Posts By Kate Spencer

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Remembering Coventry: 5 Unforgettable Moments From Phish’s 2004 Break-Up Show

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It’s been ten years since my best friend and I drove through twelve hours of torrential downpour to get to Phish‘s “final” show in Coventry, Vermont. It may not have been the best concert ever, but damn was it unforgettable. I remember the weekend as dark, depressing and generally unpleasant. My musical life-line was self-destructing, and all us fans had gathered to witness the band’s dismantling in the grossest of conditions. It had all the emotional trappings of a funeral, just with better music. But now, with Phish reunited and playing better than ever and Trey’s demons healed, I feel grateful to have been there. It was a cathartic and emotional – a fandom hitting rock bottom en masse. Below I revisit five moments from Phish’s “final” show that I’ll never be able to shake.

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Very VH1: Join Our Post-Grammys Chat LIVE – Monday At 3PM

Join VH1′s Kate Spencer and guests Jon Caramanica of the New York Times and Lauren Yapalater of Buzzfeed as they break down the good, the bad and the WTF from the Grammys. We’ll be chatting live on Monday at 3PM EST and we want you to join us! Come chat, ask questions or hop on camera to voice your opinion about music’s biggest night. The upsets! The glory! The performances! The Taylor Swift shade! It’s all up for discussion.

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10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Seeing Over A Hundred Phish Shows Over The Past 18 Years

This is an actual photo of me, trying to get a ticket to my birthday show, Summer 1999. [Photo: Teresa Christiansen]

This is an actual photo of me, trying to get a ticket to my birthday show, Summer 1999. [Photo: Teresa Christiansen]

I saw my first Phish show at the Worcester Centrum on December 28, 1995. I was sixteen, it was freezing, and my only warmth was a chunky, brightly patterned wool sweater that smelled like the patchouli-laced BO of the old Deadhead who sold it to me. I was in the middle of a crowd pushing its way to the venue doors, when a patchwork-clad, glitter-covered girl handed me a plastic necklace with a reindeer on it. “Here mama! It’s an antelope!” she said, referencing one of Phish’s iconic, frenzied jams. Then suddenly, some drunk dude next to me peed on my leg, soaking my wool socks and patchwork pants. And in that moment, I learned the first of many important life lessons that one can only collect while devoting a good portion of their life to following a band of four, nerdy Vermonters around the country.

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Adam Levine Proposes To Supermodel Behati Prinsloo And Leaves A Trail Of Sexy Exes In His Wake

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine surprised fans this week with the announcement of his engagement to supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The couple split up in March, 2013 after a year of dating, and no one had any idea they were back together, much less ready to walk down the aisle. (In fact, the singer was spotted with model Nina Agdal just a few weeks ago).

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Grammys Behind The Scenes: Witness Riff Raff Being Adorable With Sophia Grace And Rosie

I’ll admit to being weirdly obsessed with Riff Raff (aka Jody Highroller). Is he our generation’s version of Andy Kaufman or a talented hip-hop performer I’m supposed to take seriously? (The latter, me thinks.) Is he maybe kind of attractive with those sparkling blue eyes? (Yes.) Is he completely and utterly ridiculous in the best way possible? (Also yes.) Whatever your conflicting Riff Raff emotions may be, I have a story that is sure to charm you: I witnessed Riff Raff on the Grammys red carpet bonding with two tiny British girls, and it was nothing short of adorable.

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Fleetwood Mac Talks Tumultuous Past: “We All Paid A Price For That Emotionally”

We had the nerve-wracking honor of sitting down with Fleetwood Mac recently and chatted with the iconic band about their upcoming tour and the re-issue of their album Rumours, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this week. Most interesting was the group’s willingness to discuss their torrid, rocky personal past with each other, which included break ups, make ups, affairs, drug abuse and lots of legendary songs about it all. The band says that emotions and feelings still pop up when performing together on-stage, where their songs live on even after the old feelings and feuds they detail have long-since died.

“All those feelings that you have for each other do come out on stage,” Stevie Nicks told VH1.”Because you’re telling the stories when you sing the songs, so you are in a way re-enacting what happened.”  Read more…

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5 Things About The New Myspace That Will Surprise (And Possibly Delight) You

Myspace? What could possibly done to make Myspace cool again? Brothers Chris and Tim Vanderhook (Myspace’s COO and CEO, respectively)  have taken on that challenge, alongside creative partner Justin Timberlake, and they may just have succeeded. I took the sleek, new social media site for a test drive yesterday, along with some other journalists at a Beverly Hills hotel. I went into it with zero expectations – I long ago deleted my Myspace account in favor of Tumblr/Twitter/Instagram and an on-again off-again relationship with Facebook. But the Myspace team has reinvented the site as a place for music artists (and eventually artists of all platforms) and lovers to connect, share and curate. Visually it’s absolutely gorgeous, like a sleek, exclusive boutique hotel filled with unnaturally attractive people. Still, it’s not without its kinks – the horizontal scroll takes a bit to get used to, and navigating the site is not entirely intuitive. But it’s got a ton of promise, and there’s not a picture of Tom in sight. Here are 5 more things that might surprise you about the site.

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Justin Timberlake Talks “Sexy” New Myspace And Making New Music: “When It’s Time, I’ll Be Ready”

Yesterday we had one of those cool days that makes our job extra awesome. We were invited to a Beverly Hills hotel to try out the new Myspace with a handful of other music, entertainment and tech journalists. We then sat down with CEO Tim Vanderhook, COO Chris Vanderhook (yes, they’re bros) and VIP/Myspace dude Justin Timberlake and quizzed them on the rebirth of 1996′s most popular social media site.

We’ll have a more in-depth review of the new Myspace later today (which is shiny and new and surprisingly, quite cool and fun to use), but first, some interesting moments from Justin, who spoke passionately about what he believes the site can offer to artists across a multitude of platforms. He also sorta addressed that “When is he gonna put out new music?!” question that’s been on everyone’s lips for the past five years.

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Taylor Swift: I Write About The End Of Relationships “Because That’s What I Know”

“I tend to write songs about relationships, that tends to be a thing that happens,” said Taylor Swift, in a sit-down interview with VH1 before her Storytellers show. “Usually beginnings and endings,” she added with a laugh. “Because that’s what I know most.”

Taylor’s Storyteller’s show took place at Harvey Mudd College, after students won an online voting contest to bring her to the school. She spoke of the connection college students feel to the emotional journeys she details in her music. “For me being here at a college, these are kids that are my age,” said Taylor, “and so were all going through the constant up and down, twists and turns of who are you going to love, and who are you going to end up and who do you want to avoid because they just broke your heart. I really hope this crowd relates to the stories I tell because were all kind of going through the same stuff.”

It was reported yesterday that Taylor and boyfriend Conor Kennedy split in the past month (cue sad groans). We guess this means we can expect another song about the end of a relationship on her next album?

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Exclusive: Taylor Swift Says Fans Don’t Really Know Who Her Songs Are About

Taylor Swift‘s new album Red dropped on Monday, and since then we’ve been obsessed with figuring out who each song is about. After all, Taylor is known for writing deeply autobiographically tunes, some more obvious than others (“Dear John,” for example). We dissected “All Too Well” and concluded that it’s 100% about her ex Jake Gyllenhaal, and we’ve read all about her coded messages in the liner notes and assume “Begin Again” is totally about Conor Kennedy. But according to Taylor herself, we could be way off. When we interviewed her last week, she said that us fans are often totally wrong when it comes to the Swiftie Song Guessing Game.

“There are songs that people play the guessing game with. It’s kind of the king that happens when I put out a record. Either blogs or fans will make guesses because I write really detailed songs. I always have and I just never wanted to change that aspect of writing. Because the magnifying glass is wider.

And so there are a lot of songs that people think is about this dude, but it’s really not, it’s actually about this guy you have no idea I even dated. Or you’ll sit there and go ‘that song was inspired by three different situations with three different people.’ And you don’t ever want to go out there and be like, ‘this song is about this guy, first name, last name,’ because it’s just the one piece of the puzzled I have just locked in. I never really talk about who my songs are about.”

Hmmmmm. So are we way off in our assumptions above? What songs are about three different dudes? And most importantly: who has Taylor dated that we have no idea about? Any guesses?

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