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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

At the end of 2014, I put together a list of the year’s best videos and noted that the race for the title of world’s best music-video director was a tight one, with two people — Nabil and Hiro Murai — in a virtual dead heat for the top spot. Behind the two of them,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2015 - 3:37 pm

The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” Video

Can’t Feel My Face” is the Weeknd’s biggest hit ever, narrowly missing #1 for two straight weeks and enjoying the Tom Cruise treatment on Fallon last night. Abel Tesfaye first performed the song at the Apple Music launch event last month, and today he’s used Apple’s Connect service to debut the video, directed by rising… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 28, 2015 - 12:28 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I’m taking over the column for Tom, who’s on vacation this week. We all know that the real best video of the week is the one of Ariana Grande licking a donut that didn’t even belong to her, but if you’re interested in watching something else, that’s totally understandable. It’s been a wild and wonderful… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 10, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Yogi & Skrillex – “Burial” Video (Feat. Pusha T & Dennis Rodman)

Last year, Pusha T teamed up with British producer trio Yogi for “Burial.” That track has just gotten a remix courtesy of Skrillex, Trollphace, and Moody Good, plus a wild new Grant Singer-directed video. It follows an unsettling masked troupe of havoc-wreaking dancers, starting off in a barber shop where Pusha is getting his hair… More »

By: James Rettig / July 6, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Sky Ferreira Reveals New Masochism Visuals

Sky Ferreira’s sophomore album Masochism is coming up next year, although there’s no official release date yet, and first single “Guardian” will be out sometime this summer. Today, Ferreira revealed two pieces of artwork for the album painted by Lucas David along with another short clip of new music. Check them out below, via Instagram. More »

By: Peter Helman / July 2, 2015 - 6:30 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t think you can call it the best anything, but the most important music-related moving images this week were the flood of cell-phone videos from outside Hot 97 Summer Jam, where police responded to a fight by closing the show’s doors and then firing tear gas into the crowd. This sort of story i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Vic Mensa – “U Mad” (Feat. Kanye West) Video

Vic Mensa and Kanye West’s massively brassy “U Mad” now has a video directed by the great Grant Singer (and good for him — back in January, Kanye beat out Singer for the top spot in our 5 Best Videos Of The Week rankings, and now the two are working together). The ominous track’s visual… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 9, 2015 - 6:04 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week, we got two videos that riffed on nostalgic nuggets of ’80s pop culture, and both of them came out within about an hour of each other. Both of those videos are made with charm and inventiveness and a sense of fun, and both of them are on this list. But these constant nostalgia-riff… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Sky Ferreira And Grant Singer Co-Writing Film Featuring New Ferreira Song For Summer Release

Sky Ferreira announced via Twitter early this morning that this summer she will release a film she co-wrote with frequent collaborator Grant Singer, who will serve as director. The film will be accompanied by a new single, and Ferreira claims that it will be “VERY cinematic.”… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 13, 2015 - 1:37 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

Ariel Pink – “Dayzed Inn Daydreams” Video

Together, Ariel Pink and director Grant Singer made two of last year’s best music videos. Pink and Singer’s clips for “Put Your Number In My Phone” and “Picture Me Gone” were fascinatingly creepy, mysterious pieces of Kubrick-damaged work. They’ve now teamed up again for the clip for “Dayzed Inn Daydreams,” another song from Pink’s pomMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2015 - 10:46 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was another strong week for music videos, and it hurt my heart to leave things like Ryan Hemsworth’s “Too Long Here” and Majid Jordan’s “Forever” off. Even with all the strong videos out this week, though, the list feels like something of a placeholder for whenever Björk gives us some dizzy new vision for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Q&A: Tobias Jesso Jr. On His Mythic Backstory, Sounding Like The Cheers Theme, And His Debut Album Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr.’s era of futility ended with whimpers that felt like a bang. Jesso’s origin story has already been recycled to the point of myth: Kid from Vancouver moves to L.A. in search of rock stardom, strikes out, and hits rock bottom after his mother comes down with cancer and a hit-and-run leaves him… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 20, 2015 - 2:52 pm

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Sleigh Bells – “That Did It” (Feat. Tink) Video

Last week, Sleigh Bells teamed up with Tink, a brash and badass Chicago singer/rapper who seems poised to take over in 2015, for a Red Bull-sponsored one-off called “That Did It.” Grant Singer directed the brand-new video for the song, and it has Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Tink getting all dressed up and striking… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2014 - 11:02 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t know if it’s some combination of Halloween sugar-hangover and Republican-Senate-takeover anxiety or what, but there are some dark and strange and intense visions on this week’s list. Every single one of the five videos below has the power to make you at least a tiny bit queasy. So take a deep breath and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Little Dragon – “Underbart” Video

Back in May, the Swedish electropop quartet Little Dragon released their fourth album, Nabuma Rubberband. Today they share a video for album track “Underbart,” one of the new record’s most memorable songs. Directed by Grant Singer (whose visual representations of music are known for being dually mesmerizing and unwittingly perturbing — for example: Ariel Pink’… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / November 6, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Ariel Pink – “Picture Me Gone” Video

Ariel Pink has teamed with “Put Your Number In My Phone” director Grant Singer on another pom pom video. This one is for the six-minute slow jam “Picture Me Gone” (one of the tunes Pink sang with the PS22 Chorus), and it finds three cross-dressing men venturing around Los Angeles in creepy latex masks i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 4, 2014 - 1:18 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We did it, everyone! We came up with the least glamorous music video ever made. I don’t know what held the title before this week, but I do know that nothing else will ever hold it again. That piece of beautifully ugly anti-glamor is below, as are our other four picks for the week. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Foxygen – “Coulda Been My Love” Video

Today, Foxygen release …And Star Power, their messy, ambitious sprawl of a new album. And they’ve also chosen this morning to share their video for the seductively shambling album track “Coulda Been My Love.” Grant Singer, who worked with the band on their deeply entertaining “How Can You Really” video, returned to direct this one. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 10:47 am
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