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  • Rihanna 'Saturday Night Live'

    Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' 'SNL' Was Better Than the Internet Thought

    Rihanna's performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend was a triumph, though it might take some time for many people to agree with that statement.The most easily tweetable aspect of the pop queen's appearance on the Anne Hathaway-hosted episode was her lackluster rendition of first Unapologetic single "Diamonds," for which she wore a camouflage jacket and sang in front of a Windows '95-era retrofuturist backdrop (a stylistic cousin to Azealia Banks' new "Atlantis" clip, except with a venue and song that made all this dated trippiness only confusing rather than head-fucking).But the more enduring clip, below, might be her debut performance of another Unapologetic song, "Stay." The second-person lyrics will be as ripe for celebrity-culture pseudo-analysis as any Taylor Swift heartbreaker, but here RiRi is in stately ballad form more often associated with Beyoncé, set to a

  • Azealia Banks'

    Watch Azealia Banks' Out-of-This-World 'Atlantis' Video

    It's probably no accident that Azealia Banks' new "Atlantis" video makes under the sea look like like an intensely spacy place. On the New York-repping rapper's recent Fantasea mixtape, the track ends, as our reviewer Greg Tate suggests, with an uncredited sample from Afro-Futurist godhead Sun Ra. Directed by French artist Fafi, the clip takes Banks' aquatic imagery in a similarly future-shocked direction, with enough Tron-like grids, digitally perfect dolphins, and busily swirling backdrops to make a splash into hyperdrive.The video's wildness makes for a welcome palate-cleanser after Banks' more conventional model-style sultriness in last week's "Fierce" clip. And the galloping, squelchy instrumental by New York producer O/W/W/W/L/S, who also did Fantasea's triumphal hater kiss-off "Us," only adds to the sense of tomorrow as envisioned through rave-era lenses.

  • Trent Reznor 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II'

    Hear Trent Reznor's Aggressive 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' Theme

    Trent Reznor's theme for Call of Duty: Black Ops II has surfaced (via Antiquiet), and it's a seething, foreboding instrumental with an unshakable rock backbone. The full five-minute track doesn't veer too wildly from a preview that hit the Internet back in July, its mix of ominous keyboards, pounding rhythms, and crunching distortion finding a neat middle ground between his recent soundtrack work and his full-band Nine Inch Nails guise — which already could often be plenty cinematic. As he described it then, the theme is an "aggressively sounding" work with proper guitar, bass, and drums.The video game is out tomorrow, which just happens to be the release date for another Reznor project.

  • Mick Jagger

    Wild Horses: '69 Mick Jagger Love Letters Up for Auction

    The Rolling Stones generally left the goopy romantic stuff to the Beatles, but Mick Jagger could write a sensitive love letter when he needed to. Marsha Hunt, the singer who starred in the original London production of Hair and is the mother of Jagger's first child, is auctioning off letters the singer wrote her in the summer of 1969, as the Guardian reports. "I'm broke," Hunt is quoted as explaining.The previously unseen letters will be sold as a single lot at Sotheby's on December 12. They're expected to sell for £70,000 ($111,384) to £100,000 ($159,120). The Guardian's account doesn't include any particularly juicy or tender details, but we do see Jagger reflecting on books Hunt gave him, complaining about unattractive "chicks" at a party, and lamenting missing "John & Yoko boring everybody" at the Isle of Wight festival.

  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

    Rolling Stones Stand By Sky-High Ticket Prices, And That Shouldn't Be a Surprise

    Look, what you're about to read isn't even a particularly original argument anymore. Thinkers like Thomas Frank have already contended persuasively that the '60s posture of rebellion, rather than challenging the moneyed establishment, actually echoed what corporate America's top marketers were already thinking. In other words, the Clash were wrong: You can't turn rebellion into money. Rebellion already is money; it's called capitalism ("creative destruction"!). Add to that how the Rolling Stones, led by a once-promising London School of Economics student, did pretty much what British imperialists had done for centuries, taking artistic influences that once had been communal and then stamping their copyright on them.

  • JEFF the Brotherhood

    JEFF the Brotherhood Teleport in Retro 'Leave Me Out' Video

    "Leave Me Out," from JEFF the Brotherhood's summer album Hypnotic Knights, is a loud-soft fuzz-popper about unrequited love, with unsubtle echoes of mid-'90s Weezer and the Rentals. Fittingly, the Nashville duo's video for the song takes a similarly nostalgic tack. Showing the brothers straight-facedly bashing out the song in front of a green-screen background that spans from hot air balloons to outer space (and beyond?), it's almost the music-video equivalent of that Wayne's World scene demonstrating the wonders of Chroma key. "She's so out of reach," sighs guitarist-singer Jake Orrall, when with the click of a button he could be in... Delaware.

  • Gunplay house arrest

    Gunplay Is Super Stoked About Being on House Arrest

    Ja Rule isn't going to believe this. While that rapper, who's scheduled to be in prison until February 2013, earlier this year told a reporter prison is "amazing," another MC is here to tell him that house arrest is, like, totally better. "Being on house arrest really is a blessing for me," Gunplay, who was arrested last month on an outstanding armed robbery warrant, said in an interview with TMZ.The Def Jam MC still faces charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault. But he's looking at the bright side. He's reportedly making music, playing video games, and getting laid. "One main difference from house arrest instead of jail is that I can still get sex... which is a wonderful thing," Gunplay is quoted as saying.

  • Rihanna's

    Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Video: 'Unapologetic' Adult Contemporary

    Rihanna's Facebook interview last night suggests the 24-year-old singer has, understandably, not yet exactly come to terms with the mundane realities of one day waking up over the hill. What she wants in 30 years, she said, is to be "skinny," to be "fierce," and that her "tits are still sitting up," because, she explained, "Nothing else will matter at that point." Now that Rihanna's current single "Diamonds" has been around for several weeks, it's becoming clear that it, like this quote, is an example of the pop powerhouse conceptualizing maturity but somehow failing to grasp its true essence.The mellow self-affirmation jam's video is here now, and despite the Chris Brown-like tattooed arm, or what appears to be Rihanna rolling a joint full of diamonds, or the intermittently blazing flames, it's a confirmation of Rihanna's awkward segue into adult-contemporary-dom.

  • Pearl Jam and Mudhoney kick out the jams in Missoula

    Pearl Jam Inaugurate 'Instant Classics' Bootleg Series With Montana Show

    In late 2000 and early 2001, Pearl Jam began releasing the first of what would turn out to be hundreds of "official bootlegs" containing high-quality recordings of the band's concerts (SPIN parsed the first 72 double-disc shows in our March 2001 issue). The band has continued the fan-friendly practice all the way through this year, most recently issuing bootlegs from its European tour. But now, like ESPN Classic replaying an immediately unforgettable football game, Eddie Vedder and company are launching a new "Instant Classic" bootleg series, the band has revealed (via Antiquiet).The first installment is a recording of Pearl Jam's September 30 show in Missoula, Montana.

  • Tame Impala

    Tame Impala Flashes 'Backwards' in Hallucinogenic Animated Video

    Psychedelics — siiiike! — are a psyche-out for Kevin Parker. True to its title, the Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist's SPIN Essential second album as Tame Impala, Lonerism, explores emotional states more than altered ones, feelings rather than pharmaceuticals. Even swaggering first single "Elephant," a character study about the macho bloke Parker clearly thinks he isn't, ends in tears. Fellow album standout "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" uses its loping Spacehog bass line and psych-soaked guitar swirls to turn wimpy lovesickness into instant bliss. Directed by Joe Pelling and Becky Sloan, the song's new video is a wonderfully animated one that continues the trippy theme of the "Elephant" clip.

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