Check out our interview with electronic storytellers The M Machine.
Last we heard from San Francisco electronic outfit The M Machine, they were flirting with post-apocalyptic dubstep on their track "The Palace." Now, their new video for "Tiny Anthem," off their concept album Metropolis Pt. II, pairs that futuristic concept with some evocative animated imagery. With its sci-fi storytelling and bizarre array of space monsters, it's hard not to be fascinated by The M Machine's dystopian-themed animation -- "Tiny Anthem" kind of makes you think of a goofier and less graphic "Aeon Flux," or maybe even a galaxy-themed "Hunger Games." Read on as we chat with The M Machine to find out more about their "Tiny Anthem" video and its young blue-haired protagonist, Luma.
Learn more about The M Machine's "Tiny Anthem" video after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: Gold Fields
When Australia's Gold Fields walk on stage, you wouldn't immediately think, "These guys are gonna make me DANCE tonight." In fact, the guys look pretty unassuming in person -- they're all unkempt hair, hoodies, and T-shirts -- except once the lights dim, all bets are off: Childhood friends Mark Fuller, Vinci Andanar, Luke Peldys, Rob Clifton, and Ryan D'Sylva set the stage on fire with their entrancing brand of tribal dance rock -- a synthy, new wave-influenced sound that recalls fellow Aussies Cut Copy and British club kings Bloc Party.
Read more about Gold Fields after the jump.
Catch up with Artist To Watch Robert DeLong in Buzzworthy's exclusive Q&A.
We REALLY envy Seattle-born, L.A.-based Robert DeLong's coordination. First off, the EDM performance artist typically has 15 to 20 instruments on stage with him AT ONE TIME, and he doesn't have anybody else up there to, say, shake a tambourine or hit a cowbell. Nope, it's just Robert up there alone, jumping up and down (literally), spinning dials, pressing buttons, drumming and singing, and utilizing everything from his laptop to game pads to a traditional guitar and snare. Not only has Robert proved his staying power with hook-happy songs like "Global Concepts" and "Change (How You Feel)," but he's just unveiled a brand-new full-length album on Glassnote Records called Just Movement, featuring even more dancehall-ready pop/EDM/electro/rock/8-bit tracks. Now that we're officially obsessed with Robert's unusual Anamanaguchi-meets-Moby-meets-The Postal Service vibe, we decided to sit down with the Artist To Watch to talk about his electro-indie influences, Seattle background, and, well, whether or not Martians exist. Check out Buzzworthy's Q&A with Robert DeLong below!
Watch Robert DeLong's Buzzworthy Q&A, watch his "Global Concepts" video, and check out exclusive live performances from his MTV "Artist To Watch" showcase at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
Clueless about romance? Mac Miller's here to help you out.
When you think Valentine's Day you usually think candy hearts, chocolate, hysterical sobbing, and Mac Miller. And why shouldn't you? Dude is so swagged out that Complex mag readers voted him Man Of The Year -- a distinction that won him his own Fisker Karma (no, I'm not kidding). He dropped an album that boomeranged to the No. 1 spot its debut week, while you're busy sleeping he's busy dropping mixtapes, his videos have been viewed more than 100 MILLION times, he's got his own show -- "Mac Miller And The Most Dope Family" coming up on MTV2 beginning Feb. 26 -- he's bros with Snoop, he gives away music so generously he's basically the Jewish Santa Claus, and he's sentimental enough to dress like his own grandpa. So who better to help you step up your romance game than Mac?
In his "Love Lessons With Mac Miller" video, Mac reveals the secret to an unforgettable Valentine's night where romance, elegance, and intimacy abound, starting with... shawarma and ending with a sexual eruption. So grab a date (leave your cash at home) and a bottle of cologne, and take copious notes, boys!
+ Watch "Love Lessons With Mac Miller," and check out Mac Miller on MTV2's Guy Code's "Good-Ass Night," and don't miss the "Mac Miller And The Most Dope Family" trailer.
Paramore's ready to hug it out in the explosive "Now" video.
"Lost the battle, win the war," Hayley Williams sings as she preps for all-out combat in Paramore's "Now" video, premiering tonight on "MTV First: Paramore." We thought we'd witnessed some pretty epic laser tag matches in our day, but this is the real thing -- Hayley, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York are rock refugees among soldiers battling their way through a smoke-filled field.
Watch Paramore's "Now" video and exclusive "MTV First: Paramore" interview with the band!
twenty | one | pilots answer 20 burning questions.
On stage, the Midwestern-bred menfolk of twenty | one | pilots are a living mashup, shamelessly slamming together rap-rock and hip-hop with power-pop piano melodies so precariously that you're almost like "holy s*** this is NEVER going to work... OH HOLD UP BECAUSE IT TOTALLY DOES." How do MTV Artists To Watch and Fueled By Ramen signees twenty | one | pilots manage to channel Eminem, P.O.D., blink-182, Green Day, Modest Mouse and Matt and Kim in just a few dizzying bars? (Also, why do they spell their name "twenty | one | pilots, all lowercase with those pipe things?) I have no idea how (if I knew, I'd be doing it myself, and I'd also be figuring out my own path to world domination), which is why I had a lot of questions for Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph. Twenty of them, actually, ranging from how they make that strange magic happen at their live shows, to concerns about their arrest record and time spent cooling in the clink with 50 Cent, to the idea of a One Directon/ twenty | one | pilots tour, to why Taylor Swift just cannot hold down a boyfriend. And for their last trick, the guys even predict the future of their Wikipedia page and blow their own minds.
Watch twenty | one | pilots answer 20 questions, watch their "Guns For Hands" video, and check out exclusive live performances from their MTV "Artist To Watch" showcase at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
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Watch Marina Diamond (of Marina & The Diamonds) sing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."
Though she's never had a lick of formal training, Marina Diamond (aka Marina & The Diamonds) has the vocal game on LOCK -- just in the last year alone, Marina has made pit stops in Russia, Europe and the U.S. with Coldplay, and she nearly stole the show as an opener for Katy Perry's "California Girls" tour. Anyway, you could imagine how pumped we were to include her in our "12 Holidaze" series, where we ask our favorite musicians (like Austin Mahone, The Wanted, and MGK) to sing a holiday song of their choice. Singing Judy Garland's 1944 classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Marina's gentle, old Hollywood delivery definitely gives us a Christmas-themed case of the warm and fuzzies.
Watch Marina and The Diamonds sing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" after the jump.
MGK's idea of a Christmas gift may differ slightly from ours.
MGK and Christmas aren't two things that you would immediately group together (unlike, say, Bing Crosby and yule logs), unless your Christmas celebration includes waking up somewhere strange and possibly getting arrested. If it does, then MGK and Christmas make PERFECT sense together. But for most of us, MGK's view of the holiday season, like the unstoppable solo artist himself, is as unique as a solitary snowflake falling on a cold December morning.
Although we'd have a lot of fun guessing, MGK made sure we knew exactly what it's like to be him on Christmas with a performance of the popular Christmas carol "The 12 Days Of Christmas" (except his version has been cut down to six days... because he's MGK and he doesn't have time for that s***). But the thing that really sets us apart from the "Invincible" rapper are the Christmas gifts he's received. Without giving too much away, let's just say that Santa gave MGK the greatest gift of all, and it's a gift that keeps on giving. And no, it's not an Xbox.
Watch MGK perform "The 6 Days Of Christmas" and reveal Santa's special gift to him after the jump.
Are you as pumped about Pharrell working with Miley Cyrus as we are?!
We have a lot of favorite artists, but we feel like we've been following industry Renaissance man Pharrell Williams' career FOREVER. He's the only guy we can think of who not only spends his days producing hits for everyone from Britney Spears to The Hives, but he releases his own music, collaborates with an enormous mix of musicians like Madonna and Adam Lambert, AND somehow has the time to design his Billionaire Boys Club line. (Oh, AND he can now add "author" to his résumé, 'cause dude's just released a new coffee table book, "Pharrell: The Places And Spaces I've Been.")
Watch Pharrell discuss working in the studio with Miley Cyrus after the jump.
Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace chats with Joan Smalls from MTV's "House Of Style."
When Against Me!'s Tom Gabel made the brave decision in May 2012 to come out as transgender and to publicly transition into life as Laura Jane Grace, she quietly broke the news via a Rolling Stone article. And for someone in the public eye, known for his rugged, car-wheels-on-a-gravel-road voice and alpha-male punk appeal, the artist -- and woman -- now known as Laura did so with a quiet grace and effortless elegance that spoke more about her character and heart than about her decision to wear lipstick and wedge boots. This wasn't a publicity stunt cooked up by management. It was an earnest, honest attempt to reconcile her own internal gender conflict and live freely as a woman still capable of fronting a punk band with as much swagger, bravado, and confidence as the man she once lived as.
That said, she still needed new clothes.
MTV "House Of Style" host Joan Smalls headed down to St. Augustine Florida, where Laura opened up her home and her closet -- literally -- and let Joan in on her collection of little black dresses, holdovers from her days as Tom (a filthy denim vest, and a Dead Kennedys shirt held together by safety pins), Target must-haves (I feel you, girl!) and yes, painful but highly stylish Margiela boots.
Watch Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace discuss transitioning into her transgender style on "House Of Style."