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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 For the endearingly goofy video, director Kevin Slack uses well-out-of-date VHS technology whose grainy, glitchy texture should bring back memories of childhood Christmases for anyone who grew up in the pre-digital age.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.

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Kitty releases a virtual reality-inspired video for 'Second Life' -- exclusive

The string of impressive tracks that she’s released online over the past two years have established Kitty as an adept if controversial rapper (at least among people who can’t stand it when women make rap songs). But with her new EP Frostbite, she’s moved into more of a dance-pop space that sounds sort of like Britney Spears getting stoned and falling down a Tumblr rabbit hole. Her latest single, “Second Life,” is basically a chill-out techno song by an apparently brony-affiliated producer named PinkiePieSwear given a drum ‘n’ bass remix by Anamanaguchi’s Ary Warnaar, topped by Kitty’s now-trademark hypnotic vocals.

For the video, the filmmaking team Many Hearts recruited J-pop-inspired DJ/producer Maxo to play a video game addict immersed in a Kitty-themed virtual reality.

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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.

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The Decemberists release lyric video for 'The Wrong Year'

After four years without putting out new music, Oregon-bred The Decemberists are back: They just released a lyric video for new track “The Wrong Year” that looks like something straight out of Portlandia—birds included.

“The Wrong Year” is the third song released off their upcoming album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. Previously released tracks include “Lake Song” and “Make You Better,” a song with a music video featuring Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj releases Nazi-free, live-action 'Only' video

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The thing about Nicki Minaj’s “Only” is that it’s a weird single. There’s the beat, which takes the trend for minimalist rap beats to such an extreme that parts of the song are practically a cappella. And there’s the complicated interplay between Nicki and her guest stars and Young Money labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne, which twists the usual pop-song sexual dynamics into kinky new shapes with a passing resemblance to the dominatrix-slave relationship. And then there’s all the strangeness that the song has acquired since it was released at the end of October, including its seemingly Nazi-themed animated lyric video and the guest star Chris Brown’s very messy, very public breakup with girlfriend Karrueche Tran for apparently Drake-related reasons.

“Weird,” then, is a fitting theme of the official live-action “Only” video, which is piled high with music video shorthand for bizarreness. Here’s a bunch of injured dudes in wheelchairs! There’s Chris Brown in the kind of creepy colored contacts that juggalos love! Dominatrixes! Eyes Wide Shut masks! Superfluous metal shelving!

The other thing about “Only” is that it’s straight fire, and even if the video tries a little too hard to seem “edgy,” it also has Nicki propped up majestically on a pair of crazy heels doing Nicki things. So it still gets an A.

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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.

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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.

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The 5 best music videos of 2014

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Over the past few decades, music videos have gone from promotional larks to a nascent cable network’s cornerstones to relics of an old promotional strategy to perhaps the single most important element of an artist’s rollout plan. A good music video can completely make an artist, or turn a song from a mild hit into a phenomenon. And since most of the Billboard charts now take streaming numbers into account when making calculations, a well-watched clip can be the difference between a write-off on your business expenses and chart dominance.

This was a pretty excellent year for music videos. Though there are only five picks below, they were culled from a list of several dozen, many of which served not only as vessels for excellent songs but also as gripping short films.  READ FULL STORY

Jessie J works on her 'Masterpiece' in new music video

Jessie J works so hard that she starts singing and dancing as soon as she wakes up—or at least that’s what her latest music video for “Masterpiece” tells us.

The video is a mix of Jessie J doing everyday things—getting up, getting dressed—shot in documentary style and Jessie J doing not-so-everyday things, like taking selfies with dozens of adoring fans. Much like Beyonce’s “XO,” she later joins those fans for a number of gleeful shots featuring them all singing the uplifting track together. READ FULL STORY

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.

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