data is telling the camera to turn off, then it would oblige. Now image what happens if a band doesn’t want obsessive filming and flashes going off during their set. Blast an infrared signal from the stage, all the iPhones in the crowd can’t record the concert, and now new songs won’t be leaked online or the unprofessional photographer in front of you won’t block your view the whole show. How’s that for a freaky technology update? Learn more about it here. [Pitchfork]

New York city is full of punk bands, but four-piece Pill are truly worth remembering. The act is releasing their debut full-length, Convenience, on August 19 via Mexican Summer. Give “100% Cute” a listen if you don’t believe us. The song whips through an equal blend of noise and rock, holstering chaos at its side to keep you on your toes. Don’t get us started on how epic that bass tone is. [Stereogum]

That’s all for today, but we will see you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!

Image: Sesame Street

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