Garth Brooks Talks About How Rock Band Kansas Changed His Life In Preview Of New Documentary

by (@BHSmithNYC)

On March 20th VH1 Classic and Palladia will air the new documentary Kansas: Miracles Out Of Nowhere, about the American progressive rock band which topped the charts in the 1970s. In this exclusive preview, find out how Kansas‘s blend of cutting edge musicianship and heartland appeal inspired country legend Garth Brooks to pursue a life in music. Read more…

2 Chainz Sparks Up An Insanely Expensive 24K Gold Joint, And Nancy Grace Fires Some Shots

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The interwebz still hasn’t recovered from The Great Weed Debate, courtesy of 2 Chainz and Nancy Grace back in January. Although it was widely agreed that the rapper won the argument for weed legalization, Nancy can’t resist firing a few shots in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. She’s apparently horrified by Chainz recent appearance on GQ’s Most Expensivest Shit series, where he smoked up a gold-wrapped joint filled with marijuana valued at $800—an ounce!

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EXCLUSIVE: Meet Chris Brown’s Baby Mama (And Learn The Child’s Name!)

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Didn’t see this coming — yesterday via Twitter Karrueche Tran publicly split from longtime boyfriend Chris Brown, after news broke of Brown fathering a nine-month old baby with a former model named Nia. Apparently, Karrueche had no idea Chris was a dad on the low, and was caught completely off-guard by the news.

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‘Rock Icons’ Talks Music And Politics With Controversial Rocker Ted Nugent Next Episode

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Ted Nugent.

Depending on your perspective, the name either conjures images of a loin cloth clad rocker ripping ferocious leads out of his hollow-body Gibson Byrdland or a conservative loudmouth taking no prisoners with his pointed political views. While it’s true, The Nuge can easily offend, you will also meet few people who talk as passionately about the trans-formative magic of rock n’ roll as the Motor City Madman. This week Rock Icons  profiles the man himself and explores his life in music and his commitment to making himself heard, whether with a wall of amps or as a television commentator. Read more…

5 Songs From ‘Empire’ That Sound Like Songs From Real Life

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Hate it or love it, Empire is one of the most popular shows on television right now. The show’s soap opera-like storylines, matched with it’s over the top characters and cameos, reel in faithful viewers weekly. But the sweet spot for many fans is the show’s musical component. It only make sense that a show based on the recording industry have music that is not only credible, but sonically relevant. A bulk of the credit can be given to the show’s executive music producer Timbaland, and music director Jim Beanz.

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Backlash of The Heavy Metal Puritans: Why Metal Needs To Expand Its Boundaries

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To call my most recent column, The 15 Metal Bands, Young and Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015 , polarizing, would be a disservice to some of the vitriolic commentary on the piece, proclaiming that I had tragically missed the mark. I don’t think I fully understood the gravity of the reality that I was writing for VH1 now; that the reach and impact of my words carried vastly more weight than before. The main gripe was that the list was not truly “metal” enough. This, I cannot argue. The “metal” tag was added to the title after I turned in the piece. I made a list of upcoming and established heavy bands (as I was assigned) that moved me, and that I believed needed to be heard and/or would have a significant role in making big waves in 2015. In my view, all of this lives under the umbrella of heavy music, or as Jamey Jasta would say, ”Loud amps in the face”, and not sticking to some arbitrary guidelines of what meets the benchmark for being “metal”.

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