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M83-Scored Trailer for A Monster Calls Summons Another BFG

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M83-Scored Trailer for A Monster Calls Summons Another BFG

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M83-Scored Trailer for A Monster Calls Summons Another BFG

In April, it was announced that Juan Antonio Bayona, director of The Orphanage and The Impossible, would be at the helm of Jurassic World 2. Say what you will about the filmmaker, he has a gift for summoning spectacle, as evidenced throughout the new trailer for his upcoming A Monster Calls. Based on the children’s fantasy novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, the film tells the story of 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), who copes with the travails of his coming of age, from his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness to bullying classmates, through his friendship with a tree-like monster that appears at his bedroom window. Given the subject matter, and the impression left by the trailer, aptly scored to the navel-gazing synth grooves of M83’s “Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun,” comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s The BFG and Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are will be inevitable.

The 15 Greatest M83 Songs

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The 15 Greatest M83 Songs

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The 15 Greatest M83 Songs

M83’s endearing tendency to go for the jugular every single time has allowed their entire catalogue to be easily lumped into a staggering pile of grandiosity. Yet, with over a decade of hyper-sensory dreamgaze to their credit, the diversity of their oeuvre is often overlooked. The group was originally formed in 2001 by Anthony Gonzalez and Nicholas Fromangeau, and their humble beginnings in big-beat sentimentality and introverted minimalism shifted dramatically with 2003’s Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. While this masterful synthetic odyssey was the beginning of the end for Gonzalez and Fromangeau (Fromangeau would leave to spearhead Team Ghost, which is worth a spin for Dead Cities loyalists), Gonzalez evolved further with the sparkling neon space-gaze of 2005’s Before the Dawn Heals Us. The wistful Saturdays=Youth and the arena-shaking juggernaut Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming introduced M83 to the masses, but after several years of being out of print, the band’s first three albums were re-released on CD, vinyl, and digital download last week. Mute Records will also digitally release remix and B-sides collections for Dead Cities and Before the Dawn Heals Us on September 9th. To celebrate, we took a look back at M83’s catalogue and compiled a list of their very best tracks.

House Playlist: Lily Allen, M83, & Cassie

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House Playlist: Lily Allen, M83, & Cassie
House Playlist: Lily Allen, M83, & Cassie

Lily Allen, “Hard Out Here”: Guest spots on singles by T-Pain and Pink aside, Lily Allen has been relatively quiet since 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You, but the U.K. pop singer returns today with a new track, “Hard Out Here.” Employing a more dance-driven, Auto-Tuned approach, Allen takes aim at the industry’s systematic sexism, brought to colorful life in the song’s music video, which is filled with copious ironic twerking. Watch below:

 

Music Video: The Killers, “Shot at the Night”

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Music Video: The Killers, “Shot at the Night”
Music Video: The Killers, “Shot at the Night”

The Killers have revealed the music video for their new single, “Shot at the Night,” which was produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez. The clip, directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober) and shot in the band’s hometown of Las Vegas, stars Bella Heathcote (Not Fade Away, Dark Shadows) as a daydreaming casino maid—whose humdrum existence is, of course, conveyed via a proverbial shot of her feeding her cat—who meets cute with a dapper young tourist played by Max Minghella (The Internship, The Social Network) after almost running him over at a traffic light. He and his friends give her a “shot at the night,” resulting in a sweetly romantic tale that’s well-suited to singer Brandon Flowers’ yearning vocal and Gonzalez’s shimmering synths.

The Killers Team Up with M83’s Anthony Gonzalez on New Single “Shot at the Night”

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The Killers Team Up with M83’s Anthony Gonzalez on New Single “Shot at the Night”
The Killers Team Up with M83’s Anthony Gonzalez on New Single “Shot at the Night”

With just four albums and about as many recognizable hits under their belts, the Killers have announced plans for a greatest hits collection. Direct Hits (the cover is a bullseye—get it?) drops November 11th, and will feature Hot Fuss tracks like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” as well as a new Calvin Harris remix of “When You Were Young,” the lead single from 2006’s Sam’s Town. The album will also boast two new songs: “Just Another Girl,” produced by Stuart Price, who was at the helm of 2008’s Day & Age, and “Shot at the Night,” recorded with M83’s Anthony Gonzalez, who was reportedly recommended to the band by their record label. The sparkly “Shot at the Night” immediately announces itself as a Gonzalez track, but it also recalls the Killers’ past gospel-infused efforts. It might not be either the band’s or Gonzalez’s best work, but it’s a promising direction for Brandon Flowers and company. Listen below.

Video: M83’s “Claudia Lewis,” Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard

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Video: M83’s “Claudia Lewis,” Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard
Video: M83’s “Claudia Lewis,” Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard

M83 has teamed up with actress turned director Bryce Dallas Howard for the music video for “Claudia Lewis,” a track from their 2011 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Part of MTV’s “Supervideos” series, which, according to the former music channel’s blog, pairs a “cool director” with “cool actors and even cooler music,” the video stars The Blind Side’s Lily Collins as a blue-wigged teen alien who infiltrates a local high school and The Bling Ring’s Israel Broussard as her terrestrial paramour. Dallas Howard was reportedly inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 Nicolas Roeg film starring David Bowie, and even makes a nod to Dad’s 1984 hit Splash.

Grammy 2013 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2013 Winner Predictions
Grammy 2013 Winner Predictions

Starting tomorrow, The House will predict the winners in all four General Field categories of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, airing February 10th on CBS. To start things off, here are our thoughts on some of the smaller categories, most of which you probably won’t see televised Sunday night in order to make room for countless performances and seemingly arbitrary duets between artists who have no business sharing a stage, let alone a microphone.

House Playlist: M83, Dum Dum Girls, & St. Vincent

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House Playlist: M83, Dum Dum Girls, & St. Vincent
House Playlist: M83, Dum Dum Girls, & St. Vincent

M83, “Midnight City.” The first glimpse into what Anthony Gonzalez describes as his most “epic” album to date paints a clear portrait of an artist re-engergized and at the height of his creative capabilities. Bursting out of the gate with sharply serrated vocals backed by a heavy, assertive synth beat, “Midnight City” initiates with a resounding jumpstart and never hits the breaks from there. The song is a tightly knit sonic roller coaster, sparing no expense in exhibiting Gonzalez’s understanding of what amounts to musical magnificence. “Kim & Jessie” this is not; there’s scarce emotional substance at play lyrically, yet the overall vibe of the track absolutely glistens with the sheen of pure, wild elation. Mike LeChevallier