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Tori Amos drops in on a diner in the slice-of-life video for “Trouble’s Lament”

Tori Amos | photo courtesy Amarpaul Kalirai
Tori Amos | photo courtesy Amarpaul Kalirai

Tori Amos, who has been making great music nonstop for over two decades, is back with a new video for “Trouble’s Lament” from her 14th album Unrepentant Geraldines. Set in a diner, the video features Amos and other characters interacting with each other and experiencing occasionally awkward moments.  The song brilliantly flows through the video, adding a hint of bluesy eeriness to go along.  To celebrate the release of Unrepentant Geraldines, Amos has begun an 80-date international tour, and is making a stop in Philadelphia on August 10th at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.  Information for the performance can be found here; check out the new video below.

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Nod your head to this new video from Cee Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra

Cee Knowledge | photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cee-Knowledge/86703848612
Cee Knowledge | photo via Facebook

Local hip-hop / funk ensemble Cee Knowledge & The Funk Cosmic Orchestra just released a stunning video for the song “Bandits” off of the album To Life, Love, and Loot.  This is the latest album from the long-running Cee, who in the 90s performed under the name Doodlebug in revered New York rap group Digable Planets. In the video, the camera follows the group wandering around abandoned train tracks, mixed up with black and white close ups of the group members singing as a flowing bass line carries you through the song.  Check it out below, and catch Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra at The Trocadero on June 4th while your at it.  Information for the show can be found here.

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Ganou impresses with new music video for “God is in the…”

Photo by Ben Hesler | via facebook.com/ganousings
Photo by Ben Hesler | via facebook.com/ganousings

In Ganou‘s new self-produced music video, she shows off not only her film making skills, but also her beautiful singing voice and poetic abilities.  The video features artistic visuals of living in a metropolis – the lights, bridges, and buildings that surround a city goer as he or she walks down a sidewalk or drives down a street. The track featured in the video, titled “God is in the…,” is a serenading ballad of a song which lends itself to the likes of Sade or Imogen Heap. Check it out below.

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Getting busy with Instamatic; download the Things Went Black EP, watch the “Loss Learning” video

Instamatic Tiberino 2Local synth band Instamatic have been hard at work lately. Their newest, three song EP, Things Went Black is available now at their Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download. In addition to that, they’re also featured (along with a handful of other local groups) on the Philadelphia Maneto compilation released today by the local label Young Robots - which is available to stream right here on The Key. If that alone wasn’t enough for you, then be sure to also check out the new “admittedly lo-fi” video they’ve just released for their track “Loss Learning”, available on Things Went Black. Watch it below. 

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Watch a music video to The Weeknd’s eight-minute “Belong to the World” (playing Susquehanna Bank Center 10/4)

The+Weeknd+PNGThe Weeknd, whose sophomore album Kiss Land is due out sometime towards the end of summer, has just released a new video. The nearly 8-minute long, Anthony Mandler directed, video, is for the track “Belong to the World.” A tune that The Weeknd has been previously performed live, and one that samples the Portishead song “Machine Gun” (though, apparently, without Geoff Barrow’s permission). The Weeknd will be going on tour in support of the new release starting this fall, and will be coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center for a show on October 4th. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the “Belong to the World” video below.

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Steady Hands release new video, free download for “I Swear Like A Sailor”

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Sean Huber, the drummer of local band Modern Baseball, has been hard at work with his solo side-project, Steady Hands. This past February, he released the newest EP under the Steady Hands moniker, called The Libertines, and now he has now released a new video for his track “I Swear Like  A Sailor.” Check it out below. Huber’s folk-infused pop-punk is a nice extension of his previous work with Modern Baseball. Like what you hear? Head on over to Steady Hands’ Bandcamp page here, where Huber has generously offered up all of his Steady Hands work as free downloads.

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Speedy Ortiz release new video for “Tiger Tank” (playing Golden Tea House 8/13)

speedy_ortiz_wide-1218cbd647ef206e7db4a6086275d281b0bd133a-s6-c30Speedy Ortiz, the indie-punk outfit based out of Northampton, MA, released its debut full length, Major Arcana, today via Carpark. In addition to the album, they’ve also put out a video for the previously released single “Tiger Tank.” The video, directed by Matthew Caron, features the band playing in a shredded paper infested basement, as well as a character getting ready for a night of amateur Mexican wrestling. Check it out below, and be sure to catch Speedy Ortiz next month, when they’ll be wrapping up their tour of Major Arcana with a show at the Golden Tea House . More info can be found here.

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Future Bible Heroes release new video for “Living, Loving, Partygoing” (playing World Cafe Live 7/25)

homepage_large.7b576841Stephin Merritt, perhaps best known for his work with The Magnetic Fields, and his synthpop band Future Bible Heroes, have just released a video for their track “Living, Loving, Partygoing”, the sort-of title track from the band’s first release since 2002, Partygoing, out now via Merge. The band is about to kick off a short string of live dates – their first tour in over ten years, but sadly minus Merritt – and it will be coming to Philly later on this month,for a show at World Cafe Live on July 15th. Tickets and info can be found here. Watch the “Living, Loving, Partygoing” video below.

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Franz Ferdinand release new video for “Right Action” (playing The Tower 10/19)

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Scottish indie-rock outfit Franz Ferdiand, recently released two singles from their forthcoming album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and they’ve now put out a video for one of those tracks, “Right Action.” The rest of the album is due out at the end of August via Domino, and the band will be headed out on tour in support of it. They’ll be paying a visit to the Tower Theater, on October 19th. Tickets are on sale now, and more info can be found here. Watch the “Right Action” video below.

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Pissed Jeans release new video for “Romanticize Me” (playing free show at Morgan’s Pier in August)

pissed-jeans-9Local punks Pissed Jeans just debuted a new music video for their song “Romanticize Me.” The track is off the band’s latest full-length release, Honeys, which came out earlier this year on Sub Pop. The video is sure to be the only place you’ll find a figure skater using Pissed Jeans as his backing music; check it out for yourself below. The band is playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on August 28th – which should be awesome, since the show they played there last summer ruled. Get more information at the R5 Productions website here.