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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

Hear 'Sons of Anarchy' soundtrack favorite the White Buffalo's new song 'Joey White' - EXCLUSIVE

Between his gravel-voiced tales of hardship and his epic beard, it’s no surprise that singer-songwriter the White Buffalo has had a total of six of his songs appear on Sons of Anarchy (including the awesome “The Whistler,” which underscored one of last season’s biggest moments).

The man born Jake Smith has several new projects coming up, including a song called “The American Dream” that will be appearing on the soundtrack to The Lone Ranger and a concept album he’s been working on called Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways.

That album, due September 10, is a 14-track examination of an Iraq War veteran, from his enlistment to combat to his eventual return and unraveling. According to Smith, the track “Joey White” is the keystone. “This song follows Joey’s whirlwind military experience,” Smith explains. “Starting with joining, training, and the chaos of combat and war. He’s shot and sent home a changed man.”

Listen to the premiere of “Joey White” exclusively below:

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs play atop the Empire State Building in 'Despair' video: Watch it here

Well, well — look how far the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have come.

The NYC trio began as a grimy, art-damaged poster band for Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn’s revived punk scene back in the early 2000s. Now, more than a decade later, they’re on top of the world city: In their new video for “Despair,” Karen O and the boys take over the roof of the Empire State Building for a chilly pre-dawn performance.

The Patrick Daughters-directed clip, which was produced by and premiered on Noisey, is being touted as the first-ever music video shot atop the iconic skyscraper.

See the Yeah Yeah Yeahs waving from such great heights in the video below:

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Watch Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson in JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's 'Rouse Yourself' video - EXCLUSIVE

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This groovy, way-back kind of summer that began with Daft Punk, shimmied on through Bruno Mars, and took a Steely spin with Mayer Hawthorne, now continues with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound — with a little help from their fancy TV-star friends.

“Rouse Yourself,” from the Chicago quintet’s new album, Howl, perfectly encapsulates what they call their “post-punk soul” sound. And apparently it inspired New Girl star Jake Johnson (Johnson is friends with the band’s guitarist) and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza to act like total deranged ninja (okay, that’s mostly Johnson) in the clip.

Check out the exclusive premiere of the “Rouse Yourself” video below: READ FULL STORY

Charts: Queens of the Stone Age have the number one album, Robin Thicke has the top song, Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' opens big

After a six year wait, a new label, and a car crash with an actress on a CW show, Josh Homme finds himself at number one for the first time. 

Queens of the Stone Age’s excellent new album …Like Clockwork debuted at number one on this week’s Billboard chart, moving 91,000 copies in its opening week. It’s the first chart-topper for the band, as well as the first number one for indie label Matador, also home to indie stalwarts like Cat Power, Pavement, and Guided by Voices. (The label’s previous high on the chart was Interpol’s self-titled debut, which bowed at no. 7 in 2002.) READ FULL STORY

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