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Exclusive: Open Mike Eagle's 'Doug Stamper' video featuring Hannibal Buress

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Open Mike Eagle is a very funny rapper from Chicago living in L.A. Hannibal Buress is a very funny standup comedian from Chicago living in New York City. Recently, they got together to make a video for “Doug Stamper,” a song from Open Mike’s new LP Dark Comedy (out now on Mello Music Group) named after Frank Underwood’s ruthlessly efficient (and possibly deceased) chief of staff on House of Cards. As you might expect, it’s very funny, with an advice-show setup that you might find genuinely useful—as long as you live in a small town and you’re in love with your cousin.

Mike says, “Hannibal and I commissioned secret focus groups on Black Twitter to come up with some raps that would be genuinely helpful. There’s a vicious rumour going around that Amy Poehler wrote Hannibal’s verse, but thats unfair and subtly racist. In memory of the God Doug Stamper.”

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Anamanaguchi releases a mysterious (but catchy) new single

Anamanaguchi, the self-described “boy band” from New York City, is dedicated to hacking pop music the way other geeks hack video game consoles.

Today they released a new single called “Pop It,” which features vocals by an “unknown singer” whose name they won’t reveal and who may or may not be the person depicted in the cover art, pictured above (although they’re willing to say that whoever it is, it’s their first recording gig). That fact just adds a slightly weirder edge to a song that’s already pretty strange—with its glitchy electronic flourishes and relentlessly bubble gummy vibe, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Japanese superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s neon-drenched anime acid trip. But like Kyary, Anamanaguchi works enough hooks into the mix to make the digital chaos worthy of putting on repeat.

So far, Anamanaguchi’s biggest claim to fame is providing the 8-bit pop-punk soundtrack for the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldBut the band has a burgeoning cult following, and as mainstream pop culture grows increasingly similar to the Internet culture they inhabit, it doesn’t seem unrealistic to think they might break through with a bigger crowd soon.

Listen to “Pop It” below, or visit Anamanaguchi’s website to stream the song from a page full of interactive lo-res balloons that help to heighten the already-pretty-strong sensation of being stuck inside a game of “Katamary Damacy.”

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The Growlers' 'Big Toe': Hear the 'beach goth' group's latest here -- EXCLUSIVE

Like a lot of underground rock bands, California five-piece the Growlers started out with some very rough edges, but after a few years of seemingly constant recording and touring, they’ve refined their sound into a poppy, retro-leaning style that they call “beach goth,” a combination of chiming, reverb-drenched guitars, snappy drums, and frontman Brooks Nielsen’s languid vocals, which suggest a guy who never takes his shades off, even indoors.

On their upcoming fifth album, Chinese Fountain (out Sept. 23 on Everloving Records), they show off their flexibility by tackling disco, reggae, and golden oldies à la Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” along with the expected quotient of straight-up guitar pop, like the lead single “Big Toe,” which we’re happy to be premiering here.

The song, and the Growlers’ upcoming tour dates, are after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talks Bonnaroo

Nearly a decade after they achieved buzz-band status in America with arch Britpop ditties like “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” Arctic Monkeys have become bona fide stadium stars—literally.

Armed with a fuller, Josh Homme-assisted sound and a long-nurtured fan base, the band has graduated to sell-out crowds at venues like Madison Square Garden and L.A.’s Staples Center, both of which they’ll be playing on a massive tour this summer that includes a stop at Tennesee’s Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend.

We tracked down frontman Alex Turner, 28, on the road in Germany and got him to talk tequila, two-way pagers, and how .
EW: How have the Germans been treating you?
Alex Turner: I just got here. Did a sound check. Then a very nice German lady served me some beef stroganoff, and I was absolutely famished, so that went down a treat. I’m going to talk to you, then take a nap, and I’m going to go play a rock show. It’s not that bad a day, really. READ FULL STORY

Ray & Remora cover Pavement's 'Gold Soundz': Watch the video with Jeff Goldblum, Kim Gordon & more

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As Stephen Malkmus once memorably sang, “You can never quarantine the past.” But he didn’t say anything about covering it– so L.A. duo Ray & Remora, a.k.a.  Dan Crane and Amanda Walker, have taken on Pavement’s classic “Gold Soundz,” from 1994’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (which coincidentally turns 20 this month, if that doesn’t make you feel like a T-rex.)

R&R also grabbed a few famous friends to make cameos in the video for the song, including Malkmus, Kim Gordon, actor Jeff Goldblum, longtime Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, Weezer’s Scott Shriner, Inara George of The Bird and the Bee, and Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers.

Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

La Sera's 'Fall in Place' -- watch the L.A. indie duo's new video here EXCLUSIVE

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“I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag,” says frontwoman (and Vivian Girls alum) Katy Goodman.

And the video for “Fall in Place,” from the band’s new Hour of the Dawn, does look like a summer-Sunday stroll to exactly the kind of barbeque where the “It’s My Party” singer and Henry Rollins might bond over potato salad and a few sunset trips to the punch bowl. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

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.

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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.”

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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

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