Haim's ready for their NBA tryouts.
We know Haim can jam -- but can they dunk? It's time to find out. The L.A. band hits the basketball court in their new video for "Don't Save Me" with a dominating performance that'd make Charles Barkley proud. We have to love a group that busts sweet choreography between knocking down three-pointers, and we're not the only ones: The sister act just announced their signing to Columbia, which is pretty much like getting drafted by the Lakers. (Ryan Adams is their Phil Jackson.)
Watch Haim's "Don't Save Me" video after the jump.
Goldroom is back with a sweet new dance track.
After diving through a teenage summer in chill-out anthem "Fifteen," L.A. producer Goldroom is ready to kick things up a notch. New single "Sweetness Alive" hands the vocals over to a pair of female singers, the breezy twins of SLL (formerly Saint Lou Lou), who bring us on an EDM romp. The buoyant EDM track bounces instead of floating, driven by funky synth pulses and a bass line grooving just ahead of the steady 4/4 drums. The dance track leaves no room for a breather, dropping parts in and out like sprinters passing batons -- er, excuse, us, disco sticks.
Listen to Goldroom featuring SLL's "Sweetness Alive" after the jump.
Listen to Abigail Breslin swap sweet boy-girl indie rock vocals with Teddy Watson of Stargroves.
We knew Abigail Breslin could bust a pageant-wowing dance move, but turns out she can rock a mic, too. The intriguing actress (who was totally cute in her "Little Miss Sunshine" kiddie days but is now a stunning 16-year-old, as you can clearly see) does duet duties on Stargroves' "Within Me a Lunatic Sings," an ambitious indie track from the rising New York band. Breslin actually sings on a handful of songs with the group, joining on "Westfjords" and other tracks from the group's upcoming debut album. "Within Me a Lunatic Sings" plays like a Pinterest board of '00s indie rock greatest hits: Stars, Sigur Ros, and Freelance Whales are shot through the group's sound, revealing themselves as the track transitions from jittery boy-girl keyboard pop into a dramatic piano and string section.
Listen to Stargroves and Abigail Breslin's "Within Me a Lunatic Sings."
Atlas Genius strips back "Trojans" in this "Buzzworthy Live" acoustic session.
Almost a year ago, Australian act Atlas Genius were introducing themselves to the U.S. on MTV's "120 Minutes." Since they started 2012 off right for us, we're letting 'em finish up the year, too. (No, thank you, fellas.) For their stripped-down "Buzzworthy Live" performance, the quartet scales down to just singer/guitarist Keith Jeffrey. Surrounded by bare bulbs and quietly musing into the microphone, he sings and strums the melancholic track.
Watch Atlas Genius' "Buzzworthy Live" acoustic performance of "Trojans" after the jump.
Green Day took a vacation once -- who knew?
After more than two decades of power chords, Green Day's more prolific than ever -- and don't look for them to take a vacation any time soon. The band explains why they've stayed focused in a new clip from "¡Quatro!," an upcoming documentary on the long-lived punk rockers' trio of new albums.
Watch Green Day's "¡Quatro!" teaser after the jump.
ON AN ON are bringing vocoders back.
We've been vocoder fans since stumbling onto "Mr. Blue Sky" in our dad's record collection, so we're glad to hear our favorite sci-fi vocal effect making a comeback in ON AN ON's "The Hunter." (Holler at you later, Auto-Tune.) But it's the only retro move on the Chicago/Minneapolis indie band's new single, which explodes with synthesizer fireworks and speaker-frying bass. The track was produced, mixed, and mastered by studio genius Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Los Campesinos!), which means its epicness will no doubt rival a season of "Game of Thrones."
Listen to ON AN ON's "The Hunter" after the jump.
Watch The Hounds Below's quirky, TV-crushing video for "Chelsea's Calling."
"Quirky Girl With a Baseball Bat" would probably be way beneath "Hobo With a Shotgun" on our list of scary movies, but luckily The Hounds Below's new video swings for sunnier vibes. The indie-rock act's "Chelsea's Calling" video stars a beauty wandering around a nature-conquered industrial site, smashing away at vintage electronics -- a rotary phone, a television that could have rabbit ears -- like a hipster on steroids. Hey, we all need to blow off some steam sometimes, but not all of us have bands soundtracking our destruction.
Watch The Hounds Below's "Chelsea's Calling" video after the jump.
Get to know our latest obsession: Fetish. (The band, people.)
The word "Fetish" can freak people out, but we're just putting this out there -- we're pretty into it. Oh, we meant Fetish, the South African alternative rock band. After calling it quits in the '90s, the group has since reformed for a new album, Little Heart, which is full of heavy guitar leads and urgent vibrato courtesy of frontwoman Michelle Breeze -- think Florence + the Machine jamming with the Early November. "All Time Low" is the new album's lead single, a track that's got nothing in common with our favorite Maryland pop-punkers except for being on loop at Buzzworthy HQ.
Watch Fetish's "All Time Low" video after the jump.
Ra Ra Riot have a case of robot love.
Last we heard from Ra Ra Riot, they were reveling in the success of 2010's The Orchard, a spiky indie-pop record blanketed in standout strings, courtesy of cellist Alexandra Lawn. But now the band's kicking its feet out into synthier territory. It's not much of a surprise, since we've always known lead singer Wes Miles had a taste for the electronic (courtesy of his electronic side project Discovery). That said, Ra Ra Riot's new single "Beta Love" is a dancey jam that sounds like it just finished getting down with the Passion Pit and Pop Etc. bros at an Ace Hotel party that we didn't get invited to. Dudes, text next time! With Lawn no longer in the band, strings are still in the mix, but now they weave around Bigfoot-size synths and Wes' sky-high falsetto.
Listen to Ra Ra Riot's "Beta Love" after the jump.
The 1975 are ready for "Sex" -- on their new single.
"She's got a boyfriend anyway," The 1975's Matt Healy sings on "Sex." Talk about getting straight to the point! But don't feel too bad for the guy: He's still got a killer band. Though the Manchester quartet's members are barely old enough to enter a bar (Stateside, anyway), they've been playing together for a decade already, developing an immersing sound that blends dreamy pop, slow-motion electro, and 10-foot-tall rock into a delicious indie-rock concoction. The U.K. act dropped its first official release this summer with August's Facedown, a set that introduced their cinematic music and black-and-white aesthetic -- a sleek, retro style that extends to their videos and flawlessly curated Tumblr.
Listen to The 1975 after the jump.