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  • Crystal Castles,

    Crystal Castles Tease Depeche Mode Tour With VHS-y 'Affection' Video

    Crystal Castles' new video, a document of their South American tour, arrives as the Canadian duo extend their North American jaunt with Depeche Mode. "Affection," from last year's III, is a shrouded mix of flashing electronics and downcast vocals — reviewer Barry Walters called it "tentative" — and the visuals don't remove the shadows. The song's video isn't Crystal Castles' most attention-grabbing, but it should help prepare Depeche Mode fans for Crystal Castles' unhinged live shows.Assembled by Stephen Agnew, who worked with the pair on their prior video for "Sad Eyes," the clip has a VHS feel. Frontwoman Alice Glass, her hair almost white and her lips blood-red, can be seen wrapping a microphone cord around her neck in live footage shot by producer Ethan Kath during shows in Colombia and Argentina.

  • Boards of Canada

    Boards of Canada Fans Suspect They've Found New Album Title

    The online hunt for details about a possible new Boards of Canada album has only gotten more intense, and now the searchers suspect they've come up with a title. But there are plenty of doubts.As FACT reports, "cosecha," the Spanish word for "harvest," is a phrase buried in the data for a couple of Soundcloud links unearthed via arcane clues found by users of BoC fan message board Twoism. Some users speculate Cosecha is the title of the first album in eight years from the Scottish electronic masterminds. Others theorize that it might be the name for the puzzle itself, while some note that it might just be a red herring.To recap, this all comes after previously unannounced BoC vinyl began showing up on shelves on April 20, which was Record Store Day. Another, identical 12-inch single surfaced in London. Since then, BBC and NPR have both aired further clues.

  • George Jones

    Country Legend George Jones Has Died at 81

    Country lost one of its greats today, when George Jones died at age 81. According to Billboard, a rep confirms he passed away at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center after coming down with a fever and suffering blood pressure problems. "Possum," as he was called, released more than 150 albums in his more than 50-year career, and for many he embodied traditional country music in a way worthy of Hank Williams, his idol. The Country Music Hall of Famer's hits included the heart-rending masterpiece "He Stopped Loving Her Today," and many more. He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Nancy Jones, as well as his sister Helen Scroggins, and his children, grandchildren, and extended family.As the AP notes, Jones' influence extended far beyond country, with Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, and many others heralding his work.

  • David Bowie / Photo by Jimmy King

    David Bowie Finally Comments on 'The Next Day,' in the Form of 42 Ten-Dollar Words

    David Bowie's slow-drip release of information about last month's The Next Day, the art-rock legend's first album of new material in a decade, has so far been more enthralling than the actual music. In January, the Thin White Duke dropped a new single on the world without any advance warning. Since then he has brilliantly cast Tilda Swinton in one video, and Gary Oldman will reportedly star in the next one.

  • See the National Perform Impassioned New 'Sea of Love' and 'I Need My Girl' on 'Fallon'

    See the National Perform Impassioned New 'Sea of Love' and 'I Need My Girl' on 'Fallon'

    The National have staked out a sterling reputation for smartly brooding indie-rock anthems. Despite touches of wry humor, the material previewed so far from Brooklyn band's upcoming album Trouble Will Find Me refines that strategy more than departs from it. That was particularly true in the group's appearance last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where they dapperly and passionately performed two songs from the May 21 album, joined by elegant trombone and trumpet. On air, the crew, dressed to the nines, romped through "Sea of Love" (above), which contains the album's title phrase, an ambiguous Harvard reference, and honking harmonica. As an online exclusive, they turned down the tempo for urgent, atmospheric ballad "I Need My Girl" (below).

  • All Tomorrow's Parties

    Television, Chelsea Light Moving, and Dinosaur Jr. Will Play ATP's Holiday-Camp Finale

    Since 1999, when Belle and Sebastian organized a festival called the Bowlie Weekender, music fans have congregated for weekend-long festivals at Pontins Holiday Camp on the British beach of Camber Sands. The All Tomorrow's Parties festival series, as these events have been known since 2000, has expanded over the years to hold concerts in cities and other locations around the world. Earlier this morning, organizers announced that the tradition of ATP festivals at Camber Sands holiday park will end with two events this fall.Dubbed "End of an Era," parts one and two, ATP's U.K. seaside send-off will bid farewell in style.

  • Sia

    Sia Shares Over-the-Top 'Gatsby' Torch Song 'Kill & Run'

    As with another movie starring Leonard DiCaprio, spoiler alerts aren't required for The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald's book came out, what, 88 years ago? And on the off chance you haven't read it yet, don't worry: It's great enough it doesn't matter if you already know the plot. So we can unapologetically report that the story involves a hit-and-run car accident. Not just a hit-and-run, in fact, but a "kill and run."That's the title, of course, of Aussie singer and songwriter (she co-wrote the new Beyoncé track) Sia's song for the May 6 soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's upcoming film. As befits the opera photo above, it's a grandiose ballad, with multiple Sias set atop delicate piano and balcony-reaching orchestration.

  • Twitter Music, Kevin Thau

    Twitter #Music Head Jumps Ship a Week After App's Launch

    A week ago today, Twitter rolled out Twitter #music, its new music-recommendation app. (Here's how to use it.) Now, AllThingsD reports the person who spearheaded the project, Kevin Thau, has left the company. Sources familiar with the matter reportedly said Thau will become chief operating officer of Jelly, a mobile start-up from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone about which almost nothing is known. According to AllThingsD, Thau was a longtime Twitter employee and was responsible for Twitter's acquisition of We Are Hunted, a previous music-discovery service that has now turned into Twitter #music. While Twitter #music was in the works, Thau and the rest of the team were reportedly set up in a separate location off-site, so in that sense Thau was split from the rest of the company even before his departure.

  • Disclosure,

    Disclosure Document a Romantic European Trip in Gorgeous 'You & Me' Video

    Disclosure can do no wrong lately, and that goes for the U.K. dance producers' videos, too. Brother duo Guy and Howard Lawrence have found — and mastered — a sweet spot between spacious '10s post-dubstep pop (the xx, SBTRKT, Jessie Ware), jittery turn-of-the-millennium London 2-step garage, and slinky '90s U.S. R&B. Latest single "You & Me," featuring British singer Eliza Doolittle, is of a piece with previous tracks "White Noise" and "Latch," but this one's more wistfully love-buzzed: They're not latching on to us, they're letting us in.The videos for those two previous tracks were enthralling, whether the security-guard dance moves of "White Noise" or the slow-motion intimacy of "Latch," and the new clip for "You & Me" only ratchets up the excitement, following a young couple on a dildo-and-all journey through Europe.

  • Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber's Tour Bus Busted for Drugs and Stun Gun, Singer Still '#Blessed'

    Justin Bieber can't catch a break on his current European tour. Shortly after losing his monkey and then starting a firestorm with a clumsily phrased Anne Frank House guestbook entry, the "Boyfriend" singer now finds himself caught up in reports of a drug bust. According to the AP, a Swedish police spokesman said officers found a modest stash of drugs and a stun gun on Bieber's tour bus, which was parked in Stockholm during his concert there yesterday.The spokesman said police searched the bus after catching a whiff of marijuana from inside. But he also said no one has been arrested and there are no suspects.

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