<p>Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill at the Governor's Ball in New York</p>

Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill at the Governor's Ball in New York

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Kings Of Leon announce new album and perform new song 'Supersoaker' live

Watch Jimmy Fallon's loud reveal of the rockers' next full-length

If you need the basics on the next Kings of Leon record, let Jimmy Fallon tell you.

"Mechanical Bull" will be out on Sept. 24. Watch the late-night host obnoxiously shout as much at you. Or don't:

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Credit: Rhian Askins

Interview: Clinic already knows what its next album sounds like

Ade Blackburn on the 'necessary evil' of selling music to commercials

AUSTIN -- Clinic already knows what their next album is going to sound like.

Ade Blackburn and his Liverpool-bred band have survived eight album releases over 13 years, the most recent "Free Reign" from 2012 getting a makeover as "Free Reign II," a totally different mix. And maybe that's eh key to the four piece together: mixing, remixing, new inspiration. Thusly, the album that arrives after this  guitar-heavy, instrumentally-centered effort may have no guitars at all.
But some things stay the same. The art-punk band has always performed in clinical masks and other costumes, for instance. Rock music of the '60s and early '70s has consistently influenced their records. They don't shy away from a good concept.
Clinic just wrapped a tour of the U.S. last month and are hitting a few fests in Europe throughout the rest of the summer. Blackburn and I caught up at Austin Psych Fest -- during which they were performing -- to talk about the band's past, their future, self-producing and selling music to commercials.
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<p>Neko Case</p>

Neko Case

Neko Case announces new album, teases 'Firey' new song

It's called 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.'

Neko Case has announced her next new album, the title to which is a mouthful. "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You." will be out some time later this year via Anti-, and the songwriter has begun its promotion with a video tease of the new song "Where Did I Leave That Fire."

"HEY, LOOK!!! IT'S FINALLY DONE!!" Case Tweeted last night. That revelation came a day after Minnesota Public Radio spun another new Neko Case song "Man" on-air; that song starts streaming on the regular on June 10.

As for "Where Did I Leave That Fire," Case features in the teaser video with mysterious scenes involving a bathtub, a theater, a house and a field over submarine sounds and lyrics indicating that, at some point, her character left his or her body.

I'm already in love with that snare sound, and I wonder how many incarnations that guitar amp went through to arrive at a sound that gets me ready for a fight.

"The Worse Things Get..." is the follow-up to 2009's "Middle Cyclone," which yielded Case's highest charting debut at No. 3.

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<p>The xx</p>

The xx

Watch: New music video for The xx's 'Fiction'

Fireworks, booties, fast cars... just kidding

The new music video for The xx's "Fiction" boasts loads of neon, glistening booties and breasts, fast cars, DJ booths and hands in the air.

Just kidding, it's an xx song with Oliver Sims in the lead. Thusly, it's dark, in black and white and features the singer walking in solitude through his melancholy.

Production crew Young Replicant directed this clip; they were also behind the xx's "Chained" video.

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<p>Freddie Mercury and David Bowie</p>

Freddie Mercury and David Bowie

Just listen to the isolated vocals on Queen's 'Under Pressure' feat. David Bowie

No auto-tune here, folks

Drops mic.

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<p>For &quot;Epic&quot;</p>

For "Epic"

Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Listen to Beyonce's new song 'Rise Up' from animated film 'Epic'

Be good and help the world

"Be who you are."

But what if who I am is a resources-sucking, Earth-destroying consumerist monster?

"Be good and help the world."

Sigh. You are so right, Beyonce.

Beyonce sings out for the "little woman" of new animated feature film "Epic" in serious-minded pop song "Rise Up." The track -- which leaked a couple weeks ago -- is now officially out and fightin', opening with the guitars based nostalgia that rings like Switchfoot's "Dare You to Move" and then moves straight into power ballad territory with Hit-Boy's heavy beat. Great vocal performance, but a middling tune.

Mrs. Carter is also one of the featured voice-actors in the film "Epic," so maybe she can work on her "O" in EGOT in more than one way from this gig.

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Listen to Ellie Goulding's cover of Alt-J's 'Tessellate'

Listen to Ellie Goulding's cover of Alt-J's 'Tessellate'

Compare it to the original

Ellie Goulding has made a much slinkier version of British band Alt-J's "Tessellate."

Check out her new version, plus the original below. To subhead that ish, she notes this is "Une Nuit à Paris"-themed video. Oh la la, undies.

Alt-J won last year's Mercury Prize in the U.K. for their fresh album "An Awesome Wave." Goulding will be touring in the United States starting on July 1.

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Listen: Beck releases single 'Defriended' ahead of two new album releases

Is that pining we hear?

Beck apparently has two new albums in the works, and has preceded them with a mostly-electronic, non-album single "Defriended."

After it leaked a couple of days ago, the songwriter posted the song to his website, linking to a new Rolling Stone report: in it, a "source" says that Beck is working on not just one new, acoustic album as previously reported, but a second set as well, a "proper" follow-up to his last album "Modern Guilt" (2008).

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Nine Inch Nails will premiere a new single on Thursday

Nine Inch Nails will premiere a new single on Thursday

'Came Back Haunted' is a comeback from the Trent Reznor-fronted band

Nine Inch Nails will premiere "Came Back Haunted," the band's first song from forthcoming album, on Thursday (June 6) this week.

In a post from Las Vegas radio station X1075 and then confirmed by Los Angeles' KROQ, the track will make its way onto the airwaves at 2:30 p.m. EST. KROQ's program director said the song “harkens back to early Nine Inch Nails.”

Yes, we noticed those are radio stations reporting this. And there, folks, you may have at least one answer as to why Trent Reznor wanted his band back in a major label fold.

As previously reported, Reznor's other, more recent band How To Destroy Angels also ultimately went with Columbia, for their EP and then album. They didn't have much luck with radio, but then again, very few new bands (no matter what famous people are in them) have a hard time breaking into rock radio, and certainly mass distribuation helped with their sales.. As a former radio star, Nine Inch Nails has better luck getting back on the radio with a major label, and perhaps that's a priority to Reznor, who will spend much of the summer on tour with his new lineup.

And, furthermore, for the scale of what Reznor envisions this next single and album to be, he needs a bigger (prettier, hate-ier) machine for it to work.

Anyway, see you back here on Thursday.

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>Wu-Tang Clan at Summer Jam XX</p>

Wu-Tang Clan at Summer Jam XX

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Wu-Tang Clan releases new song 'Family Reunion'

'Fresh lemonade' from Ghostface Killa, Method Man and Masta Killa

In the off-chance you can make your way through Peter Rosenberg's sound effects and ad-libs, Wu-Tang Clan has a brand new song "Family Reunion."

The soul sampling track features members Ghostface Killa, Method Man and Masta Killa, and was delivered into the hands of Hot 97 courtesy of RZA. The crew was present and accounted for at Hot 97's Summer Jam XX just this past weekend.

Wu-Tang also dropped fresh single "Execution in Autumn" last month on limited 7", and in drastically different style. Still, it's a good sign that the hip-hop vets are on track for a sixth full-length "A Better Tomorrow," a little celebration behind the 20th anniversary (!) of "36 Chambers." "A Better Tomorrow" is supposedly due in July.

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