The Weeknd has some issues to work out on his jarring double release, "Kiss Land/John Carpenter."
We've been falling for the slow jams of Canadian crooner Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, as much as anyone over the past year; you'd have to have no heart, or ears, or, uh, pants-parts not to. But on this new one-two punch from his upcoming LP, Kiss Land, the already hyper-sexualized R&B crooner digs even deeper, if you know what we mean, into the lover-man-on-the-road down-and-dirty details, and it's giving us a funny feeling. But that's probably the point.
Listen to The Weekn's "Kiss Land/John Carpenter" after the jump.
Diddy "joins" the cast of "Downton Abbey" for Funny Or Die.
Earlier this month, "Downton Abbey," the beloved U.K. soap about the lives of the most lovable and emotionally screwed up early 20th century aristocrats ever, announced that they had cast the first black actor, Gary Carr, to appear on the historical drama. Naturally, the announcement catalyzed a flurry of speculation about the role; the only thing we knew for sure is that Gary's character would be a "charming and charismatic" jazz player named Jack Ross. But just when we thought we knew everything about "Downton" Season 4, yesterday on Twitter, Diddy announced that there'd been a slight change of plans. (And that he's a closet "Downton" freak.)
Uh, did we read that correctly?!? We haven't been this psyched for a PBS program since "Sesame Street"!
Watch Diddy's scenes from his "role" on "Downton Abbey" after the jump.
The Wonder Years strip down "Dismantling Summer" for their "Buzzworthy Live" acoustic performance.
The Greatest Generation is a good title for an album, but maybe The Wonder Years should've just gone with The Greatest Album Of The Year, because every song on the record is better than the last, and that's no easy feat, because it already started off amazing. (You can stream the album, out now on Hopeless Records, here.) So, to celebrate the Philly band's fourth LP, we invited The Wonder Years over to MTV to perform a "Buzzworthy Live" acoustic rendition of "Dismantling Summer."
Watch The Wonder Years' "Buzzworthy Live" acoustic performance of "Dismantling Summer," and see what Soupy had to say about the song after the jump.
Thirty Seconds To Mars send animals running in their "The Race" lyric video.
While Thirty Seconds To Mars literally shot for the moon on their last celestial lyric video, "Conquistador," on this follow-up, "The Race," also from their upcoming LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS (out May 21), they bring the focus a little bit closer to Earth. But don't worry, just because the band has returned to their home planet doesn't mean that "The Race"'s lyric video is any less majestic, haunting, or packed with Jared Leto's grandiose ambition.
Watch Thirty Seconds To Mars' "The Race" lyric video after the jump.
Har Mar Superstar gets soulful in his "Lady, You Shot Me" video.
Considering the source, the often ironic Sean Tillman, aka Har Mar Superstar, we're not sure whether or not to take this video for his obsession-worthy song "Lady, You Shot Me" at face value or not. We suppose it's technically possible to be heart-on-sleeve and tongue-in-cheek at the same time. Call it tongue-on-sleeve, maybe? (No, that's gross, don't call it that.)
Watch Har Mar Superstar's "Lady, You Shot Me" video after the jump.
Citizen describe losing someone important in their new single, "The Summer."
Just when we were getting used to the idea of a new wave of bands reaching back to the glory days (aka the bummer days) of vintage emo, we're already jumping ahead to the brand-new days (or Brand New days, we should say). It's getting kind of hard to keep track of where we are in time lately; sometimes it feels like we're in a music-themed episode of "Lost." ("We have to go back!!")
Speaking of being lost, it's a feeling that the boys of Michigan's Citizen sound like they're familiar with on "The Summer," the first song off their upcoming album, Youth, on Run For Cover Records.
Listen to Citizen's "The Summer" after the jump.
Lana Del Rey channels Daisy Buchanan in her new "Young And Beautiful" video.
Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" film adaptation has hit the big screen, so it makes sense that he'd tap Lana Del Rey -- the pop game's Daisy Buchanan -- to release a video for the soundtrack. Her offering, "Young and Beautiful," finds Del Rey channeling some of the film's spirit and the era's fragile glamour.
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Pop and electro come together on Duke Dumont's irresistible dance track "Need U (100%)."
There's a lot that the worlds of pop music and electronic have to teach each other. Setting aside the fact that most of what we'd call Top 40 music now is basically EDM dressed up in flashier clothes, we know that successful crossover producers often find their way to songwriting by teasing out the essential elements of a proper pop hit for their remix work. That's where burgeoning U.K. super-producer Adam Dyment, better known as Duke Dumont, got his start -- remixing tracks for the likes of Lilly Allen, AlunaGeorge, and Santigold, among many others. That sense of tunefulness -- the importance of a song -- carries over into Dumont's own original production, like his recent single "Need U (100%)."
Watch Duke Dumont's Featuring A*M*E's "Need U (100%)" video after the jump.
Pierce The Veil show off some bullfighting skills in their "Bulls In The Bronx" video.
Last month, after seeing a few behind-the-scenes photos of Pierce The Veil's "Bulls In The Bronx" video, we felt wildly speculative about whether or not we could expect any choreographed dancing from the band. Well, we were a little off. The video does feature some sensual, Spanish-influenced dancing, but the boys themselves mostly confine their moves to the guitar-wielding persuasion.
Watch Pierce The Veil's "Bulls In The Bronx" after the jump.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Mosquito" video takes literal imagery to a new level.
There are a lot of music videos where the narrative is ambiguous and the symbolism is hard to tease out. Take "Sacrilege," for example, the first one from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' recent Mosquito album. Others, like the title track here, are a lot more straightforward. And by "straightforward" we mean "hammer on the nail repetitive and literal." That works too!
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