Premiere: “Time” by EMEFE

Funk served fresh, a new track and accompanying EP from the NYC afrobeat band

NYC afrobeat dance band staple EMEFE, founded by beast of a drummer and vocalist Miles Arntzen (who keeps the beat for Antibalas and Will Butler of Arcade Fire), will have you hooked after one live show. (Start with them funking up a van with their song “Release.”) The band’s current roster is composed of musicians all skilled in their own right, including Doug Berns (guitar), …

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The Kills are still badass, raw demos from Kendrick Lamar and two artists to keep an eye on

The Kills: Doing It To Death With a macabre, clever video to match their song title, The Kills’ latest “Doing It To Death” takes funeral procession choreography to new heights. From sidestepping pallbearers to a smoke-filled eulogy, it steers clear of disrespect in lieu of celebrating physical and sexual effort—altogether making for a beautiful video supporting an entirely enjoyable track. Their fifth record Ash & …

Premiere: “Second Nature” by Thin Lear

Dejected puppets and daydreams in this music video made with Moscow-based artist FaceHeads

New Queens-based band Thin Lear, headed by Matt Longo, requested the talents of Renaissance man FaceHeads (aka Moscow-based artist Dmitry Kopytin) to create visuals for their song “Second Nature.” The carefully produced light classic rock tune is assembled from “half-thoughts and the repetition of words that keep changing their meaning, to replicate the way memories are constantly taking on different meaning,” Longo tells CH. Leaving …