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Singles file: Sia, Pearl Jam, Ben Bridwell, Lorn, Lil B, M. Ward

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POINT TAKEN: Sia goes pop with "The Fight." (Liz Ham)
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Sia: "The Fight"

On the giddy opening track to her upcoming "We Are Born," Sia completes her transformation from remote electro artist to (almost) mainstream pop star.

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Pearl Jam and Ben Bridwell: "Hunger Strike" (live)

Beards! '90s Nostalgia! Awkward man-hugs! The Band of Horses frontman takes over for Chris Cornell during the bands' recent joint performance at Madison Square Garden, resulting in the cutest, endearing-est "Temple of the Dog" rendition ever.

Lorn: "Tomorrow"

Mysterious Midwestern beatmaker Lorn is one of the standout acts on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label and a leading crafter of ominous, goosebump-raising tracks like this one, from his upcoming full-length debut, "Nothing Else."

Lil B: "Real Life" (Pictureplane's True Reality Re-Edit)

You might have thought Pack rapper Lil B's tale of misery and death couldn't get any more depressing. You would be wrong.

M. Ward: "Howlin' for My Baby" (Howlin' Wolf cover)

Ward, the usually stone-faced male half of She & Him, vamps his way through this steamy contribution to the second "True Blood" soundtrack.

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