EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: What’s Big K.R.I.T.’s Secret That He’s Only Told VH1?

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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…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Yes, Tegan & Sara Have Fights And Annoy One Another

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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…

Win Tickets To See The Who In Concert!

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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.

VH1 Classic and Palladia have a VIP package, 10 pairs of tickets, 5 Deluxe Quadrophenia CDs, and an autographed Quadrophenia movie poster to give away, and winning something is easy!

Here’s how…

Friday Face-Off: Brandy Then vs. Brandy Now

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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.

Old School or Bran’Nu?

Future Bond Girl Willow Smith Covers Adele’s “Skyfall”

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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!

Willow Smith Covers Adele’s ‘Skyfall’  [Rap-Up]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Who Is Esperanza Spalding’s Idol?

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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…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Big K.R.I.T. On The State Of Southern Hip-Hop

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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…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Metric Thinks Record Labels Should Know “The Musician Sometimes Knows Best”

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Last year Emily Haines of the indie rock group Metric made a bold statement to Spin about the current model of record labels being antiquated and exploitative. As a result of that belief the “Youth Without Youth” singers released 2009’s Fantasies and this year’s Synthetica independently. Emily’s thoughts on the topic haven’t changed much, which is why she’s more than grateful for the way online distribution has changed the way music is disseminated. Read more…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Questlove On Jay-Z’s Theory On Success, “No One’s Ever Satisfied”

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The stellar live shows during Austin City Limits are over but luckily our interviews with the artists live on. Take for instance our chat with the loquacious Questlove of The Roots. Shortly after the band left thousands of fans in awe from the musical genius of their set, Questlove emerged from their trailer to talk everything from his top five favorite cities to Jay-Z‘s theory on success. Not only is Questlove’s intelligence instantly recognizable, he’s personable, and funny. When asked if the rain affected the group’s show he asked, jokingly, “Oh, you didn’t have a personal umbrella holder? I thought everybody had a personal umbrella holder.” Nope Quest. No Fonzworth Bentley for us regular folks. Read more…

Katy Perry’s Duet Of “Firework” With An Autistic Fan Will Tug All Your Heartstrings

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Katy Perry is between singles but busy on the benefit circuit these days. In the past few weeks alone we’ve seen the star perform a competitive “Let’s Stay Together” cover and a very, very good “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” This latest performance tops all, though, as it is guarantee to pull and tug each and every one of your heartstrings. And afterwards, you will never want to hear “Firework” any other way.

Over the weekend, Comedy Central held a benefit called Night of Too Many Stars, in support of autism programs, schools, and services all over the country. Hosted by Jon Stewart, the evening included a charming Carly Rae Jepsen and Harvey Keitel “Call Me Maybe”-off and plenty of laughs. Then came this most heart swelling performance of Perry’s “Firework” by a prodigal young piano player named Jodi DiPiazza. Read more…