Watch: “Old Town Road” Video Features Star-Filled Ensemble of Cameos

 

“Old Town Road” seems to be the gift that keeps on giving in 2019. First, the song became a global smash after its Red Dead Redemption-filled viral video blew up, sending it to the top of the charts. Then, we were graced with the original viral-man himself, Billy Ray Cyrus, on the official remix. Now, we’ve got the official MOVIE for the remix, and it capitalizes on the song’s natural virality and Lil Nas X’s cowboy-rapper identity in the perfect way.

More than a simple music video, the movie includes a who’s-who of celebrities, including comedians Chris Rock and HaHa Davis, Vince Staples, Rico Nasty, Diplo, and of course Lil Nas and Billy Ray themselves.

The video peppers in their appearances with the perfect amount of comedic draw combined with storytelling, as Chris Rock opens the story chasing Lil Nas, a bandit who’s run off with a pile of cash, set all the way back in 1889. Later, once Lil Nas X time-travels into present day, he races Vince Staples on his horse vs. Staples car – and of course, wins even more cash.

A freshly-outfitted Lil Nas X then heads to a community center with Billy Ray (who has also somehow arrived in the future) in Billy Ray’s Maserati, where you see a rainbow-haired Rico Nasty give the two cowboys a dirty look before Billy Ray performs his solo on stage, accompanied by cowboy Diplo (embodying his new country-project persona, Thomas Wesley) on a washing board.

The video is a laugh from start to finish, extremely well-done, and it’s clearly pushing the song further into the stratosphere – the movie has nearly 50 million views in its first three days, and if the song’s rise has been any indication, it’s not coming down any time soon.

Watch: Jax Jones Reveals Unreleased Song “Tequila” ft. RAYE at Elsewhere

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Jax Jones unveiled a brand new song during his live show at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Featuring RAYE, who also sings his hit single “You Don’t Know Me,” the new song, “Tequila” is bound to be just as huge.

The song’s catchy pre-chorus begs fans to chant along “One shot / two shot / three shot / four shot / I think that you need some more shots” then leads into the drop with “Take it to the motherfucking dance floor!” before a characteristically bass-heavy, uptempo Jax Jones drop. The song’s energy is infectious, and RAYE’s voice and attitude perfectly matches the production.

Watch: Greyson Chance Performs “shut up” Stripped Down

Remember Greyson Chance? Yeah, the 14 year-old kid who sang Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on Ellen that went viral is back in 2019 with a brand new album, portraits, which includes his hit lead single “shut up.” Recently Greyson performed the song for Vevo at their studios in a stripped down version using just a guitar, and the song is outstanding – check out the video below.

Listen to Greyson’s new album portraits:

Watch: James Bay Performs New Unreleased Song “Bad”

On his second night performing at NYC’s famous Beacon Theatre, James Bay surprised his crowd with a new song as an encore following a blowout performance of “Best Fake Smile.” Bay came out alone on the stage and addressed his fans before playing, telling them “I have two things on my side…the beauty is this: You don’t know the song, so if I fuck it up, you don’t know. And the other thing is, you’ve got my back, and I feel it, so thank you. So here it goes…”

Watch the full performance of “Bad” –

Watch: Doja Cat’s “Tia Tamera” is a Colorful Treat

Doja Cat never fails to entertain, does she? The “Mooo!” star, who’s racked up 40M streams on the viral video, is back with her latest single and music video, “Tia Tamera” featuring Rico Nasty. The colorful and entertaining video adds another element to the clever-yet-raunchy lyrics and trap-heavy beat that makes you want to go-off.

After watching this (and then rewatching a few more times), we want Doja Cat and Rico Nasty to get their own reality show, ASAP. These two are entertainers to the core, no matter what they’re up to.

Music Video: Marc E. Bassy Drops B&W Video for “Love Her Too” feat. G-Eazy

Back alley girls in pinstripe stockings and stiletto heals…Blonde G-Eazy repping pearls… Marc E. Bassy’s newest music video captures the vibe of his new song “Love Her Too” in the perfect way while keeping the video sexy without being sleazy. The song comes off of his recently-released EP Postmodern Depression, and the video premiered earlier today on MTV Live and mtvU.

Marc E. Bassy Tour Dates:

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 8                Houston, TX                            House of Blues Houston
November 9                Dallas, TX                               House of Blues Dallas
November 13              Albuquerque, NM                   The Historic El Rey Theater
November 14              Phoenix, AZ                            The Van Buren
November 15              San Diego, CA                       Soma San Diego
November 16              San Francisco, CA                 The Warfield
November 17              Hollywood, CA                        Hollywood Palladium

Listen to Postmodern Depression:

Music Video: Liily The Band’s “Toro” is What Rock Needs Right Now

You might not know the band Liily just yet, but they’re making music that should put them on every rock-head’s radar. The LA-based five-piece rock group combines elements of thrash, post-punk, grunge and modern hard rock. Rock needs an influx of crossover elements across its many subgenres, and it seems like Liily is positioned right in that epicenter, bringing out a new sound that’s credible, fresh, and emotionally compelling. For fans of Highly Suspect, Royal Blood, Grandson, and Nothing But Thieves, Liily is going to be right up your alley.

Watch the “Toro” music video below, and listen to their latest single “Sold,” which is featured on Spotify’s premiere rock playlist, “Rock This.”

Highlights: Light & Life Presents Dillon Francis @ Brooklyn Warehouse

On Friday October 26th, Dillon Francis hosted what was certainly one of the best parties so far this Fall, at Brooklyn Warehouse on Halloween weekend. More than many other DJs, Francis seemed to know exactly what his audience came for, and tailored his set expertly for a costume-clad crowd of Halloween-ready ravers.

Francis played all of his biggest hits and mixed in plenty of the songs of the moment for a set that was – and I don’t say this lightly – flawless. From song to song, and up and down with tempos throughout, Francis commanded the crowd like puppets who were locked in the entire night.

Everything was on the docket, from his club bangers like “Get Low” and “Say Less,” to the more poppy “Anywhere” and “Coming Over”, while burning up the dance floor with every other memorable Dillon Francis song you can name along the way. The crowd was treated to a masterpiece of a night, and I’m eagerly awaiting the chance to go to do it all over again the next time he’s back in New York.

Watch my highlight video below and check out full videos of “Get Low,” “Anywhere” and “Coming Over” below the photo gallery.

Early bird Highlights featuring the night’s best moments:
Photos courtesy of Poselki Brothers and Light & Life

 

Interview: Thomas Gold Introduces New AU-1 Alias & Plan For His Own Label (Video)

Thomas Gold is by no means a newcomer on to the electronic scene – he’s been a staple on the club circuit and a player in the progressive house genre since 2000. Having been at this for nearly two decades, he’s had to continue to revisit and adapt his musical style over the years in order to stay relevant. Despite the iterations his music has gone through, they’ve all been honest transformations, though. “I always try to be myself with my music, and just always on a fresh level.”

Watch my interview with Thomas Gold, where we discuss his new techno house project, AU-1 (AU is the periodic element for “Gold”), and plans to start a new EDM label Element 79.

Interview: Meet Thutmose, Brooklyn’s Hottest New Rapper (Video)

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Thutmose’s family moved to Brooklyn in 2002 after an accidental explosion at a Nigerian high explosives storage facility that burned down a significant portion of Northern Lagos, killing 1,100 people and displacing nearly 20,000 more, including his own family. Ever since then, he’s been surrounded by the culture of hip-hop in the city that made it big. The Brooklyn-based rapper was always set on becoming a musician, and began experimenting with writing and performing at an early age, ultimately finding a knack for rapping at high velocity over rhythmic melodies. Learn more about his background and the impact of his youth on where he is today as an artist, by watching our exclusive video interview below.

BACKGROUND MUSIC:
1) “Summer’s Gone” – NoMBe feat. Thutmose
2) “Karma” – Thutmose feat. Alex Mali
3) “Run Wild” – Thutmose feat. NoMBe

Check out more Thutmose on SoundCloud, including his new single “Say It to My Face” (produced by Tricky Stewart)

 




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Watch EVAN GIIA’s New, Self-Directed “I DON’T LIKE UR FRIENDS” Video

Not one to rest on the laurels of her success from “WESTWORLD”, EVAN GIIA is back with a brand new, self-directed music video from her latest single “I DON’T LIKE UR FRIENDS”. The video, shot in a brilliantly lit Brooklyn warehouse, is full of deliberately deadpan backups, mimicking the emotion (or lack thereof) of an uninspired, fed-up subject. In contrast to the backups, EVAN GIIA is highly emotive throughout the video, dancing and moving defiantly throughout the warehouse. Additional kudos to GIIA for adding a creative touch to the video by including a rounded white overlay around the edge of the film, giving it some eye-catching artistic flare.

“IDLYF” is EVAN GIIA’s second music video produced in coordination with Foreign Family Collective. Check out the video below:

Read Early Bird’s Q&A with EVAN GIIA:

https://earlybirdmusic.blog/2018/06/20/evan-giia-interview/

You can listen to “IDLYF” and the rest of last week’s best new music through our “TGINMF – Best of New Music Friday” playlist, via the SoundsGood Player below:


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Highlights: Loote @ Irving Plaza // 06.21.18

Relive the highlights from Thursday night’s Loote show at Irving Plaza. Check out the photo gallery and a full video of their hit single “Your Side of The Bed”, shot from behind the stage, below the gallery.