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Tom Rosenthal: It Won’t Be Me

Tom Rosenthal: It Won’t Be Me

Come for another enveloping tune by alt-folk singer/songwriter Tom Rosenthal, stay for the fantastic and eyecatching visuals by animator/illustrator Chloe Jackson, who blends a sort of 1970s Yellow Submarine sensibility with something uniquely her own.

Superorganism: Tiny Desk Concert

Superorganism: Tiny Desk Concert

“Have you ever seen a prawn cause a world war?” Indie pop band Superorganism brought their irresistibly cute music and performance to NPR Music. They played The Prawn Song, Night Time and Something for Your M.I.N.D., all from their self-titled album.

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Son Lux: Dangerous

Son Lux: Dangerous
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“How does it feel, to be your own deceiver? Signals raised, then lost to the aether.” People hide from an omnipresent light before succumbing to it in the music video for Son Lux’s Dangerous, from their awesome post-truth protest EP Remedy.

Boy Pablo: Everytime

Boy Pablo: Everytime

Eighteen year old frontman Pablo Muñoz and the rest of Boy Pablo stupidly look into the sun in their silly music video for Everytime. The Norway-based band’s dream pop is as näive, chill, and effortless as their demeanor here.

Parekh & Singh: Ghost

Parekh & Singh: Ghost

“Change my life just upon a whim, jump into the ocean and learn to swim.” The indie Indian duo’s bittersweet, yet fluffy sounds not only belong in a Wes Anderson movie, their music videos look the part. Don’t believe us?

Fleet Foxes: Crack Up

Fleet Foxes: Crack Up
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“Oh, but I can hear you, loud in the center. Aren’t we made to be crowded together, like leaves?” Fleet Foxes’ latest album pushes the boundaries of folk while conducting a hopeful exploration of the dull blades of life.

Car Seat Headrest: Vincent

Car Seat Headrest: Vincent

If The Strokes and Cake had a baby, their offspring would be Car Seat Headrest. The band deftly melds founder Will Toledo’s sharp vocals and lyrics with raw garage rock, trumpet and trombone in this track from the new album Teens of Denial.

Band of Horses: Casual Party

Band of Horses: Casual Party
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Band of Horses lets their freak flags fly in Ben Fee’s video for their awesomely catchy new single, set at a party filled with strange and wonderful creatures. It’s like the alt-pop version of Cantina Band. Lyrics here.

Troy Samuela & Monsoonsiren: Fiend

Troy Samuela & Monsoonsiren: Fiend

A trap track about drug addiction. Fiend is a collaboration between Troy Samuela and Monsoonsiren. It’s published by the Foreign Family Collective, the new music and visual arts label founded by electronica duo Odesza.

Love Love Love Love Love

Love Love Love Love Love

Milwaukee garage trio Violent Femmes’ first new original song in 15 years. We’re bummed original drummer Victor DeLorenzo is gone, but singer Gordon Gano’s distinctive voice has always been the hook for us. From the EP Happy New Year.

Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe

Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe
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A decidedly more experimental effort from wonder producer and songwriter Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe features contributions from Clams Casino and Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors among others.

Giangrande: Paper Plane

Giangrande: Paper Plane
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Come for the animation, stay for the song in the official music video for Massimo Giangrande’s alt-folk Paper Plane, brilliantly animated by Gianluca Maruotti, with paper-cut illustrations by Felicita Sala. Go behind the scenes here.

Mew: Sensory Spaces

Mew: Sensory Spaces

The Danish band Mew and B&O Play created an app that lets you hunt for and string together sounds to form a new song by the group. Sensory Spaces is a must if you’re already a frenger but fun for new listeners too.

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The Killers: Shot at the Night

The Killers: Shot at the Night
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One of two new songs included in Direct Hits, the upcoming greatest hits compilation by Vegas alt-rockers The Killers. If it sounds familiar, you must be a fan of M83Shot at the Night was produced by Anthony Gonzalez.

Pixies: Bagboy

Pixies: Bagboy

The video for Pixies new single offers – as its creators LAMAR+NIK put it – “SMOKE BOMBS. MILK BATHS. TEEN ANGST.” They forgot to mention FROOT LOOPS. It’s great to hear that Black Francis and the gang still have it too.

Radiation City x Cathedral of Junk

Radiation City x Cathedral of Junk

Unusual angles granted by some inventive GoPro use and the mystical setting created by the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Junk in Austin were the perfect combination for this video that highlights the unique sound of Radiation City.

TDCC: Handshake

TDCC: Handshake

Between the bowling alley and decapitated heads, we thought we were watching a Coen Brothers flick – but it’s just the music video for Two Door Cinema Club’s latest catchy track, Handshake. We assume they got the idea here.

The Postal Service Auditions

The Postal Service Auditions

(NSFW: Language) This is how The Postal Service was formed. In an alternate reality. A star-studded skit that’s funny for all the wrong reasons. Not least of which is Ben Gibbard’s hair… thing.

Massive Attack Vegetable Cover

Massive Attack Vegetable Cover

Ok, so the produce in this video is used more for show than for sound but we still have to hand it to j.viewz for making such good use of a maKey maKey and his edible circuit triggers.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Sacrilege

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Sacrilege
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Karen O and team get their gospel on in Sacrilege, the lead single from the post-punk New Yorkers’ upcoming album Mosquito. We’re so freakin’ excited for that. The album drops 4/16/13.

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Grizzly Bear: Gun-Shy

Grizzly Bear: Gun-Shy

The music video for Gun-Shy, from Grizzly Bear’s album Shields. If you’ve ever felt insecure and unsatisfied with yourself, you’ll be able to relate to the various images of purging in the video.

My Bloody Valentine: m b v

My Bloody Valentine: m b v
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The pioneers of shoegazing are back. m b v is My Bloody Valentine’s first album since 1991’s Loveless. It actually sounds like it was made 22 years ago. Stream the album on YouTube.

Atoms for Peace: AMOK

Atoms for Peace: AMOK
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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke reunites with the band from his Eraser tour – Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco, Nigel Godrich and Flea – for the new album AMOK. The track here is Judge Jury & Executioner.

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