Get animated: Watch Paramore's new 'Anklebiters' video

Get animated: Watch Paramore's new 'Anklebiters' video

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Colorful song gets a colorful clip

When I reviewed Paramore's new self-titled album, I referred to their pop-punk beginnings as their bread and butter. The colorful new music video for their rock 'n' roll song "Anklebiters," I'd say, is their peanut butter and jelly.

The animated clip has fun with the track's high-energy pace, with dancing fingers and 2-D contraptions, in full color. It bounds along with Hayley Williams' ever-bettering vocals. Bouncy!

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Prince remixes Janelle Monae's 'Q.U.E.E.N.': Get down

Dipping bass and twerking in the mirror

Janelle Monae spirit animal Prince already had heavy influence on her new single "Q.U.E.E.N." featuring Erykah Badu. Prince has since got his hands on the funky track and gave it a remix of his own.

I'm getting a late '80s rump-shaker, bass-looping, neon colors vibe from this "reprogramming." More snaps, more tambourine, take out the melody and hone in on the hard "Humpty Dance" hits. The Purple One has a way...

Prince appears on Monae's next album, "The Electric Lady," due out later this year. Miguel will be on there, too, in case your day wasn't going well enough.

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<p>M.I.A.</p>

M.I.A.

Watch: M.I.A. goes goddess in 'Bring the Noize' video

First single from 'Matangi': Is she a lord of music?

M.I.A.'s acclaimed video for single "Bad Girls" charmed viewers by combining visuals of the West with East (more specifically, Middle East); now the dancehall/pop/noise/hip-hop artist has done it again with her fresh "Bring the Noize," crowning herself a goddess in a temple of dance.

"Bring the Noize" is a nod at the Public Enemy song of the same name, a good descriptor of its sound and is also the intro to "Matangi," M.I.A.'s next album. Matangi is a Hindu goddess of music and word. It's also M.I.A.'s real name -- Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam. A fertile combo -- political songwriting, spiritual maxims, pop cultural context.

All interesting stuff, following a week filled with Kanye West proclaiming himself "Yeezus."

M.I.A. has spent her career on sensational, radical, halting, genre-bending and political statements, some coherent, others not nearly. In the video for "Bring the Noize," she uses familiar symbols in Hindu that are, without coincidence, less familiar to Western audiences. It starts with devotional singing, chopped and screwed into the noisy beat, and looped around images of sacred cows; breaking coconuts; the OM symbol in brilliant colors; ritual "washing" from holy fire (with smoke machines, natch). She dances, bejeweled around rows of mostly male worshipers, who have removed their shoes and dressed all in white.

There's a holy purpose in all the topis, turbans, and the wild Western spin on traditional fashion: in the words from her Facebook page, "GODDESS OF WORD BITCHES IMA KEEP IT BANGING." Crudely, she's co-opting those "sacred cows" to establish herself with a whole new swagger, or at least the kind that Interscope or any other major label has yet to push large-scale.

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Interview: Arts & Crafts exec Kieran Roy talks 10 more years of indie rock

Interview: Arts & Crafts exec Kieran Roy talks 10 more years of indie rock

Co-owner of Canadian label sounds off on Feist, Broken Social Scene and Spotify

Earlier this month, the Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts celebrated its 10 years of existence by combining its biggest assets -- its artists -- on stage at the Field Trip Festival in hometown Toronto and on a genre-spanning compilation "X." A reunited Broken Social Scene performing classic "You Forgot It in People" headlined the former, while BSS and its members, Feist, Ra Ra Riot, The Hidden Cameras and other A&C acts collaborated for the latter.

Arts & Crafts has survived these 10 by expanding outward from "You Forgot It in People," starting with BSS and its solo and reformed offshoots, then to new original artists, then into different mediums and revenue sources. It's not just a label, but a management firm, merchandiser, and publisher; A&C has segued through the tumult of digital retail, the resurgence of vinyl and the advent of streaming services like Spotify to find new music audiences. But it doesn't stop at audio: they've partnered with visual artists like photographer Norman Wong and fashion designer Jeremy Laing for unique presentations of their artists' unique brands of indie rock.

"These days there is a much greater acceptance to partner with non-musical media. You are no longer left waiting around to get written up in Rolling Stone or play on the radio. There’s a lot of other ways to get people hearing your art," says Kieran Roy, co-owner of A&C.
 
Below is an abridged interview with Roy. Listen to Arts & Crafts' compilation "X" here.
 
Congrats on 10 years. How are you gonna survive another decade?
 
If we’re going to be around in another 10 years, it’s because we’ve viewed those challenges without fear, but as opportunities. There will always be disruptive technology. Physical sales aren’t what they used to be. But now people are shifting from downloads to digital streaming. Preferences change. We’re a lot more nimble than larger labels, and because of that we’re able to change with a changing market.
 
There’s revenue streams and new ways to get the word out. We’re getting public performance broadcasts, streaming, concert tickets. As long as we’re fully participating in our artists’ careers in ways that make sense, we’ll be OK.
 
Arts & Crafts is so closely associated with Broken Social Scene. Does it worry you to have that reputation, even now since the band has split up?
 
There were about eight to 10 releases that were connected to Broken Social Scene. From Stars and Feist to Apostle Of Hustle to Jason Collett. That era covered the first 2-3 years. But in the last seven to eight, we’ve done a good job of diversifying ourselves. The BSS machine is a smooth machine. They continue to make interesting art projects. Now we’ve got Cold Specks to Trust to Zeus to Timber Timbre, our aesthetic and artist position of our latest release make just as much as BSS did for the first few years.
 
Your compilation “X” pairs one Arts & Crafts act with another, for 10 songs. Do you have a favorite?
 
Oh man, that’s like playing favorites with kids… the Stars and Chilly Gonzales one is a real standout. It captures a mood. If anything, we did notice there was a darker mood through-line to the songs, it was not anything we suggested.
 
Chilly Gonzales is on fire. He’s did that recent stuff with Daft Punk…
 
Seriously, look at Chilly. He’s the king of collaborations. Feist to Daft Punk to Jamie Lidell to Drake…
 
And look at Feist. You guys must be so happy with how “Metals” did. What’s going on with Feist right now? Is she working on a new album soon?
 
We were thrilled with “Metals” because after “The Reminder,” expectations were high. It’s very different for an artist to follow-up with an album that broke them out, and to be well-received by fans and critics. People are looking to hate. But Feist, to have her album recognized by the Polaris Prize, that was really indicative.
 
Right now she’s working on her down time. I dunno. She did work on the song “Homage” on the compilation is will soon pick up work for next record.
 
How about Broken Social Scene and all thoe guys. What’s the story there?
 
Kevin [Drew] is working on solo record and an album with Andy Kim – he’s this legendary Canadian songwriter who wrote “Sugar Sugar.” Him and Kevin became kindred spirits. Brendan [Canning] has one going. Stars and Metric released new records each last year. Everyone’s keeping busy. The reunion was just around festival, though, I don’t think Broken Social Scene has plans to do more.
 
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Watch: Wale previews Nicki Minaj and Jerry Seinfeld collaborations on video
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Watch: Wale previews Nicki Minaj and Jerry Seinfeld collaborations on video

Check out the clip for 'LoveHate Thing' feat. Sam Drew

Wale's new album "The Gifted" -- out tomorrow -- is looking to be fairly eclectic. As evidenced by three recent videos, he's gone the ratchet route, the comedy route and the soulful route.

We'll start with the first, the loveable and articulately cross-bred "LoveHate Thing," featuring crooner Sam Drew. The singer is the anchor for this Wale's cool-headed sonics and personal reflections.

And check out the Bruno Marsian influence on that instrumental ensemble:

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Watch: Yeah Yeah Yeahs first band ever to shoot music video atop Empire State Building

Watch: Yeah Yeah Yeahs first band ever to shoot music video atop Empire State Building

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Watch: 'Despair' gets an aerial view

Apparently, no music video has ever been shot on the top of the Empire State Building. Until now.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the New York band, took to a New York icon for their new clip for "Despair," the second single from their latest album "Mosquito."

Patrick Daughters -- who's totally our favorite -- shot the clip, which has the band meeting at the peak of the 102-story building in parts, with Karen O's vocal track starting out a capella. It crescendos to the rising of the sun at the same time as O sings (you guessed it) "my sun is your sun."

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Watch Robyn and Snoop Dogg's bizarre 'U Should Know Better' music video

Watch Robyn and Snoop Dogg's bizarre 'U Should Know Better' music video

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Gender-bending air-punch

It only took three years, but Robyn's "U Should Know Better" featuring Snoop Dogg finally has a music video.

The "Body Talk Pt. 2" track sends the viewer into a bizarre weed warehouse, and the bedroom of a male child who strongly resembles Robyn herself. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg (before he made his conversion to Snoop Lion) is cast into a child's doll. Robyn stars as the world's hippest mom, and gender-bending and air-punching abounds. Y'know, typical.

I've already addressed my full-on Lady Crush on Robyn with the recent release of Lonely Island's "The Wack Album," further solidified by "Go Kindergarten," also below. It is for this reason stacked Timbs, Docs, platform and other manner of shoe will never die, even if I refuse to wear them.

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Watch Florence Welch sing all of the fun out of Icona Pop's hit 'I Love It'

Watch Florence Welch sing all of the fun out of Icona Pop's hit 'I Love It'

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Sing, as you apply hand lotion

Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch and producer/songwriter Dev Hynes combined last month in New York, to benefit the Human Rights Campaign’ Equality Rocks project at Le Poisson Rouge.

Video from that event just hit last night, of Welch singing Icona Pop's hit "I Love It" and further proof that Welch can make even a line like "I put your sh*t into a bag and pushed it down the stairs" into something very so serious.

And, thus, watch Welch suck all of the fun out of "I Don't Care." But of for a good cause!

What's with all the hand lotion movements?

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Avicii announces first album and drops single 'Wake Me Up': Listen

Avicii announces first album and drops single 'Wake Me Up': Listen

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Michael Einsinger, Mac Davis and Nile Rodgers guesting

Avicii is ready to release his first full-length studio album this year and is leading off with its first single "Wake Me Up."

The track doesn't start off exactly how fans of the EDM would expect: the folk and acoustic based track ultimately makes its way to a cheesy dance floor beat, but you can tell the young star has a smile on his face as he produced this one all the while. It guests Aloe Blacc on vocals, and he is exceptional at taking on this little hybrid.

Speaking of guests, you can bet there will be plenty of them on Avicii's album Sept. 17-due "#TRUE." (Yes, that's another damn hashtag title. May they all burn.) Michael Einsinger from Incubus, country music's Mac Davis and recent Daft Punk‘s collabo Nile Rodgers are along for the ride.

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Listen: Janelle Monae guests on Cee Lo and Goodie Mob's 'Special Education'

Listen: Janelle Monae guests on Cee Lo and Goodie Mob's 'Special Education'

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Comparing 'different' to 'special'

Last year, Cee Lo Green reunited with his original music project, Atlanta hip-hop crew Goodie Mob, and now it looks like there's more action afoot. Janelle Monae jumped in on the new single "Special Education," a song that -- despite its title and the ominous, mysterious sound -- is quite serious.

The quartet take turns versing about sameness and peer pressure, plus their self-discoveries of growing up or thinking "different" and turning out to be quite "special." Hence the name.

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