The Beastie Boys are having lots of fun with the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2. First they made Fight for Your Right (Revisited), a music video-cum-short film (as only Michael Jackson could ever really pull off), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was recut into the “Make Some Noise” video that premiered Wednesday in advance of the film’s television premiere that night at midnight on VH1 and MTV. (The entire 22-minute film is streaming above.) Read more…
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have lots of fans here at VH1. It’s not just any group that gets selected as You Oughta Know artists, invited to play “Paris (Ooh La La)” at 2010′s VH1 Divas Support the Troops and a set in our You Oughta Know Live series with a four-song set featuring a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” (as part of a month we spent with the band as part of VH1′s Posted series).
So of course we were excited to see the band taking on another challenge of a cover, Beyonc?‘s “Why Don’t You Love Me,” over at Billboard.com. Watch the band’s rendition above, and click through for the full story.
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting that former American Idol mainstay Simon Cowell has chosen his fellow judges for the United States launch of the British musical competition The X Factor: Paula Abdul, music exec L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole.
So, you’re probably asking yourself, just who the heck is Cheryl Cole, anyway?
Even when she actively beefed with her fellow TLC members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was always the lifeblood and the lynchpin of their trio, so when Lopes was killed in a car accident nine years ago today, the group, after wrapping production on work-in-progress album, effectively ceased to exist.
Left Eye was always the most flamboyant of the three, brash and unembarrassed. From the Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip days, when, as the Philly-transplant in Atlanta, she rocked the b-girl look ten times harder than T-Boz or Chilli but somehow still sold it better, to the prosperity-gospel-with-a-spiritual-twist of her “No Scrubs” verse: “If you can’t spatially expand my horizons, then that leaves you in a class with scrubs, never rising,” and beyond, Left Eye was always fighting to be seen and heard.
This weekend, Prince‘s “Welcome 2 America” tour took over the L.A. Forum for the first full weekend of the artist’s planned 21 night residency. The kickoff show, which was held back on April 14, wasn’t exactly hailed by the LA Times as quite the barnstorming success of his New York stint, but entertaining, nonetheless. Recently, he stopped by Lopez Tonight for an entertaining (and somewhat revealing) interview which was notable for one particularly weird request from the purple one to the world at large: Don’t cover his songs.
VH1′s NYC offices welcomed singer/guitarist Lissie and her band earlier this afternoon. Lissie is an upcoming You Oughta Know artist, so we were happy to host her amid what’s apparently been a busy schedule for the band. They left our offices already packed for their Australian tour that starts Wednesday, debating whether Lissie would have time to go home to Ojai during their extended layover in Los Angeles tomorrow (they decided no) but thankful that they at least had time for a trip to In ‘N’ Out.
Despite numerous tour dates and side projects (especially for in-demand free-jazz guitarist Nels Cline), Wilco have nonetheless managed to carve out studio time and are nearly finished recording a new album, Spin reports. Read more…
The Railroad Revival Tour kicked off in Oakland, CA last night, with Mumford & Sons, fresh from Coachella, teaming with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. But friends, family, and a handful of lucky fans were treated to a private “pre-game” performance the night before in San Francisco. The bands took the low-stakes opportunity to get back into the groove of jamming together before the tour started in earnest. Above, watch the three bands perform “Wagon Wheel” from 2004′s self-titled Old Crow Medicine Show.
After being together for almost fifteen years, indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie have seen their fair share of shows, festivals and venues. But until last night, frontman Ben Gibbard never felt it ?appropriate? to talk about their songs? inspiration, or more specifically, his intricate writing process. ?I?m still figuring it out for myself,? admitted the lead singer, figuratively scratching his head as he explained the varied characters and scenarios that have occupied Death Cab?s lyrics over the years. However, in front of our VH1 Storytellers production crew and a slew of psyched-up fans in a Los Angeles studio last night, Ben opened up and finally shared the band’s story in his own way, painting pictures with words, allowing us all to be transported back in time to shake hands with his vision.
Hailing from Bellingham, Washington, we learned that Death Cab For Cutie?s Ben, Nick, Chris and (then-drummer) Nathan moved to Seattle early in their career, and were initially frustrated by the hungry artist lifestyle. According to the stories he shared with us, eating humble pie was a ongoing fixture in Ben?s creative process: Being laughed at by a car full of girls on the highway for driving his 1992 ?couch on wheels? Buick Regal was part of Gibbard?s impetus for writing ?Title and Registration,? and the modesty the band faced in the Seattle transition — what they then considered to be ?the big city? — he found to be specifically trying. ?There are few things more demoralizing than groveling for a job that you don?t even want,? Ben stated plainly when articulating the origins for ?The Employment Pages,? a track off their second LP, We Have The Facts and We?re Voting Yes.