Quick Hits: Soundgarden, Frank Ocean/Chris Brown, She & Him, MGMT, Eric Clapton, Queens Of The Stone Age, At The Drive In
January 29, 2013

Dave Grohl has directed the video for Soungarden's "By Crooked Steps," off their comeback record King Animal. The clip features the band as a Segway-riding, leather-clad gang and was released online today. Grohl approached the band about directing the video, and said, "I had an idea. I got a copy of the record and the third song ‘By Crooked Steps’ was a signature, instantly recognizable Soundgarden song." You can see the clip below:

Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore tells Reuters that Frank Ocean is hoping to press charges against Chris Brown, following their reported altercation in Los Angeles earlier this week. Whitemore said that Ocean "is desirous of prosecution in this incident." As reported yesterday, Ocean was allegedly in a fight with Brown and some other men, stemming from an argument over a parking space at a L.A. recording studio.

Actress/singer Zooey Deschanel revealed on Twitter today that her band She & Him will release a new album, titled Volume Three, on May 7. Technically the fourth She & Him record (they released a Christmas album in 2011), Deschanel and musical cohort M. Ward have also announced a North American summer tour. The trek begins in Nashville on June 13, with dates set up to July 11 in Vienna, VA.

Despite their low key presence over the past year, MGMT has revealed that they will be releasing their self-titled, third album in June as a follow up to 2012's Congratulations.  The duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser recorded with producer Dave Fridmann. Fridmann called the production experience "really strange," in reference to the numerous improv jams that lasted for hours. Goldwasser explained to Rolling Stone, "We’ll get involved in what we’re doing and the next thing we know, we’ve been improvising for five hours." Said jams were the precursors to songs like "Alien Days," "Mystery Disease," and a cover of Faine Jade's "Introspection". Goldwasser added, "We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it."

Three years after his last studio record, Eric Clapton will be releasing Old Sock on March 12. The album marks his 21st studio album and Rolling Stone reports it will be released on his own label, Bushbranch. It will include two new tracks titled "Every Little" and "Gotta Get Over," as well as ten of Clapton's favorite songs –  from a range of genres – with several guests including Blues guitarist/singer JJ Cale, R&B singer Chaka Khan and Steve Winwood. Clapton will be touring throughout arenas across the U.S. this spring.

Singer Mark Lanegan has returned to the fold with Queens of the Stone Age. The band posted on their Facebook page, "Lanegan came by. He didn't say much, but he sang good." Until now, Lanegan has been absent from the Queen's sixth and latest album in progress. Lanegan is among a lineup of stars set to appear on QOTSA's upcoming album; Dave Grohl was revealed to be the drummer for the entire album in November and former bassist Nick Oliveri appears on the record in some capacity. Lanegan, Grohl, Oliveri and frontman Josh Homme complete the core members that released the landmark 2002 album Songs for the Deaf. Trent Reznor and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears also reportedly make guest appearances on the new album.

Influential rockers At The Drive In will re-release their first and last albums. Their debut album Acrobatic Tenement will be re-released worldwide on March 5 (March 25 in the UK) and their final album Relationship of Command will be re-released on April 22. Both will be released in digital, CD, and vinyl formats on their own Twenty-First Chapter Records. Relationship of Command will also be available in a limited-edition color-pressed vinyl format.

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