The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2016

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business, technology and office concept - smiling business team with laptop computers and coffee having discussion in officeThe music-video event of 2016 was easily the HBO premiere of Beyoncé’s Lemonade — inarguably one of the best albums of the year, and maybe one of the best movies, too. Lemonade was a leap — an indulgent artistic vision that could’ve easily fallen flat on its face and somehow instead transcended the music-video form, … More »

The Album Art We’ll Remember Past 2016

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Young ThugMany of the greatest hip-hop producers selected which records they would sample based on their album covers. J Dilla, DJ Premier, and Hi-Tek, among others, have all said that if they were captivated by the artwork or found that it hinted at a sound they could use, their instincts were usually right. More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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st82videoYou would’ve never expected Metallica to be the next A-list artist to try out the whole “visual album” thing, but that happened this week. They made their own Ride The Lemonade. And some of the videos are pretty good! With “ManUNKind,” veteran pop-video transgressor Jonas Åkerlund made a nicely gory salute to Scandinavian … More »

PUP – “Sleep In The Heat” Video

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PUP - "Sleep In The Heat" VideoPUP have shared a video for “Sleep In The Heat,” a highlight from their stellar new album, The Dream Is Over. It stars Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhand as a younger version of vocalist Stefan Babcock, a role he’s reprising from his pre-fame days in the group’s 2014 video for “Guilt Trip.” The video, … More »

Watch PUP Cover Phantogram’s “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

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Watch PUP Cover Phantogram's "You Don't Get Me High Anymore"PUP released their most recent album, The Dream Is Over, earlier this year, and they’ve been touring on the heels of it ever since. While in Australia, the band stopped by the radio station triple j to perform a cover of Phantogram’s “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” Watch PUP play a pop-punk … More »

Watch Polaris Prize Performances From Carly Rae Jepsen, Andy Shauf, Black Mountain, & More

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Carly Rae JepsenThe Polaris Music Prize held its Gala last night in Toronto, handing out its annual award for the year’s best Canadian album to Kaytranada’s 99.9%. A lot of the other nominees were present to perform, and the CBC recruited various celebrities to record endorsement videos for their favorite nominated album. So, without further … More »