Archive for the ‘Live’ Category

Ayah Marar’s Acoustic Performance Of Calvin Harris’ “Thinking About You”: Watch

Aug 20th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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Stripped Down, Still Deep In Thought About You
"Thinking About You"
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You’ve seen Calvin Harris‘ sexy, violent “Thinking About You” music video, wherein singer Ayah Marar‘s boat is taken over by a pack of menacing pirates. And in Idolator’s review of Harris’ 18 Months LP last fall, I raved of the ’90s house throwback, “You can’t go wrong with ‘Thinking About You,’ which features vocals by Jordanian expat Ayah Marar. She may be thinking about you, but this jam has got us thinking about 1993.”

So now, on the heels of the song’s Top 10 chart success in the UK, Marar has released her debut LP The Real here in the States. (Download from iTunes here.) While promoting the album in New York last week, she found herself in our studio chatting about her success and belting out a few songs with her guitarist, Dave. More »

Tegan & Sara Join Macklemore & Ryan Lewis For “Same Love” At Osheaga Festival: Watch

Aug 4th, 2013 // Comment
Same Love

Before Macklemore introduced guest performers Tegan & Sara at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival in August 3, he explained the significance of their on-stage collaboration. “I commend you and your country for evolving faster than most of us,” he said, “but I am under the belief that until we evolve — all of us, as a world — we are still enslaved by our prejudices and fears.”

The sister duo had joined Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for “Same Love,” the Marriage Equality Act anthem that earned them their television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While their interactions on stage were minimal, the pairing felt significant considering Tegan & Sara’s own past: When the duo first gained mainstream attention with 2004′s So Jealous, the media tended to focus on the fact that both sisters were gay, as if their sexuality was more of an anomaly than it actually is. More »

Lollapalooza 2013: Watch Ellie Goulding Perform “Burn”

Aug 4th, 2013 // Comment
Let It "Burn"
Lana At Lollapalooza
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Ellie Goulding‘s current single “Burn” (and the accompanying music video) raises a question: Who is she? Her August 3 performance at Lollapalooza helped provide an answer.

Originally recorded by Leona Lewis, “Burn” emerged without warning. As one of her most mainstream efforts yet, the song risked blindsiding fans of Halcyon, an LP that actually deviated from the ethereal yet straightforward pop formula of Goulding’s debut album Lights.

At Lollapalooza though, the crowd raised their hands during the hook and even clapped during the buildup without any prompting. Their responses seemed to show that, despite her past struggles, Goulding’s more capable than ever of captivating a U.S. mainstream audience. More »

Lollapalooza 2013: Watch Lana Del Rey Perform “Young & Beautiful”

Aug 3rd, 2013 // 2 Comments
Lana's Soul: Still Aching
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In Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, Lana Del Rey‘s melodramatic “Young & Beautiful” swells right as socialite Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) re-acquaints herself with her long-lost love, millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), but then realizes that the dreamy reunion won’t last for long — since, after all, she’s married.

During the film, the start of “Young & Beautiful” adds weight to the film’s tragedy. At Lollapalooza, though, a few key moments during the polished performance drove home how anthemic the song is on its own. As Del Rey sang steadily, stage lights pulsed to match the cavernous production’s pace as fans raised their hands and sang loudly along. Couples even kissed as Del Rey carried on, MTV reports. More »

Lil Mama Joins TLC To Perform “No Scrubs” At VH1′s Mixtape Festival: Watch

Jul 28th, 2013 // Comment
"No Scrubs" Since 1999
Pop School: "No Scrubs"
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TLC closed its July 27, Joe Jonas-approved Mixtape Festival performance — its first in North America in a decade — with a reminder of the group’s past and future: a live rendition of “No Scrubs” assisted by Lil Mama, the rapper who plays Left Eye in TLC’s forthcoming biopic and appears on its new album.

When the FanMail hit segued into Left Eye’s verse, Lil Mama leaped into the same moves busted out in the “No Scrubs” video. Her cameo put T-Boz and Chilli at ease, but also inspired a note of clarification to Internet critics. “We said we would never replace her, are we clear?” T-Boz said of Left Eye.

In June a new version of “Waterfalls”, with Left Eye’s verse replaced with another by Japanese pop star Namie Amuro, leaked to harsh criticism. That song, like this reunion performance at the Mixtape Festival, is proof how unnerving Left Eye’s death can still feel — that, and how sorely missed TLC has been since. More »

Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back The Night”: Watch The Song’s Live Debut At ‘Yahoo! Wireless’

Jul 13th, 2013 // Comment
Taking It Back to Disco

Justin Timberlake performed his new song “Take Back the Night” Friday night at the Yahoo! Wireless festival, less than a day after he premiered it on YouTube. When JT introduced the song, he acted as if the crowd likely hadn’t heard heard or embraced it just yet. He asked whether people was ready for something new, “like banging, spanking new?” Then, as if the response mattered, he shrugged. “Okay.”

In actuality, much of Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” performance felt familiar. Already, the 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2sounds like a disco-lite version of Justified‘s “And She Said (Take Me Now).” (Pay close attention to the vocal arrangements.) The ever-charismatic Timberlake strolled across the London festival stage while backed by the Tennessee Kids, and in front of a glowing backdrop simulating theater curtains. On stage, he had created a neon version of his “Suit & Tie” days from only a few months back. More »

Robin Thicke Performs Live At YouTube’s L.A. Headquarters: Watch

Jun 28th, 2013 // 1 Comment
No Need For An Introduction

Robin Thicke rocked the house last night (June 27) at YouTube’s Los Angeles headquarters for the Interscope Introducing series, a new event by the record label that brings together artists and YouTube creators for a music-filled night. The R&B singer performed both old and new hits, including “Pretty Lil’ Heart,” “Dreamworld,” “Wanna Love You Girl” and his latest chart-topper “Blurred Lines.”

After his set, Thicke interacted with the audience and answered their questions. “This new one is definitely the most fun,” he said about his forthcoming album Blurred Lines (out on July 30). Robin even brought up popular YouTube personality Jenna Marbles on stage for a little dance. More »

Bruno Mars’ Moonshine Jungle Tour: Watch Him Perform “Treasure” & “Gorilla”

Jun 23rd, 2013 // Comment
Welcome To Bruno's Jungle

When Bruno Mars kicked off his Moonshine Jungle tour on Saturday, he mostly stood at the front of the stage. In the middle of “Gorilla” though, every light source inside Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center cut off: the spotlights, the flashing screens, the fireworks. Suddenly, Mars appeared on a platform over his band.

Throughout the concert, Mars showed that he only takes cues from the best performers. During “Treasure,” his current single off Unorthodox Jukebox, he joined his brass players and guitarists in a dance breakdown fit for Soul Train. But in “Gorilla,” when Mars moved quickly from the front of the stage to the platform, a single spotlight shone on him  — a moment that immediately recalled iconic images of Michael Jackson.

Mars has long been compared to the King of Pop, and given how well the Moonshine Jungle tour is shaping up, such comparisons aren’t likely to disappear. Watch Bruno perform “Treasure” up top and “Gorilla” after the jump. More »

Cody Simpson, Justin Bieber & The Texting Girl – Paradise Comes To Club Nokia

Jun 17th, 2013 // 1 Comment

Cody Simpson made the girls swoon – well, all but one – and danced with pal Justin Bieber when his Paradise tour rolled into Los Angeles on Friday night (June 14). The 16-year-old treated his adoring Angels at Club Nokia to an eclectic but always entertaining set that showcased the Australian’s easy charm and undeniable talent but also the fact that he is still a work in progress. All the ingredients of a great pop star are there but the surf enthusiast hasn’t quite found his sound yet – jumping wildly from acoustic guitar-ballads to slick dance-pop.

One of the least enjoyable aspects of the show was the half-hour wait between the final support act and the first glimpse of Cody. That time was filled with some backstage footage and an awkward appearance from the star’s sister but the crowd grew restless and only perked up again when pics of the heartthrob in a wetsuit plastered the video screens. When Simpson finally arrived, he gave his all. Opening with “Be The One”, the teenager danced up a storm in a snazzy vest that showed off his bulging biceps. Girls screamed. A lot has changed since “iYiYi”. More »

One Direction Twerk To Drake’s “The Motto”: Watch

Jun 16th, 2013 // Comment
YOLO, Indeed

Now this is Total Request Live: During Friday’s concert in Miami, One Direction was answering fan questions on Twitter when the group received an unusual request — “twerk team.” While the UK boy band were admittedly a little clueless, they did know which song would be fitting for the occasion.

While Niall Horan and Harry Styles quickly leaped into action, the other members decided that they required a little bit of assistance. Horan pulled up an instructional video on YouTube (“This looks long,” Louis Tomlinson said), while Liam Payne requested Drake‘s “The Motto” be played by 1D’s backing band. Payne rapped Drake’s lyrics, as the rest of the group lined the platform and, well, tried. Watch the clip up top. More »