saturday night live
Last night, Phoenix returned to Saturday Night Live and rocked 30 Rock out with their new singles, “Entertainment” and “Trying To Be Cool/Drakkar Noir”. The last time Phoenix played Studio 8H, they were asked to push out their set and play more songs, but as they told Entertainment Weekly, they didn’t want to. Last night, it seems two performances (of three new songs!) were more than enough to bring the house down.
Justin Bieber has set his sights on 30 Rock, scheduled as both host and musical guest on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. You’ve seen the promos, and now, with the impending snowstorm predicted to rock much of the Northeast, you have no choice but to watch. Nicely done, Scooter Braun! We will never question your relationship with the weather gods again.
While Adam Levine left the musical duties–aside from putting his own stamp on “YOLO”–to Kendrick Lamar during his Saturday Night Live hosting gig, 18-year-old Justin Bieber is handling both this weekend, joining the likes of Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars, and his pal, Ludacris. It’s a chance to get a little racy, given the 11:30 p.m. showtime, and prove whether or not he has the multihyphenate gene in him à la some other Justin. Bring on the yellow raincoat sketch.
It’s so much more than a weirdly tropical Hump Day here in New York City. The funny minds over at Saturday Night Live are letting you–yes, you–make a case for the musical guest you think deserves a shot on the late-night program. No promise on whether they’ll listen, but #SNLMusic Suggestion Day, as you’ve always dreamed, is finally here.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 30, 2013
20 years! Boy bands never really left though, so cue the legion of BSB diehards tweeting until their fingers turn blue:
While they present very logical arguments–and we fully support celebrating any anniversary with china–we have a few ideas of our own. Read more…
Two super-charged performances of “Cut Me Some Slack” and one leaked studio version later, we are fully prepared to accept what was totally unthinkable not one week ago: that the Paul McCartney/Nirvana collaboration is a real and rocking thing.
When word of the team-up first broke last week, there were cries of heresy — Courtney Love, reasonably distressed by the thought of a Kurt Cobain-less Nirvana, leading that charge — and implausibility, but then Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (aka the surviving members of Nirvana) all showed up with Macca to play their new song at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief and it rocked so hard that it seemed totally reasonable to cut them some slack, if you will.
The new crew turned up again over the weekend, performing “Cut Me Some Slack” underneath tinsel and besides a Christmas tree on Saturday Night Live, and and handily killing it once more and making it even harder for us to deny that this whole McVana thing might actually be sort of awesome. And then the very good studio-version that found its way to the internet this weekend and now we know for sure that this collaboration is a thing we love, most of all because of that nice moment halfway through the song when the harmony hits and breathes a little Beatles into the otherwise shattering rock song. Consider our calenders marked for Grohl’s forthcoming Nirvana documentary Sound City, which is slated to feature “Cut Me Some Slack” on the soundtrack.
Old pros Maroon 5 returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend for their fourth turn as musical guests. Donning matching red outfits, they played their reggae inflected “One More Night.” The Overexposed single has enjoyed a long run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts — the longest of the year, if you’ll believe it — and Adam Levine’s spirited performance lends new appeal into the song as it edges towards ubiquity. We have always thought Levine to be a little self-serious when it comes to his music, but he spent almost the entirety of his time on stage wiggling his hips and throwing his hands up in reverence to the highest notes, apparently still inspired by the song he’s been performing for almost six months now. Its nice to see him having fun, and — hey, it doesn’t hurt that red’s a nice color on him.
They returned later in the show in all gray uniforms to perform their new single, the more staid and moody “Daylight.”
Just hours after Rihanna performed her single “Diamonds” on Saturday Night Live in front of a backdrop seemingly pulled right off Tumblr dashboards, Azealia Banks dropped a music video for “Atlantis” that featured similar Lisa-Frank-Meets-Seapunk aesthetics. Was it purely coincidence or did Rihanna’s SNL performance and Azealia Banks’ new video for “Atlantis” both pull from the same Internet aesthetic? And do either of them have to answer to the crew of Internet artists that have been calling foul?
Rihanna was on Saturday Night Live over the weekend to perform her blindingly bright new single “Diamonds” and then new and truly beautiful Unapologetic track called “Stay.” On the album she’ll be joined by space-y singer/songwriter Mikky Ekko, but she stood alone on the SNL sound stage, with only a spare piano line and the occasional cymbal flourish to back her new-found voice.
“Stay” is a rare Rihanna ballad, and a patient and particularly emotive one at that. With the past few records, Rihanna’s found her grove with the sort of literally dazzling dance track that “Diamonds” is, tracks that make good on her unique but not not exactly impactful voice. But when “Diamonds” came out, we noticed that she was experimenting with her vocals and sounding at times almost like Sia or Lana Del Rey. She took that one step further with “Stay,” a song that finally has her really singing. And so she might still be singing about Chris Brown (“Not really sure how to feel about it / Something in the way you move / Makes me feel like I can’t live without you / And it takes me all the way / I want you to stay.”), but at least she’s doing it in a different way. We just even more excited about Apologetic‘s release next week.