Though he’s hardly a household name, to fans and followers, Iggy & The Stooges guitarist James Williamson’s contribution to music is equal to any of his more famous contemporaries. His guitar playing on the band’s cataclysmic third album, Raw Power, a combination of furiously down-stroked power chords and sputtering, vicious leads, created the punk rock guitar style which has echoed down through the ages in the music of the Ramones, Black Flag, and all their cantankerous progeny. Like Tony Iommi in heavy metal, his actual sound is as important as what he played, an aggressive, high-end, overdriven roar, with little recorded precedent. When you think of the sound of punk rock, real punk rock, what you hear is the sound he created in 1973 by plugging his Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar into a Vox AC30 amplifier and cranking it up until your ears bleed. Read more…
Music fans know the old adage: “death sells.” Sadly, just as in film, literature, and the visual arts, when musicians leave us, their albums and merchandise tend to leave the stores, selling faster than ever before. With children, record labels, band-mates, spouses and downright strangers as culprits, here are some especially unique, rather shameless exploitations of rockers like Kurt Cobain, rappers like Biggie and Tupac, divas like Whitney Houston, and more.
In the latest clip of Eminem‘s Lose Yourself documentary by Beats by Dr. Dre, Shady reveals that there was another version of “Lose Yourself” that was never released. However, he has no memory of actually recording it.
Idina Menzel and Michael Buble release an adorable video for their “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet, One Direction pretend to be students at Hogwarts, Tyga skips out on a club appearance because they wouldn’t let 17-year-old Kylie Jenner in and more on First Dibs.
Madonna is the queen of controversy, so it’s only fitting her Instagram account comes with its fair of — erm — envelope-pushing posts. However, is it possible the Material Girl has gone a little too far with her (oftentimes) blurry pictures? You tell us.
Ariana Grande joins the list of American Music Award performers, Sia uses her music to help her husband’s Kickstarter get more donations, Jaden and Willow Smith explain why school is overrated and more on Last Lap.
Mary Lambert loves her fans and emojis so it only makes sense for her to combine the two. Watch as Lambert plays a little game called WTF Emoji and stay tuned until the end to see her heartfelt message to all of her fans.
It was only five short months ago that Fancy Reagan won VH1′s Make A Band Famous. These guys charmed our socks off immediately, and it was clear as the competition went on that they were the front-runners.
Deprived of sleep, the 5-piece alternative/pop/rock band took part in our grueling 24-hour contest to see which of the 24 finalists had what it took to sign a deal with Republic Records. After not sleeping for an entire day, the band still rocked it! Now, imagine what they sounded like after getting a good night’s rest!
Everyone wants to join Floyd Mayweather Jr.‘s money team but very few can make that dream a reality. Mayweather recently posted a NSFW Instagram video of 10 girls twerking just for him. That’s right, while everyone else tries to latch themselves onto Money Mayweather by shouting him out on tracks, Mayweather is living the American dream. Check out every single time Mayweather got name dropped in a rap song before returning to your very average life.
Happy National Occult Day everyone! Oh, you didn’t know it was National Occult Day today? Well it is, so now is the time to celebrate if you’re a Wiccan, a Kabbalahist, or just your garden variety Satanist. No one is really sure how the holiday came to be, which only makes sense since the term “occult” means “knowledge of the hidden,” however, some of the greatest musicians in history have flirted with spiritual pursuits beyond the regular mainstream religions we all know and love. Read more…