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Dopest Videos of 2016

posted by Oscar December 22, 2016

This year-end list takes aim at the best visuals of 2016. The music was already great as is, but these are the music videos that made you check out the song on YouTube instead of Spotify and Apple Music (TIDAL, if you’re down with them).

So look below for our list of the Dopest Videos of 2016, with artists like Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, David Bowie, and more. Continue Reading

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See Behind the Scenes of the Making of Chance The Rapper’s Video for “Angels” feat. Saba

posted by Oscar April 12, 2016

The “Angels” video instantly became one of our favorite clips in recent memory thanks to its cinematic production, Ian Eastwood’s continuously eye-catching choreography, and Chance The Rapper transforming into the Flyboy goggle-wearing superhero Chi city deserves.

To keep the momentum going, videographer YAKUB films (Jake Linde) has shared a behind the scenes video he shot on the making of the music video. The clip details a lot of the scenes that Austin Vesely directed, showing us how the green screen portion was shot and proving that Chance did indeed find himself on top of a CTA train car to tour the Loop.

See the behind-the-scenes video above and head over to the RedEye to peep the photo gallery.

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Eryn Allen Kane Covers The RedEye

posted by Oscar February 1, 2016

Eryn Allen Kane Red Eye Cover

One of the Chicago scene’s greatest voices, Eryn Allen Kane will grace the cover of tomorrow’s issue of the RedEye. Hitting shelves and kiosks tomorrow, the cover story will focus on EAK’s latest project Aviary: Act II, also releasing tomorrow.

Major congratulations are in order for the story and the release of the second part of her Aviary series. Don’t forget to pick up your copy to read while you vibe to the new tunes!

Update: 2/2/16

The RedEye have released a video interview in which Eryn talks about an array of subjects including how Aviary came to be, the first time meeting director, friend, and frequent collaborator Austin Vesely, acting in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, and getting to sing for Prince. See that below. Continue Reading

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Video: Neko Case – “Man” (Dir. Austin Vesely)

posted by Oscar January 11, 2016

Neko Case has shared her new visuals for “Man,” a song originally appearing on her 2013 album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. In this Austin Vesely-directed clip we see Neko rocking on guitar while her hair and body house a rapid-fire slideshow of bizarre patterns and images, as some badass kids jam out around her.

And shout out to our boy Austin for continuing to do some fine, fine work and for lending his vision to some equally cool artists.

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Dopest Videos of 2015

posted by Oscar December 8, 2015

Dopest Videos 2015

It’s that time to highlight the best and dopest this year had to offer, and we’re kicking off these lists by compiling our favorite videos of 2015. We vetted through artists of all walks of life and across all sorts of genres to deliver to you what are the dopest of the dope music videos released this year.

Hit the jump and see if yours made the list. Also, just a heads up, POD favorite Austin Vesely has three videos on this! Continue Reading

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Video: Kehlani feat. Chance The Rapper – “The Way”

posted by Oscar July 27, 2015

Our favorite rising songstress Kehlani has dropped her video for her Jahaan Sweet-produced single “The Way,” which features the homie Chance The Rapper. The black and white visuals were directed by Austin Vesely, and it’s just plain fire. The choreography isn’t crazy elaborate or complex, but its extra smooth and downright sensual in the best way possible while Chano and Kehlani show off their crazy good chemistry.

Props to Mr. Vesely once more for yet another fantastic music video.

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Austin Vesely Announces Chance The Rapper is Starring in ‘Slice’

posted by Oscar June 25, 2015

Chance The Rapper Slice

Our boy Austin Vesely has been consistently talking about his forthcoming debut feature film Slice on Twitter but details were kept on the hush, that is until he dropped a major bomb on us all today. Austin has announced that his Comedy will be starring Chance The Rapper, taking this long-time artistic partnership to the next level.

The imdb page says about the movie:

When a pizza delivery driver is murdered on the job, the city searches for someone to blame: ghosts? drug dealers? a disgraced werewolf?

Knowing Vesely and the work he’s capable of this was already a feature we wanted to see, but now that Chano’s also involved it’s looking that much better.

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Video: Watch An Overhead View of Chance The Rapper’s “Sunday Candy”

posted by Alberto June 5, 2015

Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment’s “Sunday Candy” video is arguably one of the best videos of the year and a few moments ago, Austin Vesely let loose an overhead view of the creation of the video. Very dope to see all the people involved putting in work for this one-shot video.

Check out the behind the scenes look at “Sunday Candy” above.

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Video: Eryn Allen Kane – “Have Mercy”

posted by Oscar April 29, 2015

If you ever needed to know what “beauty” sounds like, it’s this song by Eryn Allen Kane. The amazing singer connected with POD favorite Austin Vesely for her music video to “Have Mercy.” This song, which is debuting along with the video, has the perfect set of visuals to accompany these spine-tingling Soulful vocals. I must also point out just how ingenious it was to use a lightbulb as the mic, making EA Kane’s voice deliver the brightness to the black-and-white setting we see her in (also, it just looks cool).

There’s genius in minimalism, and this is yet another excellent example of that.

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Video: Chance The Rapper/The Social Experiment Short Film – ‘SoXDay’ Dir. by Austin Vesely

posted by Oscar December 3, 2014

Happy SoXDay!

Our dude Austin Vesely connected once more with Chicago Great Chance The Rapper for SoXDay, a short film chronicling what it’s like to be on tour with Chano and his band the Social Experiment. Here we get to see all that goes on for the 23 hours in the day when they’re not on stage.

The backing act consists of Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, Stix, Nate Fox(‘s back) and Macie Stewart. It’s cool seeing Chance work with the crew as they prepare the lighting for the show as well as his commanding toast for his tour manager, but it’s the comedic parts, like the “TMZ moment” and the post-show conference, that make this entertaining.

The concert footage is particularly jarring though; the view from the stage and onto the crowd was an awesome reminder of just how much he’s grown in his still very short, ongoing career.

This only helps build the anticipation for Surf; coming soon. Shout-out to AV!

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Video: Chance The Rapper – “I Am Very Very Lonely”

posted by Alberto July 23, 2014

Chance The Rapper has just dropped a short clip for his track “I Am Very Very Lonely” that he released a few months back. Chano and Austin Vesely co-directed the new video. Check out the new video up above and be sure to check out Chance performing at Lolla online on August 3rd at http://www.redbull.tv/redbulltv. We’ll be seeing the performance live in person. Very excited to see Chano rock the huge Perry’s stage.