Brooklyn based duo The Last Royals' latest video for "Crystal Vases" is a tongue-in-cheek look at the hipster capital's transcendence into the mainstream. Portable spoke to director Michael Lawrence and director of photography Dave Kruta about their vision for not only "Crystal Vases," but also their burgeoning careers in film.
For uncouth readers who can't be bothered to muster interest in significant musical contributions of the 70s and 80s, I offer you this: Destiny's Child would not have had "Bootylicious" without "Edge of Seventeen." In honor of the 35th anniversary of Rumours (and the subsequent Fleetwood Mac tour that begins this April), here's a look back at the career of Stevie Nicks.
The early '90s. Gen X. VHS. TGIF. Acid washed this, Hypercolor that. Grunge, riot grrrl, Madchester, shoegaze. You love them. You hate them. You thought they were totally rad. NOT. Regardless of your stance we can all agree on one thing: in the early '90s it became a well-known and well-documented truth that girls, in fact, rock. But while most of music's front lines were being (wo)manned by the sneering femme-punks of the riot grrrl movement and their rapid-fire power chords, the women of the UK-based shoegaze movement were researching sonic and psychological effects pedal warfare. If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be simultaneously battered and caressed by a wind tunnel, these ladies will gladly help you pursue that inquiry. Some of them might even sing a word or two you'll understand (one in particular will likely not.) All of them, though, look damn good doing it.
The video for "Suit & Tie" is very much of a piece with the larger Justin Timberlake comeback campaign, which has indeed been perfection. Whether you love it or hate it, you can't say it's not perfect.
Spotify's index page features some catered stock photography of ideal users listening to the great legally licensed music it has to offer. Marketing consultants undoubtedly did a lot of research on their projected demographic, and probably realized that most users just listen to Spotify at work or home, or waiting for the bus, or on the bus. Let us examine them, and the ways to listen to music according to Spotify.
Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. And forth. And back. And forth… all night long at the Hollywood Palladium after the Grammys. He rocked my body, rocked my world, rocked my holy-shit-Justin-Timberlake-is-back year.
Nomi Ruiz fronts Jessica 6, DJs all over the world, has modeled for Thierry Mugler, performed with Hercules and Love Affair, and her live performances are a thing of legend. Nomi was kind enough to chat about the forthcoming new Jessica 6 record, the current state of New York nightlife, and how being onstage turns her on.
These songs go the extra mile and don't stop at just blatantly saying "I'll make love to you" like Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You" or "Talk dirty to me" like Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me". No, these sex songs are more subtle, more painful, and more exciting when you thank your lucky stars you're not the one being sung about.