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  • The Killers Release Christmas Video Starring Owen Wilson [Video]

    The Killers have released their annual Christmas video for the Product (Red) campaign to raise money for AIDS charities. This year’s “Christmas In L.A.” stars actors Owen Wilson and Harry Dean Stanton. The video is a mix of live-action and animation, with the Owen Wilson cartoon character being humorously accurate. The song is a an alt-country ballad in collaboration with Dawes and lyrically it seems to take some lines from Warren Zevon’s “Carmelita”. Are they trying to equate being a lost actor in L.A. with Zevon’s heroin-addict character? Beats me, I turned off the sound because the song was boring me, but the video was pretty cool to watch.

  • The Style Evolution of Brandon Flowers

    With a decade of rock stardom under his belt, not to mention a new best-of album called Direct Hits, we decided to look at the style progression of The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, from eyeliner wearing Brit Popper to leather jacket clad statesman of rock.

  • Kanye West Leaves Nike For Adidas [Video]

    After his performance at Madison Square Garden, Kanye West stopped by Hot 97 and talked with host Angie Martinez about his troubles with Nike. Apparently, Yeezy, the Great and Almighty, wanted royalties on the level of athletes like Michael Jordan. Nike refused, pointing out that Kanye is not a professional athlete, to which he replied “I go to the Garden and play one-on-no-one. I’m a performance athlete.” Now the creative genius says he will partner with Adidas for the next Yeezy shoe. What will the professional crybaby have a problem with next? Only time will tell. I give it until the afternoon before we hear about the next thing that bothers him.

  • Seth Rogen And James Franco Parody Kanye and Kim [Video]

    Remember how terrible Kanye West’s “Bound 2″ video, featuring fiance Kim Kardashian, was? If not, you should get your head checked because it just came out last week. Anyway, James Franco and Seth Rogen have remade the video from the set of their upcoming movie, “The Interview”, and it’s as good as the original was bad. Which means it’s really, really good. Hey Kanye, want to know what real genius looks like? All you need to do is watch this video.

  • Major Lazer Teams With Palladium For “Sweat” [Video]

    Major Lazer, the fun, dancehall DJ side project from famed producer Diplo, has released a video for “Sweat” from their “Free the Universe” album released earlier this year. The video was produced in partnership with footwear manufacturer Palladium, whose boots are prominent throughout. Major Lazer videos are always fun, and “Sweat”, directed by Ryan Staake, is no exception. The black light lit video is a great showcase for Palladium’s boots and if this is the future of footwear advertising, then it’s a future we’ll gladly embrace.

  • Pharrell’s 24-Hour Music Video for “Happy”

    Pharrell “Outside-the-box” Williams has done it again. Well not saying that he’s already done this, but his progressive, forward thinking has gotten him significant creative recognition in the past in the early years with the Neptunes and N.E.R.D., then as a solo producer and more recently in fashion and art. His newest brain child combines two of those. A 24-hour long music video based on the time of day. The premise, simple; The video is a simple one-shot take for each segment, some featuring Williams and some, just regular folk dancing or singing “Happy”. Result; By the end of watching 5 minutes worth, skimming through the hours, you now know “Happy” word for word. Mission accomplished, P.W. 24 HOURS of HAPPY

  • Snoop Releases Mixtape For 20th Anniversary of Doggystyle

    Tomorrow marks the 20 year anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle and to celebrate he released a mixtape of the samples he used on the monumental album. The entire mix is available to stream and Soundcloud and it’s a great listen. Throughout the samples, he explains what he was looking for and how they were used on Doggystyle. It’s an informative look at the creation of a rap album that you wouldn’t normally get a chance to experience.

  • Watch Kanye West’s Bizarre Bound 2 Video

    Self-proclaimed “creative genius” Kanye West has unleashed his greatest turd upon the world with his new video for Bound 2, featuring fiance Kim Kardashian. Oh yeah, and she’s naked. Miss Kardashian turns in her greatest acting performance yet, managing to show slightly more interest and excitement than she did in her role as a corpse in her sex tape with Ray J. There is plenty of overly saturated time-lapse photography to look at in the background when you get bored with the simulated sex atop a motorcycle. The romantic lyrics are what save the production, though. “I wanna f– you hard on the sink/After that give you something to drink/Step back, can’t get spunk on the mink”. Creative genius, indeed.

  • Bob Dylan Releases Interactive Music Video And CD Box Set

    Almost 50 years after being release, one of Bob Dylan’s best known songs, “Like A Rolling Stone”, has received the music video treatment. It’s an interactive video that features such celebrities as Drew Carey, Danny Brown, Marc Maron, and the “Pawn Stars” family lip syncing to the song on different channels that you can switch between while the video is playing. It’s a cool idea and no doubt you’re better off watching these people lip sync than going to an actual Bob Dylan performance these days and watching him incoherently fumble through his set. The video is in celebration of the release of his 47-disc “Complete Album Collection Volume 1″. Volume 1? Really? 47 discs and just volume 1? You hi-tech types can also get the collection on a USB drive with a bonus harmonica case!

  • See What Famous Musicians Would Look Like If They Were Alive Today [12 Photos]

    Ever wonder what those members of the “27 Club” would look like if they lived another 40 years? Sachs Media Group teamed with Phojoe, a photo restoration and manipulation company, to do the work for us and satisfy our curiosity. Some of them seem a tad unfair. If they were still alive, they’d probably be rich enough to keep themselves looking good. I would imagine John Lennon would not look as old as he does here. Have you see Paul or Ringo lately? And why does Keith Moon look like a bad Peter Sellers character from a swinging 60s romp?

  • Watch The First New Beatles Video Since 1996

    It’s been 50 years since the first album from The Beatles and in celebration of the milestone, Apple Records has released the 37-song “On Air-Live at the BBC, Volume 2″, the first release of new material since the multi-volume “Anthology” collections in 1996. Featured on the new release is this cover of Buddy Holly’s “Words of Love”. The video is a great mix of archival footage and new animation and a great reminder of what made The Beatles one of the biggest bands in rock and roll history.

  • Iconic Music Photos By James Joseph Marshall [23 Photos]

    James Joseph Marshall, known professionally as Jim Marshall, was one of the most famous photographers of musicians in the 60s and 70s. Known for such iconic photos as Johnny Cash at San Quentin and Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival, Marshall was also the chief photographer at Woodstock and the only photographer allowed backstage at the last Beatles concert. Marshall passed away in 2010 at the age of 74, but his legacy lives on in these incredible photos. Check out more of his work at Jim Marshall Photography.

  • 28 Magnificent Hidden Tracks

    Years from now, our grandchildren will gather around us and listen to tales of the exciting feeling you’d get when you’d hear a hidden track on a cd or cassette tape long after you thought the music was over. Hell, the whole concept of an album as a cohesive collection of music from one artist that you listen to all at once will be a foreign concept to them, downloading music a track at a time, programming their playlists how they see fit. Damn kids will never know what it’s like to hear “All By Myself” at the end of Green Day’s Dookie for the first time on their Walkman. See who else made the list compiled by NME then weep for the future.

  • Amazing A Cappella Daft Punk Medley [Video]

    Pentatonix, who won NBC’s a cappella competition “The Sing-Off” (I never heard of it either) and have since released cover after cover of popular songs, have just revealed the video of their at times eerily accurate Daft Punk medley. Listen to them reproduce hits such as “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” using just their voices but I recommend not staring at the video. Their hyper-blue eyes are really disturbing, especially on the dude with the white hair. He looks like one of those “timequake” causing future people from “Millennium.” But I digress. Now hit it, Rockapella! I mean, Pentatonix!

  • Minimalist Iconic Musician Costumes Posters

    Slash’s cigarette…Freddie Mercury’s microphone stand…Angus Young’s socks…all important aspects of their image, right? Brazilian designer Fred Birchal pays homage to those musicians who are easily recognized by just their outfits in this collection of posters. The series really showcases just how much of a visual impact a performer can make despite being thought of more for their aural artistic contributions. The small details, like the amazing accuracy in Kurt Cobain’s patched jeans, make you realize how iconic seemingly simple clothes and accessories can be. And after enjoying these, take a look at more of Birchal’s work on Behance. 

  • Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis Win Halloween as Terry Richardson & a Mumford

    One of the only star powered couples we don’t mind, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis showed up to a surprise Arcade Fire show at the Hollywood Palladium last night in semi-full costume. Wilde pulled off an incredible rendition of everyone’s favorite photographer, Terry Richardson, while Sudeikis went as a half-ass Mumford and or son, we’ll give him a break since he spent the better part of a decade in costume on SNL and actually dressed as Mumford in the band’s latest video, where they were parodied by a quartet of comedians. The super secret show required a mandatory costume and was meant to promote the Canadian gang’s fourth album, Reflektor. Take notes ladies, just because you’re smokin’ hot doesn’t mean you have to dress like a floozie on Halloween. Sometimes you can dress like an aging photographer with signature facial hair. You know Sudeikis role played as Miley when they got home.

  • Iconic Concert: Weezer Across the Sea, Live in Japan 2005

    Weezer keeps the dream that a bunch of nerds could not only become rockstars, but over 20 years later, keep the flame going. While their music has much changed since the days of the blue album, Rivers and the gang have done a great job keeping that dorky lovable vibe coursing through their contemporary music. The band has made it a point to begin a majority of their tours in Japan, and this concert, from 2005 features a perfect blend of the Blue Album, Pinkerton, the Green Album and Maladroit.

  • Ohio State Marching Band Pulls off Epic Movie Montage

    The Ohio State University marching band has a reputation that precedes itself. Known for it’s elaborate halftime shows and illustrious themes the band has had a number of it’s performances go viral, including the most recent Micheal Jackson tribute. Well this might be better. A movie montage featuring characters from some of the greatest films with a synonymous soundtrack like Superman and Jurassic Park. It is about the music still isn’t it? Sort of. The music is great, but to pull of these steps alone would be a feat (get it?), let alone playing music while doing it.

  • Listen Right Now: Arcade Fire’s New Album “Reflektor” On YouTube, In It’s Entirety

    It’s been almost four years since Arcade Fire released, Grammy’s 2010 album of the year,  The Suburbs. Now it seems as if Arcade Fire is looking to escape the mainstream heat and get back to their indie roots. Today, the band put their fouth album “Reflektor” up on YouTube for everyone to enjoy, for free a week before it’s supposed to be released. 0:00:00 Reflektor 0:07:34 We Exist 0:13:17 Flashbulb Eyes 0:16:00 Here Comes the Night Time 0:22:30 Normal Person 0:26:53 You Already Know 0:30:51 Joan of Arc 0:46:22 Here Comes the Night Time II 0:49:07 Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice) 0:55:23 It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus) 1:02:02 Porno 1:08:05 Afterlife 1:14:02 Supersymmetry

  • 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. 

 
 
 
 
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