<p>The Avett Brothers</p>

The Avett Brothers

Credit: Republic Records

Avett Brothers reveal new album: Listen to first new song 'Another Is Waiting'

Band reunites with Rick Rubin for follow-up to 'The Carpenter'

The Avett Brothers released a fresh studio album just last year, but when you're on the same groove as Rick Rubin, maybe you get the itch to release at a rapid pace. Which is in part why the group is set to release new album "Magpie and the Dandelion," due on Oct. 15 via Republic.

"While we were working on [2012's] 'The Carpenter,' we were so inspired that we wrote another record as well. During those sessions, we just felt it," the Avetts said in a release. "Working with Rick Rubin again, we tapped into something very special. It's like everybody was in the same zone."

The set is preceded by "Another Is Waiting," which -- astoundingly -- clocks in at just over two minutes long. I can't help but think of this as a mid-tempo, upbeat, new-era Green Day rocker with 100% more banjo. The guitars and banjo split channels and let the electric and drums ultimately taking the lead, with Seth and Scott's harmonies pushed way, way forward. If anything, it's a breeze to listen to.

Listen to "Another Is Waiting" via NPR here.

"If you think about a Magpie, it's a bird from the crow family. You can see them everywhere, and they've got this strange grace. And, we all know what a dandelion is. It reminds you of being a kid and watching a flower come apart on a summer day. There's a youthful wonder in that," the band continued in their note. "Those kinds of feelings live and breathe inside this album."

"The Carpenter" was The Avett Brothers' biggest selling and highest charting album yet, making it to No. 4 on the Billboard 200. "Magpie" will be the folk-rockers' third set with Rick Rubin.

<p>Stephen Colbert</p>

Stephen Colbert

Credit: Comedy Central

Daft Punk was a no-show on 'Colbert Report': Watch Colbert explain why

MTV VMAs steal Stephen Colbert's thunder

Stephen Colbert set his comedy to "stun" last night as he blasted MTV Networks last night on "The Colbert Report" for putting the kibosh on Daft Punk's "surprise" appearance on the comedy show.

Colbert showed little restraint revealing that the MTV VMAs had booked Daft Punk for its Video Music Awards, set for Aug. 25, and that MTV/Logo group president Van Toffler wanted to put a stop to the French dance duo's appearance on the comedian's annual "Colbchella" hour of programming.

As previously reported, Daft Punk were booked to play their Song of the Summer "Get Lucky" on last night's "Colbert" (Aug. 6). Daft Punk had not yet been announced as performers at the VMAs.

Read Full Post
Fergie drops 'A Little Party' music video 3 months after 'The Great Gatsby' opens

Fergie drops 'A Little Party' music video 3 months after 'The Great Gatsby' opens

Just how long have they been jitterbugging?

It's been three months since "The Great Gatsby" and its successful soundtrack dropped... and only now it seemed appropriate to drop Fergie's flapper-themed "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" music video?

The Goonrock and Q-Tip-featuring track gets an appropriately gaudy clip with Fergie weaving her way through dancers to a cushy booth, where she remains for most of the vid. Why? The Black Eyed Peas singer has been pregnant since March, so while a little party has never killed nobody, mom-to-be certainly are allowed to get tired from them. Cue several versions of a couch dance.

Read Full Post
<p>Sigur Ros</p>

Sigur Ros

Credit: Sigur Ros

Sigur Ros launches 'ever-evolving' video for 'Stormur'

'Your #stormur' is made up of fan-submitted Instagram photos and videos

Sigur Ros is starting to evolve.

The icelandic band has launched a unique interactive project in place of a traditional video for the track "Stormur."

The "ever-evolving" video piece, called "your #stormur," is made up of Instagram photos and videos submitted by artistically-minded fans.

The result pairs the typically haunting and atmospheric tune, from their new album "Kveikur," with a feast of user-generated, mostly melancholy visuals -- so far heavy on themes of nature and nostalgia -- from fans like "Edna," "Beth" and "Brian Wilson" (probably not that Brian Wilson).

It's being continually updated as fans enter their additions. You can join in the fun by simply tagging your Instagram photo or video with #stormur.

Watch the video evolve here.

<p>The Civil Wars, &quot;The Civil Wars&quot;</p>

The Civil Wars, "The Civil Wars"

Credit: Columbia

Album review: The Civil Wars' self-titled album burns, burns, burns

HitFix
B
Readers
A+
Duo now on hiatus after an album about wanting and not having

It’s really a shame that the Civil Wars are unlikely to tour off of their second, self-titled album, because the duo spends at least half of the 12-track set right in the pocket. Blistering vocal moments outweigh any whimpering; Joy Williams and John Paul White relish in “The Civil Wars’” emotional heights, making it all the more enthralling and heartbreaking for the listener who mourns the Grammy Award winners' grave status as a band.

Read Full Post
Listen to Kings of Leon's new single and watch their new video for 'Supersoaker'

Listen to Kings of Leon's new single and watch their new video for 'Supersoaker'

Rockers power down to mid-tempo for 'Wait for Me' from 'Mechanical Bull'

Kings of Leon have now introduced two songs from their new album "Mechanical Bull." "Supersoaker" was the first single, swooning over sentimental girls. This new track "Wait for Me," has the band slowing their gait to mid-tempo.

For the latter, it kicks off like a slower version of "Twilight Zone" -- no, not the theme song to the show, but the Golden Earring mega-hit from 1982. While we're jumping decades, it pounces all over late-'90s mainstream rockers, with lyrics earnestly, timelessly generic. This is a harmless, safe passage toward radio, but doesn't pop like "Use Somebody" or "Crawl" did previously. Then again, I thought "Radioactive" should have blown up bigger than it did, so it depends on what temperature rock dials are feeling now at the end of this summer.

Read Full Post
Just look at this Animal Collective music video

Just look at this Animal Collective music video

HitFix
B+
Readers
n/a
Band announces rescheduled tour dates

Animal Collective have been out of the news in the past few months, as their last major band announcement was to axe a good number of their tour dates due to band member Avey Tare's "intense case of strep throat." The electronic noise-makers are readying to hit the road again soon, though, and have dropped a new music video to help promote the stint and their wildly variant new album "Centipede Hz."

"Monkey Riches" was one of the more likeable tracks from the 2012 set, in that it has this beautifully glitchy, extremely ornery climax that cascades double, with the bouncy balls of Avey's voice wedging itself between galling bass and technical loops that will leave your eyes, head and hand spinning (counter-clockwise). Y'know, like rope.

That's the only metaphor you can really attach to the magic-led fable that is the music video for "Monkey Riches." And old man -- lets call him Gichel Mondry -- tries to teach his young student his skills, mocking him while his young nurse watches on. Ultimately, 2/3 of the group ends up down a well, there's a rope monster, some psychedelia and an inspired color palate to remind you that you haven't slipped into the other batsh*t insane video we posted today.

Animal Collective's new tour dates are below.

Sept. 6 - Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW
Sept. 7 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sept. 8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Depot
Sept. 9 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Sept. 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sept. 14 - Mexico City, MX @ Ceremonia Festival
Oct. 16 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 17 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct. 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Festival
Oct. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
Oct. 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Oct. 24 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
Oct. 25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Oct. 26 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
Oct. 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct. 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Dec. 1 - Washington, D.C. @ 930 Club
Dec. 2 - Portland, ME @ The State Theatre
Dec. 4 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
Dec. 5 - Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
Dec. 6 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Dec. 8 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
 

<p>The Julie Ruin</p>

The Julie Ruin

Credit: Shervin Lainez

Listen to two new songs from Kathleen Hanna's The Julie Ruin

Punk-rock band from former Le Tigre/Bikini Kill frontwoman unleashes armageddon

I can't wait for you see "The Punk Singer," I really can't. That film's subject -- the former Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna -- has had a long journey, which includes a stint away from stage and studio due to illness from Lyme disease. The documentary serializes her career so well, and now everything's coming up stinking roses. The singer and performer is primed for a stunning comeback.

So now we're a month away from the album release from Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (not to be confused with her former solo handle, simply Julie Ruin), and the rock 'n' roll group now has two songs to show off.

"Ha Ha Ha" arrived today via EW, and it warns of Armageddon. I think. I knocked over a box of nail polish and ran wildly through my rooms while listening to it, so I'm only assuming that was the theme.

UPDATE: Here you go:

The band also dropped "Oh Come On" just a couple of weeks ago, and it too has the appropriate amounts of screaming and sarcasm to get me through cleaning up all this nail polish. Hear it below.

Read Full Post
Watch a wacky new MGMT video for 'Your Life Is a Lie'

Watch a wacky new MGMT video for 'Your Life Is a Lie'

HitFix
C+
Readers
n/a
Eggs, lizards, a little person, bondage gear and a disappointed little girl

Sometimes, you'll dream of random artifacts from your day and your childhood, with every object and silly action feeling like it's all in good fun. But then you wake up feeling icky, like you forgot to do something important from the day before, or have many secrets you're bound to share.

In the music video for MGMT's new song "Your Life Is a Lie," those artifacts are of life and illusion. It is filled with symbolic and random ephemera including lizards, soccer balls, a dying man, bondage gear, a pyramid of eggs and your wife.

And like your dream, MGMT forgot to do something important, as in: they forgot to make a real song. The video is kind of great. The song may be from a forgotten episode of "Space Ghost."

"Your Life Is a Lie" is off of MGMT's next, self-titled album, out Sept. 17.

Read Full Post
Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis are Mumford & Sons in new video

Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis are Mumford & Sons in new video

HitFix
A
Readers
n/a
Two 'Horrible Bosses' leads reunite for hilarious clip for 'Hopeless Wanderer'

Band wanders down a dusty road. Band in a barn. Band in a boat. Band under old-timey lightbulbs. Band in matching outfits. Band metaphorically making out with itself. Band making out with itself.

With exception to the latter, the new music video for Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" makes fun of the folksy tropes of roots rock bands with the help of Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte starring as Mumford & Sons themselves.

What starts out as a normal, sun-spattered trip into a grassy field turns into literal chaos as two "Horrible Bosses" leads, Helms and Sudeikis' "Saturday Night Live" cohort Forte bang out comedy gold. Homoeroticism, unbearable melancholy, banjo solos, The Who-inspired breakage, dripping instruments, vaudeville and a singularly spectacular beard combine for this effective interpretation of the "Babel" track.

Read Full Post