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WATCH: Sanuk Follows Swell-Seeking Rocker Donavon Frankenreiter on Mustache Madness Tour

By Staff on July 15, 2014



The musician and pro-surfer Donavon Frankenreiter—known for the sizable stache blanketing his top lip—has been in Japan lately, touring with the footwear brand, Sanuk, while he rocks out, hangs with the locals, and does a little surf-shop snooping. The shoe company—born from the mind of surfer Jeff Kelley back in the ‘90s—has partnered with a number of outreach programs and charities around the globe. One of the brand’s “ambassadors” or sponsors, Frankenreiter’s eccentric style is palpable throughout the colorful video, as well as his and Sanuk’s shared love for surfing. The video’s blending of surf with rock and roll hints at their likenesses, reminding us of their mutual beginnings as the rebel’s hobby.

Witness Donavon’s journey above.

LISTEN: Dream Machines Bring The Soul On “Kind Of Love”

By Staff on June 30, 2014



LA-based band Dream Machines combine Motown funk, Hall and Oates harmonies, and synthesizers into one package on their new track “Kind Of Love.”


The Highland Park duo of Harry May-Kline and Luke Burba have dubbed their musical style "New New Wave"; taking bits and pieces of inspiration from a wide span of decades. “Kind Of love” is a slow, soulful jam with a hint of New Wave synthpop to give it some edge. In most cases these don’t seem like the most complementary of musical influences but Dream Machines make it work. 

You can download “Kind of Love” for free from Dream Machines here!

WATCH: Buck 65 Shares His Pain In “Only War” (FILTER Premiere)

By Staff on June 24, 2014



It's been three years since hip-hop artist Buck 65 released an album and it's been enough time to develop something fresh. With Neverlove (out September 30th on Warner Music), Richard Terfry explores his emotions while experimenting with new sounds. Watch the premiere of the lyric video for "Only War" to hear a bit of what the new album has to offer.

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WATCH: Bootstraps Release Video For “Nothin’ On You Kid”

By Staff on June 18, 2014


LA roots rockers Bootstraps are paving their own path when it comes to music videos. The band just released a video for the track “Nothin’ On You Kid,” the second in a series of live videos recorded at Pulse Studios in Los Angeles. This session showcases their evolution into a tight and formidable live act, including spot on vocals from frontman Jordan Beckett and beautiful guitar work.

You can find the track on the band’s self-titled debut record released on Harvest this past February and if you happen to be in the Southland, come see the band’s electrifying live performance at the Troubadour on July 17th. 

WATCH: Claire Plays “You Walk In Beauty” for #1Mic1Take (FILTER Premiere)

By Staff on June 17, 2014



German quintet Claire debuted their first EP in September of 2013, and since then they’ve already garnered attention from the likes of Passion Pit and Giorgio Moroder. Their first LP, The Great Escape isn’t out until June 24th (via Astralwerks) but we’ve got the exclusive premiere of their song “You Walk in Beauty,” performed live from the Capitol Records studios.

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WATCH: Midlake Shares “Aurora Gone” Video Featuring Clips from Concert Film (FILTER Premiere)

By Staff on June 17, 2014



It feels like just yesterday that Texas quintet Midlake released their fourth album, Antiphon, and delivered a savory collection of harmonious melodies. Today, FILTER is thrilled to premiere the band's new video for their song "Aurora Gone," featuring clips from the upcoming concert film Midlake: Live in Denton, TX.

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WATCH: Eels Unveil An Emotionally Charged Video for “Lockdown Hurricane”

By Staff; directed by Andrew Van Baal on June 16, 2014



Eels' latest album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, has proven to be an emotionally-charged offering centered around resolved regret. Just as the band's lead, Mark Everett, translated his internal battles into sonic figures for the record, his video for "Lockdown Hurricane," which premiered today on Noisey, does the same.

The video's story is easy enough to follow considering there is no dialogue. The lyrical content, while still poetically vague, acts as a fitting narrative for these two lovers who've found themselves fleeing to a secluded home and altering their appearances to hide from the DEA. There's sex, there's blood and, for only three and a half minutes, it's a tragically sweet tale that gets you rooting for the duo.

The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett is out now via E Works/PIAS.

WATCH: See The Heartbreaking First Minutes of the New Elliott Smith Documentary “Heaven Adores You”

By Staff on June 16, 2014



The Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival last month, and while there’s no wide release date yet, the first few minutes of the film are available to watch online. The documentary, directed by Nickolas Rossi, is the first to get permission to actually use Smith’s music, and also features more than a dozen of his previously unreleased songs.


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LISTEN: Jessie Ware Drops First Single, “Tough Love,” From Untitled Upcoming Album

By Staff on June 16, 2014


British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has been dropping hints about the details surrounding her next album, and today we finally have a real taste. Her first single, “Tough Love,” was released online today and while there’s no release date or title for the new album, the single will be released physically August 3 in the UK.

The synth-tinged soul of “Tough Love” is classic for Ware, her voice smooth and sultry, but capable of soaring to new heights in her exploration of heartbreak.

She says the new track has her “experimenting with [her] voice and having fun with it,” and its clear that she's not afraid to test the waters vocally. With promises of collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Kid Harpoon and more, this new album is sure to be an exciting follow-up to 2012's excellent debut Devotion.

WATCH: Weezer Teases New Album “Everything Will Be Alright In The End”

By Staff on June 12, 2014



Exciting news coming from Weezer, our FILTER 1 cover stars, today as several cryptic teasers have shown up on the band's YouTube channel. Pitchfork confirms that the new album will be titled, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, though there's no set date yet.

It may not be much yet, but there are clips of songs including "The Waste Land" and "Ain't Got Nobody" scattered in these videos. They're teaming up with producer, Ric Ocasek, who also worked with them for their Blue Album and Green Album. The album, the band's first since 2010's Death To False Metal, will be out via Republic.

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