-- Antony and the Johnsons have recorded with an orchestra on all four of their studio albums, but the new live one 'Cut the World' that's out this week sounds especially lush and luxurious, thanks to the contributions of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. It's now streaming in its entirety.  [Death + Taxes]

-- Have you been bitten by Crocodiles yet? If not, the San Diego noise pop band's new 'Endless Flowers' video is a good place to start. "[Director] Pete Dee was able to translate into film what our intentions with the song had been: a comment on the hilarity, romance and grotesque beauty of infatuation," raves singer Brandon Welchez. [Spinner]

-- Muse weren't able to contain their excitement about playing the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, and now classic rockers Queen, the Who and Elton John are rumored to be joining the bill. Nothing is officially confirmed, however, so tune in Sunday night (Aug. 12) and try to act surprised when you hear 'We Are the Champions.' [Ultimate Classic Rock]

-- Frank Ocean was beyond stoked when he announced that his new 'Channel Orange' album was coming out on vinyl, but now that the July 31 release date has come and gone with no wax in sight, it seems nobody knows when -- or even if -- it will get the retro treatment. [Spin.com]

-- Albums from Florence + the Machine, Alt-J, Richard Hawley and Sweet Billy Pilgrim are among the favorites of British bookmaker Paddy Power to win the 2012 Mercury Prize. We'd put our money on Florence -- if we actually bet on those sorts of things. [NME]

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