All Tied Up: FKA Twigs’ “Pendulum”

FKA Twigs / "Pendulum"

A quick aside here: At my dayjob (Northbound Leather), there's a TV behind the cash register that runs footage from our past fashion shows. One of my favorite bits to watch comes from Bento, which features a rope bondage suspension that creates, as I put it, a human chandelier. Super cool stuff. Anyway, I bring this up because FKA Twigs' new music video for "Pendulum" features tons of amazing rope work, including some seriously impressive MORE

Music Video / Sia / “Elastic Heart”

Sia / "Elastic Heart"

Hey everyone–happy new year! I wanted to drop in and quickly let you all know that PopBytes is currently undergoing a massive overhaul behind the scenes–the main content of the site will be shifting to something I love more than anything–music! There has been tons of music-related content over the years–however after almost twelve years of operation–music is now going to be the primary focus of PopBytes–mixed with dashes of TV, film MORE

Starbomb returns with ‘Player Select’

Starbomb

Fun fact: Christmas is now less than a week away, so if you haven't gotten all your gift by now, SURPRISE! You're boned! But not to worry, here's an early Christmas present for you: Starbomb, the nerdcore rap / rock group comprised of Egoraptor (Arin Hanson) and NinjaSexParty (Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian) is back with a brand new album called Player Select! And they even have a new music video for their first single, a love letter to the MORE

Exclusive: PopBytes chats with Eden xo

Eden xo

Eden xo is ready for pop domination. It took a few false starts before she emerged as the confident and exciting songstress that she is today. The 25-year-old musician started out in a female-fronted punk band, Shut Up Stella, before moving to England to collaborate as a songwriter with some of the biggest hit makers it pop. When she returned to the US, she fronted Jessie and the Toy Boys (interviewed by PopBytes back in 2011), but after a MORE

Music Video: St. Vincent’s “Birth In Reverse”

St. Vincent

Thanks to the never-ending supply of "album of the year" lists being published again, St. Vincent is getting one last victory lap before we jump into a new calendar year. And rightly she should, because St. Vincent (the album, not the artist or the movie) really does deserve to be ranked in the upper tier. Anyway, now's probably as good a time as any to release the music video for her single, "Birth In Reverse," in which she serves high-fashion MORE

Have you heard Hannah Diamond’s “Every Night” yet?

Hannah Diamond

As much as I love soulful indie folk and dark moody EDM, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for bubblegum pop. I think people tend to look down on pop for operating with a more readily accessible aesthetic, but when it's well executed, it can really be some of the most deliciously exquisite music out there. So with all that said, here's Hannah Diamond, a multi-hyphenate singer-photographer-creative-director whose new single, "Every MORE

Exclusive: PopBytes talks with The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings Super Critical

When The Ting Tings exploded onto the music scene with their dynamic debut album We Started Nothing in 2008, it seemed that the pop / rock world had discovered the latest jewel in its crown. After a string of infectious hits, the band’s star was on the rise as they were featured in Apple commercials, performed at MTV’s Video Music Awards, toured with Pink, won award after award, and much more. But when their second album, Sounds from MORE

BANKS has me ‘Beggin For Thread’ on repeat

BANKS

A few weeks ago I caught BANKS' second sold out show at The Wiltern, which also was the final night of her Goddess Tour. I caught 26-year-old Los Angeles based singer / songwriter BANKS (Jillian Rose Banks) last December at Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge–and although I was quite impressed by her vocals–nothing grabbed me that night. Fast forward to September–BANKS drops her debut album, Goddess (on Harvest Records), I fall completely MORE

Sinéad O’Connor has ‘8 Good Reasons’ (maybe 9 now)

Sinéad O'Connor

I've loved Sinéad O'Connor for years and her tenth studio album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss (released on Nettwerk), is definitely one of 2014's best! Catch her just released music video for "8 Good Reasons," one of the album's best tracks as Sinéad gets quite candid in the lyrics. Having been raised Catholic–I get everything that Sinéad has been so vocal about over the year–her brave performance on SNL in 1992 remains MORE

Ferras knows how to “Speak In Tongues”

Ferras "Speak In Tongues"

Easily one of this year's best releases ... don't miss Ferras' new music video for the title track of his EP, Speak In Tongues. I got to see him open for Katy Perry (having just signed to her new label) a few months ago and he was fantastic. Please do pay attention when I actually manage to give a male artist the time of day ... as many of you know that I am so all about the ladies when it comes to music–but then you a have guy like Ferras pop MORE

Justin Bieber (reportedly) punched a photographer

Justin Bieber

Remember last week when Kim Kardashian got tackled by that prankster guy? Good times, good times. Well, there was actually a second half to that we didn't get around to: Apparently, Paris police didn't bother actually pursuing the matter because they didn't really consider it that important. I'm guessing Justin Bieber took that to mean that Paris police don't give an F -- hell, they don't even give a D. That's how little they care. -- because MORE

Ariana Grande’s life coach is jumping ship

Ariana Grande

Oh Ariana Grande, you were *this* close! You finally got off your Nickelodeon show after Jennette McCurdy's lingerie pictures leaked! You had two huge songs at the top of the charts! You stopped talking in that weird sexy baby voice. Seriously, where did that one come from? But then you went into full diva mode off of two songs and a Nickelodeon show, and you refused to let anyone see you from the right, because ... it would steal your soul I MORE

Iggy Azalea (most likely) has a sex tape!

Iggy Azalea Sex Tape

Everytime someone says 'celebrity sex tape,' two things immediately pop into my head: First, just typing those words ensures some pretty decent traffic. I could be talking about the pros and cons of watching different brands of paint dry, and adding in those words will still yield a sizable crowd. Second is that invariably, I'll go into another bit about how releasing sex tapes legally in the states works and how this can all be turned into a MORE

Justin Bieber got booed–as he stripped down!

Justin Bieber

Normally, I'm of the mind that if you're an adult and you're absolutely sick of someone's stupidity, you owe it to yourself and others to at least put it into words rather than just feign righteous self-indignation and clock out with "I CAN'T." Except you know what millenials? I think I'm going to jump on board with you here. According to Us Weekly magazine, Justin Bieber was booed during Fashion Rocks last night, and his immediate response was MORE