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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

Watch Fitz & the Tantrums perform 'MoneyGrabber' on 'Guitar Center Sessions' - EXCLUSIVE

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DirecTV’s original series Guitar Center Sessions has featured intimate live performances from some of the best names in rock, including Weezer, Jimmy Cliff, Joe Walsh, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton, Switchfoot, Megadeth, Ben Folds Five, and Jane’s Addiction.

The latest band to step into the arena (or more accurately, onto the small indoor stage) is Fitz & the Tantrums, who will be showcased on a new episode of Sessions this Friday, June 14 at 9 PM on channel 239. The Los Angeles neo-New Wavers just dropped their new album More Than Just a Dream, but the  highlight of their Guitar Center Sessions performance is the skronking “MoneyGrabber,” from their 2010 debut Pickin’ Up the Pieces.

Check out an exclusive performance of “MoneyGrabber” below.  READ FULL STORY

Insane Clown Posse finally getting their own TV show

Having already mastered the art of wicked rhymes, conquered the world of cinema, and asked bold questions about magnets, there’s only one frontier left for the Insane Clown Posse to conquer: television.

Thanks to Fuse, TV will soon belong to ICP. Starting Wednesday, July 24, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J will star in the weekly series Insane Clown Posse Theater, wherein the two Detroit rappers will comment on music videos and perform in sketches. Think of it like those video segments of Beavis & Butt-Head, or the entirety of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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Governors Ball, Day 1: Lots of weather, some music, no Kings of Leon

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The British have a lot of weird old traditions, but perhaps the most peculiar one is their annual insistence on hanging out in the rain and mud to listen to music. Every year, thousands of otherwise normal-seeming Britons convene in the farms and parks of Reading and Leeds with the knowledge that they and their loved ones have a high chance of getting soaked. And the sick part is, they seem to enjoy it.

From what I could tell, the majority of people at the opening day of the Governors Ball Festival on New York City’s Randall’s Island were not British, and did not enjoy it. Yet amid a relentless battery of heavy rains and high winds courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea, the festival did its best to keep calm on and carry on by sticking to their schedule of artists, which included Erykah Badu, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Best Coast, and more. At a certain point, though, you gotta know when to call it, and the Gov Ball organizers were forced to cancel the party before the night’s headliners, Kings of Leon and Pretty Lights, had a chance to take the stage. (To make up for it, Kings of Leon is now scheduled to play this evening.)

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Pussy Riot doc director says band member on hunger strike has not been hospitalized

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that Pussy Riot member Maria “Masha” Alekhina had been hospitalized on the seventh day of a hunger strike at the penal colony in the Urals where she is imprisoned. But according to Maxim Pozdorovkin, co-director of the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, that is not the case.

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Elvis Costello and the Roots collaborating on an album due in September

Throughout his career, Elvis Costello has been backed by a handful of different bands. There was the first version of the Attractions, which ended up becoming the bulk of the News (as in Huey Lewis). Then there was the more famous version of the Attractions, who played on classics like My Aim Is True. 

There were the Impostors, and also the Sugarcanes. He’s released album-length collaborations with Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky Quartet, and Allen Toussaint, as well as multiple one-offs with Paul McCartney, Aimee Mann, and Billie Joe Armstrong. So why not the Roots?

In September, Costello will release Wise Up Ghost, an album recorded with the Philadelphia hip-hop stalwarts turned Jimmy Fallon late-night musical crew. Details are scarce, and the official press release about the album’s existence contained a lot of purposefully obtuse information (when asked about the album, Costello described it as “the shortest distance between here and there,” whatever that means). READ FULL STORY

The National and Daft Punk: Should we reward stasis or experimentation?

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The National just released Trouble Will Find Me, their sixth album. I gave it a B, because it is what I consider the very definition of a B-level album: It’s an exceptionally well made album by a now-veteran band, but it does not really waver from the formula set up on previous albums. Essentially, it’s more of the same, so if you like albums made by the National, then you’ll certainly like this new album by the National.

I’ve held fast to that grade, though the more I think about my reasoning, the more I have begun to question it. It has forced a core question to the forefront: What do we expect from our favorite artists?

In the case of the National, it’s deeply unfair that I am essentially punishing them for being excellent. READ FULL STORY

Charts: Vampire Weekend score second number one, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stay atop Hot 100, Daft Punk headed for big debut

If we’re in the midst of an indie rock recession, nobody told the dudes from Vampire Weekend.

The New York quartet just had their best sales week in history, as their third album Modern Vampires of the City moved about 134,000 copies in its opening week, easily netting them the top position on this week’s chart. It’s the second time the band has debuted in the catbird seat, as their second album Contra pulled off the same feat with 124,000 copies sold back in January 2010.

It was a big week for debuts, as the top three albums were all in their first week of release. Country icon George Strait’s 28th album Love Is Everything took the number two slot, while Demi Lovato’s Demi moved roughly 110,000 copies on her way to a number three debut.

Meanwhile, the Billboard Hot 100 has Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” as its number one for the third straight week. But Macklemore should keep his eye on the rearview, as Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” continues to surge and could be at the top spot by next week. Still, “Can’t Hold Us” has proven to be surprisingly robust, and its association with the NBA playoffs can’t hurt. Could “Can’t Hold Us” hang on for an extended run to become the official song of summer 2013? It’s entirely possible. That thing’s got legs.

Perhaps the most notable new entry on the Hot 100 is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which represents the French duo’s first track in the Billboard top ten. “Get Lucky” is quickly becoming one of the chart’s most-streamed songs, and it has been rapidly picking up radio spins around the country. It’s Daft Punk’s best chart showing by leaps and bounds: Their previous peak was number 61 (both “One More Time” and “Around the World” hit that number).

It could be a big summer for Daft Punk, as “Get Lucky” continues to climb while the group’s new album Random Access Memories could sell as many as 300,000 copies, which would easily nail down the top position on the album chart.

Read More on EW.com:
Album Review: Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Demi Lovato’s new album ‘Demi’ now streaming online — read EW’s review here
Album Review: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

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