• Arcade Fire Covers “Motownphilly” [Video]

    It looks like Arcade Fire is on a trend of playing unique covers for each city they perform in on their current tour. They covered Canadian indie rockers The Constantines at their Toronto show last week and last night in Philadelphia they played “Motownphilly.” The song that made Boyz II Men famous over 20 years ago may seem a bit of an odd choice for Arcade Fire, and the performance comes off somewhat awkward, but it was a valiant effort. At least they didn’t attempt “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

  • The 2014 Coachella Spotify Cheatsheet

    Nearly 100 bands are scheduled to perform at Coachella which means there are dozens of bands you might not know yet are worth seeing. With that in mind Brandon Hoang created a Spotify playlist featuring the two best songs from every artists at Coachella. Throw this cheat sheet on random and learn some new music just in time for the April 11th festival kick off.

  • Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News” Prank Makes It Triumphent Return To SXSW

    People who come to music festivals pride themselves on knowing who the new acts are even if they don’t actually know who the new acts are. So Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew into the streets of Austin to ask unsuspecting SXSW hipsters about bands that do not exist. He made all the band names up, but that didn’t stop people from telling the Kimmel camera crew how much they like them in a special South By Southwest edition of Lie Witness News.

  • MTV’s Top 20 Turns 30, Here’s The Original Hits [20 Videos]

    In March of 1984, MTV, a channel that at the time was free of teenage moms and Jersey Shore mooks, premiered its Top 20 Video Countdown. At the end of the year, this was the list of the Top 20 of the Top 20. I promise you, they are not all bad, but the bad ones are in fact terrible. Does MTV even have a Top 20 Countdown any more? Do they even have music videos?

  • Terrible Track From Daft Punk And Jay-Z Leaked [Video]

    After one listen, it’s not hard to see why Daft Punk never released this track recorded around 5 years ago. The music is fine, but Jay-Z’s rap, centered around Blackberrys and relationship problems, is incredibly hokey. This YouTube uploader was kind enough to transcribe the silly lyrics, so read along while you listen to “Computerized” for the first-and probably last-time.

  • The Real Locations Of Famous Album Covers [26 Photos]

    Pop Spots is devoted to bringing you all the info on the actual locations where your favorite album covers, movies, and tv shows were shot. Bob Egan runs the site, and since he’s based in Manhattan, much of the site is devoted to the city, which is certainly not lacking in pop culture locales. Even so, there are posts about other cities, like London and Los Angeles, also. Some of the most recognizable album covers are featured here, but there are way more at Pop Spots along with detailed maps so you can visit the locations, too. I know this site is going to keep me busy looking for the Manhattan locations in person.

  • Adam Lambert Tapped To Be Queen’s Front Man For North American Tour

    Male diva Adam Lambert will bring his stage antics to a venue near you this summer as the new frontman of the legendary, multiple award-winning rock band Queen. Lambert has performed with Queen previously on episodes of American Idol and during a short-lived European tour, but the singer announced his first official North American tour with Queen at a press conference on Thursday. He’ll be performing as the band’s frontman to pay homage to the late Freddie Mercury, Queen’s original openly gay frontman who died of AIDS-related illness in 1991.

  • Kurt Cobain’s Stuff For Sale On Craigslist

    In memory of Kurt Cobain, on the 20 year anniversary of his death, why not buy his old skis? Or Swatch phone? Or Tomy game? Thanks to a former roommate of Cobain’s, these fine pieces of music history can all be yours! The roommate, a former bass player for Seattle band Gruntruck, has placed an ad on Craigslist with the odd mix of items. You’d think he’d try to cash in on the anniversary with outrageous prices, but they’re not that crazy. The skis are $80, the phone, which is actually pretty rad, is $55, and the Tomy game, Kingman, which still works, is only $25. It’s actually a pretty good deal for a superfan and the roommate claims to have photo proof of Kurt using each of the items. He also says that soon he will put some of Kurt’s clothes and magazines for sale. Wait…did he really hold on to a bunch of gross old flannel and magazines for over 20 years? What a creepy roommate. Source: Craigslist

  • Iconic Concert: LCD Soundsystem’s Final Show [Video]

    Yesterday, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy revealed that their final concert, recorded April 2, 2011 in New York would finally be released on April 19, Record Store Day. The release initially will be available as a 5 LP set, with a wider digital release set for May 19. The nearly 4-hour show will be complete and unedited. To celebrate this momentous album 4 years in the making, we thought we’d share the full video of the show. Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts make appearances on stage and be sure to watch the incredible version of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” that ends the show. Don’t forget to support your local record store April 19 and pick up “The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden.” Setlist: Dance Yrself Clean Drunk Girls I Can Change Time To Get Away Get Innocuous! Daft Punk Is Playing At My House Too Much Love All My Friends Tired / Heart Of The Sunrise 45:33 Intro You Can’t Hide (Shame On You) Sound Of Silver Out In Space Ships Talking Freak Out / Starry Eyes Us v Them North American Scum Bye Bye Bayou You Wanted A Hit more »

  • Postmodern Jukebox Jazzes Up “Careless Whisper” [Video]

    Postmodern Jukebox, the YouTube sensation made up of jazz musicians who turn banal pop garbage into fun jazz masterpieces, tackles Wham’s “Careless Whisper” in their latest video. Don’t worry, the famous saxophone part, probably the only good thing about the original, remains largely intact. Actually, the sax part is improved thanks to a nod to Dave Brubeck’s classic “Take Five.” They really do a fantastic job with every song they cover, and if you’d like to help the group out, consider becoming a patron on their Patreon page.

  • LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy Makes Music For NYC Subway [Video]

    It has been almost 3 years since LCD Soundsystem played their last show, and frontman James Murphy has announced his new project: turning New York City’s subway stations into beautiful symphonies. He has been working on the idea for 15 years, and with the MTA soon changing the turnstiles from a swipe to a tap system, the timing finally seems right. Murphy wants to get rid of the extremely annoying, high pitched tone of a successful swipe and replace it with different melodic sounds played at random that during the busiest times would create unique musical works and make the entire experience a more pleasant one for commuters. If you like what you hear in the video, help him out and add your name to the petition at Subway Symphony.

  • Mario Bros. Music Like You’ve Never Heard Before [Video]

    There are plenty of videos of people playing the iconic music from the original “Super Mario Bros.” on run-of-the-mill instruments like piano, guitar, or violin, but this time it’s played on a three thousand year old instrument called a sheng. It’s a collection of bamboo flutes controlled through one mouth piece to give a sort of compact pipe organ sound that also, as luck would have it, sounds like a sound chip in an 8-bit videogame console. The talented musician also includes the sound when Mario is embiggened by the mushroom and the familiar din of coins being collected.

  • Kurt Cobain Honored In Hometown With Hideous Statue

    February 20 would have been Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday and to mark the occasion, his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington celebrated “Kurt Cobain Day.” The high point of the day was the unveiling of a statue in his likeness. Or at least, it was supposed to be. Instead onlookers were greeted by what looks more like a crying Jesus playing guitar (left handed, of course). It’s only fitting that the town Cobain expressed so much hate for would honor him with a half-assed statue. Of course, it’s not fair to blame the artist, as a tip we received here at RSVLTS HQ revealed her to be none other than the blind girl who made the Lionel Richie bust in the “Hello” video.

  • PEP Keeps The Fun Coming With “I Met A Boy” [Video]

    Brooklyn’s PEP, who won us over last month with their video “Stephen,” has already released their second video. Director Avery McCarthy, whose previous work includes the Starlight Girls’ “7×3″, directed the candy-colored video that’s a perfect complement to the bubblegum song. “I Met a Boy” is another 50s pop hit for the 2010s that brightens our day just in time for spring. If you like what you hear (how could you not?), PEP’s EP is now available on 7″ vinyl for $10, including a digital download, or you can get just the digital version with a tin of PEPpermints for $4, both from Bandcamp.

  • Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup Announced

    The Bonnaroo lineup for 2014 was announced last night via a frenetic video featuring Taran Killam and Hannibal Buress. Many of the artists are no huge surprise, such as Kanye, The Flaming Lips, and CHVRCHES, but there are a few you don’t usually see on the festival circuit. Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are some of the more interesting acts to perform at the festival, held in Manchester, Tennessee June 12-15. Somewhat surprisingly, this may be one of the only festivals without the newly reunited Outkast. If that’s not a deal breaker, be sure to get ready to scoop up tickets when they go on sale Saturday at noon. For more info, check out Bonnaroo.

  • Pomplamoose’s Pharrell Mashup [Video]

    Pomplamoose, the musical duo made up of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, has released their newest YouTube video featuring a mashup of Pharell hits “Get Lucky” and “Happy.” Musically, they’ve managed to transform the already catchy Pharrell songs into an infectious amalgam, and the visuals are equally impressive. Conte makes use of the same projection mapping techniques seen in his Aviici remix in October followed by the Pomplamoose Lorde/Beck mashup in November, while showing major progress on his already commendable skills. The fact that the video was shot in one take with no edits is even more amazing.

  • Deep Elm Records Introduces Name Your Price Downloads

    For almost 20 years, Deep Elm Records has been putting out some of the biggest releases in Indie music, with artists like Appleseed Cast, Moonlit Sailor, Camber, and Lights & Motion calling the label home at some point. Since 2008, Deep Elm has been a strictly digital label and previously allowed every new downloader 99 free songs. Today Deep Elm announced a “name your price” plan for their entire catalog, over 200 albums, yet again proving themselves innovators. There is no minimum and in their press release they fully expect that some people won’t or aren’t able to pay. All they ask is that you at least spread the word about the label and the bands, knowing that word of mouth is their best exposure. In fact, Deep Elm’s roster is made up entirely of bands who were fans themselves, submitting their albums to the label for distribution and never having to sign any sort of multi-album contract. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Deep Elm and start downloading. Try to throw this great label a few bucks and be sure to spread the good word.

  • Awesome Turntable Remix Of Doobie Brothers

    I’m not ashamed to admit it, I think the Doobie Brothers are a great band. And I was super excited to hear a remix of one of their biggest hits with original singer Tom Johnston (who would be replaced by Michael McDonald), “Long Train Running.” Canadian DJ and producer Skratch Bastid teamed with American Jj and master turntablist Chris Karns for the song, showcasing their skills on the wheels of steel. It’s refreshing to see DJs who actually have some skill and are not just plugging in their iPods and pretending to turn knobs on a mixer.

  • Kanye Remixes “Drunk In Love”, Takes Baby Making Music to a New Level

    Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” was remixed by the irreverent Kanye on Friday, just in time for Valentines day. For all of Kanye’s public life flaws and dramatics, the guy sure knows his way around a studio. The remix put the already adult-themed-love song into high gear with some seriously raunchy lyrics courtesy of Mr. West. You reverse that cowgirl, you reverse you reverse, and I impregnated your mouth, girl, that’s when I knew you could be my spouse, girl.” Very romantic. Icing on the cake for Beyoncé’s smash hit, which promises to stay relevant way into spring thanks to the Yeezus bump. Ladies and Gents I present to you spring ’14′s first club-banger-hit.

  • 17 Must-See Stripped-Down Performances of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert Series

    The stripped-down performances of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk, where Technicolor production tends to give way to unfiltered voices and bare instrumental essentials, reveals the incredible musical talent behind some of your favorite bands. Nearly 200 Tiny Desk videos have been shot (you can view them all here) but we went through them and pulled together some of the best.

  • Free Download Of Entire De La Soul Catalog For 25 Hours

    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album “3 Feet High and Rising,” legendary hip-hop band De La Soul is offering their entire catalog for free download. Beginning today at 11 AM, you can choose any or all of the group’s albums to download for free and it’s completely legal. De La Soul’s music has been hard to find on legal download sites due to the copyright complications arising from the use of samples. This is a great Valentine’s Day gift for music fans, but it won’t last forever. The download is only good for 25 hours, so hurry on over to We Are De La Soul before it’s too late.

  • Bizarre Video For Achy Breaky Heart Rap Remix

    I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve wanted nothing more for the past 22 years than a rap remix of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart.” No, wait, I mean I’ve wanted everything more than that. Well we had a good run without that happening but now Cyrus, or BRC as his new rapper friend Buck 22 calls him, is back with “Achy Breaky 2.” And if the song wasn’t bad enough on its own, there’s even this video with a lengthy introduction from Larry King warning us about an alien invasion. The only explanation is that Billy got into Miley’s stash. Maybe they can go on a father/daughter rehab trip. I smell a reality series!

  • 40 Years of Iconic Masks in Music (Infographic)

    The mystery of masks in music has always held a special place in music. From Kiss to the ever unpopular bucket-head of the new, strange Guns ‘n’ Roses, masks have always given a enigmatic sense to the performers on stage, giving their show a personality of it’s own. This is a visual rundown of the greatest masks in the last 40 years of music, done by ://www.justposhmasks.com/” target=”_blank”>JustPoshMasks

  • Heavy Metal Performance Ends With Broken String…On A Piano [Video]

    Classically-trained Ukrainian pianist Viktoriya Yermolyeva has made a name for herself on YouTube as “vkgoeswild” for her incredible renditions of popular rock and heavy metal songs performed on the piano. Recently she was featured on the ultimate heavy metal cruise experience, “70,000 Tons of Metal”-a 5-day festival on a cruises ship in the Caribbean. While performing her version of the Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs” live for the very first time, Yermolyeva’s dynamic playing resulted in a broken string on the piano and a bruised finger on the pianist. Watch more of her amazingly talented videos on her YouTube channel “vkgoeswild.”

  • 35 Songs Added To “RSVLTS Alternative Essentials” Spotify Playlist – Follow It Now!

    Our on going “RSVLTS Alternative Essentials” Spotify playlist gives you all the freshest music well before anyone else. Our track record for breaking artists like Atlas Genius, Bastille, Captial Cities, Lorde, The 1975, and many others before their albums even dropped and went mainstream is well documented by the timestamp in the playlist. Check out today’s massive 35 songs update to the list. It includes music from heavy hitters like Haim, Young the Giant and Arcade Fire and music from artists you may not know yet like Gemini Club (see them in the photo above), Kevin Devine, Bad Suns, Bear Hands and many more.

  • A Visual History Of Beatlemania

    Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the U.K. at the newly-named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts and tears of New York area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers—at the time a television record. And just like that Beatlemania was upon us.

  • Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday With This Iconic Concert [Video]

    On this day in 1945, iconic musician Bob Marley was born in Jamaica. Although his life was tragically cut short when he died of cancer at the age of 36 in 1981, his creative output has left an indelible mark upon the world. From his early days as a soulful ska singer to his worldwide success as a reggae ambassador, Marley is much more than just someone who’s picture is hung up next to a “take me to your dealer” poster in a dorm room. Taken from his final tour, the following concert video features Bob Marley at his biggest as an international superstar. Filmed in Dortmund, Germany on June 13, 1980, and broadcast on German TV, this was the biggest tour in all of Europe that year. The first 4 songs are performed by the I Threes, featuring Marley’s wife Rita, then Bob takes the stage performing some of his biggest hits. 

  • A Brief History of Sampling [Video]

    Jonny Wilson, better known as Eclectic Method, is a master when it comes to remixing music and video. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including U2, Fatboy Slim, Brian Eno, and Phish. In his latest video, he takes a look at the history of sampling and presents it in a novel, flowing narrative made up of some of the most recognizable snippets of music in the history of hip-hop and dance music. Watch the video then check out the rest of Eclectic Method’s work on tumblr.

  • 45th Anniversary Of Last Live Beatles Performance [Video]

    On January 30, 1969, The Beatles gave a performance on the rooftop of the Apple Records building at 3 Savile Row in London. It would be their last live performance. The band was joined by “fifth Beatle” and keyboard genius Billy Preston and video of the show would be included in their “Let It Be” film. Police put an abrupt end to the performance after 42 minutes due to the noise and commotion the band was causing in midday London. Watch the historic show below and witness how tight they were, especially considering they hadn’t played a concert since San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966.

  • Young Rival’s Mind Blowing Magic Eye Music Video

    Remember those magic eye books that you’d spend all your money on at the book fair? You’d stare at those damn things for hours, suffering teary eyes and headaches, just to see a tessellation of some palm trees or something else equally unimpressive. Relive those days with this much more exciting magic eye music video (the first of its kind) from Young Rival for their song “Black Is Good.” It’s a good song, too, which helps when you’re staring intently at your computer screen for 3 and a half minutes. Read all about how they created the video with help from an XBox Kinect at Young Rival.

  • 10 Cringeworthy Nostalgic Songs That Took the World By Storm

    This topic has been harped on to ridiculous levels. But, since sonic atrocities continue to plague the airwaves, articles such as this one continue to be necessary. Some songs get inexplicably huge—only to later fade into irrelevance, which leaves the general populace to collectively ask, “why did we ever like that song?”

  • Incredible Live Loop One-Man Performance Of TLC’s No Scrubs [Video]

    Elijah Aaron is so talented, it’s infuriating. Watch as he effortlessly performs the TLC classic “No Scrubs” recording each part and looping them live. I still haven’t even mastered patting my head while rubbing my belly. I hate Elijah Aaron’s talent, but, dammit, I couldn’t help but smile throughout this whole video. Check out more of his music on his website, including a really fun cover of Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythym,” and become even more envious of his skills.

  • Kendrick Lamar + Imagine Dragons Steal Grammys with Epic Performance

    Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons might seem like a strange combination at first glance, but when they teamed up for a Grammy performance they stole the show with a MAAD City/Radioactive collab. Both exploding on the scene this year with hit after hit, both entities are the best newcomers on the scene arguably the best in the biz at the moment. Last night the they took the stage and executed one of the most epic performance, not just at the Grammys, but in recent history. Rock and hip-hop are still very much alive.


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