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    Django Django Loop Infinitely in Psych-Scrambled 'Life's a Beach' Video

    Isaac Eastgate, who directed Django Django's new video, recently posted another music video that gives you an idea of what to expect. Per the Vimeo decription: "Over 80 hours of time lapse footage make up this chemistry experiment cum music video, in which scale, perspective, and motion are confused to describe the space in which ideas form and compete." If you've heard the Beta Band-linked British pop experimentalists' Mercury Prize-nominated 2012 self-titled debut album, you know that sums them up to (the square root of) a T. These SPIN Best New Artists alums' previous video, for "Hail Bop," was a computer-world trip to the sort of sci-fi paradise the Hale-Bopp comet cultists must've imagined. Eastgate's clip for another Django Django track, the shaggy, surf-splashed psych-folk of "Life's a Beach," is no less elaborate.

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    Scalpers Hawking 12.12.12 Sandy Benefit Tickets for $60K

    Disasters bring out the best and the worst of human nature, and unfortunately Hurricane Sandy has been no exception. On December 12, the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief will take place at New York's Madison Square Garden, where Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, and the Who will perform to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. In the meantime, on the secondary market, a small number of walking pieces of human filth are robbing from the disaster-stricken to give to themselves. 'Tis the season!Ticketmaster waived its usual fees for the sold-out tickets, which originally cost from $150 to $2,500.

  • John Davis and Chris Richards

    Ex-Q and Not U Duo Forms Paint Branch: Hear Vividly Brushed 'Brighton Beach' Now

    Two former members of Q and Not U have reunited as Paint Branch, though don't expect a return to that much-loved Washington, D.C., band's danceable post-punk. On January 8, Chris Richards and John Davis will release their new project's debut album, titled I Wanna Live. The first advance track from the record, the pained reflection "Brighton Beach," turns toward richly detailed storytelling, sweetly sighing harmonies, and intricate guitar-and-drums interplay recalling Neil Young. Canyons aside, neither half of Painted Branch has been exactly resting on any laurels since Q and Not U's 2005 dissolution: Davis has recorded with Georgie James and Title Tracks, while Richards, who released an album as Ris Paul Ris joined by electronic wizard Tim Hecker, has served as the Washington Post's pop music critic since 2009.

  • fun.'s Nate Ruess and Janelle Monáe perform at the Grammy nominations concert

    Everything You Need to Know About the 55th Grammy Awards Nominations

    Who got the most nods? It's a free-for-all! Six different acts earned six nominations apiece. They are: fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Not counting Auerbach's producer nomination, the Black Keys, Miguel, and jazz musician Chick Corea all totaled five nods apiece. Nas, fun. producer Jeff Bhasker, and recording engineer Bob Ludwig each scored four, and 16 different artists nabbed three.So who was nominated for Album of the Year?The Black Keys's El Camino, fun.'s Some Nights, Mumford & Sons' Babel, Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE, and Jack White's Blunderbuss.

  • LL Cool J and Taylor Swift

    Frank Ocean, fun. Lead 2013 Grammy Nominations With Album of the Year Nods

    On February 10, 2013, a wide array of artists will have plans at Los Angeles' Staples Center. fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach landed the most nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards with six apiece. Ocean's nominations include Album of the Year, a category that finds the Odd Future member's channel ORANGE competing with albums from the Black Keys, fun., Mumford & Sons, and Jack White. Taylor Swift, who co-hosted the televised nominations concert with LL Cool J, wasn't eligible this year for Red, though she received other nominations, including Record of the Year.The broadcast featured Swift and LL Cool J beatboxing the country-pop singer's hit "Mean." Live performers included fun.

  • M83's 'Wait'

    M83 Complete Fantastic Video Trilogy With Sci-Fi 'Wait'

    "Wait," from M83's late-2011 double album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, starts out as a relatively understated track on an album of outsize granduer. As the orchestral accompaniment tesselates across main man Anthony Gonzalez' wispy vocals, though, those gentle acoustic guitar strums sound more and more like the ones Coldplay's "Yellow" and Snow Patrol's "Run" took from intimate clubs to huge arenas. The song's video follows a maximalist approach from the start, opening with planets in space among tiny floating pyramids. Directors Fleur & Manu also helmed the album's previous videos for "Midnight City" and "Reunion," and this clip, released in partnership with the Creators Project, is billed as the last installment in that trilogy.

  • Jack White and Lady Gaga

    We're Going to Be Friends: Jack White Disputes Alleged Lady Gaga Beef

    If it seems too good to be true, it probably is, even when it involves Jack White and Lady Gaga. Earlier today, various publications pointed to an out-of-context quote from the U.K. website for Esquire magazine, in which White appeared to be slamming Gaga as artificial. In particular, British magazine NME's headline embellished on the quote, claiming White was specifically addressing Gaga's "music." Which, of course, would all have been a bit rich, considering White's the guy who releases singles via hot air balloon, pretended his ex-wife White Stripes drummer was his sister, and famously favored a red, white, and black color scheme.The problem, as you can probably guess by now, is that White says he wasn't talking about Gaga's music or its authenticity at all.

  • Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello

    Tom Morello Reflects on Hearing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the First Time

    As Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 years old, it follows a year after a little record called Nevermind reached the same milestone. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Tom Morello describes hearing Nirvana for the first time. He says bassist Tim Commerford played them at an early Rage rehearsal."They cranked that thing in the truck, and we listened to 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' like, 15 times," Morello recalls. "I mean, now it's a song and a band and a record that is oversaturated in a way that I don't know that I'm ever going to get off on 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' again. But I remember that first night, very clearly, those guys cranking it up.

  • M.I.A. 'atTENTion'

    M.I.A. Shouts Out Wu-Tang on Pitch-Shifting, Rave-Tinged 'atTENTion'

    Last night, a video purporting to contain a new M.I.A. song titled "atTENTion" surfaced on YouTube, with a description claiming the pop provocateur had shared the music with persistent fans. M.I.A. appeared to lend the track a hint of authenticity by tweeting a Wu-Tang Clan-nodding line from the lyrics, "There's 36 chambers in my tent," though given Maya Arulpragasam's mischievious ways, who knew if she was just enjoying the joke. Now her publicist has confirmed the song is legit. It sets M.I.A.'s martial, pitch-mangled chants, which mostly center around the phrase "tent," over rumbling post-dubstep bass lines and bustling nu-rave breaks. Still unclear is whether we might expect "ATENTion" on M.I.A.'s forthcoming album Matangi, which has been delayed from its originally scheduled December 2012 release to an unspecified future date. But she's definitely got our, uhh, aTENTion.

  • Superchunk's 'Crossed Wires' video

    Superchunk Video Goes Viral With Sadly No Mention of Superchunk

    Superchunk have found themselves subject to the strange type of Internet non-fame that can best be described only in lolcats.Early last year, the North Carolina indie-rock heroes — whose bandmembers Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance just happened to co-found the Arcade Fire-spawing label Merge — offered up a clever, cat-focused video for "Crossed Wires," a "jangly, anthemic" standout from the band's triumphant first album in nine years, 2010's Majesty Shredding. Now, as the A.V.

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