Since Elvis Presley sneered not to mess with his “Blue Suede Shoes,” fighting and rock n’ roll have gone together like whiskey and a beer chaser. The music’s natural tendency towards rebellion and bravado demand almost make it mandatory. Some bands are known for feuding with other musicians, some for getting into fisticuffs with audience members and then there are those who take inter-band squabbles into the physical arena and settling their differences, artistic or otherwise, with their mitts. Read more…
One of America’s all-time greatest rock bands is taking a trip down south! The Doobie Brothers’ are gearing up for the November 4th release of Southbound, featuring their biggest hits reimagined as collaborations with some of country music’s most popular artists, including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Sara Evans. What’s more, the album sees lead vocalists Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons reunite with long-time Doobie Bro Michael McDonald for the first full record in nearly forty years! Tom, Pat, Michael and multi-instrumentalist John McFee visited VH1 Classic’s On Tap radio studios to discuss the exciting new project, and how McDonald was brought back into the fold.
Find out why Top 20 Countdown host Jim Shearer wants to know what your favorite video is, why Roger Waters is reminding people he’s still not in Pink Floyd and why deceased rapper Big Pun‘s mother may be a bank robber in your Friday First Dibs.
Riding high on her first headlining tour, BANKS has been hypnotizing audiences with her brooding voice and lyrics ripped from the pages of her enigmatic diary. This singer-songwriter originally from California is a refreshing alternative to today’s manufactured pop figures gunning to stay relevant. Her music is personal and perfectly portrays raw feelings kept in the dark, only surfacing when you recognize someone else could possibly feel as twisted inside as you do. She remains soft spoken in interviews but her songs speak volumes and resonate, like books you want to reread over and over again. Enter BANKS’ world, a whirlwind of feminine strength and dark beauty.
Miley Cyrus posts a throwback make out photo with Katy Perry, 50 Cent has a new educational reality show, find out who Mary J. Blige co-wrote her new single with and more on First Dibs.
Let’s get it out of the way right now: it’s pronounced Toe-v Low. The last two days have been HUGE for electropop singer Tove Lo. Not only did she release her debut studio album Queen Of The Clouds on Tuesday, but she also just launched her U.S. Tour last night at Webster Hall in NYC. In association with VH1′s You Oughta Know series, we livestreamed her concert across multiple platforms, but there was no comparison to seeing her live.
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin is no ordinary lady. With endless Grammy Awards and an extremely well-received cover of Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” off her upcoming cover album Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, Franklin is once again proving (in case you forgot) that she is still, and will always be, the Queen.
Music fans rejoice, because Daptone Records and the legendary Apollo Theater are joining forces to present The Daptone Super Soul Revue featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and the rest of the legendary Daptone roster! After funking up Europe, Australia and SXSW, these three nights of shows are coming to New York City on December 4-6. Even cooler, the performances are being recorded for the big beat label’s first-ever live album, The Daptone Soul Revue, Live at the Apollo. Time is ticking, so get those tickets today and be a part of soul history!
Last night, You Oughta Know artist Tove Lo brought the house down at Webster Hall in New York City. Performing hits off of her new album Queen of the Clouds, Tove Lo had the massive crowd singing and dancing all night long and converted everyone in the room into a fan. Watch exclusive live performance clips from last night’s show and head to her YOK artist page to learn more about this swedish singer who is about to take the music world by storm.
Trendsetter Ariana Grande is the cat’s meow these days- for more reasons than one. The singer has been spotted on numerous occasions wearing a distinctive cat ear headband, and it’s not even Halloween yet! The look is definitely a bold choice, and has earned Ariana more than a few detractors. SI swimsuit queen (and Mrs. John Legend) Chrissy Teigen fired some shots recently recently, tweeting that these ears alerted her to “immediately hate” the young diva! This is not good, y’all. Sure, they’re a tad…different, but we think Ariana totally rocks the style and looks purr-fect doing it.