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St. Vincent Goes Under the Knife in “Los Ageless” Music Video

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St. Vincent Goes Under the Knife in “Los Ageless” Music Video
St. Vincent Goes Under the Knife in “Los Ageless” Music Video

The new music video for St. Vincent’s “Los Ageless,” the second single from her upcoming album, MASSEDUCTION, is a vibrant, sci-fi satire of Hollywood superficiality. The video, directed by Willo Perron in partnership with Red Bull Music, finds singer-songwriter Annie Clark going to the extreme in her quest for Tinseltown perfection, enduring an ectoplasmic pedicure, swallowing slug sushi, and, in a nod to a scene from Terry Gilliam’s dystopian 1985 film Brazil, getting skin-stretching plastic surgery.

Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions
Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions

All this week we’re predicting the winners in the so-called Big Four categories at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, airing this Sunday night on CBS. We kick things off with our picks in some of the smaller genre categories:

Best Rock Album: NARAS loves to reward long-overdue veterans, particularly in categories like Best Rock Album, where past winners include the Rolling Stones (who took home the inaugural trophy back in 1995), U2 (who’ve won twice, and are nominated again this year), and Led Zeppelin (whose live album Celebration Day triumphed over Black Sabbath, David Bowie, and Neil Young last year). It might seem foolish to bet against U2, but the Irish icons only have a 50% success rate in this category, and Songs of Innocence was notable mostly for its controversial rollout—which, unlike Beyoncé, was met with a cool reception. The Black Keys won here two years ago, and while the academy is fond of repeat winners (just ask Foo Fighters, who possess a whopping 20 percent of all of the metal handed out in this category), it will be hard to resist rewarding Beck’s Morning Phase, the Album of the Year-nominated sequel to his beloved 2002 album Sea Change. And yes, he’s a “veteran.” Feel old? Sal Cinquemani

SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Kelis, Rodney Crowell, Lucius, & Warpaint

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SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Kelis, Rodney Crowell, Lucius, & Warpaint
SXSW 2014: St. Vincent, Kelis, Rodney Crowell, Lucius, & Warpaint

It was, to say the least, alarming when a series of frantic Tweets began to interrupt the steady flow of praise that had, for the last hour or so, greeted St. Vincent’s midnight set at the NPR Music Showcase at Stubb’s last night. The singer and guitar goddess, her shock of white-blond hair nearly set aflame by dramatic foot lighting to look like an electrocuted Helena Bonham Carter, held the packed crowd in a state of rapture while, just a block north of the venue, an allegedly drunk man in a stolen car careened down Red River Avenue, killing two and injuring 23 festivalgoers. The tragedy cast a discernable pall over the previously celebratory crowds flocking through the Red River district, home to a concentration of bars, clubs, and pop-up music venues that showcase hundreds of bands into the wee hours during SXSW.

House Playlist: Broken Bells, St. Vincent, SBTRKT featuring Jessie Ware, Lockah, & Tomas Barfod

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House Playlist: Broken Bells, St. Vincent, SBTRKT featuring Jessie Ware, Lockah, & Tomas Barfod
House Playlist: Broken Bells, St. Vincent, SBTRKT featuring Jessie Ware, Lockah, & Tomas Barfod

[Editor’s Note: House Playlist is a weekly round-up of all the new music we think you need to hear.]

Broken Bells, “After the Disco”: After the Disco, the follow-up to Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer’s Broken Bells, has been pushed back a few weeks to February 4th, but they’ve released the title track as consolation:

House Playlist: St. Vincent, Burial, Phantogram, & EMA

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<em>House</em> Playlist: St. Vincent, Burial, Phantogram, & EMA
<em>House</em> Playlist: St. Vincent, Burial, Phantogram, & EMA

[Editor’s Note: House Playlist is a weekly round-up of all the new music we think you need to hear.]

St. Vincent, “Birth in Reverse”: “Birth in Reverse” is the first taste of singer-guitarist Annie Clark’s forthcoming self-titled album, the follow-up to last year’s Love This Giant, a collaboration with David Byrne, and her first solo effort since 2011’s Strange Mercy. Described by Clark as “a party record you could play at a funeral,” St. Vincent is due February 25th.

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