Itch and Adam Lazzara stand up for the abused in "Homeless Romantic."
We're not ones to judge a book by its cover, but with a name like "Itch," it's not that surprising to find a hotheaded activist-rapper with zero intentions of sitting still. Jonny "Itch" Fox is a total livewire MC who used to shout tales of London's dispossessed with the U.K. punk band The King Blues, but has since turned to hip-hop to express his vision of empowering the downtrodden. And his new single, "Homeless Romantic" featuring Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazzara, proves that the dude knows a thing or two about combining spitfire verses with raw punk ethos.
Listen to Itch's "Homeless Romantic" after the jump.
Count To Four recall early era pop punk in their "Bottles And Books" lyric video.
Holy nostalgia, Count To Four. Are you sure you didn't write "Bottles And Books" somewhere between 2002 and 2005? We get that you just released your studio debut, Between Two Cities, in April 2013, but you could've warned us about how you sound just like New Found Glory and Hidden In Plain View in the absolute best possible of ways. Alas, here you are in 2013, taking us back to the motifs of washed-up towns and sing-along choruses in your new lyric video, "Bottles And Books."
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Golden Youth bask in rustic, down-home jubilance in their "Brother In The Morning Light" video.
Accidents can be good, right? I mean, they usually result in a stain on your blouse or uneven bangs, but every now and then, they turn into, well, HAPPY accidents. Take Golden Youth, for example: the once-experimental side project of Sacramento, Calif., indie singer/songwriters Stephanie Lauren and Kyle Monroe. Originally members of two separate bands, the pair came together to create an unexpectedly unique sound (DESPITE the hardcore She & Him vibes we were expecting). Playing pastoral yet rhythmic songs, it seems fitting that their brand-new "Brother In The Morning Light" video has the duo all up in rustic nature settings.
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The Maine have a tough time saying "These Four Words" in their new video.
There's a reason why The Maine's new "These Four Words" video, off their long-awaited album Forever Halloween, will make you cry your water weight in tears: The song and its stripped-down, intimate video is a no-holds-barred, drive-me-to-Costco-to-bulk-buy-Kleenex example of a relationship gone awry. And while you're not busy conjuring up memories of your high school boyfriend breaking your heart, you'll be like, "Wait, this is coming from the same band that sang, 'Sex sells, and your sex cells make all the lost boys drool'?????"
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The Knocks and St. Lucia forgo subtlety in their steamy new "Modern Hearts" video.
Does this sound familiar? You're singing in your room, emoting the HELL out of a tune, when a less-than-pleased parental figure/neighbor knocks on the door to tell you to shert erp. Perhaps not the proudest of moments (also: #buzzkill), but this is exactly how electronic duo The Knocks got their name. OK, the NYC-based DJs were actually concocting EDM hits while we were the ones butchering the final bridge of "Defying Gravity," but they've nonetheless come a long way from battling disgruntled neighbors: The Knocks' newest single, "Modern Hearts," recently reached No. 1 on HypeMachine, and their hot and steamy new video for the track has us working up a sweat.
Kyle Andrews is all about the good times in his new track, "The Way To Wonder."
Nashville's Kyle Andrews, an indie pop player since 2006, not only has an obvious knack for next-level infectious melodies, but he's somehow mastered the art of hooks with a sound so unshakably happy, it could even make Debbie Downer crack a smile. In terms of sound, Kyle's style lands somewhere between the whimsy of fun., the plucky pitter-patter of Good Old War, and the vocal expressiveness of Conor Oberst. But unlike Mr. Oberst, Kyle has no malaise to speak of, and his predilection towards pure, no-holds-barred ebullience is currently on full display in "The Way To Wonder," the lead single off of his forthcoming album, Brighter Than The Sun.
Listen to Kyle Andrews' "The Way to Wonder" after the jump.
This Century set heartbreak to a dance beat in "Love Killer."
Phoenix's This Century have been making waves on the pop-punk circuit since 2007, and they're on deck to bust through the mainstream any day now. The four-piece outfit are masters of bouncy, party-starting anthems that sound cut from the same cloth as anything by The Ready Set, Metro Station, or The Maine. And with their new dance-until-your-body-cries track "Love Killer," you'll be all, "WHY IS LOVE SO HARD?" whilst fighting back the urge to do "The Carlton." (Keep fighting. OK, fine, LET IT GO.)
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Jump Smokers and Zookëper remix The Ready Set's "Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)."
A few months ago, The Ready Set hosted a debaucherous pool party in their "Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)" video. The clip was so epic, in fact, that we had to ask ourselves: "There's no way this thing could possibly get more ridiculous, right?" Welp, FOOL ME TWICE, because two remix crews have somehow managed to wring a few more drops of ridiculousness: DJs Jump Smokers and Zookëper have each served up two supercharged reboots of The Ready Set's party anthem.
Listen to JumpSmokers and Zookëper's "Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever) (Remix)" after the jump.
Kyle McNeill airs grievances against an ex in his new video for "Suzanne."
Meet Kyle McNeill: He's a Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter with a broken heart of gold and a unique country-blues/jazz/swamp-rock collection of sad-sack songs that could make Morrissey himself well up. And trust us, when you see the video for Kyle's latest single, "Suzanne," you're going to be all, "STEP BACK, I LOVED HIM FIRST" and "JUST WHO THE HELL IS THIS 'SUZANNE,' ANYWAY?" You're welcome, and we apologize in advance.
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Matthew E. White plays with imaginary friends in his new video, for "Steady Pace."
If you thought the biggest thing to come out of Richmond, Va., was the world's largest Marlboro cigarette factory, then it's time to meet Matthew E. White, the hirsute indie singer/songwriter who can move mountains with whispers AND look mighty fine in a white tux. The southern lad has been turning heads at Pitchfork, Consequence Of Sound, NME, and others since his 2012 debut, Big Inner, a potpourri of folk, jazz, soul, and gospel tunes lightly dusted in pop: it's like Cat Stevens meets Bon Iver (with whom he's collaborated) meets Randy Newman. (Fun fact: White once tracked down Newman's house in L.A. to give him a few CDs in person. Um... #GUTS, but also maybe #stalker.) Nowadays, White's frolicking with cardboard heads and doing little sidestep shuffles in the charmingly quirky video for his latest single, "Steady Pace."
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