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  • 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.

  • Long Lost Aphex Twin Album Available To Stream

    Aphex Twin fans rejoice! Although it has been a decade since the electronic music genius also known as Richard D James has released an album, an unreleased LP from 1994 is now available to stream for the first time. A test pressing of the album, “Caustic Window,” recently appeared for sale online for $13,500. A Kickstarter campaign, led by an electronic music forum known as we Are The Music Makers, allowed fans to donate to the cause to buy the album and release it digitally. The next plan is to sell the pressing, with one third of the proceeds going to James and his label Rephlex Records, one third to the Kickstarter donors, and one third to a charity of James’ choosing. You can stream all of “Caustic Window” on YouTube. The album serves as a bridge between the more laid back “Selected Ambient Works 85-92″ and the heavier, frenetic sound of the “Richard D James Album.”

  • The Beatles In Mono Gets Vinyl Release

    In September of 2009, “The Beatles in Mono,” a 13-CD set featuring mono remasters of the band’s albums through 1968, was released to critical acclaim. Although their albums were released as both mono and stereo LPs in the 60s, the band and their fans consider the mono editions to be definitive. Now 5 years later, the set will be released as a 14-LP box set this fall. Each 180-gram vinyl record will also be sold separately. This new set was made without the use of any digital technology. Engineers used the original master tapes and transferred the music directly to vinyl using a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe. Look for the set, complete with a 108-page hardcover book, on September 9 in the US.

  • Diplo Releases Hour-Long World Cup Mix

    In honor of the World Cup, genius music producer and DJ Diplo released an hour-long mix on BBC Radio1Xtra’s MistaJam show. The mix features lots of Latin rhythms, which is nothing new for Diplo, who has worked with Brazil’s very own carioca funk electropop superstars Bonde do Role in the past. You’ll hear remixes of Beyonce, Kanye West, and the Black Keys in the mix along with Diplo’s project Major Lazer. Stream the mix from BBC below, fix yourself a caipirinha, and, if you’re feeling real adventurous, try to watch a match.

  • Ray & Remora’s Catchy Take On Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” [Video]

    In 1994, Pavement released their second album, “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain,” featuring their biggest hit, “Cut Your Hair.” The second single from the album, “Gold Soundz,” did not perform as well on the charts but was a critical success. In 2010, Pitchfork honored it with the number one slot in their 200 Greatest Songs of the 90s. To celebrate the incredible year in music that was 1994, synthpop duo Ray & Remora have released a 6-song EP titled “1994” that features covers from that year. Check out their video for “Gold Soundz,” featuring appearances from Sonic youth’s Kim Gordon, actor Jeff Goldblum, and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, then watch the original Pavement video below.

  • Incredible Music Video Animated With Embroidery

    Earlier this year, London-based animators Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker took to Kickstarter to raise money for a unique video idea: an animated music video where each frame was embroidered. They easily surpassed their goal and recently delivered the finished video. With music by Livesey’s band Throne, the video finds the band members traveling to Mars and making the planet hospitable for human life by nuking everything. The plan goes awry, and the band’s ghosts end up haunting the planet. Livesey came up with the idea from the patches of all of his favorite metal bands that he’d purchase growing up. Even if you’re not into the music, there’s no denying that it’s one of the greatest videos ever imagined.

  • 8 “Ex’pression Session” Performances Every Live Music Fan Will Enjoy

    Ex’pression Arts College, a small university in Emeryville, CA, teaches their students the art of digital audio and video production in the most bawwwsseee way possible. Several of the biggest names in music have stopped by their campus to perform intimate shows, “Ex’pression Session,” that are recorded, mixed and posted to their YouTube page. Crisp audio, colorful HD video… educational. These must-see live performances give way to unfiltered voices and bare instrumental essentials, revealing the incredible musical talent behind some of your favorite bands.

  • Psy And Snoop Team Up For “Hangover” [Video]

    Korean superstar Psy first gained worldwide attention a couple summers ago with his bizarre hit “Gangnam Style.” In less than 2 years, the video has become the most watched on YouTube, with over 2 billion views. Let that sink in for a moment. 2 billion. His latest video, “Hangover,” features the smooth rhymes of Snoop and lots of frenetic editing to ensure a seizure while viewing. Only time will tell if it will be as big a hit as “Gangnam Style,” but with over 6 million views a day after its release, it’s on the right path.

  • 50 Hip Hop Album Covers We Love To Hate

    If you bought a hip hop album in the 90s, especially anything No Limit and Cash Money, then you are familiar with the amazing graphic work of Pen & Pixel Graphics. The Houston-based company churned out album covers for hundreds of artists. If you were looking for more lens flares than a JJ Abrams film, more explosions than a Michael Bay blockbuster, and more fonts than a diner menu, Pen & Pixel were the designers you were looking for. The best news? They’re still in business! If you’re lookin for that nostalgic touch for your latest project, head over to Pen & Pixel for a quote. They even do website design!

  • Behind The Scenes Look At Beatlemania As It Swept Through America 50 Years Ago [42 HQ Photos]

    In the early part of 1964 The Beatles were the hottest band on the other side of the Atlantic and with a strong push on radio saw record sales and a massive new following seemingly overnight. John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison announced a series of tours for the spring of 1964 and fans were determined to get a glimpse of the emerging superstars. 73 million viewers or 34 percent of the American population tuned in to watch them perform on the Ed Sullivan Show and this marked the break out moment of Beatlemania. We have 42 pictures that show how it all went down.

  • Iconic Concert: Hall & Oates Live at Liberty State Park

    Hall & Oates are the top selling duo in music history. These guys crush with “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, “Maneater”, and “Out of Touch”, and many other songs. On July 4, 1985, just days before they were to headline the now legendary Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, the duo played a benefit concert to restore the Statue of Liberty in front of 60,000 people at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The state police had to shut down the New Jersey Turnpike because everyone within 100 miles was trying to get into the show so the band had to fly into the show via helicopter. Despite being a really hot July day the weather was perfect and in the video you’ll get to see amazing views of the New York City skyline that includes the World Trade Center. If you’re looking live Hall & Oates action in 1985 HD glory this is it!

  • Chris Martin Joins Kings of Leon on Stage to Sing “Fans”

    The BBC’s Radio One’s 1 Big Weekend in Glasgow on Saturday is annually one of the biggest festivals to take place in the U.K. After Coldplay took the stage Kings of Leon was set to perform, but what the fans didn’t expect was for Chris Martin to return the following day to assist Kings of Leon on a rendition of Because of the Times’ “Fans.” Caleb Followill, lead singer for KoL was joined by Martin with an acoustic guitar and then exclaimed “We finally have someone famous in our band”. Coldplay recently released their sixth album, Ghost Stories, which heavily highlights the frontman’s decedent relationship with wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Iconic Concert: Green Day at Reading Festival 2013

    Having sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. When they headlined the Reading Festival in 2013 and took all 87,000 people in attendance through their catalog that spans nearly three decades it’s no doubt that the concert would be considered an instantly iconic performance. This two hour set list has something for everyone. If you’re a fan of their current works like the rock opera American Idiot it’s here. Want to hear them perform their iconic Grammy winning album Dookie, which is ranked No. 193 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, in it’s entirety? That’s here too (skip ahead to minute 50).

  • Tupac’s Last Words Were Classic Tupac

    Granted, if these were indeed Tupac’s last words then they are the most dramatic, Bishop-like last words ever uttered in this era. And they will only serve to increase his legend. Recently, Vegas Seven interviewed Chris Carroll, a retired sergeant on the Las Vegas PD’s bike patrol unit on the Strip who happened to be on duty during the tragic September night when Tupac was shot. And per Carroll’s account, he was the last person Tupac saw, the same person who ‘Pac spoke his last words to.

  • Pharrell Williams Starts Every Hit Song the Same Way

    Bum-bum-bum… YEAH. This is the formula for most of the intros Pharrell writes: looping the first beat of the first bar four times. Think of the beginnings to “Blurred Lines,” “Beautiful,” “Milkshake,” “Sweet Life,” etc. etc. etc. Better yet, listen to the collection on Brobible.

  • Coldplay Heading for Year’s Best Sales Week, Now Watch Their Iconic Concert At Rock in Rio 2011

    With six epic concerts scheduled around the globe to mark the release of their new album “Ghost Stories,” which is on track to score the largest sales week of the year, we look back at Rock in Rio 2011 where Coldplay proved why they are a once in a generation band and one of the best live acts in the world. Their energy, song selection and light show had the crowd of nearly 1 million grooving along in ways that we’ve never seen before. To put that crowd size into perspective, Coachella typically draws roughly 80,000 people so that is almost 10 times the size. Press play and I personally guarantee you’ll watch the entire thing.

  • Steven Tyler Howls Along To Street Performance Of “Crazy” [Video]

    Steven Tyler, or an old woman doing her best Steven Tyler impression, sang along to a street performance of Aerosmith’s “Crazy” a couple days ago. He never actually sings any lyrics, but does the scat from the end of the song (albeit in some otherworldly key). One would think that it’s sad to see him like this and he must be all washed up, but Aerosmith is actually on tour in Europe and the poor old fella is probably just worn out from partying or doesn’t want to give a free performance. No matter what, as a street performer it must be awesome to have Steven Tyler howl alongside you, and the accordion and violin sound great.

  • 28 Boring Day Jobs Musicians Did Before They Were Famous

    Although it seems like many famous musicians have always been famous, it’s not like they plopped out of their mothers on a stage with guitars in hand. But as NME found out, at some point they had shit jobs just like the rest of us. Find out who was a janitor, or a butcher, or a fishmonger and feel a little bit better about yourself and your crap job. Until you realize that they only had those jobs for a little while before becoming rich and famous while you’re still slaving away.

  • The Lost And Found Of Coachella 2014 [22 Photos]

    With around 90,000 people attending each day of the 2014 Coachella Festival, there’s a good chance that a few things would be left behind. The good news is that the swell folks out there in California have collected and documented everything they found and have put the info up on the Coachella website. The bad news is that you only have 3 months to claim your stuff before it’s donated to charity. There are plenty of car keys, prescription glasses, and digital cameras, but the most incredible find has to be the birth certificate from Pakistan. It seems like if you brought your foreign birth certificate to a music festival, you must have had a really good reason. And leaving without it probably caused you lots of trouble. So if you lost your Pakistani birth certificate or a cool flask with an anchor on it, be sure to claim your junk at Coachella Lost and Found.

  • 25 Brilliant Album Cover Parodies

    The community of artists at RIPT Apparel have designed these great parodies of popular album covers using characters from your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games. You can order your favorite as a print, bluetooth speakers, headphones, coasters, laptop sleeve, or a ton of other products at RIPT Apparel. A special thank you goes out to the artist of the Gollum/Nirvana parody for having the decency to add a loincloth to the design. 

  • Vocal Ranges Of The World’s Greatest Singers [Infographic]

    Compare the vocal ranges of your favorite singers with this neat interactive infographic. The lowest and highest note each singer has recorded is charted along with which song the notes come from and where they fall on a keyboard. Everyone knows Mariah Carey has a legendary range, but seeing it illustrated on the keyboard is especially impressive. Even Tom Waits has a better range than most folks would think, but his caterwauling isn’t exactly great singing. Check out the full-sized version at ConcertHotels.

  • 20 Amazing Albums That Turn 10 In 2014

    The 2004 music year started off with a bang. Britney Spears got married (and divorced 55 hours later) and there was an epic “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl all in the first four weeks of the year. Later in the year Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below became the first rap album to win Album of the Year at the Grammys, Usher sold an astonishing 1.1 million copies of Confessions in it’s first week, Creed broke up, Dave Matthews Band’s tour bus dumped 800 pounds of human feces from a Chicago bridge, intending to unload it in the river, but it lands on an architecture tour boat, Britney Spears got married (again) to K-Fed, Ashlee Simpson lip-synched on SNL then did a bizarre jig and a ton of great artists like Daft Punk, Kanye, The Killers, Beyonce, and Arcade Fire released debut albums. So now, 10 years later, lets take a look at the great albums of 2004 in order of their release date.

  • Governors Ball 2014 Food Truck Lineup Announced

    There will be over 50 different headliners and up-and-comers on site, with favorites Pok Pok, Hometown Bar-B-Que, L’Apicio, Mile End, Calexico, Luke’s Lobster, Crif Dogs, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Cafe Habana all making an appearance.

  • China’s Bizarre Obsession With a Kenny G Song

    China has many cultural quirks that baffle the rest of us, such as those frightening “facekinis” that women wear to the beach to keep their faces pale or the “virgin boy eggs” boiled in urine and ingested as a springtime treat, but by far the most bizarre aspect to daily life in China is the obsession with Kenny G’s “Going Home.” The song, originally recorded in 1989, sounds like any other Kenny G song, or any other smooth jazz song for that matter, but something about that one particular song has struck a chord with the Chinese people. As the New York Times recently reported, the song has become the de facto anthem signifying that it’s time to go home. The song is played at schools, libraries, shopping malls, and even out on the street as a polite way to say “get the hell out of here.” One shopkeeper interviewed said she’s been using the song since 2000 but doesn’t know when it first became popular or why. In fact, nobody seems to know the origin of the song’s status as the unofficial closing time anthem. It just sort of appeared and billions of people accepted it. “Going Home” has even conditioned more »

  • Behind the Scenes of The Beatles Iconic Abbey Road Crossing [11 Photos]

    The cover photo for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album is looked at as one of the most celebrated photos of the music industry. It was in the midst of a time of rebellion, change and revolution and the Beatles voice was at the forefront of it all. On August 8th, 1969, around 11:30 that morning, photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the infamous photo as he stood on a step-ladder while a policeman held up traffic, which was based on a sketch by Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney’s concept sketch “In the scene, the group walk across the street in single file from left to right, with Lennon leading, followed by Starr, McCartney, and Harrison. McCartney is barefoot and out of step with the other members. With the exception of Harrison, the group are wearing suits designed by Tommy Nutter. To the left of the picture, parked next to the zebra crossing, is a white Volkswagen Beetle motor-car which belonged to one of the people living in the block of flats across from the recording studio. After the album was released, the number plate (LMW 281F) was stolen repeatedly from the car. In 1986, the car was more »

  • The Best Part Of Eurovision That No One Is Talking About [Video + GIFs]

    Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has unified European nations without the need for a fascist ideology. Apparently it’s broadcast in The United States but since we don’t compete, we don’t really care. However, this year the contest has been making headlines all over the world after drag queen Conchita Wurst was declared the winner over the weekend. It’s great that she won, she did a fine job and her beard is much better looking than anything we could grow. But with that being said, we here at RSVLTS HQ feel that other performers have been overshadowed by the media attention given to Conchita Wurst. For instance, the Polish duo Donatan & Cleo performed “We Are Slavic” and once the butter churning and vigorous laundering began, we could feel our Slavic pride swell. And we’re not even Slavic!

  • Throw Chains At Women In Bizarre New Game From Kanye And Future

    To promote their new single “I Won,” Future and Kanye West have released this creepy videogame. In it, you play as Future and Kanye, relaxing on the beach, waiting for fine ladies to walk by. So you can throw gold chains at them. And turn them into trophy wives. Actual trophies. And you get more points for the amount of style you utilize in your assault. There’s also a link to purchase the album, but after playing the game for a few minutes, you’ll probably be sick of it. Do you think this is how Kanye wooed Kim in real life?  

  • Musicians With Doctorates [Infographic]

    Think that popular musicians are lucky to be where they are, because without their hit records, they’d just be hard-partying dummies? That might make you feel better about yourself, but it’s just not true. This infographic presents the musicians who found the time to get their PhDs while selling millions of records and touring the world. Apparently, punks are especially smart. Although, to be fair, James Lilja left The Offspring in the 80s. Of course, honorable mention would have to go Dexter Holland of The Offspring who was a PhD candidate for molecular biology before deciding to focus on the band. Jeez, and I failed at college AND being a musician.

 
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