Posts by Lyndsey Parker
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music5 hrs ago
While many music videos are merely slick, soulless promos for potential hit singles, occasionally a video comes out that transcends crass commercialism and actually stands alone as a work of visual art. Happily, quite a few such artworks hit TV screens and computer monitors for three or so minutes at a time this year, and when we here at Yahoo Music added all those minutes together...well, we realized we spent much of 2013 enjoying some truly awesome music videos.
So here, in ascending order of awesomeness, are our picks for the top 20 videos of the year.
20. Phoenix – "Entertainment" They may hail from France, but Phoenix's recreation of a high-end Korean soap opera is surprisingly on point — so much so, we're hoping for a sequel in 2014. We need to know what happens next!
19. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – "Sacrilege" [viewer discretion advised] This seemingly Scarlet Letter -inspired epic stars scarlet-haired British actress Lily Cole as wanton woman who pays dearly for her sins of the (freckled) flesh. Her performance is startling. Can music videos be eligible for Oscars?
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music2 days ago
Move over, Traveling Wilburys. See you later, Velvet Revolver. The ultimate supergroup has arrived — the Traveling Catburys, if you will — and they've just released what is basically the "Do They Know It's Christmas?" or "We Are the World" of feline pop: a holiday charity single called "It's Hard to Be a Cat at Christmas."
The allstar kitty video — which brings together Interweb celebrity pets Nala Cat, Oskar the Blind Cat, Hamilton the Hipster Cat, Colonel Meow, and the ultimate four-legged diva, Grumpy Cat — made its world premiere Tuesday afternoon at the legendary Studio A in the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, at a press conference led by actress Angela Kinsey, aka the crazy cat lady of "The Office." All five cats were in attendance (well, Hamilton, being the mustachioed hipster that he is, participated via Skype), and they behaved better than most two-legged rock stars, blithely tolerating a barrage of paparazzi and selfie-shooting fans during the bizarre hour-long event.
Adam Lambert has had a crazy year, highlighted by a critically heralded headlining set with Queen at the iHeartRadio Festival, a recurring role on "Glee," and a co-write on Avicii's hit album…and marked by a split from his longtime record label, RCA. As 2013 comes to a close, Yahoo Music caught up with him in Yahoo's Purple Room lounge before his performance at the TrevorLIVE concert in Hollywood on Dec. 8, to talk about the year's highest highs and what's in store for him in 2014.
Most importantly…will there be a follow-up to 2012's Trespassing album next year? "In theory, yes," said Adam, who has been collaborating with Nile Rodgers and Avicii and says he's currently talking to labels. "If not, something is seriously wrong!"
"American Idol" rocker James Durbin is back with an anthemic new single, "Parachute," and we have a feeling you'll love its new lyric video to bits. Or, more specifically, to 8-bits.
Celebrating James's love of all things '80s, the "Parachute" lyric vid is a loving and very faithful homage to retro arcade games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, Space Invaders, and the old-school Nintendo Entertainment System. And it's just as addictive to play.
Check out the premiere of James Durbin's "Parachute" lyric video here, and get ready for James's sophomore album, Celebrate , out April 8. Game on.
It's that most wonderful time of the year: holiday radio concert time! Yes, 'tis the season for all the hottest alt-rock bands in the land to work the radio-gig circuit, and this past weekend they made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles to play KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas at the newly renovated Shrine Auditorium.
The two-night stand was in fact not acoustic at all — the station's annual Xmas show went electric years ago, although it started off as a humble, unplugged event back in 1989. But that was just fine, considering that the big headliners were typically cranked-to-11 bands like Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Lorde.
Here are the merriest moments from the 24th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas:
13. New Politics' singer danced like he'd just guzzled 10 egg nogs.
- Yahoo Music6 days ago
Why should we celebrate with stale-as-fruitcake holiday muzak, when we can rock the halls with festive modern fare that'll jumpstart our positive vibrations faster than Frosty learned to speak English? Many rock, pop, and R&B stars have made holiday music videos that make for even more awesome Chrismukkah viewing than A Very Brady Christmas on a constant loop, and so we've compiled our favorite 15 here. Watch 'em all and have a not-so-silent night.
15) Destiny's Child - "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" They split long ago, but DC coexist in Christmas peace every holiday season, in claymation form, thanks to this darling clip. We still feel the comfort and joy every time they snuggle up to the stop-motion Rudolph. It's almost as cute as the original Rudolph TV special scene when Rudolph and Clarice first fall in love:
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music10 days ago
"American Idol" Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox recently shocked longtime fans when she tweeted a photo of herself sans the famous dreadlocks she wore for more than seven years, rocking a modest shoulder-length 'do instead.
To the tune of Garth Brook's Shameless... Oh I'm dread-less!!! pic.twitter.com/FJAb18RVRB
— Crystal Bowersox (@crystalbowersox) November 27, 2013
"I know it sounds gross, but I kept all the hair. I have it in a bag!" Crystal revealed with a chuckle, speaking to Yahoo Music after a sold-out gig at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Los Angeles.
"Those dreads were really heavy. They'd been weighing me down. I've actually been gradually cutting them off myself, one by one. I would try to comb them out and they would just disintegrate. I haven't been to a professional hairdresser yet," Crystal said, fingering the ends of her D.I.Y. haircut.
- Lyndsey Parker at Our Country16 days ago
Britney Spears may be making headlines this week for her eighth album Britney Jean , but her younger sister Jamie Lynn stole a bit of her thunder by unveiling the video for her debut single, "How Could I Want More," on Tuesday — the same day that Britney's album started streaming on iTunes.
Jamie Lynn Spears's music couldn't sound more different from the clubby electropop of, say, Britney's Vegas-ready banger "Work B----." "How Could I Want More" is a mature country ballad produced by Georgia singer-songwriter Corey Crowder and dedicated to her fiancé, Jamie Watson. And the song's video is stark and simple, shot in a recording studio with just a few lightbulbs for atmosphere and not a single scantily clad dancer in sight.
Although 10 years separate these sisters in age, a side-by-side comparison of their material almost makes it seem like 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star Jamie is the elder Spears.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music16 days ago
Christmas has come early for fans of "The Voice" and the show's Season 2 Team Adam star, lovely torch singer Katrina Parker. Katrina is about to release her new holiday song, "That's What I Want for Christmas" (a cover of Nancy Wilson's 1960s classic), on Amazon and iTunes Nov. 29...but Yahoo Music has the exclusive premiere right here, right now!
Listen to Katrina's festive new release here, and if you're in the Los Angeles area, check out her "Who's Afraid of Santa" acoustic show at the Hotel Cafe on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. (click here for ticket presale info).
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music17 days ago
One Direction celebrated the release of their wildly anticipated Midnight Memories with an intimate iHeartRadio Album Release Party, shot Friday at the 450-capacity iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles and streamed exclusively on Yahoo Screen on Monday night. Along with singing six songs, they participated in an audience Q&A — barely heard above the din of hundreds of squealing, squeeing girls — and while the boys were endearingly, surprisingly shy, during the course of the hour we did learn a few things about them.
1. This boy band is now a man band.
Midnight Memories is 1D's third (yes, THIRD) album in just two years, and the lads are growing up fast: Some of them are sporting facial hair and Joy Division T-shirts, one of them's engaged, and let's face it, they're all pushing 21, so they can't really sing Radio Disney ditties about holding hands anymore. So Midnight Memories is their make-or-break, potentially difficult "transitional album."