We love Bleachers. We love CHVRCHES. And we love Fleetwood Mac. Put the three together and you have an unforgettable musical combo, and also the epic finale to last night’s You Oughta Know Live In Concert!
If rock history has taught us anything it’s that for a band to achieve any longevity they better be prepared to drop members and pick up some new ones along the way. Yes, there are some legendary and long-running groups that still have all their original members, but the pressures of what it takes to succeed in music – the endless tours, the long hours in the studio, the financial stress- leads many to an inevitable split due to personal or “artistic” differences. Those changes have led some groups to amass small armies of past members.
There are some songs that encourage you to slow down, take a deep breath, pull up a plush over-stuffed chair and contemplate life. And then there are songs that just want to make you leap up and down and fist pump, briefly pause to order bottle service, and then repeat. Rarely do these two kinds of music overlap -until now! Thanks to the magic of beat mixing machines, amateur and professional DJs are turning yesterday’s chill-out tracks into today’s party anthems. Read on to hear a few of the most unique and hilarious, featuring Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews’ Band, Enya, Michael Buble, and more!
Reinvention. It’s part of an artist’s nature. Start out sounding and looking one way, get bored, evolve into something different. But for a lot of artists, this evolution is pretty subtle from album to album.
Typically in a rock band, there is one lead singer. Sure there may be other band members adding background vocals and harmonies to fill out the sound, but those other members usually have a primary role other than singing. Of course, this is not a steadfast rule by any means. In fact, in the classic rock era the multiple-lead-singer setup was quite prevalent. And some of the greatest bands of all time have had more than one lead vocalist, where each singer is identifiable as a trademark of the band’s sound. Read more…
Today we’re celebrating the 66th birthday of rock’s most mystical musician, Stevie Nicks. Over the years, she’s dazzled us with her beauty, her hauntingly breathtaking vocals, and that signature goddess-like presence.
Sometimes less really is more! Acoustic demo tapes provide a fascinating insight into a songwriter’s process. It’s a window into a private moment, when they’re usually alone in their bedroom (or studio) with nothing but a guitar and a tape recorder, creating a tune from out of nowhere. It’s like listening to magic happening right before your ears! And if the songs they create go on to become classics, it’s also a precious moment in history. We’ve put together a list of 10 incredible early tapes of songs you know by heart. Not only are they beautiful in their stripped down simplicity, but these first drafts are sometimes drastically different from the final cut. Read on to hear some amazing works in progress!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today marks the official start of the 2013 holiday season, as people across the country are home plotting out their Black Friday shopping strategy thick in the midst of a tryptophan haze. Whether you’re going to battle the masses at your local retailer tomorrow or planning to carve out a few hours on Monday to shop while basking in the glow of your computer monitor, the staff here at VH1 Music put together some gift suggestions for the music lover in your life. Our Gift Guide contains products that can do everything from vastly improving the way you experience music (seriously, get yourself a pair of Monster DNA headphones!) to remembering some of history’s most memorable music moments (Ed Sullivan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Classics DVD set) to helping you create some sweet tunes of your own (a Roland keytar is where it’s at, y’all!).
I just love when I’m able to share a music appreciation moment with someone; those moments are even more dynamic and enriching when seemingly unlikely fans connect and bond over a particular artist. I had one such moment about a year ago, when my officemate and fellow music lover Dan Tucker (who’s a talented musician in his own right) heard the sounds of RES blaring through my headphones. “That was a great, album. What happened to her?” he commented and questioned, and for several moments we mutually expressed how much we loved and missed RES.
The Immortal Bard once wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on!” but in the cases of these ten amazing bands, love was the fuel behind the music. In each of these 10 bands, at least 2 (if not all) of the bandmates were involved with each other and that off stage romance inspired an amazing song. For some of the couples on our list, their tumultuous break ups inspired classic hit songs, while for others, their true love gave way to sweet, soulful ballads. The course of true love ne’er did run smooth, but it truly inspired these 10 songs.