The sun was still bearing down hard on the beach, but the fans still filled the beach area in front of the Chevrolet Stage to capacity to watch The Roots tear it up for an hour of non-stop dance-worthy tracks on Day Two of Hangout Fest.
Hangout Music Fest is in full swing this weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and we’ve got the five acts you can’t afford to miss today–plus some awesome photos from the festival and exclusive behind-the-scenes video with the bands.
Philadelphia’s 4th of July Jam is going global this year, thanks to VH1 and Palladia. The city’s Independence Day concert will be broadcast on both networks and will be streamed live on VH1.com.
It’s not too late to fall into love with Jessie Ware if you’re late to the ‘this-chick-is-dope’ party. The British soul singer left her heart on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon stage as she performed her single “Wildest Moments.” Backed by The Roots she seriously belts out the perfect pitch for each note. The melodies dances off her tongue divinely. Read more…
It’s a good year when a video of the leader of the free world singing Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” is uploaded to YouTube. President Obama’s very good Al Green attempt wasn’t the only video that had us clicking. Strange things happen when cell phones with video recorders meet the Internet. And this is why we’re most thankful to the almighty YouTube gods.
It’s been one hell of a year for online sensations. Going viral isn’t a prerequisite to making our list of the year’s best online videos. It’s not about the number of Internet scavengers who viewed a whacky video (although it’s a pretty good indicator of how great a phenomena it is). Whatever made us laugh until our bellies ached, smile so hard while thinking, ‘How cuuuute!’ or made us hit the replay button more than once, it made the list. From Jay-Z explaining who he was to an elderly woman on the subway to a grandma dancing to Tyga‘s “Rack City,” we loved it all.
We’d be lying if we used the cliche phrase “back like they never left” when referring to the Backstreet Boys because they did leave; and it’s been a long time since their heyday. But that’s all water under the bridge. All five of the boys-to-men group are right on time with new music to make Christmas slightly merrier. For the first time ever the quintet performed “It’s Christmas Time Again” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Now these guys may not be the heartthrobs they once were–their ensembles are a little blah–but they’ve still got it! Read more…
Jimmy Fallon‘s “Music Room” jams are quickly becoming one of our favorite late-night franchises. Over the summer, Fallon and his house-band, The Roots, helped Carly Rae Jepsen perform “Call Me Maybe” with only kindergarten classroom instruments, to a totally charming effect; and just last month, they did it again with Christina Aguilera‘s “Your Body” and a bunch of office supplies. The schtick is good, and last night it got better when Fallon and company welcomed Mariah Carey and her adorable children’s choir for what has to be the cutest rendition of Mimi’s modern classic “All I Want For Christmas is You” ever performed.
The only way we can imagine this being more festive is if they somehow had found a way to work a “Rudolph” break-down into it. Darkman, you busy?
Called to Jimmy Fallon‘s office pre-show Friday night, Christina Aguilera put on the week’s best late night performance without even so much as a mic or a stage set to assist her. Rather, Jimmy on the iPhone dial-tone, The Roots with the office supplies — like, the full Staple’s circular’s worth of office supplies: pencils, scissors, tissues, a water cooler, legal pads, etc. — and Christina with the stapler, the motley crew jammed out Lotus single “Your Body” desk-side. Of course she’s got a good sense of humor and a cool die-job, but what really makes this office space performance work is Christina’s killer voice. And maybe a little bit Jimmy’s sexy moves? But mostly that voice, because caught up with her judging on The Voice or man-splattering videos as we can get, we really shouldn’t forget that that Christina’s a real powerhouse ready to bring down whatever space you give her!
Still, though, we wonder if we should add that stapler to this list.
Questlove loves his social media. If you follow him on Twitter (@questlove) you know he tweets about everything from politics to personal photos of weddings in the woods. Quest appeared to be naturally chatty after The Roots‘ ACL performance when he revealed Jay-Z’s theory on success. He also told us that he live tweets during his shows. Yes, while playing the drums. “I’m a social network prince.” Read more…