The Bolts go retro in their black-and-white "Wait 'Til We're Young" video.
Guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, rock 'n' roll hooks -- what else you waiting for? How about a colorful retro video? The Bolts' "Wait 'Til We're Young" lands between "That Thing You Do!" and Andy Warhol, capturing the SoCal quintet jamming under candy-colored shapes and their own super-imposed faces. Picasso, baby. The pop-art invasion attacks the band's straightforward black-and-white performance, with The Bolts live and alone in a blank studio -- all they need is a band and a jam. (Isn't that a Justin Bieber song?)
Watch The Bolts' "Wait 'Til We're Young" video after the jump.
Hear AlunaGeorge's definitely great electro-R&B jam "Bad Idea."
"Bad Idea"? At this point, we're pretty sure AlunaGeorge only has great ones. A guest appearance from the London duo on "White Noise" has already helped Disclosure become the year's most blogged about act, according to The Hype Machine, the benevolent NSA of the music internet. Not that AlunaGeorge needs a hand itself: The group already read our minds with their "You Know You Like It" video, but we don't need any visuals to join their latest Body party.
Listen to AlunaGeorge's "Bad Idea" after the jump.
Imaginary Cities go sci-fi in their "Bells of Cologne" video.
Imaginary Cities are a Winnipeg band who play indie pop in the grand Canadian tradition of Stars and The Dears: synth-heavy, dramatic, and crazy catchy. The band's new "Bells of Cologne" video has more lens flares than a J.J. Abrams movie, and the same fascination with spaceships. Half performance video, half sci-fi opus, the "Bells of Cologne" video captures Imaginary Cities rocking aboard a flying saucer hovering over, yup, Cologne.
Watch Imaginary Cities' "Bells Of Cologne" video after the jump.
Sampha's going solo on "Without."
You've probably heard Sampha's breathy baritone featured on songs by masked electro-guru SBTRKT. The British singer -- a producer himself -- dropped soulful lead vocals all over SBTRKT's super-great self-titled debut, and joined the musician on tour everywhere from London to Coachella. After tracks such as "Valentine," Sampha's 2011 duet with Jessie Ware that notched a million YouTube views, he's ready to step out on his own. He's got a brand-new single, "Without," and his debut EP, Dual, lands July 29. The talented 24-year-old's got plenty of other stuff on his plate -- like, BTW, producing Drake's new single -- but we're stoked he's taken some "me" time. Treat yo' self!
Listen to Sampha's "Without" after the jump.
Watch Travis animate a winter night with the power of breathing in their "Moving" video.
"Moving" seems like the right title for the new single from Travis, the Britpop band that's back after a five-year absence. (Hope they got caught up on "Game of Thrones.") The group -- known for melancholy yet never maudlin classics such as "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" and "Sing" -- seem to be taking a new direction on their comeback set, with the latest track a swift, streamlined pop-rock effort. Still in the mix, of course: singer Fran Healy's golden melodies, pouring through like sun through dark clouds.
Watch Travis' "Moving" video after the jump.
Steel Cranes bring the sludge on "Boat Song."
Steel Cranes are from Oakland, Calif., but don't expect the duo to get all Bay Area Lil B on you. Tracy Shapiro and Amanda Schukle's two-woman rock assault has more in common with the Melvins or the Black Keys: the slo-mo heaviness of a 2,000-pound pendulum, as much grit as an abandoned highway, and a fearless sense of rock 'n' roll. On "Boat Song," the duo squishes deep into amplifier sludge, Shapiro stomping her wah-wah pedal to the limit as Schukle keeps the cymbal crashes on lock.
Listen to Steel Cranes' "Boat Song" after the jump.
Phoenix plays it "Cool" in their new video.
Phoenix doesn't have to try that hard to be cool -- dudes headline music festivals; one is married to Sofia Coppola; they chill in France; they're tonight's featured artist on MTV's "Catfish" -- but the band's "Trying To Be Cool" video, their latest Bankrupt! jam, definitely makes an effort. The video's a clever satire of a behind-the-scenes shoot, opening with the band from a standard in-studio setup and growing increasingly elaborate, adding stage fog, pyrotechnics, and even a Marilyn Monroe tribute. But it's clear from the opening shot -- a nonchalant jacket toss that misses the coat hanger; Phoenix is too cool for proper clothing care -- that the band's poking fun at their rock star status.
Watch Phoenix's "Trying To Be Cool" video after the jump.
Smith Westerns are going to sit this party out.
After the glammy goodness of Smith Westerns' last album, Dye It Blonde, the indie rock band's gone dreamy on their third LP, Soft Will. And judging by the video for "Idol," they're sooo over partying. As revelers go nuts around them, the band gets kissed, spoon-fed cake, sprayed with confetti -- pretty much everything short of Miley Cyrus and a teddy bear twerking up on them in "We Can't Stop." But nothing can get these dudes out of their chairs, and singer Cullen Omori spends the night getting sensitive over emphatic, glistening guitar chords.
Watch Smith Westerns' "Idol" video after the jump.
Hear Au Revoir Simone's dance-ready, synth-pop comeback single, "Somebody Who."
More like bonjour, ladies: Au Revoir Simone, our favorite Pee-wee Herman-referencing synth-pop trio, is back with its first new song in four years. This time, the O.G. act, who have been rocking their all-keyboards, all-the-time style since their 2006 debut, is finally ready for the dance floor.
Listen to Au Revoir Simone's "Somebody Who" after the jump.
Franz Ferdinand get it "Right" with their danceable new single.
It's hard to go wrong with Franz Ferdinand, a band that's been bringing its stylish take on indie rock to the world for more than a decade. The band's latest effort is "Right Action," the semi-title track of upcoming album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and it comes correct.
Listen to Franz Ferdinand's "Right Action" after the jump.