It’s Friday afternoon, which means you’re probably sitting at your desk counting down the minutes ’til the weekend begins! Never fear – we’ve found a great way to kill the time courtesy of these hot new music videos.
1. IGGY AZALEA FT. RITA ORA - ’BLACK WIDOW’
The sound? Ozzie rapper-girl Iggy Azalea gets a little vocal help from Rita Ora on new single ‘Black Widow’
The story? The pair show off their best Samurai moves in a Tarantino-inspired plot to bring down the bad guys (including Tarantino actor Michael Madsen). Kill Bill eat your heart out.
The sound? American rock kings The Black Keys are back with new track ‘Weight of Love’
The story? A beautiful but somewhat creepy cult of women (led by supermodel Lara Stone) live in a lighthouse on the beach, spending their time hair braiding and doing group aerobics. Directed by Miley Cyrus’ rumoured BF Theo Wenner, it has more of a short-film feel than your standard music vid
After a brief stint in Dublin last year, Camden Crawl is back in its namesake home for 2014! So why pick this festival above the rest? With your wristband you’ll be given access to some 25 stages dotted around Camden’s coolest venues, with a line-up by in-the-know curators like Dalston clubbers The Nest Collective and top music blog The Line of Best Fit. Offering an eclectic mix of genres, spanning acts from US indie rockers Of Montreal to Swedish techno DJs The Field you can guarentee there’s something for all your mates.
We caught up with another of the festival’s must-see acts to hear more. Meet Kacey Underwood, one half of hot indie duo Big Deal…
Hi Kacey! So what’s the vibe like at Camden Crawl?
Great bands and people spilling onto the streets to party. What could be more fun?
Which acts are on your must-see list?
We’re looking forward to Crushed Beaks, Paws and TRAAMS. But it’s great to just wander around to catch new bands that other people are excited about.
What can we expect from your set?
It’s at the The Black Cap on the high street which is always fun! You can expect to hear lots of songs from our new EP.
What do you love about Camden?
I used to live there, but it’s changed quite a bit since then. I love Primrose Hill and always imagine Paul McCartney getting song ideas on strolls there. I hate incense so steer clear of the markets!
What look will you go for on stage?
Camden’s famous punk store Cyber Dog is just down the street so really we should be clad in pleather and spikes and about seven inches taller with our platforms on. When in Rome!
A morning lost to the endless playlist-making opportunities of Soundcloud led us to discover Arizona popstress Zella Day. And now we’re hooked. From the stomping beats of ‘Sweet Ophelia’ to a haunting cover of The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, we’ve fallen for this girl’s enchanting voice, not to mention her effortlessly boho look. We caught up with her for a quick chat on her style and sound.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
What’s ‘Sweet Ophelia’ about? What inspired the lyrics?
It’s about losing something irreplaceable, an emotion that’s universally understood.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Frank Ocean! I go nuts for his lyrics. He has a gritty approach to his music – he isn’t trying to hide anything and it’s that vulnerability that I really respect.
What would your music sound like together?
Our music together would be a hybrid called Frezella Docean and it would sound like the sweetest nightmare you’ve ever had.
What are your wardrobe go-tos?
I live in vintage slip dresses – I like the romantic look of them and it means I’ll never run into somebody wearing the same thing! I also have the dopest black platforms from Topshop that I found at Nordstrom and I kind of wear them with everything and would wear them to sleep if I could.
Any style icons?
I’ve caught the Erin Wasson bug. She wears boots like no one else and she’s proud to be exactly who she is. Her taste is impeccable from the art hanging on her walls to her messy hair. Give me some of that fire!
Tell us something no one else knows…
I have a belly dancing costume in my closet, and not a Princess Jasmine kind, the real deal.
Keep up-to-date with Zella Day on her Facebook page.
Festival season is officially here, kicking off this weekend with the sunny style extravaganza that is Coachella festival. Sadly most of us will be stuck at our desks in not-so-scorching Blighty while the style set are living it up in the Californian desert, but that hasn’t stopped us from sending our spies to get the skinny.
And who better to give you the insider scoop than DJ and ultimate cool-girl Harley Viera Newton? Harley will be taking over our Instagram account over the weekend, so stay tuned to get the Coachella goss before anyone else. In the meantime, we quizzed Harley on how she’s gearing up for a super stylish Coachella ’14.
Can you sum up Coachella in three words?
What a weekend!
Do you change up your signature style for a festival?
Definitely not! Festival style ultimately has to be about comfort. You’re walking around for hours and don’t want your outfit to make you feel uncomfortable in any way.
What outfits are you planning this year?
I’ve been to several Coachellas and have learned the hard way that you have to keep it really light, comfortable, and breezy. It’s HOT there, so I’ll be going for easy airy pieces in fun prints.
It feels like a lifetime since The Pierces last wowed us with their dreamy harmonised folk (or three years if we’re sticking to the facts), but this spring sees the welcome return of the Alabama sister act to our airwaves. With a fifth album in the works, the girls have just dropped new track ‘Believe In Me’ – a feel-good pop hit that’s a long departure from the more melancholy sound we’ve come to know from the girls.
So what’s cheered them up? A relocation to sunny LA might have something to do with it, inspiring a care-free direction with driving drums and sing-along choruses. Think Fleetwood Mac minus the heartache and you’ll get the idea. We caught up with brunette haired Allison to find out more.
You’ve been in the music industry a long time. How have things changed?
We’ve become more sure of what we want. When we first started out we were very young and innocent! We’ve grown and changed a lot as people and have become more clear over the years. And we’ve learned patience!
Did your upbringing shape your sound?
Our father is a musician and our mother a painter, so we grew up in a very creative environment. We were in encouraged to express ourselves and do what we love, so yes, it definitely shaped our path.
How has the new album moved on from your earlier records?
This record has a bigger soundscape with lots of dreamy synths and powerful drums. It has a fresher, more modern sound than our last record. We love the way it turned out!
You’ve lived in LA and New York. How do they each inspire you?
Los Angeles inspires our music everyday because of the beautiful weather and incredible outdoor activities that are available to you. But I must say, Los Angeles doesn’t have the style that New York has. I miss being able to walk out my front door and be inspired by the personal style of the people in my neighbourhood. Nobody beats New York for style – except possibly London… it’s a very close race!
If we had just one hour in New York – where should we go?
What I would do is go sit at Marlowe and Sons and absorb as much food and drink as possible.
What’s your favourite music video?
That’s a really tough question to answer, but off the top of my head I’m going to say Arctic Monkeys ‘R U Mine’. It’s unexpected, unpredictable, badass, sexy and just really cool.
Do you both listen to the same music in your time off?
Yes, we have very similar taste in most everything, but I’ve been listening to a lot of indie melodic guy rock bands and Catherine recently informed me that she thinks they all sound the same, so I guess not at the moment.
How would you describe your style? Any icons?
I like to be comfortable but still look good at the same time – sexy without being overt. Icons would be, Kate Moss, of course, Alexa Chung and Jane Birkin.
Song with the best lyrics of all time?
‘Woman of Heart and Mind’ by Joni Mitchell.
Who would be the dream third member of The Pierces?
Listen to ‘Believe in Me’ below and catch The Pierces play one of their UK gigs in June.