There’s nothing like a band’s very first performance. For many, it’s a distant memory when the band first came together to show exactly what it’s got. In some ways, its like losing one’s virginity – but less awkward. In Jack Antonoff’s case, it’s about getting another chance at the first very time. .Fun‘s lead guitarist is exploring a new persona and sound with his side project, Bleachers, which made its debut headlining Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE. at this year’s South By Southwest. “Oh my god this is happening,” Antonoff said.
Each week That Metal Show interviews your favorite hard rock and heavy metal musicians and and likewise each week That Metal Gear interviews your favorite TMS guests to find out how they got started on their instruments, who their influences are and what gear they use to get the sounds we all know and love. This week we catch up with one of the most enigmatic guitar heroes of the Sunset Strip, Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars.
“Get on up!” James Brown’s famous lyric echoes through the first trailer of the biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as the famed soul singer. Boseman is joined by Viola Davis (Ender’s Game) as Brown’s mother, Susie, Octavia Spencer (The Help), Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married?) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) in this Oscar-bait film. The trailer showcases a mix of glitz, glam and the dark side of entertainment.
Remember when rappers only used to rap? Don’t worry if you can’t. MCs have been making forays into film for decades now and, these days, it’s completely common to see them showing off their acting chops on the silver screen. Take Need For Speed for example. The high-octane car flick makes its debut in theaters today, and it’s starring none other than Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi. Cudder’s had huge looks on television in series like How To Make It In America and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but now he’s moving into the big leagues. With a role in the much anticipated Entourage movie next year, it certainly appears as if his career as a thespian is taking off, but he still has a lot to prove. Plenty of rappers before him have been in the same position, and a good number of them made it work, transitioning to movies to smoothly that we almost forgot they used to make music. Almost. For a closer look at who we’re talking about, read on for our breakdown of the 10 Roles That Made Us Take These 10 Rappers Seriously As Actors.
When a man loves a woman, you have a classic love song. When a woman publicly kisses another woman, you get usually a sexy show and a pop culture scandal. Sure, girl-on-girl pop star kisses may be hot, but are they actually just shallow ploys for publicity? Or can there be a bigger purpose to such a scintillating show?
There’s more to South By Southwest than eating tacos. Though, ask anyone who’s been, and he or she will tell you that there’s certainly a lot of those, too. This year’s festival attendees were lucky enough to see Girls star Lena Dunham deliver the keynote address, which touched on the issue of sexism in show business. Dunham spoke firsthand, referencing Girls actor Adam Driver‘s rising star and how her female cast is not being offered similar opportunities.
They don’t call him “The Bawse” for nothing: Rick Ross tops this week’s Nielsen SoundScan albums chart with his latest album, Mastermind. Elsewhere, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” enjoys its best sales week yet on the singles chart, as Coldplay and Phillip Phillips arrive on the charts. With more, here’s this week’s SoundScanner update:
Things get a little crazy when famed Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider returns to That Metal Show show this Saturday night. Ed, Don and Jim relax and have a laugh as the always-animated front-man shares tales of a life in heavy metal. Then former-Deep Purple great Glenn Hughes calls into the “Metal Modem” to talk about his new band California Breed with this week’s special musical guest Chris Caffrey of Trans-Siberian Orchestra shredding all the while. Peep pics of this week’s show and tune in to VH1 Classic Saturday night at 11/10C to watch the whole show!