CHINS UP, SHE KEEPS BEES AND SHARON VAN ETTEN

Because this new video for Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees’ single Is What It Is just drips with melancholy. Featuring fellow Brooklynite and solo singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals, this is a rather lovely piece of stripped-down balladry from She Keeps Bees.

Their album, Eight Houses, is due out in the US on 16 September and on 26 September in Europe.

WE’VE GOT A 1970 ELVIS EXCLUSIVE
Yeah, you read that correctly. Over on the Guardian music site, we’re streaming an August 1970 live recording of Can’t Help Falling In Love by the King himself.
Mingled in with other audio and video from that 1970 performance, the entire collection is due out on 4 August via Legacy Recordings. Head here for two minutes of joy.

WE’VE GOT A 1970 ELVIS EXCLUSIVE

Yeah, you read that correctly. Over on the Guardian music site, we’re streaming an August 1970 live recording of Can’t Help Falling In Love by the King himself.

Mingled in with other audio and video from that 1970 performance, the entire collection is due out on 4 August via Legacy Recordings. Head here for two minutes of joy.

IN WHICH KAREN O CALLS LOVE A ‘FUCKING BITCH’

In case you hadn’t heard, Karen O is releasing a solo album this year. The yelping, ridiculously charismatic Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman premiered new song Rapt on BBC Radio 6Music at midday today, and you can listen to it here now.

Roll on September 9th.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN JESSIE WARE AND ROMY FROM THE XX COLLIDE

A rather wonderful mix of thundering kick-drum samples, sleek echoey vocals and a that woeful guitar sound that The xx have coined. Jessie Ware’s album couldn’t drop fast enough at this point.

Jessie’s hitting the road for nine intimate shows in the UK, US, Europe and Canada this autumn, so head to her site to toss your name in the ballot for a ticket.

MNEK LIKES PRIMARY COLOURS AND 90s-SITCOM GRAPHICS

Well, that’s what his new video for single Wrote A Song About You seems to show us. After making a name for himself on electronic duo Gorgon City’s smash Ready For Your Love, MNEK is doing his solo thing.

Some pipes on this one, eh?

BANKS GOES POPPIER THAN EVER

LA singer-songwriter Banks is pretty unstoppable right now. She played Lovebox festival in London last weekend, and topped the Hype Machine’s most-blogged artist of 2014 list yesterday.

Now, here’s her lyric video for (infuriatingly catchy) Tim Anderson-produced Beggin For Thread, off her forthcoming debut album. Chair-dancing, COMMENCE.

THE VINES ARE BACK WITH METAL ZONE

The Vines are staging a comeback. The Australian noughties garage rock band have returned with this quick-hit, psychedelic, heavy-sounding single full of scream-y lyrics, bangin’ drums and shredding. Their forthcoming album, Wicked Nature is being funded via Pledge Music. Fans can donate to receive vinyl and lyric packages. We like the freshness of this two minute guitar blast and the video’s pretty awesome too. Good to get wasted to, good to shake over a hangover.

INTERPOL’S NEW VIDEO FOR ALL THE RAGE BACK HOME IS HERE

And it’s very nice, indeed. A black and white affair, cutting between the band slick and well-dressed in a studio and a surfer riding big frothy waves. A bit like that Guinness advert with the horses. Kind of. Great song too. We can’t wait for forthcoming album El Pintor.

CAT POWER & CHRIS MARTIN DUET - WISH I WAS HERE

Chris Martin, of Coldplay (obviously) and Cat Power a.k.a Chan Marshall have teamed up to perform the title song from Zach Braff’s forthcoming Kickstarter-funded film, Wish I Was Here. You can now listen to it HERE, streamed via NPR.

The soundtrack is full of originals. Here’s the full tracklisting:

1. The Shins - So Now What
2. Gary Jules - Broke Window
3. Radical Face - The Mute
4. Hozier - Cherry Wine (Live)
5. Bon Iver - Holocene
6. Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining
7. Jump, Little Children - Mexico
8. Cat Power & Coldplay - Wish I Was Here
9. Allie Moss - Wait It Out
10. Paul Simon - The Obvious Child
11. Japanese Wallpaper - Breathe In (feat. Wafia)
12. Bon Iver - Heavenly Father
13. Aaron Embry - Raven’s Song
14. The Weepies - Mend
15. The Head and the Heart - No One To Let You Down

Fancy yourself as a music video director?

Guardian Music is inviting aspiring music video directors to submit their self-produced clips to us. We are offering two downloadable songs to choose from, then it’s up to you to show us what you can do with a camera, some editing software, and your amazing creativity!

We will choose the best video once all submissions are in, and feature it on our site, with a critique as to why we picked it as our favourite. It’s a great chance for you to prove your skills as a video director, and for us to showcase some music we really like.

FIND OUT MORE HERE. Below are the two tracks you can create a video for!

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