<p>Lil Wayne</p>

Lil Wayne

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Watch: Lil Wayne channels 'Inception' for music video to '6 Foot 7 Foot'

Green screen magic, lasagna and candy apples, with blazing Cory Gunz

Lil' Kim can accuse Lil Wayne and his Young Money crew of being a big bunch of weirdos, but at least they're entertaining.

Tunechi has unleashed his clip to his Harry Belafonte-sampling single "6 Foot 7 foot," and it's torn a couple pages from Christopher Nolan's blockbuster "Inception." Besides that an a prominent product placement, it's mostly hot girls in shiny dresses, a plate of lasagna, a female dog, an invisi-podium, Weezy and Cory Gunz clones and a candy apple.

It's fun to see Gunz put his up.

The music video was helmed by a very busy Hype Williams, who directed last week's Kanye West "All of the Lights" featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi.

"6 Foot 7 Foot" will be on "Tha Carter 4," which will apparently drop this spring sometime. When will they get around to it?

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<p>Adam Levine in Sara Bareilles' &quot;Uncharted&quot; music video</p>

Adam Levine in Sara Bareilles' "Uncharted" music video

Watch: Josh Groban, Ben Folds, more help on Sara Bareilles' 'Uncharted'

Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Tegan and Sara and other famous friends help on clip

In the future, "Internet Classics" will be taught as an entry-level college class: YouTube history, its various successful styles and flops will be on the syllabus.

Sara Bareilles' video for "Uncharted" may not be great enough to make the schdeule, but it's viral, crowd-sourced style certainly will be on there. Only instead of plucking out her most enthusiastic fans (read: unfamous), she's gone with some big names for the clip.

Josh Groban, Pharrell, Ben Folds, Maroon's Adam Levine, Tegan and Sara, a very sleepy Jennifer Nettles and others show up to give us a history lesson, eat a banana and flounder around under water. Lip-syncing sensation Keenan Cahill shows how the pros do it. Ryan Tedder appears to remind us how cute he is.

And like Scar-Jo said in "Lost in Translation," girls have a particular affinity to shooting their feet when it comes to photography (and, apparently, in video): the singer-songwriter herself has artful shots in black and white throughout.

It's all very dorky, but glad that everyone played teh game. After Groban's TV theme-song mashup at the Emmys in 2008, he's continually endeared himself... and will help that meme into that Internet Classic class.

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Watch: The Strokes' 'Under the Cover of Darkness' music video

Watch: The Strokes' 'Under the Cover of Darkness' music video

My, my, aren't we posh

Two days straight of Strokes coverage. I'm sorry. And you're welcome.

The New York-based rock act has posted the music video to their first "Angles" single, "Under the Cover of Darkness" and they took a tip from great new wave acts of the '80s: it doesn't matter what the hell you do in your video, it's all about location, location, location.

The band got all dressed up and did some rehearsin' in a nice little mansion. They lit some candles to get you all comfy-like, and then invited you to a private recital, wherein it seems music stands and black tie is required.

Julian Casablancas doesn't show a desire to dress up as much as his cohorts in the first half, not even with one of those cartoony tuxedo t-shirts. He is rocking his shades, though, and is looking healthier than Rhett Miller at a spa weekend. Albert Hammond Jr. also get his hazy '80s throwback moment, with a soft lens on his solo, smoke machine puffing.

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<p>Odd Future</p>

Odd Future

Watch: Wherein we talk about Odd Future

Funny or Die video, 'Fallon' and MTV: Whatever

So now that Odd Future is closely associated with an MTV venture, it may be time to talk about them.

This L.A.-based, teenaged rap crew numbers just shy of a dozen and is spearheaded by main rhymer Tyler the Creator, who is signed independently to XL. He released the mixtape "Bastard" last year.

More of a cult than a Clan, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All will likely be remembered as those kids with songs about rape, anal sex, standard juvenile mischief and boorish violence. That doesn't seem to be a reputation that bothers them, either.

Funny Or Die! has posted a NSFW comedy video of the group, which gives some handle to this ride. Check that out, plus other music sideshows from the group, below.

The possibility (and probability) that Odd Future has been approached by squares at the majors is itself a satire -- of the beige-suited has-beens in A&R trying to convince them to make songs "less rapey" paints a sad picture of very real extremes. And, indeed, in this very galaxy, it's happening, like when Interscope struck that hot iron as everybody still thought Die Antwoord was a joke.

This is the part when Odd Future goes from full-frontal subversion to crackpot water cooler chat. The group made for quite a performance on "Jimmy Fallon" last month. They're on slate to perform at the mtvU Woodie Awards this spring. They've arrived on Funny Or f***ing Die.

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<p>Broken Bells</p>

Broken Bells

Broken Bells releasing more new material in 4-song EP

What does this mean for a new Shins effort?

After a 2010 with loads of critical acclaim, Broken Bells have a start into 2011 with another new effort.

The Grammy-nominated duo will be releasing "Meyrin Fields," a four-song EP, on March 29. It contains two previously unreleased tunes"Windows" and "Heartless Empire," plus two tracks that were already at digital retailers. The title track was the B-side to "The Ghost Inside" single, released in the fall last year, and "An Easy Life," which was off of the iTunes LP of the self-titled full-length.

It seems James Mercer and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) are sticking with Columbia, and "will continue to record  and tour together for the foreseeable future." So this is no one-off or side-project?

Mercer had said in 2008/2009 that his other main squeeze The Shins were leaving their home Sub Pop for the green pastures of the frontman's own label. That, after a blood-letting within the band, a couple new hires and then static.

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<p>Julian Casablancas</p>

Julian Casablancas

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Listen: Are The Strokes channeling Radiohead on new tune 'You're So Right?'

Or is it just a leftover from Julian Casablancas' solo effort

The race is on for The Strokes to get the word out on their new album "Angles," but the message is a little mixed.

And by mixed, I mean that their new track "You're So Right" sounds wildly different from their other output, especially from the new set's first single "Under Cover of Darkness."

In fact, it sounds a bit like Radiohead, circa "OK Computer," but with the bass much removed and Julian Casablancas making staccatos where Thom Yorke would just ahhhhhhhhh.

It seems to have the lasting influence, too, of the Strokes frontman's solo effort, which was heavy on  programmed beats and veering away from rock 'n' roll.

"Angles" is out March 22 and, as previously reported, the rock outfit will be at South By Southwest (SXSW), Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Madison Square Garden and, surely, other forthcoming big-name fests and gigs.

NME has a stream of the track: Click here to check it out (scroll to the bottom of the story).

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Album Review: DeVotchKa's '100 Lovers'

If March 1 is the start of Spring, let this be its lover's soundtrack

It’s hard for me to review each new Devotchka record, because all I hear is love. Frontman Nick Urata is a heartbreaker, and his voice preys on the weak-kneed increasingly with each effort, the lyrics aching with little symbols like fingers around a wrist. “100 Lovers” is not the least of these, the Colorado band’s fifth full-length embracing its powerfully international sound.

“The Alley” starts things off wistfully, with a drone, a militaristic snare and a dreamy piano, Urata’s cool-eyed tenor bursting through the door like a hero with a rose in his teeth. “All the Sand in All the Sea” is punctuated with the same keys from their acclaimed track “Transliterator.” “Here’s the part that always gets me…” he trails off, as a cute instrumentals chug, then to a “supermelodramatic” bridge, the hook splintering.
The gramophonic mids of single “100 Other Lovers” breaks into a Sgt. Pepper string section and the tension builds as each verse and chorus concludes and lays down in a pasture. It contains one of the few memorable melodies in the set, but its sounds more pedestrial compared to the rest…

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<p>Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stoneage</p>

Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stoneage

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Mega-names of 2011 SXSW: The Strokes, Duran Duran, Wu-Tang, QOTSA

Arcade Fire/Spike Jonze short heading to film fest side: We predict more names to be added

It's about three weeks out from the 2011 South By Southwest Music Festival (OK, OK, and Interactive and Film). And like a kid facing finals in her first year of college, we expect some serious cramming.

Cramming because every year mega-stars are added to the Austin fest lineup, mostly to the after-parties, day-parties, off-sites, unofficial showcases, alternative fests like Fader Fort and Red Gorilla. Many acts even do as many as they can -- I recall one of the Neon bands (Neon Indian? Neon Trees? Neon Neon?) did 2.1 million shows in Austin 2010.

The showcases for actual fest schedules have been locked in, with these names trickling out as March 16-20 marches closer.

So far, one of the biggest names to be added was announced today: after alluding to an appearance nearly two weeks ago via Twitter, the Strokes have confirmed a free show for March 17.

Manager Ryan Gentles claimed on Twitter that the show would require no badges and, more adorably, "no line." It's a walk across the river, sure, but don't think that a no-holds-barred free show won't have a scary amount of people present.

Less scary has been the addition of B.o.B., Bright Eyes, Duran Duran (omg), the Wu-Tang Clan (OMG) and Queens of the Stoneage (hi, Josh, hiiiii) in the last few days. Widespread Panic is doing some SXSW/Austin City Limits love-in, Lucinda Williams is helping ring in Lost Highway's 10-year anniversary.

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<p>Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio</p>
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Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio

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Listen: TV on the Radio premiere new track 'Will Do'

Brooklny band drops first song from forthcoming 'Nine Types of Life'

Tunde Adebimpe continues producing evidence that he, and he alone, is Brooklyn's answer to Peter Gabriel on "Will Do," the new track from TV On The Radio.

The End 107.7 FM in Seattle had the privilege of bowing the thing, culled from the acts forthcoming "Nine Types of Life" album. It's streaming in full below.

And here we have another Hump Day love song, aside from the Foo Fighters' delivery earlier today. "Anytime will do, my love," the singer ahhhs on the chorus to this "love sick lullaby." He fears no falsetto. "I think we're compatible, I see that you think I'm wrong."

It's an easy, mid-tempo beat behind that benefits from low-end bass, a skitter of high hats and a post-Valentine' malaise.

As previously reported, "Nine Types of Light" is out April 12. Below are the tour dates, including a stop-off at Radio City Music hall. The band doesn't seem to want to plot anything for March, more specifically for SXSW, but fairy tales can come true.

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<p>Foo Fighters' &quot;Wasting Light&quot;</p>

Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light"

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Listen: Foo Fighters pull up on new single 'Rope,' unveil album art

What do you think of this modern rocker?

The Foo Fighters are lifting more of the curtain on their forthcoming "Wasting Light," and are using some "Rope" to do it.

The rock act is streaming the track, the album's first single, for free via its website and below.

"Rope" will be available for download through the usual digital outlets starting on March 1 and will be sent to those who pre-order the album for free.

The band has made a lot out of the fact that they recorded this whole getup with analog, on tape and totally out of the box, which had my ears perked for a warmer sound, perhaps a little more scratch from the guitars. But  Butch Vig and Co. have really edited this thing down, mixed and panned to perfection. Relistening to the choruses and the solo had me remembering what a sick, sick monster drummer Taylor Hawkins is. The guitars throwback to the '80s but then teleport back to the modern day in battles and then matching feedback, a sound that will clearly sooth the souls of mainstream rock programmers at radio.

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