What Sally Shapiro can do: throw the world's best pajama dance party.
Before Jessie Ware, before Grimes, before last week -- there was Sally Shapiro. The Swedish duo's Disco Romance had us falling in love with chilly synth-pop all over again back in 2007, but now the band's really starting to heat up. Bedded with newly warmed synth tones and shimmering guitars, "What Can I Do" offers a tender take on acoustic pop that eschews the expected electro backdrop. Still, the pair haven't forgotten their roots: As Shapiro's vocals rise to the puppy-soft chorus, she's backed by syncopated disco drums. And you know what it sounds like? Only the best pajama dance party ever! (Fortunately, we still have our Taylor Swift-themed "We Are Never Ever" jammies on hand.)
Listen to Sally Shapiro's "What Can I Do" after the jump.
Green Day's soundtracking a guy with heart problems -- but not the kind you think.
Ready for round two? Green Day are on to ¡Dos!, the second record in their punk album trilogy. In their "Stray Heart" video, a flirty guy tries to impress women with his record collection -- which might work if his heart wasn't already out roaming the city. No, for real: Dude's nearly "Walking Dead" status. Uh, we're gonna pass on dating the guy with a big, bloody, gaping hole in his chest -- how are we supposed to hug? The cat's already ruined enough of our sweaters.
Watch Green Day's "Stray Heart" video after the jump.
Go Radio float on in their "Go To Hell" video.
Go Radio's lyric video for their breakthrough single "Go to Hell" was a somber affair, all black-and-white footage and a lonely trip through the L.A. subway system. For their new "Go to Hell" video, the band from Tallahassee, Fla., threw a freakin' parade. Honestly. The band rides a Big Bird-colored float through town while performing the breakup anthem with a little help from a marching band, of course.
Watch Go Radio's "Go To Hell" video after the jump.
Fear of Men might scare you a little, because they're a band and they know how to do things.
A church, a bowl of blood, a long-haired leading lady -- nope, it's not the new "Carrie" trailer. While Chloë Moretz (or Stephen King) doesn't guest star in Fear of Men's "Mosaic" video, it still might scare you. The London/Brighton quartet's latest is all arty black-and-white, featuring shots of pensive silence in an ancient church and a mysterious liquid waiting for a climactic pour. Is it paint? Maple syrup? We still haven't finished our Halloween movie marathon, so we're going to go with the spookier option.
Watch Fear Of Men's "Mosaic" video after the jump.
The Maine covers Cyndi Lauper's classic "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."
It's not even Christmas, but Santa's already gifted us with a full stocking of punk covers. We've been so good! The latest is The Maine's take on Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." In the Arizona rockers' hands, the carefree '80s anthem becomes a devastating guitar scorcher that wouldn't feel out of place during a breakup scene of a John Hughes movie. It's a complete reboot of the Lauper track, with the original's bouncy hooks twisted into a wounded melody and the synthesizers traded in for smoldering amps. There's serious anguish when John O'Callaghan sings, "Daddy dear, you're still No. 1," and a winter chill when the song's title line rolls off his tongue. Brrrr. He gets an assist from Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazzara, who adds his own bellow to the clattering chorus.
Listen to The Maine's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" cover featuring Adam Lazzara after the jump.
Watch Green Day's "Twilight"-themed video for "The Forgotten."
With one album down and two on the way from Green Day's new punk trinity, the band's signed a long-term lease on our brains -- and they've just dropped a new video that you won't soon forget. "The Forgotten" is Green Day's contribution to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack, joining an all-star lineup including Feist, St. Vincent, Passion Pit, and even series star Nikki Reed, who collab'd with husband Paul McDonald on "All I've Ever Needed." And Green Day's ballad definitely brings the romance: "Don't look away from the arms of a moment/ Don't look away from the arms of love," Billie Joe Armstrong sings over a swelling string section and strident piano chords.
Watch Green Day's video for "The Forgotten" after the jump.
Sky Ferreira dreams of romance in "Sad Dream."
Hey, remember that line in "Mean Girls," "I just have a lot of feelings"? Well, so does Sky Ferreira. Actually, the platinum-haired singer has been
brooding all over the place lately, first reviving the '80s smooth jam with "Everything is Embarrassing," teaming up with Garbage's Shirley Manson on "Red Lips," and now, going dusty -- or Dusty Springfield -- on "Sad Dream."
Watch Sky Ferreira's "Sad Dream" video after the jump.
The Hood Internet teams up with Tobacco and Psalm One in "More Fun."
Mashup kings/taco fans The Hood Internet have been smashing together our favorite jams since 2007, but now they're focused on crafting some new tracks of their own. Their latest is "More Fun," which comes with a video that's a straight-up suspense-thriller, all extreme close-ups with a shocking ending. Konee Rok directed the video, though at first we thought it had to be Soderbergh.
Watch The Hood Internet's "More Fun" video after the jump.
Actress Michelle Williams is the star of Wild Nothing's new video for "Paradise."
"Love is paradise," Wild Nothing frontman Jack Tatum sings in "Paradise," but being on a plane isn't -- if you're Michelle Williams. Our favorite "Dawson's Creek" actress-turned-Academy Award nominee stars in the indie act's latest video, heading anxiously above the clouds. She battles her flight fright with a vintage cassette tape player -- not a Walkman! -- and by reading a spoken-word monologue done specifically for the video version of the synth-pop track. "'All shall be well,' said the ocean," she says, and then finds herself mentally chilling by a waterfall. Michelle Williams, spirit guide.
Watch Wild Nothing's "Paradise" video after the jump.
The Weeknd sticks to the shadows in his "Wicked Games" video.
Before he was booking studio time with Drake and headlining festivals, The Weeknd was a mysterious figure -- a feeling main man Abel Tesfaye's new video for "Wicked Games" sinks deep into. He begins singing alongside a seductive, nearly NSFW model, who moves offscreen, leaving only her shadow to dance to the moody slow jam. "Bring the drugs, baby/ I could bring my pain," Tesfaye sings as her shadow reaches toward his mouth. Spooky!
Watch The Weeknd's "Wicked Games" video after the jump.