Posts by Laura Ferreiro
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music2 hrs ago
The South by Southwest music festival has long been considered a proving ground for fledgling musicians; bands that generate a lot of buzz at the annual Austin festival often go on to accomplish great things (Vampire Weekend, anyone?) But with so many artists performing at venues throughout the city, it's difficult to know where to begin. Here are our picks for 10 top rising artists to catch at SXSW next week.
Erika M. Anderson, otherwise known as EMA, brings just the right amount of dangerousness and confident swagger to her electro-garage-rock tunes. Channeling Kim Gordon and St. Vincent, EMA has serious sex appeal and the brains to back it up.
New York chillwave duo MS MR have been generating "next big thing" buzz with their danceable tunes that combine powerful female vocals akin to Florence and the Machine with the electronic-rock intimacy of Bat for Lashes. They've already booked slots at Coachella and Bonnaroo later this year, so don't miss the opportunity to catch them in a more intimate setting at SXSW.
- Laura Ferreiro at Our Country1 day ago
"Who Will Save Your Soul." "You Were Meant for Me." "Foolish Games." Twenty years ago struggling singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher, who had spent time living out of her van in Southern California, began recording tracks for what would become her debut album.
Within a year, she'd be known simply as Jewel and that album, "Pieces of You," featuring a mixture of folksy confessionals, emotive ballads and pop ditties, some of which were surprisingly political, was a smash hit, on its way to 12-times-platinum status.
Now, after a detour to dance music (2003's "0304") and country (2008's "Perfectly Clear"), Jewel is returning to her roots, with a project she decribes as a "companion album" to "Pieces of You."
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music4 days ago
Remember all those jokes about Arby's wanting their hat back after Pharrell Williams' hat-tastic performance in which he wore a giant brim at the Grammy Awards in January? Well now Arby's actually got it back.
The fast food chain spent more than $44,000 to purchase the distinctive mountain hat that the "Happy" singer wore during his Grammy appearance, which strongly resembles the giant brim depicted in the brand's famous logo.
In addition to making a bold fashion statement, Pharrell seized the opportunity to make it into something more, and auctioned off the Vivienne Westwood "Mountain hat" on eBay to benefit his charity From One Hand To AnOTHER. The foundation works with under-served youth to give them access to opportunities and learning programs around the country.
At first, Pharrell apparently did not know who won the auction, as he sent out a generic tweet to the lucky winner.
Thank you to whoever bought my Grammy hat on @eBay for $44,100. Your donation benefits From One Hand To AnOTHER. 🙏
- Yahoo Music7 days ago
Almost a month after he announced plans to run Congress, Clay Aiken made it official Thursday, filing candidacy papers in his native North Carolina. The "American Idol" star tweeted an announcement of his filing and encouraged people to support his campaign with a donation.
Aiken aims to raise $20,000 and unseat Republican Renee Ellmers, who currently occupies the seat.
Since he first launched his campaign with a video earlier this month, there have been plenty of jokes about Aiken's second-place finishes on "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice," with many people, including Ellmers, saying that it will happen again come election time.
But there are still many Claymates not afraid to show support for Aiken.
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music8 days ago
Ever fantasized about having dinner with Lady Gaga, or wearing one of her outlandish outfits? Now you have the opportunity to do both (possibly even at the same time). Lady Gaga announced the launch of her campaign to support the Born This Way Foundation (http://bornthiswayfoundation.org/), the non-profit organization the pop star founded with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.
In a video posted on Prizeo.com, the "Applause" singer encourages her fans to support the Foundation's mission of creating a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.
"I have some of the most amazing, creative, inspiring, and brave fans in the world," Lady Gaga said. "I wanted to do something that would include my fans in our work to create more bravery and more kindness, so I’m doing something that I’ve never done before."
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music8 days ago
It's been a surreal week for Owen Pallett. The Canadian composer, string arranger, and pop artist went from performing with Arcade Fire in Haiti to having dinner in Los Angeles with some of the world's most renowned composers, including John Williams, Burt Bacharach, and Randy Newman, in the span of just a few days.
Such is the life of a multi-talented musician who was nominated for his very first Academy Award this year, for his work on the score for the Spike Jonze film, Her.
[Related: All Things Oscars]
"It's been amazing to be in Oscar land and hang out with these incredible film composers," says Pallett from Los Angeles, where he's attending several Oscar week events. "We all had dinner last night in the back room of a bar on Wilshire. Just the composers and some of the executives from the music branch of the Academy. The guy who wrote 'Killing Me Softly' was there, and Randy Newman and Burt Bacharach. They're both Academy members and huge inspirations to me as a songwriter. They were all amazing. I felt like the redheaded stepchild in the room."
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music9 days ago
Katy Perry and John Mayer have been very open about their feelings for one another, rarely shying away from on-camera PDA. While other superstar couples have shunned the spotlight (how often do you see Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin smooching for the camera?), these two singer-songwriters starred in videos together, did interviews on major talk shows discussing their relationship, and were photographed on plenty of romantic dates on both coasts.
Now that Perry and Mayer have reportedly called it quits, we take a look back at their cutest moments together. Warning — you may want to grab some tissues.
1. Their very first interview together on "Good Morning America"
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music13 days ago
Twenty years after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death, his hometown is honoring him with his very own day, and something a little bit weirder… a creepy, weeping, Jesus-esque statue in his likeness.
Construction on the cement statue reportedly began shortly after the revered rocker committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27, but because he's a controversial figure who often said some less-than-flattering things about his native Aberdeen, Washington, the city did not display it.
Apparently enough time has passed that city officials have forgiven and forgotten, and they declared Thursday — the day that would have been Cobain's 47th birthday — Kurt Cobain Day.
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music17 days ago
Mariah Carey made a curious fashion statement when appearing on "The Tonight Show" Monday night to welcome its new host Jimmy Fallon. The 43-year-old diva wore an elbow-length, fingerless black leather glove on her right hand.
Could it be that she's taking a page from Michael Jackson's style book and giving a one-armed salute to the King of Pop? Or could it have something to do with her health?
See, ever since Carey dislocated her right shoulder last July, the pop star has been sporting some serious sling action on her right arm.
While nursing her arm back to health after she injured it during a video shoot, the "#Beautiful" singer dressed it up with some incredibly fashionable slings — adorned with feathers, furs, sparkling studs, and more. She even made a few sling style changes in one night!
- Laura Ferreiro at Yahoo Music23 days ago
Shirley Temple Black, who became one of the biggest child superstars in Hollywood in the 1930s and was universally adored for her acting, singing and tap-dancing talents, died Monday night at her home in California at the age of 85. Her wholesome, family-friendly entertainment and buoyant curls won over the hearts of millions, so it's hard to believe that the daughter of the "On the Good Ship Lollipop" singer was once a member of raucous stoner rock band the Melvins.
Lori Black, who was the daughter of Shirley and her second husband Charles Alden Black, didn't follow in her mother's footsteps by becoming a purveyor of wholesome G-rated family fare. Instead she joined the Melvins after bassist Matt Lukin left to form Mudhoney. Black was dating Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne at the time, and the band offered her the slot as their bassist.