A lonely partygoer fights to fit in in The Swellers' "Got Social" video.
Social anxiety: Where to start? It's that awful feeling of arriving at a party where you only know the host -- or worse, no one at all. What do you do when everyone's having the time of their life (i.e., making out next to you), and you're stuck there twiddling your thumbs hoping someone will approach you?
Michigan punk outfit The Swellers have the answer in their new "Got Social" video: The key to making friends at a party is lighting some fireworks on the front lawn! (...Or is it?)
Watch The Swellers' "Got Social" video after the jump.
Echosmith brings its sibling love to the stage in "Surround You."
We've been obsessing over Echosmith since we saw the band's "Cool Kids" music video last summer, and as 2013 heads to a close, they're nearing the top of our year-end Best Los Angeles Sibling Band list. (Shout-out to HAIM!)
We'd like to see the band's debut album, Talking Dreams, on lists of all kinds, a cause helped by their new video for "Surround You."
The hushed track captures the quartet at its most intimate, with singer Sydney Sierota leading the tender love song. "Darling, I'm thrilled to have you by my side," she sings, and the song lifts from lonesome acoustic chords to a chamber-pop climax.
Watch Echosmith's "Surround You" video after the jump.
Allison Weiss touches every heart in the room in her "Wait For Me" video.
Sensitive indie songstress Allison Weiss has quite a story to tell in her new "Wait For Me" video, and, just a warning, you might want to have a box of tissues ready.
In her low-budget but highly effective clip, Allison, who doesn't appear, illustrates a touching story about a young French-Canadian mother who's away from her daughter and fiancé to go to college in the States. Yeah, like we were saying... tissues.
Watch Allison Weiss' "Wait For Me" video after the jump.
L.A. band The Moth & the Flame head back to the '50s in their "Sorry" video.
The Moth & The Flame have nothing to be "Sorry" about, at least not when it comes to their new song and video. At first, the black-and-white "Sorry" video seems full of Arcade Fire "Reflektor" vibes, but it goes deeper than masks.
"Sorry" peers at the quiet terror of 1950s suburban perfectionism, following a man whose home is full of life-size dolls. The dolls -- not alive, but not quite inanimate, either -- act as companions and perhaps judgmental observers as Mr. Sweater Vest becomes increasingly unhinged. Creepy!
At least the guy keeps his screaming-at-dolls habits at home instead of terrorizing Macy's mannequins.
Watch The Moth & The Flame's "Sorry" video after the jump.
Jon Sandler follows his heart in the "Stars Align" video.
Jon Sandler has his own "Graduate" moment in his video for "Stars Align." The Brooklyn singer plays a man still in love with his childhood babysitter -- who happens to be Janice Dickinson! But when he finds out that the supermodel's getting married to someone else, he crashes the wedding and rescues her from a life of kissing a dude with awkward facial hair. Nice work, Jon.
Watch Jon Sandler's "Stars Align" video after the jump.
Dinner And A Suit summon the power of earth, wind, water, and fire in their new video.
If Dinner And A Suit wanted to channel some serious "Captain Planet" vibes in their new "Heartbreak" video, then hiring special effects guru Jeremy Hunt ("300," "The X Files") to direct it was a probably a fantastic idea.
As the Nashville band summons the power of earth, wind, water, and fire for the hallucinatory scenes, singer Jonathan Capeci triggers a downpour and walls of flame with an open hand. Meanwhile, other shots from among the video's jittery edits capture him climbing trees, sprouting plants, and just generally getting "in touch" with nature.
Watch Dinner And A Suit's "Heartbreak" video after the jump.
Kenna and Childish Gambino have "Relations" in this collabo track.
"Let's have relations!" Kenna sings on his new single, but don't expect a "Blurred Lines" from The Neptunes collaborator. Instead, his blunt approach comes closer to satirizing the art of the pickup.
It opens with some awkward banter from Childish Gambino that throws the bedroom-ish hook into contrast: "So, like, that's a really cool dress? Skirt? Uh, uh…" Judging by the look on a pair of backup dancers' faces, they're not feeling his vibe.
Watch Kenna and Childish Gambino's "Relations" video after the jump.
Air Dubai perfect the long-lost art of brooding in the dark in their new video.
What's better than six handsome, talented musicians in well-fitted T-shirts? How about six handsome, talented musicians in well-fitted T-shirts getting all moody and #noir in an empty warehouse? Sounds pretty good, right? (Well, at least to those of us who have a weakness for brooding musicians in tight T-shirts.)
And that brings us to our favorite tight T-shirt wearers, Denver pop/hip-hop six-piece Air Dubai, who appear to have some major issues to work out in their dark and stormy "Soul & Body" video.
Watch Air Dubai's "Soul & Body" video after the jump.
There ain't no party like a Girl Radical party.
Sooooo, what do you do for Friday night fun when you're JC Chasez's 11-member, all-girl group, Girl Radical? Well, according to the troupe's video for their bubbly first single, "Don't Get Me Wrong," you might stay home in your jammies and stage a massive sleepover, complete with choreography, color-coordinated dinner parties, and LOTS of candy.
Watch Girl Radical's "Don't Get Me Wrong" video after the jump.
Nicky Romero and Krewella's "Legacy" video is a powerful story about being there for the people you love.
For a track as viscerally uplifting as "Legacy" -- the collaboration between Dutch DJ and producer Nicky Romero and two-thirds of the Chicago electronic trio Krewella (aka Nicky Romero vs. Krewella) -- you'd need a pretty striking video to do it justice.
This clip, directed by Kyle Padilla, is more than up to the task. "When the walls around me are caving in/ you saved my life tonight," vocalists Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf sing over a build toward a rocket blast of progressive house. They're probably referring to the power of music, but in Padilla's vision, those lyrics takes on an even more important meaning.
Watch Nicky Romero vs. Krewella's "Legacy" video after the jump.