Eddie Vedder, Vampire Weekend Cover Springsteen

Plus: Lady Gaga, Patti Smith, Johnny Depp, and Trent Reznor in our roundup of new songs and videos

August 31, 2010 3:41 PM ET

Vampire Weekend, Eddie Vedder Cover Springsteen
Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Glee, who covered "Born to Run" during the Emmys' opening skit, have company: Vampire Weekend took on the Born in the U.S.A. track "I'm Goin' Down" at a concert in Vancouver, while Eddie Vedder offered a faithful take on Nebraska's "Open All Night" at the Free the West Memphis Three benefit gig in Little Rock, Arkansas. Watch Vedder above and Vampire Weekend on YouTube.

Vedder, Patti Smith and Johnny Depp: "Dancing Barefoot"
The Free the West Memphis Three benefit show also featured the unlikely pairing of Vedder, Patti Smith and actor Johnny Depp for a performance of Smith's "Dancing Barefoot." The trio were later joined by the new group Fistful of Mercy and the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines for "People Have the Power." [ Billboard ]

Lady Gaga: "Living on the Radio"
Lady Gaga debuted a new piano ballad, "Living on the Radio," last night during her concert at Minneapolis, Minnesota's Xcel Energy. Gaga told the crowd it was unlikely the song would appear on her follow-up to The Fame. Gaga also premiered "You and I" on this leg of the Monster Ball tour. [YouTube]

Trent Reznor: Social Network Score Preview
A new site for the upcoming Facebook flick The Social Network was launched yesterday, and with it the first song from Trent Reznor's score. [ The Social Network ]

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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