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Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, "40 Day Dream"

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Band of greenies go on a desert pilgrimage.

The video for "40 Day Dream" is the third instalment in SALVO!, the 12-part video opera that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are creating to go along with their hit album Up From Below. And it's a beauty. Director Matt Amato follows frontman Alex Ebert -- in the role of his messianic alter ego, Edward Sharpe -- and his band of merry hippies as they dance and tromp through the desert in......read more

Gold Panda, "Marriage"

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Feel good visual vibes by Ronni Shendar.

British beat wiz Gold Panda checks in with a new video for "Marriage" featuring not much more than some friendly looking folks holding lanterns. Doesn't sound that interesting, but for such a simple, narrative-free video, it's actually really good times. Directed by Israeli video artist, Ronni Shendar. Stream GP's just-released Marriage EP on Soundcloud....read more

Crosley Traveler Portable Turntable

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Bring your records on the road $128.00

There really is no substitute for the sound of vinyl. It's the physical aspect of it; the way a record needle reads grooves in wax translates into a sound quality that digital formats can't match. Now you can enjoy a whole new level of LP independence with the Crosley CR49 Traveler. Inspired by the original portable turntables of the late 1950s, the table's black suitcase housing includes a pair......read more

High Places, "Altos Lugares"

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Eerie self-directed video from LA's hazy new wave duo

LA art-pop duo High Places just dropped this new video for their propulsive "Altos Lugares" ("High Places" in Spanish, clever!) off their forthcoming LP. The self-directed bit features bandmembers Rob Barber and Mary Pearson traipsing in ghostlike form around Spahn Ranch, where Charles Manson and Family once lived. High places indeed.  Original Colors is out October 11th......read more

Pretty Lights, "We Must Go On"

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Beautiful collage video documents a couple's travels around the globe

Derek Vincent Smith, aka Colorado-based electronic musician Pretty Lights, recently dropped this rolling, uplifting new track, "We Must Go On." To mark the release, Smith and his girlfriend, visual artist Krystle Blackburn, put out this video chronicling their travels through 2011. Shot on a pair of Canon 7Ds with about six lenses, the clip documents their ramblings through London,......read more

All in for the 99%: Artists, Musicians and Activists Unite in Los Angeles

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One-day cultural festival goes off in the name of reform

Forget what you heard about the Occupy movement being dead. If last Saturday's All in for the 99% event is any indication, there's plenty of life left yet.  The arts and music festival on South La Brea Avenue amplified the voices of the 99 percent with Funny or Die short film screenings, Slake magazine readings, a Van Jones talk, DJ sets, and an art exhibit featuring over a hundred artists......read more

Eco-Amp

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Foldable iPhone speaker made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper $7.99

With summer approaching, many of us are searching for suitable iPhone speakers for portable tunes in the sun. The way we see it, there's no sense adding to the iPhone's already gargantuan environmental footprint by buying electronic speakers. This new product from L.A. startup eco-made is just the solution we've been waiting for. The eco-amp is a powerless iPhone amplifer made from 100%......read more

Bicycle Sounds

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Watch Stephen Meierding's musical entry into the Bike Shorts film competition

From Brian Eno to Autechre, musicians long have used found objects to create sounds for songs. Hell, one of the greatest records of all time, the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, has a song ("You Still Believe In Me") featuring bike bells and horns. But this we've never seen. In "Bicycle Sounds," a short video from photographer Stephen Meierding (who shot the Biolite Stove!), we watch and listen to an......read more

Efterklang, "Hollow Mountain"

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New Efterklang vid features grainy landscape photography overlaid with geometric ciphers

Danish experimental folk outfit Efterklang returns with a new video for the opening track off of Piramida, their fourth studio album due in September on 4AD. Directed by Oodls (creative duo Jakob Steen and Christoffer Frandsen), the clip for "Hollow Mountain" is appropriately expansive, exploring sweeping natural landscapes via a series of photographs that hang from the beams of a......read more

The Coolest Music Community You Aren't A Part Of... Yet

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Google Plus is a nascent but growing music discovery platform

I had the recent pleasure of becoming friends with Daria Musk after meeting her at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland. The first singer-songwriter to use Google Plus as a discovery platform, she's built a massive global following using the nascent social network. With the help of G+'s "Hangout" feature, Daria has created a bespoke concert platform which, from a technical standpoint, was initially......read more

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