Watch The So So Glos' raucous set from their MTV "Artist To Watch" show.
DIY punk rockers The So So Glos have carved a name for themselves by, well, doing it themselves. The Brooklyn-based band, comprising brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, Matt Elkin, and Zach Staggers opened their own very own venue, Shea Stadium, in 2009, to serve as an underground sanctuary for Brooklyn's many indie acts. Named for their beloved Mets, Shea Stadium is a testament to the NYC baseball team's underdog spirit, and it was there that The So So Glos cultivated their sound and built their fanbase. Now, four years later, the O Music Award-nominated band has released their second album, Blowout, and recently played The Studio At Webster Hall for MTV Hive's "Artist To Watch Live," where they reeled off killer tracks like "Lost Weekend," "Wrecking Ball," "Xanax," and more. Watch "Lost Weekend" and "Wrecking Ball" below, and check out The So So Glos' "Artist To Watch" performance in its entirety at MTV Hive.
Watch The So So Glos perform "Lost Weekend" and "Wrecking Ball" from their MTV Artist To Watch "Live In NYC" concert after the jump.
And they're off! Time for The Wonder Years to take on their "Four Shows In 24 Hours" tour!
"The 'Four Shows In 24 Hours' tour promises to be the most exhausting day of our lives," The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell told us earlier last month. And true to their word, the seminal pop-punk vets have done what was once thought to be impossible: In honor of their latest record, The Greatest Generation, The Wonder Years took on four shows in 24 hours (May 10-11), playing to audiences in Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, and Anaheim all in one day. (Beat THAT, Rihanna's "777" tour!)
Check out more photos of The Wonder Years on their 24-hour tour after the jump.
Black Taxi heat things up in "House on Fire."
Black Taxi's "House on Fire" is a signature slice of the new breed of stadium electro-pop: a track that combines spiky dance-punk guitars with M83 synth intensity and a fun.-size chorus. (Not to mention the horn break.) With all this below him, frontman Bill Mayo floats on, opening up his heart: "I just want to get along/ Like a house on a fire," he sings. With the chorus' fight against loneliness under way, the title image evokes the crackling home of Charlie Kaufman's movie "Synecdoche, New York" -- in that case, a metaphor for Philip Seymour Hoffman's character's internal instability, but here it's something more hopeful.
Listen to Black Taxi's "House On Fire" after the jump.
Ke$ha chills out with two pit bulls in her "Crazy Kids" video preview.
When we first saw Ke$ha's Riff Raff-meets-Estelle Getty costume from her upcoming "Crazy Kids" video, we honestly didn't know what to think. (Our brains went something like: "GAHHH-UHHHH-WUUUUT??") I mean, we knew this was KE$HA and all bets were off, especially if her single's got "Crazy" in the title. And we knew Ke$ha's no stranger to bizarre costume choices, especially given those furries in "C'Mon" and the Illuminati in "Die Young." But, uh, cornrows? Ghetto-fabulous gold glasses/door-knocker earrings? Ke$ha, we're officially ready for answers. And now, thanks to this 30-second preview of Ke$ha's "Crazy Kids" video, debuting tonight at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com, we've got them! (Well, more or less.)
Watch a preview of Ke$ha's "Crazy Kids" video after the jump.
Hunter Hayes records "(ENCORE)" at Nashville's Darkhorse Studios.
Happy Friday, Hunter Hayes Stans! Sure, you might love such Hunter tracks like "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak," and maybe you're counting down the days till the 21-year-old country superstar hits NYC's Webster Hall for his upcoming MTV Artist To Watch performance on Tuesday, June 18, but how'd you like to get a glimpse of the master at work on some new tracks? Or, more specifically, some new tracks from Hunter's upcoming deluxe album, (ENCORE), also out June 18? And no, unfortunately we can't PLAY you said new tracks (yet), but we can give you an exclusive look at Hunter recording music at Nashville's Darkhorse Studios! Check out Hunter working in the photo gallery below, and don't forget to pre-order Hunter Hayes' (ENCORE)!
Check out more photos of Hunter Hayes in the studio after the jump!
The mysterious Air Dubai: too cool for genres but not for leather pants in Texas.
Air Dubai's sound is as mysterious and varied as its six band members, each of whom look like they stepped out of six different musical acts to create airy, chilling hip-hop-infused electro-pop that's as suspicious as it is sexy and soulful. Ratking, Walk The Moon, Vampire Weekend and/or One Direction, are you missing anyone? And then there's that cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" that sounds like The Weeknd spent the weekend with Boyz II Men (pre-The Package). Just go with it. I promise it'll all somehow make sense.
Songs like "Soul & Body" and "Warning" have played on a continuous loop in my mind since I first heard them at the beginning of the year (I don't even have to physically play their songs on my iPod since they're firmly lodged in my brain, note for note, word for word), and when I got the chance to sit down with the band this past March at the Woodie Awards in Austin (it was brutally hot, even by Texas standards, but that didn't stop Julian Thomas from making a pair of leather pants look both cool and like a good idea), my Air Dubai obsession took flight (har) and manifested itself in a blatant gush-fest dork-out. Yo, I never said I was cool.
+ Watch Air Dubai discuss their sound, supermarkets and leather pants, and watch their "Warning" video after the jump.
Check out Imagine Dragons' KILLER set at Hangout Music Fest 2013.
Look, we're REALLY not trying to make you feel bad if you weren't at this year's Hangout Music Fest, but we won't lie and say you didn't miss some truly LIFE-ALTERING THINGS! But not to worry -- we're going to catch you up right now! First, There's Twenty One Pilots' onstage backflip, Macklemore's endless tank tops, Ellie Goulding's life-affirming performance, and today, we're bringing you an UNREAL live set from Imagine Dragons.
Watch Imagine Dragons' Hangout Fest 2013 set after the jump.
Skrillex, aka the Prince of Dubstep, absolutely SHUT DOWN Disneyland.
Is there any happier place on Earth than Disneyland (other than Disney World)? Like, you can spend the entire day surrounded by life-size versions of cartoons from your childhood (or adulthood, who are we kidding?), you can stuff your face with churros and other bad-for-you foods, AND you can ride in plastic versions of your favorite Disney characters! What's not to like?! (Before You Exit know what we're talking about.) And yes, we've been to Disney, but we don't think we've EVER done Disneyland half as well as Skrillex. Judging by these TOO GOOD photos of Skrillex's recent visit to Disneyland, he walked around like a dubstep God among men: spinning in teacups, shooting down roller coasters, and waving his hands in the air (presumably like he didn't care). Us non-famous people may attend theme parks, but celebrities OWN them.
See more photos of Skrillex at Disneyland after the jump.
Thirty Seconds To Mars discuss sex versus power in their Love Lust Faith + Dreams lyrics.
By now you've had a little over 24 hours to sit with Thirty Seconds To Mars' LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS album, a grandiose, thunderous, transcendental, at times hallucinogenic, nakedly vulnerable adrenaline-fueled romp through the deepest corners of human desire. The deepest corners that can be reached by aggressive synths, roaring choruses, and gut-wrenching catharses, the likes of which haven't resonated on an album so powerfully since, oh, I don't know, Bono stood atop the Republic Liquor Store on the corner of 7th and Main in downtown Los Angeles and belted out "Where The Streets Have No Name."
And speaking of vulnerably naked and reaching deep corners... (good transition, huh?) I had a frank discussion with Thirty Seconds To Mars about the new album and one of its four main tenants: lust. I didn't mean for it to turn into sex, but somehow it just did. We've all been there, right?
Watch Thirty Seconds To Mars discuss sexuality in LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS after the jump!