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Chris Farren wishes you a slacker-pop Christmas with 'Like a Gift From God or Whatever' -- exclusive

Chris Farren, front man for Fake Problems and Antarctigo Vespucci, likes to refer to himself as a “punk celebrity,” but on the title track from his new collection of Christmas originals, Like a Gift from God or Whatever, he channels more of a chill-bro slacker pop vibe, with an assist from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs. For the endearingly goofy video, director Kevin Slack uses well-out-of-date VHS technology whose grainy, glitchy texture should bring back memories of childhood Christmases for anyone who grew up in the pre-digital age.

A portion of the profits from the album’s sales will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Tricky collaborator Francesca Belmonte steps out on her own in 'Stole' video -- exclusive

Trip-hop pioneer Tricky’s best known for his kinky beats and raspy croak of a voice, but he’s also got a pretty serious reputation for scouting talent, especially when it comes to recruiting female singers. For his past two albums he’s made use of London singer Francesca Belmonte, who’s got a voice that’s both ethereal and earthy, with a surfeit of the eroticism that Tricky requires from a vocal partner.

Belmonte’s stepping out with her debut solo album on Tricky’s False Idols label sometime next year, and if the advance single “Stole” is any indication, it’s worth looking out for. It’s an intriguingly glitchy contemporary update of the slow-burning trip-hop sound that Tricky’s made his trademark, and now it has a video that plays up Belmonte’s sonic resemblance to the dance-music-loving soul divas of the ’80s and ’90s with moody lighting, a range of fashionable costume choices, and a camera that can’t seem to take its eye off her.


Hip-hop-loving soul group the O'My's share 'Rise Up Singing (A Beautiful Thing)' -- exclusive


The O’My’s occupy an interesting place in Chicago music. They’re deep into the city’s thriving soul scene, but they’re also tightly woven into its hip-hop community, where the chilly electronics of the drill sound have started to give way to a warmer, more organic live-band approach championed by local hero Chance the Rapper, one of several MCs with whom the group has collaborated.

Last year, the O’My’s suffered a serious trauma when their tour van flipped. Fortunately, all of the members survived, and they’ve channeled the experience into their upcoming album Keeping the Faith, due out in February, which seems likely to find the group an enthusiastic audience outside of Cook county. Its lead single “Rise Up Singing (A Beautiful Thing)” reflects the group’s irrepressibly optimistic philosophy in a funky psychedelic groove reminiscent of Sly’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On. If you need a song to help ease you into listening to other music after binging on the new D’Angelo record, here it is.


Dengue Fever gets stuck in prison in exclusive 'No Sudden Moves' video

Dengue Fever’s jail-set new video for “No Sudden Moves” has some Orange Is the New Black vibes going on—but with (some) better outfits and less woman-on-woman violence (though a sword does make a cameo).

Children’s Hospital‘s Erinn Hayes and CSI NY‘s Anna Belknap star in the video alongside members of the Cambodian rock band, who are releasing an album in January after almost four years on hiatus. READ FULL STORY

Catch a sneak peek at Wiz Khalifa's performance for 'Guitar Center Sessions'

With all the headlines Wiz Khalifa’s breakup with Amber Rose generated, it can be easy to forget that he also released one of the biggest rap albums of the year, not to mention one of the songs most likely to make you want to cause property damage in the club. Next Friday’s episode of Guitar Center Sessions at 9 p.m. on DirecTV’s Audience channel puts the focus firmly on Wiz’s music with a full-band performance of some of his greatest hits so far.

We have an early look at the syrupy, synth-heavy rendition of “The Sleaze.” Break out your official Taylor Gang G-Pen and enjoy.


Exclusive: Watch T-Pain's triumphant new video for 'Keep On'

T-Pain has had a crazy year. After cutting off his trademark dreadlocks in 2013, he spent 2014 giving his career a similarly extreme makeover, releasing a string of songs that were daring not only for the edgy electronic sounds they used but for the emotional vulnerability of his lyrics. Then, at the end of October, he performed one of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert sans Auto-Tune that blew the Internet’s mind and an even bigger wave of attention his way.

His new single “Keep On” is an inspirational jam packed with solid advice on believing in yourself and dedicating yourself to your passions (and a bunch of EDM flourishes to boot). The video, stitched together from candid footage shot on tour and in T-Pain’s basement, offers a behind the scenes perspective on an exceptional artist’s comeback campaign.


The Dead Ships head outdoors in their new 'Canyon' video

For the new video for their single “Canyon,” garage trio the Dead Ships takes a rather literal route, juxtaposing shots of some of L.A.’s less scenic aspects with the band playing in the craggy nature that surrounds the city, where an out-of-place-looking hipster pays penance for getting into some romantic shenanigans. Somehow it’s a fitting visual accompaniment to a punchy, affably ragged song that sounds like the Strokes if they’d reinvented themselves as a folk punk band.

“Canyon” will appear on an as-yet-untitled EP produced by Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, due out next spring.


Murder by Death shares triumphant psych jam 'Strange Eyes'

Over the course of a nearly 15-year career, the band Murder by Death has taken a leading role in a growing effort to unite indie rock with country and folk. But they’ve also released plenty of music that defies their reputation as just twangy roots rockers. On Feb. 3 they’ll release their seventh LP, Big Dark Love, featuring the song “Strange Eyes,” in which they tap into the same reserve of acid-fried energy that powers psych-rock bands like Spiritualized and the Black Angels, adding some intriguing drone to the mix before exploding the whole thing with some rousingly triumphant guitar heroics.

The band will hit the road at the end of the month with an itinerary that’ll include three nights at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, better known as the hotel from The Shining.


R&B duo Thrillers conjure sexy '80s vibes in their 'Can't Get Enough' video

Back during the summer, the duo Thrillers—made up of brothers Jeremy and Gregory Pearson—released a single, “Can’t Get Enough,” that brought the sound of ’80s teen-pop R&B into the here and now, with a slightly ravey, slightly sexy makeover along the way. Now comes the song’s video, which keeps up the retro theme with references to John Hughes’s Weird Science and a sprinkling of emulated VHS glitches.

“Can’t Get Enough” will appear on the Thrillers’ debut Cotton Candy Kisses EP, due out in the spring.


Watch the video premiere of Kissing Cousins' 'In With Them'

All-female garage rock group Kissing Cousins started making music in frontwoman Heather Heywood’s bedroom in 2005. Ten years later, the Los Angeles-based band is celebrating a decade of making music—gritty rock with a Southern gothic flair—with the release of  7″/digital LP In With Them (Velvet Blue Music). The women decided to record the album directly onto eight-track tape—a fitting throwback given the band’s influences, like the lo-fi rock of early Black Sabbath and the doo-wop vocals of the ’50s.

The title track “In With Them” is sultry and tough, complete with haunting reverbs and the kind of catchy riffs that have landed Kissing Cousins’ singles on popular TV shows, most recently American Horror Story. The accompanying video, directed by Amanda Paganini, was shot on location in Temescal Canyon, Silverlake, and Malibu. Wandering through the forest barefooted in their long black dresses, the women appear like a clan of alluring witches, on their way to a Wiccan ritual.

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