Posts tagged "Nirvana"

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 »

Justin Bieber Might Have Posted (And Then Deleted) A Nude On Instagram: Morning Mix

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:: Justin Bieber got everyone talking by posting a shirtless (and possibly pantless) selfie on Instagram. The dimly-lit pic was taken from crotch level, which is, at the very least, creative. [MTV]

:: Dreams do come true. Andre Johnson, the rapper that cut off his penis before jumping off a building, now says he wants to do porn and Vivid Entertainment is interested in seeing the reattached member in action. Touching. [NME]

:: Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is one of the seminal rock songs of the ’90s and the video is equally iconic, which makes the original casting call an important piece of music history. It asked fans of the grunge band to adapt a high school persona. [Spin]

:: Our friends over at Vibe are celebrating NSFW week (it’s a thing) and posted a gallery of “the best celebrity O-faces and bedroom selfies”. What are you waiting for? [Vibe]

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Jennifer Lopez Honored At GLAAD Media Awards: Morning Mix

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J.Lo: A (GLAAD) Vanguard
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:: Jennifer Lopez was honored April 12 at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, for being an advocate for gay rights and serving as executive producer of The Fosters, an ABC Family series about a lesbian couple raising their children. Watch her touching speech above. [AP]

:: Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys married Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara on April 11. “I said I’d never get married,” Carter has said, a sentiment that fellow Backstret Boy AJ McLean repeated on Instagram (“the wedding that most of u thought would never happen”). [PEOPLE]

:: While Beyonce crashed her sister Solange‘s set at Coachella, Jay Z joined Nas on stage to perform vintage cuts “Dead Presidents II” and “Where I’m From,” reestablishing that their beef is officially a distant memory. [Billboard]

:: Speaking of Nas, the trailer for Time Is Illmatic debuted on April 11. The documentary details the making of the Queens rapper’s rap debut, which turns 20 this year and is still considered his best work. [MTV]

:: Muse paid tribute at Coachella to Nirvana with a cover of “Lithium,” which the English band debuted a week prior at Lollapalooza Brazil. “This next song’s for a great singer who died 20 years ago,” frontman Matt Bellamy said, referring to the recent anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death. [Billboard]

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Watch Lorde Front Nirvana Reunion For “All Apologies” At Rock Hall Of Fame Induction

The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony took place last night (April 10) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and the biggest draw was the Nirvana “reunion.” After being inducted by former R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe, the surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, along with the band’s sometime guitarist Pat Smear, reunited to play a handful of songs. To fill in for the late Kurt Cobain, the HOF actually did a really cool thing here, enlisting a bunch of kick-ass ladies to take turns fronting the band.

Legends Joan Jett and Kim Gordon each led a song (“Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Aneurysm,” respectively), guitar goddess St. Vincent handled “Lithium” and Lorde took the stage for “All Apologies,” the closing track off Nirvana’s final album. While you could argue that, on paper, Lorde maybe should’ve been swapped out for someone more experienced, she was up to the task, delivering a wonderfully brooding, faithful version.

Watch Lorde’s rendition of the song and see her tweets following the show below, and for the rest of the Nirvana performances head over to Stereogum. More »

Tove Lo Reflects On Kurt Cobain & Her Favorite Nirvana Song, “Polly”: Interview

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Tove Talks Growing Up Listening To The Band
Swedish singer Tove Lo visited the Idolator studio recently to discuss the success of “Habits” and her recently-released Truth Serum EP. And given that she’s made no secret of the fact that she’s a fan of upcoming Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Nirvana, it seemed fitting, since April 5 marks the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death, to have a discussion about how she personally discovered the legendary alt-rock band as a youngster.

“My best friend’s older sister was this cool grunge girl, or punk girl, with pink hair,” Tove explained to Idolator. “We looked up to her, so we kind of snuck in her room and stole some of her records, and one of them was the MTV Unplugged gig that [Nirvana] did.” More »

Michael Stipe To Induct Nirvana Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Chris Martin For Peter Gabriel Tribute

Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Michael Stipe on April 10, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. As frontman of now-defunct alt rock pioneers R.E.M., Stipe played a major role in influencing Nirvana founder Kurt Cobain. The two singers had reportedly been talking about collaborating on material just before Cobain’s death in April 1994.

Another famous frontman, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, is scheduled to pay tribute to Peter Gabriel at the annual ceremony, while Bruce Springsteen is set to perform with and induct his E Street Band. Also performing: Daryl Hall and John Oates, who will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by The RootsQuestlove. More »

Nirvana Will Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Morning Mix

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:: Legendary grunge band Nirvana will be inducted into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Linda Ronstadt, KISS, Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens. [CNN]

:: Katy Perry had egg on her face when someone messed up her playback at NRJ awards in France. The organizers have subsequently apologized and confirmed she played live. [MSN]

:: Terrible news for the talented Dev Hynes. His apartment burned to the ground, destroying all his possessions and killing his dog Cupid. His girlfriend has started a relief fund. [Brooklyn Vegan]

:: Grimes has been added to the already stellar line-up of talent signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation management company. To celebrate, the Canadian quipped about the Illuminati, which Mr. Carter may or may not find amusing! [Stereogum]

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Masha Drops A Gorgeous, Gloomy Cover Of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”: Idolator Premiere

Covering Nirvana is no small undertaking, but if anyone has the vocal chops to do it, it’s New York songstress Masha, whose excellent EP Stupid, Stupid Dreams has been on heavy rotation for me all fall — but as it so happens, the singer-songwriter first captivated my attention with this very cover, which was featured this summer in promotional spots for Lifetime’s Witches Of East End. (Yes, I watch a lot of Lifetime. No, I’m not ashamed to admit it.)

Her vocals crush and soar and crash triumphantly over the haunting track; the harmonies on the chorus are wonderfully eerie, reinvigorating the song for a new audience — and those final thirty seconds, when the production kicks up dramatically, is genuinely chill-inducing.  More »

JoJo Covers Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” In Seattle: Watch

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A Gorgeous Aroma
Ahh, JoJo — she of the flawless vocals and eclectic taste. While the songbird is out on a West Coast tour with her buddy Leah LaBelle, making all the usual stops, she’s turned out a few exceptional performances — not the least of which was her jaw-dropping take on SWV‘s “Weak” when the tour kicked off in Arizona — but turned her vocal stylings to a local classic in the birthplace of grunge when she performed in Seattle last night.

Covering Nirvana‘s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” roaring live instrumentation and her vocals (packing a lot more growl than usual) made it riveting and energetic. (She even looked a little grungy. Well played.) More »

Lady Gaga Going To Court Over Lawsuit With Ex- “Hood Rat” Assistant: Morning Mix

A Monster To Work For?
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:: Lady Gaga is heading to court on November 4 to battle a lawsuit filed by her former assistant and friend Jennifer O’Neill, who claims the ARTPOP singer never paid her overtime wages. O’Neill (who Mother Monster called a “hood rat”) is asking for compensation to cover 7,168 hours, claiming she was on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week while she worked for Gaga for more than a year back in 2009-10. [SPIN]

:: The cutest Youtube video of the week goes to 5-year-old Leland, who proudly showed off his rapping skills as he jammed to Kanye West‘s “Blood On The Leaves.” Who knew Yeezy’s tunes could be kid-appropriate? [GQ]

:: Elton John will kick off the award show season when he performs at the 65th annual Emmys, airing on September 22. The singer will be honoring the famous Liberace, as the HBO biopic Behind The Candelabra is up for 15 awards. [Rolling Stone]

:: During his set at Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn, Kendrick Lamar (who called himself “King Kendrick”) took more shots at fellow rapper Meek Mill. He responded on Twitter simply stating, “King of what?” [Complex]

:: If you’re a huge fan of Nirvana‘s In Utero, you’re in luck! The grunge band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their third album by giving their fans free & permanent tattoos of their signature smiley face logo. Locations include Seattle, Brooklyn and Long Beach, CA. Just be sure to bring your receipt to show you actually bought the reissue. [Consequence of Sound]

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