As you know, Hanson is our VH1 Posted artist for the month of April. This missive just arrived in our inbox a few moments ago, straight from Taylor’s mobile device. We’ll let him take it from here. Taylor, the floor is yours…
While running all over the country spreading the word about the new record/single “Give A Little” (Ed. Note — Watch the video!), we made a not so painful stop in Napa Valley for the Live in The Vineyard event, which included other artists like Marc Broussard, Lenny Kravitz and Michael Franti (plus our friend Michelle Branch who stopped in for a hang and some vino). I caught a few random pics during the daylight hours and our stop at the Monticello Winery … Ike might have bought 12 bottles. It was a long night.
Continue along for more snaps of this excursion, sent to us direct from the Hanson fellas!
The promos for NBC’s new singing competition show, The Voice, have made much of the show’s swiveling chairs, which are designed to allow a blind audition for the judges. Not so with Britain’s Got Talent, which from its launch (with Simon Cowell in one of the judge’s chairs) has wholeheartedly embraced the narrative of deceiving appearances. The latest such entrant is Michael Collings, a young IT engineer and father-to-be who played guitar and sang “Fast Car”, by Tracy Chapman, with surprising power. Read more…
Following last May’s update to their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” Rolling Stone will be issuing an update to the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” originally published in two parts in separate issues of the magazine in 2004 and 2005.
Are children ages 5-12 desperate to be introduced to hair-metal ballads that are decades older than they are? Kidz Bop, the now-venerable series of age-appropriate kid-chorus cover compilations, hopes so: May 17 will see the release of Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads. Life As I Know It‘s own Bret Michaels and his daughters Raine and Jorja have recorded what will likely be the jewel of this volume: a re-recording of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which Michaels originally sang with Poison in 1988, and which was previously anthologized on Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition. This time around, his daughters take the lead, with Bret on guitar. Read more…
The 2011 Coachella Festival is a wrap! Sadly, we didn’t go, but here are five reasons we wish we had:
Those who stuck it out through Cee Lo Green‘s transportation-delayed (and, by some accounts, uninspiring performance) on the main stage Friday were rewarded with a razor-sharp set from Lauryn Hill, who immediately followed. After the enormous success of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which struck a chord with millions?Adele called the album “life-defining” in last week’s Rolling Stone? Hill shrank from the spotlight, and her performances of late have been as sporadic in quality as they have in quantity. But Spinreports that she was in top form at Coachella, and we can’t doubt after watching set-closer “Doo Wop (That Thing)”:
After Lady Gaga took such a bold, pro-gay rights stance on the title track off her upcoming Born This Way LP, one might have expected her second single from the record to be less about stirring up controversy and more about getting people to cut loose on the dance floor. Well, with “Judas,” which leaked earlier today (and then was quickly put up for sale on iTunes), she somehow manages to whip people into a frenzy both with her subject matter AND her beats. Score another one for Gaga!
Teaming up once again with her production maestro RedOne, the man responsible for the dancefloor destroying beats of “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” Gaga’s “Judas” marries sweeping synths and thumping techno with some fairly overt religious symbolism. In addition to the titular reference to the man who betrayed Jesus Christ (with an umlaut, to boot!), Gaga also works in shout outs to New Testament staples like Mary Magdalene (“I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs”) and the apostle Peter (“Even after three times he betrays me”), all the while proclaiming she’s “just a holy fool” despite falling for “the demon I cling to.” Hmmm, if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that Gaga is clearly conflicted with her Catholic upbringing!
This Saturday, April 16, Record Store Day celebrates four years of promoting brick and mortar, non-corporate-owned music sellers. Since 2008, an increasing number of artists on both independent and major labels have concocted exclusive releases and recordings and made them available for sale only through independent record stores on the third Saturday of April, as a means of helping them continue to survive in today’s complex retail landscape (dominated by big box stores and digital downloads). In conjunction, many shops host in-store performances or giveaways. There’s always a good reason to visit your favorite local independent record store, but Record Store Day’s exclusives and artist appearances provide a hefty additional incentive.
The gates open at 11:00am tomorrow in Indio, California for the twelfth incarnation of the Coachella Festival, and for the lucky few (hundred thousand) with wristbands (and the jealous/curious rest of us), the festival has posted set times for this weekend’s jam-packed lineup. There’s at least one performer worth seeing at any given time (especially for fans of British rock, pop, and dance), so if you’re going, definitely try to check out at least one band you haven’t heard before. (For relatively early risers, may we recommend The Joy Formidable at 12:55PM on Saturday at the Gobi Stage?)
The real challenge, then, is when two or more great artists play at the same time on different stages. The schedule is pretty well-scheduled, but we’ve identified five particularly tough choices:
FRIDAY: Kings of Leon vs. Robyn: Kings of Leon’s hometown Storytellerstaping was heartfelt but powerful, and the riffs on Come Around Sundown are just as catchy as (if slightly less ubiquitous than) the band’s Only by the Night singles. Robyn, meanwhile, is a bonafide superstar in Europe who with this year’s critically-acclaimed Body Talk has for the second time nearly achieved the American pop breakthrough she had once, in 1997. The Swedish electro-pop songwriter puts not just her heart but her whole body into her emotive vocal performances.
On May 10th, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will kick off the Songwriters Music Series at the Hard Rock Cafe New York with an intimate acoustic performance by musician and Glee star Matthew Morrison. Presented by Starburst, the Songwriters Music Series which will launch in NYC, travel to Nashville on June 2nd with a performance by ACM Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry at the Hard Rock Cafe?s Reverb Room and close-out in Los Angeles this September. All proceeds from the series will benefit VH1 Save The Music in their mission to provide all children with access to a complete education that includes music. For more info and to purchase tickets, please call (212) 846-7882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Morrison?s self-titled debut will be available May 10th on Mercury Records. In support of the album and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Matthew is launching a major summer tour, which will feature songs from his forthcoming album, including the hit single ?Summer Rain,? along with many of the Glee fan favorites. In tribute to the great glee clubs across the country, the tour will also offer regional glee clubs the chance to compete for the “opening act” performance slot in each market and the winner will be chosen by Morrison. Entries can be submitted at www.matthewmorrison.com/gleeclubcontest.
We just received the following missive from Hanson fellas, our Posted artist for the month of April. Rather than translating their words, we figured it would be more fun if we just turned the blog over to them for this one post. The floor’s all yours, gents!
Last Thursday was a pretty nuts day, which started off with an early call time at Conan to record his show that evening, and ended with a chartered flight to get to Denver in time for a radio show we had planned for some time with KALC. Conan was a blast. We love being on the show. We snapped a few pics during the rehearsals as everyone was getting their bearings. It’s always fun to play with a great horn section, even better if you have somebody named La Bamba in your section.
In order to pack in a big TV show in one city and a radio show performance in another city the same day you pretty much have no choice but to charter a flight; lucky for us, we were in Burbank recording Conan which put us close to the regional private airport of choice. Here’s a few pics from the trip inside the mini-plane which, thankfully, got us to Denver just in the nick of time. There’s also some corresponding vids from this little jaunt that we hope you enjoy.