There is now a music video for the title track off Janelle Monáe’s latest LP, The Electric Lady. The video features cameos from T.I., Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, T-Boz, Monica, Kimbra, Joi, Fatima Robinson, and a guest appearance by Monáe’s real life mom. The press release for the video included choice quotes by Michelle Obama (the First Electric Lady) and her husband AKA POTUS, who says:

Janelle has performed at the White House, like, 15 times. There’s going to be an official Janelle Monáe room in the White House. We love her. Michelle and I love Janelle. We love her energy. We love her talent. But we most of all love her character. And anybody who gets a chance to talk to her, this is just a remarkable, strong, smart young lady. And I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor. Now, this is top secret. She has promised that this will never be released. But she can blackmail me at any time.

For the record, I strongly support an official Janelle Monáe room in the White House.

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"Had to Hear," a single from Real Estate’s latest LP Atlas, is getting its very own music video. The video, directed by Richard Law, shows the band looking upsettingly happy in Mexico City, and precedes the release of a limited edition 7” featuring “Had to Hear” along with a cover of the Nerves’ track “Paper Doll”

Domino will be releasing said 7” on August 25.

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Like TV on the Radio, Pharmakon has released a trailer (directed by Jacqueline Castel) to announce her new album, Bestial Burden. The trailer is accompanied by a press release, describing how her hospitalization inspired the record.

After seeing internal photographs taken during the surgery, I became hyperaware of the complex network of systems just beneath the skin, any of which were liable to fail or falter at any time. It all happened so fast and unexpectedly that my mind took a while to catch up to the reality of my recovery. I felt a widening divide between my physical and mental self. It was as though my body had betrayed me, acting as a separate entity from my consciousness. I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will’s control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of the conscious mind as a stranger inside an autonomous vessel, and the tension that exists between these two versions of the self.

Sacred Bones will release Bestial Burden on October 14.

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Here is a teaser trailer for TV on the Radio’s just-announced followup to Nine Types of Light [can someone explain to me the point of a teaser trailer for an album?]. It’s called Seeds and it is being released this fall on Harvest Records (the band left Interscope last year). Seeds will be the first record since Gerard Smith passed in 2011.

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PC Worship "Rust" from Social Rust (Northern Spy Records / Dull Tools)

"Rust" is the latest single from PC Worship, off their album Social Rust. PC Worship was originally the solo recording project of one Justin Frye, but it has morphed over time to encompass a variety of instrumentalists. The current lineup is comprised of Frye, Michael Etten, Jordan Bernstein, and Shannon Sigley. Social Rust is being released on September 9 by Northern Spy Records and Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage’s label Dull Tools.

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The second single off Spoon’s They Want My Soul is “Inside Out,” The accompanying visual features photos by Todd Baxter edited together by Mau Morgó. They Want My Soul comes out August 5 on Loma Vista.

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Spoon’s “Do You” video is part of the Urban Outfitters Music Video series, which paired the band with director Hiro Murai. The video features frontman Britt Daniel, “bandaged and semi-shellshocked as he cruises through a city under siege” by giant children. “Do You” is a single from Spoon’s upcoming album They Want My Soul, which comes out August 5 on Loma Vista.

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Ian Curtis and Nick Cave were once peers, so Iceage trading their scorched-earth nihilism for a soused cowpunk is actually a lateral shift rather than a bold leap forward. The more striking change manifests in Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s lyrics. He plays out his own version of the National’s smirking send-up “All the Wine”, presenting himself as god’s gift and, as such, entitled to caricatured spoils of hetero privilege: “100 euro wine”, women in smeared makeup and five-inch heels.

Ian Cohen on the video for Iceage’s “The Lord’s Favorite”

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"Our Love" is the latest single from Are We There to receive the music video treatment. For this installment, Sharon van Etten worked with Karen Collins.

Working with Karen was a dream.  We sat together and talked about imagery and feeling and distance versus connection. Lightness versus darkness.  Referencing directors like Tarkovsky to articulate the beauty in the understatement and slowness. ‘Our Love’ is about someone acknowledging that having loved and letting it be over can be just as beautiful as being in love. It can also be a form of rebirth and renewal and inspiring and uplifting, even in the darkness and sadness.  I think Karen captured that really well.

Are We There is out now via Jagjaguwar. 

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Braid is back after 16 years with their a new LP, No Coast, released by Topshelf Records. NPR’s ‘All Songs Considered’ describes it as “a blueprint for the elder statespersons of emo returning to the fold. The music video for single “Bang” is directed by Max Moore.

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"In Your Home" is off White Lung’s Deep Fantasy, out now on Domino. The video was created by Justin Gradin and Ben Jacques.

Justin has done all our album art since our first LP so “In Your Home” is funny, demented and uncomfortable, it’s perfect. The star of the video is my dear friend Christina Kenton who pushes the baby cart and smiles at the end. She’s an incredible artist herself. This video is filled with people way more talented than the four of us.

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