We love metal music, but it’s important to note that the ear-drum busting sound has some endearing subgenres. Metalcore, defined as the blending of hardcore and metal music, is experiencing a major boom currently. Leaders of the scene are taking charge by recording standout albums, putting on thrilling live performances and amassing huge fanbases. Usually the songs feature strong guitar riffs, soaring breakdowns, and a balance between heavy screams and smooth, clean vocals. It’s an exciting time for this music style, so here are 15 songs to introduce you to metalcore. Hop on board and enjoy the ride!
Jim Shearer catches up with the brothers of KONGOS on this week’s Top 20 Countdown, Katy Perry just signed on to the biggest gig in America, Pharrell launches a new sneaker line and Iggy Azalea is getting divorced even though she never got married in today’s First Dibs. Read more…
60 years ago today, one of the greatest frontmen in the history of rock n’ roll let out his first cry and he’s been making noise ever since. David Lee Roth made his bones as a member of legendary Southern California band Van Halen who forever changed hard rock with their boisterous party anthems and the over the top personalities. Only an exhibitionist of epic proportions could share the stage with Eddie Van Halen, whose technique and tone revolutionized electric guitar playing, and DLR perfectly fit the bill with his mane of bleach blonde hair, shirt agape, loud screams and absolutely hilarious on stage banter.
Taylor Swift teases the release of another song and gets the ultimate co-sign from co-writer Jack Antonoff, Sam Smith cannot be stopped at Beyonce karaoke, preview three new Queen songs and more on Last Lap. Read more…
Boy band veterans Jordan Knight and Nick Carter stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live today, joining host Nick Lachey in a triad of hotness. While the three stars waxed about their former pop groups, correspondent Ellie Lee traveled back to her teenage days to see which of them she had the biggest crush on.
They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and artists aren’t shy about covering songs that they admire. Take the great Aretha Franklin with her recent cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” or Rita Ora’sstripped down version of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love”. Even Sia turned her superior pipes towards tunes that she wrote for artists like Ne-Yo and Britney Spears. But not all covers are sung equally, and occasionally you have that rarest of phenomenon: a cover that outdoes the original. Read on for some of our favorite picks! Read more…
We aren’t the only ones who think You Oughta Know amazing, up-and-coming artists. Taylor Swift thinks so too. Why else would she cover Vance Joy‘s “Riptide,” perform with Sam Smith and hang with Lorde? The real question remains: will she make an appearance at this year’s You Oughta Know Live in Concert to prove her devotion?
R&B newcomer Tinashe recently hit the scene with an effortless sense of bravado and an authentic ’90s vibe reminiscent to era’s greats—Aaliyah, Mya, SWV. After conquering seemingly challenging factors during her summer of stardom—you know, like, Beyoncé and Jay Z selling out a nationwide stadium tour and Ariana Grande commanding the charts—Tinashe managed to steer herself away from the competitive landscape and score a sizable breakout hit with “2 On” featuring Schoolboy Q.
Paula Patton files for divorce from Robin Thicke, Fleetwood Mac are heading back to the studio and to gear up for an upcoming tour, Ne-Yo hangs with strippers in his new “She Knows” video and more on First Dibs.
Today would have been the 70th birthday of John Entwistle, the groundbreaking bass guitarist for legendary classic rockers The Who who died in 2002. Entwistle redefined the role of the bass in rock music and changed the way the instrument sounded and was played. His lead breaks on the band’s 1965 anthem “My Generation” may or may not be the first bass solo on a rock n’ roll record, however it is the most well known and possibly the best. And though it took a couple years to catch up, others soon followed suit, inspired by “The Ox”’s aggressive playing style and impressive musicianship. From fellow travellers like Jack Bruce and Tim Bogart through to present day bass ragers Billy Sheehan and Les Claypool, thanks to Entwistle’s innovations the bass guitar is no longer banished to the back of the bandstand. Celebrate John Entwistle’s birthday today and check 15 of the greatest bass guitar solos in rock history.