Steven Tyler might have one or two grey hairs in this new video, but boy can the Aerosmith guys still get it. This new video for “What Could Have Been,” off their upcoming album Music From Another Dimension!, finds the band in some sort of smoky bar, Tyler slouched over on a stool with a pretty blonde while the rest of the band cue up a game of pool behind him. There is also a subplot involving a handsome young fella and the pretty young girl he loves that ends dramatically with a kiss and a fistfight, but that part feels like an unnecessary “sexy” bone being thrown our way. Sure, “Dream On” came out almost 40-years ago now, but here Aerosmith are legends and still very much in the game. Why can’t we just celebrate Aerosmith, back with new music for the first time since 2001 and sounding as good as they ever did?
How are you feeling today? Each year, GLAAD sets aside a day called Spirit Day for speaking out extra-loud against bullying and to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. This year, that day is today; and so to celebrate, we have got eight of our favorite anti-bully anthems. Each should remind you that you are strong and beautiful, even when maybe you don’t feel it and no matter what they say. Won’t you listen with us?
Things are heating up as finals teams are finally formed on X Factor and The Voice. I can’t wait to see how the skills of our favorite pop-stars-turned-reality-TV-judges Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera fare during the live shows, since we’ve been keeping close tabs on them in a fantasy rivalry of sorts each week. Join in by leaving your shirt indecently unbuttoned Simon Cowell-style while sounding off on who was the better judge below.
Sassiest Comment: “There’s a lot of talent in this group and you’re very good, but I just don’t know if it’s good enough.” Read more…
Pulling a secret that no one else knows from Big K.R.I.T. wasn’t exactly easy. Although we were hoping he’d reveal something more personal (he was hip to our plan) he opted for giving us an insider tidbit about his music. Hey, we tried our best. At least we got him to talk about the state of southern hip-hop. As far as the secret goes. Well… Read more…
They’re identical twin sisters who both happen to play the guitar and keyboard, sing and write songs. Sounds like an ideal recipe for success. And it has been for indie band Tegan & Sara who performed fan favorites like “The Con” and “Closer” this past weekend at Austin City Limits. Working as sisters, though, isn’t always peachy. As great as their friendship is the duo have their differences. We wanted to know what was the most difficult thing about working with each other. Sara’s response was kumbaya to the core. “The thing that makes the band a bit of a challenge sometimes is also what makes it such a success,” she responded. Tegan, on the other hand gave it to us straight, no chaser. Read more…
So, we have one question: Who wants to see The Who in concert? Who, who, who, who! You?
One of the loudest, hardest-rocking and most iconic bands in the biz is back and ready to rock! The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are gearing up for a 36-date North American tour, during which they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety. And, of course, they’ll also play their other classic hits, and we want to make sure that YOU are there when it happens.
It’s Friday, so let’s get into that Brandy! No, not that brandy, you sophisticated lushes. I’m talking about the R&B singer whose singles probably were the soundtrack to your adolescence. Quit waxing nostalgic about sitting up in your room long enough to vote in today’s Friday Face-Off Music Video poll. You decide which Brandy jam you’re down for the most: “I Wanna Be Down” or “Put It Down.” Okay, now have that drink while we make our case for each.
Few can sing with the ferocity of Adele, but that has yet to slow the masses from trying. Remember all those “Rolling In The Deep” covers? And only two weeks have passed since its release, and already her James Bond theme song “Skyfall” has gotten its first high-profile cover.
Just 11-years-old, Willow Smith will need Big Willy or Jada to accompany her to the PG-13 movie when it hits theater next month, but she didn’t let that stop her from channeling the 007-spirit for this one. Sitting out on a patio and looking cute with her head wrapped in a scarf, she plays the “Skyfall” melody on a keyboard and sings just the chorus, because “that’s all I know how to do,” she laughs. The future Bond girl sings it really really well, though — very soulful and sounding much older than her 11-years-old. Near the end you can hear her cell phone vibrate on the table, and then when she leans in to turn off the camera and you can see her braces — and only then are we reminded that she’s still just a kid.
Who will be next to cover “Skyfall”? Let the torrent of “Skyfall” covers begin!
What do fans not know about Esperanza Spalding? “You don’t know anything about me,” she said. Jokingly. Experiencing the 28-year-old jazz singing multi-instrumentalist live is a real treat of an explosion of sounds composed to make the perfect ensemble. Her set at Austin City Limits was one of the best of the weekend making this writer somewhat a believer in the beauty of jazz. Considering last year’s New York Times profile on the talented musician, she is still very mysterious. It’s hard to get a sense of who she is from chatting with her. But one does get that she’s candid, and certain of herself. Read more…
If Big K.R.I.T. wasn’t so adamant about repping his hometown of Mississippi he may not be where he is today. Who was this young rapper from Mississippi who produced his own music? was the question posed two years ago when his mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here surfaced. Where he was from was almost as big of a draw to him as his music. Sure, a southern rapper rapping about where you’re from isn’t uncommon. But the only other well-known rapper from Mississippi to “make it” was David Banner. Minutes before he took the stage at Austin’s ACL music festival he told us he believes the south has always been lyrical. Like us, he too was puzzled that anyone thinks otherwise. Read more…