Watch all of the 20 best music videos of March, right now! Flash premonitions, trippy animation, living paintings, and Muppets! They look just like work, we promise.
"If you think running off to join the circus has been unfairly maligned since John Wayne Gacy’s unpopular clown act, frequent Avey Tare visual collaborator Abby Portner’s monstrous clip should sit nicely."
"Tarik Saleh directs the clip into a fraught 360 degree single shot from within a spot-lit purgatory."
"...reminds me of the lo-fi digital excursions of Vinyl Williams, except here we’re traversing through the Toronto act’s rehearsal session as well as a swooping 3D fingerprint."
"Filmed over the course of the month across the economic and social devastation of the United States, the black-and-white carnival of calamity exhibits why watching the news is bad for your mind."
"Anthony Sylvester shoots an industrial park backwards and into a menacing atmosphere: smoke stacks inhale their pollutants, the tide sucks back, and cars reverse to their destination."
"The shot, static and uninterrupted, lets nothing new in but allows Blunt to vanish off the couch in the last few seconds, like an alien teleported from an insufficient planet."
"The superficially cheerful and fundamental rotting Franz Ferdinand song gets an appropriate video. An unrelenting black-and-white pan scans across increasingly disturbing images, all somehow related to death, fragility, and disconnect."
"I'm all about the former Emeralds guitarist's celebration of his father, with its home movies and classic space animations layered on top."
"Whether they're going to drive a stake into the heart of the club district or go to work on their Netflix queue, they'll get it done in style."
"With all the flashes of stocks and suits and the paranoid atmosphere of the Four Tet-produced track, the video will make you want to pull all your money out the bank, invest it in water purification tablets and 'air rifles,' and tent out somewhere in the mountains till it's safe to come down again."
"RATKING's Wiki and the others go off during a night out under bypasses, on suicide-gated bridges near graveyards, and amongst other scenes of urban decay."
"Imagine if Le1f weren't a rapper just signed to XL and fresh off a killer performance on Letterman, but instead, ran a diner in New Jersey? "Boom" is a vision of that less desirable but still pretty dope future."
"Hieronymus Bosch had a way of interpreting Biblical concepts that was somehow even more terrifying than actual Biblical concepts...Now Lee Stringle has put the Dutch painter's awful scenes in motion..."
"What would the dark ages be like if they had YouTube and everything looked like a Flash animation from 2002?"
"...a putrescent and unrelenting vision of gleeful self-harm [that] just might take the air in your lungs hostage for its entire run time."
"A fun game to play if you don't want to leave your house is to imagine that behind your door is not the earth, but some leering and impenetrable symbol hovering within a void. Now no one's gonna see your super cute outfit, or anything else, ever!"
"The cutouts from some other planet's pictorial encyclopedia greets a wandering astronaut as he bobs past star children and into some alien Earth Mother. It's all staged! You can see the set!"
"An afternoon of arts and crafts gets brought to life through the even homeier lens of stop-motion."