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Friday, Mar 27, 2015
British rock 'n' roller Scarlette stars in a flashy music video for her tune "6ft Woman", which runs through a stylish history of cinematic iconography.

Having already garnered attention in her native UK with placement on two BBC Radio 2 playlists for her singles “Crash & Burn” and “Elated”, Scarlette recently made a video—which you can watch exclusively below—of her tune “6ft Woman”, a loving tribute to both rock music and cinematic iconography. Essentially, the video is a snazzy collection of opening credit scenes, with all of the cool fonts that one can see on classic film posters.


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Friday, Mar 27, 2015
The dreamy and evocative piano ballad "Train Song" comes from Lady Lazarus' recently dropped LP, Miracles.

Not long after she finished recording Miracles, her third LP as Lady Lazarus, Melissa Ann Sweat moved to Joshua Tree, located in the California High Desert. The area’s musical legacy is well-documented; musicians such as Gram Parsons took quite a liking to the desert’s dry and seemingly mystical environs. For Sweat, the move to Joshua Tree facilitated the enhancing of her already well-established artistic profile. As tunes like the lovely “Train Song” evince, Lady Lazarus’ shift from comparatively lo-fi sounds to more potent balladry, due in part to trading out electronic keyboards for a baby grand piano and the addition of strings, French horn, and flute, has proven a boon to her songwriting process.


You can exclusively watch the “Train Song” video below, which adds to the song’s tender piano chords with visuals of Sweat and her partner holding each other close in the desert.


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
The new LP from this British quartet, Danger in the Club, will be out on 5 May via Rough Trade.

The rambunctious indie rockers of the Palma Violets have announced the release of their new record, Danger in the Club, following a particularly eventful week at the 2015 South by Southwest music festival. After one spirited evening at the Parish venue, the band had to be forcibly removed from the stage for playing past the assigned curfew. For an audio sample of Palma Violets’ take on rock ‘n’ roll, as well as tour dates where you can catch their energetic live show, read more below.


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
Run the Jewels take a track from their highly acclaimed Run the Jewels 2 LP and set it to a video that documents the rough reality of police violence in the United States.

Run the Jewels 2 is PopMatters‘s pick for the Best Album of 2014. Of the many highlights off of that riotously fun and culturally incisive LP, “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)”, now has a music video to accompany it, directed by AG Rojas and starring Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire and Wolf of Wall Street) and Keith Stanfield (Selma and Straight Outta Compton). The video depicts the troubling state of citizen/police relations in the United States, especially following the 2014 tragedies of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.


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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015
The bleak lyrical musings of "Murder" are made all the more jarring by Shoare's calm, measured vocal delivery.

Mat Shoare doesn’t sound like a murderer. Paradoxically, that’s what makes “Murder”, a track off his forthcoming Right as Rain LP, all the more creepy. With its tense, staccato 4/4 guitar riff, the tune is designed to crawl its way slowly up your spine as Shoare spins his malevolent yarn. The chiaroscuro music video to “Murder”, which you can view exclusively below, enhances this bleakness to an even greater degree.


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