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Rihanna’s Very NSFW Video Was Directed by Harmony Korine

Rihanna’s Very NSFW Video Was Directed by Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine knows how to channel the good kid gone bad vibe. The Spring Breakers director is back behind the camera, this time to film Rihanna’s very much NSFW music video. If you can’t check that out now, have no fear. We’ve got news about Freddie Mercury’s lyrics being auctioned off, a Digable Planets reunion, Robin Pecknold’s brand new song, Grimes’ in-studio session that you can stream, supergroup Gone Is Gone’s rockin’ track, and Xenia Rubinos’ spicy music video, too.

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Image Credit: Def Jam/Rihanna

The last time Harmony Korine directed a music video, it was The Black Keys’ bizarre “Gold on the Ceiling” clip. Now the Spring Breakers fella filmed one for Rihanna and it’s as exposed as expected. Rihanna takes the power position once again, as she deserves to, in the clip for “Needed Me” off this year’s Anti. She doesn’t need to be rescued, so don’t suggest she does. Be warned: it’s very NSFW. You can watch it here.

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Aspiring musicians, your time to learn from the best has arrived. Freddie Mercury‘s notebook is headed to auction. Sure, there may be notes from his life or stories of past moments, but the most exciting news is the pages upon pages filled with Queen lyrics. There are 19 songs total written in the notebook. It goes on sale in June, so you have time to start saving up to place a bid here. [Nerdist]

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Forget about those “Remember When?” gimmicks. Real ’90s kids will recall the power and rhymes of hip-hop outfit Digable Planets. Those who do will be happy to learn that the band is reuniting. Digable Planets will embark on a nine-date reunion tour this summer. It starts on July 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio and carries them on through much of the southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Check out the full list of dates here and stayed tuned for information on how to buy tickets. [Rolling Stone]

Fleet Foxes are plotting their return, but it seems frontman Robin Pecknold will have some solo material ready before the full band does. The singer-songwriter opened for Joanna Newsom on several tour dates where he performed new material. Now he’s shared a previously unreleased single called “Swimming.” Forget woodsy folk. This is all about a Bon Iver-like bass drum and waves of reverb. He’s certainly going for a mood, but it’s hard to pick out what that is. [Consequence of Sound]

Following her fabulous sophomore LP Art Angels, Grimes did an extensive tour that saw her performing at venues more than half the size they should have been to accomodate the number of fans dying to see her. For those of you who couldn’t score tickets, you’re in for a treat. BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac had the electro-pop musician on her show for a short but vibrant in-studio session. Claire Boucher performed “Flesh Without Blood” and “REALiTi” during the 30-minute set as well as other cuts, including the classic “Ave Maria” from, you know, several centuries ago. [Consequence of Sound]

Members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and At the Drive-In recently teamed up to form Gone Is Gone, a new supergroup that merges their fascets of rock into one. We already knew they were making material, but now we get a better listen to it. The band has shared “Violescent” off their debut self-titled EP. The record will drop July 8 on Rise. Give the single a listen above. [Pitchfork]

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Xenia Rubinos captured our attention immediately with her artful single “Lonely Lover” earlier this year. Now, the Brooklyn-based musician has an equally powerful music video to accompany it. The whole thing was shot in Italy over the course of 72 hours. “The city itself oozes that rough elegance I’m talking about. People hang their laundry out to dry right above a theater with ancient greek walls, in America that place would be marked off and have a souvenir shop, but people there live inside that history every day,” she told Pitchfork. “The next morning it felt like none of that had ever happened, I dreamt it, except now I have this video to prove it.” Check it out above and make sure to pre-order her new album, Black Terry Cat, before it drops June 3 via Anti. [Pitchfork]

See you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!

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