<p>Neko Case</p>

Neko Case

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Listen to another new Neko Case song: Watch the 'Night Still Comes' lyric video

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Soulful song from 'The Worse Things Get...'

"Did they poison my food? Is it cause I'm a girl? / If I puked up some sonnets would you call me "a miracle?"

Neko Case gets fairly specific -- and, thusly, cryptic -- on her new song "Night Still Comes." This swaying tune brings in soul and gospel elements into its killer chorus, and the large chorus that sings her chorus. "You never held it at the right angle," they sing, never naming what "it" is as she relates how a forest consumes her and the ocean dashes her biggest "plans."

"Night Still Comes" is yet another example on Case's next album "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You" of slipping her character's gender into the "Fight." On "Man," she took up a male as its subject, but not just any male: a very male-y male, an archetype of manly adages in song. Here, pairing the term "puke" up with "is it 'cause I'm a girl" makes it really confrontational, even if we still have no idea what the hell is going on.

I'll just mark this as another good one from Case, whose "Worse Things Get" is out on Sept. 3 via Anti-. The album features guest spots from M. Ward, members of The New Pornographers, My Morning Jacket, Calexico and more. Full tracklist and tour dates are below.



Here is the tracklist for "The Worse Things Get":

1. Wild Creatures
2. Night Still Comes
3. Man
4. I’m From Nowhere
5. Bracing for Sunday
6. Nearly Midnight, Honolulu
7. Calling Cards
8. City Swans
9. Afraid
10. Local Girl
11. Where Did I Leave That Fire
12. Ragtime

Here are Neko Case's tour dates:

8/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Folk Festival
8/11 – Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival
8/24-25 – Monterey, CA @ First City Festival
9/06 – Chicago, IL @ A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party
9/08 – Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW
9/11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
9/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
9/13 – Santa Fe, NM @ Lensic Performing Center
9/14 – Denver, CO @ The Ellie Caulkins
9/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
9/17 – Boise, ID @ The Knitting Factory
9/18 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount
9/19 – Eugene, OR @ The Cuthbert Amphitheater
9/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
9/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/26 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/04-06 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/05-06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Way Over Yonder Fest
10/11-13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/15 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
10/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/19 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/23 – Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
10/26 – Durham, NC @ The Durham Performing Arts Center
10/27 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Paramount
11/01 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
 

Lady Gaga gets naked for... art, I guess? Watch the weird video

Lady Gaga gets naked for... art, I guess? Watch the weird video

NSFW clip titled 'The Abramovic Method Practiced by Lady Gaga'

"The Abramovic Method Practiced by Lady Gaga" is a video of the pop star trying to sing a long tone for a very long time, and posing naked, laying on the floor, standing in a creek, and other various eccentric postures and settings.

No, it's not a music video.It's about three minutes of art that you might not "get," the result of a three-day retreat Gaga spent with the famed performance artist Marina Abramovic, spending time on "series of exercises designed to heighten participants' awareness of their physical and mental experience in the present moment." The Institute released the video in an effort to raise awareness of its Kickstarter -- which, in itself, is something to behold.

The "Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) will be the first space dedicated to practicing the Abramovic Method, which prepares participants to both perform and observe long durational work," reads the description from the Vimeo page. Maybe Mother Monster is just trying to up her performance ante when it comes to her next album "ARTPOP?"

This video is not safe for work, in case this needs to be repeated.

"ARTPOP" is out Nov. 22, to be preceded by single "Applause," due Aug. 19.

Marina Abramovic was also working with another famous pop star recently for "Picasso Baby": Jay Z.

The Abramovic Method Practiced by Lady Gaga from Marina Abramovic Institute on Vimeo.

 

<p>Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal in &quot;CBGB&quot;</p>

Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal in "CBGB"

Watch: 'CBGB' movie trailer is star-packed and terribly tame

A lot of talk

Your rock 'n' roll movie might be in trouble if there's too much talking and not enough rocking. That may be the plight of "CBGB," the new film centered on the famed New York city punk club.

Alan Rickman is obviously a big selling point of a film like this, lending credibility and personality to a history that all but burns with personality (and VD). With Hilly Kristal's estate needing to sign off on his visage and all, of course it'd be a "must" to have Rickman's role at the center of this wiry, drug-addled universe. But, here, dish him a line like "Why not live your dreams?". Here's a cockroach crack and a necessary few seconds allotted to CBGB's bathroom. And on top of that, a bunch of actors like Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Ryan Hurst, Justin Bartha and Bradley Whitford dressed as members of groups like Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Dead Boys, The Police, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Group, but without a clue as to how they'll play these awesome punk icons.

I'm not seeing a lot of teeth here. Or the acid-tongues, the sharp sounds or the bleary eyes. I see Halloween (no, not the band) costumes and bits of comedy script. Musical "Rock of Ages" had twice the amount of music in its hairspray-dominated trailers, and we all know how "Rock of Ages" turned out.

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<p>The Avett Brothers</p>

The Avett Brothers

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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

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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.

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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.

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<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"

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

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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.

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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.

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Just look at this Animal Collective music video

Just look at this Animal Collective music video

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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