These songs have been stuck in your head for the past year, but the obsession can all be traced back to these explosive music video. These videos popped out on the scene and brought landmark aesthetics and memorable dances that became synonymous with the songs. After all what's a catchy tune without a contagious dance to go with it? This isn't a ranking, but a celebration of the hit songs that shaped the look and sound of 2014.
10. Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX - "Fancy"
As soon as a blonde Iggy Azalea threw on her yellow plaid outfit and knee socks, we all knew 90s throwback was in full swing. Iggy's sassy rendition of the classic movie, "Clueless" for this music video struck exactly the right chord for her and Charli XCX to go off and remind us that they're "in the fast lane, from LA to Tokyo."
Cincinnati's Leggy is coming to NYC! The trio, self-described as, "blond-heavy nü garage indie punk pop-tarts" are making a name for themselves with their stripped-down, genre-bending tracks. Leggy, who recently released their album "Cavity Castle" on casette and free BandCamp download, is made up of high school friends Véronique Allaer, Kerstin Bladh, and Christopher Campbell. They will be jamming in the city for two separate nights this weekend; Friday, Nov. 28th at Palisades, and Sunday, Nov. 30th at Cake Shop, both a part of their East Coast Tour. Don't miss out! Tickets for Friday's show can be found HERE; for Sunday's show HERE. See you there!
Metalheads, rejoice! Militia Vox, the kickass, powerhouse vocalist is coming to Brooklyn for the Black Rock Coalition Showcase this Friday, November 21st! Recently named one of The Huffington Post’s “Ten Fiercest Black Female Rockers,” Militia is no stranger to the industry; she’s lent her pipes to acts like Dee Snider and Cyndi Lauper, and was a central figure in Judas Priestess, the world’s only all-girl Judas Priest tribute band. After a successful residency with NYC’s premiere haunted Halloween destination, Times Scare, Milita has set her sites on Brooklyn for a high-octane performance at Littlefield. Think you can handle it? Tickets are $8 at the door, see you there!
Of course we’ve come to expect ethereal soundscapes and long instrumental affairs from Pink Floyd. Quieter stretches both haunting and beautiful have typically permeated their best work. So what sets The Endless River apart from the rest of their work?
So much time has been spent dissecting the various eras of Pink Floyd. Some diehard loyalists place the early, wacky Syd Barrett era on the pedestal. Others contend that the Roger Waters-controlled era of 70’s had Floyd operating their spaceship at its highest art. And a few others lean towards the David Gilmour 80’s era. But in truth, all three eras have their defining characteristics. One can’t be considered without the other.
The Tonight Show has shown a growing musical disposition in the days since Jimmy Fallon became the show's host. With recent guest performances from the likes of Stevie Nicks and the Roots, and with Fallon hilariously entertaining sit-down guests with musical games and covers, the show has seen a sharp rise in popularity.
Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show have continued their streak of musical headlines recently. When musical guest U2 surprised this week's show by not appearing, due to an arm injury incurred by Bono from a biking accident, the show seemed destined for a lackluster and disappointing fill-in. Not on Jimmy's watch, though!
On Friday, November 14th, progressive rock band Consider The Source treated their hometown fans to an evening of thrilling musical experience at The Knitting Factory. Originally from Brooklyn, the power trio were in their element. Members Gabriel Marin (guitar), John Ferrera (bass), and Jeff Mann (drums/percussion) were perfectly in sync with each other, feeding off of one another's energy to create some of the most amazing sci-fi, middle eastern, jazz, metal, fusion around.
The night began in the back bar show room, dark and musty with the anticipatory reflections of many anxious fans. However, before CTS took the stage, we were entertained by the band ShwizZ. A righteous stew of funk and progressive rock, the septet is comprised of Ryan Liatsis (guitar/vocals), William Schmidt (guitar), Frankie Coda (bass/vocals), Andy Boxer (drums/vocals), Paul Hollands (percussion), Gianluca Trobetta (keyboards), and Matty Carl (saxaphone). Between their masterfully written pieces like “Orange Wreck” and their extremely creative cover of The Beatles’s “Day In The Life," they were the perfect opener for Consider The Source.
The latest full-length release from the Foo Fighters is titled Sonic Highways, and it stands as their most ambitious album to date - at least in concept. The release of the album is timed with HBO’s presentation of an eight-part documentary of the same name. The HBO series follows the Foo Fighters as they travel around the United States to eight different cities, tracing the roots of American popular music; as there is one episode per city, one song per city appears on Sonic Highways. The Foos spend time recording songs in famous studios in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Austin, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles. The songs on Sonic Highways ostensibly bear the musical influence, the feel of each particular place.
Over a hundred thousand fans gathered in New Orleans’s City Park Halloween weekend to witness three days of unrelenting musical talent from huge headliners including Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex and the Artic Monkeys. This years’ lineup was incredibly strong with some of the most memorable and bizarre performances playing sporadically throughout the weekend spread across each of the four stages- Ritual, Carnival, Le Plur, and Flambeau, each stage being a mini festival within itself. The brilliantly-planned layout of the stages in a semi-circular pattern allowed each structure to blare crisp unadulterated sound and allowed festive Voodoo fans to easily frolic between stages to catch electrifying performances of electronic dance music, indie/alternative, rap, brass bands, rock and more!
If you're over 18 invite a few friends to prep with you for the Bassjackers & Dyro set at Concord Music Hall with a bevy of aural sweets alongside a slice of electro-rock paradise from Candyland and Breathe Carolina.
Both acts will take center stage to perform their latest hits and remixes, 'Bang It Out,' 'I Don't Know What I'm Doing,' and 'Candyland' remix.
If you're under 18, don't worry; you're welcome to attend with an adult, so be sure to tell mom and dad about the family friendly concert so that they can purchase tickets right here in advance.
Now that the dust has settled from another successful (and exhausting) CMJ, we finally have the opportunity to tell you about one of our favorite performances; sibling band Ménage, hailing from across our northern border, in Canada. The talented rockers performed at the official Rocker Stalker showcase at Spike Hill in Brooklyn, and here is our take...