<p>Jared Leto in &quot;This Is War&quot;</p>

Jared Leto in "This Is War"

Watch: Thirty Seconds to Mars' dramatic 'This Is War' music video

Jared Leto moves to the frontlines in the war on terror, cheap films

You gotta hand it to him: Jared Leto certainly has a flare for the dramatic.

Whether is the down-and-dirty revealing of his preferred fetishes in "Hurricane," the pink mohawk in "Closer to the Edge" or turning downed bicyclists into galloping horses in "Kings + Queens," the Thirty Seconds to frontman goes big or goes home when it comes to directing the rock band's videos.

"This Is War," the title track and anthem of peace to 30STM's most recent album, is no different. It places the actor-turned-singer and his bandmates on the frontline somewhere in the desert, purportedly in the Middle East, full camo, automatic weaponry, sexy slow-motion footage of firearms and flying tanks and aircraft carriers.

Wait, what?

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Listen: Incubus drops new single 'Adolescents' ahead of new album

'If Not Now, When?' due in July

There are people in the world whose favorite band ever is still Incubus.

This is for them.

"Adolescents" will be available for purchase on April 19; it arrives ahead of the July 12 release of the rock act's new album "If Not Now, When?"

It will be the follow-up to "Light Grenades," which blew up at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in 2006.

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<p>Death Cab For Cutie</p>

Death Cab For Cutie

Watch this space: Death Cab For Cutie's new video, streamed LIVE

Live stream of live-action, single-take clip for 'You Are a Tourist' at 6:45pm EST

Prepare yourselves for a live event: Death Cab For Cutie will be debuting their unique new music video to "You Are a Tourist" at 6:45 p.m. EST.

What makes it so special? They're performing the video live, as in live-action, in a single take and streaming it as it happens.

So we made a little nook for it, figured it'd be fun. For a song that lasts less than five minutes, I don't have high hopes to live-blog.

"You Are a Tourist" is the first single from forthcoming DCFC album "Codes and Keys," out May 31. Enjoy the free ad, Atlantic Records.

And, as previously reported, frontman Ben Gibbard has contributed a new track to the "Arthur" remake soundtrack.

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Watch: Mumford & Sons announce North American tour

Watch: Mumford & Sons announce North American tour

Nathaniel Rateliff, Low Anthem, Cake, Matthew & the Atlast on board

They haven't quite gotten that No. 1 album yet -- they've skimmed it at No. 2 -- but Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" has had long enough to gestate to prime the British act for the best North American tours in their life.

The band will already have completed the cutest tour ever with Edward Sharpe and Old Crow Medicine Show when they strike out headlining on June 3 through the 16th. With them they're bringing support from Immaculate Noise favorites like Nathaniel Rateliff and the Low Anthem, plus Matthew & the Atlas and Cake. Tickets go up April 8, details here.

When I last saw the group, it was an almost sold-out at the Bowery Ballroom. Small no more. Mumford & Sons were among the other acts helping a sepia-toned Bob Dylan through his track at the 2011 Grammys, trying to out-folk the Avett Brothers; they're now hitting big rooms on this jaunt like Merriweather Post Pavilion and Denver's Fillmore.

Meanwhile, in case you needed the tour dates in video form, the band put about four minutes of work into the clip below, complete with a dorky "thumbs up" at the end.

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Watch: Trailer to Tribeca-bound Kings of Leon documentary 'Talihina Sky'

Watch: Trailer to Tribeca-bound Kings of Leon documentary 'Talihina Sky'

Closer to the truth than that 'Radioactive' video?

Are Kings of Leon sinners? Have they forsaken or usurped their Southern and Christian upbringing for rock star success? And just which of the brothers or cousin Followill took up smoking first?

These questions and more may be answered in the forthcoming documentary, "Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon," making its premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival as a special screening and a "work in progress." There's no confirmation yet which day it screens at the Manhattan event, which runs starting April 20 through the beginning of May.

Additionally, the trailer has been made available, below. And it may be a startling contrast to fans, who are used to seeing the Tennessee-based band blasting at festivals and hearing them on rock radio. Images of the group as kids and as grown-men are contrasted with footage of charistmatic and pentecostal worship, of speaking in tongues and trances and dancing with snakes.

"As soon as I knew we were gonna get a record deal, I never slept. All night long I knew I was going to hell, I wasn't gonna be a preacher," says a voice, belonging (likely) to either Nathan or Jared Followill. It sets a serious tone, of three brothers (and one cousin) who seemed to be destined for the path of ministry and ended up one of the most successful rock acts from the last half dozen years.

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<p>Ben Gibbard</p>

Ben Gibbard

Listen: Ben Gibbard's new song for 'Arthur,' OK Go's for 'Greatest Movie'

Is it really 'The Greatest Song I Ever Heard?'

The week is starting off strong with soundtrack news, or at the very least, there's a pair of new movie tracks to be purveyed.

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard penned an exclusive track, below, for the forthcoming "Arthur" remake, starring Russell Brand. Dubbed "When the Sun Goes Down on Your Street," the upbeat track features some very live bass drum sounds and some sunny acoustic guitar lines. Gibbard busts out some soothing vocabulary, recommending you "step into the night / it'll alright," presumably for when Brand's rich man-child is feeling gloomy.

It comes ahead of a new DCFC effort, "Codes & Keys," out on May 31. But this is clearly a solo spot, so I wouldn't care to cast judgment of this song on what that full band effort may be like. Go ahead and judge that by the band's first single, heard here.

Coincidentally, this comes after news last week that Gibbard's lovely wife, actress and singer Zooey Deschanel, will be leaving her own mark on the "Winnie the Pooh" soundtrack. It's all very cute.

Then there OK Go's "The Greatest Song I Ever Heard," for Morgan Spurlock's "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold." That Sundance-picked flick focuses in on product placements and the movie-making industry in America, while this treadmill-dancing rock troupe continues to try to make cash off their own viral music videos. So, guys, is there a clip forthcoming?

Watch the trailer to the film here. Yes, it features some of the track.

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<p>The Lonely Island, &quot;Turtleneck &amp; Chain&quot;</p>

The Lonely Island, "Turtleneck & Chain"

Listen: New SNL songmen Lonely Island album feat. Justin Timberlake, Rihanna

Check out 'We're Back' video, boost confidence in manhood

Flaccid, soft, small, and useless penises, horse blood, left field non-sequiturs, sunglasses: That's right, it's time for another new Lonely Island song.

The "Saturday Night Live" song troupe -- Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone -- is prepping for the May 10 release of its new album, "Turtlenecks & Chains," and ahead of it "We're Back!" has doodied on the internet.

This, with the promise that the new collection will boast contributions from former collaborators like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Akon and Nicki Minaj. No tracklist is available yet, but I would assume those tracks would be "Motherlover," "Shy Ronnie" (and maybe even "Ronnie & Clyde"), 2010 Christmas smash "I Just Had Sex" and recent "The Creep," respectively.

I can't call it one-noting because I laugh out loud about every other Lonely Island song. "Incredibad" made it to No. 13 on The Billboard 200, so The People clearly want more than just the individual songs (though the group should also collect royalties on how many times frat guys at the bar gloat "I'm on a boooooooat").

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Watch: Arcade Fire guests at final LCD Soundsystem show

Watch: Arcade Fire guests at final LCD Soundsystem show

In fact, check out the whole show, plus: parting thoughts

There was plenty of speculation as to who might show up at LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night (April 2), but the result was three Arcade Fire members, some Hot Chip folks, Reggie Watts and almost four hours of non-stop music.

And contrary to popular opinion and demand, Daft Punk did not play at James Murphy's house. His house.

The frontman's backing band featured anywhere from eight members (including Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Al Doyle, Gavin Russom, Tyler Pope and Matt Thornley) to as many could crash the stage in choir and horn form, pulling off about three hours and 40 minutes of live music, dredging up b-sides, covers and even their Nike running mix "45:33." They delighted with "Tribulations" and "Starry Eyes," a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Jump Into The Fire." And they hit all the major, basic hits: "Drunk Girls," "Get Innocuous," "Us V Them," "Losing My Edge," "All My Friends" and "North American Scum."

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Song Of The Day: Theophilus London's 'Why Even Try' music video

Song Of The Day: Theophilus London's 'Why Even Try' music video

Rising star falls into the TMZ trap

Theophilus London hasn't full entered the national consciousness yet, but according to the music video to his "Why Even Try," he's already annoyingly famous.

The rapper and beatmaker is featured in the clip doing stuff famous people do, like ducking the paparazzi on TMZ (er, TL-TV) and spending endless hours in the studio taking promo shots.

I'm not 100% sold on his rhymes yet, but good trumps mildly good with that stone-cold '80s lounge beat, with help from what sounds like Lauper-nouveau. So who's that girl? None other than Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara.

And to put this puppy down, I was simply fawning over London's money-dripping SXSW performance.

This single's the follow-up to "Flying Overseas," featuring Solange Knowles. Both songs are featured on "Lovers Holiday," an EP released over Valentine's Day (barf). It dropped in anticipation of an impending full-length arrival, due this summer from Warner Bros.

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Watch: 'Win Win' bloopers in The National's 'Think You Can Wait' video

Watch: 'Win Win' bloopers in The National's 'Think You Can Wait' video

Sad song for funny movies

It's a somber song for such a funny movie, but maybe that's why it works: The National's "Think You Can Wait" featuring my SXSW crush Sharon Van Etten now has an accompanying clip, and it looks behind the scenes a bit of the Paul Giamatti movie.

As previously reported, I had the chance to talk to the Brooklyn rock act's Matt Berninger about recording the track specifically for the Tom McCarthy Sundance pick.

"We knew he was a serious director," Berninger said, saying the story to "Win Win" was "just the kind of thing our music would work well for... This was the first time we had written specifically for a film. We wouldn't normally do that, but Tom McCarthy's movies are so good. Watching ['Win Win'] helped inspire the way the song was written. I mean, it isn't at all narrative to what happens in the movie -- we don't mention Paul Giamatti by name or anything. But it was fun, and it's a good song, we're very proud of it."

Bloopers and outtakes from the film are included in the vid, with a couple of laugh-out-loud moments for viewer and actors alike. As for the band, they're featured quite stoic, almost unmoving, the lighting spreading out nice behind them. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

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