Why Nine Inch Nails' Fierce "March of the Pigs" Video Rules

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Doesn't it make you feel better?

When people ask me which music video is my all-time favorite, Nine Inch Nails' "March of the Pigs" immediately comes to mind. The lead single from NIN's 1994 opus The Downward Spiral was as abrasive, noisy, and emotionally battering as it was popular.

There was a more-elaborate version in the works involving, among other things, a cave and a little person. Frontman Trent Reznor abandoned this idea for simply shooting the video in front of a white backdrop and playing the song live -- a truly '90s thing to do. It was perfect in it's non-idea of "film us playing and breaking shit, yeah, let the stagehands get in the shot if they have to" and has the overall feel of a snuff film without a death at the end of it. Let's take a trip back together.

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Kanye West Soundtracked Kevin Garnett's T-Wolves "Homecoming"

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Kevin Garnett shows his emotion during his homecoming press conference.

For those among us who thrive on athletic competition's unadulterated emotion, there will never be enough players quite like Timberwolves superstar forward Kevin Garnett. At the height of his Hall of Fame NBA career, watching him toast victory and shoulder defeat was as riveting as Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, or Kanye West and Jay-Z performing "N*ggas in Paris" a dozen times in a row live.

Even if Garnett's numbers have diminished, his heart is right where it was when he rose out of Farragut Academy back in '95. When KG suited up as a T-Wolf earlier this week, the team gave him an emotional welcome back. On paper, some highlights set to Kanye's "Homecoming" -- featuring Coldplay's Chris Martin singing the hook -- might not seem like much. But nostalgic sports fans should watch it sitting down. It's devastating.

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Kanye West Just Introduced Allan Kingdom to the World

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Kanye West just debuted "All Day" featuring Allan Kingdom (right).

Amid a season of creative activity with Paul McCartney and Grammys controversy, Kanye West just debuted his blistering new single "All Day" on the Brit Awards. After being introduced by wife Kim Kardashian, West and a mob of black-clad dancers tore up the stage as flames towered above them.

West had a surprise guest known quite well in the Twin Cities. Yep, as the photo above clearly shows, that's St. Paul rapper Allan Kingdom, who performs the hook on the new track. Taylor Swift was way into it.

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The Best New Minnesota Musicians of 2014: Allan Kingdom

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Six Videos of Hozier Before He Was Famous

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Hozier in 2011 -- playing to almost no one.

Love Hozier or hate Hozier, but don't say the 24-year-old didn't work hard to get to where he's at. The Irish singer's got stubble on his face these days because there's been no time to shave over the past three years.

Well before "Take Me to Church" surpassed 100 million YouTube views -- back when he was still known as Andrew Hozier-Byrne -- the man who just did a duet with Annie Lennox on the Grammys diversified his musical gifts for a variety of musical pursuits. Did you know he was even a backup singer for '80s pop star Billy Ocean?

Without spoiling the surprises, some of the blue-eyed soul singer's choices proved more admirable than others. Here are six videos, in chronological order, that tell the story of Hozier's musical life before he was famous.

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Inside Koo Koo Kanga Roo's Trashy Dumpster Show

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Koo Koo Kangaroo entered their Dumpstaphunk Era this past weekend.

Props to musicians like Koo Koo Kanga Roo who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty in the name of promoting their craft. The kid- and adult-friendly rap duo of Bryan Atchison and Neil Olstad -- basically if you took Chris Pratt's Johnny Karate persona on Parks & Rec and cloned him twice -- dove into a Dumpster outside the offices of Zeus Jones on Lyndale Avenue for a Sunday afternoon performance.

Viewing much of the internet is already like watching people frolic in garbage anyhow, so what better way for the Koo Koo guys to raise some awareness about their new Gross EP?

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Koo Koo Kanga Roo hop up to the big time

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Behold the Least Metal Video Ever Made

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We're not impressed.

If you don't remember Chris Holmes from his stint as lead guitarist in W.A.S.P., you are forgiven. The band was, after all, just another hair-metal act, and not one whose work has particularly stood the test of time. On the other hand, if you don't remember Chris Holmes from his interview in the Penelope Spheeris documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, then you might have brain damage.

Who could ever forget Holmes floating in a swimming pool on an inflatable chair, swigging vodka from three separate bottles and babbling incoherently as his mom looked on, worried? It's arguably the greatest interview in music-documentary history.

His latest video is the music-video equivalent of that interview. Oh. My. God.

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Why "Everything Zen" Was Bush's Worst Music Video

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Bush, in their present glory.

I have long since had my fill of second-wave, alt-grunge nonsense, especially poster boys Bush. Why I don't like them has a lot to do with their mostly terrible videos that always seemed like a slightly better song should be playing over them.

"Everything Zen" is a special kind of terrible. Even if "Glycerine" is a pretty awful song, the video is reminiscent of Radiohead's "No Surprises" without the near-drowning, and "Swallowed" looks like a Friends episode directed by Steven Soderberg. Everything else is just sort of there, like the world's most boring-looking painting in a vaguely more interesting frame.

The band had some flair, but the problem with Bush was that too much of it appeared stolen, whether that was true or not. (Hint: it was.) Initially, I couldn't break down exactly why this video sucked so bad, so I took notes as it went along. There was really no other way to accurately describe the senselessness within.

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Decoding Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival

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Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner amid an Eaux Claires brainstorming bonfire.

Music fans over the age of 25 run the risk of seeing the music festival as a necessary evil. After the initial thrill of a couple Lolla-like experiences wears off, a full-blown fest becomes a parade of gross bathrooms, long lines for deep-fried food, longer lines for beer, and a thin layer of allergens coating your entire body -- all for the sake of seeing bands that have evolved into rare live commodities. As VIP comforts become a priority, the art on display becomes less of one.

But then there's the inaugural Eaux Claires Festival, which could be Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon's strangest and most ambitious creation yet. This July 17-18, the big question remains: Can a music (and arts) festival be a work of art itself?

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Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival 2015 Lineup

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Nedelle Torrisi Filmed a Music Video Illegally at Target

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Here's Nedelle Torrisi from Target.
Kudos to Nedelle Torrisi (Cryptacize, Sufjan Stevens, Ariel Pink) for infiltrating a Target to for her latest music video. The song showcased is "Don't Play Dumb," from the Los Angeles synth-pop vocalist's Advice From Paradise, a vinyl reissue of her 2013 self-titled LP.

Combining the detached ennui of Lana Del Rey with firmly working-class imagery, Torrisi created some guerrilla footage of herself portraying one of the tireless men and women in red working at the ubiquitous department store chain with Minnesota roots. The swirling keyboard washes paired with her muted facial expressions as she puts away paper towels and cat food are enough to stir flashbacks of retail work past, so avoid showing this to anyone whose wounds are still raw from such experiences.

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"The Alex From Target Song" Gets a C+

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You Gotta Hear "Grindcore Grandma"

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The newest grindcore vocalist who will save us all.

Grindcore fans, rejoice. Your savior has arrived in the most unlikely of forms. Have you or your friends lamented lately that there just doesn't seem to be any great grindcore left anymore, much less great vocalists? It seems like the genre has taken a real nosedive in recent years.

That's all about to change, thanks to the band Corrupt Leaders. They're an upcoming young grind band out of Canada who have finally found the messiah to lead their genre back to its rightful place atop the throne of metal subdivisions: their mom.

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