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New Baroness and Torche Videos Battle for Your Attention

We don't even know, man.

The two leading lights of the New Metal Poptimism class of 2012 are simultaneously embracing the most pop move of all — making rock videos! First up, SPIN Essential’d bubblegrunge super-hooksters Torche have dropped a clip for Harmonicraft album highlight “Kicking.” In it, a surprisingly non-hipster game of adult kickball devolves into a 2001-style hallucination full of mutated Phoebe Cateses (see photo) and suggestive hot doggery. Also, I think we spy esteemed metal writer J. Bennett serving up a pitch (if you’re into inside kickball).

Next up, the also SPIN Essential’d Baroness have a more serious take for their far more serious track “Take My Bones Away.” Our review kind of called them the lost ’90s alt-metal band, and this joint starts with live video/audio just like Pearl Jam’s “Evenflow” and Danzig’s “Mother” videos, but then just evolves into some sweaty live footage, shot over a month, possibly confusing more than a few Meshuggah fans who showed up early. Watch that one below too!