On April 22nd New York’s Roseland Ballroom will host The T.J. Martell Foundation’s 13th Annual Family Day in honor of Train. As well as performing an intimate acoustic set, multiple Grammy Award winning band Train will be acknowledged for their charity work. And there’s even more cause for a Train celebration, as their new album, California 37, will be released on April 17th, mere days before the iconic event. Train front man Pat Monahan said of the occasion, “Train is honored to be part of T.J. Martell’s Family Day. The T.J. Martell Foundation has been doing incredible work in the medical community and we are inspired by their dedication. We hope to make this the best Family Day ever.” Joining Train on the day will be a Cobra Starship, who will put on a special DJ set, and Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande who will also play live. And along with Train, Crush Management (who represent both Train and Cobra Starship) will also be honored. The event will raise money for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research and tickets can be purchased via TJMartellFoundation.org or by calling Foundation at (646) 841-1394. We suggest you try to get involved — it’s a great opportunity to contribute to a good cause while seeing your favorite musicians perform!
Billy Corgan Compares Modern Musicians To “Strippers” Billy Corgan got all “grumpy old man” in an interview at SXSW and said things like, “I was part of a generation that changed the world — and it was taken over by poseurs.” Everyone has an opinion, right? [Spin]
The Black Keys have a lot of opinions — from feeling sorry for Lana Del Rey to accusing Nickelback of killing rock and roll, the duo don’t mind courting controversy with their comments. And it hasn’t seemed to hurt them in any way, as their El Camino tour boasts two sell out shows at Madison Square garden this week. In their most recent bout of foot-in-mouth, drummer Patrick Carney said, “Perfect music is boring music — that’s the kind of stuff they play in an elevator. I think people are losing an ear for [raw music]. I think everybody has it but you’ve got to exercise it… When you turn on the radio it’s all kind of perfectly sequenced, perfectly written, perfectly performed by machines. It’s hard not to listen to The Who and really understand these are wild men going crazy or Led Zeppelin — these are human beings that play that, it’s all hard to kind of put that in perspective. We just try to make music what we love to make and have fun.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, we think the Keys are forgetting that their “raw” sound has literally taken the world by storm in the past year. Moreover, it seems the Keys have a fairly blinkered vision of what “real music” is, and we’d love to teach the boys to appreciate some seriously upbeat dance-pop with us because we think there’s room enough for all styles and genres! Can anyone say, Lady Gaga?
We heard that Jay-Z‘s performance at SXSW last night was riveting, sweaty, and iconic. With Hov reportedly letting the crowd take over for him from time to time, tickets to the show were highly sought after and hard to come by, and largely given out to American Express holding contest winners. So imagine our luck when the whole thing got put up online at American Express’ youtube site (here), after being streamed live last night. No really. We know what we’re doing tonight — inviting all our friends over, putting the concert on the big screen and moshing around the room throwing out some very, very loud singing and rapping. If you need to get into the mood, watch the fan filmed video above of Jay performing “99 Problems” — a classic and crowd favorite. Jay also played the newest edition to his repertoire, “Glory”, an ode to the tiny baby Blue Ivy Carter. After the jump you can see the full set list if you need even more inspiration to watch, but get in quick; the stream is only available online for a week!
By now, you can pretty much take for granted that a new Katy Perry song spells a pop-tastic, super fun hit. But Katy’s revealing a whole new side with her fresh singles for the soon to be released Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. We’ve already heard “Part Of Me”‘s angry, empowering beat, complete with a blue haired Katy and the Grammys giving a powerful and emotional performance, and now it looks like we’re about to see a whole new sexy side. Not that we haven’t seen Katy Perry being sexy before, but this is something dirtier and darker than the sugary-sweet, coquettish sexuality of songs like “I Kissed A Girl” and “California Gurls.” In a snippet of her next single, “Dressing Up,” (which you can listen to here), Katy sings about some might dirty sex things, with lines like, “Are you ready for your blood to rise?/Tonight’s the night/I’m dressing up for you.” We’re imagining Katy in a series of sexy role play scenarios, and our blood has well and truly risen in anticipation of the new track!
Gavin DeGraw took us behind the scenes on the set for his new video for “Sweeter”. On set, Gavin told us that the video is about a girl being “Under-appreciated by her man. She decides she’s going to get out of the place and grab me on her way out.” With a cheeky grin on his face, he adds, “And I’m a guy, so I’m going to go along with this!”
Talking about his work, Gavin is upbeat, except for when it comes to the 4am wake up calls; “I thought I was just going to be writing songs and playing at The Garden. And we all just started laughing cos that’s not the music world… I love what I do, but an early morning like this, that’s work!” Although it doesn’t all sound so bad, with Gavin talking about the casting process, “You get to look online at beautiful women and say ‘Oh i want that one? Can i get that one?’… I get to be in a room with that person and feel like she likes me!” Sounds like a dream come true! Watch this space for the full video, coming soon.
VH1 Classic has a new promo trailer for 2012, and it’s bound to get you thinking. With references to iconic bands and the music you’ve always loved, the cryptic commerical recreates all your favorites. And here’s the fun part — while some of the references are the simple recreation of iconic imagery, others are more pun-tastic, and ask you to flex your powers of interpretation and deduction to figure out what the reference could be. Salt and pumpkins falling from the sky? A pepper on fire? A guy with a boom box for a face? What could all these things mean?! Watch the video and see if you can pick the references!
Promoting their forthcoming album, Strangeland, British rockers Keane stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to play their new single “Silenced By The Night”. The track has a vague country feel, and under the blue lights of Kimmel’s stage Keane’s romantic sound was given an otherworldly presence. The earnest sentiment of the lyrics and soaring melody of “Silenced By The Night” is a warm enveloping hug from the Keane machine, definitely a love ballad for the whimsical at heart.
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Jay-Z
Ahead of Jay-Z‘s SXSW performance tonight, Complex Magazine talked to Hov’s engineer and friend, Young Guru. So here are 15 fascinating things you didn’t know about Jay, including that his new album is not a concept album but it has a concept, and that there’s “serious consideration” being given to a Watch The Throne sequel. [Complex]
Jack White Kicks Off His Solo Tour in Chattanooga
And Rolling Stone have an amazing gallery of images to get you in the mood to appreciate Jack White as a solo artist. With Blunderbuss on the way, this is the first solo album and supporting tour in White’s career. [Rolling Stone]
Late last week, thousands of nerds people who work in the technology sector began making their way to Austin, Texas for the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival. However, come tomorrow, they’ll be headed back to their computers and ceding back control of the town to music-lovers as the Music portion of SXSW 2012 kicks off in earnest. VH1 will be bringing you beer-and-barbeque-soaked coverage from the ground in Austin beginning tomorrow, but before we hop on an airplane, there are a couple of things that we wanted to make sure to keep an eye out for.
PEREZ HILTON’S “ONE NIGHT IN AUSTIN” TO BENEFIT THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION: The VH1 Save The Music Foundation has been selected as the benefitting charity of Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Austin” event at South By Southwest on March 17, 2012. Returning to Austin for the fifth consecutive year, this legendary series, produced by The BMF Media Group, will feature performances and DJ sets by an array of today’s top artists (to be announced the weeks leading up the show). There are a limited number of tickets available and can be purchased at $25 (General Admission) and/or $50 (VIP) at www.vh1savethemusic.com/perez. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its mission to restore instrumental music education programs in our nation’s public schools.
CHECK INTO A MUSIC VENUE USING FOURSQUARE AND HELP VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC: VH1 will donate $1 to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation throughout the month of March for each check in on Foursquare at any music venue across the country, not just those in Austin. With each check in, participating individuals will receive the exclusive “VH1 Save The Music” badge. Through these combined efforts, the Foundation can receive up to $50,000 in donations, enough to restore a complete music education program. Users must follow VH1 on foursquare to unlock the badge and trigger the donation at: https://foursquare.com/vh1.