Last night was the Season 3 premiere of “Nashville,” and, as usual, it had me at the edge of my bed, wine in hand and slack-jawed. The story lines just keep getting better and better, and, if possible, the stars’ musical performances are doing the same. From Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton to Lennon and Maisy Stella, the show’s actors also have some killer chops. If these 10 killer musical performances haven’t sold you on Season 3 yet, I don’t know what will. Keep reading »
Gwen Stefani sang “Hella Good” on “The Voice” last night, and while it definitely wasn’t a full-on No Doubt reunion, Gwen totally rocked it. Instead of the rest of the band, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton awkwardly stagebombed the whole thing. They don’t exactly give off the right level of badassery to match Gwen, but she carried the whole thing like the rockstar that she is, and the dudes get points for effort I guess. “Don’t Speak” next, please!
Artist Katriona Dean designed and painted a piano, which she calls Foxgang Amadeus, for a Cobourg, Ontario art initiative called the “Keys To Our Town.” The goal of the piano was to inspire citizens and encourage them to make music whenever their hearts desired, and that seems to be the exact effect it had on Michael Anthony McNamara. Dean occasionally stops by the piano with a camera, and her lens captured McNamara playing a raw, emotional rendition of “Say Something.” A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera are great and all, but I’ll take McNamara’s cover any day. You can hear McNamara singing heartfelt covers of some other hits here. [Neatorama]
The ladies of The Frisky have just upped their street cred in a big way, thanks to some kickass new headphones that have made us the envy of our officemates. And now we’re giving you a chance to join the Cool Kids Club and win a pair of A-Audio Luxury HD Over-Ear Headphones for yourself! The headphones’ 3-stage technology allows you to select base enhancer, active noise cancellation and audio modes, and you can even use a dual jack to share music with friends. Oh, and did we mention the isolated sound ear cups are made of memory foam? Heaven. All you have to do is fill out the entry form after the jump for your chance to win! Click here to see Official Rules & Regulations. Keep reading »
Oh my god. This video. Is. Life.
So, apparently the George Mason Green Machine is the coolest marching (“moshing” LOLOL) band of all time? They not only do a boss rendition of Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls On Parade,” they’ve got “Beat It,” “Party Rock Anthem,” and “Pump It” in their repertoire as well. But OBVIOUSLY their Rage is the ultimate expression of marching band greatness. I am having serious flashbacks to being 17 and riding around Hyde Park in my ‘93 Camry right now.
Can I also mention how friggin’ boss it is that that flautist in the red shirt gives NO fucks and just keeps headbanging while she’s flauting? My hero. [YouTube]
Metal isn’t always the friendliest place for female musicians, but damn if GWAR isn’t switching things up in a serious way. The band was fronted by Dave Brockie for almost 30 years, until his death in March this year. They debuted their new female singer, Vulvatron, at Riot Fest in Chicago this weekend.
Vulvatron will be co-fronting the band with returning male singer Blothar. IRL Vulvatron goes by the name Kim Dylla and is a musician and clothing designer of note in the metal scene. She squirts fake blood onto the crowd from her boobs, guys. It might be time to start listening to GWAR. [Wondering Sound] [Image via Instagram]