Robyn – “Between The Lines” Video

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Robyn has shared a new music video for “Between The Lines,” off last year’s still-excellent Honey. It was directed by Cody Critcheloe (aka SSION) during a stint in Ibiza last summer, where she sang “Missing U” live for the first time. SSION said that it was inspired by Wham!”s “More »

The 20 Best Music Videos Of 2018

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vidsIn the early days of this century, you could still turn on your television and, every so often, catch a music video. It didn’t last. Music videos still exist on television, but niche ventures like the MTV Jams Channel only exist in the shadowy nether reaches of cable subscriptions, and that’s not where music videos … More »

LadyLand Festival to debut in NYC this June with SOPHIE, Eve, SSION, and the world record-holders for “Largest Love-Army”

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Hey, yo, Brooklynites: are you ready to celebrate Pride Month with the wildest conglomeration of musical artists you’re likely to see this summer?! If so, you’ll be happy to hear about the brand new LadyLand Festival being held at Brooklyn Mirage on June 22 (and if not, just GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE [no, just kidding, you should stay 🙂 ]).

LadyLand is the brainchild of New York nightlife mastermind Ladyfag, and it’s of course being staged as an all-out celebration of Pride and queer music. The lineup is fittingly stacked, featuring performances from SOPHIE, Eve, SSION, Tommy Genesis, Kim Petras, and so many more they barely fit on the poster — not to mention NYC’s finest art and designers. Plus, everyone loves a summer fest with a philosophy, right?? Here’s LadyLand’s:

LadyLand is a festival for everyone and all are welcome with open arms. That said, it is an intentionally queer space in celebration of Pride. There will be ZERO tolerance for any homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, or any aggression or violence toward others, or you will be asked to leave. As New Yorkers say, if you see something say something! Our team will be there to help if any problems should arise.

Come join our army of lovers…

I can feel the love all the way from not-Brooklyn!

If you’re down to party with a legion of like-minded folk a little more than a month from now, you’ll be wanting to pick up LadyLand tickets here (available in three tiers!) and check out more info on the official website, including a full breakdown of the entire lineup! (And check out that snazzy poster, huh?)

At any rate: have a joyous Pride Month, New York!


SSION – “At Least The Sky Is Blue (Johnny Jewel’s Moody Midnight Mix)” (Feat. Ariel Pink)

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Next month, the longtime Kansas City DIY-pop experimenter Cody Critcheloe, who records as SSION, will return with O, his first album in seven years. Today, he’s shared the new album’s tracklist, and it includes a whole lot of guests. Sky Ferreira, Devendra Banhart, Róisín Murphy, Hole’s Patty Schemel, Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema, Ian Isaiah, and … More »

Watch: SSION – “Comeback”

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I’m just going to let this one speak for itself.

New SSION album, O

coming

April

Yeah,

baby:

yeah!

SSION – “At Least The Sky Is Blue” (Feat. Ariel Pink) Video

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Cody Critcheloe is the longtime mastermind between the skewed, idiosyncratic Kansas City DIY pop project SSION. In more recent years, he’s also become one of the greatest, most visionary video directors working. SSION videos always feel like events, and so it’s awesome to see that he’s got a new one out today. This spring, SSION … More »

SSION – “Big As I Can Dream” (Roy Orbison Cover)

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In 1962, the little-remembered songwriter Kris Jensen released a gorgeously shimmery pop single called “Big As I Can Dream,” about building a live out of hope. The most famous version of the song comes from Roy Orbison, who included a particularly devastating cover of it on his 1965 album There Is … More »

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 »