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  • 15 New Alt-Rock Songs You Need To Hear This Week

    Another week, another set of awesome new music added to our “Alternative Essentials” playlist on Spotify. As you know, the playlist has an incredible track record for predicting hot new bands way before their songs go mainstream. From Capital Cities to Lorde to The Neighbourhood to Fitz and the Tantrums (above) you heard them first on RSVLTS “Alternative Essentials.” Scroll to the bottom of the list to see the newest music, for some reason Spotify won’t allow reverse chronological order.  We’ve added the following 15 songs this week – a nice blend of new music from bands you know and love  like Portugal. The Man (pictured above) and music from emerging bands that you should check out. The 1975 – “Girls” Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re Drunk” Bastille – “Things We Lost In The Fire” Coldplay – “Atlas” The Features – “The Disorder” Fitz and the Tantrums – “The Walker” Foals – “Inhaler” Haim – “The Wire” Kings of Leon – “Temple” London Grammar – “Strong” Portugal. The Man – “Modern Jesus” Portugal. The Man – “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” Serena Ryder – “What I Wouldn’t Do” Thirty Seconds To Mars – “City of Angels” Vance Joy more »

  • Ylvis Is Back With An Ode To Massachusetts [Video]

    Ylvis, the Norwegian trio that had us all asking “what does the fox say” so long ago (in internet time, of course), is back with a confusing song about that “paradise on Earth,” Massachusetts. I get that it makes fun of all those lame, patriotic, everything in America is great type of songs, but what’s with all the gay jokes at the end?

  • 6 Concerts At Roseland Ballroom You Can Watch Without Getting Off Your Ass

    Yesterday came the announcement that New York City’s Roseland Ballroom will shut down next year and you are undoubtedly broken up about this, especially since you never got around to actually seeing a show there in the 90 years it has existed. Well you’re in luck, you lazy bum. Light an ecandle (it’s a thing,sadly) to thank the internet gods then head on over to YouTube where you can watch or listen to plenty of shows from the Roseland Ballroom over the years. To save you the trouble of sifting through the Linkin Park shows or 4-hour-long Phish performances, we present to you these six essential concerts that’ll make you feel just fine about never experiencing anything in real life. 

  • Rock Stars Who Dress Like Old Women

    Rock  Stars have been dressing with a little bit of feminine flair since the 80’s, but now that some of these aging rock-stars are reaching their twilight era they can easily be confused with old women.  Their fluffy, flowing hair, crinkly and burnt from countless blow drying, animal print scarves blowing in the wind and sequined blazers might only be lacking a touch too much of rouge perfume to be completely synonymous with elderly women, but it seems they just can’t give it up. Here are a few rock legends that you might confuse for an elderly lady.

  • Ohio State Marching Band’s Incredible Michael Jackson Tribute [Video]

    Apparently it wasn’t enough for Ohio State to beat Iowa on Saturday for their 19th straight win, they also had to show how great their marching band is for the millionth time. This time the band formed a moonwalking Michael Jackson on the field during a special MJ tribute at halftime while playing such hits as “Billie Jean” and “Man in the Mirror.” Damn those talented Buckeyes for winning at everything.

  • Combining Rap Music With Classical Songs: Biggie, Big L, and Tupac mixed with Chopin’s Scherzo No. 2 from 1837

    What do Biggie, Big L, Tupac and Frederic Chopin all have in common? They are all long dead, of course! But that pesky detail is a minor speedbump in the rap world. The four deceased artists recently got together with a little help from SoundCloud user Dr Wick and released this track. It’s definitely a decent effort. It can’t be particularly easy to fit prerecorded rap vocals over classical music, which would account for the relatively short Chopin sample. Unfortunately, this causes the track to get repetitive rather quickly. All things considered though, it’s a good effort, and it serves as a great reminder of how talented Big L was.

  • Jay-Z’s Most Name-Dropped Brands (Infographic)

    Vanity Fair recently published this piece taking a close look at HOVA’s lyrics to see which brands he name-drops the most. It looks as though Jay’s love for Lexus and Cristal went out the window when Maybach came into his life. Gucci, which had been a pretty consistent contender for brand affinity also vanished when Jiggaman found out what Tom Ford was.

  • 15 Songs Added To RSVLTS’ “Alternative Essentials” Spotify Playlist – Stream For Free Now

    After spending hours researching new alternative rock music online I can confidently say that our “Alternative Essentials” playlist on Spotify really is one of the best sources for good rock music on the web. The playlist has an incredible track record for predicting hot new bands way before their songs go mainstream. From Capital Cities to Lorde to The Neighbourhood to Fitz and the Tantrums (above) you heard them first on RSVLTS “Alternative Essentials.”

  • 5 Bands Eligible For The Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Who Were Snubbed

    The 16 finalists for the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame 2014 induction were announced yesterday, with Nirvana being the only newly eligible band on the list. What is the criteria to be considered? Your first release must have come out at least 25 years ago. That’s pretty much it. Officially they’ll say a bunch of crap about contribution to the art form, but with people like James Taylor and Bob Seger on the list (I’m a fan of both, but come on), that’s obviously not true. So with the criteria of having a first release in 1988, I present to you five bands who should be inducted just for the fun of watching one of their peers praising them with a straight face then covering one of their songs.

  • 11 Artists That Should Be Featured on the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    After the Janet Jackson incident that—well—everyone knows about at this point, there was a streak of quality Super Bowl Halftime acts. Starting with Paul McCartney in 2005, Super Bowl Halftime shows have gone on to feature such respectable artists as The Who, Tom Petty, and Prince. But, in recent years, Super Bowl Halftime shows have  devolved back into the cesspool of flavor of the week pop artists—featuring artists like Bruno Mars, who will be playing the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey, and a cameo appearance by LMFAO during Madonna’s performance. This begs the question; who are some acts that would return the Super Bowl half time show to its late 2000’s sense of quality? The following 10 acts are artists who put on excellent half time shows: 11. Spinal Tap Their performance would be borderline ludicrous, if they were able to find the entrance to the stage. However, the whole “joke band” label would be somewhat difficult for them to overcome—considering how seriously the NFL takes itself. 10. Pearl Jam Quickly becoming the living fossil from the grunge era, Pearl Jam is renowned as a premier live act with great stage presence. By the off chance that the Super more »

  • The Man Behind Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Is Back With A New Hit About Chinese Food (Video)

    Patrice Wilson, who’s pop sensibilities made Rebecca Black’s “Friday” an irritating hit with over 60 million views, is back with “Chinese Food” by another girl you’ve never heard of and will never hear from again. Musically, it sounds like a generic ’90s J-Pop song that would play during the credits of a Sega Saturn game but lyrically is where it really shines: “Chinese food takes away my stress/ Now I’m going to eat some Panda Express.” Is there a Whitehouse.gov petition to name Patrice Wilson poet laureate yet?

  • Jay-Z, Timbaland, Chris Martin, Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia Ride The Subway With Regular Folks As They Head To A Gig At London’s O2 Arena [Photos]

    Three of the most successful musicians in the world and two baseball stars showed they are still humble enough to use public transportation over the weekend. With a combined wealth of almost $1.5 billion the three hitmakers and New York Yankee stars were spotted traveling on London’s underground subway at Waterloo train station en route Jay-Z’s sold-out Magna Carta Holy Grail Tour performance at London’s O2 Arena. One traveler wrote: ‘Coming off the tube and I see Jay Z casually walking up the next escalator next to me… EVERYONE GOES NUTS!! WTF??!’

  • 10 People Who Think Eminem’s “Rap God” Is The Best Rapping Of All Time

    Eminem set the internet a blaze this morning with the release of his latest song “Rap God.” 6077 words in 6:05 minutes. In those 365 seconds he averages an astounding 16.64 words per second. The consensus on Twitter is that the song is pure fire and some are even going as far to say that it is some of the best rapping ever. You be the judge:

  • 20 Isolated Vocal Tracks From Music Legends You Need To Hear

    There’s no denying the talent of vocalists such as Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Debbie Harry of Blondie, or The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and John Lennon, but sometimes you forget just how good they are when there is so much going on with a song’s musical accompaniment. These 20 isolated vocal tracks from those artists and many more serve as an incredible reminder of why they are so highly regarded. 

  • The Triumphant Return Of Shaq Diesel?

    Remember when Shaq was a wrapper and released “Shaq Diesel” in 1993? It had “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock)”, his incredible collaboration with Fu-Schnickens. I think I got the cassingle free with a pair of hi-tops from Foot Locker. Anyway, it appears as though Shaq is back in the rap game and about as good as ever, I guess. With the help of some Canadian dude named ShaqIsDope, Shaq has made a better “Karate Chop” remix than Lil Wayne, thanks to brilliant rhymes like “Wilt Chamberlain/ Kareem Abdul/ Chicks see me, they get wet/ Swimming pool.”

  • 70s Rock Stars With Their Parents (10 Photos)

    In 1971, Life Magazine did a feature on rock stars at home with their parents. All the photos from the issue are available to view on Life.com along with selected quotes form the rock stars, their parents, and the photographer. We’ve put the best shots into a gallery. Check out Frank Zappa’s purple house. Marie from Breaking Bad would love it!

  • Paul McCartney Plays Surprise Show In Times Square

    If you too are incredibly said that you missed Paul McCartney play a surprise show in Times Square just now, at least take comfort in knowing that the lucky bastards who were there took lots of pictures and video. Apparently it’s all a part of his promotion for his new album, aptly titled “New.” He also played a show at a school in Queens yesterday and was on Jimmy Fallon the night before. 

  • The Kanye/Kimmel Feud Gets Settled (Video)

    Last night the feud between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel came to an end when West came on Kimmel’s show as a guest and sat for a 24-minute interview. There were a few funny moments, but for the most part it was Kanye being Kanye and Kimmel kissing his ass and being apologetic about the whole situation. It’s interesting how the feud started when Kimmel made fun of West’s BBC interview with Zane Lowe, but Kimmel’s interview basically turned into the same thing by the end of it. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to wait for Kanye West to do something outrageous again so this can all start over. It shouldn’t be a long wait.21319232849 by YardieGoals

  • What Happens When Two Egomaniacs Make A Music Video? Let Paris Hilton And Lil Wayne Show You

    After 7 years away from the music business, Paris Hilton has returned with “Good Time.” Did anyone even notice she was gone? Earlier in the year she signed with Cash Money Records and announced she would be working with Lil Wayne on what would eventually become this masterpiece. Lil Wayne’s rapping does little aside from adding some x-rated explicitness to the track. On the bright side, Paris looks good (in a plastic doll sort of way), so do yourself a favor and mute the sound while you watch her dance around in a bathing suit.

  • Celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday With These Five Great Songs

    It was on this day in 1940 that John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. Although assassinated in 1980, he left us an incredible catalog of music and remains one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever known. As a member of the Beatles in the 60s then as a solo act and member of the Plastic Ono Band in the 70s, Lennon penned many memorable songs that live on. Here’s a small sampling of some of the most interesting from his career. 

  • 13 Songs Added To RSVLTS’ “Alternative Essentials” Spotify Playlist – Stream For Free Now

    Our “Alternative Essentials” playlist on Spotify really is one of the best sources for good rock music on the web. The playlist has an incredible track record for predicting hot new bands way before their songs go mainstream. From Capital Cities to Lorde to The Neighbourhood to Fitz and the Tantrums you heard them first on RSVLTS “Alternative Essentials.”

  • Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus & The Roots Sing An A Cappella Version Of “We Can’t Stop” (Video)

    With all the craziness and controversy that Miley Cyrus has been engaging in, from feuding with Sinead O’Connor to her Terry Richardson photo shoot, it’s easy to forget that she has real talent as a singer. Luckily, The Roots and Jimmy Falloon came to the rescue and teamed up with her to remind us that there’s a great voice that can come out of that mouth, not just a nasty tongue, with this a cappella rendition of “We Can’t Stop.” Pay special attention to ?uestlove’s scene-stealing reactions during the video.

  • Remembering Pogues Guitarist Phil Chevron

    After a long battle with head and neck cancer, Phil Chevron, best known as the guitarist for Irish music greats The Pogues, has passed away at the age of 56. Chevron first became famous in the late 70s as a member of the Radiators from Space, Dublin’s biggest punk band at the time.  It was during that period that he first met Shane MacGowan who would go on to start the Pogues, recruiting Chevron as guitarist during the recording of their second album. When the Pogues reformed in recent years, Chevron took on the role of unofficial spokesman for the band, updating the website and communicating with fans. As the main diplomat in the group, his passing almost certainly dashes any hopes of another Pogues tour. These videos offer a brief glimpse at his incredible career.  

  • R. Kelly’s Delicious New Single “Cookie”

    The ever classy, old-fashioned romantic R. Kelly released a new track off his upcoming album, Black Panties. The song, Cookie, is a delightful ode to love-making, wherein Mr. Kelly characterizes himself as a cookie monster who wants nothing more than to lick, bite, and get inside his special lady’s cookie. I sincerely hope that Sesame Street invites him to perform the song as a duet with Cookie Monster, although they might need to tweak the lyrics a tad.

  • The Smiths Lyrics Meet The Peanuts Gang

    The Smiths lead singer and songwriter Morrissey was known to write some of the most depressing songs of the 80s. This Charming Charlie is a Tumblr blog that takes his bleak lyrics and places them in the dialogue balloons in Peanuts cartoons. Amazingly enough, they still make sense coming out of the mouths of Lucy and Charlie Brown. Universal had the site taken down, but has since dropped their lawsuit. Now it’s back and Morrissey himself has recently expressed delight over the mashup. Here are some of our favorites from the page.

  • Breaking Bad Brings New Fans To Badfinger

    When Badfinger signed to Apple Records in 1968 (originally as The Iveys), they were expected to be the next big thing. After all, they were the first non-Beatles on the record label. They started off very successful ,with many hits from 1970-72.  However, it was no to last. Management changes and the suicide of lead singer Pete Ham in 1975 led to the breakup of the band by 1977. A reunion was attempted but ended when guitarist Tom Evans committed suicide in 1983.  But with their song “Baby Blue” featured in the Breaking Bad finale,  the tragic band has found a whole new audience. If that was your introduction them, here are the essential Badfinger tracks to get you into this incredible band.

  • Calvin Harris’ EDM Remix Of The Killers’ “When You Were Young”

    Recently, we featured The Killers in our Iconic Concert series and shared their new video. Now the band is making news again with the release of Scottish DJ Calvin Harris’ EDM remix of their “When You Were Young.” The track will be on the deluxe edition of their “Direct Hits” compilation, which hits stores November 11. The synth-heavy remix has a driving beat that fits perfectly with the original song. This track is bound to pop up in your local club and probably on the next Dance Dance Revolution release.

  • Yoko Ono Performs With The Flaming Lips On David Letterman (Video)

    The Flaming Lips played a show at NYC’s Terminal 5 last night, but during the day they filled in for the Plastic Ono Band on the Late Show with David Letterman. That’s right, Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon were joined by the Flaming Lips for an interesting performance of what might be the scariest peace song ever written, “Cheshire Cat Cry.” Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne was obviously saving his talents for his own performance that night, as he opted to sit on the floor and make noises with a bullhorn. No matter what your take on experimental art rock, you’ve go to hand it to Yoko Ono for managing to live 80 years without ever taking a singing lesson. Sitting through the performance is worth it just to hear Letterman’s joke at the end.

  • The Son of Rock Royalty Takes On A Beatles Classic To Pay Tribute To His Father

    Dhani Harrison pays tribute to this legendary father, Beatles guitarist George Harrison, by singing a rendition of “For You Blue,” a song written by his father. The top review of the song on iTunes says, “Ok, this sounds terrific but is also scary at the same time. Sounds exactly like George! What a fantastic tribute to his father.” and we agree. It is a fantastic, underrated Beatles tune and he does a great job with the scaled down version. Now if only he would do a whole album of his father’s lesser-known work, that would certainly drive music fans into a frenzy. As an added bonus, all proceeds from sales of “For You Blue” will go to George Harrison’s Material World Foundation so purchase it now on iTunes.

  • Aaron Paul On New Tom Neville & Zen Freeman Single (Video)

    Are you already suffering from Jesse Pinkman withdrawals? Don’t worry! Tom Neville and Zen Freeman have teamed up with Aaron Paul for their new single “Dance Bitch” where Aaron Paul says…wait for it…”dance, bitch.” Listening to the electronic dance music track makes you feel like you’re at one of Jesse’s parties with meth addicts taking apart electronics and hundred dollar bills and pizza strewn about. The song was just released and already a fan has made a video for it on YouTube featuring clips from Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle, and even Aaron Paul’s appearance from the Price is Right.

  • 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 »

 
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