There’s more to South By Southwest than eating tacos. Though, ask anyone who’s been, and he or she will tell you that there’s certainly a lot of those, too. This year’s festival attendees were lucky enough to see Girls star Lena Dunham deliver the keynote address, which touched on the issue of sexism in show business. Dunham spoke firsthand, referencing Girls actor Adam Driver‘s rising star and how her female cast is not being offered similar opportunities.
You Oughta Know
The singer that woke us all up on Avicii‘s hit record last fall is now “The Man” at VH1. That’s right, Aloe Blacc is the latest You Oughta Know Artist. The R&B singer joins the likes of Adele, Bruno Mars, Estelle and Leona Lewis. All of these performers created a unique blend of pop, R&B and soul, something Blacc is doing on his latest record, Lift Your Spirit (out now).
If you’re not familiar with Blacc, that’s okay because we’ve got you covered with four essential things you need to know about him. For instance, the singer has his eye on Leonardo DiCaprio. “Why,” you might be asking yourself. That’s because Blacc wants the Oscar-nominated actor to portray him in a biopic.
After taking the lead on Avicii‘s hit single, “Wake Me Up,” Blacc is stepping out on this own in a big way. In the new music video for “The Man,” Aloe Blacc channels his inner-Marvin Gaye in a spirited video that captures the social discourse of the early ’70s. The You Oughta Know Artist sat down with VH1 in an exclusive interview to explain the powerful yet beautifully shot imagery in the video.
“This music video is an amalgamation of historic images that remind me of moments in time where there was struggle and triumph,” Blacc says of the video’s theme.
A Great Big World‘s “Say Something” has been on everybody’s tongue since its release last fall — a song so heart-wrenchingly honest (a la Adele’s “Someone Like You”) that pop diva Christina Aguilera asked to feature on its re-release. It raced to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, because, duh. But if you thought the ballad was touching with full orchestral arrangement clocking in at 3 minutes 49 seconds, you’re wrong. Prepare to run through a box of tissues in one minute while watching Ian Axel’s solo on a keyboard truncate the track for VH1′s Stop/Watch (reducing us to tears in the process).
We’re heading down to Austin, Texas next month to rock out at “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” Palladia, the ultimate destination for 24/7 hi-def live music, will be in Austin during SXSW, one of the biggest and most influential music events of the year. On Wednesday, March 12 Palladia is taking over Cedar Door Grill for “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.”, an exclusive, invite-only concert featuring March’s VH1 You Oughta Know artist, Aloe Blacc, Jack Antonoff‘s new band, Bleachers, Sam Smith, Phantogram, VH1 You Oughta Know artists, Johnnyswim, Bravesoul, with DJ sets by Myles Hendrik and Jeffrey Tonnesen.
We’ll be in Austin documenting all of the action, so make sure to follow @Palladia on Twitter to see selfies with the artists in our line-up, exclusive behind the scenes coverage, SXSW survival tips and much more. You can also catch all of our showcase coverage by checking out our official showcase hashtag, #EpicAwesome.
American Authors is truly an artist on the verge. Thanks to the success of their hit single, “Best Day of My Life,” the band has quickly become the one to watch. It is precisely why they were chosen to be VH1′s You Oughta Know: Artist on the Rise. Chances are you’ve heard the song on the radio, on TV or even at the movies but it’s safe to say you probably don’t know too much about your new favorite band. Well VH1 is here to fix that with ten essential things you need to know about the group, its name and its biggest influences (hint: Maurice Sendak plays a big part). Read more…
You Oughta Know artist American Authors is giving fans a special treat ahead of their album release. Fans can now download an acoustic version of “Luck,” which first appeared on the band’s EP. The track is an example of what fans should look forward to with Oh, What a Life.
You Oughta Know artist American Authors sure loves social media. In the modern age of communication, it’s hard not to be engaged on one of the social media platforms. Yet, this band can be found just about everywhere. The group’s main website is a Tumblr, all four members have their own Instagram and Twitter accounts and the group regularly updates everything for their fans’ viewing pleasure.
The group offers some useful guidelines for Instagram: No pictures of food. Though, Matt violates that rule a lot. (Guess he didn’t get the memo.)
First they did it with a dog, then with a near R-rated Where The Wild Things Are themed video around New York City, and now American Authors are performing a compact version of their Billboard Hot 100 hit “Best Day Of My Life” for VH1′s Stop/Watch. Is watching the boys shrink down the catchy tune to under a minute as adorable as watching a bulldog rock sunglasses and eat a cupcake? It’s damn near close!
While we’re clearing the remaining snow and shoveling our way out of our homes, James Shelley and Zachary Barnett of American Authors sat down with VH1 to talk about their ride on the slopes and their plans for the new year. Within the insanity of their touring, they finally got a chance to relax, hang out, and high-five “like 237 times” at VH1′s Winter Wonderland.