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Synthpop surrealists Baathhaus unveil the video for 'Ascension'

 Chicago quartet Baathhaus combines the transgressive glam surrealism of Lady Gaga with a synthpop sound redolent of vintage Erasure, New Order, and other popular acts at retro night at your local gay dance club. Over the past couple of years, they’ve started to accumulate the kind of cult following that an over-the-top theatrical pop band whose multimedia identity feels equally indebted to David Bowie and John Waters deserves, and as their audience has grown, their production values have increased to match.

Last week the group unveiled a new single, “Ascension,” on their SoundCloud, and now they’re ready to unveil the accompanying video. Unlike most Baathhaus productions, “Ascension” features no explosions of fake blood or glitter, but the band’s portrayal of a bourgeois suburban family and its teen daughter’s prom date is fraught with psychological tension. Member Dan Foley says, “The music video turns the lens on an everyday situation and shows us the dense and complex layers that can live inside of one simple moment. Longing, lust, anxiety, and the thrill of anticipation fill the quiet rooms of a suburban home and provide the perfect backdrop for the lush and shimmering pop of ‘Ascension.'”

Watch the exclusive video below.

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Rapper-turned-popster Kitty unveils new video for 'Marijuana'

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The Florida-born, NYC-based musician Kitty used to go by the name Kitty Pryde, and she used to be a rapper. Her 2012 song “Okay Cupid” was a pretty massive viral hit (its official video has nearly a million and a half views on YouTube) that brought her a decent amount of acclaim amidst an epic amount of hate from people who saw a young female rapper who didn’t seem interested in rapping about things that grouchy hip-hop fans are necessarily into as a sign of the impending apocalypse (or something).

Kitty still raps, but she’s broadened her overall approach and started moving toward straight-up pop, which considering the sing-songy flow she’s been showing off since “Okay Cupid” isn’t too drastic a leap. Last month she released an EP called Impatiens, which she quickly followed up with a new track, “Marijuana,” that now has a video. It’s her most successful stab at a pop song yet, with a bubbly, laid-back beat that fits the title well, plus a vocal part that ups the melodic quotient while still retaining just enough hip-hop inflection to make the track snap. The end result is a special kind of summer jam that forgoes the celebratory grooves that typify the genre in favor of an effortless chill that can act as mental air conditioning during ridiculously hot and humid days, which should come in handy very soon.

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Hear the Weeknd's latest sex jam 'Often'

 Let’s see: pitch-black synth tones, cavernous reverb, warped vocal samples, explicit lyrical references to kinky sex stuff, explicit lyrical references to doing brain-melting amounts of drugs–yep, “Often” is definitely a Weeknd song. And if you’re filling out your Weeknd bingo card, you can also mark the box that says “released with no warning or commentary” for the win.

If there’s one thing that sets the track, which the perpetually enigmatic singer dropped on SoundCloud last night, apart from his usual work, it’s the atypically aggressive edge that comes through in the stuttering kick drums and a vocal part that crowds the beat in a compellingly claustrophobic way. It’s hard to hear it and not wish he’d brought more of that energy to last fall’s underperforming Kiss Land.

Find a stereo that can handle its insanely deep bass, put on your official Weeknd fashion sweats, and hit the jump to stream it.

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The ridiculously prolific E-40 drops a new video for 'Bamboo'

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If you’ve been enjoying DJ Mustard’s string of bass-heavy, minimalist slappers that have been taking over the pop charts recently (among them Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid” and Kid Ink’s “Show Me”) and you’re not already familiar with the work of Bay Area rap legend E-40, whose uncluttered aesthetic provided much of blueprint Mustard’s working from, now would be a good time to fix that. Next month, the ridiculously prolific rapper will release a four-album set called Sharp on All 4 Corners, his first release since last December’s three-disc set The Block Brochure: Welcome To the Soil, Pt. 4, 5, & 6. Which of course is the follow-up to the original trilogy, The Block Brochure: Welcome To the Soil, Pt. 1, 2, & 3, released allllll the way back in 2012.

Yesterday, he released a new video from the latest Block Brochure set. “Bamboo” is classic E-40 and a great jump-on point for new fans, with a typically stripped-down track, an effortless tongue-twister flow, and a tribute in the hook to bamboo doorknocker earrings, which are in style right now because they never really go out of style. For the video, he’s recruited a squad of dancers who do unreal things with their bodies without seeming to come close to breaking a sweat—which is what 40’s been doing with his raps for ages.

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FKA Twigs debuts a dreamy new video for 'Two Weeks'

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This August, FKA Twigs—a British singer who’s been steadily building up a cult following since she released her EP2 last fall—will release her first full-length album LP1. And with luxuriously dark beats, Twigs’ effortlessly commanding vocal presence (which deserves every Aaliyah comparison it gets), and a careful balance between sonic experimentation and pop accessibility, it should be the avant-R&B record of the year.

Twigs just dropped the video for LP1‘s psychedelic slow jam “Two Weeks.” Shot by Australian director Nabil Elderkin, it’s like a mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time,” Kanye’s “Power,” Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt at adapting Dune, and Daenerys Targaryen’s current storyline on Game of Thrones, with a little nod to Aaliyah’s role in Queen of the Damned thrown in for good measure. Get your mind blown below.

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Exclusive music video: K.Flay's hook-filled 'Thicker Than Dust'

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As big as hip-hop’s tent has gotten, Bay Area rapper K.Flay still stands out as something of an oddity: a Stanford double-major (psychology and sociology) who’s worked with Liam Howlett from ’90s electro-punks the Prodigy and toured with Icona Pop and Passion Pit.

After a stint on a major label, she’s gone independent for her new album Life as a Dog, which she crowdfunded through PledgeMusic. The album, out today, pairs spaced-out rap beats and chiming indie rock that K.Flay tops with her frequently tricky flows, making a chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter situation that should please rap-loving indie rockers, or the other way around.

After the jump, we have an exclusive first look at her new video for the uber-hooky single “Thicker Than Dust.”

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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.

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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

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