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  • If Every NBA Team Had A Rapper As A Global Ambassador

    With the recent announcement that Drake would be the Toronto Raptor’s “global ambassador,” SPIN compiled a list of who the rest of the NBA should choose as their rapping envoys. Some are obvious (Jay Z for the Nets), some are funny (DMX for the Suns), and some are just plain confusing (Jewel for the Jazz). After reading the list, I  think we all feel bad for Portland.

  • We Talk Pulled Pork, Brooklyn Bowl & My Morning Jacket with Patrick Hallahan

    Sunny, breezy and 68 degrees is the perfect day for a barbecue according to Patrick Hallahan, drummer of My Morning Jacket. Hallahan recently was in town serving up his pulled pork at The Brooklyn Bowl as a part of Taste Talks a food festival that took place in September and that used Brooklyn as it’s backdrop to discuss and devour all things food.  The two-day event kicked off with a pancake breakfast with Blue Ribbon that served up Patrick’s pulled pork. After a few plates of his barbecue and a few rounds of bowling Patrick met with us on the roof of the Wythe hotel for a couple more rounds (of gin and tonics) and talked to us about his love for food.   S: Patrick, I was so excited to see that you’d be involved with Taste Talks and serving up your pulled pork at Brooklyn Bowl’s breakfast event. How did you start making pulled pork? P: My dad’s a really good cook. That’s how it started. From childhood, I was always infatuated with the kitchen and cooking, and I got cookbooks as presents as a child. I always wanted to be a chef. I never thought I’d be a more »

  • Five Bands That Are More Punk Than You Thought

    Rumor has it that before their pictures became commonplace in every middle-school girl’s locker, Fall Out Boy was actually a punk band. I would have never believed it if not for the release of “Love, Sex, Death,” the first single from their upcoming album “Pax Am Days.” But if Fall Out Boy can be surprisingly punk, who else has been holding back from us? Check out these songs and you’ll be guaranteed some surprises.

  • Iconic Concert: The Killers Live At Royal Albert Hall

    It’s now been 10 years since The Killers released their first single, “Mr. Brightside,” and in the decade since they have proven to be one of the biggest bands in the world. In 2009, they recorded two nights of performances in London which became the CD and DVD release “Live From the Royal Albert Hall.” The response tothe show solidified their stardom. The album was nominated for best DVD at the UK’s NME awards. Starpulse called it “quite possibly the best live album and video since Elvis and his ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ some 36 years ago. It’s nothing less than rock and roll at its greatest,” giving the album a perfect five-star rating. Rolling Stone gave it four out of five stars and praised singer Brandon Flowers’ performance. Entertainment Weekly placed the DVD on its “Must List,” stating “When Brandon Flowers et al. explode into closing number “When You Were Young,” and the fans start to sing (and then jump) along, it’s a wonder those 138-year-old walls stay standing.”

  • New Meme Alert: Texting Girls Drake Lyrics [20 Photos]

    Drake‘s new album is out and pigeonsandplanes.com decided to text their exes with Drake lyrics and their friends decided to get in the action too. The results are hilarious. You can do it too. Listen to Drake’s album embedded below and text random girls some lyrics. Just remember to end it with “You’re a good girl, and you know it!”

  • Remembering Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham

    On this day in 1980, the world lost one of the greatest drummers when John Bonham of Led Zeppelin died in his sleep at the age of 32. Our eyes were all opened to the dangers of drinking forty shots of vodka in a twenty-four hour period. For if that’s all that was needed to take down a rock god, what chance do we mere mortals have? At least he left us with some of the best drum solos ever recorded and all without the aid of a double bass pedal. So listen to Bonham’s signature solo, “Moby Dick,” and raise a shot to him. Just don’t raise thirty-nine more.

  • NGHBRS Produce A Music Video Using Only Instagram

    Who in this hectic age has time to use vowels? Certainly not RSVLTS and apparently not NGHBRS. Obviously we like their name choice and now we really like their new music video. It’s taking the web by storm and with good reason. It was produced entirely using Instagram. Take note folks, for there are more applications for Instagram other than capturing your latest meal from a food truck.

  • Adam Lambert + Queen Bring Down the House at the iHeart Music Festival (Full Set Video)

    One, if not the largest talent pooled music festival happened this weekend and produced some of the best sets seen in a long time. 30 Seconds to Mars gave an epic performance along with Sir Paul and Katy Perry to name a few, but the set everyone is talking about is the Queen performance with new frontman, Adam Lambert. Everyone knew Lambert had the pipes, but some were skeptical about if he made a good fit. Well take a look for yourself. Queen is back.

  • Top 20 Guitarists Who Aren’t Named Hendrix, Beck, Page, or Clapton.

    Since the 1960’s, there has been much ado about guitarists such as those in the “Yardbirds triumvirate”—Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. And, there has been even more acclaim surrounding the now-mythical guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix. However, the world of music is one of vast expanses. Hence, several musicians haven’t been given their due credit from the world of “mainstream” music—the world of Rollingstone, MTV—when the station actually covered music, and other widely viewed media. The famous musician, Frank Zappa once said, “Most people wouldn’t know good music if it came up and bit them in the ass.” As such, some phenomenal guitar players who seem to suffer from Rodney Dangerfield syndrome are, in no particular order:

  • Daft Punk & Pharrell Lose Yourself to Dance (video)

    In their new disco-riffic video, the robots of Daft Punk, Pharrell and Neil Rodgers have called upon the sights and sounds of the 70′s and 80′s. Bright lights, bright sequined jackets and Daft Punk’s shimmering helmets bring out the glimmer of exactly what their music accentuates. A little Soul Train vibe and disco riffs do the song justice. Well go ahead, lose yourself to dance.

  • Arcade Fire is Back and Now They Have Big Heads

    Arcade Fire took a little break for a while, but it looks as though they’re back with huge paper mache heads. The song is a melodic tune with an essence of David Bowie, featuring a french chorus. There were two videos for their new single Reflektor featuring the band playing in the back of a truck wearing bobble-head masks.The other, a more message sending one, was more of a “short film” and “virtual projection” and made in collaboration between the band, filmmaker Vincent Morisset, and a team from Google by Aaron Koblin.

  • Drone’s Eye View of Burning Man 2013

    Drones are all the rage right now. So it’s inevitable that someone would bring one to the trendiest non-festival festival in America. There were so many drones at Burning Man that there was almost a drone midair collision at 0:14 of this video.

  • Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” Was Released 10 Years Ago Today

    Fast forward 50 years into the future and “Hey Yeah!” will be an iconic song that represents a generation. Need proof? Just this year Grantland.com named it the best song of the millennium after a March-Madness style bracket of 64 songs. And it all began 10 years ago today when “Hey Yeah!” was released.

  • ODB Hologram Performs with Wu Tang at Rock The Bells

    Game over, Wu Tang. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s about to shut down the internet. O.D.B., AKA Peanut the Kidnapper, AKA Little Billy Clinton, AKA Rusty, AKA Dirt McGirt, AKA Joe Bananas, AKA Freeloading Rusty, AKA Dirt Schultz, AKA Big Baby Jesus, AKA Knifey McStab lives on in the form of a halogram performing with Wu Tang at Rock the Bells. Wu Tang performed all the favorite tracks that O.D.B. contributed to and the eerily surreal performance brought back memories when it was a Wu world.

  • In Honor of Freddie Mercury’s 67th Birthday, Iconic Concert: Queen, Live Aid 1985

    Picture hearing a tune. Any tune, then having the ability to belt out that tune at the top of your lungs with perfect pitch whenever the f*ck you wanted. That was Freddie Mercury. He had that voice that comes once in a generation, a four-octave vocal range that combines with a flamboyant on stage persona that sky rocketed Queen as one, if not the best band of all time. Their  1985 Live Aid concert was arguably the most iconic concert of the century, battling The Beatles rooftop show. Here in full is Queen’s entire set at Live Aid. British comedian Rhys Thomas for Rolling Stone: “That’s the greatest Queen moment of all time,” Thomas says of the band’s famous performance at London’s Live Aid charity concert in 1985. “Freddie was actually told he couldn’t sing – he had throat nodules. But he still went on. That was a turning point for Queen’s career. Freddie had gone solo, and their last album [1984's The Works] didn’t sell well. The band was on a break, pretty much, and Bob Geldof said, ‘You’ve got to do this thing.’ They weren’t even on the bill yet when it sold out. They did a medley of five songs more »

  • Eminem Evokes Old School Rap in New Single, ‘Berzerk’

    Eminem released his first single of his new album a day after announcing the album drop. The single is called “Berzerk” and after a single listen your head will be steaming like a tea kettle, from old school samples of the Beastie Boys Ad-Rock screaming “Kick it!” from Fight for your right and classic rock riffs sampled from Billy Squier’s “The Stroke”. That with a combination of Em scream rapping as if from the padded walls of an asylum will have you cringing in fear while rocking to the classic familiarity of old school rap/rock. Eminem is taking a leap with this one, but who knows, this might be just what glam-rap needs to get a wake-up kick in the balls. Who better to do it from, than the guy who changed the game in his era.

  • Tear Jerker Of The Day: 96 Year Old Man Writes A Song “Oh Sweet Lorraine” For His Late Wife And Wins A Contest

    A 96-year-old Illinois man named Fred Stobaugh wrote a song about his wife of 75 years and when he sent the heart-wrenching ode into a singer-songwriter contest, they decided to produce it for him. When Fred talks about his wife Lorraine now, it’s hard for him to hold back tears after the life they led together he says was ‘like a dream.’ After she died, he was sitting alone in the Peoria home they once shared and for the first time in his life he decided to write a song.

  • 6 Professional Athletes Who Have Given Music A Try

    Music and athletics are often thought of as mutually exclusive. Athletes aren’t thought of to possess artistic ability for somewhat unfounded reasons that exist solely in the realm of immature stereotyping. Don’t be mistaken, sometimes the stereotypes are true and athletes should not be allowed to step into a music-recording booth—people like John Cena. But, the WWE star is excluded from consideration due to the blatantly scripted nature of the professional wrestling. And, this list will only focus on athletes who don’t play in scripted sporting affairs.

  • Calvin Harris Is By Far The World’s Highest Paid DJ

    Forbes recently released their list of the highest paid DJs in the world and Calvin Harris came out on top by a wide margin earning $46 million with chart dominating singles and nightly fees that exceed $200,000. “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” said Harris, “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

  • The Roots and Fallon Help Derek Jeter with Some New At Bat Music

    The New York Yankees Captain hasn’t had many opportunities to step up to the plate this year, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have the best possible walk out music. Jeter mentioned he’s respect and love for Bob Shepard, the Yankees late stadium announcer, so before every at bat, Jeter requested to have a recording of Mr. Shepard introduce him. This year he chose to use Eminem’s ‘Square Dance’ as his walk out music, but Jimmy and the Roots have a few ideas of their own.

  • Iconic Concert: Nine Inch Nails’ Full 2013 Lollapalooza Set

    This weekend at Lollapalooza Trent Reznor returned to the stage with Nine Inch Nails after a four-year hiatus. During his time away Reznor scored the David Fincher films The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the former and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack but the 22 song set you can watch below in it’s entirety proves that his real talents lay with NIN.

  • Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Ed Helms and Jason Sudeikis Star In Mumford & Sons’ New Music Video For “Hopeless Wanderer”

    Mumford & Sons landed four of the biggest fish in comedy Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Ed Helms and Jason Sudeikis to star as members of their band in the music video for “Hopeless Wanderer.” As ROlling Stone describes, “It takes a minute at the outset to realize they’re not actually the musicians, thanks to long shots and strategically placed sun halos, but by the time Sudeikis is chewing sensuously on Forte’s fake beard, or all four launch into a vaudevillean banjo throwdown, the cat has long since fled the bag.”

  • The Killers And 23 Examples Of Amazing Music You Learned About On The O.C.

    10 years ago today The O.C. made it’s premiere and Seth Cohen gave comic book reading geeks everywhere hope that they could actually land the hot girl. Although you might not admit it, The O.C. was your guilty pleasure. C’mon just admit it. And for good reason. The O.C. was instrumental is launching new bands during it’s four year run. From performances at their nightclub “The Bait Shop” by The Killers and Modest Mouse, to artists like U2, Gwen Stefani and The Beastie Boys debuting new music exclusively on the show, during the start of the iPod era The O.C. gave us a ton of new, under-the-radar music to check out.

  • “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” by Jay Z is Artsy

    Jay Z’s highly anticipated mysterious six hour “Picasso Baby” session was cut and edited into a eleven minute performance art piece at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea. The video was an impromptu show presented to a crowd of art world residents, regular celebrities, and cool-looking civilians including Marina Abramović, Judd Apatow, Marilyn Minter, George Condo, Alan Cumming, Fab Five Freddy, Jim Jarmusch, Jemima Kirke, Jenna Lyons, Glenn O’Brien, Rosie Pérez, Cynthia Rowley, Wale, Michael K. Williams, Adam Driver, Dustin Yellin, actual Picasso baby Diana Widmaier Picasso, and our own Jerry Saltz.

  • Remember Jay Z’s 6 Hour ‘Picasso Baby’ Performance? It’s Going to Premier on HBO

    Remember that day of Jay Z’s album release, when he performed a new track ‘Picasso Baby’ for six hours at Chelsea’s Pace Gallery? Well it was all for a good cause promotion. The teaser video features Alan Cumming, Judd Apatow, and Marina Abramovic and we’re guessing the full length feature will be an extension of that. The full length of whatever the six hour session plans to be will premier on Aug. 2 at 11 p.m., directly after Jay’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.