WE GOT POWER! Author Dave Markey Discusses His Book Focused On The ’80s LA Hardcore Punk Explosion

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Front cover of WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California.

The hardcore punk scene of the 1980s was a hands-on sub-culture, ignored for the most part by the mainstream music press and recording industry. It existed in its own world, one created and shaped by the bands and their fans and documented by fanzines and independent record labels. Early ‘80s fanzine We Got Power, run by post-adolescent punk rockers David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, dispatched reports from the front-lines of the huge and thriving Los Angeles scene to hardcore kids nationwide. Almost 30 years after their last issue went to press, Bazillion Points Books has released WE GOT POWER!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California. Not just a reprint of the fanzine’s original 6 issues —though they’re in there too— the book contains nearly 400 photographs that chronicle the early ’80s LA scene with firsthand accounts from some of its biggest luminaries including Henry Rollins of Black Flag and member of Suicidal Tendencies and the Circle Jerks. We spoke to Markey —also known for his movie 1991: The Year Punk Broke, which captured the moment when hardcore-informed alternative rock went mainstream— recently about the book, the zine and the era. Read more…

“Trust And Believe” You Don’t Want To Mess With Keyshia Cole’s Heart

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A woman’s best friend is her confidante, a sister without the bloodline, her right hand woman. That friendship becomes muddy when one woman wants what the other has. “Trust And Believe” is Keyshia Cole’s  soap opera of trusting two people who committed the ultimate act of betrayal. Director Benny Boom creates mini movies called music videos. “Trust And Believe” follows Keyshia Cole’s longterm relationship with her man and best friend. She suspects he may be cheating, but never in her wildest dreams did she think the woman was right under her nose. Read more…

15 Career Milestones That Earned Taylor Swift Her VH1 Storytellers

by (@zaragolden)

Oh, how Taylor Swift has grown since her childhood on a Christmas tree farm in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Back then, was a precocious kid with a big voice and a knack for storytelling. She’s still all those things, and though you couldn’t call her much older (she’s only twenty-two-years-old), she’s also added mega-pop star, country star, award winner, cover girl, movie star and, particularly with the success of her recent Red, record industry savior, to her resume.

When Taylor was fourteen, VH1 Behind The Music: Faith Hill gave her the guys she needed to take the dive and move to Nashville to pursue her dreams. A successful turn on the famed Music Row gave way to a record deal with and, well, the rest is history. In preparation for VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift, which airs Sunday, November 11th at 6PM and then again at 11PM, we have marked the greatest milestones that earned her the episode!

 

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Frank Ocean’s Music Takes Over Monday’s Episode Of Gossip Girls

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Frank Ocean's Music To Be Featured on Gossip Girls

What does Gossip Girl and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange have in common? Seemingly nothing on the surface. Dig a little deeper and the commonalities become apparent. Channel Orange’s “Super Rich Kids” sounds like a description of Ladera Heights, which is often referred to as the black Beverly Hills. Gossip Girls is centered around young, wealthy adults in Manhattan’s upper east side. Ocean’s perspective on sex, drugs and love are explored throughout Channel Orange while Gossip Girls is based on the same core themes. It makes sense that Frank’s music will be featured on Monday’s episode of the CW drama, according to Rolling Stone. Read more…

VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift Sneak Peak: Taylor Paints Harvey Mudd College “Red”

by (@zaragolden)

“This is unlike any show I will ever play again and have ever played before,” announced Taylor Swift during her VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift taping at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. This is a big admittance coming from one of today’s brightest stars. Forget all the high-grossing and guest-starring tours that have taken her round the world, the turns she’s taken on Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America and the Grammys, and the stages she’s shared with everyone from Tim McGraw to T.I. to James Taylor, becauseVH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift was unlike anything she’s ever done before because it gave her a chance to air the story behind her biggest hits and favorite songs before she performs them. So, mark your calenders, set your DVRs, and tune-in on Sunday, November 11th at 6PM EST and again at 11PM EST to VH1 for VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift. And because we can’t wait until then, we thought we would share this sneak peak of Taylor playing the title track of her brand new album Red. Taylor shares her color theory behind the jump

Friday Face-Off: Taylor Swift Then vs. Taylor Swift Now

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Taylor Swift is up  against herself for Friday Music Video Face-Off this week. I mean, she broke a 10-year-old sales record for fastest selling album with Red (1.21 milli, y’all!). It just wouldn’t be fair otherwise. Besides, we’ve watched T-Swift’s songs mature from a 16-year-old pining over Romeo to penning platinum-selling hits about her real-life breakups (as if dating John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal in the same calendar year is reality). The woman clearly has a lot of material to contrast. So, which Taylor do you favor: country siren Swift of “Picture To Burn” or pop tart Taylor from “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?” Vote in our poll today then catch VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift premiering Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 p.m.

Team Pop Taylor: Felicia Daniels, Associate Producer, VH1.com Music  (@fdot415)

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” -  When Taylor Swift is over you, she really, really means it. Screw burning pictures. The woman puts some poor sap on blast by re-enacting his late night booty calls for the world to watch and replay in this video! Read More & Vote: Classic Taylor or Dubstepping T-Swift?

Is That Chris Brown’s Arm In Rihanna’s New Video For “Diamonds”?

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Is That Chris Brown's Arm In Rihanna's New Video For Diamonds?

Rihanna‘s new video for “Diamonds” just dropped a few minutes ago and it seems as if the world has one burning question. No, it’s not whether or not you can get high from smoking diamonds, but rather this: Is that Chris Brown‘s tattooed arm making a cameo? What follows is special VH1 Tuner investigation!

Let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we?

Rihanna’s High On “Diamonds” In Her Shining New Video

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Rihanna has never been shy about her preferred method of kicking back — in fact, she fully embodied it for Halloween this year — but we hadn’t anticipated that her habits might be rich as this. The brand new video for “Diamonds,” the first single off of Unapologetic, which is out November 19th, finds the Bajan hottie rolling-up a blunt’s worth of the shiniest diamonds we have ever seen and smoking them. An #unapologetic move if we’ve ever seen one, the diamond high has her floating in some crystalline waters and spinning in a wide opened field; running down dark roads and galloping alongside racing horses; throwing sneaky Roc-diamonds and hand holding with a curiously familiar tatted up  fellow. So, uh, how do we get ourselves some like this? That deluxe box set comes with at least a crystal or two, right? Read more…

8 Mile 10 Years Later

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8 Mile 10 Years Later

“Is 8 Mile still relevant 10 years later?” she (who shall remain nameless) asked. All of the eyes in the tiny room darted over with the look of a simultaneous yet friendly “Duh!” It was seemingly an obvious answer to a very valid question on the heels of the flick’s 10 year anniversary.

About a month ago I sat in front of a mounted flatscreen watching 8 Mile for probably the 107th time. Exaggeration, yes, but it sure felt like it. It debuted my freshman year in college to a crop of eager hip-hop fans and devout Eminem followers. But the film meant the most to the natives of Motor City. The Motown era had been long gone. Detroit hadn’t been the heart of exceptionally great musical talent in years. That was until Eminem. Then 8 Mile. Read more…

The Weeknd And Drake Find Their “Zone”

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It wasn’t so long ago that we would wait, breath abated, for transmission from R&B’s dark knight, the Weeknd. These days he’s hard at work hyping his Trilogy package, which is out next Tuesday, and it’s like you can’t turn a proverbial internet corner without being smacked in the face by something new. In the last three days alone, he’s released three new songs — “Twenty Eight,” “Valerie” and “Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun),” all via BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe — and just before sunrise Thursday, he shared with his twitter followers the video for Thursday‘s “The Zone.”

“The Zone” includes a rare feature from Abel Tesfaye‘s friend and champion, Drake; and this accompanying video is likewise a rarity as it’s unusually saturated in color. Mostly, it finds Tesfaye hanging out in the House of Balloons mixtape cover brought to life: there balloons, half-dressed girls, spilled drinks, sulky rappers (see: Drake, delivering his verse from what looks like a basement?) and all the usual detritus of a really cool party that stopped being fun a long time ago. And it is more or less, in one video, everything you need to know about the Weeknd.

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