Shintaro Sakamoto – “You Just Decided” {Folk/Soul}

Not only did Sakamoto direct/illustrate this music video all on his own, he even managed to draw up some “killer” dance moves too; (you know, the kind where your eyes and tongue pop out of your head?) Sakamoto fronted the popular Japanese psych rock band Yura Yura Teikoku for 20 years, and the track is off his solo debut album.

IO Echo – “When the Lillies Die” {Indie Rock/New Wave}

Behold, the mysteries of the life cycle as told through a traditional Geisha performance! Apparently the video concept is based around the cover of the band’s forthcoming album Ministry of Love (due out September 11th), and its storyline is said to “contemplate the mysteries of the life cycle while swimming through a shimmering sea of distortion.”

Outfit – “Everything All the Time” {Art-Rock/Funk}

This music video won me over in an instant thanks to vocalist’s talented shoulder-popping dance moves (à la Flight of the Conchords) as well as his gift for transforming a light bulb into a microphone; (genius). The track is off their debut EP Another Night’s Dreams Reach Earth Again,

The Walkmen – “The Love You Love” {Alternative Rock}

Nothing beats waking up to a brand spankin’ new video from one of your “numero uno” favourite bands. The video actually stars Damien from The Omen (we joke). But seriously, the kid is creepy as hell…but not as creepy as the floating kittie cat figurines.

The Pictish Trail – “Michael Rocket” {Alt-Folk}

This Scottish “hairy-faced cuddly lo-fi singer/songwriter” just spent the last few months holed up in a caravan on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg to write the tunes off his latest EP The Summer is Empty of Idiots, which is set to be released via Fence Records on August 13th.

Caveman – “Old Friend” {Rock}

This vintage thriller/scream queen-style music video was directed by Philip Di Fiore, and features a vocal cameo from actor Peter Sarsgaard (who starred in Green Lantern, Orphan and Jarhead)…but let’s not kid ourselves, most know him as the dude married to Jake Gylenhaal’s sister).

The Griswolds – “Heart of a Lion” {Indie Pop/Rock}

Neon-coloured powder, heart-shaped sunglasses, ape masks and “Thriller” choreography…what more could you want from a music video?  If you dig the tune then make sure you grab its free download via The Griswolds’ Bandcamp page.

Bombay Bicycle Club – “Beg” {Alternative Rock}

Take the time to admire some impressive footwork by two dudes getting their groove on in the streets of London. The single is off the band’s A Different Kind of Fix album, which is set to be released on July 8th via Island Records.

Charli XCX – “You’re the One” {Noise Pop}

This music video was directed by Dawn Shadforth, (who previously collaborated with the likes of Garbage, Jamiroquai and Kylie Minogue), and the concept seems to be based around the ultimate child beauty pageant from hell; (but where’s honey boo-boo child?).


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