Autre Ne Veut – World War Pt. 2 Music Video (w/ Arthur Ashin & Director Allie Avital Interview)

“I suppose with the video for ‘World War Pt. 2′, we were going for cheap thrills on one level, but maintaining cognizance of what a funny looking little dude could communicate under these conditions in a human and emotionally salient way. Maybe I’m trying to be honest about what I represent to myself. Maybe it was a way to use explicit sexuality to expose the abject nature of bodies in relationship to one another. Regardless, the song is basically about the many burdens which we carry around with us.” – Arthur Ashin, Autre Ne Veut

“What’s cool about this concept is that everyone can relate to the image of an inescapable burden. I think Arthur thinks of it more as a self-imposed burden, whereas I’m more interested in illustrating a metaphor for dependent, blood-sucking intimate relationships, but it doesn’t really matter… it’s all the same, in a way. We only allow others to be a burden if we’re a burden on ourselves, and vice versa.” – Allie Avital, Director

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FYF Fest 2015 Live Show Review: D’Angelo, Nicolas Jaar, Battles & More

FYF Fest 2015 can certainly thank its lucky stars that it fell on the weekend of August 22nd rather than the weekend prior, when the temperature in Los Angeles was near the sweltering 100s. Its highs in the mid-80s offered an enjoyable backdrop to all who attended the two-day festival at Exposition Park near USC. This year being my first time attending FYF, I will say right off the bat that it is a very welcome change from most festivals — which is quite a lot considering the current preponderance of them in every nook and cranny of the country and beyond. Perhaps the chill ass vibe of LA also has something to contribute the equation, but FYF is proof

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Circuit des Yeux Live Show Review (Doug Fir Lounge, Portland)

Circuit des Yeux’s performances are like a guided tour through several decades of psychedelia; cherry-picked moments of visionary art rock, viewed through a classy romantic noir cabaret lens. The band is in full tilt as my girlfriend and I enter the Doug Fir’s rough hewn wooden basement venue, which is more sparsely attended and reserved than usual, maybe because it is a Wednesday evening. There is a respectful horseshoe formed near the front of the stage, where frontwoman Haley Fohr is holding court, cutting a striking figure, statue-like and shrouded in mystery, while a golden pageboy obscures her face. Fohr guides the maelstrom with only a 12-string acoustic guitar and her voice, which is probably the most immediately striking thing

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Petite Noir – “Best” Music Video (w/ Director Travys Owen & Rochelle Nembhard Interviews)

“The most important victory was getting everyone on the same wavelengths as well as in the same head space to be able to achieve this video. Everyone understood that this was a higher calling that would impact the world in a big way… It was definitely divine-given.” – Rochelle Nembhard, Art Director

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TOP POPS! Gardens & Villa, Animal Feelings (Music Video Premiere)

TOP POPS featuring “Everybody” and “Fixations” from Gardens & Villa and the music video premiere for “Fire” by Animal Feelings, directed by Adam France.

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DOOMSQUAD Band Interview: More Than A Family Band, A Total Time, Total Way of Life

You hear it constantly these days: “The rock band is dying; the rock band is dead.” Whether this outlook is simply a jaded gripe, a universal truth, or some combination of both, it behooves a band in the modern age to seek ways to define themselves as more than “just a band”. Spinning a mythology is one way — whether that mythology be underpinned by some sort of philosophy, an outlandish tale, or simply an ability to spread artistic wings wide. Such mythologies are sometimes wholly manufactured — but for Montreal and Toronto-based three-piece, DOOMSQUAD, the mythology came naturally, through spontaneous growth followed by deliberate action. You see, DOOMSQUAD have an interesting tale from the outset, for they are a

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