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  • More new music from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! In this fun video for the track "Downtown," Macklemore takes hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel on a stroll through the streets of Spokane. (And keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Mariners' Ken Griffey Jr., too.) The duo will debut the track live at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday. [Rolling Stone]

  • We can't get enough of the single "Pretty Pimpin'" from the upcoming Kurt Vile release, and today, he shares a trailer for the album b'lieve i'm goin down..., out September 25th on Matador. Catch snippets of more new music as footage of Vile and his bandmates rolls in this clip directed by Danny Perez. Kurt Vile stops by Seattle on Sunday, October 18th at The Showbox. [Under the Radar]

  • Portland's Natasha Kmeto brought the beats to Decibel Festival Night at Concerts at the Mural earlier this month, and we can't wait for her sophomore album Inevitable to drop on September 18th via Dropping Gems. Today, she shares the soothing single "Grind," featuring guest vocals from Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio. Stream the track below. Natasha returns to Seattle, playing Thursday, September 24th at Re-Bar. [Stereogum]

  • Destroyer avoids being too literal on the video for his single "Times Square," a highlight from his upcoming album Poison Season out August 28th on Merge Records. Rather than film in the tourist hot-spot, this stop-animation clip shows woodland creatures singing along with frontman Dan Bejar. Director Shayne Ehman explains, "We ended up just wandering around New York til 3am and the city seemed completely dead. We could have been anywhere, really. I needed to get outside and shoot in natural light in order to serve as a sort of conduit for those 'forces of nature in love...' which seem to rule the song." Watch below. Destroyer returns to Seattle on Friday, October 16th, playing an all ages show at the Neptune Theatre. [Consequence of Sound]

  • In her new video for the track "Nail," local artist Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova) belts out the Taiga track from the confines of a sensory deprivation bed. Director Jacqueline Castel explains, "The video for 'Nail' conceptually explores the dualistic themes of vulnerability and strength, bondage and freedom, death and rebirth in parallel to the lyrical content of the song. Performing within a custom made sensory deprivation bed built by S&M pioneers Kink Engineering, Nika was sealed between sheets of opaque black latex with a high powered shop vac for each take - a physically aggressive and demanding form of restraint that requires breathing through rubber tubing constructed within the bed. Stripped of the superfluities of the flesh, her performance reveals the surreality of the dehumanized form." Watch: [Pitchfork]

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