PopBytes does FreeFest 2013!

Chvches at FreeFest

Last weekend (9/21) I had the chance to attend Virgin Mobile's annual FreeFest, a huge outdoor festival with some of the hottest music acts around on three stages, all helping to raise awareness and money to combat youth homelessness via VM's Re*Generation program. It all took place over in Columbia, MD at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, and although it did rain the majority of the day, everyone still had a (wet) blast. This year I brought my MORE

PopBytes does FreeFest 2012!

Virgin Mobile FreeFest Santigold

I'm sitting in the Baltimore airport waiting to board my plane home to New York. Through the window the world is rather gray. Overcast and dreary. Perfect hoodie weather. I keep watching everyone walk by, hoping it will be John Waters. No such luck, but I keep imagining everyone as characters from his movies. There are no Divines or Ricki Lakes walking around, just the humdrum of ordinary folks in ordinary clothes. The suburban life that John MORE

“Somebody That I Used To Know” + “Call Me Maybe”

Pomplamoose - Do Not Push

By now, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" have been played so many times that you can write the melodies and lyrics to both songs backwards on a whim. And now adorably twee cover group Pomplamoose went ahead and mashed them up together into one song called "Do Not Push", and ... well, that's it. We've reached the pinnacle. Let's all move onto a new song now before this gets any more tedious. MORE

Coldplay’s new video: Crouching Martin, Hidden Rihanna

Coldplay - Princess of China featuring Rihanna

The music video for Coldplay's Princess of China hit the web over the weekend, and as you would expect from a video that features both Chris Martin and Rihanna, it's okay safeness with a decent soundtrack. I mean granted, neither of them are known for being particularly daring, but chances are if I went up to you and said "direct Princess of China in your head," chances are the first things that popped in their would be "kung fu movie homage". Or MORE

Adam Lambert’s ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ video

Adam Lambert - Never Close Our Eyes

Have you listened to Adam Lambert's new album Trespassing (his second studio release) yet?! It's truly fantastic, plus he recently made music history by being the first openly gay performer to have a number one album! I've been a huge fan of his ever since he appeared on American Idol, I knew he would have an amazing career, this album is definitely proof of that! Check out Adam's newly released music video for Never Close Our Eyes, one of my MORE

Faye’s ‘Water Against the Rocks’ (AKA your new fave song)

Faye

I am not going to lie, I heard Faye's (aka Fanny Hamlin) Water Against The Rocks for the first time on Friday and it's been playing on a near constant loop in my apartment for the past weekend. The music video was just released yesterday, which means we can now all enjoy it. It's an absolutely stunning song, but be warned: if you click play, you will never get it out of your head, just so you know! MORE

MUST SEE: Kylie Minogue’s ‘Timebomb’

Kylie Minogue - Timebomb

Please just stop everything you are doing right now and watch this brand new music video from Kylie Minogue for her latest track Timebomb which dropped earlier today. Not only does she look completely amazing, this song is incredible. What a nice unexpected treat from one of my favorite ladies of pop. Kylie Timebomb is available on iTunes now. Click here to buy. Directed & Edited by Christian Larson MORE

Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘Blood Brothers’ video

Ingrid Michaelson - Blood Brothers

Ingrid Michaelson has been happily skipping along the border between indie and mainstream for a while now, and her new music video for Blood Brothers does a pretty good job of really straddling that line. In the video, a team of hair and makeup geniuses turn her into Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Lady Gaga, Gene Simmons, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé and David Bowie. It's kind of cool, really, and the song is cheerful and pretty, just like Ingrid! MORE

Sleigh Bells’ ‘Demons’ music video is here!

Sleigh Bells - Demons

If you haven't bought Sleigh Bells' album Reign of Terror yet, please do because it's so damn sweet. They've finally released a music video the standout track, Demons, it's way cool. That being said, they really need to make one for End of the Line because it's by far the best song of the year! MORE

Kreayshawn serves up ‘Breakfast (Syrup)’

Kreayshawn - Breakfast (Syrup)

If you haven't heard of Kreayshawn yet ... meh. I really have no strong feelings either way. Her first single Gucci Gucci was bizarre enough that it crossed over into being awesome, but after a while, it seemed like she was succeeding in spite of herself. Case in point: her new single, Breakfast (Syrup) (featuring 2 Chainz). Don't get me wrong, it's decent, but for the all the accolades she received off of Gucci, I wanted more than something that MORE

Feist’s ‘Cicadas and Gulls’ music video!

Feist - Cicadas and Gulls

Earlier today, Feist dropped a new music video for my favorite song off of Metals called Cicadas and Gulls, which true to the song's nature, is pretty stripped down, as she plays on a street at night with a crowd behind her along with some vocalists backing her up. Also, there's two guys who sort of dance in front of her the entire time. Which seems a bit ... off. If this were the dubstep remix, I guess this would make more sense. Hmmmmm ... MORE

Florence + The Machine gets with ‘Snow White’

Florence Welch

Earlier this year, we got Mirror, Mirror, the version of Snow White where Julia Roberts tried, and failed, to carry an English accent for an entire movie. If that's just not your cup of tea (or you're not eight-years-old), then maybe the darker Snow White and the Huntsman (in theaters on June 1st) with Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart is more your thing. And if you're still not convinced, Florence + The Machine have a tie-in single called MORE

Nelly Furtado’s ‘Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)’ video!

Nelly Furtado - Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

I know a lot of people have been hating on Canadian singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado's latest single Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) but I think it's totally fantastic and it's one of my favorite tracks right now! I cannot wait for The Spirit Indestructible, her brand-new album, to drop next month on June 19th. Watch the music video below which was just released earlier this morning, Ms. Furtado looks super amazing, I really hope she's planning a MORE

Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’ music video

Justin Bieber - Boyfriend

That's right, Boyfriend is another song of the summer contender, this time from Justin Bieber. And I am incredibly confused by all of it. I'll concede that Justin is plenty talented, but since I'm not the target demographic I don't really listen to him. So Beliebers, humor me here: When did Justin's voice break? He actually sounds grown up now, and it's wrinkling my brain. Also, this one is on the music video's makeup artist, but you really don't MORE