Tough news to pass along this afternoon. Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors, has passed away at the age of 74.
It’s a commonly held view that covers suck. They can be lame, unimaginative and tantamount to stealing someone else’s thoughts. Just ask Prince, who apparently wants to make covering songs illegal! Or at least his own songs…
“Why do we need to hear another cover of a song that someone else did?” he wondered aloud during an interview with Billboard. “Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.” But that’s not always the case. Every now and then you get a version that rethinks the tune from the ground up, and totally breathes new life into an old classic. Just check out these 10 amazing covers that came totally out of left field and shocked us with their awesomeness!
Downloaded, Alex Winter’s documentary highlighting Napster and the digital music revolution, is heading to theaters and Video On Demand. The VH1 Rock Doc will be hitting viewers this summer.
Everyone knows festivals are a license rock out alone in your bedroom with a hairbrush style to your favorite bands and this year’s Hangout Music Fest was no exception. (No judgement.)
The Billboard Music Awards were held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this evening and, much like the Grammys, wisely minimized the amount of airtime devoted to acceptance speeches in favor of wall-to-wall performances. Sadly, most of the evening was dominated by artists who, to paraphrase the fairly toasted Kid Rock, were lip-synching to pre-recorded musical tracks. However, the following five performances stood out from the pack and really delivered, demonstrating that the future of music is still shining bright.
The last time electro-pop extraordinaire Ellie Goulding was at Hangout Fest she was just a guest of then-beau Skrillex on one of the small stages. A year and a couple of RIAA gold and platinum-certified selling singles under her belt later, the British bombshell was rocking the three-day event’s largest venue Sunday.
Don’t believe the hype about Public Enemy? First, brush up on your hip hop history as our friend Sway would say. Then, shut up and watch the hip hop royalty rip up the stage at Hangout Music Festival. Read more…
Hip hop acts have been in full effect at Hangout Fest the past two days. The Roots turned a crowd of 10K into a dance party while Public Enemy proved to thousands packed in the Boom Boom Tent that “911 Is A Joke.”
Then there were these three, um, aspiring young rappers who entertained the audience while they waited patiently for everyone’s favorite substitute teacher Kendrick Lamar to jet in after he missed an earlier flight.