Music Video Spotlight: Our Lady Peace

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In April, Canada's Our Lady Peace will release their 8th studio album Curve and their first single off of it, "Heavyweight", has a modest music video put together. Perhaps more important, is their upcoming tour which kicks off in about a month starting in (and returning to midway through) Ontario and closing in Seattle. We'll include the dates below, but for now let's get back to "Heavyweight", the video for which, appropriately, puts the lyrics over boxing footage. As videos go, it's quite simple, but then Our Lady Peace have never challenged what a music video can do. Their other recent video, put out in October of last year, focused on the Occupy Wall Street movement (and the others that popped up around the country after that). Footage of protestors is a great background for "Fight the Good Fight", and it's considerably catchier than "Heavyweight", but again it's not the kind of huge undertaking some artists put into their videos. Notice that both don't have the band's presence anywhere in them. Maybe that's because they prefer to expend their energy elsewhere. Take a look at those two videos below.

Feb
21
2012
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The City That Toured the World: Owl City in LA - Win it on DVD

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The idea of a city touring the world is an interesting thing to ponder. For one thing, it would revitalize the airline industry with that many people flying that often. And think about the boon it would be on the various economies it touches. Sadly, Owl City's "All Things Bright and Beautiful" world tour didn't quite have that effect. Maybe that's because Owl City has a population of 1. So even though Owl City went around the world, its impact on the world economy was minimal. On the plus side, it did give fans the world over a chance to see the platinum artist live. It was a trade off.

In case you missed it, the concert experience was captured on film at LA's Club Nokia and if you'd like to take part, we're giving a copy to three lucky readers. To find out how you can snag one, keep reading.

Feb
20
2012
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Santana Lives on in "Montreux 2011"! Win it on DVD

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When (or if) Carlos Santana finally retires and ends his almost 50-year-long career (so far) of being one of the greatest genre-spanning guitar talents of his time, it will be a very sad day. But that day is not today, and by the logic of these past two sentences it wasn't last year either, which might account for his live concert at Montreux which someone had the wisdom to record and commit to DVD and Blu-ray. Santana Live at Montreux 2011 has the acclaimed artist playing a 23-song set of his classics and covers of hits originally by Tito Puente ("Oye Como Va"), Fleetwood Mac ("Black Magic Woman"), and John Coltrane ("A Love Supreme"). Be honest though, how many of you associate those songs with Santana more than you do the original artists?

To celebrate the release of Santana Live at Montreux, we're going to give away a DVD copy to three lucky readers. Read on to find out how.

Feb
20
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: You Won't

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Starting the music video for You Won't's song "Three Car Garage" with a blitz of home video clips is a perfect fit considering how minimalist the overall feel of the video is, and yet for the rather sparse layering on the track it fits perfectly. This isn't a studio piece that has 14 different samples laid over one another and a super glossy sound, "Three Car Garage" has a troubadour sound to it. It's folksy and resembling something close to Spoon, but even lighter and even less complex. Yet, for such a mellow song, it sure seems like the guys of You Won't have overdosed on caffeine in a spectacular way. It all amounts to feel like the kind of video that two friends in high school would make on a whim with nothing to do on a Saturday in the fall. It's sheer unadulterated self-amusement, while still managing to throw in a little message about the futility of working yourself to insanity to afford the "perfect" life.

Check out You Won't's video for "Three Car Garage" below.

Feb
17
2012
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Make 'Em Laugh: John Mulaney's "New in Town"

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Looking at John Mulaney you’d probably think he was an intern at a law firm working for college credit during his “adventurous” summer in New York. He looks young, and he knows it. His stand-up routine New in Town lets you know that right away, and if you don’t let yourself get hung up on the “Yeah, he’s right, he does look young” of it all, then the very self-aware comedy act he’s put together will have a chance to win you over. Imagine the musing nature of Zach Braff mixed with the timid, almost submissive nature of Matthew Broderick, and then add in a little Woody Allen neurosis, and you’ve got John Mulaney. He may look and sound incredibly innocent, and he may have the demeanor of a slightly bitter Mormon, but the 60-minutes of comedy he packs into New in Town is rather satisfying.

Feb
17
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: The Elkcloner

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After a successful career as a film composer, having co-scored a bass-heavy, thumping background for Resident Evil: Afterlife and something more foreboding for True Blood TV promos, where was Filip Mitrovic to go as a musician? He decided to create an act known as The Elkcloner (in reference to a computer virus of olde), and created a sound based entirely on live recordings. He cites the likes of Tom Waits, Angelo Badalamenti, Massive Attack, Bartok, Portishead, Bjork and Miles Davis as his inspiration, and after listening to just one of his tracks, it's immediately apparent why. Like Tom Waits and Bjork, he defies typical melodic structure with light, airy vocals that seem to drift over the meandering but Massive Attack-esque rhythmic bass line. Though he only has one video done so far, for "Crossfire", it's a remarkably painstaking creative endeavor comprised entirely of stop-motion cassettes and cases creating patterns, faces, and even clouds.

Check it out below.

Feb
16
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: Nabiha

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If you've never heard of Nabiha, don't be embarrassed; she's making her US concert debut on February 21st at the Rockwood Music Hall in NY and then jumping over to Los Angeles for a show at Hotel Cafe on the 25th. For a great many people, this will be their first experience of Nabiha's blend of soulful vocals and funky dance beats - and they're in for a treat. She's been racking up "Best ______ of the Year" awards left and right, and has accompanied the likes of James Morrison, Jason Derulo, and others. She's quickly becoming one of those artists who seems to be everywhere all at once, and her success is deserved if you base it on her tracks like "Never Played the Bass" or "Deep Sleep". The former grooves while the other feels like an uptempo throwback to the soul divas of the past with a little 80s mixed in.

We've included the videos for both below, do yourself a favor and check them out.

Feb
15
2012
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Silversun Pickups Get "Seasick"

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If the soothsayers are right and the full length album really is on its way to irrelevancy, maybe the 3 song digital EP will take its place. Though originally released on vinyl as a Record Store Day promotion back in November, the Silversun Pickups’ Seasick is a slick collection of left over songs from the band’s 2009 Swoon sessions that made its digital debut last month. Though the Pickups haven’t officially announced that they plan to abandon the full length album format in favor of bite size EPs; Seasick is a such a refreshing, affordable and cohesive effort, it’s hard not to wonder what a world where artists dish out monthly EPs instead of bi-yearly albums would be like.

Feb
14
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: Nero

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Autotune has changed what people expect from concerts, unless you're an electronica artist. Especially not if you're from the relatively new subgenre of Dubstep, which takes audio samples and then layers, loops, mixes, and distorts them over (or into) a bassline beat. When done well, the outcome can be positively mindbending. After a good many years of success in the house scene, Nero made their first official foray into dubstep back in 2010 with the single "This Way", and their album. Since then they've incorporated it more and more into their style, and their 2011 album Welcome Reality. If you've never listened to dubstep, it's an incredibly fun and fast-paced style that just washes over you...and then sends you tumbling into rocky shoals of bass.

Check out some of the videos below to see if you like it, and if you do, Nero starts their "Second Reality" tour in March and they're hitting the big major cities.

Feb
13
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: The Dø

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Hailing from Paris, The Dø have found a fair amount of success since 2005 by mixing and matching genres with tracks that defy any real label. Their lead singer Olivia Merilahti and instrumentalist Dan Levy have put out 3 albums (in various iterations) since 2008, (with a soundtrack in 2005) and their latest, Both Ways Open Jaws, sees them committing more and more to a sound that's prone to going off in any direction without warning. The result is a highly varied library of music that's quite catchy but strays far from the folk and pop norms.

Check out four of their music videos below.

Feb
12
2012
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