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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 3:10 pm
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Here’s one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn’t forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would’ve looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014 - 12:59 pm
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If you’ve noticed a higher-than-average number of weird EDM videos in this space lately, it’s not because I’m suddenly trawling Electric Daisy Carnival messageboards. It’s because someone clued me into the existence of IMVDb, a thorough and valuable resource for discovering videos that would’ve otherwise skated right past my awareness. And a good number of… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 29, 2014 - 11:04 am
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At Sunday night’s VMAs, MTV awarded its Video Of The Year trophy to Miley Cyrus’ butt-naked tearsploitation Terry Richardson vision “Wrecking Ball,” and Miley brought a homeless model (?) to the stage to accept the award. Immediately afterward, Beyoncé, whose “Drunk In Love” video was nominated and lost, came to the stage to give a… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 10:24 am
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This was generally a busy week, music-video-wise, but the biggest stories were two flashy, conversation-starting pop videos that seemed to represent two different sides of an ideological divide, even though the women who made the two videos are friends and everything. On the one side, there was Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” which I didn’t… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 15, 2014 - 2:53 pm
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This week’s big videos were Iggy Azalea’s take on Kill Bill and Ariana Grande’s take on (I guess) Barbarella, and they were both straight trash. You can make a good pop video by making a pastiche of a particular movie; 2Pac doing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome springs immediately to mind. But that’s not enough. The… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 8, 2014 - 3:15 pm
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This week, I was something like the 75 millionth person to watch Kiesza’s “Hideaway” video, and holy hell, that thing is great. I don’t know what kept me from clicking play on it for this long. “Hideaway” was already a monster hit before I watched it, and the video has been up online since February… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 1, 2014 - 10:56 am
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There was a lot of nudity and violence and crisp, vivid black-and-white in this week’s music videos, but most of the videos that leaned heavily on those tropes didn’t make it onto this week’s countdown. The videos that did the best this week relied on their performers’ charisma, and they burst with joy and movement… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 1:01 pm
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I don’t think I’ve done this before, but there’s a lyric video on this list. Its presence will probably annoy you. But if you think you can make a better lyric video, go ahead. Please. This week’s picks are below. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 1:51 pm
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Some weeks, we get an absolute deluge of great videos, but I can’t remember any other weeks as rich as this one. I thought about blowing it out to a top-10 list this week, but that would take forever. So here are the runners-up, in descending order: Hot Sugar’s Lynchian dream “Your Nails Look SoMore »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 11, 2014 - 9:51 am
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Last Friday was the Fourth Of July, which meant we didn’t run one of these lists. But the videos kept piling up, and so we’re giving you our picks for this week’s five best videos, as well as, without comment, last week’s picks. You deserve to have a lot of shit to watch on your… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 27, 2014 - 12:09 pm
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When a musician puts together a moving tribute to her deceased bandmate, giving fitting visual accompaniment to the last thing that bandmate ever recorded, that video really should be #1 on this list. Most weeks, it would be. But this week, that video went up against the form’s reigning innovator, who’s put together a stunning… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 4:19 pm
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Lady Gaga, it turns out, did a smart thing. She’d made a shitty, ill-advised, creeped-out video with two guys who became public pariahs shortly thereafter, if they weren’t already. And then she scrapped it, though it’s certainly possible that she leaked the piece of it that went up on TMZ. She really had to scra… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 12:58 pm
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This was a weird week in the music-video universe, and that was a good thing. Many of this week’s videos (including those that didn’t make it onto this list, like clipping.’s genuinely harrowing “Body & Blood“) do strange things with the form, warping it and manipulating it but still finding ways to complement their songs. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 2:56 pm
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The real best music video of the week is this: the debut effort from Tyler Breeze, bad-guy male model character in WWE’s developmental system, a sort of excessively narcissistic take on pre-personal journey Derek Zoolander. I didn’t put it on this week’s list because it’s not, strictly speaking, a good music video. But if you… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 30, 2014 - 11:10 am
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This week’s list walks the line between calm, serene, stately beauty and extreme blood-splooge trash. Both can be awesome! And both are perfectly legit music-video approaches. But this week, we’ve got two of the latter and three of the former. Blood-splooge trash is winning, as it usually does. Check out this week’s list below. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm
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This week’s central battle came down, as so many do, to the eternal conflict between well-intentioned grand-scale storytelling and gleefully trashy bloodletting. It’s the Forrest Gump vs. Pulp Fiction of the 5 Best Videos Of The Week column! And just like in 1994, the middle-of-the-road epic won. Life is like a box of chocolates, etc. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 16, 2014 - 1:29 pm
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Hey, whoever’s in charge of music video releases! Can you space things out a little better, please? Last week, I scrambled to come up with five watchable videos. This week, I have to leave out a few videos that I legitimately loved, only because the selection was too rich. That’s why you won’t find Mogwai’… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 9, 2014 - 3:15 pm
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A quick word about Flying Lotus’s “Phantasm” video and videos like it: That’s a really good video! Many of the videos like it are good, too! But it’s not on the list this week, and neither are any of those. There’s definitely, absolutely a place for abstract, non-representational music videos, videos about wandering freaky alie… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014 - 12:44 pm
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In keeping with my newfound traditions of saying nice things about Gwar in the intros to these posts, the music-related video I enjoyed most this week was this, the YouTube commercial for Gwar’s Gwar-B-Q festival, which includes one of Dave Brockie’s final performances under all that latex. Gwar-B-Q goes down 8/16 in Richmond, and it… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 1:13 pm
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The internet’s favorite target this week was Avril Lavigne’s garish, shrill, quite-possibly-racist “Hello Kitty” video. I didn’t see it until I’d read a bunch of euphorically annoyed online chatter about it, and I honestly expected to really like it, since liking music videos that nobody likes is sort of my thing. But jeez, no, yee. More »


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