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VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer Talks To Just About Everyone At Lollapalooza 2012

Anyone who is anyone who was at Lollapalooza this past weekend talked to VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer. Or maybe Jim Shearer just made sure to talk to anyone who is anyone who was at Lollapalooza this past weekend, so as to provide you with as thorough a recap of what went down as ever was. Really, the above five minutes tell the whole story: he got Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to laugh, Gaslight Anthem to punch him, fun. to talk about their summer jams, Aaron Paul to spoil Breaking Bad season 5 part 2 (just kidding!), Chairlift mourning their rained-out set, and he even gained access to headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers — well, the sign on their trailer. Very fun, and not a moment un-capped. Check it out!

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BRACKET MADNESS: Who Was The Greatest Grunge Band Of The 90s, Nirvana or Pearl Jam?

Bracket Madness is upon us once more, and this time around artists from the 90s are off and battling for the “Greatest” crown. This first round pits Nirvana against Pearl Jam, and it almost feels unfair to have to choose. Both groups emerged from the hair and flannel and sludge of Seattle in the 90s as alt-rock legends, distinguished in their tunely post-punk and oftentimes painful sincerity. Eddie Veder with his masterpiece, Ten, and Kurt Cobain with his masterpiece, Nevermind, are giants in grunge but different in the shadows they cast. Which represents the greatest of grunge?

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Tuned In: Norah Jones Haunts Conan With “Miriam”

Things don’t end so well for Miriam, we know that now. So it’s with a certain anticipation that we watch when Norah Jones performs the lurking Little Broken Heart lullaby, and all the more so when she plays it live, like she did last night on Conan. Seated at her piano in a pretty blue dress, Jones kept her eyes trained to the audience while she pleaded, “Miriam, was it a game to you? Was it a game to him? Don’t tell me lies.” This is a perfect song for late night, when all is dark and quiet and it lulls you to sleep and then haunt your dreams with it’s eery beauty. Oh, Miriam, that’s such a pretty name…

And below, watch her web-only performance of “Out On the Road”

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Karmin Bring It, Bring It In The Vibrant New Video For “Hello”

Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are doing things a little different in this new video for “Hello,” a song meant to introduce the pop-duo as more than just a YouTube covers act. “I’m gonna do it do it, like I want to do it,” sings Heidemann over the zappy synth before she shifts gear to full spit-mode: “Don’t they know I came from Nebraska, am I going to quit? Nice of you to ask, but…” Yeah, no, not quitting. It’s more like she’s just getting started. Read more…

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Karmin Raps For Us As We Take Shelter From The Lollapalooza Heat

You may be surprised, given her vicious flow at the end of the above video, but Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann was not born rapping. Rather, she was born to a Christian family in a small town in Nebraska where “it was hard to get my hands on the really good rap.” It took a thoughtful middle school boyfriend who included a little Dr. Dre his mixtapes and a  lot of elbow grease. “I did a lot of studying, a lot of imitating,” Heidemann admitted, when we caught up with her at the “Women Who Rock” Showcase during the rainy Lollapalooza weekend. The pop duo played an after-party for Rolling Stone and then Heidemann did a little spitting just for us, to prove that all the hard work has paid off. And it’s clear that she’s a natural “Ringer” — a rapping singer — who can “Karminize” just about anything on the spot. World, watch out!

RELATED LINKS:
Lollapalooza Day One Recap: Raging Teens, Raging Heat And The Glorious Black Keys
Lollapalooza Evacuated: Lightning, Torrential Rain, Pouting Ensues
Lollapalooza Day Two Recap: Chicago Showers Bring Mud Madness

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Lady Gaga Announces Title of Her Next Album With A Tattoo

Last week, Lady Gaga tweeted a picture of  a new tattoo on the underside of her arm with a “new ink new album” message. And,  like only she can do in less than 140-characters, she had the Monster-net scrambling for more evidence that their Mother Monster’s new album might be on its way. A lyric? A song title? An album name? This morning she clarified, confirming casually that the name of her next “album/project” is officially ARTPOP. Like Pop Art, but backwards and — as she’ll be sure you know! — shouted in all uppercase. “Make sure when writing about my new album/project ARTPOP that you CAPITALIZE the title, *its all in the details,*” she instructs. Little Monsters, paws up! There’s new Gaga coming your way. Read more…

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Aaliyah and Drake, Her #1 Fan, Collaborate For “Enough Said”

Drake‘s been vying hard for his #1 Babygirl Fan cred, with samples and name drops and tattoos and all. This latest move, though, one-ups it all.

Drizzy has pulled previously unreleased vocals from the vaults and, with production help from his producer Noah “40″ Shebib and with a guest verse by he himself, returning Aaliyah to the world for a new song. Just like he said he would. Posted to the October’s Very Own blog right before the OVO Festival in Toronto yesterday, and cited as an Aalyiah song featuring Drake, the title says it all: “Enough Said.”

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Elements of Drake’s Style: His 13 Most Regrettable Go-To Looks

Drake has, as a rapper and a rap star, forged his own by singing, rapping, hugging and wearing as many sweaters as he so pleases. Capable when articulating his heartbreaks and struggles with fame and new-found fortune, he seems to struggle with sartorial expression and has showed up on stages and red carpets, about town and in videos, in everything from bold animal prints to his too well worn team sweats and only occasionally dressed to the 9′s (suits, by the way, he looks great in!). Drake has worked hard through the years to find a look all his own, and though he’s taken a lot of slack for his bold and often regrettable attempts, he’s yet to shy away from a bold pattern nor an unusual accessory. Because, like he says, “it’s all of the little accents that make me a king/ I never hear the disses they try to point out to me, but it’s whatever if somebody wants to make it a thing.”

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Tuned In: Frank Ocean Brings “Bad Religion” To Lollapalooza 2012

“This next song I am going to play I guess is pretty important to me because of some of the things I’ve said in the past month. Just kind of taking some freedom for my self, you know?” announced Frank Ocean at his Lollapalooza set this weekend, to a crowd soggy from the rain but in high-spirits nonetheless. And, mostly still at the front of the stage, wearing what seems to be his Channel Orange uniform — a crimson cardigan and a red, white and blue handkerchief around his forehead — he performed “Bad Religion,” a harrowing love song that has also come to mark his coming-out. The rain delay had pushed Ocean’s set back in the night, meaning he would have to compete with headlining sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Avicii sets. The promise of such intimacy and emotion were enough, though, to draw an audience. “I am grateful for that love,” he said, and the crowd roared.

Frank Ocean “Bad Religion” At Lollapalooza [RapRadar]

RELATED LINKS:
Lollapalooza Day One Recap: Raging Teens, Raging Heat And The Glorious Black Keys
Lollapalooza Evacuated: Lightning, Torrential Rain, Pouting Ensues
Lollapalooza Day Two Recap: Chicago Showers Bring Mud Madness

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