Jamilla Woods & Chance The Rapper, Green Day, Bruno Mars In Top Music Videos Of The Week - August 18
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:07:09
There are only a few more weeks until the back to school bell rings, but artists around the world have been turning things up, squeezing the sweetest final bits out of summer. This week features music videos by artists from a variety of genres, looking to make one last clip before summer's end.
Green Day continued their political direction with a new video for "Troubled Times", which features footage from last weekend's clash in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper released the video for "LSD", which was from a treatment by a Chicago Public School student.
At the Drive-In made a prequel to their previous music video for "Hostage Stamps". Steve Martin grabbed two SNL favorites for his new clip. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with stunning new eye candy.
Here are ARTISTdirect's top music videos of the week:
Green Day — "Troubled Times"
Green Day released their most recent album, Revolution Radio, last October, so it seemed like a new video from a track from that album would be a bit unlikely. That was until this week, when the band unveiled the clip for "Troubled Times". The video features a shifting montage of chaos and strife including scenes of domestic violence, car crashes, workers in sweatshops, fleeing refugees, war zones and environmental decay. There is even footage of President Trump's speech to police officers where he seemed to condone brutality, as well as shots of the recent clashes between protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.
At the Drive-In — "Call Broken Arrow"
At the Drive-In released their first album in 17 years back in May. It was a welcome return from a band once hailed as the next big thing. This week they unveiled the video for "Call Broken Arrow", which acts as a prequel to their previously released clip for "Hostage Stamps". Director Rob Shaw explained "In 'Hostage Stamps,' we have a prisoner being tortured and monitored by some sort of authoritarian organization. The guys wanted to show why he was imprisoned, as well as cast doubt over his innocence."
Jamila Woods — "LSD" [ft. Chance the Rapper]
Back in May, Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper asked Chicago Public School students to submit treatments for the "LSD" video. Ashley Huicochea, then a senior at Prosser Career Academy, won the contest and shadowed the directors (Sam Bailey + Vincent Martell) during filming. Six other finalists also got to shadow key crew members. The bubbly, water-filled video shows the beauty of Chicago and its denizens in panorama.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers — "Caroline"
Steve Martin grabbed a pair of Saturday Night Live veterans, Bill Hader and Cecily Strong, for the music video for "Caroline". In the Brian Petchers-directed clip, the recently broken up couple of Hader and Strong reenter the dating world while Martin and company narrate Hader's heartbreak. The video is as painful as it is funny and reminds us all why we've loved each participant for so many years.
Bruno Mars — "Versace on the Floor"
Bruno Mars is back with another music video that is made for getting people in the mood. The clip is for album favorite "Versace on the Floor", and features Mars jamming on piano while singing the song to Zendaya in a sparkling dress who dances through purple and blue lit rooms on her way to the bed. It's pretty on the nose, but what else is to be expected? In these kinds of situations, straightforwardness is often appreciated.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff