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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

I've never understood people's obsession with rap-rave group Die Antwoord. While I can appreciate them repping Cape Town and the culture therein, their music just never sat well with me, and still doesn't. A friend responded to this by saying “you just don't get it.” Maybe that's so. But for those that do get it, I'm sure you'll be ecstatic (or a little giddy) to know their new record (Donker Mag) comes out on June 3. So mark them calendars. The group has also shared a video for album track “Pitbull Terrier,” which you can watch below. PS: It's kind of graphic and, but what else do you expect from them?

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Die Antwoord - “Pitbull Terrier”

I never liked Rilo Kiley, but I always loved the country-twinged aesthetic that singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis pursued on her solo material. It had a sort of grittiness and longing that I always felt RK seriously lacked. Now the songstress is releasing a new record on July 29, titled The Voyager. After the brilliance that was Acid Tongue, I'm sure this one will be a poignant and enchanting effort. You can read more details, including the tracklist, over at Rolling Stone.

It's no secret this past year was partially owned by Robin Thicke, as his single “Blurred Lines” was everywhere and anywhere that had speakers and a sound system. Not that that's bad. It's a good song. And now, Thicke is set to release a new album on July 1, though the title and tracklist haven't been revealed. The only indication of the new record's sound is the track “Get Her Back,” which Thicke debuted at the Billboard Music Awards. You can watch that performance below, and keep an ear out for news on that upcoming record. Who knows? 2014 may also be his year.

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Robin Thicke - “Get Her Back” (2014 Billboard Music Awards)

It's a Destiny's Child reunion! Well, kind of. Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé appeared on a Michelle Williams song from her upcoming album Journey to Freedom. The track features Solange, as well. Titled “Say Yes!,” it's a remix of a Nigerian gospel track (“When Jesus Says Yes”) and though it's not the most excellent ditty, it's nice to hear these women back together. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of Beyoncé solo. Destiny's Child needs to make a full comeback, am I right? Head to MissInfo to hear the tune.

While I'm not a huge fan, I appreciate The Knife. Several songs in their catalog have struck my fancy, from their oft-referenced “Heartbeats” to “Pass This On.” But my interest fizzled over the years. However, the group is still going strong … at least strong enough to release reworked versions of various tracks from their catalogue. Shaken-Up Versions hits the public in the face on June 17, so keep a lookout. You can also view the video for the “shaken-up” version of “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” below.

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The Knife - “My Life Would Be Boring Without You (Shaken-Up Version)”

What better way to celebrate the mark you've made on the music industry than by reissuing the material that catapulted you to stardom? That's what Bon Jovi plans on doing. The band is set to reissue a large amount of their catalog, and that starts with 1988's New Jersey, which hits stores (again) on July 1. That album had such notable hits as “Bad Medicine” and “I'll Be There For You.” The reissue will include deluxe editions that have bonus material and whatnot. For more details, head to Rolling Stone.

I've always loved M.I.A. Granted, MAYA wasn't her best album, but I had hopes for Matangi. And that record proved to be a world-born effort of a Sri Lankan rapper still fighting to be heard and still pursuing controversial material with the swagger of a soldier and an aesthetic of a cut-and-paste artist. Now she's released a video for Matangi-track “Double Bubble Trouble,” which features 3D-printed guns, kids of varying cultures and lots of color. You can give it a looksie below.

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M.I.A. & the Partysquad - “Double Bubble Trouble”

Talk about a match made on Earth. Lorde and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst were paired up in an artistic conversation for The New York Times. The duo talked about their writing styles, their processes, backlash and whatnot. You can read that here.

I'm a-gonna be honest. The only reason I clicked the link for the following video was because the folks over at A.V. Club provided the headline: “Mat Devine’s Wrongchilde channels John Hughes on a new single.” If you say someone channels John Hughes, I'm there. I, like most people my age or older, grew up on Hughes' films, and I have to say their assumption is fairly accurate with the '80s imagery (Karate Kid, anyone?), colorific exploration and, of course, the synth-heavy track. And yes, I know Karate Kid wasn't by Hughes, but we're talkin' about the '80s, man. Like, get it? Anyway, you can listen to Wrongchilde's “Gold Blooded” below.

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Wrongchilde - “Gold Blooded” Lyric Video

Lastly, Richard Reed Parry, one of the many members of Arcade Fire, is releasing his own record (titled Music for Heart and Breath) on June 9, which is right around the corner. The multi-instrumentalist will have such guests as the Kronos Quartet, Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner of The National. So keep your eyes and ears open, and for more info on it, head over to Pitchfork.

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A postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, a gay civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1978, has been unveiled.

Carjackers are takin' over Detroit.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert thinks states not defending same-sex marriage bans is “the next step toward anarchy.” If that's the case, chaos couldn't be sweeter.

Google is creating a tablet with “advanced vision capabilities.” If it doesn't make you invisible, I don't care.

Last night, Albuquerque police shot and killed a man who is suspected of attacking a woman and then stabbing a good samaritan who tried to help her.

Nothing like an explosion to get rid of a fire.

According to New Mexico State Police, at least six people died in a car crash involving multiple vehicles on I-10.

The oil industry is drawing more folks to certain parts of New Mexico.

Birdland, a local store in Nob Hill, was broken into yesterday morning, apparently another in a series of Nob Hill businesses that have been “compromised.”

After Miami police arrested a strip club employee, she decided to give them a show right in the jail cell.

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A Funky Feast: Second annual Outpost Gala Fundraiser

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In Burque's booming performing arts community, there's always a cause to celebrate. Whether it's through the use of dance, music or visual arts, Outpost Performance Space has proven to be one of the Duke City's premier spots to catch a glimpse of a prominent performing community since its inception in 1988. To celebrate the Outpost's enduring stance as a venue for the creative arts, people can attend the Second Annual Outpost Gala Fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain NW). The event will be catered by Slate Street Café and will also include a silent auction, followed by a concert by legendary funk musician Maceo Parker.

As a funk and jazz saxophonist, Parker is noted for his work in the 1960s with the Godfather of Soul himself—Mr. James Brown. So this is surely an event not to be missed. The festivities kick off tomorrow night at 6pm, but the concert happens at 8:30pm. Interested parties have the option to attend the gala dinner and concert for the price of $150, but if the music is all you're interested in, you can buy a ticket for the concert portion of the evening for $30 (general seating) or $50 (VIP seating). Outpost members and students get a $5 discount. Not bad for an unforgettable evening, am I right? Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Fri May 23 • 6-10:30pm • $30-$150 • View on Alibi calendar

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In case you're sad about Barbara Walters leaving “The View,” you can read about how she wants to spend her retirement.

Police try to categorize what kind of killer Aaron Hernandez is … you know … in case he gets convicted.

Charity Johnson, a 34-year-old woman from Texas, was arrested after posing as a high school student for nearly a year.

Police unions across the nation are pushing for workers' compensation if they suffer from PTSD.

Since ABQ Pride is coming up, here's a little snippet of milestones in the effort to legalize gay marriage, as compiled by the Miami Herald.

That's what you get, folks, for makin' whoopee.

Mason Campbell, the 12-year-old suspect in January's Roswell Middle School shooting, is expected to plead guilty at today's hearing.

It's “America's Most Wanted”—New Mexico style. Okay, it's New Mexico's Most Wanted.

Naia” is apparently proof that modern Native Americans and the first Americans share common ancestors.

Jin Dan has had enough!

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Living Enchantment: Celebrate New Mexico Heritage

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Heritage is a sacred thing … well, sacred in terms of identifying with where you came from and how you've come to be. So if you want to embrace a citywide party paying homage to the history of our fair burg, head to a celebration of New Mexico heritage hosted by ABQ Ride at Montaño Transit Center (180 Montaño NW). The event kicks off at 4pm (and lasts till 6pm) and will have a bevy of boisterous activities that highlight New Mexico pride.

Music is provided by Mariachi Nuevo Sonido as well as artworks on display from a wide variety of Burqueño artists and artisans, and a food truck onsite for when you get the good ol' munchies. An event like this is a good excuse to bask in the best parts of living in the Land of Enchantment: a rich history, fantastic music, comida deliciosa and a glimpse of a unique and celebrated art scene that gets better and better with every new generation. The event is completely free, so what's stopping you? Be there or be lost. Montaño Transit Center • Fri May 9 • 4-6pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Talk about a boy-band super duo: Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys) and Jordan Knight (of New Kids on the Block) have decided to join forces and take over the music world as Nick & Knight. No joke. Their debut LP drops on September 2, and shortly after they're going on tour so people can see this pop extravaganza in person. It's just as well. Interested folks can view a promotional video for the project below, and in it you can hear a snippet of their single “Just the Two of Us.” PS: The album is already available for pre-order. So have at it if you must.

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Nick & Knight

'Member that little Steven Spielberg gem known as Jurassic Park? I know I do. Seeing that in theaters was one of my greatest movie-going experiences as a youngster. And if you were a fan of the music, this is your lucky day. The film’s score is getting a nice reissue on multi-colored vinyl, and it'll be available to the public on June 11. Head to Consequence of Sound for more info.

Coldplay has been steadily giving glimpses of their upcoming record Ghost Stories, which hits the music-sphere on May 19. And now they're providing listeners with another fragment in the form of “A Sky Full of Stars,” which features a collaboration with electronic, club aficionado Avicii. Basically you need to be high as a kite in a black-lit dance party to experience the full effect of the song. Other than that, what's the point? But you can give the tune a listen below.

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Coldplay - “A Sky Full of Stars”

The dream of the '90s is alive in super-Earth. According to the Portland Mercury, Corin Tucker (formerly of Sleater-Kinney) and Peter Buck (of R.E.M.) have joined forces to deliver new music to the masses in the form of the aforementioned band name: super-Earth. Not sure when they'll deliver the goods, but someone somewhere is jumping with joy, or at least digging into those old mixtapes, you know … from when people used to make them.

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that a documentary about the late, great Elliott Smith (Heaven Adores You) is scheduled to premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Now you can view a teaser of the film, which provides a glimpse of Smith's legendary status and why he was (and still is) loved and admired by his peers.

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Heaven Adores You teaser

Let the album streamage commence: Last week, Lily Allen gave the visual accompaniment of her upcoming record's title track (“Sheezus”), and now she's streaming the album in its entirety. You can hear that via iTunes Radio, which confuses me, so I'll just wait for it to come out, assuming I want to hear it. And while we're on the topic of pop diva streaming, you can head to NPR to stream Lykke Li's I Never Learn. Oh, and you since everyone's giving it away for free (at least momentarily), head to Consequence of Sound to hear The Horrors' new record Luminous.

I'm gonna save you the introduction and spare you talk of my love of Christopher Owens, the former frontman for rock group Girls. I've gone there time and time again, so I'll just get right to it ... Owens has posted a new track (gospel-tinged rocker “Stephen”), and it's fucking great. Not sure if this is going to be on some future release, but one can hope. Have a listen below.

Music lovers young and old have shared thoughts about the internet's influence on music culture: how record labels don't make as much money; therefore, artists don't make as much money, yadda yadda. Steve Albini (noted producer, musician and engineer who has worked with The Breeders, Nirvana, Pixies, Veruca Salt and many more) has been pretty vocal about his views on record labels sucking artists dry to make a buck. And now, contrary to what many people would have considered him to believe, he says album streaming and the internet in general have solved “the problem with music.” He goes on to say “You can literally have a worldwide audience for your music … with no corporate participation, which is tremendous.” You can read more at Quartz.

The Roots shared a track from their forthcoming record ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin a few weeks ago (and maybe another one in between), who can keep track? Either way, they've come out with another one (titled “Tomorrow”), which you can listen to below. Their album hits stores on May 13, which is right around the corner, so save them pennies.

Most folks know David Lynch from his eerie, avant-visual stylings in films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. But the filmmaker has also been making music for a while now, and his new video, which was directed by Moby and features vocals by Mindy Jones, is available for visual and aural consumption. The vid is for the title track from last year's The Big Dream, his second full-length effort. You can watch that below.

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David Lynch feat. Mindy Jones - “The Big Dream”

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R2D-Who?: RoboRAVE International 2014

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For those who wish to understand technology and its vast connection to the ingenuity of the working man and woman, there's no better place to witness such scientific goodness than the RoboRAVE International event at the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second Street NW). This roborific extravaganza features workshops, competitions and fun for kids, coaches, parents and the like. Though the mechanical meanderings happen from May 1-3, the public is only allowed in tomorrow.

But that's okay, folks. Saturday will provide some exciting cyborg craziness like a parade to the Robot Challenge Area, competitions between robot-makers, jousting and fire fighting tournaments, “robotovate” voting, a triathlon and a closing awards ceremony at Kiva Auditorium. So motor to this illustrious widget factory and view some automatons made by kids and coaches from all over, including the US, Mexico, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Spain, France and elsewhere. The robotic spectacular happens from 8am to 4:30pm, and tickets for adults will run you $10. But don't worry, that adult ticket also gets two people (under 18) in for free. Additional kiddos will have to pay $2 upon entry. Albuquerque Convention Center • Sat May 3 • 8am-4:30pm • $10 (price also admits 2 kids FREE) • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in a Baltimore sinkhole, penis pills and wild, wild horses

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Police in Minnesota say they prevented a disaster by stopping a teen from bombing schools and killing his family.

Joel McHale of “The Soup” and “Community” talks about being the emcee at the upcoming White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Hillary Clinton vs. the media

The US unemployment rate dropped 6.3 percent, “the best performance in two years,” as 288,000 jobs were added in April.

A carjacking last night at the CVS Pharmacy at Eubank and Menaul ended with a man being shot multiple times in the chest.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, a historic black sorority, brings an undergraduate chapter to UNM.

The Navajo Nation has come up with a plan to manage wild horses and keep them from going to slaughter houses.

State Auditor Hector Balderas is asking for an FBI investigation after former Tierra Amarilla Land Grant Board President Dennis Wells allegedly used tax payers' money on casinos and penis pills.

Yup, this would definitely ruin your day …

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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

'Member how I mentioned that Veruca Salt was getting back together? Well guitarists/vocalists Nina Gordon and Louise Post have had their first joint interview in … oh … 17 years? Yes, it's definitely worth reading. Head over to Stereogum to see what these women have been up to and what the future holds for one of the most welcomed reunions ever. Oh, and you can also hear their excellent new track, “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” below.

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Veruca Salt - “The Museum of Broken Relationships”

Nothing like a 40th anniversary to inspire new material. Rock band Blondie has decided to come out with a new double LP that will feature new songs as well as their greatest hits. The album, titled Blondie 4(0) Ever, will contain their 10th studio album (Ghosts of Download) as the first disc; the second portion will be a compilation of their most famous tracks. That hits stores on May 13, but in the meantime, you can head over to Billboard to read more.

Most people know of punk band Death from watching A Band Called Death (a documentary by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett). While the band didn't see much mainstream success in their heyday (early to late '70s), they're now regarded as precursors to later punk sounds and revolutionary for being an all-black trio of brothers who created wild and uncompromising tunes. The group recently played on “Arsenio,” and you can view that performance below. Also, look out for III, a Drag City reissue of unreleased material, which is out now.

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Death - “Freakin’ Out”

In case you haven't been keeping tabs on Pixies, they've released three EPs in the past year (EP-1, EP-2 and EP-3). And you'd think that with a steady stream of new material, they'd hop back in the studio to record what I would consider to be an appopriate full-length. But I guess laziness prevailed, as they've compiled all three releases into one album (titled Indie Cindy) that comes out on April 29. You don't need me (or want me) to comment on the recordings themselves; rather, you should provide your own educated analysis of the band's material post-Kim Deal's departure. Head over to The Guardian to give that a listen.

Music: the gift that keeps on giving. Jack White broke records this past Saturday by recording and distributing the “world's fastest released record.” And on top of that, he's also given fans another taste of his upcoming LP (after sharing “High Ball Stepper” a week or two ago) in the form of the album's title track. The record comes out on June 10, so keep your eyes and ears open for that. You can give “Lazaretto” a listen below and view some recaps of his record-breaking record making over at Pitchfork. Enjoy!

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Jack White - “Lazaretto”

Austin City Limits is a festival always worth mentioning. Having gone three times, it's one of those experiences that can't be replicated. The only way to truly experience it is to go. And now the fest is two weekends instead of one (Oct. 3-5, 10-12), fancy that. Folks gracing the stage(s) include Beck, Lorde, Eminem, Outkast, Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent, Juanes, Mac Demarco and many, many more. You can view the full lineup at the ACL website.

When I think of Courtney Love, the first thought that comes to mind is “bitch be crazy.” Granted, she's done little to prove otherwise, but feeding that particular beast has done well for her songwriting. Take her latest track “You Know My Name,” being released as a single with the tune “Wedding Day”; that's scheduled to hit stores on May 4. You can take a listen to the punk-inflected ditty below.

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Courtney Love - “You Know My Name”

Ever so prolific, Neil Young surprised fans with a new album of covers (titled A Letter Home) via Jack White's Third Man Records. The LP contains covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and more. Rolling Stone reports that there was no official announcement, but you can order the album on Third Man's website. To add to that, the album is also getting the deluxe box set treatment, with the vinyl record, CD, singles, picture book, the works. So have at it!

Songwriter/composer and performer Owen Pallett first caught my attention when a friend sent me a recording of him covering Joanna Newsom's “Peach, Plum, Pear.” I liked his voice, but as far as delving into his sonic landscapes, there wasn't much in the way of follow-up. But I've heard several excited whispers about his upcoming LP In Conflict, which hits physical and online markets on May 27. And now Pallett has posted a video for his track “Song for Five & Six.” You can view that below.

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Owen Pallett - “Song for Five & Six”

When Lily Allen announced the title of her forthcoming record (Sheezus), many thought she was parodying Kanye West's last full-length effort Yeezus. However, Allen was quick to point out that it was an homage, rather than making fun of anyone. And now Allen has shared a video of the title track of said LP, wherein she compares herself to a fighter, while also name-checking various pop divas. You can hear the track below.

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Lily Allen - “Sheezus”

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All it takes is a few racist comments to get 'em running for the hills.

A drunk Australian passenger caused a “hijack” alert. Probably shouldn't have what he's having.

President Obama and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye warn North Korea if they follow through with nuclear threats, they could face some hefty sanctions.

A pet cemetery in Yonkers.

Apparently a Connecticut high school student was stabbed for turning down a prom date proposal.

For New Mexico residents: If you wanna get your driveways re-paved, this guy probably wouldn't work out.

Police are investigating the discovery of a decomposing body on the desert mesa northwest of Rio Rancho.

Steve Casaus, the stepfather of Omaree Varela (a child who was beaten to death in December, allegedly by his mother), has been “segregated” from other inmates because of the “high-profile” case.

Governor Susana Martinez' chief of staff used government credit cards for personal purchases, but he insists that since he reimbursed the state, he wasn't trying rob tax payers.

A woman underwent plastic surgery to look better in her selfies. Let's use internet jargon for this one: SMH.

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