<p>Beth Ditto in Gossip's &quot;Move in the Right Direction&quot;</p>

Beth Ditto in Gossip's "Move in the Right Direction"

Watch: Gossip 'Moves' back in time for 'Right Direction' video

Bad '90s hair for another cut from 'A Joyful Noise'

I love Beth Ditto and Gossip, but why did the band warp back to the 1990s No Doubt Hey Day to shoot their music video for "Move in the Right Direction?" What happened to the usually impeccable wardrobe? Why do the gay men look so sad and Ditto so happy? What's with the watered down flop-side-Donna-Summer?

Skip this particular green screen method in the future, it does no favors.

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<p>Redd Kross' &quot;Researching the Blues&quot;</p>

Redd Kross' "Researching the Blues"

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Listen: Redd Kross' 'Blues' from first album in 15 years

Title track from Merge may take you back

Redd Kross haven't put out a new album in 15 years, but their return this year is marked with the "Blues."

"Researching the Blues" is the title track from the rock act's forthcoming Merge album, due on Aug. 7. Jeff McDonald is still sounding snotty as hell, bold in front of the matchy-matchy rhythm section. He wrote the record while brother Steven produced.

The lineup is rounded out by Roy McDonald (The Muffs) and a reunion with lead guitarist Robert Hecker, who played with the band through 1991.

Eddie Kurdziel replaced Hecker for 1993's "Phaseshifter," but died in 1999, after which the early-wave L.A. punk group went on indefinite hiatus, post-"Show World." Redd Kross has been performing in varying lineups for the last five years, but haven't released new music until now.

Check the group's website for tour dates.

What do you think of the song?

 

<p>Chris Price's &quot;Homesick&quot;</p>

Chris Price's "Homesick"

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Song Of The Day: Chris Price's 'That's Your Boyfriend'

So what have you done with your iPhone lately?

Chris Price's iPhone is essential -- not essential in the "I'd be lost if I broke my iPhone" sort of way, but the songwriter's latest creative output was wholly reliant on it.

L.A.-based Price recorded his entire solo debut "Homesick" on his phone, using the app Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder. Additionally, Price's friend Kyle Safieh shot a video for each of the album's 12 tracks on iPhone as well, with single "That's Your Boyfriend" chronicling the pop-rock singer and his string section's infiltration of the Greek Theatre by jumping some fences along the way.

Indeed, it's little wonder that the single "That's Your Boyfriend" is today's (May 22) iTunes Single of the Week: it shows off the capabilities of the device and the wide range of technique used in a mere four tracks.

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<p>Britt Daniel of Spoon</p>

Britt Daniel of Spoon

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Spoon's Britt Daniel forms Divine Fits with members of Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks

New group will release album on Merge later this year

Get ready for another indie rock supergroup.

Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and former New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown are joining forces to become Divine Fits.

The group's as yet untitled debut album will be released later this year on Merge Records, longtime home to Spoon, Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, Fucked Up and numerous other bands. Post-punk production guru Nick Launay (Gang of Four, PiL, Kate Bush) recorded the album.

There's little information available about the album or any touring plans. Keep up-to-date at the band's web site here. Divine Fits should have an interesting sound, since all three band members' other projects have been distinctively different; Spoon purveys sparse, soulful pop while New Bomb Turks played upbeat punk-pop and Wolf Parade eyed '80s new wave as inspiration and often featured keyboards and dancier sounds.

Spoon's last studio album, "Transference," hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2010. Wolf Parade, whose last album was also released in 2010, recently announced that they're on hiatus. The New Bomb Turks, meanwhile, haven't played together since 2005.

<p>Public Image Ltd.</p>

Public Image Ltd.

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Interview: John Lydon on PiL, Sex Pistols, Green Day and the Olympics

Johnny Rotten's Public Image Ltd. 20-year return, Jah Wobble and lousy surfing

John Lydon -- aka Johnny Rotten -- speaks in stanzas, with grand pauses. He’d finish a thought, I’d give him a few seconds, I’d start to speak but then he’d start in on another thought on the same subject, sometimes in third person. He was full of sharp declarations and axioms like they were print-ready for badges and t-shirts. Perhaps its because many were badges and t-shirts.  

It’s been 20 years since Lydon’s Public Image Ltd. has released new music, but the frontman contends that PiL was never really gone. Listeners can hear the band’s influence in contemporary artists today, and that his parade of rotating members have gone on to initiate other bands bearing PiL’s mark. You should and could say the same about the Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten’s other heavily influential band. Along with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, the group has performed on and off as the Sex Pistols live, and this month the “God Save the Queen” single is getting a vinyl reissue and the Pistols’ album “Never Mind the Bollocks” will drop as a 35th anniversary reissue.
 
PiL’s resurgence started in 2009 when guitarist Lu Edmonds, and drummer Bruce Smith and new blood Scott Firth on bass hit the road. They circled up, ultimately, at Steve Winwood’s studio in Cotswolds, England and bashed out “This is PiL,” out next Tuesday (May 29) via PiL's own label with distro from Redeye. The entire album is available to stream, and has been for two months.
 
Last month, Johnny Rotten was on the phone from California, his adoptive home for more than two decades. Despite what I was warned, there wasn’t too much sass, barely any spit and the 56-year-old was willing to talk about just about anything, from his contentious relationship to ex-bassist Jah Wobble, to the passing of his step-daughter Ari Up (of the Slits) to his money troubles in starting another PiL album again.
 
Despite past troubles, Lydon seemed at peace in many ways. He was also in a good mood. We spoke for 50 minutes, fits and starts and all. When he picked up the phone, I think I heard the toilet flush.
 
 
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<p>Reggie Watts in Hot Chip's &quot;Night and Day&quot;</p>

Reggie Watts in Hot Chip's "Night and Day"

Watch: Hot Chip, Peter Serafinowicz and Reggie Watts combine for 'Night and Day'

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So a supermodel, a comedian and a dance band walk into the galaxy...

If the Hot Chip video for banger "Night and Day" were a movie, I'd watch the hell out of it.

The clip was directed by actor Peter Serafinowicz and utilizes polar-opposite recruits Reggie Watts and supermodel Lara Stone to man the spaceship. Their combination is well til it ends well. (Read my obsessive interview with comedian/musican Watts here.)

And precisely occurs on this ship? What is their mission? I don't know, but now my mission is to abduct the choreographer, in order to learn step-by-step Gaga style. What genius it took to make hooded robes out of actual hoodies and for a sexy ritual dance for a half-man-sized egg god, the eye of the yin and yang...divine, intergalactic styling.

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<p>From Sigur Ros' &quot;Eg anda&quot;</p>

From Sigur Ros' "Eg anda"

Watch: Sigur Rós new track 'Ég anda' shows you what to do if you choke

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One of eight music videos commissioned for the new album 'Valtari'

Sigur Rós don't want you to choke and die. They have a video to help you through such a problem, were it to occur.

The music video  to "Ég anda," directed by Ragnar Kjartansson, is the first of eight commissioned clips to accompany each of the songs off of Sigur Ros' new album "Valtari." Kjartansson recruited some real characters for this, who waver between Wes Andersonian deadpan to cartoonish ecstasy in this step-by-step instructional vid.

The band ask from each of their filmmakers/artists to create a video of whatever comes to mind when the creators hear their songs. This one apparently made Kjartansson gag (ba-dum-bum-bum).

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<p>Motion City Soundtrack</p>

Motion City Soundtrack

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Exclusive Premiere: Motion City Soundtrack's 'Timelines' is ready to 'Go'

Check out the 2nd song to arrive from the Minneapolis pop-rock band's set

Motion City Soundtrack's new song "Timelines" may be one of their most personal songs, according to Justin Pierre.

Its refrain "It's not a matter of time, it's just a matter of timing" came from the frontman's father, a concept he then filled in with some very intimate experiences, from growing up stuttering to discovering sex and flunking college classes. It's a little dark at times, thematically, but thankfully there's that soaring chorus and harmonies, upbeat keyboards and a fast beat.

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<p>Afghan Whigs</p>

Afghan Whigs

Afghan Whigs debut first new song in five years, 'See and Don't See'

Download the track for free: worth waiting for a cover?

"The only way I can get through the day..." is to check out this new song from the reunited Afghan Whigs.

"See and Don't See" is a damned bummer of a cover, but great news for fans of the band -- which hasn't performed together live in 13 years. This track is their first new one in five, after in 2007 they dropped "Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990-2006" which contained two new tracks recorded when the Greg Dulli-led band reunited temporarily to record "I'm a Soldier" and "Magazine."

The band officially split in 2001 and last released their album "1965" in 1998. Next week, though, they'll take the stage once again on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on May 22 and will play New York's Bowery Ballroom on May 23. They have 28 dates on slate; stops include Lollapalooza, plus at All Tomorrow's Parties' New Jersey edition, which Dulli is curating for a night.

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<p>Reggie Watts</p>

Reggie Watts

Interview: Reggie Watts talks 'Central Park,' Adele, Jon Hamm and Radiohead

'Comedy Bang! Bang!', touring and... Steel Dan is an ugly band

Reggie Watts kicked off a headlining tour this week, but it wouldn’t be fair to say that the stint is in support of one single thing.

The musician/comedian/musical comedian dropped “Reggie Watts: A Live In Central Park” on CD/DVD on Tuesday, with airings having ramped up the week before on Comedy Central. He’ll be featured in each episode of new IFC show “Comedy Bang! Bang,” which debuts on June 8 (you can get a taste of him collaborating with Jon Hamm on the theme of “Taxi” here). He’s warming up for festival season with stop-offs like Bonnaroo and Electric Forest this summer, and he’s dropped off everywhere from SF Sketchfest to Sasquatch! to Fun Fun Fun. He continues to work with Louis C.K. on his show “Louie,” writing incidental music, and made his own score to Ridley Scott's "Legend."

The Williamsburg, Brooklyn resident opened for Conan O’Brien on his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour” last year and gained rep online through the word-of-mouth success of “Why Sh*t So Crazy?” from 2010 (featuring “F*ck Sh*t Stack”) and his CollegeHumor “Blowjobs” bit. He also held down a high-profile gig singing with LCD Soundsystem at their last show at Madison Square Garden in 2011, a performance captured in “Shut Up and Play the Hits.”

Watts is mesmerizing to watch, as he blends pre-planned comedy bits and banter with himself in with improvised music composition, beat boxing, experimental motifs and rapping. He looks like a crazy person. He can make himself sound like Chaka Khan and Fred Rogers in the same breath.  

Below, we talk about “Central Park,” Jack White, lazy pop production, All Tomorrow’s Parties and just how ugly Steely Dan are.

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