• Roots Harry Potter Rap Video Fallon Tonight Show

    Watch the Roots' Black Thought Perform a 'Harry Potter' Rap

    Just yesterday we commended the Roots for having a top-notch sense of humor to go along with their expert musicianship, after they joined Jimmy Fallon for a send-up of '80s dance shows. Well, the Philly crew has gone and outdone that by a longshot, this time with frontman Black Thought taking to the mic to rap about Harry Potter on the most recent Tonight Show. The butterbeer-fueled verse lays out the basics of the hit wizardry saga, with lines like "Magical young man from the badlands / On the run from the Prisoner of Azkaban / Hermione was like his best friend / And his homeboy Ron was his right hand." Sure, it's partly a plug for Universal Orlando Resort, where Fallon and co. are taping episodes this week, but we'll let that slide because it's both goofy and well crafted. It's still no Black Simon and Garfunkel, but what else is, really?

  • Interpol 'Anywhere' Live Video 'El Pintor'

    Watch Interpol's Professionally Amateurish 'Anywhere' Live Video

    Rather than release a teaser video for one of the new songs from their upcoming El Pintor album, Interpol have gone another route, releasing a professionally produced live clip for the song "Anywhere," filmed back in March at London's Brixton Academy. Though their live get-up is pretty cool visually, the footage is decidedly amateurish, as though random fans were given a bunch of cameras and told to shoot the performance as they saw it. Instead of close-ups of the band, you'll see the backs of people's heads crowding the shots, making it the perfect way to explain to tall people what being a short concertgoer is like. It's a fun twist on a traditional trope and a great way for fans to hear a quality version of "Anywhere," which Interpol also performed at Governors Ball a few weeks ago.

  • Coldplay, 'Sky Full of Stars,' Video, 'Ghost Stories' single

    Coldplay Spread Good Cheer and Cheese in 'A Sky Full of Stars' Video

    Coldplay's Avicii-assisted "A Sky Full of Stars" is certainly meant to be a crowd-pleaser, with its poppy EDM build-ups and saccharine lyrics. The song's new video takes that feelgood vibe and runs with it, or rather walks jaunitly with it, as Chris Martin and the lads stroll through town as though they're buskers, amassing a following of fans along the way. The band members all don their usual instruments, adding on some drums and random pieces, like the one dude with a pan flute — all odd choices, considering the song is basically synth-driven. But whatever, Martin grins his way through the whole thing, looking like he's having a grand old time fake-playing his acoustic guitar while creating an impromptu parade for the Ghost Stories track. Join in the fun above.

  • Sam Smith, 'Stay With Me,' Letterman, Video

    Watch Sam Smith Wow Letterman With Powerful 'Stay With Me' Performance

    Just a day after delivering an epic rendition of "Stay With Me" with Mary J. Blige at New York City's famed Apollo Theater, Sam Smith stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman to perform the Top 10 single from his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Like his Saturday Night Live performance in late March, the 22-year-old Englishman was backed by a small gospel choir, though this time Smith was much more comfortable in front of the studio audience, adding more of an emotional punch to the song about a brief love affair. Letterman seemed visibly wowed, asking Smith, "You've done this before, right? Just singing. Keep at it!" while Smith humbly joked that it was his first time performing at all. Enjoy it up top.

  • wild beasts, present tense, mecca, video

    Wild Beasts Float Through Hallucinatory World in 'Mecca' Video

    Wild Beasts sure have a flair for the dramatic. Their "Wanderlust" video took a saddeningly beautiful look at the parallel lives of four characters, while the visuals for "A Simple Beautiful Truth" featured the English foursome doing an absurdist dance routine on a Welsh mountain. Their new short for "Mecca" takes them in an even trippier direction, blending footage of the lads with psychedelic animation. Directed by Kate Moross, the colorful video is the perfect complement for the airy track, especially as co-frontman Hayden Thorpe mournfully sings, "Where the body goes the mind will follow soon after" in the chorus. It's yet another example of the unique charms of Wild Beasts' latest LP, Present Tense, one of SPIN's picks for the Best Overlooked Albums of 2014 So Far.

  • Zola Jesus 'Taiga' New Album

    Zola Jesus Teases 'Taiga' Album With Atmospheric Video

    In 2011, Zola Jesus wowed us with her third album Conatus, a pop-goth set propelled by her stunning vocals. Rather than follow that up with a proper LP, the artist born Nika Rosa Danilova took her mostly electronic songs and reworked them for last year's string-laden Versions, which featured only one new song, the stunning "Fall Back." Now, Zola has announced the release of her next full-length, Taiga, due in October. The news comes in the form of a 50-second teaser video directed by Kyle Hurley. The visuals feature scenes of fire and nature superimposed over her silhouette, while an atmospheric, so-far-wordless song snippet plays. As of now, that's the extent of our knowledge on the new record, but stay tuned for more.

  • Sub Pop Subscription Service Drip FM

    Sub Pop Unveils Digital Subscription Service for New Releases

    Aside from offering up a college scholarship, opening an airport store, and participating in some quality pranks, the good people at Sub Pop find the time to put out great albums. Some recent gems include LPs by Clipping and the Afghan Whigs, and if you're kicking yourself for missing either of them, the legendary label has you covered going forward. Like Dead Oceans, Domino, and OWSLA, Sub Pop has teamed with Drip FM to launch a subscription service that gives fans access to all of their releases.For $10 a month, you can get DRM-free 320 kbps MP3s or WAV files of Sub Pop albums and singles as soon as they drop, as well as a choice of three LPs from Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, Earth, Clipping, and Shabazz Palaces.

  • Bjork MoMA Retrospective Exhibit Museum of Modern Art

    Bjork's Career Honored With 'Experimental' MoMA Retrospective

    Björk made history last week when New York City's Museum of Modern Art announced that her Biophilia app would be the first of its kind to become part of the institution's permanent collection. But that's not the only way MoMA is honoring the Icelandic artist. Beginning next year, a retrospective — cleverly titled Björk — will blend fact and fiction as it surveys her one-of-a-kind career "through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance," according to a press release."The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson," the statement reveals.

  • Fallon Roots 'Dance Avenue' Video Orlando transformers universal

    Watch Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and E.T. Relive the '80s on 'Dance Avenue'

    Time and time again, the Roots prove that they have a tremendous sense of humor on The Tonight Show, yet somehow it's still surprising to see just how silly they can get. Take, for example, Jimmy Fallon and company's apropos-of-nothing "Dance Avenue" sketch, which finds the host and his band getting down for an '80s-style show that features nothing but people busting moves to some funky disco beats. Sure, Fallon's stylings are impressive, but it's so much more fun to see the Roots joining in at the Universal Orlando Resort, with some Transformers and an oversized E.T. shaking their respective moneymakers as well. It's the latest in a recent string of dance-themed sketches for Fallon, including a dad-focused entry with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and one about tight pants with Jennifer Lopez.

  • Cut Copy 'Meet Me in a House of Love' Video 'Free Your Mind' deluxe edition

    Cut Copy Guest on Weirdo Talk Show for 'Meet Me in a House of Love' Video

    It's been a little over seven months since Cut Copy released their fourth album, Free Your Mind, and the Aussie dance act is still exploring the LP's trippy-hippie vibes. Their latest effort is an amusing video for "Meet Me in a House of Love," in which a hirsute gentleman does a dead-on impression of an over-enthusiastic talk show host, pretend-interviewing cardboard copies of the band and miming along to the song. The clip also heralds the upcoming release of the Free Your Mind  deluxe edition, which features five additional tracks: "In These Arms of Love," "Like Any Other Day," "Lights Shine On," "I Wish the Sun Would Grow Today," and "Believers." That's due out July 22 via Loma Vista, while Cut Copy are currently touring the U.S., with Classixx supporting a handful of dates.

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