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.
'The Late Show' posted video of Gorillaz performing their classic "Feel Good Inc.," but with host Stephen Colbert in place of De La Soul.
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.
“Twenty years ago, they gave me the gift of this song,” Celine Dion announced onstage during Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees, an all-star tribute concert that was taped Feb. 14 at Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater and aired Sunday night on CBS. “Tonight, I sing it with love for Barry, as well as for Robin, Maurice, and Andy.”
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 the day that rising L.A. neo-blues band the Record Company came to our studio. 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.
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. ...
Jeffery Austin started off as Team Gwen’s dark horse on The Voice last fall, but then he galloped all the way to the top four and the Season 9 finale. Fans of Jeffery’s soulful, emotive interpretations of heartbreak ballads by Sam Smith, Adele, Jessie Ware, Robyn, Labrinth, and James Bay on The Voice will find much to like about “Only You,” which is the first song Jeffery has written by himself. Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks is excited to premiere an exclusive acoustic version, shot in Yahoo’s gorgeous new Playa Vista studio, with Jeffery’s Voice castmate and producer, Timothy Atlas, playing guitar.
MacKenzie Bourg may have only placed fourth on this past, final season of American Idol, but in his own way, he emerged a Season 15 winner. Shortly after the 23-year-old Louisiana singer-songwriter left Idol in one of the series’ all-time classiest exits, in-house mentor Scott Borchetta offered to release MacKenzie’s original ballad “Roses” (which he performed twice on the show) via Big Machine Records. Now MacKenzie is talking to labels and working on his (no pun intended) blossoming career. Get “Roses” on iTunes It may seem like an overnight success story, but longtime Reality Rocks readers know MacKenzie has been working towards this goal for a while now: Four years ago, he competed on The Voice (or, as he jokingly puts it, “The Show That Shall Not Be Named”), and while he stalled in the top 20 week of that competition, Adam Levine prophetically referred to MacKenzie as “an American idol” back then, indicating that better things lay ahead.
Yes, the late Prince wrote some of the most enduring music of the past century, but he spent nearly as much time exploring other people’s songs. Here are a few great moments of Prince paying musical service to others. Prince threw a bone to the Coachella faithful with this Purple Rain-esque remake of Radiohead’s classic.
“I seem to remember my mom telling me that I came to her crying when I was probably about 5 or 6, saying that I was ‘sad that I would never be able to see out of anyone else’s eyes.’ That was my first kind of existential crisis,” laughs Oscar Scheller, aka singularly named rising British bedroom songsmith Oscar – who seems fairly well-adjusted now, as he sits with Yahoo Music at South by Southwest after performing in our Austin living room. Oscar’s mother, whom Oscar describes as a “punk,” and his “hippie” father, who used to produce techno music, also once served in the footnote new wave band the Regents. My mom would have singing lessons even when I was in the womb… Music was the most immediate and the most honest expression for me, and felt the most natural,” Oscar recalls.
When L.A. powerpop combo Rooney debuted 13 years ago, they were supposed to take over the world. And they should have. They were the first band to ever play The O.C.’s Bait Shop, even! But despite Seth Cohen’s support, Rooney found themselves caught in limbo between alt-rock radio and Top 40, and under constant pressure from major label Geffen Records to have a smash single. They never quite “made it,” and were instead relegated to cult-band status.
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.