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Bruno Mars performs onstage at 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET) Brandon Flowers of The Killers performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2017 held at The SSE Arena, Wembley on November 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for MTV) (L-R) Dominic Howard, Matt Bellamy, and Chris Wolstenholme of Muse perform onstage during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 at The Forum on December 9, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for KROQ) Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers and Halsey performs at Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) Rapper Snoop Dogg performs during halftime of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Coliseum on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Brandon Boyd from American band Incubus performs in concert in the Rock In Rio Festival in the Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 23, 2017. (MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images) Lady Antebellum and Earth, Wind & Fire perform the grand finale onstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CMT) Musician Jonathan Russell (far R) of The Head and the Heart performs at the Fitz's Stage during 2017 Hangout Music Festival on May 20, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images for Hangout Music Festival) Singers Billy Idol and Miley Cyrus perform onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) Frank Orrall of Thievery Corporation performs onstage during The Music Of David Byrne & Talking Heads Continue Reading

Musical suggestions for a winter playlist to make it through the storm

With predictions of dire weather in the forecast, it's as good a time as any to throw together a winter playlist. So look no further if you're trying to find some cold-weather classics listen to while you're huddled up under the blankets. "Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice Vanilla Ice's hit briefly topped the charts in 1990, at a time when rap songs weren't regularly number one. The rapper — whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle — got his name because he was the only white boy in a breakdancing group. His signature move, according to Fusion, was "The Ice." The song features some memorable lyrics and a beat that's suspiciously close to (read: the same as) the beat of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure." More than 25 years later, though, most Gen-Xers can still spit the rhymes of this ostensibly "dope melody." "Frozen" by Madonna Before everyone only remembered "Frozen" as a Disney movie with a torturously overplayed theme song, it was a Madonna song. This 1998 song isn't actually about the cold, per se, but it's about a lover with a frozen heart that Madonna is convinced she can melt (assuming she doesn't puncture it with her pointy cone bra, also a gem courtesy of the 1990s.) "Sweater Weather" by The Neighborhood Although the chorus of this 2013 hit proclaims that "it's too cold," it's also set on a beach in California — so it's really probably not all that cold. The Neighborhood is an alt-rock band based out of sunny California, so perhaps they can be forgiven for believing that sweater weather is "too cold" (even though those of us in the northeast know better.) "The Winter" by Cake Cake gained popularity in the 1990s with hits like "The Distance," and "Never There" and an awesome cover of "I Will Survive." Their most recent album — "Showroom of Compassion" — was released back in 2011 and it included "The Winter," as well as "So Sick of You," Continue Reading

Celebrities, athletes, supermodels mingle at Super Bowl pregame parties

Magic Johnson brought the funk, Robin Thicke brought the fun and Justin Bieber brought the finger. As the clock wound down this weekend on the plethora of Super Bowl pregame parties, a celebrity-studded roster of revelers popped up at a succession of gridiron galas. The mix of athletes and actors, models and musicians made for some strange scenes — including Paris Hilton actually working. The celebrity heiress handled deejay duties at the Leather and Laces party for a crowd that included her sister Nicky, actor James Marsden, ex-’N Sync singer Joey Fatone and Maksim Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing with the Stars.” Supermodels Brooklyn Decker and Bar Refaeli hosted the crowded Times Square soirée. Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton shared a cozy corner booth with Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander at the GQ party in the Boom Boom Room atop the Standard Hotel. “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul, who also hit ESPN’s super bash, was all about the bunnies at the Playboy party. Jets quarterback Geno Smith, walking the red carpet at the men’s magazine blowout, was overheard confessing that he’s rooting for the Denver Broncos. The reason? Denver cornerback Kayvon Webster is an old friend. But Smith admitted it was killing him that Denver used the Jets’ facility for its practices leading up to the game. He felt better after Nelly’s hour-long set inside. NBA Hall of Famer Johnson brought the old school to the Aspire Bring Soul to the Big Game party, donning a Julius Erving-style afro wig and a wild patterned suit. Magic flashed a peace sign on the way inside to complete the vintage look. Just after midnight, rapper Kendrick Lamar hit the stage to rock the crowd at ESPN The Party, performing a string of his hits, including “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Don’t Continue Reading

Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the right groove at Des Moines show

Confession time: Before Tuesday night, I probably would’ve never gone out of my way to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers.Growing up with Green Day posters littering my walls and counting down the days each summer until the Vans Warped Tour, they were always that band to me. The one that didn’t quite make sense; the one that wasn’t punk enough on this song or emotional enough on that track.Quite simply, funk freaked me out a little bit. I never outright disliked the Peppers, but I never fully bought in.Boy, was I wrong.Maybe it was seeing Flea lead the band with his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-worthy bass. Maybe it was feeling the group perform hits such as “Californication” and “The Zephyr Song” in front of 11,425 adoring fans at Wells Fargo Arena. Maybe it was being immersed in the band’s cathartic arena energy a day after a similar space, the Manchester Arena in England was victim to a terrorist attack that left a reported 22 dead and dozens more injured.   More: Manchester bombing vigil draws thousands as attack investigation intensifies Whatever it was, it worked.Under the lights: The show came with a grade-A lights spectacle. Lantern-like orbs hung above the floor, moving up and down like waves with each track, as if the band synonymous with California bottled up the West Coast waves and brought a piece of the ocean to America’s heartland.  Frontman Anthony Kiedis and Flea kept things energetically positive, providing signature jumps and cross-stage dancing while keeping fans on their feet to nostalgic hits such as “Tell Me Baby” and “Suck My Kiss.” With each hit came louder and louder cheers of affection from onlookers, climaxing with the pre-encore rendition of “By The Way.” With each flailing guitar riff from band newcomer Josh Klinghoffer, I found myself adoring the unmistakable cosmic eruption I never before had found in the Continue Reading

Bonnaroo reaches new heights: Chance the Rapper covers Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ and more highlights

Three days into its 96-hour run, the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. reached new musical heights – and likely, its peak – with a show-stealing appearance from Chance The Rapper, a triumphant return by Red Hot Chili Peppers and an incredible hour of harmony at the festival’s famed “Superjam.” These were our favorite musical moments from Saturday. Complete coverage: Photos, stories and videos from Bonnaroo 2017 Superjam’s soulful celebrationUnsurprisingly, Bonnaroo’s signature musical gathering – the “Superjam” – was a weekend highlight for everyone who managed to cram under “This Tent” at 1 a.m.This year’s theme was “The Soul Shakedown,” and its setlist tackled everything from “Superfreak” to “Time Is On My Side” to “24K Magic.” It’s the one night of the year you’ll see, say, Christian rap star Lecrae covering A Tribe Called Quest, then country artists Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) and Margo Price belting out Al Green’s “Love And Happiness.”But surprise, surprise: Chance The Rapper was a late addition to the lineup, and he ended up bringing the whole thing home with two glorious covers: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” More: Chance The Rapper: King of Bonnaroo The jam was led by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and other performers included Jon Batiste (bandleader of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show”), Flint Eastwood, Boyfriend, Rayland Baxter, George Porter Jr., Nicole Atkins, Joseph, Jason Huber of Cherub and Tank And The Bangas.15 years ago, a massive modern rock act like Red Hot Chili Peppers would be just a little out of place at Bonnaroo - which started as a haven for homegrown jam bands.But in 2017, they were the headliners bringing the festival back to its Continue Reading

Red Hot Chili Peppers say Bonnaroo is favorite festival

Fifteen years ago, a massive modern rock act like Red Hot Chili Peppers would be just a little out of place at Bonnaroo - which started as a haven for homegrown jam bands. But in 2017, they're the headliners bringing the festival back to its funky rock roots.  Complete coverage: Photos, videos and more from Bonnaroo 2017 And five years after they joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the California band seems to be truly defying its age. On Saturday night, Bonnaroo's tie-dyed old schoolers and hip young newcomers united in the field to groove to the likes of "Dani California" and other opening favorites. On the other hand, the band's beloved oddball bassist, Flea, came to Manchester, Tenn., to check out the full moon. He's a man who knows what he likes: when the band made their Bonnaroo debut in 2012, he made similar remarks about the moon hanging overhead. Clearly, that experience left an impression. "We've played a million f---ing festivals," He said. "This is my favorite one." More: Chance The Rapper: King of Bonnaroo And in both sound and spirit, the Peppers topped their first Bonnaroo appearance on Saturday. It was a set that joyfully veered from hits ("Scar Tissue") to covers (The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog") to extended free form jams, and the latter is something Bonnaroo is seeing a lot less of these days. One jam included a dedication to Johnny and June Cash, or as frontman Anthony Kiedis referred to them, "Johnny and June, singing under the moon."These guys really like the moon, huh? I kid. And these days, folks like to poke quite a bit of fun at the Peppers, with their signature funky style and the many hits with "California" in the chorus. But it's only so easy to joke about because it's that distinct, that unmistakable.  More: Bonnaroo 2017: Faces of the festival ("Under the Bridge" band's hit ballad from that same era, was sorely absent)"Peace and love to Continue Reading


ROCK SUPERGROUP The Red Hot Chili Peppers is going head-to-head with pop sensation Shakira as they lead the field at the MTV Video Music Awards this month. The Chili Peppers' "Dani California" is up for Best Group Video, Best Rock Video and Video of the Year, along with several nominations for editing and cinematography, at the Radio City Music Hall event on Aug. 31. Shakira landed nominations for Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, the Viewers' Choice Award and Video of the Year, along with nominations for Choreography and Art Direction. Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man," Madonna's "Hung Up" and Panic! At The Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" will also vie for Video of the Year. Panic! will give a live performance on the show, accompanied onstage by an all-star cast, including Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Ludacris and The Killers. The award winners will be decided by viewers, who can vote online at The annual awards show, known for attracting A-list partiers, is also famous for controversial moments - including Britney Spears' makeout session with Madonna in 2003. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


Though many never acknowledge it, music videos used to be an actual art form. During its belle epoque (the mid- to the late '80s), clip-making offered a proving ground for later film visionaries Michel Gondry, David Fincher and Spike Jonze, not to mention Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris and Steve Johnson. In their inspired work for artists like Talking Heads, Bjork and Peter Gabriel, such directors created their own sealed and starry universe in 4 minutes. You can tell how far things have plunged since then by perusing the five entries for MTV's Video of the Year honor (to be forked over at the awards ceremony on Thursday). There's some dynamism in these clips - thanks mainly to the charisma of the stars - plus some flashy costumes and zippy editing. But originality? Ideas? Fuhgeddaboudit. Here's a rundown of the best clips this past year could manage, with a bit of hedge-prone handicapping over which is most likely to bag the top prize: Madonna, "Hung Up" (Director: Johan Renck) At age - what is it now, 80? - Madge looks absolutely smashing. And in a unitard, yet. It's also cool that the director casts real street kids - some with unpretty figures - to be the dancers, lending the piece edge. Then again, the clip feels overexposed at this late date, and Madonna actually put out a cooler-looking one this year for "Get Together." Panic! At The Disco, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" (Director: Shane C. Drake) "Cabaret" meets "The Graduate" in this clip - or so the director may have hoped. The piece lacks both coherence and cool. And the group itself isn't well-known enough to snag the prize. Shakira with Wyclef Jean, "Hips Don't Lie" (Director: Sophie Muller) Muller is the artiest director here, but she's no fool. Her clip concentrates almost entirely on Shakira's epic midsection. In other words, it's not exactly art. But am I the first to notice that sex sells? Christina Aguilera, "Ain't No Other Man" (Director: Bryan Barber) The Continue Reading