• SXSW Bands Singing “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is Mash-up Brilliance

    SXSW has always been the most progressive time of the year for brands and bands to show their creative side. It’s an atmosphere that encourages new ways of thinking, so when Bleachers, Future, and Best Coast visited the ‘UPROXX House’ during their music showcase, UPROXX took an interesting approach to their performances. They had all three acts agree to perform Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” an enjoyable song regardless if you have to hear it three times in one night, but the method to the madness was released today in a smash-up by all three artists performing the same song. The mash-up works so well, because of the dynamic sound off all three frontmen singing the classic-rock anthem in a cohesive union. Here is Twisted Sister’s original, as if you needed any reminder:

  • Celebrate Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday With His Iconic MTV Unplugged Concert [Video]

    90s kids remember that MTV used to show music videos and live performances and the pinnacle was the MTV Unplugged Series. The Unplugged concerts featured artists of all genres performing their songs on acoustic instruments and the performances were always a hit. And one of the biggest Unplugged performances was Eric Clapton’s back in January of 1992. Eric Clapton Unplugged was a big comeback for the guitar great. His son had died tragically at the age of four less than a year before the performance and Clapton’s grief was exemplified by the song “Tears in Heaven.” The album of the concert would go on the win six Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Song. On this, his 70th birthday, relive Eric Clapton’s incredible Unplugged performance featuring a reworked version of his Derek and the Dominoes hit “Layla” with former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

  • 12 Ridiculous (And Rockin’) Drum Kits

    Drums are an essential part of rock music. Drums ARE the rhythm section. The Doors proved you can get away with no bass guitar, but leaving out drums? Forget about it! But as important as drums are to rock, are these outrageous drum sets really necessary? Look at Ringo Starr’s drum kit from when he was with The Beatles. Pretty simple, right? And so many iconic songs came from that little kit. But can you really compare Ringo’s solo from “The End” to Alex Van Halen on “Hot For Teacher?” Hell no! So if you drummers really need all that crap, go for it. Except for that Mark Temperato fellow. When it takes over an hour to strike all 813 pieces of your kit, it’s probably time to scale back.

  • 4K 360° Music Videos Have Arrived

    When it comes to music videos showcasing hot new technology, our American pride would lead us to believe that it would be a US pop star, like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, to take the lead. Boy were we wrong. The first 4K 360° music video is here and it stars Belgian pop star Noa Neal. Who? We have no idea. But the video for her track “Graffiti” was produced with help from Intel and features a large cast of musicians, dancers, and athletes in a single take that, when viewed in Chrome, cna be manipulated in 360°. The video has its fair share of problems. Despite being touted in 4k, its clearly not HD. And there are some instances of body parts and backgrounds disappearing as you move the camera around. But it’s an exciting first attempt at something that can be really great in time. The video can also be viewed on a smartphone-based head-mounted display or Oculus Rift here. We weren’t able to test that out, but if you can, let us know how it looks. Now we just need to wait and see how long it takes Pornhub to begin using this new technology.

  • Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup Announced

    Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza has announced their lineup for this year’s festival, taking place July 1 through August 2. Paul McCartney will be headlining for the first time this year and the rest of the lineup can be found below. Three-day passes to the event have already sold out, but single-day passes go on sale today at 10AM CDT for $110. Check out Lollapalooza for more info and to purchase tickets.

  • 8 Post-Punk Icons As Marvel Superheroes

    We never noticed how similar angsty, costumed, post-punk music icons are to angsty, costumed, Marvel superheroes until we saw this latest series from artist Butcher Billy. You may remember Billy’s insanely popular series of post-punkers as DC heroes a few years back, but we think the connection with Marvel’s tortured heroes makes much more sense. Just look at poor Morrissey down there. He would go out tonight, but he hasn’t got a stitch to wear. Because he tore all his clothes when he turned into the Hulk. But he is human and he needs to be loved. Just like everybody else does.

  • Watch The Dropkick Murphys Give A Surprise Performance At Boston’s Logan Airport

    Dropkick Murphys were shippin’ up to Dublin for a St. Paddy’s Day concert but while waiting for their plane to board at Gate E4 of Boston’s Logan International Airport the Celtic rockers decided to put on an impromptu show for fans. We decided to play a special show that's not on our tour schedule – Gate E4 at Logan International Airport pic.twitter.com/XRwMuWh3I2 — Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) March 17, 2015 The band performed a reworked version of their hit single “Shipping Out to Boston”, changing the lyrics to “Shipping Out to Dublin” in honor of their impending flight. They also played “Dirty Glass” and “Rose Tattoo”. Watch a few fan-shot videos below. We're almost ready to take the Celtic Punk Invasion Tour to Dublin !! pic.twitter.com/tvZHzdWRMu — Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) March 17, 2015 h/t consequenceofsound.net

  • 1770s Meet 1970s In Brilliant New Mashup [Video]

    The Piano Guys have become stars thanks to their YouTube videos that transform modern pop into classical masterpieces on the cello and piano and they just keep getting better and better. Their latest video is not only their most elaborate production, it’s also their most clever music, with a mashup nobody would ever consider: The Jackson 5 and J.S. Bach. The 1770s meet the 1970s in “I Want You Bach,” which mixes the Jackson 5 hit with harpsichord themes from some of Bach’s most familiar work, such as the Brandenburg Concerto. But by far, the best part of the video is when cellist Steven Sharp busts out a talk box, the 1970s effects pedal made famous by Peter Frampton on “Do You Feel Like We Do.” And just in case you’ve been missing out, be sure to check out more great videos from the Piano Guys on YouTube.

  • Surprise! Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Just Hit on Spotify A Week Early – Stream It Here!

    Kendrick Lamar fans were surprised late Sunday night when his much anticipated follow up to m.A.A.d city was released a week early on iTunes and Spotify. The album titled To Pimp a Butterfly was supposed to be released March 23rd but instead, you can stream it now through Spotify right here… or buy it for $14.99 on iTunes. “To Pimp A Butterfly” tracklist: 1. “Wesley’s Theory” (Feat. George Clinton & Thundercat) 2. “For Free? (Interlude)” 3. “King Kunta” 4. “Institutionalized” (Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg) 5. “These Walls” 6. “U” 7. “Alright” 8. “For Sale? (Interlude)” 9. “Momma” 10. “Hood Politics” 11. “How Much A Dollar Cost” (Feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley) 12. “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” (Feat. Rapsody) 13. “The Blacker The Berry” 14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)” 15. “i” 16. “Mortal Man”

  • Before Kanye West Was Famous He Performed The Original Version of “Gold Digger” With John Legend In 2003

    In 2003, well before they were household names, Kanye West and John Legend were just two dudes who put their pants on just like the rest of us, one leg at a time. But they had grand dreams of makin’ gold records. In this video you’ll see 20-somethings Kanye West and John Legend perform a very rough version of “Gold Digger.” A couple year’s later the song would go on to become a massive hit on Kanye’s sophomore album when Ye dropped Legend’s stupid piano hook for a Ray Charles sample and Jamie Foxx feature. Smart move. Now if only Kanye wasn’t wearing a Reese’s Pieces shirt and Louie backpack. The 2003 version: The album version:

  • New Mumford & Sons Single “Believe” Ditches the Banjo for Coldplay Vibes

    Mumford & Sons hinted at their third studio album sounding different than their previous albums in a recent statement. They noted there would be a “significant departure” from their previous folk sound in a press release for their new album Wilder Mind. Today the band released their first single off the album, “Believe” and boy did the band succeed to “depart” from their folk roots. Their Folk roots that earned them a 2009 Grammy nod for Sigh No More and 2012’s Babel which took home Grammy Album of the year. When babel was released fans were in an uproar, because it sounded too ubiquitous to Sigh No More, so it looks as though Mumford took that criticism to heart with their new direction. Here are our thoughts. If this song were in a movie (which it no doubt will be), here’s the exact moment it will pop up as background music on screen; A man and a woman previously in a relationship have come to grips with reality and split. Both are heartbroken, but the girl has to follow her career as a thriving fashion designer and move to Paris. The man can’t leave his job as assistant District Attorney more »

  • Proof That Hip Hop Is Ripping Off The Renaissance

    Sixteenth century Europe, with its emphasis on the emerging middle class, offered social mobility that had never been dreamed of. As the merchant class became ever more rich and powerful, they did what anyone else would do: bought furs and gold chalices. Sound familiar? Apparently everything old is new again as many hip hop artists indulge in similar ostentation. Or maybe we’re reading too much into this and we should just enjoy the funny similarities between today’s hip hop stars and these Renaissance paintings from B4-XVI.

  • This Karaoke Montage Of “Don’t Stop Believin'” Will Ruin The Song Forever

    We recently learned that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has received more “thumbs up” votes on Pandora than any other song. Over 20 million people have given the track positive votes, despite the fact that “Any Way You Want It” is the band’s best song. Who are all these people that love it so much? If this video is any indication, the song’s fanbase is made up entirely of bad karaoke singers from the Seattle area. Welp, time to go smash my copy of Escape.

  • Bob Dylan Salutes Film Noir With New Music Video

    Bob Dylan will never be a crooner. Over the years, he lost his already limited ability to hit high notes and now you just want to smack him on the back to help him cough up whatever he’s fighting in his throat. Indeed, Dylan is a far cry from the velvety smoothness of Frank Sinatra. But that doesn’t keep him from trying. Last month Dylan recorded an album of songs made famous by Sinatra entitled Shadows in the Night. The album was recorded live, just like they did things 60 years ago, with a small, five-piece band. Now Dylan has released a music video for “The Night We Called It a Day” that pays homage to the film noir classics of the era. Starring Dylan and Robert Davi, best known as pock-marked villain Jake Fratelli in The Goonies, the video is beautifully shot and an excellent reminder of how music videos are capable of being artistic shorts in their own right. And the music, a sparse arrangement of upright bass, acoustic guitar, and haunting horns that sounds like a track off of Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones, is the perfect pairing for the visuals.

  • 13 Things We Know About Mumford & Sons New Album and Tour Dates

    Mumford & Sons have been a big part of RSVLTS.com ever since we threw a sold out pre-party for their wildly successful show in Hoboken a few years back. And this morning we’re happy to be one of the first to announce that the guys have a new album, Wilder Mind, being released on May 4th and tour dates, kicking off in New Jersey on June 5th, that will have them (probably) coming to a city near you. If you haven’t seen Mumford & Sons live you can watch a full concert below that will give you an idea of how good they really are. Now for the details on the new album and tour dates. We compiled 13 things we know about the upcoming album and their tour dates.  

  • Massive Update To ‘RSVLTS Alternative Essentials’ Spotify Playlist

    Earlier this week I got an interesting email from a fan of our Spotify playlist “RSVLTS Alternative Essentials“. In a nutshell Daniel from Georgia called called me out for not updating the playlist since October, and you know what? He was right. I got lazy and this was the wakeup call I needed. People who follow the list religiously will tell you that it has the Midas Touch for discovering new artists well before they go on to commercial success. Alt- J, The 1975, Lorde, American Authors, Fitz and the Tantrums, (and others) may seem like household names now but we had them first, when they we’re doing door-to-door acoustic sets just trying to get this music played. (Looking at you Priory). Anyway, we did a huge update today for Daniel, over 50 songs. On it you’ll see a nice blend of established artists and music from up and coming bands you may not know yet. The best way to listen to this playlist is throw it on random and dive right in. Please submit all music you’d like to see on the list to: tips @ RSVLTS.com Full list of the February 27, 2015 update: Airborne Toxic Event – “Wrong” Alt-j – “Left Hand Free” Alt-j – “Every more »

  • The Vocal Track To The Seinfeld Theme Song Revealed

    At a time when just about every sitcom featured a theme song with goofy vocals (think Leon Redbone’s catchy Mr. Belvedere ditty), Seinfeld was an anomaly, with a theme that was nothing more than some funky bass and a brief horn line. But it turns out, the song had a long lost vocal track that was used by nu metal superstars Limp Bizkit in 1999, a year after the hit comedy ended its run. That’s right, when you were rocking out to “Break Stuff” in your Jnco Kangaroos, you were actually justifying ripping someone’s head off to the Seinfeld theme. Or not. But you have to admit, they fit together pretty well.

  • Mary Poppins Goes Death Metal

    Everyone went gaga over Lady Gaga’s tribute to Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music at the Oscars on Sunday night, but we find this death metal tribute to Julie Andrews’ best role, Mary Poppins, to be much more entertaining. The music for the track was arranged, performed, and recorded by Andy Rehfeldt, who has made a ton of similarly brilliant videos. The track also features vocals from Sera Hatchett and Thomas Hinds and was mixed by Grant Cornish. Let’s hope next time the Oscars give them all a call instead of Lady Gaga.

  • Ouch. A Grammy Nominated Artist Shared His Royalty Statements And It’s Not Good.

    Armen Chakmakian is a Grammy-nominated recording artist who, from an outsiders perspective perspective, is probably living a lavish life that we see on Instagram. But Armen recently shared his royalty statements and it shows that the days of becoming rich in the music industry ended with the Millennium. His music was streamed over 14,227 times and he made only $4.20! Armen shared the story and the royalty statement which you can see below. 

  • Watch Afroman Throw Another Fan Offstage [Video]

    Afroman​ is back at it! Just days after he punched a girl in the face the rapper tossed a fan off stage. The fan was trying to snatch Afroman’s blunt and probably deserved it but the real question is why the hell  doesn’t Afroman have any concert security? Post by The Roosevelts.

  • Metal Hits Get Ska Makeovers On This Hilarious YouTube Channel

    If you were a kid in the 90s, your taste in music went one of two ways: you either wore baggy jncos and sports jerseys and listened to overly aggro nu-metal or you were a ska fan, complete with checkered porkpie hat and some sort of cringey facial hair, most likely a soul patch. Fans of both were stupid and annoying in their own ways, but the two groups would never mix. Until now. Bob Kooparos is a man on a mission to transform angry metal and nu metal hits into irie reggae and ska jams. The resulting songs are ridiculous, terrible, and we can’t get enough of them. Check out a few of our favorites below, then listen to the rest on YouTube. Jah bless.

  • Check Out Jack White’s 3-In-1 Interactive Video

    Jack White’s Lazaretto, released last summer, offered up all sorts of cool innovations with its “Ultra LP” release, including secret tracks, hidden grooves with alternate takes, and even holograms. But Jack didn’t let his creativity take a break after the release. The new video for “That Black Bat Licorice” reveals that the innovations just keep coming. It’s actually three different videos that you can switch between while it plays by pressing “3” or “B” on your keyboard. The default animated video is from director James Blagden of “Dock Ellis and the LSD” fame; holding “B” reveals a live-action video from Brad Holland; and holding “3” plays a live-action video directed by Jack White. Vinyl…music videos…what antiquated medium will Jack White bring back next? We’re hoping for wax cylinders.

  • Win Butler Brings Kanye And Beck Together With Awesome Mashup

    Win Butler of Arcade Fire has had a busy week. He played in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, scoring eight points; he DJ-ed an after party as DJ Windows 98; he worked as a barista at an NYC coffee shop on Valentine’s Day; and he introduced Miley Cyrus and her surprisingly solid cover of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” at the SNL 40th Anniversary show. But apparently it wasn’t Miley that got Butler’s creative juices flowing. If this awesome mashup is any indication, it was Kanye’s bizarre performance of his 2004 hit “Jesus Walks” that got into Butler’s head and gave him the idea to mix the track with Beck’s 1994 hit “Loser.” And considering “Loser” is just Beck (poorly) rapping over a drum and guitar loop, Kanye’s skills are a welcome addition. Now let’s just hope this track, proving the two very different artists each have something to offer, will silence both Kanye’s and Beck’s fans after all that Grammy nonsense.

  • “Barracuda” Played On Two Harps Rocks Way More Than You Think [Video]

    You might not consider a harp to be a very rocking instrument and you’re correct. After all, aside from Florence + The Machine, the 5000-year-old string instrument, a favorite of cherubim and Calvin Candie, is not often heard in popular music. But Beyond Pluck is hoping to change that. Made up of harpists Paula Bressman and Rachel Miller, Beyond Pluck has been performing a mix of classical and pop music arrangements since 2010. Here they are joined by drummer Nick Buda as they tackle “Barracuda,” a song by another popular female duo, Heart. And much like Rasputina did for the cello years ago, beyond Pluck proves that harps can rock just as hard as any electric guitar.

  • Iconic Concert: Muse Live At Glastonbury Music Festval

    Muse is widely considered, by fans and critics alike, to be one of the most exciting bands to see live in music today. Back in 2004 Muse rocked people’s faces off at Glastonbury in support of their album Absolution and six years later they came back to Glastonbury for a now legendary performance that you can watch the video below in all it’s HD glory. Tracklist: 00:16 Uprising 05:47 Supermassive Black Hole 10:07 New Born 16:39 School riff(from Nirvana): Thanks Dude! 18:22 Map of the Problematique 24:05 Guiding Light 28:27 Citizen Erased 36:13 Nishe 37:32 United States of Eurasia 42:00 Feeling Good 45:20 Undisclosed Desires 50:43 Resistance 57:20 Hysteria 1:02:58 (62:58) House of the Rising Sun 1:03:54 (63:54) Time is Running Out 1:09:08 (69:08) Starlight 1:13:20 (73:20) Stockholm Syndrome Encore: 1:21:19 (81:19) Where the Streets Have No Name(feat. The Edge, U2 Cover) 1:27:30 (87:30) Plug In Baby 1:32:36 (92:36) Man With A Harmonica 1:34:40 (94:40) Knights of Cydonia

  • Band Jokingly Begins AC/DC Song And Crowd Takes It From There [Video]

    Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson was playing a show in New York last year when he made the mistake of jokingly strumming the opening riff to AC/DC’s 1980 hit “You Shook Me All Night Long.” The crowd immediately started singing along, leaving Matt no choice but to continue on. soon his band all joined in with nothing more than a nod, guitarist Aaron Tap performed the iconic solo. Let this be a lesson to all musicians: Don’t call down the thunder(struck) unless you mean it!

  • RSVLTS Indio Desert Music Festival 2015 Party Guide

    Everyone knows that since we first partnered with Heineken in 2013 as their official content producer for Coachella we were hooked and Indio, California’s premier music festival became a cornerstone for RSVLTS.com. We’re an east coast company but the pilgrimage to the desert in Indio each year have become an annual tradition. After attending various pool parties in the vicinity of of the festival grounds we quickly realized there is more to America’s greatest music festival than the actual festival itself. There are pool parties, carnivals, brand events and so much more that offer an oasis to drink icy cold beers and kick back with friends poolside. In 2014 we launched our Indio Music Festival Party Guide as a one-stop-shop for the most up to date event information, and judging by the dozens of exclusive tips and hundreds of emails we received, it ended up being much more than a piece of content. Festival goers were using this as a road map to their weekend planning so it is imperative that we run it back in 2015, bigger and badder. — Updated: 4/1/15 at 5:06 pm ET — Things to know: We get a TON of exclusive event tips, in 2014 we got 12 event tips sent more »

  • 23 Album Covers Recreated With Paper Clips

    In this messy, cluttered world, there is nothing we crave more than the awesome organizational properties of paper clips and the soothing simplicity of minimalist art. And thanks to Philippines-based digital artist Eisen Bernard Bernardo, we get both in a single gallery. Bernardo, whose mash-ups of magazine covers and classic art we’ve shared in the past, is now working his digital magic on his Clip (Album) Art Tumblr, dedicated to recreating popular album covers using colorful paper clips. We’re particularly impressed with Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear. And we wouldn’t be surprised if it provides the mysterious musician with an idea for a new disguise.

  • Iconic Concert: Arcade Fire At Coachella 2011

    Only a few months after winning the Grammy for Album of the Year Arcade Fire headlined Coachella’s coveted primetime Saturday night slot. Towards the end of the performance massive LED beach balls created by Intel were dropped into the crowd and blinked along with the beat of the song. It was one of the most memorable moments in Coachella history and you can watch it in HD here. Set List: 1. Month of May 2. Rebellion (Lies) 3. No Cars Go 4. Haiti 5. City With No Children 6. The Suburbs 7. The Suburbs (Continued) 8. Crown of Love 9. Rococo 10. Intervention 11. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 12. We Used to Wait 13. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 14. Keep the Car Running 15. Wake Up Encore: 16. Ready to Start 17. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 18. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

  • Slayer Played On Toy Instruments Is Not As Bad As You’d Think [Video]

    Do you have children in your life who want to take up an instrument but the ungrateful brats, who can barely play a kazoo, demand something better than the cheap plastic First Act instruments from your local big-box store? Well, they’re sort of right. As this video proves, those toys don’t sound too great. But, in the hands of talented musicians playing Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” they still sound better than your high school friend’s band who spent all their money on expensive equipment they didn’t know how to use only to embarrass themselves at the battle of the bands at the rec center back in ’01. And you have to admit, that tiny pink double bass drum setup is pretty badass.

  • Stream Fat Mike’s Pop Punk Musical

    NOFX frontman and occasional depressing clown Fat Mike has composed a punk rock musical, Home Street Home. Fat Mike had help composing the project, about a runaway 16-year-old girl who finds acceptance in a “family” of homeless teen punks, from dominatrix girlfriend Soma Snakeoil and Avenue Q creator Jeff Marx. You can see the show live beginning February 20 at San Francisco’s Z Space but you can check out the songs before then on this Soundcloud stream. The tracks feature vocals from Frank Turner, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Lena Hall from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Stacey Dee, the late Tony Sly of No Use For A Name, and Dance Hall Crashers’ Karina Denike. The upbeat, pop-punk music, reminiscent of Fat Wreck Chords’ classic 90s releases, is performed by members of Descendents, Lagwagon, Old Man Markley, Mad Caddies, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Aggrolites, The Living End, The Real McKenzies, and RKL. You can purchase the album on CD and MP3 beginning February 10 and LP March 24 directly from Fat Wreck Chords. Now we just hope Fat Mike brings the show to the East Coast.

  • A Breakdown Of Every Trademark Owned By Taylor Swift (And The One That Got Away)

    Taylor Swift made news last week when it was revealed that the singer and apparently savvy businesswoman trademarked a variety of phrases from her latest album, 1989. It’s a smart move. By trademarking popular phrases from her song’s, Swift is able to cut down on bootleg merchandise being peddled outside her concerts. And these days, when performers rely more and more on merch sales, Swift needs every penny she can get to keep multiple lavish roofs above her cats’ heads. But a search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows that this is no new idea for Swift and her team. She has been trademarking her name and lyrics for years! Check out all of the trademarks she owns (and one that slipped through her fingers) below.

  • The Nine Inch Nails/Taylor Swift Mashup We Can’t Help But Love [Video]

    There is no shame in a 30-year-old man enjoying Nine Inch Nails. On the other hand, a 30-year-old man who enjoys listening to Taylor Swift may not want to advertise that fact. That’s what makes this mashup so great. You get the danceable beats of Taylor Swift’s shamefully fantastic “Shake It Off” and you can pretend it’s just a remix of NIN’s “The Perfect Drug.” Plus, it’s funny imagining Trent Reznor singing “you make me hard when I’m all soft inside” to Taylor Swift. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Check out more brilliant mashups from Isosine on YouTube.

 

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