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Watch Jack White’s new video for “Lazaretto”

Jack White has released a video for the lead single and title track off his new album, Lazaretto. Scroll down to the watch it. The video is directed by Jonas & François, the French directing team whose credits including Kanye West, Depeche Mode and Muse. A 7” vinyl single of “Lazaretto”, featuring the exclusive non-album b-side cover of Elvis Presley's "Power of My Love”, is available to pre-order.

Bill Callahan, Real Estate confirmed for Green Man Festival

The annual Green Man Festival has announced a host of line-up additions. Real Estate, Bill Callahan, Caribou, former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and Simian Mobile Disco have been confirmed for the festival, alongside Angel Olsen, Boy & Bear, Nick Mulvey, Francois & The Atlas Mountain, Teleman and East India Youth.

Paul McCartney to be given France’s Legion Of Honour medal

Paul McCartney is to be given a Legion Of Honour medal in France on Saturday (September 8). The medal will be given to the former Beatles man by French President Francois Hollande and is the highest public distinction that the President can bestow upon a member of the public. According to Reuters, McCartney will join the likes of Clint Eastwood and Liza Minnelli in being awarded the medal, which was first created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Company

112 minutes of Robert Altman's floaty, wispy ambient eavesdropping in the company of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, with producer/star Neve Campbell drifting into dance numbers, performing a few grands jetes, drifting out again, snogging non-dancing co-star James Franco, then it's back to the real troupe, dancing, rehearsing, then dancing again. A test for even the most ardent Altman fan.

Django

RELEASED A YEAR after Sergio Leone created the genre with A Fistful Of Dollars (1965), Django, directed by Leone's onetime assistant Sergio Corbucci, was the movie that saw the spaghetti western explode; a fact borne out by the countless unauthorised sequels it spawned across Europe and beyond (as far as Jamaica, where Perry Henzell's 1973 Rude Boy classic The Harder They Come paid heavy homage). Blue-eyed Franco Nero plays the eponymous mystery gunslinger, wandering in from the filthy wilderness, dragging a coffin behind him, toward a Hellish-looking bordertown.

The Dreamers – Universal

This is the perfect album for your inner schizo Francophile hippie. Factually based in the late '60s, but so wilfully mixed up it's very postmodern-ly now, one of its personalities is fuzzily made up of Hendrix, The Doors and the Grateful Dead (plus actor Michael Pitt murdering "Hey Joe" with his band). The other's stylishly into nouvelle vague, with blissful borrowed excerpts from the scores to The 400 Blows, Breathless and Pierrot Le Fou, and warblings from Françoise Hardy and Edith Piaf.
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