When I was in 7th grade, I ordered an “All-Access Behind The Scenes BSB Experience” VHS tape from a Backstreet Boys fan club Geocities website, and it was composed mostly of footage of them eating quietly in their dressing rooms. To this day it stands as one of the best purchases I ever made, because it allowed me to brag to my friends that I knew, without a doubt, that Kevin Richardson enjoys bagels.
My 7th grade self would be freaking out today, because it’s just been announced that the Backstreet Boys are working on a feature-length documentary about their rise to stardom and massively successful 20-year career… Keep reading »
Somebody pissed off Beyoncé! She’s dropped a new song called “Bow Down” (mashed up with another song “I Been On”) and it’s the fiercest we’ve ever seen from Sasha Fierce. You will treat me with respect, she is saying, and seems to be speaking to other women who judge her for her choices:
I know when you were little girls / you dreamt of being in my world / don’t forget it, don’t forget it / respect that / Bow down bitches / I took some time to live my life / But don’t think I’m just his little wife / Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted / this is my shit / Bow down, bitches
The art for “Bow Down” seems to be a picture of young Beyoncé standing with dozens of (dance?) trophies and she sings about “H Town,” leading me to wonder if the song is directed to girls she grew up with back in her hometown of Houston, Texas. You can listen to “Bow Down”/”I Been On” after the jump: Keep reading »
“We’re not, like, hard men. We’re emotional, weeping pussies. We’re not, like, rock ‘n’ roll. If AC/DC had ever apologized, that’d be the end of their career.”
– Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall (pictured far left) discusses the band’s theme of saying sorry in their songs (their breakout hit “Little Lion Man” is basically a master class in taking full responsibility for your fuck-ups) in this week’s Rolling Stone cover story. Marshall added that the group’s sensitive nature often caused issues on tour: “You know, someone doesn’t say hello to you one day and you’re like, ‘I cannot believe the gall!’” [Rolling Stone]
You know, I thought I’d made up 311 Day — a day (3/11) to celebrate the band 311. But it turns out the band beat me to it. Today, 311 day, we celebrate how “all mixed up” we’d be without then. Did you know that 311 has been around for 25 years? Do you feel SO old right now? Sorry. Let’s get back to the important business of celebrating this holiday. Here are 5 ways to make 311 Day count… Keep reading »
“Wine isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely for me. Just tried for a sequence to the new album. Very exciting stuff. I can’t quite nail it down due to the being too drunk. #Tomorrow”
–Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill got a little too cozy with a bottle of wine and sent out a series of tweets to update fans on the status of the band’s upcoming album. The gist? It will get done once he’s slept off his hangover. You gotta love an honest rock star, right? [NME]
When one of my high school friends was dumped by her gay boyfriend (we all knew he was gay, never sure why she didn’t), she made me drive her around with her in her parents’ Mercedes all night listening to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” On repeat. On cassette. While she cried. It was traumatizing to have a beloved childhood song become the soundtrack for teenage histrionics. I’ve since reappropriated the Bonnie Tyler classic as my go-to karaoke song. Just to make new memories. Sometimes I dance while I sing it.
I tell you this because it’s been a while, but Bonnie Tyler is BACK. The singer has been chosen to perform the UK’s entry song for Eurovision, “Believe in Me.” Oh, Bonnie, we believe in you, basking in the sunlight in your badass fringe boots.
If this music video has made you crave some “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as it did me, you can find the Literal Video version after the jump. It’s much more entertaining than the original. [DListed] Keep reading »
Add this to the list of reasons I want Jane Lynch to adopt me: she learned all the words to Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” for an episode of “Glee.” Even Conan O’Brien is impressed! Sophia Grace and Rosie should watch their backs. [YouTube]
Oh hai. I’m Jessica and I’m the last person in the universe to notice Ed Sheeran is a really cute hot ginge, like scruffy Prince Harry who’s actually wiped his own butt his entire life. Here he is with Passenger mashing up “Thrift Shop” and “No Diggity.” And making me swoon. [BuzzFeed]
“We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen. America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realized that after the show, it’s the afterparty, and that after the party, it’s the hotel lobby, and–perhaps most importantly–that ’round about four, you’ve got to clear the lobby, at which point it’s strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody. President Obama: we ask you to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.”
––This is the actual text of a petition to the Obama Administration to change the national anthem to R. Kelly’s 2003 hit “Ignition (Remix).” Only 95,000 more signatures are needed to guarantee an official response from the White House. Let’s do this. [Whitehouse via Buzzfeed]
This is Barbie Parker giving an expressive performance in front of a crowd of thousands of cheering fans at Lollapalooza. If her name doesn’t ring a bell in your mental dictionary of rock stars, that’s because she’s never been a headliner–she’s a sign language interpreter who performs alongside hugely popular musical acts like Jack White and Green Day. Parker’s company, LotuSIGN, has helped bring sign language interpreters to more musical performances, and the demand for her services continues to grow. “Music is such a large part of who I am,” she said. “I want to be able to open up that experience.” Parker’s performances include air drumming, lip syncing lyrics, dancing, and jamming on an air guitar to communicate each concert to attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing. Check out a couple videos of Parker in action, after the jump! Keep reading »