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Nicki Minaj releases trippy 'Pills N Potions' video -- watch it here

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Hail the new, stripped-down Nicki: not basic, but not the Alice in Wiggy Acid Harajuku Wonderland we used to burn our eyeballs by.

In the starkly arty clip for her piano-and-drums power ballad “Pills N  Potions,” the color palette is black and white, the textiles are cotton-y (or yeti), and even silent guest Game’s got a tasteful starter beard to complement Minaj’s liquid-metal tears and bunny ears.

Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Hear the Yoshimi-led OOIOO's new track here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Yoshimi P-We, a founding member of Japanese noise-rock icons Boredoms and robot-battling muse of the Flaming Lips, famously never meant for OOIOO to be a real musical project.

But more than 15 years after coming together as a fake band for a Switch magazine spread, the group has opened for Sonic Youth, released music on iconic indie labels Kill Rock Stars and Thrill Jockey, and collaborated with the likes of Sean Lennon, Kim Gordon, and Yuka Honda.

This July 1, they’ll release Gamel, their first album in five years (preorder it here), and EW have one of the first previews — listen to “Jesso Testa” here, and find their summer tour dates after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Jack White's new 'Lazaretto' video -- watch it here

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Today’s clip for Jack White’s excellent “Lazaretto” is brought to you by the letter S: shredded guitars, shattering glass, snorting bulls, squared-off snakes, crystal skulls, spun-out sports cars. Also one very sharp suit.

It’s arty and manly and no one knows what it means but it’s provocative – sort of a black-and-white blooze-rock cousin to Jay Z’s  “On to the Next One.”

Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser on his favorite books, new solo album -- EXCLUSIVE

Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser has a busy season ahead, crisscrossing the country to support his debut solo release, Black Hours, out today (see tour dates below).

But even in the midst of promoting hours Hours — which includes guest spots from friends including Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Fleet Foxes’ Morgan Henderson, and the Shins’ Richard Swift –  he remains a happy bookworm (albeit one who looks very sharp in a tux). So he provided EW with a few favorite picks from his current fiction and nonfiction reading list: READ FULL STORY

Morrissey's new video 'Earth is the Loneliest Planet' starring Pamela Anderson -- watch it here

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Some girls are bigger than others; some girls just get to be in all the music videos.

Pamela Anderson, who has played the ur California blond for Kanye West, Elton John, Lit, and Vince Neil, is Morrissey’s new muse for “Earth Is the Loneliest Planet,” from his upcoming World Peace Is None of Your Business.

In the minute-long clip, the two circle each other on the rooftop of L.A.’s landmark Capitol Records building while Moz recites the lyrics for “Earth” spoken-word style, and they both presumably think thoughts of loneliness and midlife and shared vegan snacks.

It’s all kind of inscrutable and dawn-dreamy, like a European ad for a cruelty-free unisex cologne: READ FULL STORY

Song of the Summer? Ariana Grande talks the making of her hit 'Problem'

After moving 438,000 downloads in its first week (the fourth-best-selling debut ever for a female artist), Ariana Grande’s “Problem” is now officially a contender for the 2014 song-of-summer title.

But the 20-year-old pop star originally didn’t think the swagger-fueled jam would be a single. “It was so different from me,” says Grande, who had her breakout hit last year with ’90s throwback “The Way,” featuring rapper Mac Miller, and was best known before that for her roles on the Nickelodeon series Victorious and Sam & Cat. She decided to go with the Max Martin-produced track after getting some advice from her friend Big Sean. READ FULL STORY

Playlist: Early summer mix feat. Robyn, Ratking, Le1f and more

Thanks to the polar vortex, it’s slated to be an extra-brutal summer. While you wait on the inevitable sweaty radio bangers, stay cool with some of our favorite tracks from the final days of spring.

Ought “Habit” Every time a really good art-rock bell rings, David Byrne gets his wings (or smiles mysteriously, at least).

The Fresh & Onlys “Animal of One” San Francisco psych rock excel­lently updated, with extra reverb.

EMA “3Jane” A mod-goth mood piece as horizon-spanning as singer Erika M. Anderson’s native South Dakota.

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Stream 'Back to Bellevue,' the new full-length by Brooklyn's Challenger -- EXCLUSIVE

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“I know you love the holidays. Happy f–kin’ new year,” says a voicemail message opening the second track on Challenger’s new album, Back to Bellevue. It’s a sarcastic prelude to Challenger’s otherwise ingratiating electro-pop, but the song titles on Challenger’s sophomore effort make it clear there’s more to this release than bright synthesizers and frontman John Ross’ often understated vocals: take “How Terrorism Brought Us Back Together,” “Science of a Seizure,” and the title track, for instance.

Ross is Challenger’s sole creative force, though he rounds out the group with other musicians for live performances. (New Yorkers can check out the Back to Bellevue release show May 30 at Union Hall.) Album standouts include “Birthday at Beth Israel,” “Sweater Weather,” and the affecting, acoustic “I Want You to Love Me.” Alternately chiming and thick-sounding synthesizers propel the songs, more than a few of which could’ve run over the end credits of The Breakfast Club had they been around 30 years ago. READ FULL STORY

Summer Music Preview: Listen to DJ/Producer/Duck Sauce-er A-Trak's summer playlist

Canadian-born Renaissance man A-Trak (a.k.a. Alain Macklovitch) is a DJ, a producer and the owner of Fool’s Gold, the Brooklyn-based label that has been home to artists including Kid Cudi, Flosstradamus, and Danny Brown.

Since winning the 1997 DMC World DJ Championship at 15, he’s collaborated with everyone from Kanye to Chromeo, and is on tour through August both solo and to promote his most recent album, Quack, with his house-group superduo Duck Sauce partner Armand Van Helden. READ FULL STORY

Summer Music Preview: Hear Scottish trio CHVRCHES' summer playlist

Glaswegian synth-rock trio CHVRCHES seemed to be everywhere last summer with the pulsing singles “Recover” and “The Mother We Share,” from their debut album The Bones of What You Believe, released last September.

But with the album’s reach still expanding — and a slate of major festival dates coming up, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands — we’re ready to make this another summer of nearly-vowel-free Scots.

Listen to their playlist of summer songs below, curated especially for EW and featuring artists ranging from Pavement to Major Lazer, Sonic Youth and the Cocteau Twins: READ FULL STORY

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