Wait for It: Klax vs. Shaq

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[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in pop culture. Just making it to Friday isn't enough.]

Music

Klaxons_wait Psychedelic Brits the Klaxons will release their eminently danceable debut, Myths of the Near Future, at the end of the month. The slavering press the record’s received so far has concentrated on the band’s nu-rave leanings, an acknowledgment, perhaps, of their rather colorful, fashion-forward attire, but songs like "Gravity’s Rainbow" (named after a Thomas Pynchon novel!) and "Atlantis to Interzone" are less about hippie-dippy glow-sticks and more about keeping things dirty on a filthy dance floor. Move your bodies, people. [The Klaxons' MySpace]

TV

Shaq_wait Shaquille O’Neal is set to make the jump to reality TV this summer via an as-yet-untitled six-episode series for ABC, in which the baller will mentor grade-school kids that are trying to lose weight. And while the premise may sound like nothing more than The Biggest Little Loser, it’s Shaq’s conviction that could make this thing golden. "Shaq is upset about this issue and he’s going to do whatever it takes to set this cause right," says executive producer Chris Coelen. "Whatever it takes?" We haven’t seen initiative like that from Shaq since Kazaam. This time, though, he’s the one who’s going to be grabbing bellies and making wishes. [Variety.com]

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