Black Taxi heat things up in "House on Fire."
Black Taxi's "House on Fire" is a signature slice of the new breed of stadium electro-pop: a track that combines spiky dance-punk guitars with M83 synth intensity and a fun.-size chorus. (Not to mention the horn break.) With all this below him, frontman Bill Mayo floats on, opening up his heart: "I just want to get along/ Like a house on a fire," he sings. With the chorus' fight against loneliness under way, the title image evokes the crackling home of Charlie Kaufman's movie "Synecdoche, New York" -- in that case, a metaphor for Philip Seymour Hoffman's character's internal instability, but here it's something more hopeful.
Listen to Black Taxi's "House On Fire" after the jump.
Middle Class Rut are back and bringing the rock on their new track, "No More."
Middle Class Rut's "No More" opens with the heaviness we've come to expect from the Sacramento hard rockers, diving right in with levee-breaking drums and electric guitars the size of the Hoover Dam. All that pressure explodes in the lyrics: "You took this love and you tore it apart!" guitarist Zack Lopez bellows. It sounds like a bad romance, but dude's shutting that down: "No more," he repeats to close out the chorus. Way to respect yourself, fellas. With its throat-shredding vocals and full-on rock assault, the song sounds like Perry Ferrall jamming with Soundgarden -- not bad for a two-man crew.
Listen to Middle Class Rut's "No More" after the jump.
Watch a mysterious trip back to the farm in Snowden's "So Red" video.
Here's a "Twilight Zone" episode for you: Snowden's "So Red" video chronicles a mysterious trip to a farm, featuring a runaway horse, wordless desperation and, um, extensive crotch shots. Nice pants, bro. The evocative video, produced by NY-based production house LANDED, leaves the plot loose, focusing on its handsome hero's arrival in the field after daydreaming of his pal the horse and making his way out to the country. It's a love story! The footage is more faded and sun-kissed than any particular color -- "So Instagram" is probably a bad name for an indie rock song, though.
Watch Snowden's "So Red" video after the jump.
Goldroom show off some new dance moves in "Only You Can Show Me."
Bold-colored hoodies, short shorts, bodacious beards -- nope, it's not an American Apparel ad. Instead, Goldroom's new "Only You Can Show Me" video gathers a model-worthy crew to show off their dance moves over a summery beat, with blown-out lighting blasting even more color across the rainbow-hued sartorial choices. This reminds us: We definitely need some new spring hoodies.
Watch Goldroom Featuring Mereki's "Only You Can Show Me" video after the jump.
Watch Theophilus London get romantic in his "Rio" video.
Theophilus London's a globe-trotting kinda dude, but the musician didn't have to head too far to film his video for "Rio": To conjure the memory of nights on the beach and too many umbrella-topped cocktails, London brings us a romantic, retro performance set in New York. The story begins in black-and-white, with a lone lady in search of a speakeasy. She finds it in an NYC hotel bar that bursts into color and a back room where London and the five-piece Menahan Street Band offer a vivid serenade.
Watch Theophilus London's "Rio" video after the jump.
The Maine's new song sounds far from "Happy."
With its shaggy "ooh-woo-ooh" opening, The Maine's "Happy" immediately brings up visions of Pavement and Weezer. The Arizona band's latest single bleeds 1994 vibes, from its downer lyrics to the mid-tempo BPM to the downstroked chorus chords. The new track's not a major sonic departure from the rock anthems of the band's 2011 set, Pioneer, but they do sound especially bummed for a song called "Happy": "This ain't a fairy tale, and I don't think I'll ever be happy," John O'Callaghan sings. Later, he adds, "No, I am not smiling" -- just so we're 100 percent clear about that song title. A '90s pro tip: Irony was kind of a big deal.
Listen to The Maine's "Happy" after the jump.
Capital Cities bust a move (or 10) in their "Safe and Sound" video.
Put on your dancing shoes: Capital Cities are taking us on a boogie through history. For the band's "Safe and Sound" video, the Los Angeles synth-pop duo heads to a classic theater -- famed cinema showcase the Los Angeles Theatre, in fact -- for a performance and a visually wild romp through the decades, as a magical lightning bolt brings black-and-white flappers and tap dancers from celluloid to life. The silent film-era dancers share the floor with disco divas and b-boys busting moves, stopping short of Capital Cities' own mega-modern pop style.
Watch Capital Cities' "Safe And Sound" video after the jump.
Check out Theophilus London going global from NYC.
A number of hip-hop heavyweights have been heading down south lately -- from Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Cuban vacation to A$AP Rocky's "Wild For The Night" visit to the Dominican Republic -- but for his trip to "Rio," Theophilus London stayed right in New York City. London's trend-bucking upcoming video finds the musician keeping it local for a Brazilian homage, and he's just released a behind-the-scenes look at the intimate urban effort.
Go behind the scenes of Theophilus London's "Rio" video after the jump.
Blondfire's heading back to the desert in their "Waves" video.
Didn't we just get back from the desert? Coachella may be over, but L.A.'s Blondfire keeps the sandy dream alive in their new video for "Waves," with Gus Black-directed imagery that skips the beach in favor of warmer, thirstier climes. For the ocean-oriented song, Blondfire's Erica Driscoll heads deep into the dunes, wandering through the the sand and dancing in the camera-melting heat, without even an iced latte to cool her down. (IT IS ICED LATTE SEASON, and no one is more excited about it than us.)
Watch Blondefire's "Waves" video after the jump.
Young Statues are cooking up a record collection -- literally.
If you need a bonfire for your next camping trip, there's only one thing to do: Ransack people's apartments and steal their vinyl albums and guitars. Or maybe, uh, buy firewood. The former, however, works out pretty well for Philadelphia's Young Statues, who heat up a chilly night out with old records and a very unlucky turntable in their "Eraser" video from their Age Ain't Ours EP. (WINTER BREAK FOREVER!!!).
Watch Young Statues' "Eraser" video after the jump.