You Oughta Know artistFitz and the Tantrums‘ music could be described just like its fashion — Motown roots with a pop twist. Frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick embraces this fusion by pairing skinny suits a la the 1960s with new sneakers and a hairdo reminiscent of New Wave. The rest of the six-piece Tantrums, mostly guys who make up the group’s tight horn section, share Fitz’ penchant for sporting skinny suits on stage. And the group’s lone gal, knockout co-singer Noelle Scaggs, favors vintage dresses and a retro bob. For our inaugural Music Seen feature, VH1 photographer Zev Schmitz spent time with the Fitz and the Tantrums as they dropped by VH1 to perform a You Oughta Know Live set in our lobby. After the jump, photos and commentary by the band members themselves. — Matt Muro
A double outpouring of grief has swept through the music community today at the news that both Poly Styrene and Phoebe Snow had passed on (Poly Styrene last night after battling breast cancer and Snow this morning due to complications from a January 2010 brain hemorrhage).
We’re always excited when a You Oughta Know artist comes to our offices and performs an exclusive You Oughta Know Live set, but The Civil Wars particularly enthralled the room (even if the “room” was our lobby). Before they took the impromptu stage, the audience was more hesitant than usual, largely hanging by the elevators or against the back wall.
But the instant they launched their their four-song set with their single “Barton Hollow,” the band’s presence drew in the crowd; Joy Williams and John Paul White are almost instinctual performers. Williams in particular accentuated her vocals by gesturing and dancing, and when, on “Poison & Wine” (“the loud version,” as White called it), she was behind the keyboard, the two locked eyes, not only to “perform” the doomed love of the song but also as a substitute for any rhythmic accompaniment besides White’s strumming (which also allowed them to end on a rather long shared note). These two belong on a stage. No wonder they scored opening gigs for Adele next month.
We never pretended not to be Hanson fans (they are, after all, this month’s VH1 Posted artist) but apparently Dancing with the Stars did: last night’s “Guilty Pleasure” episode included a live performance of “MMMBop.”
We’re still two full days away from the first annual O Music Awards, which will be streaming live on a computer near you this Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. However, because this is unlike any awards show you’ve ever seen, we’ve already started announcing some of this year’s big winners. So far, prizes have been given out for the Most Innovative Music Video (congrats, Andy Grammer!), the Favorite F**k Yeah Tumblr (shout-out to F**k Yeah Adam Lambert, see the award presentation below!) and, just a few minutes ago, the Favorite Animated GIF, which you can see directly above!
Don’t forget to check out the official O Music Awards site all day Thursday, where we’ll be bringing you awesome content straight from the Las Vegas Strip. Be sure not to miss the show itself which, as we mentioned above, will be starting at 11 p.m. ET and will feature performances from Mumford & Sons, Chiddy Bang, Matt and Kim and much, much more.
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting that former American Idol mainstay Simon Cowell has chosen his fellow judges for the United States launch of the British musical competition The X Factor: Paula Abdul, music exec L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole.
So, you’re probably asking yourself, just who the heck is Cheryl Cole, anyway?