“Here’s your tagline, we’re drunk!” New Kids On The Block‘s Joey McIntyre ad-libbed toward the end of the group’s classic “Hangin’ Tough.” Why? Because amazing things happened when NKOTB performed their first ever acoustic set at Live In The Vineyard last weekend.
Nearly 30 years after first forming, the Goo Goo Dolls are still churning out new material. Magnetic, due out in June, will be the band’s 10th studio album, and the band’s legacy as one of the enduring icons of the “alternative” music explosion is secure. VH1 is excited to exclusively premiere the video for “Rebel Beat” tonight, the first single from that album.
Dawes has been a favorite around the VH1 offices since they were our You Oughta Know band back in September of 2011. Their album at that time, Nothing Is Wrong, racked up a string of critical accolades thanks to its narrative-driven lyrics and laid back, Laurel Canyon vibe. The group just released their third studio album, Stories Don’t End, and VH1 is excited to share the video for that album’s lead single, “From A Window Seat,” with you tonight.
New Zealand transplant Gin Wigmore is playing to a sold-out crowd at Mercury Lounge in NYC tonight, but we were lucky enough to catch her set at Live In The Vineyard in Napa, CA over the weekend. By far the blonde hair-blue eyed edgy charmer’s enthralling performance of tracks off her sophomore album Gravel & Wine (first U.S. release) left us with a lingering hangover we’re not anxious kick.
Late Friday afternoon, word broke that Ray J was about to release “I Hit It First,” a new track that put his (s)ex Kim Kardashian on blast. We all know that Ray J almost certainly can’t back up that specific claim, but he’s not letting that stop him. Today, he released a 30-second snippet of the song to TMZ; you can listen to it above.
It’s really difficult for a country music layperson like myself to keep track of all the different awards shows the genre supports. In addition to being featured on cross-genre shows like the Grammys and the Billboard Music Awards, country artists are seemingly feted on a monthly basis by the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the American Country Awards. We’re never quite sure who is winning what where, but we definitely paid attention to last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, which featured another amazing performance by Kelly Clarkson.
Opening acts on tour sometimes suffer from the fact that crowds are visibly distracted during their sets, often times arriving late and chit-chatting with their friends as the artist tries to do their thing. This most certainly was NOT the case for last week’s show at the Beacon Theater here in New York City that featured Chrisette Michele and Keyshia Cole performing together. Both are fully capable of being headline performers, and the crowd definitely treated each artist as such when they performed together on Thursday night.
Last night, Phoenix returned to Saturday Night Live and rocked 30 Rock out with their new singles, “Entertainment” and “Trying To Be Cool/Drakkar Noir”. The last time Phoenix played Studio 8H, they were asked to push out their set and play more songs, but as they told Entertainment Weekly, they didn’t want to. Last night, it seems two performances (of three new songs!) were more than enough to bring the house down.
With the one-two punch that was “Lisztomania” and “1901,” the first two tracks off of Phoenix‘s 2009 LP Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix turned them from a band that was well-respected in music geek circles into an international phenomenon. Released in May of that year, the band spent the next two years on the road, winning fans over with their propulsive live sets that doubled as all-out dance parties. The band has been quiet for the last two years or so, as they’ve been primarily holed up in the studio making Bankrupt! (out on April 23), but they’re starting to take their new material on the road. Last night, they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and next weekend, they’ll be headlining Coachella.