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Music Video Week in Review 4/15/12 - The Shins, Selena Gomez, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, April 23 2012 and posted in Features

Nightfly lists his preferred picks among last week's newly released music videos.

Chasing The Matrix:
Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review  (week of 4/15/12)

Some extra interesting elements of this Week in Review include two contributions apiece from actress Rita Wilson and the band Keane, though one of Keane's offerings is in my Late Pass Zone. Pitbull's official MIB3 video appears as a Runner Up this edition, there's a song celebrating 4/20, and, another poignant Trayvon Martin tribute song - this one from Wyclef Jean. My Late Pass Zone includes a video by Bruce Springsteen and one named after him, the Beavis & Butt-Head category has some unusually good stuff and Big Time Rush dropped a teaser trailer for "Elevate" last week as well. See and read about the "Elevate" video preview here.

The first bonus vid featured this week is another Cherri Bomb Teenage Rock Diaries entry, this week coming from Miranda. According to drummer Nia Lovelis, whose first diary entry graced my previous column, each bandmate will get to post multiple entries - this time being Miranda's first. After watching the video (below) rock-out to their Avengers Assemble track "Shake The Ground" (from The Avengers soundtrack) here.

Back in the 80s and 90s a number of Gangsta Rappers used the sampled sound of gunfire in place of a snare drum (etc) but this new video (by Eclectic Method titled, "Guns") takes gun sound sampling to the next level. Screen it below and read a little about the ballistic clip here.

Selena's newest video for "Hit The Lights" is showcased out of competition in this installment's opening because it shares a fair amount of footage from the first version and (as a fan) I wanted it to enjoy a position of prominence. The latest version is embedded below and you can revisit the original here.

Last week MTV released Rihanna rehearsal footage for her upcoming "Where Have You Been" video. Witness her dedication below and read about it here.

It begins  (in alphabetical order, except for the winners)....
* Warning: videos below may contain mature content not suitable for all ages *

"110%" by Jessie Ware  {posted 4/16 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

"A Woman Like You" (Live) by Lee Brice  {posted 4/19 via CMT}

"All Around the World" by Theophilius London  {posted 4/16 via MSN}
* Read about it here.

"All I Have To Do Is Dream" by Rita Wilson  {posted 4/20 via VEVO}

"Angels of Death" by HoneyHoney  {posted 4/19 via UMG}

"The Choice" by Billy Gilman & Friends  {posted 4/18 via CMT}
* Read about it here.

"Come See About Me" by Rita Wilson  {posted via VEVO}

"Crossing the Line" by I Spit Ashes
  {posted 4/15 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

"Don't Give Up" (Explicit Version) by Kevin Rudolf  {posted 4/19 via VEVO Premieres}

"How We Do (Party)" by Rita Ora  {posted 4/17 via YouTube}

* Go BTS of Rita's very first album cover shoot here (posted 4/18 via VEVO).

"I Used To Have It All" (Live At Angel Studios) by Maverick Sabre  {posted via VEVO Premieres}

"It'sTime" by Imagine Dragons  {posted 4/18 via VEVO}

Dream Out Loud

Fave *New* Video of the Week:
"The Rifle's Spiral" by The Shins  {posted 4/18 via Nowness}

* Read about it here and here.

Runners Up: [3-way tie]
"Back In Time" by Pitbull  {posted 4/20 via VEVO}

* Watch Pitbull's first live performance ever of this song here and the BTS Making Of the video here.

"Disconnected" by Keane  {posted 4/16 via VEVO Premieres}

"I Will Never Change" by Benga  {posted 4/16 via VEVO Premieres}


"Justice (If You're 17)" by Wyclef Jean  (A Tribute to Trayvon Martin)  {posted 4/20 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.

"Lick It" by Kaskade and Skrillex  {posted 4/17 via MTV}

"My Kind of Love" by Emeli Sandé  {posted 4/20 via VEVO}

* Read about it here.

"Ooh, Yeh Yeh" by Graham Coxon  {posted 4/16 via VEVO Premieres}

"Payphone" (Lyric Video) by Maroon 5 (ft. Wiz Khalifa)  {posted 4/16 via VEVO}

* Read about it here.

"Picking Up The Pieces" by Paloma Faith  {posted 4/16 via VEVO Premieres}

"Save Your Best Bits" by The Parlotones  {posted 4/19 via MTV}
* Read about it here.

"The Vision Of Love" by Kris Allen  {posted via VEVO Premieres}

* Get its GetGlue sticker here.

"Wherever I Go" by Karima Francis  (In Memory of Stuart Logan)  {posted via VEVO Premieres}

"You Are Next" by Angelus Apatrida  {posted 4/17 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.
Beavis & Butt-Head Category: [what would B&B say about these?]

"And Then The Girls" by Donora  {posted 4/16 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

Hot Girls Have Problems Too  {posted 4/17 via CollegeHumor}
* Read about it here.

"Magus Invicta" by Dol Ammad  {posted 4/20 via YouTube}

Stoner Countdown  {posted 4/19 via CH}  [TV-14]

"Need Your Love" by The Temper Trap  {posted via VEVO Premieres}

"What Makes You Beautiful" by The Key of Awesome
[#57 - One Direction parody]  {posted 4/21 via BarelyPolitical}
* Go BTS of this video parody here.
Late Pass Zone

"Death To My Hometown" (Live) by Bruce Springsteen (with Tom Morello)  {posted 4/13 via VEVO}

"Goin' In" by Zinc  {posted 4/12 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

"Silenced By The Night" by Keane  {posted 4/4 via VEVO}
* Read about it here.

"Springsteen" by Eric Church  {posted 4/14 via CMT}

"When She Was Mine" by Lawson  {posted 4/11 via VEVO}

Bonus Videos:

The clips closing out this column consist of a 2008 live performance by Living Colour that just hit the web Saturday (4/21) titled "This Little Pig," featuring a mesmerizing display by Vernon Reid.

And lastly, Fredde Gredde posted a new home-made mashup last Tuesday (4/17) via CollegeHumor, this one a compilation of video game themes titled, Epic Video Game Rock Medley. Enjoy.

Well, that's it for this installment. Have a Great Week & Keep Your Groove On!

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A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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