Dylan Reynolds gets contemplative in his "Spanish Civil War" video.
We'll be blunt: Not a lot happens in Dylan Reynolds' "Spanish Civil War" video. In fact, aside from the 21-year-old alt-folk/pop musician sitting sideways with his hair blowing in the wind, literally NOTHING happens! But we kinda think that's the point, right? Because when your song is as minimalist and delicate as Mac Miller's bestie's "Spanish Civil War," the video's tone should probably match. And when have we ever NOT wanted to stare at a cute "in-touch-with-his-emotions" singer for a few solid minutes?
Watch Dylan Reynolds' "Spanish Civil War" video after the jump.
Watch Atlas Genius' "Artist To Watch" live performance at NYC's Webster Hall!
When bands adapt to the elements in an "anything-can-happen" situation, and STILL put on an amazing show, that's the mark of a true "Artist To Watch" right there. Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius were faced with such a situation when performing at NYC's Webster Hall for their "Artist To Watch Live" performance this past week (check out photos from their show here). Right in the middle of their set, a PA exploded, and the band was forced to finish their performance without electricity. But despite their electrical setback, the guys STILL brought down the house with a brilliant stripped-down performance of songs like "Trojans" and "All These Girls." So, if you aren't familiar with MTV Artists To Watch Atlas Genius, now would be the perfect time to GET familiar. Pfft, who needs power, anyway?
Watch Atlas Genius perform "If So," "Trojans," "Back Seat," and more at NYC's Webster Hall after the jump.
Watch Theophilus London get romantic in his "Rio" video.
Theophilus London's a globe-trotting kinda dude, but the musician didn't have to head too far to film his video for "Rio": To conjure the memory of nights on the beach and too many umbrella-topped cocktails, London brings us a romantic, retro performance set in New York. The story begins in black-and-white, with a lone lady in search of a speakeasy. She finds it in an NYC hotel bar that bursts into color and a back room where London and the five-piece Menahan Street Band offer a vivid serenade.
Watch Theophilus London's "Rio" video after the jump.
Watch Jay-Z, Baz Luhrman, and others discuss the "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack.
By now you've probably streamed and re-streamed The Great Gatsby soundtrack so often that you could literally throw a "Gatsby"-themed karaoke party and wouldn't even have to Google (and then print out) the lyrics. That in mind, we're sure you've wondered once or twice just how on Earth Baz Luhrmann got all of those musical heavyweights together to help build the Gatsby soundtrack! Well, now you can find out in an exclusive video about the Jay-Z-produced soundtrack, featuring interviews with Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine, The xx, Bryan Ferry, and more.
Watch Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine, and Jay-Z discuss the Great Gatsby soundtrack after the jump.
Paris Hilton and Christina Milian guest on Rich Gang's "Tapout" video.
Rich Gang may actually have THE MOST coveted iPhone contacts EVER. No, really: Rich Gang's "Tapout" video, taken from their forthcoming album out June 25, features basically everyone ever (Lil Wayne, Future, Birdman, Mack Maine, and Nicki Minaj). And did we mention that they even found a way to convince Paris Hilton to play a waitress? Paris Hilton?! The one and ONLY? When does that ever happen?
Watch Rich Gang's "Tapout" video featuring Lil Wayne, Paris Hilton, Christina Milian, Future, Birdman, Mack Maine, & Nicki Minaj after the jump.
Iggy Azalea rolls through Mumbai, India, in her "Bounce" video.
If you thought Selena Gomez was the only girl in town rocking a bindi (remember her "Come & Get It" performance at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards?), then YOU ARE SORELY MISTAKEN! Australian model-turned-rapper Iggy Azalea has also adopted the bindi as a "thing," as she's wearing a one 24/7 in her brand-new video for "Bounce," taken from from her upcoming debut, The New Classic.
Watch Iggy Azalea's "Bounce" video after the jump.
Forever The Sickest Kids hit the reset button on love in their new song "Chin Up Kid." Plus: Watch the "Chin Up Kid" lyric video!
It might take you a second to confirm that you hit play on the right video at the outset of Forever The Sickest Kids' new song "Chin Up Kid" (from their forthcoming album, J.A.C.K.). The track opens with a scratchy vinyl effect, a playful string jaunt, and an unexpected triumphant burst of old-timey, guy-on-a-penny-farthing harmonies. Have FTSK gone all Panic At The Disco-meets-Queen on us? But things return to form for the Dallas band soon enough, however, and we're off to the races on a rush of guitars and pop-punk energy.
Listen to Forever The Sickest Kids' new song, "Chin Up Kid," and watch the lyric video after the jump. Read More...
MTV's latest Artist To Watch is pop singer and YouTube sensation Austin Mahone.
We hardly need to introduce you to our latest MTV Artist To Watch: 17-year-old pop wunderkind, dancer, and the next Justin Bieber hopeful, Austin Mahone. But just in case you can't call yourself a "Mahomie" yet or haven't listened to Austin's sparkling pop gems (if not, please listen to "11:11," the Flo Rida-assisted "Say You're Just A Friend," and "Say Somethin" STAT), then sit yourself down as we delve into the finer points of Austin's pop past and (what is sure to be promising) future.
Read more about Austin Mahone after the jump.
Thirty Seconds To Mars' lyrics wash over nature and the elements in their "Conquistador" lyric video.
We knew Thirty Seconds To Mars had grand ambitions for their forthcoming album, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS (dropping May 21), but after watching the lyric video for "Conquistador," we had NO idea just how big they planned to go. (Hint: ENORMOUS.) How can we tell? Well, there's huge cascading lyrics over unexplainable phenomena like Aurora Borealis, tidal waves, and thunderstorms while Jared Leto shouts about preparing for war. So yeah, we can infer they're aiming for something a little epic.
Watch Thirty Seconds To Mars' "Conquistador" lyric video after the jump.
Cillie Barnes hosts the summer's first garden party in her new "Brainwash" lyric video.
With the weather warming up, it's hard not to fantasize about backyard BBQs, cold beverages, and impromptu outdoor shows lit only by twilight, vintage chandeliers, and leftover Christmas lights. And just in case you couldn't wait any longer to commandeer someone's backyard with beer-filled mason jars and kale chips, now you can bridge the gap from May to June with Cillie Barnes' "Brainwash" lyric video: a haunting, lush indie folk ballad and the Los Angeles singer's first single since her time as Vanessa Long with Family Of The Year. (Oh yeah, she changed her name!) But unlike Family Of The Year's sparkly pop indie ensemble approach, Cillie channels the mysterious manic pixie alt-folk vibe of Thao With The Get Down Stay Down -- so it makes perfect sense that "Brainwash"'s lyric video would produce a romantic, flea market-y, "summer in Brooklyn" feeling. Check it out below.
+ Watch Cillie Barnes' "Brainwash" lyric video.
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