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Hear Black Joe Lewis' new song 'Come to My Party' -- EXCLUSIVE

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There’s nothing like a little worked-up rock ‘n’ roll to get you through a post-holiday Tuesday, right? Let the Austin-based Black Joe Lewis oblige.

The band’s next album, Electric Slave, doesn’t hit streets until late August, but we’ve got a preview, “Come to My Party,” for you exclusively here. And beware: the track is on the funky side, full of urgency and sweaty swagger — a bit different from the heavy album cut “Skulldiggin,” which debuted online last month.

Take a listen to the new song below:

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M.I.A. finds more controversy, this time with her label over her documentary -- watch the trailer here

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Musically, M.I.A. has lived up to her name — at least as it pertains to her forever-delayed new album Matangi.

The album has been bumped from a number of planned release dates, and at the moment it doesn’t have a place on the calendar. Which is strange, especially considering she’s a critically-beloved artist who had two major culture-jamming singles in “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls.”

But it seems as though the delay may be because she’s on the outs with her label, Roc Nation (who, according to M.I.A., do not approve of positive jams). Along with Matangi, M.I.A. has been working on a documentary about her life with director Steve Loveridge.

The doc has been similarly delayed, and over the weekend Loveridge put up a five minute teaser for the flick on his Tumblr. YouTube pulled the video based on a copyright claim that came from the label; shortly thereafter, Loveridge published this vividly worded e-mail exchange between himself and a representative from Roc Nation.

The teaser was re-uploaded to Vimeo, and you can watch it below.  READ FULL STORY

EW's Fourth of July 2013 playlist: Stream our Spotify playlist here

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Beers! Burgers! Boats! Babes! Bros! Blurred Lines!

That’s right, it’s Fourth of July eve, which means it’s time to get yo’ jubilee on. And to help celebrate the U.S. of A.’s 237th HBD, we’ve put together the ultimate Independence Day playlist to blast at your backyard/rooftop/beach party.

After combing through this year’s choicest summer jams, we’ve recruited a select team of songs from the likes of Kanye, Disclosure, Vampire Weekend, Joey Bada$$ and more — plus a few evergreen oldie-but-goodies. (And before you look askance at foreigners like Disclosure and Daft Punk making our list, remember that America is all about inclusion! Except for “Blurred Lines”; we actually left that one off.)

So, with the power vested in us by Spotify, we hereby present you with our official Fourth of July 2013 playlist. Stream responsibly!

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Tuesday roundup: Beck debuts single, Janelle Monae drops new video

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If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a pretty good day for new music.

In addition to a new single from Robin “I Know You Want It” Thicke, a snazzy music video from Les Phoenix, and a deep dive into Ciara’s shower-dancing technique, the ‘nets have yielded two more goodies thanks to Beck and Janelle Monae.

Titled “I Won’t Be Long,” Beck’s new track is his second standalone single of the summer and, like it’s predecessor “Defriended,” has an interestingly low-key but spacey Beta Band-ish vibe,  with a dash of Spoon thrown into the mix.

Which, perhaps, is a long way of saying it’s very Beck; take a listen below:

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Phoenix drop 'Trying to Be Cool' video for the Creators Project: Watch it here

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For French electro-rock masterminds Phoenix, it never seems that being cool takes any effort.

Still, they managed to craft a track called “Trying to Be Cool” anyway, and they’ve paired it with an in-performance video that brings together all of the necessary elements for true coolness: Ladies in bikinis for no reason, guys blowing bubbles, cannons, a Marilyn Monroe tribute, an angry kid playing chess, solo ping pong, and a dance sequence straight out of Streets of Fire.

Check it out below:

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Serious question: What was the last truly great rock album?

By now, you’ve probably combed through Entertainment Weekly‘s All Time Greatest issue, which features our humble picks for the 100 best albums ever made. (Within certain paremeters—the lack of jazz or, you know, Beethoven should have tipped you off to the list’s limitations.)

Though I’m proud of the amount of hip-hop, R&B, and pop featured on the final tally of 100, the list is dominated by rock albums. That’s to be expected, as rock music (and particularly the albums made by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan) set the template for what an album was and what it could be, and there have been few variations on that template since the ’60s. (For all its forward-thinking and genre-hopping, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is structured and paced an awful lot like a Beatles LP.)

Plus, traditional rock music had a few decades’ worth of a jump on other genres we incorporated into our list, so Rubber Soul and Blonde On Blonde have had an extra 20 years to constantly re-entrench themselves, while the legacies of the first wave of great hip-hop albums are only now just being established.

But another pattern emerged as we were putting the list together: As we considered newer albums to incorporate into the conversation, fewer and fewer of them were rock albums. READ FULL STORY

Pixies announce new tour, new music, new bassist in the Muffs' Kim Shattuck

When the Pixies got back together about a decade ago, it was a welcome return—and a lucrative victory lap for a hugely influential alt-rock band who never really got their due during their original run. Following the long reunion tour and a single new song, things went relatively quiet, and the members mostly went back to their lives.

But now the band — minus one crucial member — is back, and they’ve got a whole new batch of everything. This morning, the band announced that bassist Kim Shattuck (formerly of the Pandoras and the deeply underrated pop-punk act the Muffs) will replace the recently departed Kim Deal.

They’ll be putting Shattuck to work pretty quickly; she’s slated to join the band on a tour that will kick off on September 29 in Paris and spin through Europe in October and November. In a press release, frontman Black Francis promises that they’ll be resurrecting cuts from deep in the band’s catalog (including “Brick Is Red,” “Havalina,” and “Sad Punk”), and test-driving new tracks—their first big batch of new stuff since 1991 (which presumably includes the just-released “Bagboy”).

Check out the list of tour dates below, and head over to the Pixies official website for more on the dates and the new music. READ FULL STORY

The Pixies sweeten your Friday with new song 'Bagboy': Hear it here

Sometimes, when you don’t expect it, good things just happen without warning. One of those things happened this morning when indie-rock heroes the Pixies debuted a new song on their Facebook page.

Titled “Bagboy” and produced by Gil Norton, the band’s first new track in nine years is very much in line with the Pixies we’ve come to know and love (even if it was recorded without longtime bassist Kim Deal). If you had to place it on one of their albums, it’d probably be Doolittle or Trompe Le Monde.

Take a listen (and a look) at the song and its accompanying visual here:

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Nine Inch Nails' David Lynch-directed 'Came Back Haunted' video: Watch it here!

Trent Reznor and David Lynch are ideal compatriots: Both are obsessed with industrial sounds, both are fixated on the idea of evil, and both have an affinity for a hyper-intense, almost violent visual style.

So it makes sense that the director of Blue Velvet and Inland Empire would take the reins for the brand new Nine Inch Nails video “Came Back Haunted.” 

Check out the clip below, and be sure to pay attention to the disclaimer, since it’s as rife with flashing lights and whip-pans as suggested: READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean unveils new music at live show in Munich: Watch video here

It’s been just a few weeks short of a year since Frank Ocean released his highly anticipated debut Channel ORANGE on iTunes a full week early following an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Could he be warming up for another big reveal?

Ocean kicked off a fresh tour last night in Munich, and while his set list relied heavily on Orange (he played every track on the album), he also dropped in tracks from his awesome nostalgia ULTRA mixtape and a handful of new songs.

It’s difficult to tell much about the new stuff, though it doesn’t seem to be straying far from what he’s known best for. Check out one of the tunes below, which for now we’ll call “All Good”: READ FULL STORY

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