Hawthorne Heights illustrate a post-apocalyptic tale in their "Golden Parachutes" video.
Hawthorne Heights' "Golden Parachutes" video opens with a lit match and a man hiding out from the world. When the band shows up, they're smudged and weary, playing punk rock on a post-apocalyptic stage. It's not the look of a group taking home a CEO's bailout money, but "Golden Parachutes" showcases a more metaphorical tale, following a crew of rebels raging against an industrial machine with the help of typewriters and underground tunnels. (Not to mention steampunk glasses!)
Watch Hawthorne Heights' "Golden Parachutes" video after the jump.
Jinx is all about seizing the day in his colorful "Alive" video.
Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if The Lumineers had a musical lovechild with a pop-oriented rapper? Maybe, say, 24-year-old Massachusetts wordsmith Jinx? Oh, you have? GREAT!
Second question: Have you ever wondered what it would look like if said rapper threw a rad house party complete with a giant pool, sparklers, multicolored powder explosions (more on that later), and humans dressed as dancing astronauts? Wait, YES? Well, you're in LUCK, because Jinx's "Alive" video features everything from "Ho Hey"-esque chants to a raging house party and Jinx spitting good-natured verses. Related: We're not at ALL kidding about the astronaut thing.
Watch Jinx's "Alive" video after the jump.
Dillon Francis' "Without You" video is apparently very helpful for insomnia.
We didn't name EDM/remix DJ/musical genius Dillon Francis last week's Artist To Watch for nothing. Oh, you need a Dillon Francis refresher course? Allow us to oblige: Dude's a monstrously talented visual artist, a highly sought after remixer (see: his take on Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" and Passion Pit's "Carried Away). Also: Did we mention that Dillon literally helped found two movements called "moombahton" (a fusion of house and reggaeton) and "moombahcore"?
Cut to present day: Dillon's continuing to dominate the EDM game with original material, including his latest single and video, "Without You" featuring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
Watch Dillon Francis' "Without You" video featuring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs after the jump.
The Dear Hunter build a hideaway in the stars in their "Shouting At The Rain" video.
With so much of contemporary music being mired in the personal -- an open expression of selfhood if we're being generous, and boorish id-driven egotism if we're not -- it's a welcome change of pace to jump into a more fully realized musical fiction.
For years now that's just what the Rhode Island-born The Dear Hunter have delivered, with the Acts series spreading out a single, novel-like story over the course of three albums (so far), and nine EPs focusing on a different color concept in The Color Spectrum. And while you might call that sort of thing gimmicky, there's a heart at the center of Casey Crescenzo and company's music that grounds it in the real world, as in the new video for "Shouting At The Rain."
Watch "Shouting At The Rain" video, and read an interview with Casey Crescenzo after the jump. Read More...
Flume goes full sci-fi in the Moon Holiday-featuring "Insane" video.
Flume is not kidding around with his new video -- "Insane" is completely cray cray. The Australian producer's latest track featuring fellow Aussie Moon Holiday is a shimmering, slow-building club banger (think Goldroom in a funhouse, emphasis on the "house") that takes its visuals on a one-way trip straight to sci-fi madness.
Watch Flume's "Insane" video after the jump.
For the Foxes are up and onto the dance floor in "We're Coming Up."
For the Foxes have been on the rise for a minute now; "We're Coming Up" dropped in February, but a little thing called Vans Warped Tour got in the way of immediately delivering the single's video. Well, now the band's finally given the electro-pop jam the clip it deserves, complete with a dressy, Justin Timberlake-worthy new look.
Watch For The Foxes' "We're Coming Up" video after the jump.
Chuckie teams up with Lupe Fiasco, Too $hort, and Snow Tha Product in "Makin' Papers."
Surinamese (by way of the Netherlands) DJ Chuckie is a "big thing" in the EDM movement. You might remember his hit "Let The Bass Kick" (that jam went on to reach No.9 in the U.K. singles chart!), or perhaps you've heard some of his David Guetta remixes? Or, if you're super hardcore, maybe you've been to Chuckie's super-popular "Dirty Dutch" house music event in Amsterdam! (Yep, bro gets around!) Now, Chuckie's calling on famous pals Lupe Fiasco, Too $hort, and Snow Tha Product (BEST RAP NAME EVAAAA) for an assist on "Makin' Papers," his new video about bringing home the bacon. Congratulations! You've basically just stumbled upon the grimier, more hardcore version of T.I.'s "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna.
Watch Chuckie's "Makin' Papers" video featuring Lupe Fiasco, Too $hort, and Snow Tha Product after the jump.
Lily Collins stars in this futuristic throwback Supervideo set to M83's "Claudia Lewis."
Hey, look! MTV's series of narrative-driven, star-studded "Supervideos" are BACK! Set to French synthpop band M83's frenetically ambient "Claudia Lewis," this latest clip stars Lily Collins ("The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," "Mirror Mirror"), Israel Broussard ("The Bling Ring"), and Ashley Rickards ("Awkward."), and is directed by none other than Bryce Dallas Howard ("The Help," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"). Graghhhh, this big name-filled vid is basically, like, watching "Hollywood Squares: Relevant To My Interests Edition"!!!!
Watch M83's "Claudia Lewis" Supervideo after the jump.
Said The Whale get x-treme in their "I Love You" music video.
When Vancouver's Said The Whale sat down to conceptualize their "I Love You" video, they must've had a really entertaining debate over which extreme sport to tackle. Should they do an indie-pop homage to "Global Guts," "Legends Of The Hidden Temple," or maybe "X Games"? NO. There can be only one winner: "Sasuke"!! Oh, what's "Sasuke"? Also known as "Ninja Warrior," it's only the most entertaining Japanese sports television, and it generally features many fearless competitors tackling a multilevel, water-based obstacle course. Sometimes with terrible English overdubbing.
Watch Said The Whale's "I Love You" video after the jump.
Learn to dance "The Black Jack White" in Spirit Animal's new video.
What's that old saying? "Tell a man how to dance and he'll dance for a night, but show him how to dance and he'll dance for a lifetime?" Something like that. That's the principle at work in Spirit Animal's "The Black Jack White" video, the latest cut from the band's Kingdom Phylum EP. While the New York four-piece taught us the steps to their strutting funk and rock 'n' roll track a few months back, now that we've seen the official video, it's all finally coming together.
Watch Spirit Animal's "The Black Jack White" video after the jump.