Zimbio Exclusive Premiere: Fortress Social Club Covers Foxygen's 'San Francisco'

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(Emily Ibarra)Fortress Social Club, a new Los Angeles-based sextet made up of current and former members of the Matches, Maniac, the Bellrays, and others, prides itself on creating “summer-of-love-fantasy rock and roll." As vocalist Shawn Harris puts it, "We are on a quest with each song we write to recreate the magical feeling we had when we first discovered rock ‘n’ roll.”With vintage instruments and a profound love of John Lennon, T. Rex, the Velvet Underground, the band fully embraces...Read Full Story

Singer-Songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs Reveals She's 'Super Gay'

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(Getty Images)Singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs, the New Jersey native who had a viral hit in 2007 with her cover of Nelly's "Hot in Herre," revealed in an open letter posted Wednesday that she is "super gay" and engaged to a woman.Youngs made the announcement somewhat reluctantly, writing, "I just wish that being gay (or transgender, or asexual, or fill-in-the-blank here) was as unremarkable to the masses as being left-handed or blonde." She also explained that she chose not to make an...Read Full Story

Eli Mardock Opens Up About 'Everything Happens for the First Time,' Premieres 'Everything Is Good'

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(Paper Garden Records) Eli Mardock's debut album Everything Happens for the First Time is alternately dreamy and cutting, often lush and orchestral but never light, exactly. There's a fair bit of heartbreak packed into the former Eagle Seagull frontman's warble even in its most exultant moments, a raw quality that belongs only to those who have nothing to hide and nothing to fear.I talked to Mardock over drinks in East Austin between sets at SXSW, where he was accompanied by his wife Carrie...Read Full Story

Baboons Call the Shots in Caged Animals' New Music Video 'Cindy + Me'

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(Caged Animals via YouTube)Caged Animals' Vincent Cacchione undergoes some shady-looking testing at the hands of some Old World monkeys in the new music video for "Cindy + Me," the first single off his upcoming sophomore album. The Carlos Lopez Estrada-directed clip is both playfully gruesome and strangely romantic — and a terrific use of baboons, to be sure.Read Full Story

Video Premiere: 'The Voice' Alum Casey Desmond Deals With a Heart Thief in 'Heartbeat'

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(Casey Desmond)Casey Desmond doesn't look all that vulnerable in her brand new music video for "Heartbeat," the latest power synth single from her album Déjà Vu. With her flame-red mane, lack of pants, and heart-covered keytar, she looks like an electro-pop superhero — kind of like Lady Gaga meets Jem and the Holograms by way of Candyland. But apparently even electro-pop superheroes get their hearts broken... and there's a lot of glitter involved. Dancing, too.You may recognize Desmond from...Read Full Story

Julia Stiles Stars In Caveman's Quietly Disturbing New Music Video, 'In the City'

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The Philip Di Fiore-directed music video for Caveman's "In the City" has a dreamy, breathless quality to its opening scenes, which feature Julia Stiles and Fran Kranz playing a couple deliriously charmed by the grand sights of New York City. But the dream eventually shifts into something sinister and quietly grotesque. Be warned: It's a little too well done.Caveman's sophomore album CAVEMAN is currently out on Fat Possum Records.Read Full Story

Watch a Rare Lobster Knife Fight in Spose's 'I'm Starving' Music Video

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Spose, aka the best rapper ever to come out of Maine — or "the Next Great White Rapper," according to VIBE — is now the only rapper ever to prominently feature lobsters in a music video. Once again: He's from Maine."I'm Starving" is the latest off The Peter Sparker Mixtape, one of two free albums the rapper plans to release via his own label, Preposterously Dank Entertainment, this year. Spose, who was once signed to Universal/Republic Record but cut ties over creative differences, calls the...Read Full Story
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