Band: Moderat
Song: “Reminder”
Why You Want To Watch: It’s just cool. The band worked with digital artists and fellow Germans, Pfadfinderei on the video, which is imaginative and trippy! Moderat hits all the big European summer festivals – and more – starting this June.


Artist: Blaenavon

Blaenavon – photo by Charlotte Patmore

Video: “Orthodox Man”

Why You Want to Watch: I can’t stop listening to or watching this English band. That’s how much I love them. They were my top pick for the entire SXSW Music Festival (we’ll have photos from that show up to lead off our SXSW, by the way), and they’re from beautiful Hampshire. They’ve now played SXSW twice! The video for “Orthodox Man” was directed by Francesca Cansarino during a visit to NYC. That’s Your Lot, the band’s debut LP, will be available April 7th.


Video: “Tabloid,” by UNIFORM

Why You Want to Watch: Industrial metal duo perform “Tabloid” in a delivery truck racing around the streets of Queens, New York. What could possibly go wrong? The guys, Ben Greenberg and Michael Berden, appear to come out of the filming okay; who knows what really happened. . . You can get a good look at them at Barboza on February 16th, where they will be sure to play a cool show emphasizing tracks off their second release, Wake in Fright (also on Sacred Bones Records).

UNIFORM – photo by Samantha Marble


Band: The 1975
Why You Want to Watch: I can’t say how much I love the 1975’s song “Somebody Else.” A lot! I love it loads. The video for it, directed by Tim Mattia (who’s directed other videos for the band), is an unsettling but beautiful night in the life of singer Matthew Healy’s imagination. Healy gets to display more of his acting chops (makes sense, his parents are actors) in the piece the label’s presser describes like this: Picking up where the video for “A Change Of Heart” left off, “Somebody Else” continues to see the band taking their unique aesthetic to new heights. . . [it] follows Healy through the murky world of a Lynchian night-time London, struggling with self -obsession in the face of heart-break.”


Band: Peking Duk

Why You Want to Watch: Lady and the Tramp gets a 2016 update (to me, anyway) in Peking Duk’s video for “Stranger feat. Elliphant,” featuring a Doberman Pinscher and, I think, a Lhasa Apso. Peking Duk, a Canberra, Australia duo, had director Lior Molcho (he’s directed videos for Sia, Elle King & others) at the helm of this one. Some backstory, from the band itself: We quickly gravitated towards the simple idea of following the story in the lyrics. . . . We wanted to capture the feeling that everyone has felt at least once at the end of a big night. We wanted to reproduce those times where you want to keep the night going, and preferably with someone else riding that same wave as you. When it’s done right it can be magical. . . To make it lighter and truly show everyone how we see the story, we decided to use physical dog actors instead of humans. Deep down inside we’re all dogs. We are stoked with how quickly it came together!”

Very cute video to accompany a very good song!

Stars of “Stranger feat. Elliphant