<p>Sondre Lerche</p>

Sondre Lerche

HitFix Interview: Sondre Lerche grows up on new self-titled set

Listen to a stream of the new single 'Private Caller'

Sondre Lerche's brand of pop and rock music has always had a distinguished, fully ripened sensibility about it; but for the songwriter himself, he feels like he's only just entered into a coming-of-age.

The 28-year-old Norwegian describes his transition between writing his previous "Heartbeat Radio" and forthcoming "Sondre Lerche" as "going from being somebody's son to becoming your own man."

"I got very personal, and was dealing a lot with identity," he tells me from the lobby of an Austin hotel at this year's South By Southwest music conference.

Over last few years, Lerche's transitioned from jet-setting to settling, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a city that is largely known for its feeling of anonymity. Which certainly helps with one's issues of identity, because "Lord knows, I seek attention," he says, sweeping his hair back with intentional exaggeration.

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<p>Wilco</p>

Wilco

Wilco releasing new music under self-run label this June

'I Might' single arriving via dBpm Records

Wilco's got enough years and money under their belt to release records however the hell they want. Which is what they're doing.

The veteran Chicago rock act will release its first new studio music since 2009's enjoyable "Wilco (The Album)," the single "I Might," over June and July on its own dBpm Records label. The 7" vinyl platter will at first be up for sale during the band's Solid Sound festival in Massachusetts, June 24-26. It'll wide -- and, purportedly, in a digital format, sometime in July.

According to a post on the band's Facebook page, "I Might" will be backed with B-Side "I Love My Label, a cover of the Nick Lowe song.

I catch what you're throwing, Tweedy: You love your label, 'cause it's yours.

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Watch: Star-studded music video for Beastie Boys' 'Make Some Noise'

Watch: Star-studded music video for Beastie Boys' 'Make Some Noise'

Elijah Wood rapping

Edit down Adam "MCA" Yauch's 30-minute "Fight For Your Right Revisited" to just over five minutes, and the result is a music video for the Beastie Boys' new "Make Some Noise."

The track -- culled from "Hot Sauce Committeee Part 2" -- debuted earlier this month, and was prominently featured in the Sundance-picked short film. Now it's time to get down to marbles, and those marbles are famous friends.

About a dozen prominent actors from Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Jack Black, Will Farrell and Orlando Bloom show up in the clip, with Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride starring as the trio, just after they raised hell at a party in the original "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" music video.

Tag along with the fellows as they crash into a bodega, get hit by cars, take drugs in a limo, piss-off restaurant patrons and face-off their later-life rivals: themselves (as Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly).

"Hot Sauce Committee" is due May 3; details pertaining to a special vinyl release are to be found on the group's website. Pre-orders of the album get an instant download of a Passion Pit remix to "Make Some Noise."

And don't be surprised if their next single (perhaps "Say It" or "Too Many Rappers") features a dance-off sequel.

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Watch: Lil Wayne drops video for 'If I Die Today,' cover art for 'Carter IV'

Watch: Lil Wayne drops video for 'If I Die Today,' cover art for 'Carter IV'

Rick Ross in a wheelchair: OK?

"This game is a b*tch / I got my hand up her skirt," raps Lil Wayne on his newest street single, "(John) If I Die Today." It seems the cameraman to the track's music video actually could have used a hand.

The track is from forthcoming "Tha Carter IV," apparently due on May 16 (and I WANT to believe that date's firm). It'll be a joy to move on from this Rick Ross "I'm Not a Star" rip to whatever else is up Tunechi's sleeve.

I mean, for one, Lil Wayne is one of the most popular rap artists today: you'd think there'd be funding for more than just a zero-fun location scout. Two, it looks like somebody took tips from Mary J. Blige's lightning (not just lighting) expert. Three, for reasons unavailable, guest Ross appears in the video in a wheelchair.

Actually, that last one's pretty awesome. (Thanks to Vulture for my new avatar.)

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<p>Bon Iver</p>

Bon Iver

Credit: Jagjaguwar

Bon Iver sets release date, tracklist, album cover for second, self-titled set

Check out some details on 'Bon Iver,' out in June

Don't say we didn't warn you.

Bon Iver is finally prepared to release the follow-up to 2008's "For Emma, Forever Ago" on June 21. The 10-track set seems to include an awful lot of location-centered songs, including "Lisbon, OH," "Calgary" and "Hinnom, TX." And one of those 10 will include the noise we heard in the snippet the band released last week.

The painterly album cover seems to be location-specific, too, focused on a serene lake and boats and all the things your childhood memories should have.

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<p>Brian Eno</p>

Brian Eno

Listen: New track 'Glitch' from Brian Eno's literary collaboration album

'Drums Between the Bells' out in July

For about eight years, on and off, Brian Eno has been collaborating with poet/writer Rick Holland. On July 5 this year, fanc can finally hear the product of that experience, on "Drums Between the Bells."

The Warp Records release will feature 15 tracks (and a long bit of silence) of various artists reading and singing Holland's work, including a few with Eno and Holland himself.

Below is "Glitch," the second track from the set, and it sounds just like you'd think a song called "Glitch" would sound. The sound-master mixes up signatures and textures for a very woolly, intense track. I'd highly recommend hearing this one on headphones, or something better than those laptop speakers of yours.

A traditional CD and digital release is planned, though a super-insane deluxe-o-matic version will include a 44-page book and a hardback double-CD or double-vinyl version, with extra minutes filled with the instrumental version of the album.

The visual design of the album is by Nick Robertson, who has done the cover art and concept work on several other Eno efforts.

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<p>The Submarines</p>

The Submarines

Exclusive Song Of The Day: The Submarines strip down for 'Ivaloo' video

Austin performance focuses on heart-hurt of 'Love Notes/Letter Bombs'

Stealing hearts, losing hearts, falling in love: we use some awfully tragic language when it comes to the health of our strongest muscle. The Submarines have a full album full of such analogies. The duo’s latest album “Love Notes/Letter Bombs” has a title sweet enough to give you a cavity, but strong enough to just knock the tooth out, rightly insinuating there a little calamity in these robustly charming pop songs.

Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti were armed a silk flower-lined glockenspiel and a pair of guitars at the South By Southwest Music Conference this year, recording the following video for On-Airstreaming.com. Outside the trailer, there were drunk kids tattering around 6th Street in Austin, eating tacos and watching bad bands playing the drag. Inside, this married pair smiled though their own kiddish love, sunshine pouring in through their melodies.
 
OK, now even I have a toothache.

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<p>Radiohead</p>

Radiohead

Listen: Radiohead's two new Record Store Day songs streaming

12" single culled from "King of Limbs" sessions

We reported over the weekend that Radiohead wanted in on the Record Store Day action at the last minute. And today, we reap the benefits of the gesture.

"The Butcher" and "Supercollider" can be heard in full, streaming, below. According to guitarist Ed O'Brien, both were recorded during the "King of Limbs" sessions, though the latter was finished only after the album was done.

"Supercollider" is a pretty, easy-to-listen track, with Thom Yorke's yawp evened out with a dance-floor synth pounding on-beat throughout. It's a song to get spaced-out on, like seeing the same flat scenery from a fast-moving train.

"The Butcher" on the other hand is a little more troubled, with a tribal drum beat and shuffling vocal treatments swirling around an unpenetrable ozone of atmosphere. Plus Yorke call his enemy "a little bitch," which is sort of startling when you catch it.

The British band hasn't been trying too hard to promote "Limbs," considering these tracks aren't officially part of the release. The was the respectable, limited run of the "Universal Sigh" newspaper, but no tour dates have been announced, nor much of a push to radio or online social networking sites. There have been scant interviews with O'Brien, for instance, but it looks like Radiohead are already primed for whatever's next in their career arch.

Unless Yorke would like to show us some more of his moves, a la "Lotus Flower." Because that was kind of dope.

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<p>From &quot;This Is Why We Fight&quot;</p>

From "This Is Why We Fight"

Watch: The Decemberists go to war in 'This Is Why We Fight'

This is how we fight over a can of tuna; also, tour dates

The music video to The Decemberist's "This Is Why We Fight" looks like a combination of "Braveheart" and what people imagine my childhood to be when I tell them I grew up in Kansas.

The song is sticky, gummy and catchy as hell, and the clip is equally pro with exceptional casting of kids just turning mustache age. It features two outfits of poor scamps at war with each other, and an evil overlord who may just happen to ring reminiscent of Ezra Koenig. (I would pay money to witness a throwdown between Colin Meloy and the Vampire Weekend frontman.) I think it's no coincidence this debuted over tax weekend.

The Aaron Stewart-helmed video is beautifully shot, and the location scout deserves a bonus, y'know, to help out after-taxes.

"This Is Why We Fight" is from the Decemberists' latest "The King Is Dead." They have since announced a tour, with dates below, with excellent openers like Justin Townes Earle, The Head and the Heart and Best Coast on tap.

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Watch: Monkeys' hands down their pants: Bruno Mars' 'The Lazy Song' vid

Watch: Monkeys' hands down their pants: Bruno Mars' 'The Lazy Song' vid

Is the singer-songwriter trying to cull a viral hit?

Bruno Mars has posted a single-shot music video to his soft-rock single "The Lazy Song," and it features grown men with monkey masks on dropping their pants, putting their hands down their pants and otherwise making gestures indicating their monkey privates.

It's all the stuff that "viral" videos are made of today, as opposed to just plain viral; OK Go started something when they prance between a set of treadmills, but now its just getting silly. It's like combining the humiliating panda-hilarity of "Drunk Girls" with the droopy headed funk of Jason Mraz, which at the end of the day makes for entertainment, and enough for other lazy folks to click: it's garnered around 1.5 million clicks on YouTube in the three days its been available.

The track certainly was far from my favorite off of "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," but "the kids" are gonna love that line about having "really nice sex."

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