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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

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.

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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