Happy 41st birthday Snoop Dogg…er…Snoop Lion! It’s been a big year for you. One of name changes and breaking the big 4-0. There’s nothing more wonderful then spending your b’day with some of your closest friends, doing the things you love to do the most. That’s why we’ve collected a few of your most heartwarming friend hangs (we think) and imagined what you could do to celebrate your birthday. Think of these as merely suggestions, and ways to make sure you have the best birthday a Lion could ask for.
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Our November You Oughta Know artist Delta Rae runs with a crew six deep, bonded in part by blood and in total as a band. The Hölljes siblings make themselves apparent (see: all that fair blonde hair), but when the count runs down and the music kicks in, the connection between the band as a whole is so strong it suggests a family anew. And their gravity, when they are in-synch like that, is seriously strong. Just watch them perform their gripping and gospel inflected “Bottom of the River,” like they have recently on Big Morning Buzz Live and Conan, and you will feel the strong pull of their orbit, too. And you might just like it.
Our tremendous photographer Michele Crowe spent the day with Delta Rae, snapping away as they warmed up for and then rocked their You Oughta Know Live session last month. You’ll see the love they have for each other and their music — and hear it and feel it, too.
We’re beyond excited for you guys to watch VH1 Unplugged: Carrie Underwood, when it premieres right here on VH1 Tuner at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon; you’ll also be able to catch the episode on VH1 tomorrow night when it airs at 7 p.m. ET. We’ve already given you a sneak peek of the amazing set –if you missed Carrie’s tremendous cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You,” you should stop what you’re doing and watch it right now– and now we want to take you behind-the-scenes of the taping that occurred here in NYC back in August as part of our ongoing series, Music Seen.
Our ace photographer Lauren Weissler trailed Carrie as she prepared for and performed her five-song Unplugged set here in New York City back in August. Carrie’s radiant beauty and majestic voice was on full display all day, and we hope these pics help satiate your appetite for VH1 Unplugged: Carrie Underwood until tomorrow!
On repeat all the while, “Anna Sun” kept our summer synch-drenched and charged with Neverland-like fantasies of ghost towns rattled. And now with fall is upon us, we are excited to announce that two time Big Morning Buzz Live veterans Walk The Moon will represent as September’s You Oughta Know artist! And so alas, the fun does not ever have to stop. The Cincinati foursome dropped by VH1 headquarters last month to play an high energy and hard working — also, sweaty! — You Oughta Know Live set, which we’ll roll out throughout the month. And until then, our photographer Lauren Weissler tagged along, capturing their day, down time, perspiration, face paint and all, to give you a peak behind the scenes. Have a look!
We came. We saw. We listened. We scrubbed ourselves clean afterward. Lollapalooza 2012 has come and gone, and since it was a weekend that’s likely “fuzzy” for many of its attendees, here are some photographs of the festival’s musicians and crazed fans alike including The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fun., Perry Farrell and the extremely-photogenic Florence Welch.
While waiting to hop in the photo pit for Chairlift, word got around that their performance would be delayed. We photogs looked up to the gray but not super threatening clouds and figured it’d be a half hour or so. Nope, turns out, all 90,000 attendees were being very reluctantly shuffled off the grounds. Unsurprisingly, many a youngster pouted and sat on the curb, tutus splayed out and beers in hand. About 30 minutes later, the skies opened and all were cleansed of their face paint and body glitter.
Doors just reopened, so we’re heading back into the very muddy trenches for a few more shows, including Calvin Harris and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More rain is likely…hoping to nab a neon poncho on the way over.
[Photos: Lauren Olson]
In a recent Rolling Stone article, A$AP Rocky explained that “nowadays, everybody wanna be weird. We know how to manifest being weird. We know we some weird-ass looking motherf**kers, and we know we do some weird sh*t.” He continued, “But at the same time, we some geniuses.”
While we’re not entirely sure that we agree with the “genius” tag, it does seem that suddenly every artist is out to “out-weird” each other. Whether it’s what Ke$ha‘s studding, what shoes Lil Wayne‘s rocking, or what Lil B‘s prophesizing, artists are competing to be the most unique and we just can’t get enough of it. Normal is just so boring, isn’t it? The art of music is all about expressing individuality in its purest form, and artists who don’t just let their tunes do the talking are the most appealing to us. We love these artists for embracing their individuality, their unique weirdness, that sets them apart. Brace yourself for our list of the Top 10 Weirdos in Music Today (And Why We Love Them For It).
Performing in front of glowing climbing nets, the Gym Class Heroes looked and sounded great at their VH1 Unplugged taping here in New York City a few weeks back. Stripped down to acoustic guitars and a brush sticks, they got us going with a set that included new favorites like “The Fighter,” old favorites like “Clothes Off,” and special guests like the beautiful Neon Hitch and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump (with whom we spoke to exclusively before the show). The Heroes, Stump and Hitch go way back, and so in addition to the unplugging, there was also lots of catching up and goofing off. Our photographer Brendan Tobin was there to catch all. The warm up, the big show, the cool down — check his pictures out below!
VH1 Unplugged: Gym Class Heroes will make its online premiere tomorrow, Thursday, July 12, at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. You’ll be able to catch it on VH1 that night at 12 a.m. ET/PT.
An iconic star was born when Lil’ Kim arrived on the scene in 1995. Not only would the Queen Bee go on to break records, she was the first to successfully define an image with her style that pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be a female rapper during the 90s. Her bubbly personality was matched with over the top fashion–designer of course–that oftentimes put her sexuality on full display. Green, purple and red wigs? Kim was doing that nearly two decades ago. Gasp worthy ensembles at every award show, including the purple sequined pant suit exposing one boob with only a pasty to cover– Kim’s been doing that. Over the years her style has evolved as she evolves. Don’t confuse evolution with conforming to what’s in at the moment though. As she was ahead of her time musically and stylistically she continues to dress to the beat of her own drum. In honor of her 37th birthday, here are 37 of her most iconic fashion choices. Happy Birthday, Queen Bee!
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The Lumineers had us at first “Ho Hey,” but their visit to VH1 headquarters a few weeks back really got our hearts and feet thumping. Looking the part in soft chambray shirts and suspenders, and with big smiles on their faces, they played a few songs before sitting down to talk about their move west from Brooklyn to Colorado and about hearing their music on television for the first time. All the while our photographer, Lauren Weissler, was tagging along to catch them setting up, hanging out, plugging in, and playing. We’ve named The Lumineers our You Oughta Know artists for July and August because we just can’t get enough of their warm, roots-revival rock; the rest of you, though, who have helped to propel their album to the #3 spot on Billboard’s Folk chart and #4 on the Indie chart, might have your own reasons for loving them. But check out the photos below and tell us: aren’t you so charmed, too?
But wait, we have a surprise for you! We have a special, free MP3 download of “Big Parade” by The Lumineers here for you!
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