5 Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

The most popular category in the Video Music Award (VMA), Video of the Year, has had its nominees announced and we can tell the task is not going to be easy. The VMAs never fail to deliver hours of incredible entertainment, so we don’t doubt they have some cool tricks up their sleeve, but we can’t deny we’re holding our breathe for many contestants. Whatever your favorite genre is, fear not, you’re most likely represented in the VMAs, since the number of competitors is huge this year. But let’s take a look at the juiciest part, the 5 music video nominees for the VMAs.

1. Beyonce’s “7/11″

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You might be wondering what is Queen B still doing at the VMAs. The rest of us all do. Looking at her past performances, we’d say she’s got quite an impressive resume. Not only did she receive MTV’s highest honor possible last year, but she announced her pregnancy on their stage and rubbed her belly to the delight of millions. Still, she seems unstoppable and she’s here to take home all the awards with her 7/11 music video. And no, we can’t deny its coolness and good vibes.

2. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

We’re still unsure about what Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is doing up here. I’m pretty sure when the song starts playing on the radio no one immediately remembers the beautiful video with the dancers and their smooth perfectly synchronized move. And this is what a nominee for the VMA’s best music video should do. Deliver some visual content that is virtually inseparable from the lines, the rhythm and the overall atmosphere of the song. Unfortunately, we fell Sheeran’s video fails to do that, and the wanna be rock song is in over its head in this competition.

3. Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

This video has been described as breathtaking and drop dead gorgeous. And we won’t argue with that. Coming to audiences from all over the globe from the hip hop world, “Alright” is about police violence, racism and reaching out for a sympathetic helping hand. All these make it the perfect candidate for this year’s VMAs best music video. Unlike the other nominees, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” takes on a more serious attitude. While the other artists are having fun dancing, this one is an artistic comment on a bigger picture that more than often eludes us.

4. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”

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Confession time! We all love this one. We’ve all danced to its hypnotizing vibe. And some of us have even karaoked on it. And why not? It’s colorful, fills you right up with good energy whether you listen to it on a Monday morning on your way to work or on Friday evening, heading to a bachelors’ party. The video is undeniably very good. You have fun only watching the people in it, and we can only imagine how much fun it was to film it on the set with Bruno Mars. Still, we’re a bit uncertain about Mark Ronson’s chances against names like Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

5. Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar’s “Bad Blood”

Music Video Nominees for the VMAs

The last nominee is probably the safest bet to place your money on. Taylor Swift has become very famous in the last year and the other candidates seem easy to surpass by her collaboration in “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar. Of course, this comes at the cost of her integrity. We can’t help feeling she’s gone from the cute outsider to what she hated: the manipulator.

We’ve listed the nominees but we’re still a log way to go until August 30th when the VMAs will be hosted by Miley Cyrus.

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10 Best Music Festivals of 2015

Music festivals can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. There are tons of bands you can see and numerous other things you can do at these festivals.

So without any further ado, here is our list of 10 best music festivals of 2015.

1. CounterPoint Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Kingston Downs, GA

When: May 22-24

Lineup Highlights 2014: Janelle Monae, Krewella, Major Lazer, J. Cole, Foster the People, Pretty Lights and OutKast

Lineup Highlights 2015: Chet Faker, Dillon Francis, iLoveMakonnen, Umphrey’s McGee, Zedd, The Roots, Widespread Panic and a lot more

Even though CouterPoint Festival was only born in 2012, it quickly became one of the best electronic festivals in the United States.

2. Electric Daisy Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV

When: May 23-24 in New York and June 19-21 in Las Vegas

Lineup Highlights 2014: A-Trak, Boy’s Noize, Afrojack, Major Lazer, Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Avicii

Lineup Highlights 2015 New York: Yellow Claw, Seven Lions, Martin Garrix, Jack Beats, Art Department, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Knife Party, 12th Planet and a lot more

Lineup Highlights 2015 Las Vegas: 12th Planet, AC Slater, Adventure Club, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Dada Life, Z-Trip and a lot more

The New York festival is just kind of a warm-up for the bigger party in Las Vegas. Electric Daisy is definitely an amazing festival and if you love electronic music, you need to go.

3. Governors Ball

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: New York, NY

When: June 2-5

Lineup Highlights 2014: Disclosure, Interpol, Phoeniz, J. Cole, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex, The Strokes, Jack White and OutKast

Lineup Highlights 2015: Chromeo, Ryan Adams, Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Deadmau5, The Black Keys, Drake and many more

Governors Ball is one of those “must go to” festivals as its lineup is incredible and the atmosphere is simply wonderful.

4. Bonnaroo

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Manchester, TN

When: June 11-14

Lineup Highlights 2014: The Arctic Monkeys, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kaskade, The Flaming Lips, Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Elton John, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Frank Ocean, Skrillex, Lauryn Hill and Kanye West

Lineup Highlights 2015: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Florence and the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Deadmau5, Mumford & Sons, Billy Joel

Bonnaroo is a great camping experience and the organizers of the festival always deliver a great lineup.

5. Firefly Music Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Dover, DE

When: June 18-21

Lineup Highlights 2014: Weezer, The Arctic Monkeys, The Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, OutKast, Foo Fighters and many more

Lineup Highlights 2015: Paul McCartney, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Benjamin Booker, Jack Novak and many more

Firefly launched in 2012 but it already claims a spot in every list of the best music festivals. Its location is in Delaware, in the beautiful woodlands and has already delivered two strong lineups before 2015.

6. Newport Folk Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Newport, RI

When: July 24-26

Lineup Highlights 2014: Houndmouth, Lake Street Dive, Valerie June, Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams and Jack White

Lineup Highlights 2015: The Decemberists, Tallest Man on Earth, First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Heartless Bastards, Tommy Stinson, Haunt the House and many more

The Newport Fold Festival can be viewed as a music tradition right now. In those three days you will have the chance to see a lot of great musicians that redefine the folk music genre in tons of ways. It’s a truly unique experience and one that should not be missed.

7. Lollapalooza

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Chicago, IL

When: July 31 – August 2

Lineup Highlights 2014: The Arctic Monkeys, Childish Gambino, Nas, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Skrilles, Kings of Leon, Eminem and OutKast

Lineup Highlights 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Alt-J, The Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Carnage, The War on Drugs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Gogol Bordello, Walk the Moon, Glass Animals and many more

Lollapalooza has a reputation of being one of the best music festivals in the country and it’s definitely one of the best organized ones. The organizers always offer a great lineup and the experience is simply overwhelming.

8. Austin City Limits Festival

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Austin, TX

When: October 2-4 and 9-11

Lineup Highlights 2014: Major Lazer, Zedd, The Replacements, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, Beck, Skrillex, OutKast, Pearl Jam and Eminem

Lineup Highlights 2015: Foo Fighters, The Strokes, The Weekend, Deadmau5, Billy Idol, Alt-J, Florence and the Machine, Modest Mouse, Moon Taxi and many more

Even though the Austin City Limits isn’t as well-known as Lollapalooza, SXSW, Bonnaroo or Coachella, it’s still an amazing music festival. The lineup is always great and there’s always a great atmosphere to be found there.

9. Voodoo Music Experience

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: New Orleans, LA

When: October 30 – November 1

Lineup Highlights 2014: Big Freedia, AWOLNATION, Slayer, The Arctic Monkeys, Pretty Lights, Zedd, Skrillex, 30 Seconds to Mars, OutKast and Foo Fighters

Lineup Highlights 2015: The lineup will be determined later.

Even though pretty much everyone loves summer festivals, the Voodoo Music Experience festival in November is great as well. This is an awesome music festival filled with great artists and tons of other things to do.

10. Fun Fun Fun Fest

Best Music Festivals of 2015

Where: Austin, TX

When: November 6-8

Lineup Highlights 2014: The Blood Brothers, 2 Chainz, Alt-J, Neutral Milk Hotel, Modest Mouse, Wiz Khalifa, Girl Talk, Nas, Judas Priest and many more

Lineup Highlights 2015: The lineup will be announced on May 28.

Austin is a place that just keeps on giving. The Fun Fun Fun Fest is very proud of the fact that it offers progressive and independent music. And even though it’s not as big as the Austin City Limits Festival or the SXSW, it still provides an excellent lineup every time. You should definitely give this music festival a try in 2015.

So there you have it. This was our list of 10 best music festivals of 2015. Enjoy and have fun.

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Death Metal Bands – an Unusual Type of Musicians

Death metal bands are a category of troupes that are commonly valued in the heavy metal groups, but simultaneously very questionable outside of those small communities.

Amongst the motives of these disputes, many issues are linked to the music: the extremely discordant sounds, harsh vocals, the quick drumming, where the others’ problems are mostly with the morbid texts and sometimes Satanic or anti-Christian tendencies.

Yet, this type of music is a fascinating heavy metal category because of its technicality and the music abilities that it needs.

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Death metal is one of heavy metal’s subgenres and it appeared at the beginning of the 80’s. A short list of famous groups in this category were:

  •    Slayer: Typically a thrash metal group, they often integrated various death influences and other several heavy metal components in their albums, which made them a lot more intense for the ears. An excellent album of this death metal band is the popular Reign in Blood, released in 1986.
  •    Morbid Angel: Formed as an Extreme Metal group over 30 years ago, with various trash influences in their early music.
  •    Possessed: It is one of the best death metal bands to appear, as they started performing in 1983. The American band’s albums are the closest to our modern extreme metal sounds.

Other significant groups consist of Necrophagia, Death or Obituary. The fans can learn more about these bands by purchasing a few of their recording or by studying about their stories. Modern death metal has appeared in the beginning of the 90’s, with groups like Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation or Nile. Here are a few tips to have fun with and get into this type of often-misunderstood music.

Most of the times, many bands are simply metalcore or deathcore musicians who do not want to be associated with the death metal genre. Not that they hate these styles, but if you want to enjoy death metal, paying attention to these groups makes no difference, since enough of them have no business with this type of music.

If something more melodic is what you really want, then the common Cannibal Corpse albums will not be sufficient, check out the progressive underground troupes such as Becoming the Archetype (their stuff in the beginning) or Vital Remains. These bands generate very melodic music, even symphonic, while preserving the important elements of death metal genre.

You might think it is obvious, however many fans listen to death metal bands and initially they only concentrate on the vocal performances. What makes such music an exciting type is the mixing of all instruments: guitars, singers, bass and percussion.

While in pop genre the true secret is the musician, to appreciate this category of heavy metal you have to concentrate on the musical elements themselves. It is a good idea at first to pay attention to the drums and guitar riffs.

Knowing why the artists use some types of instruments and not others, is important in understanding what this music category is most focused on: the atmosphere. Powerful effects such as blast-beats or breakdowns at the drums, the tremolo, palm muting or sweeping on the guitars are very common for the genre.

Technical death metal might be one of the toughest musical genres to perform, whether for the vocalists who have to train their voice in order to generate brutal growls and screamo, for the guitarists who must be experts in playing techniques such as sweeping, very quick tremolo and even the percussionist who must not only be capable to perform quick and complicated parts, but also to change pace and tempo signatures in only a few moments.

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8 Funny Album Covers You Won´t Believe Really Exist

The joys of looking at strange album covers is one of those pleasures that has been just about lost to us now.

However, through the wonders of the internet we can now look at some of the funniest album covers ever made.

Norberto de Freitas

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I have no idea if that burning hunk of sophisticated Portuguese-speaking manliness is the real Norberto or a stunt double. In either case, this isn´t the kind of album you would casually leave lying around on a coffee table to impress any friends who dropped by. The guy just looks like a goatee-wielding maniac.

Shut Up and Dance

Funny Album Covers

Shut up and dance, they said, Dance before the police come, they said. Limited edition includes free 7”, they said. To be honest, a pair of shirtless dudes holding Ninja weapons can get away firing off nonsensical phrases like this. If you or I said this kind of dribbling nonsense people would just ignore us. These Ninja loving dancing fools got to make an actual music album. Think about it, people.

Thank You for the Dove

Funny Album Covers

Can there be a gentler, more heart-warming phrase in the English language than “Thank you for the dove”? Mike Adkins is the man brimming over with bird-related gratitude and who can blame him. This dude has been given a whopping great dove and he ain´t scared to show the world how glad he is. Hang on a second…what?

Svetlana Gruebbersolvik

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This funny album cover raises more questions than I can possibly answer in the remaining minutes before Dancing with the Stars captivates my entire attention span. For a start, has there ever been a better name in the history of human endeavor than Svetlana Gruebbersolvik? If my surname was Gruebbersolvik I would spend hours thinking of possible names like this for my kids. Sadly, this riveting looking album isn´t even real but is one of those gosh jolly good internet fakes that don´t really fool us at all. Ahem.


Funny Album Covers

Who is Heino and why is he holding the entire poodle population of a small German town in his arms? It’s just a guess, but I reckon that Heino is a master dognapper who uses his album covers to brazenly show how good he is at this hobby. Or he might just love his poodles, I guess.

I Love My Life

Funny Album Covers

You would love your life too if it basically consisted of being paid to get your photo taken while standing under a shower with a giant walrus style moustache. Eagle eyes viewers will notice how he is trying so very hard to keep his tache dry. This tells me that it is probably a piece of fake facial hair that could fall off if he starts loving life too much.

Millie Jackson

Funny Album Covers

When you think about it, there are far too few funny album covers showing the artist sitting on the can. Millie tries to buck the trend and does a pretty good job of it, I feel.

Klik Klak

Funny Album Covers

If there were more funny album covers like this the world would be a better if somewhat weirder place. The facts that the album is called klik klak and that the burly lady is holding a pair of balls makes me think that the whole shooting match might consist of her making klik klak noises in an overly earnest way. Surely not. The world can´t be that weird, can it?

Interesting Facts about Famous Musicians

Do you know Elvis Presley’s natural hair color? Or who from these musicians is actually a Christian? How about how legendary band have gotten their band names?

Find all that out and more from the following top list of interesting facts about famous musicians.

1. Elvis Presley

Our kind of Rock’n’Roll definitely had a natural talent for singing and touching people’s lives with his voice and dance moves but what you may not know about him is the fact he was a natural blonde. Yes, you read it right, Elvis Presley used to dye his hair in that pitch black color, his natural hair color being a sandy blond.

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2. Johnny Cash

During his early years, in 1953, Johnny Cash wrote a science fiction short called “The Holografik Danser”. The short was about a 21st century America that was conquered by the Russians. Although the story has never been published, if you are interested in reading it, you can find it in Songs Withour Rhyme: Prose by Celebrated Songwriters by Rosanne Cash.

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3. Bob Marley

The father of Bob Marley was a white English man born in Jamaica named Norval Sinclair Marley.

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4. Def Leppard

Def Leppard is a legendary band that can be put together with big names of the rock music industry such as Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. The band’s initial name was Atomic Mass until Joe Elliot, the lead singer came along and proposed the name Deaf Leopard. However, to make the name resemble a rock rather than a punk band, the spelling was slightly changed into Def Leppard.

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5. Marilyn Manson

Brian Hugh Warner also professionally known as Marilyn Manson chose his stage name in a rather unconventional way. He put together the names of both the most loved and the most hated personalities in the US, during the 50’s – Marilyn Monroe, a movie star and Charles Manson, a serial killer.

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6. Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne is also known as the Prince of Darkness but what many people don’t know is the fact that the darkness he’s talking about can only be found around the singer’s eyes and sometime in his music, but not in his heart. Osbourne is a Christian and a member of the Church of England. Moreover, he says a prayer before every show.

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7. Alice Cooper

Vincent Damon Furnier known as Alice Cooper has received in 20014 a doctoral degree from the Grand Canyon University in Performing Arts.

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8. Keith Richards

Rolling Stones. Who has not heard at least once in their life about Rolling Stones? What about their major hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”? What you probably haven’t heard of is how Satisfaction was actually created. One can think that due to the fact that up until today, this was the best song ever recorded by the Rolling Stones, it must have been a carefully written song, well thought of. You will be surprised to know that the song was actually dreamt by Keith Richards, the lead guitarist of the band. He woke up in the middle of the night at a hotel room, turned on the tape recorder and started playing the riff of the iconic song.

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9. Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick is the guy who started ‘N Sync. Kirkpatrick was put in the position where he would have to form another band in order to see his dream of becoming a singer come true after Backstreet Boys rejected him.

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10. The Beatles

The Beatles have no need of any sort of introduction but what you probably did not know about them is the fact that during the sixties, in Hamburg, Germany, the legendary band used to perform in strip clubs.

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11. Brian May

Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen was studying mathematics and physics at the Imperial College of London during the first years of Queen. After graduating, he started working at on his PhD degree but abandoned his work in 1974 when Queen started being successful. However, in 2006, May resumed his work and finally got his PhD in Astrophysics.

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Did you already know any of these facts about famous musicians? Which ones?