Live: Stephen Colbert Throws A Festival With The Flaming Lips, Santigold, Grizzly Bear, And fun.

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Wayne Coyne (left) and Stephen Colbert. See more photos from Colbchella here.
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Friday, August 10

Better than: All the world wars and Woodstocks combined.

Don't you ever question America's might. We do things bigger and crazier than other countries—and then we televise it. And while Stephen Colbert didn't officially endorse that message, he concurs. On Friday night, he took over the U.S.S. Intrepid for a nautical, turret-blazing salute to US military, industrial, and Indie rock superiority.

In dire response to the proliferation of "half-naked, patchouli-soaked, white guy dreadlock festivals," Colbert concocted Stephest Colbchella '012 Rocktaugustfest as an assertion of his fundamental conservative values and reverence of corporate sponsorship ("Pepsi, the official drink of my throat"). Colbert brought acts like The Flaming Lips, Santigold, Grizzly Bear and fun. to support his ultimate (if satirical) political goal: Self-aggrandizement and narcissistic back patting.

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The Top Six Contenders For 2012's Song Of The Summer

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Now that the calendar has flipped to May, and the schedules for the area's big sheds have been announced, and the Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup is on the verge of being made public, it's time to think of other musical concerns related to the year's hottest months. Today, let's wonder about what song will be the year's official Song Of The Summer—that jam rendered inescapable by blaring bodega radios, cruising cars with the sound turned up, and people gleefully singing along to it when it comes on the sound systems at parties. Previous winners of the title: Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" (2011); Katy Perry's "California Gurls" (2009—hey, I didn't say everyone had to like the song for it to count); Rihanna's "Umbrella" (2007-09). Six contenders for the imminent summer's top musical dog below.

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Portraits Of South By Southwest: La Sera, Santigold, Blood Orange, And The Men

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

This week, we packed up our paint and headed down to Austin for the annual hurricane of musical adventure that is South By Southwest. I feel both like I just got to the jam-packed music festival and like I've been here my whole life, and I'm both bummed and relieved to discover that I do not actually live in a perpetual bubble of free alcohol, loud music, and promotional swag.


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Bruce Springsteen's New Single, And Four Other Songs That Might Show Up On Pazz & Jop 2012

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Last night at midnight—just like the old days!—the new single from Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care Of Our Own," premiered on the radio—just like the, oh, you know. The song, taken from Springsteen's forthcoming Wrecking Ball (out March 6), is a slow-build, string-spangled anthem that belies the Boss's recent time spent hanging around the Arcade Fire, while also . Call it "The Girls In The Suburbs' Clothes," maybe? Listen below.

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The Beastie Boys' New Spike Jonze-Directed Video Has A Couple Of Strings Attached

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Yetis, torchings, references to the online rumor mill—yes, the Spike Jonze-directed clip for the Beastie Boys' Santigold-assisted "Don't Play No Games That I Can't Win" has it all and then some. In the clip, the group and Santi are transformed into puppets and then hunted down by an evil squad that is so infuriated by the Beasties' existence, they actually sport anti-Beasties uniforms; through it all, the group is very exceedingly polite to those people—and, uh, mythical Himalayan creatures—who help them get out of jams. (You can never have too much etiquette these days, I suppose.) Clip below—just make sure you carve 11 minutes out of your day to actually watch the whole thing, since there are a couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-'em one-liners that are quite giggle-worthy.


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Cee Lo Green, Santigold, And Janelle Monáe To Headline Afro-Punk Festival

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The seventh annual Afro-Punk Festival will take place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn at the end of August (the 27th and 28th, to be precise), and the just-announced lineup looks pretty incredible: Cee Lo Green will headline, and the once-again-active Santigold, the always-spellbinding Janelle Monáe, the Yes In My Backyard alums Cerebral Ballzy, and the shape-shifting Philadelphia soul singer Res will also be on the bill. As will Fishbone! There'll also be food from more than 20 trucks courtesy of the Afro-Punk Bites&Beats Food Truck Festival, and a BMX competition. The lineup as of now is after the jump; the full schedule will be released closer to showtime.

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LISTEN: Santigold Premieres New Jam (Featuring Karen O) On Jay-Z's Site

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On Tuesday, we wondered exactly what Jay-Z's "Life + Times" would bring to the table. Today we got the answer: Santigold released her new track, "GO", on the site. The song, a collaboration with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, is a synth-y romp featuring a driving drum beat that begs to be pumped out of club speakers, while Karen O's cameo recalls her Fever To Tell repetitions and snarls.

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Watch "Please Don't," The Santigold-Assisted First Video From That David Byrne/Fatboy Slim/Imelda Marcos Record

I will admit to severe trepidation regarding Here Lies Love, Mr. Byrne's star-studded full-album tribute to Imelda Marcos (preorder here; $35 for the deluxe package), but this first tune/video, sung by Santigold and consisting entirely of vintage footage of Imelda dancing with various world leaders, is heartening in its oddly buoyant oddness. You get the track free right now if you do any pre-ordering; whole thing's out April 6.

On Basement Jaxx's "Saga," Featuring Santigold

Do we have any idea what Brooklyn's own Santigold would sound like if backed by, say, a single, tasteful acoustic guitar? Has any singer in the last few years (besides, you know, the obvious) had busier backdrops over which to kind-of emote? Here she does her sardonic ska-siren thing while Basement Jaxx, easily the least demure pop-electronic act with which indie types are somewhat familiar, runs what feels like a randomly arranged four-minute demo reel of spazzy aggro-reggae, like that Major Lazer record running on super-fast-forward, the result more cohesive than it has any right to be and a great deal more fun, too. The band's site is streaming "Saga" along with a few other tunes from the imminent Scars -- "Raindrops" is the jam, if you desire a singer as unrestrained and ecstatic as the backdrop.

Terry Urban Not the Only One Remixing Santigold

See this is pretty much why we don't go to weekend-long outdoor music festivals. That and sunburn, heat stroke, visible back tattoos, dudes in flip-flops, clouds of dust, a preponderance of bands whose names begin with the letters "p" and "h," and the fact that you have to survive on the grimiest food possible, sometimes for days. Anyway, this is Seattle's Sasquatch festival, and that is a dude dancing in an all too familiar way to Santigold, who surely would be less sanguine about this reinterpretation of her music than she ultimately turned out to be about Terry Urban's Southerngold. It made us laugh, which you know, on a Friday, is something. [h/t West Coast Sound]

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