• RSVLTS Live from San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

    Situated in lovely Golden State Park in San Francisco Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is quickly becoming America’s premiere music festival. That’s because it is more than just a music festival. It is also a showcase of northern California’s top food vendors and wine producers. S So let’s recap, not only do you get to see artists like Kanye, The Killers, Macklemore and others but you get to stuff your face with fresh food and ripe wine while doing so? Where do we sign up? We’re going to be at the festival with an all access pass so make sure you follow along with our live feeds.

  • Best Music Biopics [Link]

    With “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic, coming to theaters August 1 and Andre 3000’s “Jimi: All Is By My Side” following shortly after, now seems like the perfect time to look back at the best music biopics ever made. See if your favorites made the impressive list of 30 films, and if there’s any you haven’t seen, be sure to check them out.

  • This 8-Bit Grunge Medley Is Nostalgia Overload [Video]

    There are plenty of people who remake hit songs as 8-bit video game style beeps and boops, but this video goes the extra mile by also recreating the videos as the animated sequences at the beginning of an NES game. If you’re having trouble identifying any of the songs, here’s the list in order of appearance: Soundgarden – Rusty Cage Alice In Chains – Man In The Box Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing Melvins – Revolve Mad Season – River Of Deceit Nirvana – In Bloom Pearl Jam – Jeremy

  • 10 Best Music Videos Of 1994

    1994 was an incredible year for music and since MTV was at its height, it was an equally incredible year for music videos. Looking back on these videos, they may not seem so special or innovative, but you have to remember, these are 20 years old. Back then we were amazed with the graphics of Donkey Kong Country, the speed of 28.8 kbit/sec modems, and the low fat content of SnackWells cookies. The videos are not in any particular order, because it was hard enough just to pick these 10. Did we miss any of your favorites?

  • Iconic Concert: Rage Against the Machine Live at Woodstock 99

    Fifteen years ago this week the resurgence of Woodstock took place at a former air base in Rome, New York. The festival for better or worse made headlines not just for the music, but for the lack of better planning, overprices concessions, assault and arson. Yes, it was bad. Very bad, but the mistakes that were made at Woodstock ’99 helped pave the way for the bevy of great music festivals we have today. More organization and better security today make for a great experience for contemporary festival goers. None of that would’ve been possible without the trials of Woodstock ’99. Disastrous experiences aside, the music of Woodstock ’99 has always been overshadowed, but in it’s anniversary we’re here to celebrate one particular iconic concert that will live on as one of the best performances of 1999. Even with live music from the likes of James Brown, Sheryl Crow, Wyclef Jean, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette, Ice Cube, Metallica, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Jewel and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine still managed to stick out as the best performance of the event.

  • 14 Pop Music Icons Made Out Of Corn Flakes

    Remember when you were a kid and your parents would yell at you for playing with your food? Well it’s time to call mom and dad and let them know that they stifled your creativity and you blame them for becoming 9 to 5 office drone when you could have been a famous artist. New York artist Sarah Rosado either had kinder parents than the rest of us or she refused to listen because her latest series, “Celebrity Cereal Portrait,” finds her recreating pop music stars out of breakfast cereal. The result is incredible and she’s just using corn flakes. Wait until she adds wheat puffs, those Fiber One sticks, and marshmallows to the mix! Check out the rest of the series and more of Sarah Rosado’s artwork at SR Artwork.

  • 40 GIFs That Perfect Describe Festival People

    ‘Tis the season to go sweat for hours in open fields, ducking in and out of pavilions to see your favorite bands from an alarming distance. Music festivals and outdoor concerts mean more than just music; they mean sleeping on the ground and overpaying for food. Not to mention the sunburn, dehydration, port-a-potties, mud, and poorly timed rain storm. And yet, we all still go. From Bonnaroo to Warped Tour to Give It A Name to Tomorrowland, music fests across the globe are packed with fans and casual listeners. We tolerate the elements and each other for those precious minutes of set time when our favorite songs are being played at full volume. Problem is that once the music ends, we’re back amongst thousands of others, few of whom have showered or remembered their manners. For anyone who hasn’t been/needs to be reminded before they embark, here are some of the charming folk you may see: 1. The security guard standing thanklessly through it all Looking equal parts intimidating and bored 2. Someone trying to flirt their way into the show Admission: your dignity 3. Someone straight up cooking out of their truck/tent I’m looking at you blueberry pancake trucker man at Bonnaroo 4. The entrepreneurial genius selling cigarettes more »

  • How Does The New Ninja Turtles Theme Stack Up? [Video]

    The theme from the new Ninja Turtles movie has been released and it’s no MC Hammer’s “This is What We Do.” Nor is it as danceable as Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap.” “Shell Shocked” is a dubsteppy rap song featuring from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign. Do we really want kids singing along to lyrics like “Check my Rolex/It say I’m the man of the hour/All this green in my pockets/You can call me turtle power” rather than “Go ninja, go ninja, go?” The worst part is, we’re all going to see the movie anyway.

  • Weezer Looks to Their Past to Inspire First Single in 4 Years ‘Back to the Shack’

    Today the original quirky-nerd-rock-quartet, Weezer released the audio track to their new single Back To The Shack on their official YouTube page. Heavy guitar riffs and a steady catchy drum accent vocals in their new back-to-their-roots track which points all fingers to their first two albums. “If you took the Pinkerton band and then play all the other records—that’s what we sound like now. Bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it’s going to have the tight structure of Blue Album with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton.“, that’s what Weezer frontman, Rivers Cuomo told Entertainment weekly, when asked about their new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End which is set to release September 30th. This will be Weezer’s first album in 4 years 20 years after debuting their self titled inaugural Blue Album. Pinkerton and the Blue Album mixed into one megazord of Weezer? Sure we like that. Preorder the album at Pledge Music.

  • Jack White Covered ’99 Problems’ In the Middle of an ‘Icky Thump’ Performance

    Over the past few performances Jack White has been adding a little touch of ‘cover’ to his sets. The most recent being a bar from Jay Z’s ’99 Problems’ in the middle of an Icky Thump performance during his set at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival. White has made headlines recently after covering “Enter Sandman” at Glastonbury and Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” in Dublin and shows no signs of stopping after his HOV cover. As the uploader notes, White went 25 minutes over his set time, “breaking curfew”. Dare I say Jack White, the last true rock star.

  • These Music Mashups Are Hilarious…And Sound Good, Too

    A few months ago, Neil Cicierega released “Mouth Sounds,” a collection of entertaining mash-ups you’d never think of, including an incredible mix of Smashmouth’s “All Star” with Modest Mouse’s “Float On.” Now Neil is back with Mouth Silence. We shared the video for “Crocodile Chop,” featuring Elton John and System of a Down back in May, but now the entire album is available. A couple of our favorites from the collection are below. First up is “Best,” combing Foo Fighter’s “Best of You” with Rockapella’s theme from “Carmen Sandiego” and their Folger’s commercial jingle. After that is “Rollercloser,” melding “Love Rollercoaster” from the Ohio Players with “Closer” from Nine Inch Nails. Check out the rest of the album and download it for free in MP3 or FLAC at Mouth Silence.

  • The Upbeat Protest Song That Taught A Generation About Nelson Mandela

    In 1983, Jerry Dammers, principal songwriter and keyboardist for 2 Tone ska band The Specials, attended an anti-apartheid concert in London. Until that time, he knew very little about South African politics and the country’s most famous political prisoner, Nelson Mandela. Dammers was was inspired by the concert to write a song about Mandela but he never imagined the hit the song would become. In 1984, Dammers went into the studio with his new band The Special AKA and recorded “Nelson Mandela,” with Elvis Costello producing the track. Unlike most protest songs, “Nelson Mandela” was upbeat with much of the music inspired by tradiotional South African musical styles. The song was an immediate hit across the world and peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Charts. That year, the students’ union at Wadham College, Oxford passed a motion to end every dance with the song, a practice which remains to this day. In June 2008, a concert was held in London’s Hyde Park for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. For the show’s big finale, Amy Winehouse led an all-star band, featuring Jerry Dammers, Annie Lennox, Queen and Paul Rodgers in an incredible performance of “Nelson Mandela.” Nelson Mandela passed away more »

  • Notable Haircuts In Popular Music [Infographic]

    People love to blame music videos for emphasis on the looks of a performer rather than the music. But most of those people are bitter uggos. The fact is, image has been an important part of pop music for years, way before the advent of MTV. From the overly-Brylcreemed ‘do that helped Bill Hailey “Rock Around the Clock” to the ever changing outrageous wigs of Lady Gaga, hair is a big part of pop music. Try to see how many of these you can identify before looking at the names and maybe find yourself a new coif in the process. I wonder if I could pull off the Barry Gibb…

  • Iconic Concert: The Specials Usher In Ska’s Second Wave [Video]

    In 1977, The Specials formed in Coventry, England. Angry with the depressed economy and political strife that fueled the burgeoning punk rock movement, The Specials opted to channel their frustration into a more danceable ska beat. Ska, the calypso-meets-R&B music style that ruled Jamaica in the 50s, had made its way to England via immigrants from the West Indies but it wasn’t a nationwide craze until The Specials combined the music with punk’s anger and energy. Soon the second wave of ska had begun. Jerry Dammers, the songwriter and keyboardist for The Specials, formed 2Tone records, which released the first singles from Madness and Elvis Costello along with early records from The Beat (known as The English Beat in the US). In 1979 The Specials recorded their eponymous debut LP, produced by Elvis Costello. The album, a mix of ska classics like Dandy Livingstone’s “A Message to You, Rudy” and originals from Dammers, was a hit and the band was invited to play on the BBC-produced “Rock Goes to College.” The performance, broadcast live from the Colchester Institute in Essex, finds the band in top form. Along with songs from their first album, they incorporate other ska classics like The more »

  • Weird Al Spoofs Pharrell With “Tacky”

    Weird Al’s 14th album, “Mandatory Fun,” comes out this month and the master of parody songs has declared it his final album. Don’t worry, Weird Al isn’t retiring. He just realized that digitally self-releasing songs works best for his medium, which tends to be topical. Most of the pop hits he parodies on the new album have already been tackled by YouTube users, such as Pharrell’s “Happy,” rewritten by Al as “Tacky.” But even if others are getting in on the parody game, no one has the talent of Weird Al and his band when it comes to reproducing the music so perfectly. Check out the video for “Tacky” below, featuring comedians Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black and be sure to pick up “Mandatory Fun” when it’s released.

  • Beatallica Is The Greatest Cover Band You Never Knew You Wanted To Hear

    Almost no one has ever sat around wondering how the pop ballads of The Beatles would sound like if played by Metallica. We say almost no one because 4 guys did think just that and formed Beatallica in order to find out the answer. Formed in 2001, Beatallica takes the songs of The Beatles and plays them in Metallica’s distinctive heavy metal style. Sometimes the songs are even mashups of hits from the two distinctly different bands. Covering two of the most litigious bands can be troublesome, though. Sony/ATV Publishing, who owns most of The Beatles’ catalog, tried to shut down the band in 2005. Surprisingly enough, legal help came from Metallica’s own Lars Ulrich, who totally supported Beatallica. With help from Ulrich’s attorney, a settlement was reached with The Beatles’ publishers and the band has been able to tour and release albums without any further legal troubles. Listen to their full album, “Abbey Load,” below, featuring a great Lars Ulrich-esque drum solo in place of Ringo’s iconic solo on “The End.” Keep up with Beatallica on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Iconic Concert: Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii

    Just days ago the English legendary rock group Pink Floyd announced they’ll be releasing a new album this October. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the last release of an album from the English rockers, when “The Division Bell” debuted in 1994. Their lastest creation will be called “The Endless River”, but not much else is known at this time. To get all geared up for their latest installment, here’s one of the most iconic sets the band ever played. Mostly because it was a live set in front of a crowdless amphitheater. Pink Floyd’s 1972 documentary “Live at Pompeii” featured the band playing in the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy, directed by Adrian Maben. 0:00 Intro song 3:34 Echoes Part I 15:30 Careful With That Axe Eugene 22:20 A Saucerful Of Secrets 32:37 One Of These Days I’m Going To Cut You Into Little Pieces 38:33 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 49:04 Mademoiselle Nobs 51:01 Echoes Part II 1:04:20 Supper 1:08:12 On The Run 1:10:12 Director Interview 1:11:00 Oysters 1:13:00 Eclipse 1:14:37 Rick Wright Piano 1:15:47 Us And Them 1:20:18 Band Interviews 1:25:54 Brain Damage 1:32:48 Echoes Vocals

  • Hysterical Japanese Politician Becomes Free Jazz Masterpiece [Video]

    Last week, a Japanese politician gained worldwide infamy when a video of him crying while trying to explain his flagrant use of public funds became a YouTube sensation. Just a few days later, a very talented composer and pianist was able to harmonize the hysterical outburst, resulting in this free jazz masterpiece. You know how Italian sounds like a beautiful, lilting melody? Well distraught Japanese is pretty much the opposite. Also, the lead sheet is included below so those of you that are musically inclined can follow along. Good luck…

  • 149 Bob Dylan Acetates Discovered In NYC Closet

    3 months ago, the music collectible treasure hunters at Record Mecca uncovered 149 Bob Dylan acetates in a closet in New York City. The acetates, records cut in real-time to give performers and producers an idea of how their work-in-progress sounds, were cut during sessions for Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, and New Morning. But what’s on them? Record Mecca’s Jeff Gold explains: We discovered many of the acetates were unreleased versions of songs, in some cases with different overdubs, sometimes without any overdubs, many with different mixes, different edits and in a few cases completely unreleased and unknown versions. There are outtakes too, including electric versions of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues” recorded during the Self Portrait sessions, and a gospel tinged version of “Tomorrow is Such a Long Time” recorded during the New Morning sessions. It’s an amazing find, and Gold was sure to provide Dyaln’s office with transfers of all the music found. Although Gold is keeping many of the discs for his private collection, a few are for sale at Record Mecca, including an alternate Nashville Skyline for $7000.

  • This Epic Infographic Connects 727 Musicians

    Sure, everyone knows the connection between Nirvana and the Foo Fighters via Dave Grohl or Cream and the Yardbirds via Eric Clapton but this incredibly detailed infographic goes much, much deeper. With over 500 bands connecting over 700 artists, this is the ultimate chart for music trivia enthusiasts. Best of all, you can order the masterpiece as a 39″ x 39″ print on 100 lb archival from Pop Chart Lab for $60. Click on the image below to see the full-size version.

  • Percussive Guitar Cover Of “Wake Me Up” Is Most Impressive [Video]

    By now every single person in the world is familiar with Swedish DJ Avicii thanks to his immense hit “Wake Me Up.” It’s the most played song on Spotify, with over 250 million plays and about 850,000 each day. Although we are all sick of it now, there’s no denying how catchy it was when we first heard it. Now Sam Meador, frontman and keyboardist for black metal band Xanthocroid has breathed new life into the song with this percussive guitar cover. If you like what you hear, be sure to download the track at CDBaby and help Sam raise money to record his solo album.

  • 25 Album Covers Recreated…With Socks?

    We’ve seen album covers recreated using Legos or the photographers’ children but these are truly unique. London-based photographer Thom Moore uses his socks, of which he apparently has an incredible amount of, to recreate some of the most iconic album covers. What’s most impressive is that Moore insists the socks all come from his sock drawer, no hunting down the perfect sock for a shot. Take a look at 25 of his best below and see the rest at Tumblr. You can’t help but say “Darn!”

  • This Is How We Do it [Infographic]

    Reddit user Wopsle was a man with a dream: find a flowchart to aid one in doing it in the way the great Montell Jordan described in the 1995 masterpiece “This Is How We Do It.” Unfortunately, no such thing existed. So Wopsle spent 10 hours creating this graphic so when Friday rolls around, we can all make sure we’re doin’ it and doin’ it right. Wait, that’s the wrong song.

  • Bootleg Soviet Records Made From Old X-Rays [5 Photos]

    The leaders of the Soviet Union may have liked to think that their citizens were above listening to bourgeois Western rock’n’roll and jazz records, but the fact is, people can only listen to so much Yan Frenkel before they want to overdose on krokodil. But vinyl was scarce in the Soviet Union of the 1950s, so bootleggers had to look elsewhere for their records. Salvation was found in salvaged X-rays from hospital dumpsters. The thick radiographs were perfect for imprinting records. After carefully cutting them out with manicure scissors and adding a hole using a lit cigarette, citizens yearning for Elvis Presley were free to listen to their heart’s content. As long as the politburo didn’t find out, of course.

  • Musicians Imagined As Architectural Works

    We’ve shared the incredible work of artist Federico Babina before, such as his Archist series earlier this year, which imagined what buildings designed by famous artists would look like. With his latest series, Archimusic, Babina uses musicians as inspiration for his architectural drawings. Using either the band members (The Beatles), instruments associated with the artist (Chet Baker), or album covers (Joy Division) as inspiration, Babina draws these whimsical buildings that all look better than the Frank Gehry-designed, hemorrhoid-esque Experience Music Project in Seattle. The best part of the drawings is the riff included at the bottom of each one. For extra fun, keep the Virtual Keyboard open in another window and play along with each drawing. And for more great artwork, check out Federico Babina.

  • Today Marks the 20th Anniversary of Weezer’s Sweater Song

    You know the song, you love the song. It’s the song of a time where things were much simpler, a time where a simple song about pulling the thread on a sweater could become one of the most groundbreaking song of a rock movement. Weezer’s “Undone- the Sweater Song” was the first song the band had ever written and 20 years later is still just as relevant as any song in it’s genre from a critical era of rock and roll, but did you know front man Rivers Cuomo once told Rolling Stone Magazine the song was “almost a complete rip-off” of Metallica’s 1986 classic “Welcome Home (Sanitarium).” Strange, but take a listen and see if you can hear the similarities with this amazing type sequence of Weezer’s most celebrated song. Weezer – Undone – The Sweater Song with Lyrics from jtle24 on Vimeo.

  • The English Beat Look To Crowdfunding For Latest Album

    In 1980, The Beat, known as The English Beat in the US, released their first album, “I Just Can’t Stop It.” Songs like “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Hands Off…She’s Mine” became huge hits and the band found themselves one of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone ska revival. By 1983, after just 3 albums, the band broke up, with some members forming General Public, who would have a hit with “Tenderness,” and others forming Fine Young Cannibals, best known for “She Drives Me Crazy.” A few years ago, frontman Dave Wakeling put together a new version of The English Beat with all new members (aside from himself). Now Wakeling is looking to raise money for the band’s new album through crowdfunding site PledgeMusic. With more and more bands eschewing the big labels and the big percentages they take for their services, crowdfunding seems to be a no-brainer solution. With little need for the physical distribution channels of major labels and the Internet making it easier than ever to contact fans and promoters directly, many musicians are thriving despite whining from the RIAA about the death of their business. Hopefully this will work out for Wakeling and more bands will more »

  • Iconic Concert: Black Sabbath Introduce The World To Heavy Metal in 1970

    It was December 1970, The Beatles were barely broken up and heavy metal wasn’t even a blip on the music radar yet. That is what makes this crystal clear video of a 22-year-old Ozzy Osborne performing songs from Black Sabbath’s debut album Paranoid for a regional television network so amazing. As one rock blog describes, “It’s the best footage, bar none, that you will ever see of the band in their evil prime.” You might only know Ozzy as a mumbling ex-reality star but this guy used to shred like no one else before him.

  • Iconic Concert: Elton John At The Royal Opera House in 2002

    Sir Elton John is one of the most prolific and successful singer-songwriters in the history of music. Back in 2002 he performed at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London along with a 90-piece orchestra, a five-piece electric band, and a choir of Royal Academy students conducted by acclaimed film score composer James Newton Howard. The 11 song set is one of the finest moments of his career and it was all captured on film. If you have an hour this iconic concert is about as “must-see” as it gets.

  • David Bowie And Mick Jagger Musicless Music Video

    In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger teamed up for a cover of the 1964 Martha and the Vandellas hit, “Dancing in the Street.” It was a terrible version of a great song and the only thing worse was the video—3 minutes of the duo wearing 80s pastels and dancing like a couple of white, middle-age dads. But we all put up with it because the proceeds went to charity. This video, through the removal of the song, has actually improved upon the original. Now we can finally hear all the weird dad noises a 42-year-old Mick Jagger was probably making while attempting to “dance.”

  • OK GO Have Gone and Done It Again With Yet Another Visually Stunning Video

    OK GO has been synonymous with making incredible videos ever since their infamous treadmill dancing escapade in “Here we go”, since then they’e used a rally car as an instrument to a complex Rube Goldberg machine to use the lost art of music videos to their advantage. In their latest video for “The Writing’s On the Wall” from their October 2014 release “Hungry Ghosts” album the band uses complex and trippy visuals to create stunning illusions in this one take shoot. In a gigantic warehouse, the team assembled a Mouse-Trap-esqe series of activations that create seemingly impossible tricks of the eye. Jumping through a series of cubes and giant sentenced warping at the slightest angle change are a couple of mind boggling visuals we’ve come to expect from OK GO.



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