Of course, any proper homage to music’s most extreme queens must also include mighty bows to hard rock pioneers such as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart; along with pumped fists in honor of punk poet Patti Smith,’80s icon Pat Benatar, and even folkies on the order of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, whose innovative techniques and musicianship profoundly influenced Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and others.
By leaping skyward from the shoulders of those giants, women in heavy metal today rock as hard, as powerfully, and with as much commanding innovation as any of their male peers. Plus they do in an endlessly expanding realm of hard-and-heavy subgenres. Without further ado, then, let us now praise 10 more all-time great heavy metal front-women.
We all have to start from somewhere, and for Hozier that somewhere was Trinity College back in his native Ireland. Before he was a VH1 You Oughta Know artist, or taking folks to church with his Grammy nominated single, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was a member of Trinity Orchestra—Ireland’s only orchestra entirely ran by students. Back in 2012 —clean-shaven and sans ponytail— Hozier sang lead on the orchestra’s performance of Pink Floyd’s classic album, The Dark Side Of The Moon.
Jay Z wants you to give him $20 bucks a month —and he just might get it. Say hello to TIDAL, billed as “the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.” And if that’s not enough to get your music-loving heart all aflutter, TIDAL is also packing some serious celebrity fire-power. We’ve lost count of the megastars featured in their new promo vid!
I love cover bands. I can’t help it. We’re supposed to look down on the bar band in the corner banging out “Don’t Stop Believin” or “Livin’ On A Prayer” for the zillionth time. But, I am helpless to their charms when they are really good, like the seasoned pros in New Orleans and Nashville or Steel Panther when they do their cover show in Hollywood. I have my own damn cover band I like them so much. Read more…
Jeremih took home tonight’s iHeartRadio Music Award for Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year for “Don’t Tell ‘Em” featuring YG. We’re happy for him, but we’re also left wondering why Beyonce — or anyone else — didn’t take home the award. Read more…
Tonight’s iHeartRadio Music Awards have barely kicked off, but some artists — Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, and Boy George, to name a few — have already dropped the ball when it comes to their fashion choices.