Posts by Paul Rosales
- Paul Rosales at Stop The Presses!4 mths ago
Viewers may notice Mumford & Sons look a little off in their latest video for "Hopeless Wanderer." That's because the band has been replaced by none other that some of our favorite comedic actors Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Will Forte and Forte's scraggly Amish beard for a light-hearted parody of the Grammy-winning band in their most recent official video.
In its first few moments, the music video for Mumford and Sons’ “Hopeless Wanderer” has all the qualities you’ve come to expect from the roots revival group: vested outfits, lens flare, and a green field backdrop. And about a minute into the clip, the flagrant use of these idiosyncrasies goes overboard with images of twisted boots walking along a dirt road and way too many stringed instruments slung around the band’s shoulders.
The camera cuts away to reveal the group, but that’s not Marcus Mumford -- it’s Jason Sudeikis playing the band leader, accompanied by fellow actors Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, and Will Forte.
Get ready to bob your head along to the electro-pop sounds of Capital Cities. The duo, comprised of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, met after Simonian posted an ad on Craigslist for production work and Merchant responded. Eventually, Merchant brought Simonian over to a jingle house where the two composed music for advertising and commercial use.
Moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles to pursue a new act, Capital Cities signed to Capitol Records to debut a new full-length release in 2013. Listen to some of our favorite selections and watch them perform live for Yahoo! On the Road in Seattle on May 26.
“Safe and Sound” -- It’s a fact: that trumpet line was made to bury itself in your head. How long can you go without humming it.
“Postcards” -- Capital Cities collaborates with New York’s electro duo, Napoleon, to create a jingle perfect for catching sunrays.
“Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast” -- This tune seems to sparkle and ooze bright neon.
Who would have known that a brilliant music career could be started on MySpace, even in 2010? That’s the story of Willy Moon, a New Zealand artist now based in London.
Shortly after Moon uploaded his first song on the social network, the soon-to-be pop star accepted a deal from Island Records. In 2012, his lead single “Yeah Yeah” was featured on the commercial for Apple’s lineup of new iPod products and he recorded at Jack White’s Third Man studio. Listen to a few songs from his brand new debut “Here’s Willy Moon,” before he opens the Yahoo! On the Road concert in Seattle on May 26.
“Get Up (What You Need)” -- It’s like 1991 all over again with the album opener’s rhythms.
“Yeah Yeah” -- Moon explodes out of this single-turned-Apple-commercial.
“I Wanna Be Your Man” -- The rhythm and blues influence is quite apparent on this updated take of the traditional genre.
“My Girl” -- Time travel with this number: 1954 via 2013.
“She Loves Me” -- Moon’s mutated pop is full of glitches and it ends in under two minutes.
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In its debut record, Black Sun , Gold Fields infuses its brand of melodic rock with tribal drums and expansive synthesizers -- think early Duran Duran, but in space. The Aussie group is also on a North American tour in support of its premiere album. Check out some of our favorite tracks, and watch Gold Fields perform live in Dallas, May 20. Follow Yahoo! On the Road for tour updates and the full schedule.
Happy Boy -- A fantastic introductory track for new listeners, Gold Fields fills “Happy Boy” with lush atmospheres set to cruise control.
Thunder -- The tempo remains steady on this incredibly catchy tune and a quick percussive bridge unleashes a frenzied boogie back into the chorus.
Treehouse -- Gold Fields’ new wave daydream is forever romantic, getting those butterflies in your stomach rumbling and blood pumping.
Closest I Could Get -- With a thumping bass line and endearing vocals, “Closest I Could Get” sounds like it could have come right out of the 1980s.
We were introduced to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with, “Thrift Shop,” and now they have repeated chart-topping success with their highly energized single, “Can’t Hold Us.” Catch up with a few more tracks from the Washington state duo’s debut album, The Heist , before they take Milwaukee on Sunday, May 12.
Thrift Shop -- Undeniably catchy, the lead single blazed a trail on radio and YouTube plays for secondhand shoppers everywhere.
A Wake -- A quaint, minimal instrumental that backs by Macklemore’s socially conscious lyrics.
Same Love -- The second single was written as an anthem in support of same-sex marriage.
Starting Over -- Macklemore raps his trials and tribulations -- from hitting rock bottom to climbing his way to the top.
In 1995, hip-hop icons Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre filmed the music video for "California Love" in Kendrick Lamar's hometown, the city of Compton. Today, Dr. Dre has played a crucial role in Lamar's professional career, even dubbing the up-and-coming rapper as the "New King of the West Coast."
In three years, Lamar has gone from creating mix tapes to releasing full-length albums with plenty of buzz surrounding them. Listen to Lamar's smooth beats before watching him perform at Yahoo! On the Road's Cincinnati stop on tonight. Watch the concert live right now. Take a look at more Yahoo! On the Road tour artists, locations, and dates.
Poetic Justice -- A sultry beat holds together the slow-jam collaboration between Lamar and fellow chart topper Drake.
The Recipe -- Lamar's debut commercial single features the rapper's mentor, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre. It is a definite chilled-out experience to the tune of Los Angeles.
Singer-songwriter and producer Ryan Leslie has built a following over the past decade. Graduating from Harvard University at 19, Leslie decided to pursue a career in music rather than his program of study, political science and macroeconomics. Catch up with five songs from Leslie’s repertoire ahead of his Yahoo! On the Road performance on May 3 with John Legend.
Beautiful Lie -- The broken drum loop and catchy keyboard lines highlight Leslie’s production skills in “Beautiful Lie,” erupting in a crescendo with the titular chorus.
So Forgetful -- The contrast of Lloyd Banks’ smoky flow and Leslie’s uplifting melodies makes for a radio-friendly hit.
The Black Flag -- Funky and full of soul, Leslie slows down the tempo with his personal experiences in “The Black Flag.”
Dress to Undress You -- Showcasing his piano talent, Leslie turns this ballad into a groovy, sensual jam.
How to Download the Latest Yahoo! Mobile Apps: Flickr, Yahoo! Weather, Yahoo! Mail, and new Yahoo! app
A beautiful collaboration between two of Yahoo!’s new apps is now available in the Apple and Android markets. Just this past December an entirely new Flickr app for iPhone was released, and on April 18 the new Yahoo! Weather app was unveiled, bringing the best of Flickr’s photos and weather forecasts together in one app.
If that's enough good news, Flickr announced on May 20 that every user now gets one terabyte of photo storage. Upload photos on-the-go from your smart phone, or from your 18 megapixel camera, and you'll still have plenty of space to share images. Flickr’s app also gives you a unique opportunity to follow along with Yahoo! On the Road, a summer concert series live-streaming on Yahoo!. Join On the Road’s Flickr group to see the latest photos from live performances, and get the chance to win tickets to an OTR event near you by just downloading an app.