The Fray grew to be one of the most successful piano-pop acts of the post-Coldplay era thanks to the undeniable catchiness and emotional resonance of songs like “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life.” However, on their new song “Love Don’t Die,” the first single off their upcoming 2014 release Helios, there are no traces of piano to be found on the record whatsoever. And you know what? We love it.
As he is quick to point out, Bruce Pavitt had a front row seat to one of rock’s most exciting periods. In 1986 the Chicago native formed the influential indie label Sub Pop Records to chronicle the louder than love sounds of his adopted hometown of Seattle, Washington. Along with partner Jonathan Poneman they released seminal recordings from such groups as Soundgarden (whose lead guitarist Kim Thayil is a childhood friend), Mudhoney and most famously Nirvana, whom Pavitt is said to have personally signed. The latter two bands are the subjects of Pavitt’s new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, available now from Bazillion Points Books. The book chronicles in photos and text Nirvana’s 1989 tour of Europe with label mates Tad, leading up to their career making appearance at the Lame Fest Sub Pop UK Showcase in London with headliners Mudhoney. Bruce Pavitt spoke to us about grunge’s golden era and the groundbreaking record label he left in 1996 but still maintains close ties to. Read more…
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Well… almost at least. December is here and we’re looking forward to a whole lot of holiday goodness and snowfall. Within reason of course. What’s better than cuddling up on a wintry night with a good book, a crackling fire and an awesome music video dedicated to snowfall? Nothing, that’s what. And thus, we’ve decided to bring you two great songs sprinkled with so many snowflakes, you’ll want to grab your snow boots – and maybe even your toboggan. Do you think New Found Glory‘s video for “I Don’t Wanna Know” or AFI‘s “Love Like Winter” does a snow day better? Vote now and decide for yourself!
In the immortal words of that viral video from a few years ago, “OMG, shoes!” We here at VH1 spend a lot of time talk about celebrity clothes (or lack thereof), but we never seem to give enough love to famous footwear. Well, that’s about to change right now as we take a look back at the coolest rock star shoes of 2013!
Civil rights activist, politician and all-around inspiration Nelson Mandela passed away today at the age of 95. Those of us who were alive during the ’80s will no doubt recall that both he and the anti-apartheid movement became a focal point for the musical community during that decade. His plight attracted the attention of renowned musical talents like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, U2 and more.
As a means of paying tribute to the impact that Nelson Mandela made on the world, please read along as we recall the 5 Most Impactful Songs of the Anti-Apartheid movement.
Tommy Lee is not your average rock and roller. Sure he’s married models and starlets, earned enough gold records to fill a vault, preserved his x-rated exploits for posterity, and partied harder than Keith Richards, Charlie Sheen and all of Guns N’ Roses combined (probably). But now the Motley Crue drummer is exploring a new and different way to get crowds on their feet: DJing! Alongside his turntable teammate DJ Aero, these mix masters are taking on nightclubs across the country as Electro Mayhem. Hide your daughters and hide your eardrums, because it’s about to get funky and loud!
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.
Cash registers were ringing with music sales during Black Friday and Thanksgiving week. One Direction tops the chart, but an overwhelming majority of albums experiences week-to-week sales gains during the busy holiday frame. For a closer look, we present this week’s installment of SoundScanner: