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Ben Folds + Nick Hornby + Pomplamoose = Adorable

Musician Ben Folds and novelist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy, lots more) have just released a new album called Lonely Avenue. To build a little buzz, Folds and Hornsby collaborated with internet phenoms Pomplamoose as their backing band, creating a "Video Song." The result has Hornby doing some spoken word (though the album involves more straightforward songs with just Folds singing). The Video Song is a charming little ditty called "Things You Think," and I think it's just adorable:

For more Pomplamoose songs, check out The Late Movies: "Video Songs" by Pomplamoose. For more on the album, read The Onion A.V. Club's review (they gave it a B).

Folds + Shatner = Even Better

But lest we forget: this isn't the first time Ben Folds has worked with spoken-word collaborators. His unbelievably good 1998 single "In Love" featured Folds singing the chorus, with William friggin' Shatner narrating the verses. The band was called Fear of Pop, and to be honest, the non-Shatner material wasn't that great. But "In Love" is still divine. Check out this live performance from 1999:

Ben Folds + Rufus Wainwright = "Careless Whisper"

After the jump, check out Folds and Wainwright tear up the classic Wham! tune in 2004. Dude gets around, is all I'm saying.

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U2’s 360-Degree Tour Stage Will Become a Utah Aquarium Attraction
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The immense stage that accompanied U2 on the band’s 360° Tour from 2009 to 2011 is getting an unexpected second life as a Utah educational attraction. It will soon be installed over a new plaza at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium outside Salt Lake City.

The Claw, a 165-foot-tall structure shaped like a large spaceship balanced on four legs—a design inspired by the space-age Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport—was built to house a massive speaker system and cylindrical video screen for the band’s performances. Underneath it, a 360° stage allowed U2 to play to audiences surrounding the structure in all directions. To make it easier to tour 30 different countries with the elaborate system, which took more than a week to put together at each concert location, the band had several versions built.

U2 and its management have been looking for a buyer for the 190-ton structures since the tour ended in 2011, and it seems they have finally found a home for one of them. One of the two remaining Claw structures is coming to the Utah aquarium, where it’s being installed as part of a plaza at the institution’s new, 9-acre Science Learning Campus.

A four-legged, industrial-looking video-and-sound-projection rig rises over a crowd at a concert
The Claw at a Dublin concert in 2009
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As the only Claw in the U.S., the alien-looking feat of engineering will be "preserved and sustainably repurposed as a Utah landmark and symbol of science exploration and learning," according to the aquarium's press release. As part of the expansion project, the 2300-square-foot stage system will play host to festivals, movies, and other special events in two venues, one with 7000 seats and the other with 350.

The $25 million Science Learning Campus hasn’t been built yet—construction is starting this fall—so you’ll have to wait awhile to relive your U2 concert experience at the aquarium.

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This Beatles Poster Breaks Down the Instruments Played in Every Fab Four Song
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If you're a Beatles fan who has memorized every second of every one of the legendary band's songs, from instruments to vocals, Pop Chart Lab has got a poster for you.

"Come Together," the pop culture-loving design company's latest poster, breaks down the instruments featured in every single one of The Beatles's songs, from 1963's "I Saw Her Standing There" to 1970's "Get Back." The chart is broken down into five colors—one for each member of the Fab Four, plus one hue to represent various non-band members—and the icons show you which instrument each member plays in each tune, from the conventional (guitar) to the unique (tape loops and mellotrons). Grab your headphones and follow along as you listen: soon you'll be able to impress your friends by rattling off who's singing when. Who knows—it might even inspire you to pick up the guitar and learn "Blackbird."

The poster measures 24 by 36 inches and pricing starts at $37. It's available for preorder now, and shipping begins April 20.

Music fans will also love Pop Chart Lab's other music posters, like this spread of famous guitars or this brilliant taxonomy of rap names.

Check out the art below. To purchase the poster and also enjoy Pop Chart Lab's many Beatles puns, click here.

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