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  • On Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. PT/1 a.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Steve Aoki's concert from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Tune in HERE to watch!

    Steve Aoki has been pegged as the longhaired, wild and crazy EDM DJ/producer with a penchant for  throwing cakes into the crowd during his concerts. There's some truth to that image, but such antics only reflect the more lighthearted aspect of his personality.

    Aoki shared his more intellectual side when he recently stopped by the Yahoo Music offices to discuss Neon Future I, the first part of his double-album, and its companion piece, the Neon Future Sessions, a WIRED interview series with cultural and technological visionaries.

    "When I'm at a show, I'm there to have fun," Aoki told Yahoo Music. "Let's just not care for a moment. So this cake in your face is to make you lose your mind. And it's not about caring about whatever you are wearing and caring what other people are thinking about you. Out of the context, I'm trying to develop

    Read More »from Weird Science: Steve Aoki Talks Throwing Cakes, Interviewing Visionaries, and Ties to Benihana
  • On Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Bush's concert from the House of Blues in Boston. Tune in HERE to watch!

    The more things change, the more things stay the same. This axiom can easily be applied to famed British alt-rockers Bush as they celebrate the recent 20th anniversary of their multiplatinum debut, Sixteen Stone, and promote their new album, Man On the Run, released late last year.

    British rock band Bush, circa 2014British rock band Bush, circa 2014The band, led by singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale, became famous in the mid-'90s for post-grunge hits like "Everything Zen" and  "Glycerine," which were reminiscent of the heavy grunge sounds of Nirvana and Soundgarden and strongly resonated with American audiences. Interestingly, Bush gained much more notoriety Stateside than in their native U.K., where the lighter sound of Britpop was on the rise at the time. Since releasing Sixteen Stone in 1994, the band has sold more than 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone.

    Now the band, which also includes guitarist

    Read More »from Gavin Rossdale Dishes on New Bush Album and a Milestone 20th Anniversary
  • On Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream the "RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons" concert from the House of Blues in Chicago. Tune in HERE to watch!

    The competing queens on RuPaul's Drag Race are known for lip-synching for their lives, but sometimes, when they try to sing live, they #$%& it up, to semi-quote Ru. Many Drag Race alums have released aggressively Auto-Tuned singles after sashaying away from the show, but only a few of them have proven to have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to become real-life pop stars.

    But interestingly, two of this last season's Drag Race finalists, Courtney Act and Adore Delano, are talented live singers — in fact, before making it to the Drag Race top three, they competed on Australian Idol and American Idol, respectively.

    So to celebrate this week's RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons live stream concert on Yahoo Live, here's a party playlist of actually decent singles by actually musically talented

    Read More »from 7 Actually Great Singles By 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Contestants
  • The Grammy Awards are about listening to some great tunes that inspire us to celebrate the past year in music. On music’s biggest night, we come together for the live event and we get to see our favourite artists caught in interesting moments, some of which can be (as Pharrell called it) “super awkward.”

    However, there were a few fleeting instances throughout last night’s awards show that were the opposite of awkward and spoke to us just as loudly as the amazing performances by AC/DC, Mary J. Blige, Annie Lennox and Ed Sheeran.

    While accepting an award, introducing a performance or simply taking us to commercial break, musicians were everywhere during the Grammys and giving us some of the most powerful words of advice and encouragement we’ve heard this year.

    1. Best New Artist losers needn’t worry, T. Swift’s advice is to “Shake it Off”

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    Taylor Swift has seven Grammy Awards, but noted that she too was passed over in the Best New Artist category in 2008. With her own brand of Swift sass,

    Read More »from Grammy Awards 2015: Advice from music’s leaders
  • Tune into Yahoo Live on Feb. 1 at 12:40 a.m. ET to catch Silverstein at the House of Blues in San Diego.

    Burlington, Ont. isn’t known for very much.

    The sleepy southern Ontario municipality lies just east of Hamilton on Lake Ontario. It’s not as monotonous, bling-filled and/or soul-crushing as Oakville (where this writer is from), but it’s not nearly as blue collar as its neighbour to the west, either. 

    For a long time, it was perhaps best known as painter Robert Bateman’s hometown. Today its best known musical output is still probably Finger Eleven, though in the early ’00s, it was still new wave band Spoons. 

    Nothing much happened in Burlington, but nothing really needed to. It was a comfortable in that it was situated just far enough away from Toronto to feel separated from the hectic 9-to-5 workday. It’s still seen as a nice place to raise your kids. With a population of around 175,000, it’s considered a city - but let’s be honest… it’s not really one. You’d be forgiven for

    Read More »from Burly Calling: How suburban southern Ontario helped define screamo
  • On Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Ella Henderson's special birthday/record release concert from the Diamond Horseshoe Theatre in New York. Tune in HERE to watch!

    Ella Henderson (photo: Syco Records)Ella Henderson (photo: Syco Records)Music fans across the pond already know Ella Henderson, a finalist and fan favorite two years ago on The X Factor U.K.: Her song "Ghost," which was co-written by Ryan Tedder, entered the British singles chart at No. 1 and became the U.K.'s fastest-selling debut single of 2014 so far. In America, of course, Ella is just getting her start; however, with talent like hers, the 18-year-old songstress has a great chance of enjoying the same Stateside success as X Factor U.K. alums like Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, and One Direction.

    While recently in America to promote her forthcoming debut album, Chapter One, Ella revisited the Los Angeles studio, NRG, where some of that album was recorded — and met up with Chef Jessica Koslow of the trendy Echo Park restaurant Sqirl. Ella is used to working with others —

    Read More »from Citi Culinary Beats: Ella Henderson Enjoys Some Sqirl Talk With Chef Jessica Koslow
  • Lights must be exhausted, but it’s impossible to tell because she looks so energetic.

    Not only is she in the middle of a cross-Canada tour promoting her third studio album Little Machines, but she’s brought her daughter on the road with her as well. Rocket Wild Bokan was born Feb. 15 and she’s in the middle of her first fever, the singer says.

    "It’s an added layer of duties and responsibilities, but it takes away from a lot of the arbitrary pressures that I’ve felt before," she says. "I just enjoy every moment more, and that’s the beauty of being a mom."

    So much has changed in Lights’s life this year. The writing and recording of Little Machines came after what she’s called a “dry spell” in other interviews. She was having trouble writing and was feeling plenty of what she’s called imagined pressure from all sorts of sources when it came to creating the record.

    "I just wanted to make something so great and much better than anything I’ve ever done," she says. "You want to do that every

    Read More »from How 2014 taught Lights all about living in the moment
  • Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMediaPhoto by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
    It’s a truism that’s been demonstrated twice this year: Where and how you make an album affects its overall sound.

    This is the main thesis behind “Sonic Highways,” the Foo Fighters’ new HBO documentary series about recording their album of the same name. For that album, Dave Grohl and company deliberately recorded each song in a different city to tell a particular musical story.

    But while that project was part of a purposeful experiment, Nickelback’s latest No Fixed Address was created in a much more organic way. Like Sonic Highways, it was cut in multiple locations, but it wasn’t always laid down in studios as was the case with the Foos’ LP. Singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger, guitarist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger and drummer Daniel Adair’s eighth studio release was cut in recording facilities in Hawaii, Vancouver and Los Angeles, but it was also partly recorded on the road in Europe.

    "It ended up being a great way to do an album," Peake says. "We’ve always locked ourselves in a

    Read More »from Nickelback think outside the rock box on 'No Fixed Address'
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    Good news, Usher fans: You can soon catch one of the R&B superstar's The UR Experience tour stops from the comfort of your home. The pop star has teamed with Live Nation and Yahoo Screen to livestream his concert at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET. 

    Viewers can TUNE IN from their computers or through Yahoo Screen on iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360. 

    The 38-date tour kicks off tthis Friday in Los Angeles and wraps at the O2 in London on March 26. Usher's stage show has been receiving rave reviews. "It was a show of superhuman precision, control, and stamina. He has established himself as one of R&B's supreme performers and craftsmen," the New York Times wrote. The Washington Post called him one of "the best showman of his generation," adding: "He hits his notes, nails his MJ-inspired dance moves, mugs for the camera, coos his confessions, and thrusts that pelvis."

    Catch

    Read More »from Usher's 'The UR Experience' Concert to Stream on Yahoo Live Nov. 30
  • Viewers of VH1's Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project (an anti-Idol musical reality show that actually gave real, rare insight into the creative process) may recognize Hemming, aka Candice Martello. Candice first appeared on the program as one-half of the raggedy punk twosome Omar, but once Linda heard the softer side of Candice's acoustic solo work, she split the duo apart so that Candice could follow her own artistic path. (Don't worry: Candice's former Omar partner, Nick Fanell, quickly found new work… as Candice's manager!)

    On her own, Candice eventually became the co-winner of The Linda Perry Project, scoring a deal under the new name Hemming with Linda's recently rebooted Custard Records (the label that launched James Blunt) as well as one of the top mentors in the biz, Linda herself.

    Yahoo Music's Reality Rocks is delighted to premiere the first music video from Hemming, "Vitamins." The gorgeous, haunting ballad, which recently peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Trending 140

    Read More »from Hemming, aka 'Linda Perry Project' Winner Candice Martello, Debuts 'Vitamins' Video

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