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Watch: Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco Live On NYE

Fall Out BoyWhile you were busy ringing in the new year with friends and loved ones Tuesday night, Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco were also rocking—I mean ringing it in. Live from Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Fall Out Boy performed fan favorites “Alone Together,” “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark,” and “Young Volcanoes.” Meanwhile, on Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live, Panic! At The Disco could be found performing “This Is Gospel” and “Miss Jackson.” You can view all performances below, and let us know what you think.

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Warped Tour Announces The Devil Wears Prada, The Ready Set, And More

Warped Tour 2014Happy New Year, Warped Tour junkies! If you were watching Fuse TV‘s Warped Roadies the other evening, you’ve already heard the good news. But just in case you missed it, Warped Tour has revealed the next set of bands to play the 2014 festival will be The Devil Wears Prada, The Ready Set, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale, and NiT GriT. You can find the tour routing below, and get your tickets hereContinue reading ‘Warped Tour Announces The Devil Wears Prada, The Ready Set, And More’

How The Songwriters Behind One Direction Secretly Control Your Mind

One DirectionAbout a month ago, after One Direction dropped their latest release, Midnight Memories, most reviewers couldn’t help but point out the album’s shameless knock-offs of some of the biggest pop hits of the ’80s including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and pretty much any song by Asia, just to name a few. And, yes, while the songwriters behind the squeaky clean boy band’s smash singles make their musical points of reference pretty obvious to any listener older than 12, they also manage to pull off some patently ingenious lyrical references that slipped by most recaps of the album – mostly because that was precisely what they were designed to do.

Upon a first listen, the first verse of “Better Than Words” sounds like pretty standard fare for a One Direction song: a just-generic-enough description of crazy, undeniable love that sweeps you up in its whirlwind of affection and excitement.

Better than words
But more than a feeling
Crazy in love
Dancing on the ceiling

But, if you haven’t noticed it already, each line is also a song in its own right. The second line. The third line. And, you guessed it. These aren’t just lyrics in a One Direction song, they’re built-in references to seminal pop hits. And they’re placed directly next to the title of the One Direction song, itself the very first line of the song.
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Artist Vs Poet Stream “Close To You”

Artist-Vs-Poet-300x212Happy New Year’s Eve, music lovers! As a special treat for fans, Artist Vs Poet have released a new single called “Close To You,” which you can take a listen to below. The band will be touring Japan this February with William Beckett for shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, in support of their latest release, Keep Your Secrets.

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Carly Rae Jepsen To Make Broadway Debut

Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen is about to become a princess — on Broadway, that is. Taking the role of Cinderella in “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Jepsen will make her debut beginning February 4 for a 12 week run. Jepsen is no stranger to theater, having starred in classics such as “Grease” and “Annie” in high school before attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts.  For her upcoming role, she will perform alongside Fran Drescher, who will play Cinderella’s stepmother.

“Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale,” said Jepsen, “These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!”

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Justin Bieber Streams “Backpack” Featuring Lil Wayne

justin-bieber-2012-photoshoot-justin-bieber-30636483-2048-2560Here’s a combination you might not expect: Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne. Released as part of Bieber’s Journals collection this past Monday, the singer revealed the R&B laced track, “Backpack,” with guest vocals from Lil Wayne. It’s weird and seemingly about aliens, yet it has that classic Bieber vibe that Beliebers go mental over. Also appearing on Journals are tracks featuring Future and Big Sean. Check out the track below.  Continue reading ‘Justin Bieber Streams “Backpack” Featuring Lil Wayne’

If You Aren’t Following These Artists On Twitter, You Should Be

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 7.58.42 PMKaty Perry was crowned the Queen of Twitter earlier this week, after figures released by the site showed that she gained more than 15 million followers in 2013. Which is good, because while KP has already received numerous accolades – Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – we all know that when it comes to determining popularity (and self worth), it’s all a matter of how many Twitter followers you have.

Perry may have narrowly beat out fellow pop superstars like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to take home the title of most beloved on the interwebz, but her timeline isn’t nearly as funny, thought-provoking, or all-around enjoyable as some of the musicians who truly rule the social network. For tweets that are full of lulz and aren’t purely written for self promotion, try following these unsung heroes.

John Darnielle @mountain_goats
The Mountain Goats frontman is already well known for being a prolific songwriter, but he’s equally active on Twitter. Follow if you like: jokes, death metal, bad movies, progressive politics

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Why Almost Everyone Loves “Bowing Down” To Beyoncé

BEYONCETo be clear, this is not really about Beyoncé’s new album. It’s not about her incorporation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s feminist TED Talk on the track “Flawless.” It’s not about her anti-marketing strategy. And it’s definitely not about judging whether the music is “overrated” or not.

Because beyond any of the numerous aspects of the album’s production that Beyoncé had under her control – the probably insane non-disclosure agreements regarding the album’s release, the video treatments, the feminist lyrics, the genre-spanning production – what is just as fascinating about the new album are Beyoncé’s fans reactions to it, and the repeated hyperbole that they use when they talk about her, especially in contrast to their own lives.

It isn’t news to anybody that Beyoncé’s fans elevate her to the level of royalty, and, most of the time, to the level of a goddess. It’s become just as commonplace for the casual fan to refer to Beyoncé as “Queen Bey” as it has for some of the press’ most respected music critics. But if you comb through enough tweets and status updates about Beyoncé, you’ll see another interesting trend: that, in their veneration, her fans repeatedly tend to openly highlight their own supposed personal insignificance and lack of achievement to the pop queen’s grandiose accomplishments.

Here are some anonymous Beyoncé-related samples from the recent Twitter archives:

“I can barely make my bed in the morning. @beyonce is on a world tour and puts out an album and a shit ton of videos. what am i doing?”

“Beyoncé made more money in the past hour than I have in my whole life.”

“I don’t want to sound like a crazy stan, but listening to Beyonce’s new album is why we were put on this earth”

“Let it sink in that 2-year-old Blue Ivy Carter already has a verse on a Beyonce song, once again proving she is more powerful than us all.”

A recent Buzzfeed review of Beyonce’s new album takes a cursory stab at dissecting this phenomenon: “Even casual fans approach her as a sort of deity, in large part because thinking of her as a superhuman being is part of what makes her music and performances so much fun.”
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Review: Childish Gambino – ‘Because the Internet’

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 7.28.47 PMWhile Donald Glover listed a slew of personal worries in a headline-grabbing series of Instagram notes earlier this year, his greatest fear must be stagnating. The 30 Rock writer turned Community star turned showrunner of a new FX sitcom, Atlanta, has also been making infectious hip-hop under the moniker Childish Gambino since 2008. And even with that project, Glover refuses to stand still for too long.

Over the course of the last half-decade, the artist has completely revamped both his attitude towards the music he creates as well as his approach in making it. The project started as a lark, with Glover adopting his stage name after plugging his own into a Wu-Tang rap name generator online, and early Gambino tracks have a carefree, this-is-just-a-side-project sort of vibe. But because he’s spent the last several years bouncing around from writer’s room to television studio and back to the writer’s room again, his hip-hop career is the one thing that has offered any sort of stability. It’s also the reason that he’s been able to hone his once-goofy sound into something more lasting. Glover’s studio LP debut – 2009′s Camp – found the rapper discussing race and class issues over dazzling electro beats and was hardly the stuff of joke rap. That’s not to say Camp was lacking in wordplay – my personal favorite line was always, “I love pussy, I love bitches, dude, I should be runnin’ PETA,” – but the record was a definite move in a more serious direction.
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Chvrches Cover East 17′s “Stay Another Day”

ChvrchesThere’s nothing like a little Scottish synthpop to ease you into a Monday morning. Performing in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Chvrches recently covered East 17‘s “Stay Another Day”— and covered it well. Maybe it’s the added female vocals, or the steady synth, but this tune carries the perfect winter vibes, bringing us right into the holiday season.

Chvrches will take off on a UK tour this March, hitting Dublin, Glasgow, and Leeds before ending in London. Check out their cover below.

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