HAIM joined the VH1 You Oughta Know family this fall, just as their debut LP, Days Are Gone, was about to hit shelves. It’s no surprise to us that this excellent album is racking up tons of positive buzz as critics’ Year-End lists are being compiled, including a #6 ranking by Stereogum and a Top 50 honor from SPIN. As great as critic love is, though, it pales in comparison as to when one of the greatest figures of the last 50 years in music takes the time to remix one of your songs.
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One of the many reasons to love Lorde is that she doesn’t follow the normal rules that seem to govern most of today’s pop stars. Her album is wholly bereft of that whole Euro-Trance sound that has been dominating radio for the last few years, she’s not constantly posting duck-face selfies to her Instagram feed, and instead of covering “of the moment” songs to gain buzz, she instead prefers to channel Dio or Sheryl Crow. That said, now that she’s established herself as one of the breakout stars of 2013, it’s only a matter time before the paparazzi start crawling around.
Fresh off their set at VH1′s first You Oughta Know concert, JOHNNYSWIM takes their seductively acoustic sound to the beachside. Follow the duo as they search for inspiration while cruising around in a FIAT 500L.
VH1′s first ever You Oughta Know In Concert went down at the Roseland Ballroom on November 11, 2013, and aired on VH1 last night. It featured performances from a wide-range of You Oughta Know alumni which ran the gamut from brand new artists (Lorde, JOHNNYSWIM, HAIM) and veterans (The Lumineers, Matt Nathanson, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé) alike.
No two You Oughta Know artists are more in love than Amanda Sudano-Ramirez and Abner Ramirez of JOHNNYSWIM. The duo’s passion could be seen on stage as they performed “Heart Beats” and their new single, “Diamonds.” Sudano’s raspy voice sounded haunting as she tore through “Heart Beats.” But even that couldn’t distract from the love the two had for each other while on stage. At one point, the two turned to each other and it was clear that this what they were brought together to do.
We’ve been fans of HAIM ever since they nearly blew out their speakers during a performance earlier this year at the VH1 headquarters here in New York, and their contribution to You Oughta Know In Concert does not disappoint. Especially their cover choice.
The last 18 months have been very good to Ed Sheeran. Since being named a You Oughta Know artist in May 2012, Ed has gone on to perform at the London Olympic games, receive a Song of the Year nomination at the Grammy Awards (for “The A Team”), and tour the country with Taylor Swift. Not too shabby. Despite his busy schedule, Ed was still able to carve out some time for a You Oughta Know In Concert performance that astonished us all.
Lorde has risen to the ranks of pop royalty in these last few months with her uber-catchy single “Royals,” and her performance at You Oughta Know In Concert proves that she’s no pretender to the throne! The 17-year-old New Zealander held her own among the senior singers, making her four-song set an undisputed highlight of the high-octane evening. And don’t get us started on her spellbinding collaboration with HAIM later that night on Sheryl Crow‘s “Strong Enough”…
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Matt Nathanson was the MVP of the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special, as he and his band played in eight, count ‘em, 8 songs for the adoring audience. Nathanson is the longest-tenured You Oughta Know artist of anyone on tonight’s bill, and he proved to be the most versatile of the bunch, too, performing 4 songs of original material, leading the way on three dynamic covers, and singing along to the all-star jam of “Ho Hey” led by The Lumineers.
Emeli Sandé got the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special started off on an extremely energetic foot tonight, performing four songs that appear on her debut album Our Version Of Events. Two of those songs, “Next To Me” and “My Kind Of Love,” just appeared on your television screen, but those of us who were lucky enough to be in attendance when this show was recorded were treated to an especially rockin’ version of “Heaven,” which we have for you above.