Music Video

The Cribs – “Burning For No One”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

The Cribs

British trio The Cribs will release their new album For All My Sisters on March 24 via their new label, Arts & Crafts. They recorded the album in New York at The Magic Shop along with producer Ric Ocasek.

The new label marks another shift in the bands decade-long career, and the change is evident in the tracks we’ve heard so far. Take the first song released from the record: “An Ivory Hand.” It comes off as a very 2000’s Weezer track with a relaxed California vibe. This vibe is also found on current single “Burning For No One,” and visualized for the music video, which finds the band of brothers stranded on a desert island. If the rest of the album sounds as laid back and easy going as this, we may have our first summer record of the year.

Find the video for “Burning For No One” posted below, and find the stream for “An Ivory Hand” right after.
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[new]: Palma Violets – “Danger In The Club”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2015

Palma Violets

Brit-rockers Palma Violets will return with new album Danger In The Club on May 5 via Rough Trade.

They’ve let go of the first single and title track “Danger In The Club” in the form of a rather epic music video shot showing the band playing in a rowdy pub. This is a rowdy little anthem that quickly builds up steam and lets loose in a big, big, way. I’m already looking forward to hearing this one live when they return to New York for a show at Baby’s All Right, which tickets are still on sale for.

Check out the video below and check out their mini leg of U.S. dates and the album’s tracklisting.

Tracklisting:
1. Sweet Violets
2. Hollywood (I Got It)
3. Girl, you couldn’t do much better (On The Beach)
4. Danger in the Club
5. Coming Over to My Place
6. Secrets of America
7. The Jacket Song
8. Matador
9. Gout! Gang! Go!
10. Walking Home
11. Peter and the Gun
12. No Money Honey
13. English Tongue

Tour Dates:

March 16th – NYC – Baby’s All Right
March 18th-21st – SXSW
March 24th – SF – Rickshaw Stop
March 25th – LA – Echo
March 28th – Burgerama Fest

Keygrip

New York City-based band Keygrip have released their brand new single “Dancing On A Wire,” set to appear on their new album The Unaimed Arrow Never Misses

The song has already seen an amazing amount of success prior to it’s release, having been used on shows such as Supernatural and Skins over in the UK. The song caught the attention of major Hollywood director and writer David Koepp (Secret Window, Premium Rush, Ghost Town), who signed on to direct the video along with co-director Derek Ambrosi, wonderfully bringing the song to life for the band.

Michael DiLalla, Keygrip’s lead vocalist, as well as the owner of RRMC Recordings, shared a great deal of excitement when asked about collaborating with Koepp:

It’s been an honor to work with some of the music industry’s best producers and mixers. Now working with David Koepp is so far beyond what we could have hoped for. The video is just an incredible representation of the band’s creative voice.

Today I have the honor and privilege of premiering the music video for “Dancing On A Wire.” The video is a smooth visual representation of the band’s performance along with animation down electric circuits, living up to the song’s title. It works wonderfully alongside the instantaneous nature of the song, which will win you over right from the get-go.

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Interview: Olivia Merilahti of The Dø

By Will Oliver, February 16th 2015

The Dø

Last week French- Finnish duo The Dø finally released their new album Shake Shook Shaken here in the states (it was released in Europe last fall and was #1 on the Album Chart on iTunes in France). On top of that, they were just awarded the honor of rock album of the year at Les Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent to The Grammy’s). So they have plenty to celebrate at the moment, but now have their sights set on capturing audiences stateside.

Back in December I had a chance to chat with The Dø’s Olivia Merilahti about the new album, their new approach to recording music, as well as tackling the U.S.

Find our interview posted below, and be sure to buy the album on iTunes or stream it on Spotify.
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Hot Chip

Oh yes. Hot Chip are back, set to release a brand new album titled Why Make Sense? on May 18 via Domino Records.

It’s the sixth album, and their second released with Domino. The band recorded it in both Oxfordshire and London, producing it themselves, along with producer Mark Ralph (who also helped them with 2012’s In Our Heads)

Along with the announcement came the music video for the album’s opener, “Huarache Lights.” The video is based around a light installation by artist Robert Bell and filmed in one take by director Andy Knowles. As for the song, it see Hot Chip dive deeper into the murky waters of synths, finding a new avenue for their always welcome dance-rock infusion. This one has a different feel to it, a little bit darker, but still very much Hot Chip. I can’t wait to hear this one played at Governors Ball.

Check out the video below.
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[new]: Tobias Jesso Jr. – “How Could You Babe”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr

Hot rising artist Tobias Jesso Jr. is a name that should be on your radar immediately. I caught a intimate performance from him last November at a loft space in Williamsburg, where he previewed tracks from his debut album Goon (out March 17 via True Panther). There was a lot of blog buzz about him floating around, and that performance proved it all to be true. Jesso Jr. is indeed an amazing talent, one that is going to steal a lot of hearts in the upcoming months.

He’s released a few cuts from the album already (“Hollywood,” “True Love,” and “Just A Dream,”) and the latest single is the fragile ballad “How Could You Babe.” While the live version I saw was a solo version featuring just Jesso Jr. and his piano, the recorded product features a bit more production. Even so, it still finds a way to capture that sweeping intimacy that seems to come natural to Jesso Jr. Credit to Patrick Carney, JR White and Ariel Rechtshaid, who all had a hand in the album’s production.

Goon is shaping up to be not only one of the best debut albums of the year, but one the best albums, period.

Check out the wonderful “How Could You Babe” music video below, which was directed by Grant Singer.
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Houndmouth - Sedona

Indiana alt-rockers Houndmouth have announced the details of their sophomore record, Little Neon Limelight. It will be released on March 17 via Rough Trade Records and was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb. It’s the follow-up to their impressive debut album From the Hills Below the City, which was released in 2013.

Today’s announcement also included the release of the music video for first single “Sedona.” The video is wonderfully directed by Naomi Yang, and features the gang hanging out at a scenic hotel in Southern California, and rocking out in some red neon lights.

“Sedona” itself is a song rooted in classic Americana rockers, taking it’s time to build itself up, only to deliver one of the hardest rocking moments of the bands short career. It’s an impressive return, a confident reminder of why I fell in love with these guys in the first place.

Enjoy “Sedona” below.
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The Wombats at Rough Trade NYC (January 19, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2015

1_The Wombats_Rough Trade

Like so many others, young English trio The Wombats caught my attention in 2007 with their triumphant breakthrough single “Let’s Dance To Joy Division.” Here we are, eight years later, and I was finally able to catch the energetic bunch live in the flesh. Last night they stopped by Rough Trade NYC for a intimate warm-up show before the much larger tour that will follow the release of their upcoming new album Glitterbug. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: The Vaccines – Handsome

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2015

The Vaccines - Handsome

This spring British rockers The Vaccines will return with their new album, English Graffiti (Via Columbia Records).

With this announcement comes first single “Handsome.” The band released it’s goofy music video today (directed by Gerson Aguerri), and it features the band in their own old school kung fu movie. As for the song itself, it’s a fully charged rock song with all the pop-hooks and guitars riffs that we’ve come to expect from The Vaccines. The formula isn’t breaking any grounds, but it sounds damn good.

Enjoy the “Handsome” music video below. The digital version of the single is available to pre-order on iTunes + Amazon, while a limited colored 7″ can be pre-ordered here.
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