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Alternative spirit ran strong at Vice's 20th birthday blowout

On Friday night, New York’s hottest club was a giant warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It had everything—pupusas, porta-potties with flower arrangements, Jonah Hill covering Drake’s “Marvins Room.”

Wait, what?

For its colossal 20th birthday bash, Vice Media packed a few hundred fans into the Duggal Greenhouse to watch a truly once-in-a-lifetime lineup of musicians take the stage. Early on, “semi-official MC and host” Andrew W.K. promised the crowd “covers, originals, and spontaneous orgasms.” He wasn’t far off. READ FULL STORY

Karen O will release her home-recorded debut solo album in September

The last Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, Mosquito, was their most elaborate recording to date, complete with the gospel choir that’s pretty much de rigueur for overproduced rock records. For her upcoming debut solo album, frontwoman Karen O is going hard in the opposite direction. Crush Songs, which will be released on Strokes singer Julian Casablancas’s Cult Records on September 9, is a collection of stripped-down, lo-fi home recordings along the lines of “The Moon Song,” her Oscar-nominated contribution to the soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s Her.

The material on Crush Songs was recorded in 2006 and 2007, during the peak of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs post-Fever to Tell popularity. Karen O was 27 at the time, and according to a quote in her press release, she “crushed a lot” during that time.

Crush Songs will be available on CD, digitally, and in a special limited edition that includes a sunburst-colored vinyl album and a set of personal drawings with handwritten lyrics, which is available for pre-order now.

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:


Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips to headline GoogaMooga's 2013 lineup

It’s not quite the MTV Video Music Awards, but Great GoogaMooga will still bring some musical insanity to Brooklyn: the annual food-focused festival has announced that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Flaming Lips will be headlining its opening-day concert this year.

And that’s just the start of the lineup for the festival, which takes place May 17-19 in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The Darkness will also be joining the Karen O and Wayne Coyne bands for the kick-off concert, and the next day will include performances from Matt & Kim, Father John Misty, Sharon Von Etten, and more. On the final day of the weekend, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, De La Soul, and Cults will be taking the stage.

Put together by Bonnaroo’s organizers and billed as an “amusement park of food, drink, and music,” Great GoogaMooga began last year to mixed reviews. With draws like the Roots and Hall & Oates, last year’s carnival attracted an estimated 40,000 people, causing long lines and short tempers. This year, hopefully, GoogaMooga’s organizers (and attendees) will be better equipped to handle the musical and culinary onslaught.

Take a look at this year’s full music lineup below:


SXSW: Yeah Yeah Yeahs premiere new songs, new look -- VIDEO

What new material did the Yeah Yeah Yeahs play on Wednesday night at SXSW? Well, first, can we talk about what Karen O was wearing?

Strutting out on stage with her freshly platinum’d blonde hair to introduce the first song, “Mosquito,” the title track from their upcoming fourth full-length, she was dressed in a flowered yellow pantsuit with a metallic tank top, a Christmas tree’s worth of red, white, and blue tinsel wrapped around her shoulders, and a hat with YEAH spelled out in big red letters.

There was a whole lot of look in her look, but she had just enough art-star attitude to pull it off. “I’ll suck your blood!” she howled. “Suck your, suck your blood!” And the way the crowd whipped themselves into a frenzy, you’d think they were ready to stick out their necks and let her bite down.


Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut new single 'Sacrilege': Hear it here!

It has been too long since the last time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs put out a single. Sure, we got to hear singer Karen O collaborate with Trent Reznor on that awesome cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” for The Girl With The Dragon Tattooand guitarist Nick Zinner shredded all over that one Santigold song, but there’s a particular chemistry between the three members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that has yet to be replicated or duplicated.

“Sacrilege,” which just premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC1 radio show, is the first single from the band’s upcoming album Mosquito. It has the same kind of noisey bounce the Yeahs seem to do effortlessly, and then the gospel choir comes in at the end to kick it up a notch. Give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Mad Men,' 'Supernatural,' 'Missing,' and more music-on-TV moments

Old-school tracks were the name of the game more often than not these past few weeks. Whether your definition of “old-school” translates to proper Mad Men-era tunes heard on the AMC hit, Scandal, and Supernatural, or ’80s classics as seen on Happy Endings and One Tree Hill, this week’s Jukebox offers up a retro rave fit for anybody. Of course there were plenty of contemporary jams, too: MCs from London and the Bronx on Breakout KingsCSI: NY, and 90210, TV darlings Sleigh Bells on The Vampire Diaries, and Portland indie rockers Novosti on Missing, plus “show tunes” from GCB and Gossip Girl. Check out our picks below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)


Santigold premieres new song 'GO' on Jay-Z's new site, invites Karen O along for the ride

We already know that Jay-Z’s new website has plenty of confusing design elements and interviews with famous actresses, but today it also became a source for new music.

Santigold, who is signed to Jigga’s Roc Nation Management, dropped a new bomb called “GO” on the site today, and she invited friends: The track features contributions from two-thirds of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Karen O provides  backing vocals, and Nick Zinner lends his trademark guitar noise), and the song was co-produced by Q-Tip, Switch and Santi herself. Give it a spin here. READ FULL STORY

Aziz Ansari declares war on Justin Bieber

In a new Funny or Die clip, Raaaaaaaandy, the alter-ego of comedian Aziz Ansari, claims that Justin Bieber stole his biggest hit, “Baby,” from Raaaaaaaandy’s original, “Baby Baby.” Look for cameos from TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who should also be very offended that an “armed and extremely dangerous” Justin Bieber impersonator, who in the clip can exhale marijuana like a full-fledged adult, stole their beautiful “Baby, Baby” riffs. Possibly NSFW…

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Skeletons': Watch the spooky new video here

The band that once commanded Show Your Bones has finally offered a quid pro quo in a new video for “Skeletons,” the latest single from last year’s EW-adored It’s Blitz.

The clip is helmed by Karen O’s boyfriend Barney Clay, who matches the song’s woozy balladry in strikingly atmospheric black and white, with ghostly graveyard spooks, O channeling silent-film icon Theda Bara, and more dry ice than a magician convention. Watch it below:

What do you think, readers—in the pantheon of YYYs videos, from low-budget stunners to high-concept desert scenes and street-dancer shenanigans, where does “Skeletons” fall?

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