• New Music For Backyard BBQ Season from RSVLTS Alternative Essentials

    Spring is officially here which means there is plenty of upbeat new music from talented artists that you need to know about. This latest update is inspired by artists we saw last weekend at Coachella and some other good tunes that’ll be a hit at your upcoming summer BBQ. Additionally, we’re really into Big Data and Saint Motel right now so once you’re done checking out this playlist at the bottom you’ll see we embedded new music from them as well. The latest update includes the following songs: A Silent Film – “Tomorrow” Alabama Shakes – “Always Alright” Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight” Big Data – “Clean” Big Data – “Sick For Me” Brandon FLowers – “Can’t Deny My Love” Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless” Death Cab for Cutie – “Ghosts of Beverly Drive” Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″ Elle King – “Ex’s and Oh’s” Life In Film – “Get Closer” MisterWives – “Oceans” Modest Mouse – “Strangers to Ourselves” Mumford & Sons – “Believe” Muse – “Psycho” Saint Motel – “Cold Cold Man” Saint Motel – “My Type” The Orwells – “Who needs You” Tame Impala – “Mind Mischief” The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes” more »

  • David Hasselhoff Just Released The Best 80s Video…In 2015

    Back in December 2013, Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg opened a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund his ode to 80s action flicks, Kung Fury. Over $600,000 was raised and backers expected the finished product earlier this year. But Sandberg has pushed back the date a few times, now eyeing late May for a free online release. Lest you think this was all just a ruse by a cunning Swede, fear not. Sandberg has released this amazing video for the movie’s theme “True Survivor” performed by David Hasselhoff. If the finished film is half as good as this video, we’ll be happy. But then again, we didn’t donate anything.

  • Five Awesome Times Seinfeld Influenced Modern Music, Featuring Yo La Tengo, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend And More [Link]

    What’s the deal with modern music? Well apparently it’s that many modern music masters grew up with Seinfeld and have somehow used the “show about nothing” in their own unique ways. See the effect Jerry and the gang have had on music while doing…nothing. Look out for Hoboken’s own Yo La Tengo making the list!

  • Watch This Puppet Rock Out To “Tom Sawyer” On A Tiny Drum Kit [Video]

    Neil Peart, drummer for Canadian rock band Rush, is widely considered one of the best in the biz. And his work on the band’s hit “Tom Sawyer” is probably the pinnacle of air-drummed solos by music nerds. With that in mind, the fact that a puppet can play like Peart without skipping a beat is incredibly mind-blowing. Musician and marionetteer Ricky Syers built the tiny drum kit and controls the puppet in the entertaining video. It’s definitely impressive, but how about some Buddy Rich for a follow-up?

  • Stephen Hawking Covering Monty Python Is Out Of This World [Video]

    Record Store Day exclusives are often little more than albums you already own in a million formats pressed on a different color vinyl. But this year, you can pass on the multicolored vinyl of that Flaming Lips song from Batman Forever and instead pick up Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python. That’s right, the famed physicist who speaks through his computer sings Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song” on a limited-edition 7-inch single available April 18. And if you’re not hip enough for vinyl, fear not, you can download the track and play a sweet Asteroids game featuring Hawking and the Python blokes at Monty Python.

  • The States That Love And Love To Hate Nickelback [Infographic]

    Nickelback seems to be one of those bands that you either love or hate. Even if you never really listened to them, the Internet has forced you to form an opinion of the Canadian rockers. Second only to Creed on Rolling Stone’s “Worst Bands of the 90s” list, you may think everyone hates Nickelback, but that’s simply not true. Music app AccuRadio took a look at users’ playlists and found that the US varies greatly when it comes to Nickelback. See where your state sides below and let us know if you agree. New Jersey, I am disappoint.

  • These 8-Year-Olds Are Better Musicians Than We’ll Ever Be

    As an adult with disposable income, have you found yourself dreaming of taking up the violin and becoming a world-class musician? Well don’t. Your old fat fingers will cause nothing but problems and yourplaying will osund more like a cat in heat than Vanessa Mae. Plus, there’s already children who are way better than you’ll ever be. Joyous String, a string quartet made up of children, has been playing together since they were just four years old…four years ago. Check them out as they rock out to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Michael Jackson would have loved these kids!

  • The Be-all, End-all Music Festival Gear Guide For Guys Who Want It All, Without Breaking The Bank

    Music festival season is officially upon us so eventually you’ll begin your last minute shopping and packing for the festival of your choice. If you want to be a well-prepared star at the festival without breaking the bank, check out our ultimate gear guide to the music festivals of 2015. This year we are putting the guide up on Pinterest so it can be constantly updated and you can also suggest products you’d like to see added.

  • These Carly Rae Jepsen/Nine Inch Nails Mashups Really Work

    When you’re listening to a pop hit from Carly Rae Jepsen, your first thought probably isn’t “this would sound great as a mashup with Nine Inch Nails.” And that’s probably why you’re not a mashup producer. Unless you are, in which case you really need to work on a Carly Rae Jepsen/NIN mashup because apparently they work really well. Music producer YITT released a mashup of “I Really Like You,” the new hit from pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, and “Head Like A Hole” from inductrial rockers Nine Inch Nails. It sounds great and although you might think it’s the first time someone had the idea to combine the two very different acts, you’d be wrong. A few years back, SoundCloud user pom​Deterrific created a mashup using the same NIN track and Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” And it was also awesome. Why do they work so well? Who knows, but at least it gives us a reason to want more infectious earworms from Jepsen.

  • The Average Faces Of Rock: Composite Images Of 30 Iconic Bands

    Oftentimes the lead singer of a rock band will be called the “face” of the band, but that’s unfair to the other faces in the group. To right this wrong, West Coast Shaving created composite images of 30 classic bands in order to create a fair “face” of each band made up of all the members. It turns out The Grateful Dead looks like a guy who uses candy to bait children into his white panel van while The Smashing Pumpkins look like Tom Hardy’s character in Star Trek: Nemesis. It’s a pretty thorough collection, but what were they thinking leaving out The Faces?

  • 27 Remarkable Photos That Captured the Lifeblood of Music

    Theres nothing quite like a live set from a transcendent musical performer. Even iconic concerts seen on YouTube don’t do the blood, sweat and cheers justice. The Ramones at CBGB, Billy Joel closing out Shea Stadium, the Beatles playing the Apple building roof at 3 Savile Row. Some might say with the coming of the age of the camera phone meant the death true enjoyment of live music, but every once in a while a photograph captures the true essence of music in a split second. These photos of musicians in there natural habitat, will restore your faith in music. You can find and order hundreds of these iconic photos of perfect moments in music on Sonic Prints.

  • 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.


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