Watch: Pink and Lily Allen tear through colorful 'True Love' music video

Love hurts, so get off your bike

Pink's new video for "True Love" features Lily Allen, footage from her latest concert tour, some backstage with her family and some strong and colorful new footage of her beating up on her husband with handfuls of confetti.

It's that age-old conscript: the greatest love also sometimes brings out the hate in you. In "True Love," Pink draws straight from her own life with husband Carey Hart, their daughter Willow and her rambunctious career on the road. I've always appreciated Pink's candor in interviews, where she describes the hardships of making a relationship with a professional motocross star, and making time for her daughter. In "True Love," the viewer gets an actual sense of how annoying -- and blissful -- such unions can be.

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<p>Kanye West: Your own personal Yeezus</p>

Kanye West: Your own personal Yeezus

Listen to a mash-up of Kanye's 'Black Skinhead' and Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus'

Your angriest dance

Mash-ups aren't over. Not yet.

As I noted in my review of "Yeezus," Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" is the rap/producer's one (1) allotted Gary Glitter song. It also reminded Dan Chamberlain of a another very popular song, and thus, that song plus Depeche Mode's intensely popular "Personal Jesus" combined DNA for "Personal Yeezus." Or, rather, it was immaculately conceived.

Chamberlain is a comedy and mash-up producer, and you can hear the potent Jesus-Yeezus mix here.

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UPDATED: Listen to Janelle Monae's new song in the cutest Apocalypse ever

UPDATED: Listen to Janelle Monae's new song in the cutest Apocalypse ever

'The Electric Lady' gets a September release date

In the most adorable end-of-the-world scenario every, Janelle Monae reveals new song "Dance Apocalyptic" with the news of her "Electric Lady" release date.

"Dance Apocalyptic" is yet another example of how hard it is to pin down Monae's sound, which may have plagued sales of her last album "The ArchAndroid." The hap-clappy nostalgic feel is dissimilar to her current single "Q.U.E.E.N.", as funky-soul is replaced by '60s pop and uptempo rock, like Fitz & The Tantrums with Parliament's tinfoil-hatted lyrics. Monae warns of the zombies in your front yard as she does the Watusi, it seems, which works for her until the weird digression at the end, about your food.

My food tastes just fine, as it happens. Wait, what just happened?

UPDATE: Maybe "Apocalyptic" sounds so different because it IS different -- it is one of four bonus tracks on on Target's forthcoming exclusive deluxe release.

I still have good feels about "The Electric Lady," which has the newly announced release date of September 10. Pitchfork will premiere the video for "Dance Apocalyptic" next week, on July 2; see the video teaser below. She'll be performing this Sunday, June 30, at the BET Awards, which was also home to one of her best performances to date, her honorific tribute to Prince in 2010.

Fast-forward, and Prince is confirmed to guest on Monae's "Electric Lady." Have you heard his remix to "Q.U.E.E.N." yet? You should.

Here is Janelle Monae's original "Q.U.E.E.N." video, featuring Erykah Badu.

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Watch: Nine Inch Nails' 'Came Back Haunted' music video by David Lynch

Watch: Nine Inch Nails' 'Came Back Haunted' music video by David Lynch

Cloudy rooms, seizure warnings

Nine Inch Nails' new music video for "Came Back Haunted" starts with a warning for those who suffer seizures. There should have also been one for those who suffer nightmares.

The David Lynch-directed clip doesn't so much have a story, but hazy, shaky, blurred and disturbing shots of puffy monster faces, negatives of a ghoulish bug, clouds forming in the corners of rooms, and of course Trent Reznor's pale mug pinkly reciting its jagged little lyrics.

It's just what you wanted this comeback effort to be. That whole previous "Lost Highway" collaboration proves Lynch and Reznor make good partners.

"Came Back Haunted" is the lead single from NIN's new album "Hesitation Marks," due Sept. 3 on Columbia. As previously reported, the album features Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, King Crimson’s Adrian Belew (who had joined the band but only recently exited). Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin and Joshua Eustis round out Reznor's lineup.

Here is the tracklist for "Hesitation Marks":

1. "The Eater of Dreams"
2. "Copy of A"
3. "Came Back Haunted"
4. "Find My Way"
5. "All Time Low"
6. "Disappointed"
7. "Everything"
8. "Satellite"
9. "Various Methods of Escape"
10. "Running"
11. "I Would for You"
12. "In Two"
13. "While I'm Still Here"
14. "Black Noise"

Here are Nine Inch Nails' tour dates:

07/26 - Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rocks Festival
07/28 - Ansan, South Korea @ Ansan Valley Festival
08/2-4 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/9-11 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
08/15 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
08/16 - Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Lowlands Festival
08/18 - Hockenheim, Germany @ Rock 'n' Heim
08/21 - Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Belsonic Festival
08/23 - Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
08/24 - Paris, France @ Rock en Seine
08/25 - Reading, England @ Reading Festival
08/28 - Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
08/31 - 09/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America Festival
09/28 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
09/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/01 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
10/03 - Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
10/04 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
10/07 - Auburn Hill, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
10/11 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/15 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/18 - Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center
10/19 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
10/21 - Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
10/22 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
10/25-27 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/30 - Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
10/31 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
11/1-3 - New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/05 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11/08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
11/09 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
11/11 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
11/13 - Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
11/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
11/16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
11/18 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
11/19 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
11/21 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
11/22 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
11/24 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
11/25 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

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<p>Sigur Ros, &quot;Kveikur&quot;</p>

Sigur Ros, "Kveikur"

Credit: XL

Review: Sigur Ros' new album 'Kveikur'

Tighter melodies, three-piece power


Sigur Ros’ new album “Kveikur,” track-wise, is the Icelandic band’s second-shortest set. It’s also among their most focused, a turn from the surreal restraint of last “Valtari” and their first in 15 years without arranger/keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson.
That personnel reduction has the post-rock trio shifting into what you could call and offensive rather than defensive sound. Guitars are more pointed and the tempos are ballsier, like on moody and melodic first track “Brenninstein,” which shares its clanking call-to-arms with aggressive rhythmic objects with follow-up “Hrafntinna.” The vocals on “Stormur” sound like a wild animal call, breaking up its chugging pop structures. The title track is ground up in infernal, dark grinding sounds like an earthquake, its finale like stringed instruments being obliterated into fluttering feedback experiments. “Rafstraumur” has a glassy coolness in its echoes and clean drum sound, as the whole set finishes off with the atmostpheric dust of instrumental “Var.”
These aren’t alien sounds from Sigur Ros. “Kveikur” still carries an earthy, gorgeously organic weight to it, as (translated) song titles like "Iceberg," "Storm" and "Kindle" insinuate. As a result, “Kveikur” is much more focused on energizing central melodies, Jonsi Birgisson continuing to use his high voice as a lead instrument. If it’s not a largely important album for the longstanding band, “Kveikur” is at least an indication that, should they remain a mere three-piece in the future, they’ll be just fine.


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

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

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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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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