Hard Rock Calling blasted off yesterday for another historic weekend of getting down in London Town! Like lightening, you can feel the festival before it becomes visible to the eye. The crash of the drum sound-checks in the distance rumbled underfoot as 35,000 of us excitedly herded into the venue, anxiously awaiting blistering sets from Britain’s best rockers: The Cribs, The Klaxons, Miles Kane, Paul Weller, Kasabian and more!
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Wop bopa-a-lu a whop bam boom. Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy. Sha na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na naaaaaaa. Yes, rock ‘n’ roll has had more than its fair share of nonsense lyrics. And we’re totally fine with that. Usually the groove is strong enough to keep you from thinking about the not-so-deep thoughts you’re shouting over top. But songwriters occasionally stretch the English language to its breaking-point, while using some truly horrendous metaphors and insane philosophical insights. And sometimes it’s just poor grammar that makes us pause the song and scream “What did they just say!?”
Rock and rollers are usually renegades who see themselves as walking middle fingers in the face of The Man. But then alimony payments start adding up, and those Bentley’s don’t just pay for themselves. Sooner or later, “stars of a certain stature” cave and do a commercial or two. There are tons of reasons why it happens: from legal SNAFUs and bankruptcy, to just honest love of the product (maybe?). But when done poorly, the results can leave you screaming “Come ON, you’re better than that!” at the television screen. Check out 15 of the most heartbreaking commercial sell-outs of all time! Don’t worry, bands…we still love you.
Today is the day that Carson Daly turns 40. We’ll let that sink in. 40! It seems like only yesterday he was just a goofy kid interviewing pretty much every famous person in existence on MTV’s Total Request Live. Sure, he’s still on the airwaves, acting as the host of The Voice and Last Call. But it’s just not quite the same.
They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but that’s not usually true for musicians. In fact, they tend to get pretty pissed. With only 12 musical notes to choose from, some songs are bound to resemble each other occasionally, but through the years there have been heated debates over tunes that borrow a little too heavily from others. George Harrison famously got taken to court when he “subliminally plagiarized” the Chiffons record “He’s So Fine” while writing “My Sweet Lord” in 1970. Other stars take matters into their own hands and just complain a lot in the press. And then of course there are songs that sound similar to us, but maybe we’re just weird. Head below to check out 10 songs that are dangerously similar to different songs. Get ready for some serious musical deja vu!
Sir Paul McCartney spent the eve of his 71st (!) birthday rockin’ out at Bonnaroo! But the crowd weren’t the only ones who were impressed. Macca also wow’d fellow bands with his stellar set!
Let’s get one horrible-yet-informative pun out of the way right off the bat: On Friday night at the Barclays Center, the newly reunited Postal Service delivered. Big time. We were initially skeptical. A stadium tour based around just one (admittedly brilliant) album? Sounds fishy. And there’s an awful lot of nostalgia crammed into those ten songs. Sounds dangerous.
If there was an important musical moment in the 1970s and ’80s, chances are, Bob Gruen was there. You may not know his name, but you do know his photography. We insist. Picture John Lennon in your mind. Is he wearing a T-shirt that proudly proclaims the name of his American hometown: New York City? Is he staring down the lens on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise? So yeah… You have Bob Gruen to thank for that.
It’s rare to knowingly watch a human do exactly what the were put on this planet to do. But that’s the feeling you get while watching Sir Paul McCartney perform live in concert. Although he turns 71 next week, the icon is still treating fans to epic three-hour-long performances as part of his “Out There Tour.” For comparison, the Beatles’ set lasted just under 30 minutes the final time they played New York City in 1966. Slackers. Paul currently has no album to promote, and he likely doesn’t need the money. So why is he touring? Because he loves doing it. And it shows.
The 2013 CMT Music Awards took place last night, and country songbirds, southern belles and guitar slingers all showed up to strut along the red (well, purple) carpet. While some in attendance went gloriously glam, a few stars donned some duds that definitely rubbed us the wrong way.