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Courtney Love brings her Courtney Love-ness to Fall Out Boy's 'Rat A Tat' video -- watch it here

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Courtney Love makes a really good fascist cult leader. I can say this with authority because she plays one in Fall Out Boy’s new video for “Rat A Tat” from their album Save Rock and Roll. “Rat A Tat” is the ninth video they’ve put out for the album and they plan to make two more — one for each of the 11 tracks. The song opens with a spoken-word intro, then Love breaks in with “It’s Courtney, bitch.” Take that, Britney.

Love is some music-hating zealot who prances around with a megaphone and leather pants, rallying her brainwashed minions to destroy musical instruments. The production ends up being something like a mash up of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ video, but not quite as cool as that sounds…check it out to see for yourself. (Kudos to FOB for the crossbow banjo. Definitely seems like something Robert Rodriguez would’ve invented.)

Rollin' with the homies! Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX are like way into 'Clueless'

I’m like totally buggin’ — Tuesday brought us this gem of a Clueless tribute video! Australian rap mistress Iggy Azalea and British raver child Charli XCX have painstakingly styled the music video for their track “Fancy” after the classic 90′s flick Clueless. Not an homage, but like an actual recreation of scenes. Where was I when they were signing extras for this video??!

Coldplay drop surprise 'Midnight' single and video: Watch it here!

Let’s get this out of the way first: When a big artist comes up with a surprise release seemingly out of nowhere, can we agree not to call it “Pulling a Beyoncé”? That sounds alternately dirty and painful.

From here on out, whenever a group like Coldplay drops a brand new single and music video on our doorstep—as they did today with the release of “Midnight”—let’s just call it a “Stealth Drop” or a “Surprise Party” or “Throwing the Old Barkley.” Anything but the creepy “Pulling a Beyoncé.”

Anyway, “Midnight” is a very moody piece of business that relies a lot on keyboard hums and electronic squiggles. It takes a few listens to set in, but one thing that really stands out is the vocal performance of Chris Martin, who has been gradually honing his instrument into quite a soulful thing (though it’s ironic that there’s also a ton of vocal effects on “Midnight”).

The video, directed by Mary Wigmore (who also directed the band’s clip for “The Hardest Part” and helmed the excellent documentary Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives), matches the mood of the tune, with a lot of negative space and some ominous wolves. Enjoy its subtle spookiness below.  READ FULL STORY

Wild Cub rock high school gym in cinematic new 'Thunder Clatter' video -- EXCLUSIVE

One of our favorite music-video motifs is the whole “high-school athletics department and facilities” theme. Rockers from Nirvana to Nada Surf have been responsible for some of the more memorable examples of that motif in the past, but the latest foray into the genre comes from Nashville indie-pop group Wild Cub.

The band’s cinematic new clip for the single “Thunder Clatter” (a song recently heard on an episode of The Vampire Diaries) has everything from bleeding cheerleaders to Greco-Roman wrestlers. There’s even a full-sized gymnasium for the band to shred in.

It’s all fitting, given that the song comes from their album titled Youth. As singer/guitarist Keegan DeWitt said, “It’s a challenge to make a video that can serve as both a tasteful introduction to the band and a distillation of a lot of the themes on Youth. Drew [Bourdet, the video's director] really struck a delicate balance, showing some of the intimate and smaller moments that we hint at throughout the record, but never hitting you over the head. He lays out a long slate of moments, all with a palpable undercurrent and intangible vibration.”

Let the members of Wild Cub send you back to school with the exclusive premiere of “Thunder Clatter” below.

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Watch Katy Perry play a neon Egyptian pharaoh in her 'Dark Horse' video

Hey, kids cramming for your history exams: You can just watch a music video instead!

Katy Perry’s got a new clip for the no. 1 single “Dark Horse,” and it all goes down in a candy-colored Ancient Egypt full of bright headdresses, pierced cats, and neon pyramids.

So if Katy Perry is Cleopatra, is Juicy J her Mark Antony? Hmm, let’s go with that.

Check out the historic video below: READ FULL STORY

Pussy Riot release Putin-bashing music video shot at Olympics

While the world’s attention is focused on Russia for the Olympics, protest collective/punk band/righteous agitators Pussy Riot are grabbing headlines again — this time for a music video that includes footage of the group being publicly beaten by the Russian militia.

“Putin Will Teach You How To Love” features the members of the group, in their trademark colorful balaclavas, storming through the streets of Sochi, dancing in front of the Olympic rings, interacting with a weird looking mascot, and getting pummeled by Russian militia forces. The protesters include Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, both of whom were recently released from a Russian prison.

“Under the banner Sochi 2014, to the sound of ‘Putin will teach us to love the homeland,’ Cossacks attacked Pussy Riot, beat us with whips and sprayed a lot of pepper gas at us,” Tolokonnikova tweeted.

Check out their good old-fashioned punk rock anarchy below.  READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey, round 253: Which video do you prefer?

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Even though they no longer share a judges’ table on American Idol, that doesn’t mean Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey can’t still go head to head.

Yesterday, both ladies unveiled brand new videos. Minaj pulled back the curtain on the clip for her new single “Lookin Ass N—a,” which puts her in the middle of the desert in stark black and white and gives her a machine gun (until the end, when she gets a second machine gun). It’s not especially subtle, but it does get her point across. Give it a watch below: READ FULL STORY

U2's new 'Invisible' video brings on the light show, big round microphones: Watch it here

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If this was 1994 and U2 were still in their crazy art project phase, the video for “Invisible” would probably be a series of shots of an empty stage, or just a static four minutes of darkness. Because, you see, it’d be invisible.

Thankfully, the video for the band’s new single is not that literal. In stately black and white, the band cranks out their latest with the aid of some impressive backlight effects (good thing Bono wears those sunglasses!) and a wacky circular microphone that hangs from the ceiling. Like most 21st-century U2 projects, it’s well executed without being blow-away impressive, though “Invisible” continues to improve as a song with each subsequent listen.

Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY

Ingrid Michaelson plays her own Robert Palmer in new 'Girls Chase Boys' video - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson famously channeled a handful of classic rock stars  — including John Lennon, David Bowie, and Gene Simmons — in her 2012 clip for “Blood Brothers.” Now, for her new single “Girls Chase Boys,” she’s tipping her Patrick Nagel-painted hat to Robert Palmer.

The track is the first single from Michaelson’s brand new album Lights Out, due April 15. It’s a darker, more complicated side of the singer, she told EW: “‘Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.”

The clip is a gender-tweaking homage to Palmer’s  1988 video for “Simply Irresistible,” one of the more iconic clips of the decade. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Watch One Direction run amok in their 'Midnight Memories' video

House parties! Late-night kebabs! Literal motorboating!

The One Direction lads — a.k.a. 2013′s Top Global Recording Artists — do it all and more in their new video for “Midnight Memories.” The evening begins innocuously enough, with the five boys hanging around what looks to be the end of a substandard house party. So they blow the joint and hit the London streets… and then the Thames… and then the Tower Bridge?

If it sounds kind of weird, it’s because it is. This is what happens when our country’s legal drinking age is 18! Take a look at all their antics in the energetic clip below:

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