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Fitz and the Tantrums Is The Band You Liked Most In 2012!

Posted by MTV News On December - 9 - 2011

By Zachary Swickey

The people have spoken!

We asked you, “Which Band We Liked Is Going To Blow Up In 2012?” and you guys and gals helped soul-lovers Fitz and the Tantrums claim the top spot! We received 6,195 votes in just a few days with Fitz and Co. claiming over 40 percent of your online love. Coincidentally, the Fitz crew is also the very first band we covered when we started Bands We Like back in July. We can’t say we’re all that surprised considering how often we find ourselves spinning their debut album – 2010’s Pickin’ Up the Pieces.

Dredg wasn’t far behind in the number two spot – the So-Cal rockers warmly received 28 percent of your online votes. The New Regime – a side project of Ilan Rubin, who is Angels and Airwaves’ newest drummer – barely edged out Other Lives with just under 15 percent. Other Lives still managed to take nearly 14 percent of the votes with Mariachi El Bronx trailing at 4 percent. (In their defense, they weren’t able to vie for your attention as much as they’re touring overseas right now). There may be only one number one, but all the bands are still winners in our hearts (and ears).

Be on the lookout for our look at upcoming albums in 2012 from some of our favorite Bands We Like artists. Check out a full breakdown of the voting after the jump!

Total Votes: 6,195

Winner: Fitz & the Tantrums – 40.29%

Dredg – 27.51%

The New Regime – 14.74%

Other Lives – 13.79%

Mariachi El Bronx – 3.68%

Check out Fitz and the Tantrums telling MTV News what’s next for the band below:

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Don’t Forget To Vote For The Band You Think Is Going To Blow Up Big In 2012!

Posted by John Mitchell On December - 7 - 2011

This year we’ve hit upon rock bands from across the spectrum in our weekly feature Bands We Like. As some of these somewhat under the radar groups begin to take off – Other Lives will soon be the opening act for Radiohead, El Bronx fulfilled their own fantasy by appearing on Conan’s late night show and The New Regime’s Ilan Rubin is the new drummer for Tom DeLonge’s side-project, Angels & Airwaves – we’re looking to you indie music fiends to see which Band We Liked is destined to will be the breakout act of 2012.

We’ve narrowed down five of our favorites (Fitz & the Tantrums, Other Lives, Dredg, The New Regime and Mariachi El Bronx). Now, it’s your turn. To find out more about the bands we’ve selected, go HERE, and vote in our “Which Band We Liked Will Blow Up In 2012?” poll after the jump.

Vote now through tomorrow, December 8 at noon! We will have the results for you Friday, December 9. And don’t forget to spread the word in support of your favorite band!

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Which Band We Liked Will Blow Up In 2012?

Posted by MTV News On December - 5 - 2011

By Zachary Swickey

We’ve covered quite a few diverse rock acts for Bands We Like – from the soul-powered retro pop of Fitz & the Tantrums to the always evolving musings of Dredg – and all of the groups had a stellar year in 2011. Other Lives will soon be the opening act for Radiohead, El Bronx fulfilled their own fantasy by appearing on Conan’s late night show, and The New Regime’s Ilan Rubin is now the new drummer for Tom DeLonge’s side-project, Angels & Airwaves. We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the five bands to keep an eye on in the New Year and wonder which one you think will be the breakout act of 2012?

Check out the Bands We Like All-Stars and vote in our poll, after the jump!

Mariachi El Bronx
Seriously, we can’t recommend the Spanish-soaked sounds of Mariachi El Bronx enough. The group – a Mariachi side project of LA punk heathens The Bronx – clearly has a firm, respectful grasp on the niche genre. It’s downright crazy how much wide appeal a band so unique actually has, but their songs are infectious (“48 Roses” and “Revolution Girls”) and occasionally rather deep (“Holy” and “Poverty’s King”). They just opened for the Foo and are now in the midst of an overseas jaunt. Vibrant strings, piping trumpets and tatted-up dudes in charro suits – what more could you possibly ask for?

Mariachi El Bronx – Holy from Our Videos on Vimeo.

Other Lives
Things already seemed to be falling into place when we profiled Other Lives back in August – the group was about to venture on the road as the opening act for Bon Iver’s West Coast run. Well, they must have been received favorably to say the least, considering next spring they’ll be the proud opening act of Radiohead’s first full-fledged tour behind their latest effort, The King of Limbs. Other Lives also dropped a beautiful music video for their album’s title track, “Tamer Animals.” This band is most definitely going places and we’re enjoying watching the journey.

Other Lives “Tamer Animals” from Hank Friedmann on Vimeo.

Fitz & the Tantrums
We simply can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with the music of Fitz & the Tantrums – whether it’s your grandma or your little brother, the music speaks to everyone. Their throwback sound is deliciously nostalgic and the group is a living homage to the great soul music of yesteryear. The LA-based six-piece have been road warriors throughout 2011, making appearances at SXSW, Austin City Limits and the Voodoo Music Experience to name a few. Check out their Christmas tune, “Santa Stole My Lady,” to swing into the holiday vibe a little early!

Fitz and the Tantrums – MoneyGrabber from Michael Mohan on Vimeo.

Dredg
Talk about a fearless band. Dredg are unafraid to constantly (and drastically) evolve their sound with each new effort. With five albums now under their belts, the band has covered a great deal of musical terrain and took it even further with this year’s release, Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy, which was produced by the legendary underground genius Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Head Automatica). There’s no telling what direction Dredg will take for their next album, but we can’t wait to find out.

DREDG – Upon Returning from merkley??? on Vimeo.

The New Regime
If anything, The New Regime is an example of the amazing abilities of mankind in general. You see, The New Regime is a one-man show – 23-year-old Ilan Rubin makes and arranges every sound heard from the band. A drummer at heart – he just officially replaced Atom Willard as the drummer for Angels & Airwaves – Rubin was only 20 years old when Trent Reznor asked him to drum for Nine Inch Nails on their farewell tour. The musical virtuos’s solo offerings as The New Regime will leave you astounded. This guy’s amazing!

The New Regime – Tap Dancing In A Minefield Live [HD] from The New Regime on Vimeo.

Vote now through Thursday, December 8 at noon! We will have the results for you Friday, December 9. And don’t forget to spread the word in support of your favorite band!

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Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years, Round One – ‘Toxic’ vs. ‘Radar,’ ‘Womanizer’ vs. ’3′

Posted by John Mitchell On November - 21 - 2011

It’s time for the Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years, MTV News’ celebration of all things Britney to honor the pop star’s 30th birthday! In the lead up to the big day, we’re asking you, Brit’s most loyal fans, to help us decide which video from her legendary career is your favorite by participating in a winner-take-all tournament. MTV News’ resident Britney experts assigned 30 of Britney’s videos seeds and put them up against one another in a series of single-elimination match-ups. Fan voting will determine which of her amazing clips is named the fan-favorite. So vote now and vote often for your favorite video. The winner will be announced on December 2 – Britney’s 30th birthday!

Note: Because a traditional bracket contains 32 teams/spots and we wanted to keep it to 30 in honor of Brit’s big year, we gave two videos – “Till The World Ends” and “Piece of Me” – a by because they scored major MTV Video Music Awards.

(3) “Toxic” vs. (30) “Radar”
Our girl is a super spy assassin in the clip for arguably her best single, “Toxic.” (Hey, it’s the tune that won Spears a Grammy.) In the high-octane video, Spears sports a number of sexy looks, including a nude crystal studded bodysuit (a signature look, yes?) and a super short flight attendant’s uniform. She has plenty of outfit changes in the video for “Radar” too, many of them culled from her Candies line at Kohl’s. In “Radar,” Spears plays an aristocrat with the hots for a sexy polo player.

>>> Watch the video for “Toxic”
>>> Watch the video for “Radar”

(14) “Circus” vs. (19) “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”
Britney Spears has always understood the importance of good photography. Many of her videos are filmed with the same care and quality as a Hollywood film, and two great examples of this are “Circus” and “Girl.” “Girl” arrived early in Britney’s career – so early it weaves in clips from Britney’s film “Crossroads” – but holds up courtesy of the gorgeous cliffs that a serve as a location for a buff and blonde Spears to belt out the ballad. Meanwhile, the more recent Francis Lawrence-directed video for “Circus” is epic, showcasing spectacular costumes and dazzling lighting effects.

>>> Watch the video for “Circus”
>>> Watch the video for “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”

(11) “Womanizer” vs. (22) “3″
A pretty serious knee injury in 2004 sidelined Spears, inarguably one of the strongest dancers in pop, for a few years, but when she returned to the dance scene in 2008 with “Womanizer” she seemed to have battled past the worst of her injury. She kicked things up even further a year later in the video for “3,” which ditched the narrative structure and sets that made “Womanizer” such a strong return to form for simple set pieces and more complex moves. (Oh, and she looked better than ever.) Which makes for a better clip is for you to decide!

>>> Watch the video for “Womanizer”
>>> Watch the video for “3″

(6) “I’m A Slave 4 U” vs. (27) “Do Somethin’”
It’s a true Britney classic versus a video that people might not be nearly as familiar with because it never received a single release in the United States. “Do Somethin’,” which appears on Spears’ greatest hits package, was a minor worldwide hit for the pop star but never got a formal push here, so its video, which features Spears and four friends hitting the club and riding around in a truck in the sky (yep!), hasn’t gotten a lot of love. The exact opposite can be said for “I’m a Slave 4 U” – one of Britney’s most iconic videos. In Francis Lawrence’s legendary clip, Spears sweats it with her hot and heavy dance crew in a futuristic urban setting. The ultra sexy video was a marked change from the more family-friendly clips that dominated Spears’ early career.

>>> Watch the video for “I’m A Slave 4 U”
>>> Watch the video for “Do Somethin’”

First round voting continues through Tuesday night (Nov. 22) at midnight. Vote now and vote often! The videos you voted to move on to Round Two will be announced first thing Wednesday (Nov. 23).

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Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years, Round One – ‘I Wanna Go’ vs. ‘Criminal,’ ‘Baby One More Time’ vs. ‘Overprotected’

Posted by John Mitchell On November - 21 - 2011

It’s time for the Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years, MTV News’ celebration of all things Britney to honor the pop star’s 30th birthday! In the lead up to the big day, we’re asking you, Brit’s most loyal fans, to help us decide which video from her legendary career is your favorite by participating in a winner-take-all tournament. MTV News’ resident Britney experts assigned 30 of Britney’s videos seeds and put them up against one another in a series of single-elimination match-ups. Fan voting will determine which of her amazing clips is named the fan-favorite. So vote now and vote often for your favorite video. The winner will be announced on December 2 – Britney’s 30th birthday!

Note: Because a traditional bracket contains 32 teams/spots and we wanted to keep it to 30 in honor of Brit’s big year, we gave two videos – “Till The World Ends” and “Piece of Me” – a by because they scored major MTV Video Music Awards.

(4) “Oops! I Did It Again” vs. (29) “Someday (I Will Understand)”
We’re not sure if two more different videos are squaring off anywhere else in this competition. In one corner is “Oops!” the otherworldly (literally), colorful, dance-heavy, big budget video that helped launch Britney’s massive second album. In the other corner, “Someday,” a low budget, black and white clip for a promo ballad that features a very pregnant Spears walking around a big old house and lush garden. Which is better? That’s not for us to say. Different strokes for different folks, you know?

>>> Watch the video for “Oops! I Did It Again”
>>> Watch the video for “Someday (I Will Understand)”

(13) “Stronger” vs. (20) “Gimme More”
Oh, boy! These two videos came at very different periods in Spears’ career. “Stronger” hit the scene as the third single from Oops! I did It Again, though it is arguably the biggest hit from the album, having topped the Billboard sales chart. The video includes a memorable solo dance number that sees Spears engaging in some serious choreography with a metal chair. “Gimme More” features a very different style of dancing … and it involves a pole.

>>> Watch the video for “Stronger
>>> Watch the video for “Gimme More”

(12) “I Wanna Go” vs. (21) “Criminal”
A Femme Fatale battle royale! How do Britney’s two most recent videos compare when pitted against each other? Well, we suppose it’s a matter of taste – the clip for “I Wanna Go” is a fun, tongue-in-cheek send-up on modern celebrity, with Spears escaping a press conference to embark on a wild ride that includes a sexy policeman and some robotic photographers, while “Criminal” strives for something darker and sexier, as Spears and real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick go on a crime spree and spend some quality time in a steamy shower.

>>> Watch the video for “I Wanna Go”
>>> Watch the video for “Criminal”

(5) “…Baby One More Time” vs. (28) “Overprotected”
It almost seems unfair to put a simple video of Britney dancing with her crew in an abandoned warehouse against the clip for the title track from Britney’s debut album, …Baby One More Time, one of the most iconic music videos of all time – there isn’t a single person on the planet who cannot conjure up an image of Spears in a schoolgirl uniform with her shirt tied up to reveal her naval – but that’s how these things pan out sometimes. “Overprotected” may be lesser known, but it begs for a little attention … any video that focuses on Spears busting a move is just fine with us.

>>> Watch the video for “…Baby One More Time”
>>> Watch the video for “Overprotected”

First round voting continues through Tuesday night (Nov. 22) at midnight. Vote now and vote often! The videos you voted to move on to Round Two will be announced first thing Wednesday (Nov. 23).

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