The Week in Music Videos

So here we are, a selection of the best music videos we’ve seen over the past 7 days or so for your audio-visual pleasure.


Snoop Lion ft. Drake & Cori B – ‘No Guns Allowed’

Azealia Banks – Young Rapunxel

Veronica Falls – Waiting for Something to Happen

Frank Ocean – Lost

Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks? Remix

James Blake – Overgrown

Phoenix – Entertainment (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)

Wavves – Afraid of Heights


The Five Things You Need to Know – (mainly) Coachella Edition


1) Tame Impala met Danny DeVito at Coachella this weekend and – no surprises – the encounter got instagrammed.

It’s almost completetly impossible to tell whether they are quite tall or not. But they certainly look enormous.

2) After showing a pretty slick clip of their upcoming single ‘Get Lucky’ at Coachella the robotic, soulful duo Daft Punk have finally released a full version of their single here.

Addictive. And it’s got a preeeeetty solid groove. We dancin’

3) International (Edgeware Road based) man of musical mystery Jai Paul’s album was leaked on Bandcamp on Sunday and now has been swiftly retracted.

Allegedly his laptop was stolen and the artist has claimed that the record was ‘not really by him’. What a palava.

Via Owen Myers

4) The XX and Solange covered Aaliyah at (you guessed it) Coachella 2013

I’m not going to pretend all of these covers aren’t really great. Skip to 20 minutes for ‘Hot Like Fire’ – the above link is the whole hour long set at Coachella which is sublime. Amazing ability to control a crowd through mellow vibes.

5) Empire of the Sun have released their first new piece of music in 3 years in the form of ‘Alive’

Life affirming way of carving your way into the spring time with purpose.

(Via The NME)

The (More Than) Five Things You Need To Know


1) One Direction & The Wanted have begun to feud (again) on Twitter – it’s relatively entertaining but also a little bit sad (via The Sun)

2) Two members of congress are investigating Jay-Z and Beyonce’s trip to Cuba (via BBC)

As Cuba is not a legitimate holidaying location there are several members of congress investigating why the Carters were allowed to visit the country for their 5 year anniversary.

3) Wiley ‘walks away’ from Warner and starts up his own clubnight at Plastic People in Shoreditch (via Dummy Mag)

‘of course I’m running my own night at forward lol’ – direct quote

Check his new album out here

4) Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform live on Letterman with full choir as backing

Karen O with newly blonde hair looking and sounding as good as she ever did. We’ve missed her

Check out their catalogue here

5) Ray-J has writtena  song about Kim Kardashian aimed at Kanye West (Oooooh)

Because I suppose he’s still kind of irritated that she went with Yeezey and then got pregnant. I guess those rumours of her being a beard have been quashed then.

6) James Blake’s album has had a lot of digital marketing wrapped in it but he doesn’t care that much – if at all.

Listen to it here on rara

7) Chvrches did a cover of the Game of Thrones soundtrack


Check our their single ‘Recover’ here


8) Baroness Thatcher died & (you guessed it) Morrissey had something to say on her passing

Check out The Smiths catalogue here

9) Fleetwood Mac premiered new song ‘Sad Angel’ at a re-union gig on Saturday

10) Phoenix played a secret show in Williamsburg, Brookley (via Stereogum)

Check their new single here

The Five Things You Need To Know

Easter hops into the frame and then limps back out again, probably a little heavier, a little more tired and a little less inclined to eat chocolate 10 – 15 times a day.

We didn’t do an April Fool’s version of The Five Things You Need To Know because we’re caring and generous spirited people here at rara, we want to treat you right (see below to see the reactions to some of the less goodly publication’s April Fools capering).

2013 has been a year of musical treats thus far – we’ve had Bowie release an album on us, Daft Punk have re-wired their circuits, The Knife are set to return any time now with an album that is shaping up to be something epic, Justin Timberlake has re-emerged in smarter clothes than he used to wear and now out of far left field…


1) Prince has surfaced after blowing away crowds (and cobwebs) at SXSW this year. He’s released a new re-hash of ‘Purple Rain’ opener ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ which sounds like he performed it with KYUSS in the desert in a haze of purple smoke.

Which is a really good thing.

(via Holes In My Blog)


2) FACT Magazine pretended a new Boards of Canada album was coming out and some of their readers went postal.

Also a good thing.


3) There were also a whole heap of other April Fools gags involving Ted Nugent, Radiohead & headphones for cats. Check them out after the jump (via SPIN)

4) Drake has released a video for his new single ‘Toronto at 5AM’

He walks around a club and somehow finds a beach volleyball court/dance rehearsal space whilst he smokes and waxes lyrical about his career and his contemporarioes – is this a reflection on his last memorable encounter in a club? Probably not.


5) Beyoncé and Andre 3000 are going to cover Amy Winehouse for The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

(via E! Entertainment News)

Thank you very much for reading and we will see you later in the week.