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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
In her latest video, Katie Herzig shows those true humor-soaked colors whilst sporting her true school colors.

Despite the fact that her music is filled with deeply contemplative themes, Katie Herzig has a sneakily humorous side, as well. One view of her “Hey Na Na” video proves that, flat out. But, if further evidence is needed, her latest video for “Drug” should dispel any remaining doubts.


In it, Herzig shows those true humor-soaked colors whilst sporting her true school colors. The piece takes place in a high school gymnasium during a PE class. The “students” are played by Herzig, her bandmates, a few friends, and a handful of dancers. Herzig explains that she had the initial concept and director Joel Kling helped her flesh it out: “It really just started with the idea that I wanted to do a video with my whole band because I’ve only done them with just me or maybe one other person in it. I think the idea of my drummer Billy [Brimblecom] being a PE teacher teaching us ‘students’ how to dance was the first idea. It helped knowing I had a band of very talented and hilarious people.”


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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
When singer/songwriter/filmmaker/author Korby Lenker needed a video for his “If I Prove False”, he turned to another local renaissance man, Dawson Wells.

Singer/songwriter Korby Lenker has to be one of the hardest-working, most all-around creative guys in Nashville. In addition to releasing an album earlier this year, Lenker also just published his first book of short stories, Medium Hero, and is relaunching a live performance web series, Wigby. Still, when he needed a video for his “If I Prove False”, Lenker turned to another local renaissance man, Dawson Wells, who had previously helmed his “Forbidden Fruit” piece. The result is what can, perhaps, be best described as a live-action stop motion love story, even though that doesn’t completely capture it.


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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
With a heart full of old soul wisdom, it's no wonder Jonah Tolchin's music is full of old school sounds.

As the lead track from his new Clover Lane album, Jonah Tolchin‘s “21st Century Girl” really does its job well. Everything about the song and video perfectly conveys the irony of Tolchin being a “21st century man”, albeit one with a thoroughly retro sound. After all, the kid is only 21, but he grew up admiring guys like Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt—hardly modern fare—and he’s been at this music thing for a while now: “From a very early age, I was always interested in music, running around my dining room table with instruments and wanting to have a parade.”


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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
The singer's latest video clip takes its cues from the works of Maya Deren and Valie Export.

The latest from Vanessa Daou finds her in four-on-the-floor mode with a flowing groove of thick beats and catchy hooks. “Trouble Comes” follows the political motif set by its parent album, Light Sweet Crude, but maintains the all sexual drama that the singer is noted for. Nearly drowning in the swathes of the song’s atmosphere, the singer at once signals the trouble at both a brewing riot and a crumbling relationship: “Trouble comes when you hear the drums.”


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In "Get High", Brandy Clark's heroine doesn't linger in the shadows... she finds herself a light.

On her fantastic debut album, 2013’s 12 Stories, country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark presented exactly that… 12 stories of women just trying to move through the world as best they can. Topics like poverty, infidelity, prescription drug abuse, divorce, alcoholism, and just all-around tough lives mark the starting point for Clark’s songs, but not necessarily the finish line. This is real life in small-town America that she’s singing about, not some gussied up, fictionalized Pleasantville version of it.


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