Robert DeLong is a one-man band, dance party, and philosopher in his latest video, "Global Concepts."
Robert DeLong is a DIY kind of dude. With his ethereal brand of EDM, Robert infuses synth, jazz, pop, and even dubstep all into one decidedly, defiantly danceable amalgam. Using drums, keyboards, laptops, drum pads, and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on, Robert creates ornate jams, bafflingly, all on his own. But he's not just about the beats -- he puts his singer/songwriter abilities on proud display in his "Global Concepts" video, Robert posits that music and dance are what unites us all (and as someone who loves a good dance party I can't say I disagree with the man).
Watch Robert DeLong's "Global Concepts" video after the jump.
Allen Stone just wants some "Sleep" in his brand-new video.
With so much emphasis placed on EDM in the past year or two (don't get it twisted, we love a club banger as much as the next girl in neon bikini bottoms), perhaps it's not surprising that we're also seeing a return to more "traditional" musicians who draw on the "realness" of soul, Motown, gospel, and country (SEE: banjo, the). Quickly rising to the top of the new sincerity pack is 24-year-old rural Washington-grown funky troubadour Allen Stone, whose new video for “Sleep” is a quick primer in what all the fuss is about.
Watch the premiere of Allen Stone's "Sleep" after the jump.
Check out Kris Menace's dance-driven "Lone Runner" video.
Some tracks are so hot that you have to keep dancing no matter how stank your sweat situation has become. The club could be closing and the sun's coming up, your friends are all leaving, and a ghost fog is enveloping the Earth (DAMN IT, MAYANS!) and turning that spooky barn you were hanging out in into a rainbow of otherwordly isolation. That's what happens in German electro-house superstar Kris Menace's "Lone Runner" video (minus the Mayan apocalypse), but NBD, who hasn't been in that situation before?
Watch Kris Menace's "Lone Runner" video featuring Unai after the jump.
Watch E.B. Wright's new "What I Wanna Do" video. Did we mention she's Eazy-E's daughter?
Guys, meet E.B. Wright. But when we say "meet," we actually kinda mean "meet again," because you may already recognize her for several reasons: First, E.B. is the daughter of the late Eazy-E, and second, she's a familiar MTV face, having already appeared on "My Super Sweet 16" and later, on "My Super Sweet 16 Presents Exiled," in which E.B. was exiled to the countryside of Mongolia to live as a nomad. Yep, Eazy-E's daughter spent time living as a nomad -- that's a real thing that I'd like to ask her about. Third, we recently previewed her forthcoming "What I Wanna Do" video, and now, we've got the entire thing for you to check out right now. #ThankUsLater. (Drake reference definitely intended.)
Watch E.B. Wright's "What I Wanna Do" video after the jump.
Sad Robot is ready for a reboot.
Los Angeles band Sad Robot may be a bit bummed out, but on "Automatic Reset," the alt-rock group turns those android tears into an angsty anthem. "I want an automatic reset / don't you fight it if you feel it," Katherine Pawlak sings on the hook -- definitely the best chorus ever about updating your iPhone ever. OK, the song's really about relationships, and the band goes suitably dramatic on the music, laying a bed of crackling drums under pan-seared guitars and Pawlak's savory vocals.
Watch Sad Robot's "Automatic Reset" video after the jump.
Watch Gold Fields' eerily tribal "Dark Again" video.
We recently buzzed about Australian quintet Gold Fields, and for good reason: The dance-rock outfit borrow musical cues from a slew of indie greats (think fellow Australians Cut Copy combined with the heavy-hitting urgency of Bloc Party). Though their influences are prominent, Gold Fields still manage to carve out their unique mark (sometimes literally in the form of tribal symbols) with powerfully hooky minor-key harmonious and a lush, synth-packed delivery.
Added to Astralwerks Records' roster (the proud parents of electro mainstays like Swedish House Mafia, Hot Chip, and Kraftwerk), Gold Fields currently have a self-titled EP out, are expecting the release of their debut album, Black Sun, on Feb. 26, 2013, and have just released their latest video, for "Dark Again."
Watch Gold Fields' "Dark Again" video after the jump.
Taylor Swift reflects on a destructive relationship in her "I Knew You Were Trouble." video.
It feels like we've been waiting for this day, Taylor Swift's video release day, with the same level of excitement generally reserved for Christmas, Hanukkah, and our birthdays -- oh, wait, it's TAYLOR's birthday! OK, how did she manage that?! Not only has Taylor released the video for her third Red single, "I Knew You Were Trouble.," but it's also her 23rd video ever AND her 23rd birthday. TAYLOR SWIFT TRIFECTA.
Perhaps you've noticed, but we've been mega-pumped for this new video all week. We've seen behind-the-scenes photos AND a video sneak peek, but now the moment has finally arrived. We'll finally know what happens with Taylor's punky onscreen BF (Reeve Carney from Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark"), why her hair is dip-dyed pink, and why she's taking the Avril Lavigne fashion route instead of her usual quirky vintage-inspired attire.
Watch Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" video after the jump!
Skylar Grey is queen of the trailer park in her new Eminem-assisted video, "C'Mon Let Me Ride."
We kinda had a hunch this new Skylar Grey video featuring Eminem, "C'Mon Let Me Ride," would be, how shall we say, a doozy. Or, in simpler terms, when your video gets animated cover art that looks like this, you know your audience is in for a treat. And what a treat we got, because trailer park shenanigans! And Skylar Grey riding a bike in a bikini!
Watch Skylar Grey's "C'Mon Let Me Ride" video featuring Eminem after the jump.
Embark on a road trip in Yellowcard's new "Awakening" video.
The tour for their previous 2011 record, When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, found Florida pop-punk kingpins Yellowcard hitting some 30 countries over the course of nine months. So it's no surprise that they've probably got some mixed feelings about life on the road. (They're back at it again in support of this year's Southern Air in Russia at the moment. Jeez, dudes, take a break will you? Except, don't.) That sense of weariness shows up in the animated video for the album's lead track, "Awakening." Because cartoons can feel frustrated and other feelings, too.
Watch Yellowcard's "Awakening" video after the jump.
Asher Monroe slayed his acoustic rendition of Dire Straits' "Why Worry."
We've been oddly jealous of Asher Monroe for a while now. He's a singer, dancer, and actor, which basically means he's legit VERY GOOD AT EVERYTHING. We told you about the former V-Factory member when we introduced you to his high-energy pop-dance jam "Here With You," and let's not forget that one special time he dropped by to perform a sick acoustic rendition of the song. Now, Asher's keeping things simple with his unadorned cover of Dire Straits' "Why Worry." Also, GETCHO TISSUES out ASAP. The sweet sound of Asher's falsetto is not to be underestimated.
Watch Asher Monroe's "Why Worry" video after the jump.