Watch the Used's smokin' new "Put Me Out" video.
Butts are gross. No, silly, not like J. Lo's. The Used's new video for "Put Me Out" follows the adventures of a put upon dude in a cigarette costume, who gets punched, frisbee'd, and generally bullied as he makes his way to see the Used in concert. Pretty sure having burritos thrown at you could be the smartest/guac-iest anti-drug PSA ever, but Mr. Cig is welcomed at the Used's performance, straps on a guitar, and throws down with the band's smoking hard rock riffage. When describing the video, frontman Bert McCracken told Fuse, "When I am at a rock show, I am able to simply be myself. Plus, sometimes we all feel like a cigarette." What, like being the butt of every joke?? WOMP-WOMP.
Watch The Used's "Put Me Out" video.
Meet Lord Huron, the new kings of folk rock.
If Lord Huron's not ruling your ears yet, it's time to start watching the folk-rock throne. The Los Angeles band's widescreen musicianship brims with Caribbean percussion and hazy harmonies, a laid-back combination that steps into a sprint at their enthusiastic live shows. After a pair of critically-acclaimed EPs, the group will release its full-length debut with Oct. 9's Lonesome Dreams, setting the stage for all fall bonfire/cider-drinking/sweater-wearing soundtracks. The audio-visual brainchild of frontman Ben Schneider, the Michigan native played a key role in the band's Old West-inspired imagery (when he's not singing those sweet, sweet melodies, of course).
Read more about Lord Huron after the jump.
The Tontons go from the great outdoors to the green screen in their new video for "Golden."
The Tontons may hail from Houston, but in their new video for "Golden," Asli Omar looks like she just caught the first flight home from New York Fashion Week. In fact, the indie frontwoman's "Drive"-worthy tiger-print shirt and a patterned skirt could make even Ryan (Hey, girl) Gosling blush! Rawr! No pressure, boys.
Watch The Tontons' "Golden" video after the jump.
Watch Jack Dolgen's brand-new video "Daytime."
Just like Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, hanging out with Jack Dolgen is always a good time. In the musician's "Daytime" video, a half-dozen Dolgens chill together, "Multiplicity"-style, minus Michael Keaton and the weird pizza obsession. The Dolgen crew's a busy bunch: The video spies them laying down tracks, going on a date, hitting the pool, and even facing off in a super-serious tennis match against his Andy Roddick-iest alter ego. But in any guise, the curly haired singer's as stoked and smiling as the sounds of the upbeat track, a California guitar pop jam that bounces with a shout-along chorus: "I got you, and you still got me." Definitely required listening for the last few days of summer.
Watch Jack Dolgen's "Daytime" video after the jump.
Go Radio get creative with a split screen in "Go To Hell."
Leave it to Go Radio to combine lyric and regular videos in THE SAME VIDEO. ::Room spins:: (Dudes probably all drive Priuses, too.) In their video for "Go To Hell," the Florida-based band gets creative with split-screen technology, as singer/guitarist Jason Lancaster acts broody in black and white while his far-off former lady love pens some underline-heavy lyrical diary entries. We'd probably bust out the Sharpie, too, if we were this pissed -- after all, the song's not called "Come Back, I Totally Miss You."
Watch Go Radio's "Go To Hell" video after the jump.
Linkin Park are putting you in their new video. Yes, for real, you!
If you and your friends have always wanted to be in a Linkin Park video (obvs), you're about to get your wish. The band is totally making fan dreams come true with their new clip for "Lost in the Echo," which, once you've connected with Facebook, drops your pretty faces right into the cinematic video. You know, like a FAMOUS ROCK STAR or something. Chose your Instagrams wisely! The band members skipped the postapocalyptic party, so you won't get to digitally chill with Chester and Mike -- but having them soundtrack your official video debut comes pretty close. Spoiler: Bring some tissues; the video's crazy intense.
The band has been a longtime supporter of the important field of music video advancement, adding Michael Bay-level special effects in recent sci-fi-influenced efforts such as "Burn It Down" and "Iridescent." What will they do next? We're thinking either broadcasting from the Mars rover (look out will.i.am!) or inviting us to a Google+ Hangout. We live in the future, you guys! The band's own latest blockbuster, Living Things, is out now.
+ Watch Linkin Park's "Lost in the Echo" video.
Photo credit: James Minchin
Listen to The Tontons' new single "Golden" (and see how nice they look in outerwear!).
"I've given up on all of your golden days," Asli Omar sings on the Tontons' "Golden," but the song itself sounds anything but defeated. The rhythmic, guitar-driven track sounds like a younger, college-aged Metric, and much like Emily Haines (Metric's lead singer), Omar carries an empowering, emotional lead vocal. "You were never strong enough to break me down," she sings on the CAT-CHY hook. Yeeeah, we don't know about you, but we're getting this on the ol' iPod stat (or insert musical device of choice here). This ish is perfect for LES romps (while probably pretending to be Santigold).
Listen to "Golden" by The Tontons after the jump.
You can't take these guys anywhere without someone getting a nosebleed.
We've been hitting the gym pretty hard lately in an attempt to keep up with Usher, so we were pretty stoked to see Blood Red Shoes taking on a bodybuilder in their new video for "In Time to Voices." The U.K. duo definitely get an "A" for authenticity, as they called up their extremely fit pal Craig Lee for a vicious arm wrestling match with singer Laura-Mary Carter. And she does more than hold her own -- let's just say the challenge gives new meaning to the band's footwear-themed moniker. Wonder how she feels about tanning and laundry?
Watch Blood Red Shoes' "In Time To Voices" video after the jump.
We're hopelessly devoted to soulful British singer Jessie Ware.
We've been dancing to Jessie Ware ever since the London singer lent her pipes to SBTRKT's excellent electro debut, and now she's inviting EVERYONE to join the party. Not only has the soulful chanteuse toured the world with U.K. producer and singer Jack Peñate, but she's about to release her solo major-label debut, Devotion.
So far Devotion has garnered plenty of U.K. love: The album charted in the Top 5 and earned raves from everyone from the Guardian to the NME, who dubbed the song "110%" "simple pop beauty" and then compared her to (deep breath!) Sade, Little Dragon, and Robyn. We can see how Sade's smoove soul is a definite influence on laid-back jams like "No To Love," but we're also sensing a Radiohead-like tension bleeping and blooping beneath the beat.
Listen to Jessie Ware after the jump.
The Features' new video has a cat cameo? Yeah? Now we love them even more.
The Features' "Another One" video, directed by Ryan Newman, starts out as a romance, right from the opening shot: a happy couple and a motel with free HBO! (That's true love.) Of course, instead of spending their special night watching "True Blood" and playing Sookie, our heroes have to contend with a band of hipster rodents. (This is why you ALWAYS have to read TripAdvisor!) In an possible outtake from "Honey, We Shrunk The Rock Band," the Nashville quartet delivers the hooky track (which feels like the Talking Head synced up with The Cars) from the safety of a mouse-sized hole in the wall until our lovelorn protagonists outsmart them and put this whole of-mice-and-men thing to bed.
Watch The Features' "Another One" video after the jump.