The Blow: The Bath

Across the 11-minute video for “The Bath,” The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich somehow captivate through relative stillness. It’s the glowing, pulsing colorscapes and the ambient sound-waves—composed in one take by Dyne using both analog and modular synths—that transfix and transcend expectation. The video was filmed live inside The Blow’s production sphere, installed at the Fuga artist residency in Zaragoza, Spain’s Etopia Center for …

Prince: Mary Don’t You Weep

From the upcoming posthumous Prince live album Piano & A Microphone: 1983, a divine rework of the spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep” was released on what would have been the beloved icon’s 60th birthday. Recorded at the Kiowa Trail studio at Prince’s home on Lake Riley, the versions are stripped back and moving—you can even hear Prince sniffle a couple times around the 3:28 mark. …

Fleet Foxes feat. Graduale Nobili: Crack-Up

Produced by music publication Consequence of Sound and filmed in one continuous take at Reykjavík‘s Harpa Concert Hall, “Crack-Up” sees Fleet Foxes joined by all-female Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili. Directed by Eilífur Örn Þrastarson, the video captures the magnificence of the performance—and its soft glow—from start to finish.

Animal Collective: Kids on Holiday (Live)

From 2004’s profound Sung Tongs came a track that Animal Collective has just now released live. “Kids on Holiday” was an early indicator of the band’s depth of sonic exploration, and it’s one of 14 songs on Live At College Street Music Hall May 26, 2017, a pay-what-you-will record with all proceeds benefitting Direct Relief. As expected, the live version is just as power as …

Queens of the Stone Age: Villains of Circumstance (Live)

Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita were joined by a string quartet for a performance of “Villains of Circumstance” on the BBC’s “Later… With Jools Holland” and the result is stunning. With just the strings and piano, the rendition is sweeping, sexy and dramatic—with Homme’s vocals building beautifully. It’s a dynamic and unexpected performance.