Monthly Archives: December 2015

Taylor Swift Releases “Out Of The Woods” Music Video

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift certainly likes to keep us all on the edge of our seats, and to help us prepare to ring in the New Year, she’s just released her brand new music video for “Out Of The Woods,” from her hit record, 1989.

You can watch the full video below:

 

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STREAM: The Flux Machine – “Toxic Love”

the flux machineAlternative rock collective, The Flux Machine, just released their new single, “Toxic Love,” from their forthcoming album, Louder!

The album is set for a February 26th release. It will also be released on beautiful, red-splattered vinyl. Louder! was mastered by DC-based producer Taylor Larson (From First to Last, Periphery, Veil of Maya).

Stream the single below:

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Top 20 Music Videos of 2015

michael persallEach year, our favorite artists give us music to enjoy…and, more often than not, some amazing music videos to go along with it.

At Planet Stereo, music videos are one of the top things we get asked to cover, and most of the time, that’s fine by us! This year, the normal “Top 15” list had to be extended to 20! There were just too many amazing videos to choose from! Check out our picks below and let us know in the comments what your favorite music videos were this year!

 

1. Highly Suspect – “Lydia”

Highly Suspect’s official video for their single “Lydia,” from their album, Mister Asylum. It really is filled with incredible visuals, and was filmed entirely underwater…in one take! It’s beautifully shot, and Marina Kazankova (the girl in the video) does an incredible job. And hey, the song has been nominated for a Grammy!

2. Sam Smith – “Writing’s On The Wall”

Considering that this video was teased relentlessly, its release was like a moment from the “Hallelujah” chorus. The video is stunningly cinematic, much like the track itself…and of course, it helps that Sam Smith can do no wrong and that the track is for a Bond film!

3. Tillian – “Satellite”

Animated by John Howe, “Satellite,” is both a wonderful, unique video, and a definite stand-out for the year!

4. PVRIS“White Noise”

I cannot praise PVRIS enough; there’s just too much talent to even begin to try. And the video for “White Noise,” which pays homage to the horror film Poltergeist, is excellent.

5. New Found Glory – “Vicious Love (ft. Hayley Williams)”

Not only is this video incredibly funny, but it features guest vocals (and an appearance) from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams (a.k.a. the Future Mrs. Chad Gilbert). The track itself is incredibly catchy, but the video is both comedic and full of great Halloween ideas.

6. The Maine – “English Girls”

Yet another clever video! The Maine’s video for “English Girls” shows the members of the band on a pretty crazy night out, leaving everyone wondering: Who did John O’Callaghan wake up next to?

7. Marianas Trench“One Love”

There’s something about Marianas Trench’s music video for “One Love” that is so 2003…in the best possible way. The track has a powerful sound, and, when added with the great visual, how could you not love it?

8. Adele – “Hello”

Adele is back, and she came back with a simple, “Hello.” The video broke the records set by Taylor Swift’s VMA-premiered “Bad Blood,” and is stunningly pieced together.

9. Lady Gaga – “Till It Happens To You”

Lady Gaga’s new Grammy-nominated track, “Till It Happens To You,” is an extraordinary song with a strong presence. The video brings the song and the scary statistics about sexual assault on college campuses, to life. The song is from The Hunting Ground film, which is available now: http://bit.ly/1E6XAFl The video warns that there are triggering, graphic scenes depicted, and I will reiterate that now: TRIGGER WARNING. This video contains graphic images that may act as a trigger for some people.

10. Ella Henderson – “Mirror Man”

The soulful track is powerful, memorable, and the video is just as strong. Ella Henderson’s vocals are golden.

11. Bring Me The Horizon“Throne” (…and “True Friends,” just for the storyline.)

The Game Of Thrones vibes from this video are all there, and the quality is unreal. The editing is perfect, with everything timed excellently.

12. Panic! At The Disco“Emperor’s New Clothes”

The makeup and cinematography of this video are…wow. I mean, Brendon Urie becomes a devil.

13. All Time Low“Something’s Gotta Give”

This was easily one of the best videos of the year, no questions asked; it’s funny, it has zombies (zombie makeup!), and, of course, a catchy track to go along with it.

14. DIVIDES “Echoes Fade”

My favorite thing about this video (and all of DIVIDES’ recent videos)? They’re all made in-house. The band filmed and edited the whole thing, and it’s extremely impressive. “Echoes Fade” is the kind of video that you just find yourself mesmerized by, and rightly so.

15. Taylor Locke – “Call Me Kuchu”

“Call Me Kuchu” is soulful, and reminiscent of classic rock. Inspired by the documentary of the same name, the song and video come together in a stunning metaphor; shedding light on the lack of basic human rights in Uganda, where being gay is considered criminal. The music video, directed by art/editorial photographer Logan White, acts as a satire, featuring Dr. Kuchu, a turn-of-the-century magician and snake oil profiteer.

16. Michael Persall“The Move”

The Move,” an upbeat tune that perfectly captures a sweet courtship, all the while showcasing some of Persall’s enviable vocal talents. The indie-pop/rock single is radio worthy, with perfect timing, a happy-go-lucky charm, and a fantasy appeal, as seen in the music video.

17. Hands Like Houses – “I Am”

“I Am” is a video that proves “a little goes a long way.” It is so simply put together, but carries such a weight visually (and musically). It’s truly minimalism at its finest.

18. Halsey – “New Americana”

This video has the post-apocolyptic edge that I imagined Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” would have. It helps that the song is ridiculously catchy.

19. Set It Off – “Ancient History”

Set It Off have released some pretty cool videos recently, but “Ancient History” works so well with the whole time-travel kind of thing (very fitting for the year of Back To The Future). 

20. Jade The Moon – “U Take Care”

Jade The Moon’s “U Take Care” video has a stunning, haunting feel to it. The video, written and directed by Chad Rook, is wonderfully symbolic, working well as a metaphor for the effects of love and hurt. With soaring vocals, the electro-pop track is sensational.

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Like Mike Announce New EP, Begin Pre-orders

like mikeGeorgia pop-punk quintet Like Mike have just announced their brand new EP, If I Had a Say…, which is set to be released on January 29th.

The EP is a follow-up to they band’s This Is Dan…, and it’s already available for pre-order. You can pre-order the EP here: Pre-order the release here: http://bit.ly/1kerwaO

Check out the track listing below, as well as the latest single, “…You’d Both Still Be Here.”

Track Listing:

1. ‘If I Had a Say…’

2. ‘Knuckles Deep’

3. ‘B. F. T. R.’

4. ‘…You’d Both Still Be Here’

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STREAM: SayReal – “From Far Away”

SayReal

SayReal just released their spectacular new single, “Far Away,” the follow-up to “Marbles.”

The track is soulful, catchy, and, undeniably adorable. This is the kind of song that you hear once and press the replay button as many times as possible; the type that you listen to until you get sick of it (which seems impossible).

You can stream “Far Away” below!

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VIDEO: Katie Buchanan – “A Hand, A Heart”

katie buchananBlues pop-rocker Katie Buchanan just released her acoustic holiday video for “A Hand, A Heart,” which comes from her EP, Another Beat.

The video, which premiered with PopWrapped, is a one-take masterpiece, taking pride in simplicity…and beautifully showing off Buchanan’s stunning vocals.

Check it out below:

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Face Value and Chris Swartz Release Acoustic Holiday Split

Face Value and Chris Swartz.jpgBaltimore pop-punkers Face Value have just released an acoustic holiday split with emo singer/songwriter Chris Swartz.

Face Value turned to pop-punk maestro Michael Bridgett (Turnover, I Call Fives, Handguns, etc.) for the recording of “Members Only” and “Up Late” (as well as seven other tracks). The band’s debut album “Growing Up Young” is out now: http://facevalue.bandcamp.com/

You can stream the entire split below:

 

Track List:

Face Value

1. Currency

2. Members Only

Chris Swartz

1. Murdock

2. Tether

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Luke Rathborne Releases New Single, Announces New Album

Luke-RathborneNew York City-based Luke Rathborne just released his brand new single, “Losing It,” from his upcoming album, AGAIN. The album, produced by Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth), is expected to drop in March of 2016 via his own label, True Believer.

Rathborne will also be headed on a co-headlining tour with Captured Track’s Alex Caldner across the USA this spring with UK dates to be announced (check out the list of American dates below!).

“Losing It” is a 70’s-esque single that is reminiscent of Prince in the falsetto vocal scheme of things. The track is melodic with high energy that will leave you shaking your hips and nodding your head. It’s a unique piece of indie pop that offers a confident new-wave edge, exploring the bounds of Rathborne’s creativity. Check it out below!

 

Luke Rathborne 2016 USA Tour:

3/8 Boston, MA – Great Scott *
3/9 NYC – Elvis Guesthouse *
3/10 Washington DC – DC9 *
3/12 Savannah – Savannah Stopover Festival
3/14 New Orleans – Gasa Gasa*
3/15 – 3/18 – SXSW TBA
3/21 Hot Springs AR – Valley of the Vapors Festival
3/24 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace *
3/25 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar*
3/26 San Diego, CA – Hideout*
3/28 Fullerton, CA – Continental Room*
3/29 Los Angeles, CA – Club Bahia*
3/30 San Francisco, CA – The Rickshaw Stop*
4/1 Portland, OR – Mississppi Studios *
4/2 Seattle, WA – Barboza*
4/3 Vancouver, BC – Cobalt*
4/5 Salt Lake City – Kilby Court*
4/6 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge*

* with Alex Caldner

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Den Stora Vilan Announce Tour Dates, Release New Video

den stora vilan.jpgSwedish psych/jam-rock sensation Den Stora Vilan is heading out on a European tour early in 2016. The band just released their third double album, Utsikt Mot Havet, and have just released a video for their song “Stölden,” which you can view below. Now they are heading out in Europe for a few selected dates, which you can also view below.

 

 

Upcoming shows 2016
08th of January Werne @ Flöz
09th of January Arnstadt @ Rockkneipe Jungfer
11th of January Bayreuth @ Glashaus
16th  of January Göteborg, Sweden @ Truckstop
21st of January Malmö, Sweden @ Frank
22nd of January Bremen @ Karton
23rd of January Wesel @ Karo Jugendzentrum
24th of January Münster @ Black Box Cuba
30th of January Borås, Sweden @ Undergrunden

04th of February Köpenhamn, Denmark @ LOPPEN

25th of March Linköping, Sweden @ The Crypt / The Sign Fest
26th of March Tranås, Sweden @ Plan B

30th of April Göteborg, Sweden @ Trädgår´n

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Jocelyn & Chris Arndt Release New Single, Set To Release New Album

jocelyn and chris arndtThe soulful sibling duo of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have been on our watch list for a while, and now we’ve got one more reason to keep our eyes (and ears!) on them. The duo just released their new single, “Shame,” which you can stream below.

Along with the stunning new track, Jocelyn and Chris are getting ready to release Edges, the follow-up to Strangers In Fairyland EP, due out on February 16th. The album features Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule) and G Love.

Stream their new single, “Shame,” below:

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