The best artists don’t come up with their own material — they steal it. Indie rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Mikal Cronin dropped his new album MCIII yesterday and celebrated by performing lead single “Turn Around” on Conan, but the real celebration comes via this music video. “Turn Around” gets the exact shot-by-shot remake of Natalie Imbruglia‘s “Torn” with comedians Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer, and Kurt Braunohler. The three also directed it. Naturally, it’s hilarious.
The video was made through Jash’s $5k Video series. The project allows artists to use $5,000 to do whatever they want to, however they want to, wherever they want to for their video. Given the liberties are so open here, the madness of everything going haywire in the end makes sense. Keep your eyes peeled for modern day garage rock god Ty Segall‘s guest appearance, plus the Kool-Aid Man. Ohhhh yeah.
Starset‘s Dustin Bates is a PhD candidate in electrical engineering, taught at the International Space University, and did research for the U.S. Air Force. No big deal, right? He won’t brag about himself, but this video will do the talking for him. Cue the sci-fi dystopian anthem. Early 2000’s emo and guitar rock lift Starset’s sound to a whole new playing field, and the music video for “Halo” mimics that sounds perfectly. Watch the premiere of epic heroes, gravity-defying vehicles, and massive spaceships play out above and carrying on dreaming that Earth will ever be this cool. [Nerdist]
When you want more quiet folk swells from Sufjan Stevens but your iTunes won’t make new songs magically appear, it’s time to turn to Mutual Benefit. The New York-via-Boston singer-songwriter creates the type of lush, orchestral, springtime folk that makes you fall in love with nature. While there’s no word yet about a follow-up to 2013’s excellent full-length Love’s Crushing Diamond, there is this new single. Jordan Lee shared “Not For Nothing” when visiting Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music and performed it for their webseries, Shaking Through. The website also filmed a short documentary about the song’s creation. Donate what you wish or download the song for free right here. [Weathervane Music]
This week, the world tried to swallow the brutally honest footage of Montage of Heck, a new documentary tracking the highs and lows of Kurt Cobain. The Nirvana frontman led a dramatic life that sadly came to an end all too soon. As our own Matt Grosinger writes, “Montage of Heck makes a compelling argument about the act of documentation.” Would he have enjoyed this movie? Maybe. Would he have wanted it to be made? Maybe not. Cobain is a household name to anyone remotely interested in music, but this documentary put even more on the table for discussion. Catch a screening yourself to see why. [Nerdist]
Looking for the next big thing? Let three of the entertainment industry’s biggest hitters take care of that for you. The Chemical Brothers have shared a brand new song called “Go” that features Q-Tip. To make it even more of an electronic doozy, Michel Gondry stepped in to direct the music video. Watch as a procession of synchronized dancers march across a symmetrical world of dark greys and futuristic curves. If they play their cards right, this could be the next Olympics opening sequence. [Pitchfork]
Step into the boxing ring. It’s round two of super epic music lineup reveals. FYF Fest in Los Angeles has released their stacked bill for August 22 and 23 with Frank Ocean and Morrissey headlining. Other highlights include D’Angelo, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Death Grips, FKA Twigs, Run the Jewels, Dinosaur Jr., Battles, Thee Oh Sees, and many more. Check out the full poster here. Meanwhile, Austin City Limits’ lineup is out, too, but this time because of a leak. The festival coordinators accidentally hit the “publish” button too early, posting the lineup on their website on Sunday instead of Tuesday. It looks like the Foo Fighters, Drake, and The Strokes are set to headline, with The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, Chance the Rapper, Brand New, and more also performing. The scrolling list can be seen in full here. [Stereogum]
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