Echosmith brings its sibling love to the stage in "Surround You."
We've been obsessing over Echosmith since we saw the band's "Cool Kids" music video last summer, and as 2013 heads to a close, they're nearing the top of our year-end Best Los Angeles Sibling Band list. (Shout-out to HAIM!)
We'd like to see the band's debut album, Talking Dreams, on lists of all kinds, a cause helped by their new video for "Surround You."
The hushed track captures the quartet at its most intimate, with singer Sydney Sierota leading the tender love song. "Darling, I'm thrilled to have you by my side," she sings, and the song lifts from lonesome acoustic chords to a chamber-pop climax.
Watch Echosmith's "Surround You" video after the jump.
We Are The Brave boldly go to the strip club in "Sparrow."
Australian synthpop duo We Are the Brave impressed us back in September with a pair of early singles, and now the group has a neon-colored video to go with its '80s sound.
The band's "Sparrow" video finds singer Jess Chalker rocking some intense, Bat for Lashes-worthy eyeliner, though the cameras are on another subject. Under a strip club's neon pink-and-purple glare, "Sparrow" follows a dancer making her way to work and filtering through a crowd of seedy dudes before taking the stage. A fight breaks out among the regulars, but our heroine finds a partner and makes it through the night in one piece.
Watch We Are The Brave's "Sparrow" video after the jump.
L.A. band The Moth & the Flame head back to the '50s in their "Sorry" video.
The Moth & The Flame have nothing to be "Sorry" about, at least not when it comes to their new song and video. At first, the black-and-white "Sorry" video seems full of Arcade Fire "Reflektor" vibes, but it goes deeper than masks.
"Sorry" peers at the quiet terror of 1950s suburban perfectionism, following a man whose home is full of life-size dolls. The dolls -- not alive, but not quite inanimate, either -- act as companions and perhaps judgmental observers as Mr. Sweater Vest becomes increasingly unhinged. Creepy!
At least the guy keeps his screaming-at-dolls habits at home instead of terrorizing Macy's mannequins.
Watch The Moth & The Flame's "Sorry" video after the jump.
Jon Sandler follows his heart in the "Stars Align" video.
Jon Sandler has his own "Graduate" moment in his video for "Stars Align." The Brooklyn singer plays a man still in love with his childhood babysitter -- who happens to be Janice Dickinson! But when he finds out that the supermodel's getting married to someone else, he crashes the wedding and rescues her from a life of kissing a dude with awkward facial hair. Nice work, Jon.
Watch Jon Sandler's "Stars Align" video after the jump.
Dinner And A Suit summon the power of earth, wind, water, and fire in their new video.
If Dinner And A Suit wanted to channel some serious "Captain Planet" vibes in their new "Heartbreak" video, then hiring special effects guru Jeremy Hunt ("300," "The X Files") to direct it was a probably a fantastic idea.
As the Nashville band summons the power of earth, wind, water, and fire for the hallucinatory scenes, singer Jonathan Capeci triggers a downpour and walls of flame with an open hand. Meanwhile, other shots from among the video's jittery edits capture him climbing trees, sprouting plants, and just generally getting "in touch" with nature.
Watch Dinner And A Suit's "Heartbreak" video after the jump.
Kenna and Childish Gambino have "Relations" in this collabo track.
"Let's have relations!" Kenna sings on his new single, but don't expect a "Blurred Lines" from The Neptunes collaborator. Instead, his blunt approach comes closer to satirizing the art of the pickup.
It opens with some awkward banter from Childish Gambino that throws the bedroom-ish hook into contrast: "So, like, that's a really cool dress? Skirt? Uh, uh…" Judging by the look on a pair of backup dancers' faces, they're not feeling his vibe.
Watch Kenna and Childish Gambino's "Relations" video after the jump.
The Killers are having a rough breakup in "Just Another Girl."
"I can feel the cracks in my spirit starting to bust," The Killers' Brandon Flowers sings in the first verse of "Just Another Girl," a line that lets you know the title lady's anything but.
A song about trying to move on and not quite getting there, "Just Another Girl" finds Flowers getting good advice that he just can't take (ironic!). The band shows its sensitive side, staying acoustic for the chorus before synths maneuver over the track like the Blue Angels.
Listen to The Killers' "Just Another Girl" after the jump.
Night Riots deliver some holiday horror with their "Halloween" cover.
Synth horns! Cymbal crashes! A quivering British accent! Night Riots' "Halloween" scares us, if only because it's so good. While Siouxsie and the Banshees' frantic original was driven by gritty guitars, Night Riots' cover reimagines the song with still-spooky New Wave vibes.
The California rockers (and O Music Awards alumni) nail their '80s costume, from the drum sounds to singer Travis Hawley's committed vocals. "Trick or trick, trick or treat!" he sing-shouts, and we might have to hide under the bed.
Listen to Night Riots' "Halloween" cover, and check out their new single, "Alone With The Undead," after the jump.
X Ambassadors draw inspiration from Imagine Dragons and Alex Da Kid for their intense new video.
X Ambassadors have gone dark with "Unconsolable" before. Last year's video for an earlier version of the Brooklyn band's track found singer Sam Harris dead at the hands of Zosia Mamet, aka Shoshana from "Girls." Shosh, chill!
Now Sam's back with a very F/W '13 beard and a striking resemblance to "Wet Hot American Summer"-era Christopher Meloni, but there's no sweater-fondling here. Instead, the ENDS-directed video ties parallel stories of a pair of brothers across a decade, lost and reunited.
Watch X Ambassadors' "Unconsolable" video after the jump.
Linkin Park get their energy up on their new "Recharged" album. Hear the entire disc now!
Linkin Park has always been a band willing to stretch. Heck, dudes dropped an album with Jay Z back when Tom Ford was still designing Gucci dresses.
That said, they've been overdue for a remix set; it's been more than a decade since 2002's hip-hop-centric Reanimation. Recharged ups the energy: The 14-track disc reworks nearly every song on last year's Living Things with EDM nuclear fusion.
Listen to Linkin Park's Recharged album after the jump.