The band recently played the first single from the album, “My Window,” live in the Yahoo studio, and we’re excited to premiere that performance in 360 degrees for fans new and old to get a taste of the band’s flavor. If you’d like to keep up with Jr. Juggernaut’s schedule, check here.
Top three finalist Dalton Rapattoni stood out on the final season of American Idol — or what was supposed to be the final season of American Idol, at the time — not only for his passionate performances and quirky, theatrical style, but for his outspokenness about living with bipolar disorder since age 9. “It’s nice to have people talk about it, because there’s not a lot of media figures that have bipolar disorder that are really good influences,” he tells Yahoo. “Any time people see someone with bipolar disorder on television, it’s always on Law and Order where a person with bipolar disorder murdered 14 people — and it just makes people afraid of people with any sort of mental illness.
One connection a casual listener probably wouldn’t make is… Metallica. “And a friend of mine was dating Kirk Hammett — so the age gap there was lessened by the fact that she was older than I was, and then he was older than her.
Chris Cornell, who tragically passed away Wednesday age 52, was one of the greatest rock vocalists (or vocalists, period) ever to pick up a mic. A Robert Plant for the grunge generation, he was named rock’s greatest singer by Guitar World and fourth-best singer in heavy metal history by Hit Parader, and he came in at No. 9 on Rolling Stone’s “Best Lead Singers of All Time” list. Whether fronting Seattle heroes Soundgarden and supergroups Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, or belting out an epic Bond theme with a license to thrill, Cornell’s iconic voice was always louder than love.
When we speak by phone while she is at home in Nashville, Elson cannot contain her well-deserved excitement at the positive feedback. For Elson, it’s particularly rewarding, because she wasn’t sure Doubles Roses would ever make it to fans.
Today, we look at the day that Margaret Cho came by to perform songs from her album American Myth, which is up this year for Best Comedy Album. Sitting at Yahoo Music’s studio to perform two acoustic songs with her musical partner, Garrison Starr, fearless comedienne, pop-culture provocateur, and all-around badass Margaret Cho is serving ’90s realness — and not just because her surprisingly serious songs and flowing tunic wouldn’t seem out of place in a classic Lilith Fair lineup.
With the 59th Annual Grammy Awards set to air on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12, we’re looking back at some of the nominated artists who’ve performed for Yahoo Music. Today, we go back to South By Southwest 2016, when bluesman Fantastic Negrito played acoustic at our Austin compound. If the ad execs over at Dos Equis ever want to recast their famous “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign, they need look no further than Xavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Oakland-based bluesman and NPR Tiny Desk Concert contest winner Fantastic Negrito.
Matt McAndrew may have placed second on The Voice Season 7, but he’s come out a winner, as one of the most popular contestants to ever compete on the show. His official Voice single, “Wasted Love,” skyrocketed to a then-record-setting #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 (with opening sales of 209,000), and he has returned to the show again and again, most recently serving as the host of the Voice‘s Amazon Echo-cast series and touring with his Season 7 friend Luke Wade.
Day one of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans featured many highlights, including an onstage marriage proposal, a mock guitar solo by an adorable 5-year-old girl, a cover of the Family Ties theme, and a controversial chant of “Free Kevin Gates!” during hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd’s mobbed set. (Rae Sremmurd served as last-minute replacements on the Pepsi Stage for Gates, after Gates was sentenced to 180 days in jail just two days before the festival.)
G-Eazy brought both the love and the hate to New Orleans’s Voodoo festival this Friday, with a wild, wide-ranging set that included a sweet onstage marriage proposal and a scathing, expletive-addled song about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
When brainy glitch-pop band Mutemath played the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience this Friday, frontman Paul Meany kept it in the family — just as he did when the group first performed at the New Orleans festival in 2006. Back then, it was Meany’s grandfather, affectionately known as “Papa G,” who joined Mutemath onstage. This year, it was time for Meany’s 5-year-old daughter to make her big Voodoo debut. And she did her dad, and her great-grandpa, proud.
When Detroit’s nerdy neo-soulman Mayer Hawthorne announced Friday at New Orleans’s Voodoo festival that he and his band were about to play “the greatest song of all time,” one might have expected something by, say, Marvin Gaye or Smokey Robinson. But instead, Hawthorne and company graced the Pepsi Stage audience with a feelgood, seemingly completely sincere rendition of the classic Family Ties theme, “Without Us.”
On Friday, the first annual Visual Japan Summit kicked off at Makuhari Messe convention center outside of Tokyo, celebrating new and veteran bands of “visual-kei”– a thriving Japanese musical subculture with its own fashionable, flamboyant take on the Western glam rock genre. Headlining the event were recently reunited, widely recognized pioneers of the movement, symphonic prog legends X Japan — whose founder, Yoshiki, has frequently credited KISS for changing his life and turning him on to rock ‘n’ roll. ...
In part one of "The Voice" finale, each of the four remaining contestants sing three songs: a cover, an original, and a duet with their coach.
As Swedish-born, London-bred, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Petter Ericson Stakee – leader of alt-folk outfit Alberta Cross – sits on Yahoo Music’s Austin porch at South by Southwest, he seems right in his element.
When folk-rock singer-songwriter Lissie moved back to the Midwest and bought a 10-acre farm in northeast Iowa – just across the river from her hometown of Rock Island, Illinois – it was bittersweet. “I think I understood the game as like, ‘OK, you gotta get back in the studio and get another deal and be A&R’d, and write songs with a bunch of other people and have people scrutinize them and tell you which ones are good,’” says Lissie, who was signed to Sony for years but is now proudly independent. Eventually, however, Lissie began making music just for herself, with no intention of releasing it, and her creative juices flowed once more.
Casual listeners could be forgiven for mistaking DMA’S for a British band. “We’ve always been big folk fans,” the trio’s Matt Mason says, sitting on an Austin porch after performing a stripped-down South by Southwest session for Yahoo Music. Despite the elder Gallagher brother dis, DMA’S (whose lineup is rounded out by frontman Tommy O’Dell) have been embraced in the U.K. But now it’s time for them to start all over and launch an Australian invasion in the USA.
“Somebody once told me if music doesn’t work out for me, inspirational speaking might be a good thing for me,” jokes James Alex of Philly’s punky, spunky, gleefully ramshackle indie outfit Beach Slang, as he sits on an Austin porch after performing at Yahoo Music’s South by Southwest headquarters. Alex probably could enjoy a lucrative side career as a motivational speaker – but it seems like full-time rock ‘n’ roll is working out for him just fine.
“People always tell us that what we’re doing isn’t popular – like, ‘Why are you doing it?’ But I don’t think any of us really care,” says Conor Behrle, guitarist for the Hollywood glitter-rock brigade Hammered Satin, sitting at Yahoo Music with his platform-soled, leather-sheathed, rivet-studded, bell-bottomed bandmates. “I do not want anyone to be confused and think that’s what we’re about.
“‘Disco’ now has a very different connotation than even five years ago,” says Eugene Cho, founder of the Brooklyn indie-dance collective Escort, sitting with his bandmates Dave Sharma (drums) and French-born style icon Adeline Michele (vocals, bass) after bringing their block-rocking beats to the Yahoo Music studio. Escort – whose lineup features anywhere from seven to 17 members, depending on the live setting – have been making effervescent, alternative, analog dance music for a decade now. “The whole ‘disco sucks’ thing was the rock ‘n’ roll monolithic establishment… but even now, Fall Out Boy has a dance record out now,” Sharma points out, jokingly comparing today’s dance/rock crossover hits to the one-off disco singles that the Rolling Stones, KISS, and Rod Stewart released back in the day.
Blues-rock is having a moment right now, with artists like Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Chris Stapleton, and of course the Black Keys introducing a whole new generation to real roots music and authentic analog instrumentation. Los Angeles power trio the Record Company, who just released their debut album Give It Back to You on Concord Music, fit right into that scene with their swampy, sweaty sound – but they eschew the idea that they’re part of some revival moment or are limited to a certain retro genre. “We’re influenced by everything from early electric blues, early punk, early country, gospel music,” says singer/guitarist/harmonica virtuoso Chris Vos.