Grimes - "Genesis"
Still not entirely sold on Grimes from a musical standpoint, but when you add the visual component — well, as you can see, things get a lot more interesting. "Visions" is out now on 4AD.
The Joy Formidable - "Wolf's Law"
The Joy Formidable, on the other hand, have immaculate music to pair with their immaculate imagery. "Wolf's Law" is the first taste of an upcoming album to be announced. Download an MP3 of the song here in exchange for some contact info.
ZZ Top - "I Gotsta Get Paid"
As Gawker explains, for their first single in more than a decade, ZZ Top sought inspiration from fellow Texan musician DJ DMD's 1990s crack rap track "25 Lighters." The bearded ones' EP "Texicali" is out now via American Recordings.
Nicki Minaj featuring Cam'ron and Rick Ross - "I Am Your Leader"
From the weird side of Nicki's schizoid sophomore LP "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" comes this bizarre banger featuring Rozay and Killa Cam. The album is out now on Young Money.
Major Lazer featuring Amber Coffman - "Get Free"
Head-spinning vocals from Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman complement some ridiculous body moving from Jamaica. Thanks for bringing something like this into the world, Major Lazer, and thanks for freeing the universe. "Major Lazer Frees the Universe" is out Nov. 6 through Mad Decent.
A$AP Ferg - "Work"
Still prefer hearing Ferg sing-rapping about turtle time and purple on the mustache, but trap music is nice too. A$AP Mob's "Lord$ Never Worry" drops Aug. 28.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Only In My Dreams"
Pink's latest slab of twisted lite pop, "Mature Themes," dropped this week on 4AD. Along with it comes this clip for "Only In My Dreams," which is not a reworking of Weezer's "Only In Dreams" in case you were wondering.
The Demon Beat - "Teenage Wasteland"
Easy riding party rock straight out of the mountains of West Virginia. Grab "Teenage Wasteland" on a new 7-inch via Funny/Not Funny Records, or pick up their debut album "Less Is Less" next month.
JJ Doom - "Guv'nor"
The outre rapper best known as MF Doom teams with Jneiro Jarel for a spaced-out single that reminds me how much Jay Electronica owes this guy. The pair's album "Key to the Kuffs" is out now on Lex Records.
Twerps - "He's In Stock"
Churning new wave from Down Under. Grab the "Work It Out" 7-inch starting Sept. 18 through Underwater Peoples and Chapter Music.
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - "Up To Infinity"
Ten years ago, I saw this band rock so hard that one of them fell off the stage and broke some ribs. They've lost some luster since then, but I'm glad to see they're still kicking. "Lost Songs" is out Oct. 23 on Superball. Click here to hear the rousing "Up To Infinity."