Hey, haven't done one of these in a while. Let's just jump in, then, shall we?
Lovers, "Tiger Square"
The first official video off A Friend in the World, the seventh album from Carolyn Berk's electro-pop group, features no tigers (nor any water fowl timed to the lyric "the goose with the truth is loose," which feels like a terribly missed opportunity), but between shots of the band wandering around a corn maze, hanging out in an open field, hanging up laundry and playing drums at the beach, there is a cameo from an adorable puppy. That's enough to get you to watch, right?
Goose & Fox, "Mouth the Sea"
Speaking of geese and canines, Allison Hall and Noah Woodburn are Goose and Fox (though I'm not sure which is which). The duo writes pretty, simple, goosebump-inducing (ahem) lovers folk, and this one-take clip—featuring little more than the twosome harmonizing into each other's eyes at dusk, as the sun gradually sets on the horizon—is fittingly minimalist. The band releases its debut album, My Mouth, The Sea, tonight at Lola's Room in the Crystal Ballroom (1332 W Burnside St., 9 pm, $8, 21+).
Just Lions, "Monster"
"Regrets are monsters waiting just outside my window," sings Just Lions' Chandler Strutz on this fanciful, string-and-horn abetted indie-pop tune. He means it literally, apparently. In this Cabinet of Dr. Caligari-inspired video, Strutz's new bride—played by Paige McKenzie, a.k.a. "Sunshine," who's big on YouTube, apparently—gets strangled to death by a community-theater Frankenstein on the couple's honeymoon. Oh, shit: spoiler alert. Sorry.
Jake Kost featuring Rasheed Jamal and Elton Cray, "Moment In Time (Remix)"
I'll be honest: I don't know much about Jake Kost, nor Elton Cray, but apparently, the "Moment in Time" in question here is underground hip-hop's '90s golden age. On this clip, the young, throwback-minded MCs drop inspired verses on and under Portland bridges and against various local industrial landscapes, over a smooth, jazzy beat courtesy of Brous One, another guy I'm unfamiliar with (though he's apparently from Chile). In between, however, Rasheed Jamal—a dude I know at least a little something about—sparks the mellow production with his forceful-yet-controlled flow that marks him as one of the fiercest new voices in the local rap scene. And he doesn't even bother to stand up.