In what starts as a third world thriller is A$AP Rocky's and Skrillex's "Wild for the Night" music video. Pre-teens holding shotguns and glocks (or maybe they're kittens! they're blurred out, could be anything.) in Santo Domingo flock around their favorite crew.
Vanessa Hudgens has unzipped a new track called "$$$ex," which was inspired by her newest film "Spring Breakers." That's "sex" spelled with three dollar signs. Harmony Korine's film could essentially be explained in similar terms, though a smiley face would also be acceptable.
Hudgens leads with a cheerleader rap that Sleigh Bells would applaud, reporting the mischief that a guy with a "condom in his wallet" gets up to. The themes of girls becoming women, innocence becoming foul play and beauty getting ugly also show up in this blissfully short track; the jump-rope rhymes urges its subject to "stop being so clever" with the infantilized purr turning into the f-bomb and a sexy screech. "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness," she chants. On it.
Skrillex was the composer on "Spring Breakers" and his inspiration can be heard in a dub-step breakdown. Pop producers Rock Mafia helmed.
Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent combined for a tour stop over the weekend, so it's only right that they appear together in the video for Fif's latest "We Up" track.
The two sit fireside in cabin, playing mandolins and a hearty game of Risk. Haha, just kidding, they're rapping on the rooftop of a beautiful California condo by a pool with the season's hottest accessory, Bored Women.
50 Cent originally had another guest on the track, but took the third verse for himself after all and allowed Lamar to take the cake regardless. The "good kid" reveals that he can get away with murder (see: manslaughter) though he has a bit of a Bob Lefsetz complex with the end of his rhyme: "I'm on Instagram looking at your favorite singer / Debating on should I fuck her or jump on her single."
"We Up" is on 50 Cent's forthcoming "Street King Immortal," which will get a new drop date soon.
Meanwhile, 50 Cent was a guest on yesterday's "Sunday Morning," talking about rap music and gun violence, saying that songs like his don't glorify gun but reflect a particular reality.
"If you were doing that and you weren't actually experiencing it, I would say you were glorifying it," he told Tracy Smith. "If you're drawing from something from your actual experience, isn't it art imitating life?"
What is it with girls in ski masks these days? At SXSW this year, bikini-and-mask-clad babes on motorcycles were driving around Austin, though it was tough to tell if they were promoting the Pussy Riot documentary, the Kathleen Hanna doc "The Punk Singer" or "Spring Breakers" (or Spring Break, period).
In the music video to Fall Out Boy's newest concoction "Phoenix," there's beautiful women donning the creeptastic attire again, this time to abducted the four-piece rock band and mostly torture them. But this isn't a cute game of cat and mouse: Patrick Stump literally gets his hand chopped off, Pete Wentz takes a syringe to the neck and a falcon is involved somehow. I'm not sure why. Maybe the band took up falconry on break.
In any case, a briefcase: don't take it if its not yours. That goes for both rock bands and inexplicably sadistic women.
Sigur Ros' last album was a little more abstract than most of their output, so maybe the Icelandic band has decided to re-incorporate some rock structure to their dream-like forms. Enter "Brennisteinn," a new song and music video from the band's forthcoming album "Kveikur." The thing is a monster. It's a very weird, exciting, morphing jam, but it's also louder than what fans may be used to -- of course, until it segues into Jonsi's floating bridge.
"Floating bridge" may be one of the topographical features on the planet the video's set on; the splashes of yellow and dripping silvers are strewn throughout the black-and-white landscape. Far out. The video was helmed by Andrew Huang, who -- and this may not surprise you -- recently directed videos for Bjork, for her "Biophilia" project.
If you were one of the thousands of excited people to see Depeche Mode at South By Southwest this year, then you probably also saw Feathers. The Austin electro-pop band had the honor of opening up for the veteran crew, and don't doubt they had a good time doing it.
Band leader Anastasia Dimou sat down with me before SXSW began, to talk about what's so inspiring about the festival, and what it was like to shoot the video for "Land of the Innocent," featured in the interview above.
Feathers also features Courtney Voss of Missions, keyboardist Kathleen Carmichael and drummer Jordan Johns from Sound Team on top of alternating members Destiny Montague (Shock Cinema/Midnight Masses) and Alex Gehring (Ringo Deathstarr). The group's debut album, "If All Now Here," will be out on April 15. Another video, "Soft," is featured below, should you want more (and you should).
If the Funny Or Die sketch didn't whet the appetites of The Postal Service fans, the two new songs from the duo may get folks in a tizzy.
"Turn Around" and "A Tattered Line of String" are both included in the deluxe reissue of Postal Service's sole release "Give Up." Ben Gibbard and DNTEL, who make up Postal Service, announced that they'd be headlining at several festivals this summer and going on tour to support their 10th anniversary, so these are pretty new accessories.
Or maybe one of 'em is. "Line of String" is a little more sophisticated, hitting the spot that the first half of "Give Up" gives up. Both tracks feature Jenny Lewis who, since the beginning of this century has dissolved Rilo Kiley, put out some excellent solo efforts and released an album with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice. She played on tour and on the Postal Service album, so it's only right...
Why hasn't anybody ever thought of a mechanical bull upholstered like a very cute couch? That's what the viewer may be asking themselves after checking out the teaser below to Thirty Seconds To Mars' "Up in the Air" music video.
There's also the clean, cropped array of other beautiful images like a door and a lion, but what the teaser trailer to the short film doesn't have is frontman Jared Leto's lyrics to the single, which was released on Monday.
"I wrap my hands around your neck so tight with love," he sings, which makes me think that the track may be a companion to "Hurricane," or at least its video, which featured a lot of sexual fetishism, bondage and other images of S&M. Erotic asphyxiation isn't entirely out of the rock band's wheelhouse, and while "Up in the Air" has some of the sexual taboo to it, that doesn't mean that's all the song is about.
"It does play on two different levels; there's an obvious sexual connotation to the line. ... But it's also about power, it's about control, and the song is about that," Leto told MTV this week.
"A thousand i tempted fate... a thousand times I have said 'today'" he growls, giving it a carpe diem vibe on second listen.
But let's see how that video turns out. Directed by Leto, under his chosen pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, he has a knack for the fantastical, but something tells me that not everyone who hears 30STM will see beyond the sexy shock.
AUSTIN – At one point in “¡Cuatro!” – one of two Green Day films to premiere at South By Southwest -- Billie Joe Armstrong and his band are complaining about fans that request their oldest songs at their surprise, small gigs. These tiny 2012 concerts were arranged to workshop Green Day’s new tunes live, and with the abundance of material written for the recent “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!” trilogy albums, they wanted to play the new stuff and not the old.
AUSTIN -- It appears that Dave Grohl's Sound City Players gig at the South By Southwest music conference may have been its last. The all-star concerts have run concurrently with the promotion of the Foo Fighters frontman's film "Sound City," which has completed its rounds at winter and spring film festivals.
The show at Stubb's late last week was three-and-a-half hours long, with long performances from artists like Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty with the backing of Foos like Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear and Nirvana member Krist Novoselic. The setlist to the rock show ran from old to new, and for those who have seen "Sound City," a reminder of rock 'n' roll history of laying down tape and getting performances right in the moment of recording, instead of going back and correcting it later with a piece of software.
That was the point, Grohl told me during our interview on the SXSW red carpet for the "Sound City" screener. The California rock studio couldn't survive in a world of accessible digital technology, because of the restrictions of analog.
And it's just that Grohl doesn't mind the restrictions.