A-Trak and Tommy Trash's "Tuna Melt" video gives new meaning to the term "domino effect."
Five things we learned from A-Trak and Tommy Trash's epic "Tuna Melt" video:
1.) Dudes are in no rush to eat lunch. That sandwich is getting cold over here. Because…
2.) To make "Tuna Melt"'s video, the duo hired 1) director Ryan Staake and 2) Lunatim Rex, otherwise known as "Kinetic King": a past "American's Got Talent" contestant and a Guinness World Record holder for stick bombs, intricately connected chains of Popsicle sticks that "explode" once the chain is set off. Judging by this video, anything can be part of a stick bomb: sticks, dominoes, plastic cups, paper airplanes, a toy submarine, A-Trak's entire house. This video probably gets the Guinness World Record for most bonkers domino run at a DJ's house, which should definitely be a thing.
Watch A-Trak & Tommy Trash's "Tuna Melt" video after the jump.
Neon Neon is back with a bad dream and a big single.
A mid-century modern nightmare sounds like something Don Draper would have while passed out in a really beautiful Danish chair, probably involving a weird flashback to the Korean War and/or watching black-and-white television, but Neon Neon's new jam is strictly for the future. Ferris Bueller's future, at least: "Mid Century Modern Nightmare" bumps in the night with a furry bass and deadpan vocals straight from 1986. Devo would be proud. Swirling synthesizers and crisp drums bring the track into 2013, though a lyrical fascination with "the bourgeoisie" "sipping cups of tea" is timeless. (The band's new album is a concept record about the publisher of "Doctor Zhivago," who died in 1972. Hang on to your time machines!)
Listen to Neon Neon's "Mid Century Modern Nightmare" after the jump.
Juliet Simms hustles the concrete jungle in her new "Wild Child" video.
We've seen Juliet Simms go from one music world to another: She roared among the punk scene with Automatic Loveletter before joining Team Cee Lo on "The Voice," where she came in second last year. Now, she's making her own way with the video for "Wild Child," the lion-voiced singer's solo debut single. The new track finds the rocker wailing over funky grooves, electronic tones, and a synth-powered chorus. Somewhere, Axl Rose is getting nervous.
Watch Juliet Simms' "Wild Child" video after the jump.
Hear CSS down bloody marys on the funky new track "Hangover."
"Never had a hangover till you," Lovefoxxx sings on CSS' latest song "Hangover," which is crazy -- girl must have a liver of steel! But then, the band's new single starts making sense: "Never had my heart broken until you, ooh, ooh," she goes on. (Been there.) The band said recently that "'Hangover' is like summer in space," which is totally a better description. It's certainly light-years away from the rock sound of 2011's La Liberación, not to mention dance-punk breakthrough jams like "Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above" or "Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex."
Listen to CSS' "Hangover" after the jump.
Paramore's forth studio album is finally here!
We've been waiting a long time for Paramore's self-titled fourth album, the group's first as a trio. Despite the smaller lineup, Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York have created their most ambitious effort yet, a 17-song set -- dare I say masterpiece? -- that ranges from the band's signature punk anthems to dance floor-ready tracks (and maybe even Celine Dion covers). Yes, Paramore has a lot to say: Let's hear it.
Read our track-by-track review of Paramore's Paramore after the jump.
We The Kings get inspirational on their new single, "Just Keep Breathing."
April showers got you down? "Pretty Little Liars" separation anxiety? Or something worse -- gasp! -- than missing Spencer and A? No matter what's giving you the #sadz, We The Kings understand how you feel. "Just take a breath and let it go," frontman Travis Clark sings on the band's new single, "Just Keep Breathing," a track with a fun.-sized chorus that definitely requires full lungs. The inspirational track marks a new direction for the band: after the chiming power-pop chords of 2011's Sunshine State of Mind, "Just Keep Breathing" opens with an echoing U2-style riff and heart-on-sleeve lyrics a touch more cloudy than the band's usual Florida rays. When the band leaps into the whoa-oh-oh chorus, it's as epic as "Game of Thrones."
Listen to We The Kings' "Just Keep Breathing" after the jump.
The Features: secret breakdancing lovers.
The Features are a band full of surprises. Take "This Disorder," the rockers' spiky new single: Are its "LCD" references an ode to iPhone addiction or part of an unhealthy obsession with James Murphy? Maybe both, but the band's video for the song builds its own weird world. It opens with suspense, the camera following a pair of moccasin-clad feet headed down a hall toward an elevator, footsteps landing in the song's rhythm. With the music's lean dance-rock in full effect, our hero makes it to a doctor's office in one piece as the video's quick edits build up to a David Lynch-esque freak-out.
Watch The Features' "This Disorder" video after the jump.
Get ready for Little Daylight to slow it down, synth-style on "Name In Lights."
Electro-pop threesome Little Daylight ascend directly to synth-heaven on "Name in Lights," the New York act's second single. "You know you've got your name in lights," the hook coos, as backing vocals as soft as freshly bathed puppies rest underneath. The track's a downtempo parade of textures, a bass line gently beating alongside reverb-coated drums. The song's style recalls a slo-mo Alpine or the lush synth-pop harmonies of Au Revoir Simone -- a Sunday morning to the Saturday night fever of the band's high-energy debut, "Overdose." It's definitely a sound we can't get enough of.
Listen to Little Daylight's "Name In Lights" after the jump.
Shugo Tokumaru plays more instruments than you.
Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru's been making albums since 2004's Night Piece, but the pop-minded musical genius started turning heads in recent years with his cover of Peter Bjorn and John's "Young Folks." His latest is this year's In Focus?, a 15-track collection that layers instruments like noodles on lasagna -- and yes, we meant "genius." One listen to Tokumaru's kaleidoscopic songs and it's clear he's operating on another level: "Katachi" alone combines acoustic guitar and vocals with mallet percussion, whistles, accordion, and more intricate examples we can't quite identify. If "Toy Story 4" needs a setting, Tokumaru's studio sounds like the place. His musical range comes packaged with his gift for sun-kissed melodies: Tracks such as "Decorate" and 2010 single "Lahaha" are as exuberant as a puppy chasing a butterfly.
Listen to Shugo Tokumaru after the jump.
Fear of Men's catchy indie pop: the opposite of scary.
"You're just a dreamer; I'm just a dream," Fear of Men's Jessica Weiss sings on "Spirit House" -- the U.K. band's first-ever single. The line's a fitting entry into the quartet's mysterious world, where mystic imagery and stormy guitar tones share space with triumphantly catchy melodies. It's also a reminder of The Cranberries' "Dreams," a track that sounds like the fairy godmother to Fear of Men's powerful indie pop sound.
Read more about Fear Of Men after the jump.