Rock and roll is built on tall tales of larger than life figure who do it ALL! They play louder, party harder, live faster, and cram more into their years than we can hope to in even a dozen lifetimes. When these legends die, they live on through their famous escapades and most importantly through their music. But what if they live on for a totally different reason: they’re not actually dead in the first place?
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Bleachers took to the stage in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park yesterday, brightening up the otherwise gloomy and grey afternoon with an amped up hour-long set! Their long-awaited debut Strange Desire isn’t due to hit shelves until July 15th, but we were treated to a vibrant sneak peek from .fun guitarist Jack Antonoff‘s new musical project. The performance not only helped kick off this year’s Northside Music Festival, but was part of the finale for VH1′s Make A Band Famous!
Could 2014 be the year when symphonies gain some serious street cred? Nas performed songs from his seminal debut, Illmatic, with the National Symphony Orchestra in D.C. earlier this year, and Sir Mix-a-Lot has now upped the stakes in his native Seattle.
The “Baby Got Back” rapper took the stage during the latest installment of the Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution performances, and brought along some eager rumpshaking ladies from the crowd to join him. He then launched into an amazing classical version of his iconic hit. And we’ve got to say, the Seattle Symphony didn’t disappoint with the new arrangement of the hip-hop anthem!
Rihanna has always been unapologetic, and that’s just one of the many things we love about her. She’s unapologetic about her controversial relationships, she unapologetic about her dank nugs, and she’s definitely unapologetic about her scandalous sense of style!
Every hard rocking hero knows that the perfect (and most badass) way to cap off a performance is to sacrifice your six string to the almighty God of Smash. Wrecking your equipment on stage is the ultimate DGAF (“don’t give a f-ck”) move, proving that you’ve got money (and guitars) to burn!
Cinco De Mayo is a time to party down, which for most of us means a plate of nachos washed down with a Corona in a coworker’s backyard. But the folks at Hard Rock were kind enough to send us South of the Border to celebrate the Mexican holiday with a real life rock legend: Jon Bon F–king Jovi!
We were never too sure about the whole concept of reincarnation, but this video might have sold us on it. It comes from Turlock, Calififornia, where 17-year-old Brett Nichols absolutely tore it up at his high school talent show with spot-on Michael Jackson dance moves that would have made the King of Pop proud!
We’ve mentioned many times that rock ‘n’ roll is a dangerous business. Whether it’s through plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, many of music’s finest have tragically been taken from us long before their time. But then there are some rockers who narrowly dodged the reaper, escaping with some crazy stories to tell!
The 2014 Hangout Music Fest ended with a twin bang last night, as the recently-reunited OutKast took their rightful place as headliners on the main stage in front of 45,000 screaming fans shakin’ it like a Polaroid picture. On hiatus since 2007, the Grammy-winning duo’s set of 40 festival dates have become the most anticipated tour of the year. Apparently they got off to a rocky start during their debut gig at Coachella last month, but tonight they brought their A-game, delivering a hit-packed tour through their entire two-decade history.
The Flaming Lips are the Godfathers of festival bands, taking the pomp, pageantry, and swirling lights to a whole different level with a dazzling display for your eyes as well as your ears. Since the early ’00s, their shows have gotten increasingly more elaborate, featuring balloons, giant puppets, video projections, men in bubbles, and other things to make your head spin. But these days everyone does the confetti, crazy costumes and beach balls, so Wanye Coyne and his band of lovable freaks (our highest compliment) decided to kick it up a notch during their Hangout Fest performance. And what they did changed the game.