Monthly Archives August 2015

Meet the Republican Who Launched the ‘Ready for Kanye’ PAC

August 31, 2015 Music

Following Kanye West's VMAs declaration that he wants to run for president in 2020, 24-year-old Baltimore-native Eugene Craig on Monday registered ReadyForKanye.net and filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to register the Ready for Kanye political action committee.



How President Kanye Saved the Video Music Awards


Craig, whose favorite Kanye album is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, spoke to Rolling Stone about his reasons for starting the PAC and how he's preparing the world for President West.


Why did you file the FEC paperwork? Do you feel like you're making a statement?I think it is a statement. It's a couple of things going on. First, it's an opportunity to reach voters who

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David Bowie, Aerosmith, Flaming Lips Pen Songs for ‘SpongeBob Musical’

August 31, 2015 Music

A surprising collection of musicians will write songs for an upcoming theatrical production of SpongeBob SquarePants, dubbed The SpongeBob Musical. David Bowie, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Cyndi Lauper, Flaming Lips, John Legend and T.I. will all contribute original songs to the show. Bowie's tune will feature additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton, who is also contributing his own song.



Professor to Dress as David Bowie for a Year for 'Research'


Other artists who will be contributing songs to the production include Lady Antebellum, Dirty Projectors, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's and They Might Be Giants. The SpongeBob Musical is set to open on July 3rd, 2016 in the Windy City at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Preview

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What T-Pain, Ja Rule and More Really Think of Donald Trump

August 31, 2015 Music

All across these United States, the same unlikely word echoes from one town to the next: Trump! Could the MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles be so different? Did the billionaire presidential candidate's name come up again and again on the red carpet this weekend?



Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny


No. But we conducted a short survey anyway about the man from artists on their way into the VMA's, asking one simple question: "Trump 2016. What do you think?"


Ja Rule: "Trump is very entertaining. He speaks very openly and candidly about what he feels. I think it's a breath of fresh air for everybody to hear it. It's not always the politically correct thing, but I think that's what people are enjoying about Trump being in the running....

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Watch the Tragic Trailer for Kristian Bush’s New Documentary

August 31, 2015 Music

It's been four years since the stage at the Indiana State Fair crashed to the ground minutes before a Sugarland show, killing seven people who'd shown up early for front-row seats. More than 100 others were injured. Bandmate Kristian Bush is still reeling from the disaster, which kicked off a string of tragedies that unfolded over the following 12 months, including a divorce from his wife, a lengthy lawsuit with families affected by the stage collapse and an ongoing break from one of the most successful country duos of the 21st century.



30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn't Hear


Those challenges — and the new songs they helped spawn — take center stage on Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland's Kristian Bush, an upcoming

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Carrie Brownstein Lines Up Questlove, Amy Poehler for Book Tour

August 31, 2015 Music

Sleater-Kinney guitarist/Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein will release a memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, on October 27th via Penguin. That same day, the versatile performer will kick off a book tour at Brooklyn bar Saint Vitus, joined in conversation by Roots drummer-producer Questlove. The 11-date jaunt, which runs until November 17th, will feature notable guests throughout – including Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant and writer Dave Eggers, Pitchfork reports. 



Carrie Brownstein: The Music That Made Me


Brownstein will appear October 28th at New York's Barnes & Noble location at Union Square. The trek will continue through Philadelphia on the 29th (with Bryant), Chicago on the 30th (with Pitchfork

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Inside the 2015 VMAs: 8 Questions We Asked From Our Seats

August 31, 2015 Music

"I don't understand award shows!" Kanye West declared last night with real agony in his voice during a long, emotional speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. He was there to pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but had other worries on his mind. So if Yeezy himself is at a loss at the meaning of these ceremonies after winning 21 Grammys, multiple Moonmen, American Music Awards and other amazing prizes, how are the rest of us to cope?



MTV VMAs 2015's 20 Best and Worst Moments


By the end of two and a half hours inside the Microsoft Theatre, we had our own questions about this year's VMAs show.


1. Did host Miley Cyrus think offering mild criticism to Nicki Minaj in a New York Times interview wouldn't mean facing some

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Hear Slayer’s Crushing New War Cry, ‘Cast the First Stone’

August 31, 2015 Music

Plodding, doomy guitars open one of the heavier tracks on Slayer's upcoming album Repentless, "Cast the First Stone," which is now streaming online and available for free download via Adult Swim Singles. The tune soon transitions into a bulldozing, mid-paced thrasher, as frontman Tom Araya sings about vengeance, echoing war cries and devils spitting fire. The LP will be available in full on September 11th.



See the Smithsonian's Slayer and Thrash-Metal Mini-Doc


Earlier this year, Slayer guitarist Kerry King told Rolling Stone that he got the idea for the song while walking around Athens, thinking about all of the clashes that took place there over the centuries. "It's just about battle, not a particular battle," he said. "You cast the first stone, I'm gonna

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Hear Siouxsie Sioux’s Haunting ‘Hannibal’ Finale Song, ‘Love Crime’

August 31, 2015 Music

Siouxsie Sioux ended an eight-year songwriting hiatus Saturday night when she contributed a new track titled "Love Crime" to the series finale of Hannibal. The Siouxsie and the Banshees singer's haunting, strings-laden track was spearheaded by the serial killer show's music supervisor Brian Reitzell, who spoke to Entertainment Weekly (via Pitchfork) about how he coaxed Sioux to record the track despite the singer stating she hadn't written a song or entered the studio in nearly a decade.



'Hannibal': The Sick Genius of TV's Darkest Show


Reitzell, who previously worked with Sioux on the 2006 film Marie Antoinette, discovered that she was an admirer of Hannibal. The feeling was mutual, as showrunner Bryan Fuller was an enormous

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Katy Perry Preps ‘Prismatic World Tour Live’ Concert Film

August 31, 2015 Music

Katy Perry's colorful, sprawling Prism trek will come to the small screen this October with the release of The Prismatic World Tour Live. The concert film will focus on Perry's December 2014 visit to Sydney, Australia, where she performed six shows at the Allphones Arena. The Prismatic World Tour Live will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on October 30th, or 12 days after Perry's lengthy tour concludes October 18th in San Jose, Costa Rica after 151 gigs, a Super Bowl halftime show and nearly 18 months on the road. 



Go Behind the Scenes of Katy Perry's Mammoth Prismatic Tour


Russell Thomas of Done + Dusted directed the concert film, which will be presented, like the Prismatic concerts themselves, in seven thematic acts.

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Watch Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, More Perform at VMAs

August 31, 2015 Music

Given Miley Cyrus' gig as the Video Music Awards' host, the MTV award show was filled with surprises and special guests. The show relied heavily on referencing the most controversial moments from its recent history, flashing clips of Cyrus dancing on Robin Thicke as well as Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift. Given the spectacle, it's only natural that the performers would attempt to live up to the precedent made by many stars sitting in the audience, and most delivered both in the venue and on the outdoor stage.



Beef, Bombast and Kanye West Reign at Wild MTV VMAs


Nicki Minaj kicked off the event with a Carnival-inspired performance of "Trini Dem Girls" before launching into "The Night Is Still Young." As she did — Taylor Swift, a performer

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