WATCH: Matthew Mayfield Covers Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire'

If Matthew Mayfield has ever made bad music, it's likely no one has ever heard it. From his original music to his covers, he consistently proves his artistry time and time again. Earlier Wednesday, he revealed a new video in which he covers the famed "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash, and it is certainly worth watching.

The video comes ahead of his new album, A Banquet for Ghosts, which is due to release May 29. Mayfield, who works independently, raised funds on PledgeMusic for this latest full-length. He is currently on tour with another very talented musician, David Ramirez, who previously opened for The Civil Wars last year. John Paul White and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars are each featured individually on two of Mayfield's songs from his 2011 LP, Now You're Free.

Watch the video for "Ring of Fire" below.

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WATCH: Preview of Mindy Kaling's New Fox Comedy Series

The multi-talented Mindy Kaling is on her way to having a big year. She already has one of the most buzzed-about new series coming this fall to Fox. Ironically, the show was developed for NBCUniversal--home of The Office--but Kaling's home network passed on the pilot, releasing it for Fox to snatch it up. Smooth move, NBC.

Currently titled The Mindy Project, it is produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, with creator--and New York Times best selling author--Kaling also serving as writer and producer. Howard Klein and B.J. Novak (of The Office) executive produced the pilot episode alongside executive producer/director Charles McDougall.

A preview of the show was released today. Watch the video here.

WATCH: Explosions' Video for 'Postcard from 1952'

Explosions in the Sky recently unveiled their latest create, the third music video from the band's fifth studio album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Directed by Annie Gunn and Peter Simonite, the video for "Postcard From 1952" employs yet another cinematically expansive track that provides the perfect complement to an indelible visual experience.

Gunn and Simonite re-create a series of vintage Polaroid moments with painstaking care to every detail from vintage styling to flash cube lighting for a trip back in time that explores moments before and after these memory fragments were captured. Already the video has earned high praise, including from famed director/writer/producer Judd Apatow.

If you haven't already, watch the video below.


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WATCH: Florence and the Machine Perform on 'Letterman'

The British vocal sensation Florence Welch and her six-person backing band, The Machine, gave a rousing musical performance on the Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday night. The group played its latest single, “No Light, No Light,” from sophomore album Ceremonials, which was released late last year.

Watch the video below.

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WATCH: Electric Guest Perform on 'Letterman'

Electric Guest, the L.A.-based retro-pop act, performed Friday on the Late Show with David Letterman, making their network television debut.

Fronted by singer-keyboardist Asa Taccone and guitarist-bassist-drummer Matthew Compton, the duo's debut album, Mondo, released on April 24. The album is produced by Danger Mouse, who's had a nice streak of success with previous projects he has worked on (Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys, Norah Jones).

Electric Guest is featured in Variance's recent edition of FutureSounds.

Watch the video of "This Head I Hold" from the Late Show below.


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WATCH: Music Video for 'My Better Self' by Tennis

Treat yourself on this Monday with a little Tennis. Released today is the music video for "My Better Self," off their second studio album, Young & Old, which is available now.

Watch the video below.

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WATCH: Racing Heart's New Video for 'Emma'

Racing Heart play indie folk, but try instead to imagine the earnest yearnings of American golden era pop music, the earthiness of the English folk revival and the searching spirit of contemporary Scandinavian indie rock. The ten songs off their new album, To Walk Beside that Ghost (which releases today on Movemounatins), set out to accomplish something, finding themselves somewhere in the soundscapes that many of today’s Brooklyn-based bands are busy exploring, with lush vocal harmonies that lead your thoughts (and your ears) to the 1960’s and 70’s.

To Walk Beside that Ghost was written and recorded by Racing Heart in Brooklyn, with members from St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens’ bands joining them in the studio. Centred on the soft acoustics of voice, finger-picked guitar, autoharp, upright bass and drums, but embellished and expanded upon by both analogue synthesizers, a string quartet and brass trio (the stated goal always being that each sound must serve the song and not just act as decoration) this album carries with it inspiration from many different musical decades.

Mostly recorded on what is rumored to be Eddie Van Halen’s old 16-track analog tape machine (adding perhaps the ghosts of blistering guitar solos past to the mix as well), simplicity and sense of purpose was key when recording To Walk Beside that Ghost. The music was committed to tape by living, breathing musicians playing as a group in the same room, or huddled around a single microphone when singing background vocals.

Written after songwriter and prime mover in Racing Heart, Mathias Tjønn relocated to New York from Oslo, Norway (with stops in Rome, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Boston,) the songs they recorded together are informed by both the struggles and the stolen moments of joy that come from relocating to this equal parts mythical and maddening city, caught in the midst of an economic downturn and the grey-weather days that followed.

Variance reviewed the new album in the April issue, calling it "a soundtrack to life, a tribute to good vocal harmonies, and a blast from the past.” Spin said: “Mathias Tjønn's distant muse feels just as irrevocably lost as Justin Vernon's, though the elaborate wash of harmonies more closely recalls Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, or even Maps & Atlases.”

The album, To Walk Beside that Ghost, is now available and the music video for the track, "Emma," premieres today below.


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WATCH: Gotye and Kimbra on 'SNL'

Gotye and Kimbra joined host Josh Brolin on NBC's Saturday Night Live this week. Following the performance, Gotye, Kimbra and SNL were all Trending Topics on Twitter--as the social networking site marked an increase of +800% in the number of people talking about the Australian singer.

Read more about Gotye in the April cover story.

Watch Gotye and Kimbra perform "Somebody That I Used to Know" on SNL.

Watch Andy Samberg and Taran Killam with Gotye in a hilarious Digital Short.

Watch Gotye perform "Eyes Wide Open" on SNL.

WATCH: Janelle Monae Covers Jackson 5 at White House

During the annual White House Easter Egg Roll this past weekend, Janelle Monáe stepped away from her own material to throw back to a classic, performing her rendition of The Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back.” The Monáe version keeps true to the original, with bubbly, romantic vocals nearly identical to the original.

Janelle Monae is no doubt one of the most talented--and coolest--musicians to step forward in recent memory. Very good call from the White House!

Did your invite get lost in the mail? Watch the replay (via Pigeons and Planes).

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WATCH: Lights and deadmau5 Perform at Juno Awards

Lights recently took a break from her tour to attend the Juno Awards in her home country of Canada. The electronic musician, who was also nominated for an award, performed with deadmau5 on Sunday.

The singer-songwriter is featured in the April issue of Variance, in which she speaks about a variety of things including her life on tour and her views on the rise of dubstep in the electronic genre--and in mainstream music.

Watch the pair perform his song, "Raise Your Weapon" below.

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WATCH: Karmin Debut Video for "Brokenhearted"

Karmin debuted its video yesterday for "Brokenhearted," the pop duo's first Billboard Hot 100 hit. The song jumps 84-60 in its second week on the chart.

Take a look (and listen) here.

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