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Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Superstar rappers unveil violent riot vid (+10 links)

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Jay-Z and Kanye West unveil their violent, blood-splattered new video for their latest single in our wrap of the best links of the day.

Jay-Z's new video with Kanye West is a violent riot.  Photo / AP
Jay-Z's new video with Kanye West is a violent riot. Photo / AP

1. Talk about a riot. If you're sitting at work with a boss lurking over your shoulder, it's probably best to wait until you get home to check out the new video for No Church in the Wild, the latest from Kanye West and Jay-Z's joint Watch the Throne project. Crafted by controversial director Romain Gavras, it's a gritty, violent riot which looks amazingly real. Oh, it also has elephants. It's too out there to embed, so check it out here. (Pitchfork)

2. Maybe you've seen Marilyn Manson play that angry shock rocker role one too many times. Well, you can check out a different side to him in the short film Wrong Cops: Part 1. The full film has been removed from the interweb but you can check out the trailer here.

(Facebook)

3. With the tagline "Great shapes fall from the sky, run," the trailer for Tetris: The Movie is almost certainly a joke. But it's still pretty entertaining. Anyone know where I can find an old GameBoy? (Buzzfeed)

4. Zombie season is sooo over and vampires are back in fashion, so check out the new trailer for season five of True Blood, premiering in the US on June 10 and, I'm guessing, some time shortly after in New Zealand. Fingers crossed. (Collider)

5. It's unusual to hear gruff rappers put their hearts on their sleeves but that's exactly what NaS has done with Daughters. It's both a love letter to his daughter - and a warning to her potential suitors. If NaS really has a shotgun, it's a brave man who would brave a date her. (Twitter)

6. Here's the trailer for Dark Blood, the last ever film to feature late actor River Phoenix. My controversy senses are tingling over this one. (YouTube)

7. New music alert: Here's a new single from Lawrence Arabia, a trippy song called Protection from The Invisible, a random track featuring both Childish Gambino and Beck, and erm, some new Kylie Minogue.

8. Ever wanted to see Garbage singer Shirley Manson fire up and kick someone out of a concert? Your wish has been granted. (NME)

9. Opossum's debut album Electric Hawaii is streaming right here on nzherald.co.nz. Open up a separate browser and listen to their sweet tunes all day. (nzherald.co.nz)

10. A new website dedicated to undiscovered local music launches today. The Audience promises to highlight fresh new talent through playlists and charts, with a $10,000 grant going to the most popular song each month. Read more about it here and bookmark it in as a daily favourite. (nzherald.co.nz)

Chris Schulz

Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

A subscription to RTR Countdown magazine as a teenager kick started Chris’ inspiration to become an entertainment reporter. After finishing a grad-dip at journalism school, he discovered the magazine no longer existed. So he instead begged for a reviewing job at Rip It Up, then took over a local news website’s entertainment section in 2004 when no one else wanted to do it. It’s as much a surprise to him as it is to those around him that he’s been doing entertainment reporting ever since, utilising his diehard love of popular culture (specifically music, TV, movies and games). His career highlights including interviewing heroes like Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor, discussing the best sheep-docking techniques with Courtney Love, and breaking his nose during a Shihad concert. The last thing left on his entertainment reporting bucket list is to ride a rollercoaster with Dave Grohl, something he’s hoping to achieve in the next 12 months.

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