Archive for the ‘Live’ Category

Clean Bandit Perform “Rather Be” On ‘Good Morning America’: Watch

No-No-No-No-No!

When we interviewed Clean Bandit this past spring, we obviously had quite a crush on the UK band’s addictive pop-meets-house-meets-classical sound, but we had no idea how big their crossover hit “Rather Be” would become in America. Fast forward to September, a time when the quartet’s Jess Glynne-featuring single has been hovering just outside of the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks and they’ve been trekking across the States doing live shows in support of their debut LP New Eyes.

Neil, Grace and brothers Jack and Luke played at New York City’s Webster Hall on Tuesday evening, then followed that up with a performance of “Rather Be” (sans Jess Glynne, but with vocalist Elisabeth Troy in tow) on Good Morning America. More »

Iggy Azalea And Rita Ora Got Extremely Intimate On ‘The Ellen Show’: Watch “Black Widow” Live

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Closer Than Ever
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora belted out rising hit “Black Widow” on today’s (September 9) episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and shared an extremely intimate moment. The duo has performed the trap-pop anthem live several times with similar staging (really hot ballerinas and copious clapping) but the faux-lesbian choreography is new. And welcomed.

After spitting her first verse alone in a figure-hugging white bodysuit, the Australian rap diva walks into the audience to meet her similarly-clad collaborator. Things get a little crazy when they return to the stage and Rita stares longingly at Iggy’s famous backside before they gently caress each other. I love stunt queen antics, so I’m fine with this. Watch the ladies in action up top. More »

Duke Dumont Performs “Won’t Look Back” Live With Moko For BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge: Watch

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Duke's In The House
By hitting up BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge for a performance of “Won’t Look Back,” Duke Dumont revealed that the mystery singer on his latest club anthem is Moko — or at least that’s who he brought along to belt out the track on the popular radio program. (The single art and video don’t credit the vocalist on the studio version.)

Moko featured on Chase & Status‘ 2013 UK hit “Count On Me” (it’s definitely one to check out if it slipped by you unnoticed last fall), and here with this live rendition of “Won’t Look Back,” she proves she can hold her own when paired up with Grammy-nominated producer Dumont. More »

Electric Youth Perform ‘Drive’ Soundtrack Hit “A Real Hero” Live On Camera For The First Time: Watch

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A Real Human Being...
Ryan Gosling noir thriller Drive is the type of movie that doesn’t leave your head for days (weeks, years…) once you see it, and a large part of the film’s draw is its addictive electro-pop soundtrack — in particular, College and Electric Youth‘s dreamy tune “A Real Hero.” Cut to three years later, and Electric Youth, a Canadian duo consisting of real-life couple Bronwyn Griffin and Austin Garrick, are releasing their debut LP Innerworld on September 30.

Ahead of that, the pair and their touring band recently shot a live video in a Toronto studio where they performed “A Real Hero” on camera for the very first time. NPR premiered the mesmerizing visual today, and you can watch it above. More »

Lady Gaga Made A Surprise Appearance During The Adam Lambert & Queen Tour In Australia: Watch

It's Gaga & Glambert!
From ArtRave pop diva to Cheek To Cheek jazz chanteuse, Lady Gaga is truly a musical chameleon. And last night, the “Born This Way” singer-songstress delighted an unsuspecting audience with yet another musical switch-up: Glam-rock goddess!

Yesterday, while down under for the Australian leg of her ArtRave, Gaga popped out on stage during the acclaimed Adam Lambert and Queen Tour in Sydney, which has electrifying audiences all over the world this summer. (It makes sense, too — Gaga is named after Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga,” after all!)

Together, the two friends gleefully tore into Queen classic “Another One Bites The Dust” together to the roaring delight of the crowd. “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before. I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “So much fun tonight! @ladygaga” Lambert wrote on his page.

Check out photos and videos of the surprise duet after the jump, and listen to full audio from the concert right here. More »

Kiesza Gives Surprise Pop-Up Performance At New York’s Full Moon Festival: Watch

“Hideaway” dynamo Kiesza had some time off last weekend, so naturally she did what any workaholic would do in her position: stage various pop-up performances of songs off her recently-released EP across New York. Below you’ll see her hopping the ferry with her entourage and heading over to Governors Island for an impromptu appearance at last Saturday’s Full Moon Festival.

After Kiesza and her dancers tear through “Hideaway” during the gig, the red-headed singer notes, “Now we’re gonna try and catch a ferry [home]. I’m probably gonna take a shower, go to bed, wake up tomorrow and do it all over again.”

Watch the tireless songbird in action below. More »

Kiesza Covered Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” And It’s Pretty Much Glorious: Watch

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Priceless Advice
Smart cookie Kiesza continues to impress with her lives performances, only the one we’re raving about this time around doesn’t involve her elaborately recreating her “Hideaway” dance routine outside a television studio space. The Canadian singer instead sat down with an acoustic guitar for NME‘s Basement Sessions series and turned out a moving rendition of Nirvana‘s In Utero classic “Heart Shaped Box.” In doing so, Kiesza proved that she’s not just a child of ’90s with an affinity for only house music, but rather for the entire array of sounds that influenced her while growing up.

Watch the singer pour her own emotions into Nirvana’s 1993 alt-rock staple above. More »

Vin Diesel Sings Sam Smith’s “Stay” Rather Nicely: Watch

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So, Darlin'...
Regardless of what possessed Hollywood musclehead Vin Diesel to croon Rihanna‘s “Stay” and dance all seductive-like in front of a camera to Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse” and Beyonce‘s “Drunk In Love” earlier this year, the Guardians Of The Galaxy actor now has quite the reputation for being up on all things pop music. Hence him being asked during an interview with London’s Capital FM to sing Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” on the spot.

Granted, the interviewer did give him a laptop with the song’s lyrics. And despite Diesel’s faux protests at first of not being up on the song, he appeared to catch on pretty quick once it began playing. All in all, Vin was a great sport, and, you know, actually didn’t sound too shabby. What a Renaissance Man. More »

Foster The People Perform “The Truth” Live For Spotify Sessions: Watch

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Preach!
Foster The People‘s sophomore LP Supermodel is full of musical gems, and one of the best of the bunch is “The Truth.” (It’s actually my own personal favorite, more so than pop-leaning numbers like “Coming Of Age” and “Best Friend.”) Something about the urgency in in frontman Mark Foster‘s voice on the track — not to mention the straight-up crooning he does on the chorus — mixed with the sheer wall of sound the band and co-producer Paul Epworth created on the album version make it a must-have for any 2014 playlist.

So consider us at Idolator tickled that we get to premiere FTP’s performance of “The Truth” from their recent Spotify Sessions gig. Recorded live at Los Angeles’ amazing Village studio, just past the 405 on Santa Monica Blvd., Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius (plus a few other musicians) serve up the song and give us an intimate look at what it’s like when they’re left to their own devices and making music together. More »

Austin Mahone Covers George Strait In San Antonio: Watch

Austin Goes Country
Austin Mahone took cues from ’90s boy bands (Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC) on his debut EP The Secret. To kick off his headlining tour, though, Mahone also decided to cover The King of Country.

While performing in his hometown of San Antonio, the pop heartthrob performed a faithful cover of George Strait‘s 1995 hit “Check Yes Or No” while wearing a cowboy hat that initially belonged to his father.

Strait emerged in the early ’80s and ushered in a new wave of traditional country singers – and inspired Mahone himself, as shown in a video unearthed by America’s Funniest Home Videos. In 2012, the show hosted a submission in which Mahone, age 3, pulls a cowboy hat over his head, grins at the camera and says, “I look like George Strait.” (He was close enough … Strait likely would have worn pants.)

Watch a grown-up Austin Mahone cover George Strait, then a young Austin Mahone do his best to look like George Strait after the jump. More »