Pillowfight's "Get Down" video is a love letter to life on the road.
Pillowfight is Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030) and Emily Wells -- and also a fun thing to do with your little brother. The unlikely duo's latest team-up is on "Get Down," a track about life on the road that doubles as a video love letter to touring. "Get on a bus, you might like it," Wells sings as cameras follow her pulling luggage to a hotel room. She devises her own ways to have fun between gigs: without playing with her food (definitely a tour no-no, right?), she turns boring meal plates and napkins into MOMA-worthy table art. So that's why you order room service.
Watch Pillowfight's "Get Down" video after the jump.
Isbells take Euro-folk-pop Stateside with their "Elation" video.
Belgian folk outfit Isbells have been waiting a long time to cross over into the States (which is maybe why they're so..."elated"? More on that in a minute). And they totally deserve a shot at stardom across the pond -- Gaëtan Vandewoude & Co. have been spreading the folk-pop gospel since 2009, playing more than 150 shows in Europe, Australia, China, and Japan, and making the rounds at festivals like the Netherlands' EuroSonic and the U.K.'s The Great Escape. (Man, why don't we live in Europe??) That's not to say America hasn't gotten a small taste of Vandewoude's soft-spoken, woodsy world; so far Isbells have released a four-song EP Heading For The Newborn in the States, and now, they'll release 2012's Stoalin' Stateside in March. But first, get lost in the video for the album's lead single, "Elation."
Watch Isbells' "Elation" video after the jump.
Doe Eye attends a noir house party in her new "Hotel Fire" video.
Typically when you hear about a new band, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, "I wonder where they got their name from?" No such issue here with Maryam Qudus, aka Doe Eye; the answer becomes obvious about 20 seconds into the video for her song "Hotel Fire," off the John Vanderslice-produced Hotel Fire EP. In fact, the only thing more smoldering than the San Francisco vocalist's gaze is the literally smoldering fire engulfing the track's titular hotel.
Watch Doe Eye's "Hotel Fire" video after the jump.
PK is back with a new name: Night Riots.
If California rockers Night Riots sound familiar to you, it's probably because you've been jamming to the band's The Lost Boys Sessions since they were called PK. One name change later, the quintet's embraced a spookier, synthesizer-based sound on "Spiders," their first track under the new moniker, and singer Travis Hawley still commands the music with Brandon Flowers-esque confidence. "We will march on, into the night," he encourages over ghostly backing vocals, "Don't let up, don't fade away." The band didn't forget their electric guitars, which chime in brightly on the second verse -- though it seems their vintage lightbulb days are behind them.
Watch Night Riots' "Spiders" vignette video after the jump.
DeStorm Power is the dopest janitor of all time in his "King Kong" video.
Meet DeStorm Power (yes, we are thoroughly impressed that his name includes both "storm" and "power"). He's already won an American Music Award, collabed with Talib Kweli on "Finally Free," and has been profiled by both Forbes and Wired. We should also point out that the dude has a total social reach of 177 million, which is just a fancy way of saying that if you haven't heard of him, YOU MIGHT WANNA TRY AND STEP UP YOUR COOL STATUS a bit. Which brings us to our most important point: DeStorm's brand-new video is literally called "King Kong" (such a badass move), in case you needed one more reason to internet stalk the crap out of him.
Watch DeStorm Power's "King Kong" video after the jump.
Stone Cold Fox get through a bad breakup in their "Seventeen" video.
It's been a while since we've had our hearts broken (*knocks on wood* *gives SO foot rub* *makes complicated dinner*), but it's impossible to forget how it feels. And it only takes one look at Stone Cold Fox's "Seventeen" video to remember our own tears, (unreturned) texts, and hours of Facebook stalking (we mean... uh... what?) as Fox frontman Kevin Olken Henthokrn lays dazed in a pile of beer cans, food, blow-up dolls, and meds after splitting up with his girlfriend. (Well, we wouldn't know anything about the blow-up dolls, never having been there, but everyone deals with </3 on their own terms.)
Watch Stone Cold Fox's "Seventeen" video after the jump.
Lil Wayne gives new meaning to the term "water bed" in his "Love Me" video featuring Drake and Future.
We already knew that Lil Wayne was in touch with his softer side (do you remember how hard we bawled after listening to "How To Love"? Puffy eyes for days!), but releasing a video for his Drake and Future-assisted "Love Me" on Valentine's Day? That's a whole new level of emo that we are VERY INTO! Granted, the video does include a water-filled bedroom with three scantily clad women swimming in it, but we're still awarding Wayne points for timing the clip's release with the day of
overeating chocolate love!
Watch Lil Wayne's "Love Me" video featuring Future and Drake after the jump.
Candy Hearts hope a "Bad Idea" turns good in their brand-new video.
Valentine's Day is supposed to be for lovers, but honestly, aren't the most lasting memories of Cupid's annual overtime the ones you spend sad and alone? (A cute couple's braggy Instagrams are so overrated anyway. And unsubtle, for that matter.) And yet we're always on the search for that special someone around mid-February, even if we know they're not a good match. You know what? This year we should all learn from our past mistakes and be our own Valentines! Haha, just kidding -- we're going to go out with the jerk who makes us miserable, just like every other year. And Candy Hearts' Mariel Loveland knows what we're talking about in the band's new video for "Bad Idea."
Watch Candy Hearts' "Bad Idea" video after the jump.
Nervous Nellie has a "revealing" vision quest in their "Gloves" video.
"The gloves are coming off," Henrik Jonzon sings on Nervous Nellie's "Gloves," and the Swedish band's new video for the track definitely does not hold back. The stop-motion animated video trails a primitive paper figure through a camping trip gone wrong, as a supernatural fire and wolves scarier than Liam Neeson in "The Grey" chase our hero deep into the dark. He emerges with beardy, Tom Hanks-in-"Castaway" confidence as ish gets truly weird. The video vision quest's a metaphor for the balance between our civilized lives and our wilder selves, which sometimes need to, um, reveal themselves in a magic mirror. "Sleeping Beauty" this isn't.
Watch Nervous Nellie's "Gloves" video after the jump.
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!