Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Joan Jett’s “Any Weather” Forecast: Edgy, With a Chance of Foo Fighter

    Break out the dimes for the jukebox, baby. Joan Jett, noted lover of rock 'n' roll, is back in a big way.

    The iconic star released her first collection of new music in close to a decade, "Unvarnished," at the end of last month, and there's no sign one of rock's edgiest gals has lost a bit of her sharpness. So what has Jett been up to since we've heard from her last?

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    Well, for a start, there's Yahoo Music's exclusive premiere of the "Any Weather" video for your perusal. This particular song was co-written with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl — a collaboration Jett has said she'd been longing to do for some time — and the two recorded it in his studio.

    While the lyrics may sound like a typical ode to sticking with a romantic relationship ("We can stay together/through any weather"), the son actually, according to the singer, carries an eco-friendly message that Jett calls "a love song to the Earth." The theme is supported by the stunning visuals of beautiful global scenery, juxtaposed

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  • Aw, Naw…Not Even Septic Shock Can Keep Chris Young Down!

    Photo: Mindy SmallChris Young swears he didn't break any mirrors or walk under any ladders over the summer. Yet, the country star is still fielding questions about the time he famously found himself in a bizarre unlucky situation: Back in August, Young fell abruptly ill from a frightening leg infection that forced him to cancel several tour dates.

    He's doing just fine now -- really! "Everybody seems really concerned about my health scare still," he notes with a laugh. "It was one of those just really weird random things. I was actually flying to show in Kalispell, Montana and our first flight was to Denver. I was fine in Nashville, [but] by the time I landed in Denver I was sick enough that they took me straight to the ICU. So -- fun stories and being in septic shock and jugular vein IVs," he jokes. "It was scary but it's one of those things that I kind of feel like now I'm covered for the next decade probably on life-threatening situations. I've already got one out of the way!

    "I don't recommend that

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  • Australian Buzz Band Hiatus Kaiyote Debut ‘Live In Revolt’ Clip

    Photo: Mardiana SaniNow and again a really cool band that is sort of undefinable hits the music consciousness at large, getting fans all worked up with its unique vibe. Melbourne-based group Hiatus Kaiyote fall into this category, with a sound termed "future soul" that has won praise from artists ranging from ?uestlove to Q Tip (who even guests on one of the songs on their debut album).

    If you're intrigued to meet these soul-sters, we at Yahoo Music are happy to offer the premiere of their video for "Live in Revolt," which will give you a nice long taste of the band's flavor. Enjoy!

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    Hiatus Kaiyote are currently finishing up an American tour and you may still be able to catch them live at select dates through November. Keep up with their schedule here.

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  • See it First: Sara Evans Stuns With ‘Slow Me Down’!

    Photo: JB LacroixAs fans of the beautiful Sara Evans well know, it's been nearly three years since we've had a new album from the singer. Good news: It appears that this wait is about to end, as Evans released her highly anticipated single "Slow Me Down" last month, and is noting that she's almost done with what will be her seventh studio album.

    The emotional new ballad does not live up to its name, as there's nothing slowing down about Evans's career at the moment. Her new set is scheduled for early 2014, she's excited to be back in the thick of things, and we at Yahoo Music are thrilled to premiere the video for the new tune. Get a look first: We think you'll agree this fun Nashville-shot clip is not a slow piece of work...especially as it co-stars NASCAR driver Carl Edwards!

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    Evans will be playing a few select dates through the end of the year. You can keep up with her schedule here.

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  • If you're one of those types who start unpacking the Christmas decorations before Halloween even hits -- don't be shy about it! -- there's no better way to enhance the seasonal mood than listening to some great holiday music. And, one of the best groups around for this purpose is 10-member all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser, who are known for their beautiful (and hip) Christmas collections, and now have a new EP coming out October 29 featuring a whole stocking's worth of A-list special musical guests.

    Intrigued? Well, Santa's come early. Yahoo Music is excited to offer the first listen of the group's take with the legendary, late Otis Redding, "Merry Christmas Baby."

    Straight No Chaser's new Under The Influence: Holiday Version also features collaborations with Cee Lo Green, Colbie Caillat, and Sir Paul McCartney! You can pre-order the set at the group's official site. Season's greetings!

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  • Bon Jovi and Delic; Photo: David BergmanSorry, girls. If you didn't get the news, like, two decades ago: Jon Bon Jovi is already married.

    However, a Bon Jovi superfan still managed to make the rock star part of her wedding dreams — by recruiting JBJ to walk her down the aisle at her Las Vegas nuptials!

    Australian bride Branka Delic, who married fiancé Gonzalo Cladera Saturday, was so bound and determined to have her favorite musician at her wedding that she came up with an ingenious solution: she started an online petition to encourage Bon Jovi to give her away.

    "All her life, Branka thought she would marry Bon Jovi himself," her campaign states. "Sadly, at the age of 34 she realised this would never happen, and she accepted Gonzo’s proposal instead."

    [RELATED: Celebrity Wedding Crashers!]

    Lest you had any doubt — cough, cough — that Delic is not a true fan, here's even more evidence of her devotion: the couple deliberately chose Vegas's Graceland Wedding Chapel for their ceremony, which is the exact same place Bon Jovi

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  • ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Premieres New Video for ‘Power’

    Fans of "The Vampire Diaries" likely know that there's more to actress Kat Graham than Bonnie Bennett. The multi-talented performer already made her mark on the music world last year with her club hit "Put Your Graffiti On Me," and is now poised to release a debut album in the near future.

    "Power" is the official lead single from the new project, and Yahoo Music is excited to offer the first look at the video for the tune — which is powerful indeed, filled with stunning imagery, much of it conceptualized by Graham herself.

    Graham herself is excited about the clip, the looks of which she had a considerable hand in designing. "We shot this video a couple months ago in downtown Los Angeles. When I heard this song, I knew that there were different looks to how I could present it. There was the vulnerable Rolla look, the black-and-white ode to '90s photography a la Herb Ritts, which we shot for the lyric video. And then there was this fashion brave almost costume-y aspect to the song — a

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  • Florida Georgia Line is Excited to ‘Cruise’ the American Music Awards

    Photo: Michael LoccisanoTo say 2013 has been a good year for new country duo Florida Georgia Line is kind of like saying Christmas is a busy holiday for Santa Claus. Just a little over a year since Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard's breakout hit "Cruise" was released, the pair have found themselves breaking musical records (the single is the best-selling song by a country duo in digital history), crossing over into multi-genre audiences...and, most recently, scooping up a remarkable four nominations at the upcoming 2013 American Music Awards.

    FLAGA woke up to the great news Thursday that they were not only nominated in the Country Group/Duo and Country Album categories at the prestigious ceremony, they also are up for the all-genre key awards of New Artist and Single of the Year (for "Cruise"). It's rare for a new country act to scoop up so many nominations at this particular awards show; let alone an even split between country and all-genre categories.

    "Being nominated for the AMAs is a huge honor for us,

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  • Country Legend Ray Price Hospitalized, Put in Intensive Care

    Photo: Gary MillerCountry music icon and Hall of Famer Ray Price was rushed to a Texas hospital on Thursday as a result of a bacterial blood infection. The singer, 87, was put into intensive care and remains there as of posting time.

    According to Price's wife Janie, who updated his condition on his Facebook page, Price was diagnosed with sepsis, a serious and potentially fatal condition. "We rushed him to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and treatment was started," she explained. "Ray's blood pressure dropped too low and his heart rate too high. We were in watchful crisis all night long and throughout early morning hours before he stabilized."

    Janie Price assured fans that her husband is in good medical hands and that she will remain at the hospital to support him. "I am at Ray's bedside and have not left him for a second," she noted. "I will continue to be ever watchful and give updates as Ray continues to improve. Please remember Ray in your prayers tonight."

    Price has been battling various health

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  • Macklemore (Photo: Shareif Ziyadat)When it comes to the 2013 American Music Awards, there's nothing "thrift-y" about this year's love for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The rapper/DJ duo scooped up nods in six categories when the AMAs announced its nominees list Thursday morning.

    Macklemore and Lewis scored key places a place in both the Artist and New Artist of the Year noms, while their No.1 hit "Thrift Shop" scored in the Single of the Year arena. They also showed up in contention for the Favorite Rock/Pop Group and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist titles, while their album The Heist was nominated in the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album category. Nothing bummy and grungy about that!

    Directly following the dominating duo in nominations are Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, both with a total of five.

    True to her crossover success, the blond superstar showed up well in both pop and country this year, while Timberlake did the same in the pop and R&B categories.

    Macklemore and Lewis are the only AMA newcomers to the Artist of the Year

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