Lollapalooza, The Home Game: 2014 webcast schedule announced!

Lollapalooza 2014 is set to rock Chicago Aug. 1-3 (Photo: courtesy of travelgrom.com)

Lollapalooza 2014 is set to rock Chicago Aug. 1-3 (Photo: courtesy of travelgrom.com)

One of the biggest music festivals of the year starts in two days. Lollapalooza 2014 will rock the city of Chicago August 1-3 with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Bands and artists such as CHVRCHES, Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Outkast, and Lorde are sure to thrill the thousands who will gather in Chicago’s Grant Park, rain or shine, but you can enjoy the performances from the comfort of your own home.

Let’s face it, not all of us have the time, money, or leeway with our bosses needed to just pick up and fly to Chicago for a 3-day weekend (plus Monday for some much needed recuperation). No problem! Many of this year’s performances will be streaming live on Redbull.tv. Maybe watching from home isn’t the same as being there in person to drink in the atmosphere and positive vibes, but it’s a close second for those who don’t want to miss their favorite artists performing live.

You can see the full schedule here or go straight to Redbull.tv and set up reminders so that you don’t miss a minute of the action from your favorite performers.

Males Dominate Music Fests

Summer festival, crowd

Photo courtesy of dahday.com

‘Tis the season for music festivals! All across the country artists and fans are gearing up for summer shows. There are numerous festivals to look forward to this year such as Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Hot 97’s Summer Jam, Lollapalooza, and The Governors Ball. Whether you are a fan of hip hop, edm, indie-rock, country, or folk, there is a festival for you. Coachella kicked off the fest mania this month and though considered one of the best there seems to be something missing- female acts.

Thousands of music lovers raided Indio, CA for the Coachella Music Valley and Arts Festival. Outkast, Muse, and Arcade Fire headlined the three-day, two-weekend festival. There have been numerous conversations about the lack of female representation at Coachella and other major festivals. According to Buzzfeed since its inception in 1999 only about 16% of the total bill are female-driven acts. Statistics go on to show that there has never been a year with more than a 25% lineup of female artists. Björk seems to have achieved the impossible when she headlined in 2002 and 2007. Besides Bjork only two groups, Portishead in 2009 and Arcade Fire, place females in the headlining slot in the history of Coachella. How can a musically diverse festival be so one-sided in terms of gender?

There were some memorable moments from women at Coachella this year. Beyoncé made a surprise cameo during Solange’s set. The crowd went wild as the two sisters danced together through smiles and big hair. Lana Del Rey debuted her new single “West Coast” during her set. The performance created a positive buzz and anticipation for the release of the studio version. In addition LordeBANKS, and Jhene Aiko all put on impressive shows displaying their promise and potential. But the question still remains: Will female acts remain underrepresented at Coachella?

If you won’t be able to attend your favorite artists set at a festival do the next best thing- put on a show of your own! Download the songs you love from Karaoke Cloud and get Sing-N-Jam, a karaoke mini-mixer that allows you to sing, play your guitar or keyboard, and record!

Nirvana Reunite with Show-stopping Collaborations

Nirvana, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  Joan Jett, Krist Novoselic

Photo courtesy of http://www.rollingstone.com

It was truly a night to be remembered. The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honored Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, KISS, and Nirvana at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The night was full of nostalgia and recognition of the newly inducted artists, but it was clear that Nirvana stole the show. It was the reunion everyone had been anticipating. We had only seen it once when the grunge band teamed up with Paul McCartney in 2012 during a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Last night, Nirvana reunited on stage for the second time since the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain. Yes, it was a big deal.

Kim Gordon, Nirvana, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Photo courtesy of http://www.rollingstone.com

The performance of the night featured surviving members Krist Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on drums, along with guitarist Pat Smear. Who would fill Kurt Cobain’s shoes? Rumors swarmed after a picture of Novoselic’s bass, Grohl’s drumkit, Smear’s guitar, and Joan Jett’s stickered Melody Maker was shared on the Foo Fighters’ Instagram page. (Clever hint from Dave Grohl’s band.) But I don’t think anyone expected an array of women to front the band. Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Lorde stepped up to perform classic Nirvana songs!

Joan Jett kicked it off with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which instantly ignited the crowd. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon was up next. She gave an energetic performance of “Aneurysm.” St. Vincent, who performed a cover of “Lithium” at Chicago’s Riviera last Saturday, took on the song once more. Finally, Lorde led “All Apologies” with the support of the other artists. Nirvana is being praised for their choice of powerful and fitting singers. Job well done, ladies.

It was the perfect tribute to Nirvana’s history and influence while honoring the legacy of Kurt Cobain. April 5, 2014, marked the 20th anniversary of his tragic death. This monumental performance and well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seemed to have come at the right time. Now who’s ready for the Kurt Cobain musical, biopic, and documentary? We know we are!

Jay Z For President! New chart shows that rap & hip-hop rule the nation.

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Everyone has a favorite artist or band. Want to know how your choice stacks up nationally? Well, here you go. Paul Lamere of the Huffington Post has released a map showing the most popular artists in the US, state-by-state.

After looking at the map for no more than 2 seconds one thing is easily apparent; rap rules the nation. Rock and roll has taken a backseat to rap and hip-hop as artists like Jay Z and Drake lead the musical coup d’état.

This was a landslide by any definition of the term! Rap/hip-hop decimated all other genres by taking forty-four of the fifty states. Jay Z, voted one of the two most powerful people in the music industry by Billboard, proved his staying power by taking a whopping 22 states all by himself. Other popular hip-hop artists were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (11 states), Drake (8 states), and Eminem (3 states).

It wasn’t a total no-hitter for rap, however, as the Grammy Award winning dance/electronic duo Daft Punk took four states. Fellow Grammy winners Lorde and Imagine Dragons each eked out spots taking a state a piece.

So what do you think? Is this chart accurate? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out KaraokeOnVEVO and Sing-N-Share for more of your favorite artists.