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Kylie Minogue's new 'Get Outta My Way' video: Don't think, just dance!

kylie-minogue-get-outta-my-wayThe video for Kylie Minogue’s newest single, “Get Outta My Way,” just hit her website, and—shocker, surprise!—it’s super gay fabulous!

Well, maybe not as super gay fabulous as that luscious, nekkid video for Aphrodite‘s first single “All the Lovers,” but this one features lots of bare-chested boys, too. What I love most about what Kylie has done here with “Get Outta My Way”—which, I’ve been advocating to become a big hit for a while now—is that there’s absolutely no plot to it. It’s literally just a super-hot Kylie dancing and writhing around on the floor, wearing an endless array of fabulous outfits (and a set of amazingly long red nails that I’m jealous of), and being generally beautiful.

To put it simply, it’s a video that just makes you smile. You don’t have to decipher or, as with Lady Gaga’s weird masterpieces, try to figure out what’s happening. “Get Outta My Way” is just telling you to do one thing: Dance! See if you agree with me by checking it out here:


Arcade Fire take you home—seriously, to the house you actually grew up in—in their fantastic new interactive video 'We Used to Wait'

arcade_fireImage Credit: Eric KayneIf it’s true that you can’t go home again, nobody told Arcade Fire. The Canadian collective’s new video for the single “We Used to Wait,” from their excellent recent album The Suburbs, lets individual users do just that—or at least, the closest approximation that a laptop and a high-speed connection can supply.

The 2-D technology of Google Maps allows each viewer to customize the clip by first entering the address of the home they grew up in, and if it’s mappable, incorporate moving images of that exact area into the journey of the faceless jogging avatar (you! One American Apparel hoodie and it could be you!) at its center.

Click here on to choose your own adventure (you may have to also download Google Chrome), then come back and tell us what you think–and how well the execution of the concept plays into the record’s themes of childhood, suburbia and memory.

Me, I kind of think they nailed it. Physically I’m sitting at my desk at work, but ten minutes after clicking, I’m still 3,000 miles away.

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Usher puts his lady to bed in 'There Goes My Baby' video: Watch here

there-goes-my-babyUsher‘s way more than a day late and a dollar short with this video from his latest album, Raymond vs. Raymond. “There Goes My Baby” has been on the radio since even before the album dropped last March. It’s been on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop chart for 26 weeks. Lucky for him, his fans love the mid-tempo R&B record. It’s currently No. 2 behind Alicia Keys’ “Un-Thinkable.” I don’t think this sexy, yet restrained video is going to take it to No. 1, though.

In it a mostly shirtless Usher coolly seduces a vixen with model beauty to submit to his wishes. In turn she teases him until finally giving up and finds a comfy mattress for them to lie. It eventually gets a bit racier. She rubs his abs. He pulls down her stockings. They bites each other’s lips. This is far from new territory for Usher. I would of preferred he take it all the way there, like he did in Here I Stand‘s “Trading Places” video. Now that looked like fun. Check out Usher’s “Baby” video after the jump and let us know what you think.


The Killers' Brandon Flowers saved from ninjas by Charlize Theron in 'Crossfire' video: Watch here

Brandon-Flowers-CrossfireNow this is a fun video! In Kill Bill fashion, actress Charlize Theron slings swords and throwing stars to save Brandon Flowers from ninja captivity in his “Crossfire” video. In the opening scene, the Killers frontman wakes up after presumably being knocked out, only to find that Theron has been kicking ninja tail and is set to free him.

“Crossfire” is the first single from Flowers’ solo debut, Flamingo. Check out the video after the jump to see if he and Theron get away or meet their doom.


Fantasia's 'Bittersweet' video: Best of her career? (Yes!)

I can’t stop watching Fantasia’s new video for “Bittersweet” on repeat loop, and I’m not just saying that because today is her 26th birthday or because she remains my all-time favorite Idol. Indeed, while the clip for this gorgeous, old-soul ballad doesn’t break any new ground in terms of storytelling (Fantasia reminisces about an ex-lover) or visual effects (rich, retro lighting prevails), it finds the American Idol season 3 champ at her stylish, classy best — and that’s no small achievement for an amazing vocalist whose look has occasionally been more “gah!” than gahhh-geous.

“Bittersweet” begins with a swoop of Fantasia’s name across the screen, before transporting us to The Lady Barrino’s dressing-room table, where she gets gussied up for a nightclub appearance, fiddles wistfully with her ostentatious diamond engagement ring, and imagines falling back into the arms of her wayward lover. The fringed lamp and colorful makeup palette are nice touches, as is the light refracting through her bottle of Nuvo (or something like it). ‘Tasia then takes the stage (all ruched curtains and dramatic side-spotlights) to a standing ‘O’ from the audience — well, how else would they greet that legendary voice? — and serves up retro torch-singer glamor in a slinky, strappy, sequined, floor-length gown. Again, you see her man in the audience, and then you don’t. Oh, memory! How you torment our heroine! Later, there’s Fantasia in a red-and-black leopard-print trench that manages to be completely flattering while still maintaining some of the loopy what-is-she-thinking? uniqueness for which she is known. Ten points to the video’s stylist for this particular frock! And 10 more for the dramatic white overcoat and black shades Fantasia is sporting as she gloomily scans an audience of autograph-seekers hoping her man has been running through airports and down sidewalks (preferably in the rain) (her music blaring in his head) (seeking one last chance to make things right) to reach her. Turns out, in fact, that’s precisely what he’s been up to, but he’s too late, and as our gal drives away, she tosses her bling to the sidewalk in a final fit of melancholie. As the song’s final line indicates, “This s*** is bittersweet.” Indeed! READ FULL STORY

Marina and the Diamonds' new 'Oh No!' video: Divine, effervescent pop art

J’adorable Welsh songstress Marina Lambrini Diamandis, aka the delightful musical act Marina and the Diamonds (she’s EW recommended!), has struck again—this time, with a pop-art–laced ode to fame that serves as her video for the infectious tune, “Oh No!”

I’ve been jamming to this buoyant, anthemic jam since her album dropped a few weeks back, but this highly visual interpretation from the spark-pluggish lady takes it to a new level. It’s like all ’60s-ed out with its mod influences—the fashions are divine—and primary colors. And most of all, just loving all over her general effervescence in the video. Enjoy it here yourself:


Goldfrapp at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom: It was Lovely 2 finally C U

GoldfrappImage Credit: Serge LeblonLast night’s Goldfrapp concert at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom was almost like a greatest hits tour—Alison and the band offered up plenty of ’80s disco magic (see: the video for “Alive”) by playing most of the tracks from their 2010 album Head First, but also went for some older favorites like “You Never Know,” “Number 1,” and “Ooh La La.”

“Voicething” was a brilliant opener, launching right into the thumping “Crystalline Green” from 2003’s Black Cherry. Alison, in full sparkle mode, started stomping around right away and quickly lost herself in a dizzying feast of outstretched arms and those ethereal wails we know and love. She adorably kept trilling “Helloooooooo….” between songs to the crowd, who ate her crazy right up. I’d say her most inspired outburst was “Neigh!” just before “Ride a White Horse,” but I also loved when she confessed that she’d had two drinks and wasn’t that so crazy? Said the creature responsible for some of the trippiest music of the decade!

For me, the best part of the concert was the first encore, or what my concert buddy and I called “the chill encore.” This was just two downtempo favorites, “Utopia” from Felt Mountain and “Black Cherry.” The jumping-bean crowd was able to catch its breath and retain some of its vision during this refrain from the strobe lights, and the heavy pulse of “Black Cherry” gently lured them back into mania mode….for the second encore: “Rocket” and “Strict Machine.” Of course!

I love music, but I’m not big on live shows. READ FULL STORY

More new Arcade Fire tunes surface: Excited yet?

arcade-fireArcade Fire‘s The Suburbs is a mere seven weeks from arrival. Can you believe it? You ought to, now that two more songs from the album that was once just a shadowy rumor have appeared online.

Reports have pegged “Ready to Start” as Arcade Fire’s next single, though band reps’ lips remain sealed. It certainly sounds like a strong contender. Some arresting imagery in this one: “Businessmen drink my blood,” Win Butler sighs in Robert Smithly tones. (True Blood music supervisors, are you listening?) Behind him, the band broods and builds, then fades in a sudden way that keeps making me want to hit “play” again ASAP.

“We Used to Wait,” which BBC DJ Zane Lowe premiered across the pond, opens on a brighter note, with plinking pianos and crisp drums that wouldn’t be out of place on, oh, a Hall and Oates song. A nervous edge that’s more typically Arcade Fire creeps in as Butler begins to sing. “I hope that something pure can last,” he repeats, sounding unsure of himself.

Both songs feel thematically and musically linked to the double-A-side single that Arcade Fire surprised us with last month. Taken together, the four tunes we’ve now heard have me more psyched than ever for The Suburbs‘s Aug. 3 arrival. How about you?

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Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum returns with a beautiful acoustic set at Chris Knox benefit show

neutral-milk-hotelImage Credit: Will WestbrookNone of the 500 or so people who bought $75 tickets for the Chris Knox benefit show held at N.Y.C.’s Le Poisson Rouge last night were quite sure what we were getting into. We knew that a motley group of musicians and comedians would take the stage to raise money for Knox, the New Zealand indie-pop hero who suffered a stroke last summer. One of them, stunningly, would be Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel — a man as private as he is brilliant, who has performed very, very rarely since 2001. (He’s pictured above, second from the left with the rest of Neutral Milk Hotel in 1998.) Beyond that? Zip. The event’s organizers refused to provide the performers’ order or start times beforehand. Mangum’s “very short acoustic set” could be coming at any time between 6:30 P.M. and 1 A.M.

Standing in line outside Le Poisson Rouge before the show, I wondered if Mangum wouldn’t turn up at the very end of the night, play “Sign the Dotted Line,” the stirring Knox cover he contributed to last year’s Stroke tribute CD, and disappear again. I found myself thinking of an old Jewish folk song, “Dayenu“: Seeing Mangum sing even just that one tune would have been enough for me. So I went downstairs and settled in for the first few performers. Some of them, like TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and singer-songwriter Sharon van Etten, were quite good. Out of nowhere around 8:35 P.M., comic Rachel Feinstein ended her raunchy stand-up routine with a casual, “Okay, Jeff Mangum is next!” Suddenly the room got very loud. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's 'Telephone' video: Beautiful cigarette sunglasses, Honey Buns, and sandwich-making

Gay Christmas arrived last night in the form of the latest Lady Gaga video for “Telephone,” which features Beyoncé. Before I pontificate on the video itself, why don’t you just take a gander at the infusion of Thelma & Louise, ridiculous fashions, sandwich making (hello, Miracle Whip!), and “Cell Block Tango” here:

First of all: What a beautiful mess. You can be assured that I spent the nine-plus minutes with my eyes bugging out, ferociously taking down ideas for potential Halloween costumes.

And second of all: Bravo Gaga! Say what you will about the diva and this video specifically (I’ve already been reading some less-than-enthusiastic reviews on the internets this morning, although I’m not gonna dignify them by linking), but “Telephone” is a masterpiece. And, it goes without saying that no one in the past decade has done more for the music video genre than this lady. Just look at the fact that the anticipation for this nine and a half minute clip warranted a week-long run-up, with promotions for its big reveal on E! last night beginning during the Oscars on Sunday. Is it as good as her epic “Bad Romance” video? Sadly, I don’t think so. But it’s better than anything else out there.


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