You Oughta Know

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MUSIC SEEN: You Oughta Know’s Gin Wigmore Makes Ghostbusters Glamorous

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One of the perks of having Gin Wigmore as VH1′s You Oughta Know artist this month is being able to stalk our favorite Kiwi soul siren without being creepy. So, earlier last month we tracked Gin’s every move as she made the rounds across the U.S. from California where she tore up the Live in the Vineyard stage to New York promoting the U.S. release of her sophomore album Gravel & Wine.

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by (@jillhornstein)

The Scoop: 9 Things You Never Knew About Gin Wigmore

The Scoop: 9 Things You Never Knew About Gin Wigmore

If you’re not already obsessed with May You Oughta Know artist, Gin Wigmore, it’s time to crawl out from under that rock because this 26 year-old, tattooed New Zealand native is taking the United States by storm. You may have seen her steal the show in Heineken’s Skyfall advertisement featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond, or you may have heard her music featured on your favorite shows from Grey’s Anatomy to Weeds, and even VH1′s very own Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.

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by (@fdot415)

You Oughta Know Artist Gin Wigmore Kicks Up Grit, Excitement And Gravel & Wine In U.S.

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From chin up, Gin Wigmore looks like a sexy pop siren with her bleach blonde hair and bright baby blues usually made to pop by smoldering dark makeup. A glance down at the impulsively begat tattoos colorfully adorning her arms in a near-sleeve capacity and you could take Gin for a sexy punk rocker. But one listen to any number of tracks off her album Gravel & Wine and all of the notions of her music style and who she is go out the window (well, she’s still sexy). Read more…

by (@unclegrambo)

Emeli Sande Takes “Crazy In Love” Back To The Roaring Twenties On Gatsby Soundtrack

Emeli Sande Covers Crazy In Love For The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Emeli Sandé was VH1′s You Oughta Know artist back in June of last year, and her reputation as an artist to watch only continues to grow. Not only did she perform multiple times during the Olympics last year, but her debut album, Our Version Of Events, recently broke a record held by The Beatles (!!!) for the most consecutive weeks spent in the Top 10 of the UK Album Chart (63 consecutive weeks and counting). As if that weren’t amazing enough, now she’s getting some serious shine for her Roaring Twentiestastic cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” a song that appears on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby.

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by (@unclegrambo)

No Longer Rootless, Youngblood Hawke Is On The Right Path And Ready To Wake Up

(The members of Youngblood Hawke, from L to R: Bass player Omar Ahmed, drummer Nik Hughes, singer Sam Martin, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Katz, guitarist Tasso Smith, vocalist Alice Katz)

(The members of Youngblood Hawke, from L to R: Bass player Omar Ahmed, drummer Nik Hughes, singer Sam Martin, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Katz, guitarist Tasso Smith, vocalist Alice Katz)

It’s 5:30 p.m. and I’m one of eight passengers stuffed into a rented white Ford Econoline van alongside 30 different musical instrument cases housing everything from Roland Juno keyboards to guitars to a full drum kit. The members of Youngblood Hawke have just finished their second soundcheck of the day at the South By Southwest Music Festival, but they’ve already loaded and unloaded equipment from their van five different times today. You’d think the group might be weary after doing all that work without even being able to experience the rush of performing in front of any actual fans yet and, truth be told, the van is a little quiet as the various members of their group using their 10 minutes of downtime as they shuttle between venues to text and check their Twitter feeds. But then lead singer Sam Martin starts spontaneously humming a bit of the opening bars of the band’s song “Rootless” to himself, at an almost imperceptibly low volume. Although his humming is barely audible, sending these vibes out into the universe causes an instinctual, infectious ripple in the van and, within moments, the rest of the band starts singing along in harmonious unison. Sam looks up, smiles and takes the cue. “The world is feeling warmer,” he sings while the van drives down a side street in Austin, “The path rolling to your door is a jungle / I’ll be back because I never left.” And, just like that, I begin to grasp how the familial aura of this band —made up of both friends and family members— is going to be the thing that ultimately earns them a widespread audience.

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