Back when MTV, VH1, and BET used to play actual music videos (I think I just showed my age), you could find me glued to the TV watching everyone from Janet Jackson to N’SYNC.
These days it’s hard enough finding a snippet of a music video in between back-to-back episodes of reality television. Enter: the internet. This list of videos features a mix from local artists that gets a little sweet, a little sultry, a little smooth, and a little silly. Lucky for you, you can take the dance party out of your living room – be sure to check out some of these artists live, at a venue near you.
1. AF THE NAYSAYER – Sunday[stag_video src=”https://vimeo.com/100841616″]
AF THE NAYSAYER’s “Sunday” incorporates the producer’s favorite activity – Flatland BMX. This video embodies a dreamy Sunday afternoon spent with friends practicing this artistic cycling form. His new EP – The Autodidact Instrumentals Vol. 1 – is now out on YouTube if you want to hear more.
2. Boyfriend – Jealousy[stag_video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgDd7tSFXuI”]
This video burns with all types of hot, sensual feels. Boyfriend doesn’t disappoint with “Jealousy.” As Boyfriend describes it to Uproxx, this song is about the suffocating desire of unrequited love for someone who is merely a friend.
3. Sweet Crude – Little Darling[stag_video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYFmM6aSVT0″]
Embracing Louisiana’s Cajun French heritage, Sweet Crude’s “Little Darling” is an energetic, bilingual love song. Band members are a small but fervent group of young Louisianans engaged in keeping the language alive through their art.
4. Cardinal Sons – Day of Summer[stag_video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rohh3xwEpDs”]
It’s all in the family for Cardinal Sons. Brothers and bandmates pay homage to their Mississippi upbringing with their indie rock dance anthem. Their “Day of Summer” video brings us back to our favorite season with bright pops of color, sunny skies, and a bouncy beat.
5. Mr. Smoker | M@ Peoples | Jermaine Quiz[stag_video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRAPWEjFc2I”]
A mix of funk, R&B, and hip-hop, “The Calling” is the product of a talented musical trio – Derrick “Mr. Smoker” Freeman, M@ Peoples, and Jermaine Quiz. Remixed with Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight,” this song celebrates living the good life as a musician in New Orleans.
6. TYSSON – Beginnings[stag_video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtr5HP3_u0w”]
“Beginnings” provides fans with a behind the scenes look at up and coming band TYSSON. The band’s lead singer John Michael Rouchell describes the contemporary pop outfit as “slightly left of center” inspired by musical legends Prince and David Bowie.
7. Tank and the Bangas – Boxes (Reloaded)[stag_video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8KAyI_QgiA”]
Full of soul and funk, “Boxes (Reloaded) by Tank and the Bangas showcases the band’s distinctive musical sound. If you’re lucky enough to catch them live, be prepared for a fun, colorful show full of passion and vibrant spoken word.
8. Yugen – Gold[stag_video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov5Ziy0islE”]
Like the name of the song, Yugen creates a smooth and silky metallic sound with “Gold.” The New Orleans-based sextet combines hip-hop, improvisatory ruckus jazz, and bits of progressive electronic music. Sit back and let the music infiltrate your earhole.
9. Yojimbo – Subliminal Socrates[stag_video src=”https://vimeo.com/110117435″]
Fronted by lead singer and trombone extraordinaire Carly Meyers, Yojimbo always brings the jams. This trio joins forces in “Subliminal Socrates” to bring a wild explosion in this unstoppable dance tune (Side note: I also really enjoy this video because there a lot of friend cameos).
10. Whetherman Trio – The Lullaby[stag_video src=”https://vimeo.com/102436406″]
While on their Songs and Whispers tour, Whetherman Trio ventured to the lush forests of Germany to record “The Lullaby,” a sunshine-soaked love song perfect for serenading your sweetheart.