"We are here to entertain people," proclaims consummate entertainer, Renaissance man, and Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes, as he drolly discusses Duran Duran's new concert DVD, A Diamond In The Mind (check out two exclusive clips right here). "If we do a show, we will do everything we can to make sure that everyone has had a great night. We're not a selfish band. We don't go onstage thinking, 'Right, we're going to play our entire new album and we're not going to play any of our old songs at all, and we're going to stand with our backs to the audience because we're miserable and we want to write protest songs. It's not about that. It's about lifting people's spirits and taking people on a journey, Duran Duran-style."Read More »from Duran Duran DVD Exclusive! Nick Rhodes Dishes On Three Decades In The Video Age
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Tue, Jul 10, 2012 3:01 AM EDT
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Thu, Jun 21, 2012 11:05 PM EDT
Kylie Minogue, circa '87Incredibly, ageless Australian pop goddess and international icon Kylie Minogue has been in the music business for a quarter-century (her debut single, "Locomotion," was released in July 1987), and this has been cause for a yearlong fan celebration of all things Kylie called "K25." But sometimes when she looks back on her past 25 years of style, Kylie doesn't always quite feel like celebrating.
"It's okay, I know where you're going with this," she recently laughingly told Yahoo! Music during an exclusive interview, when questioned about any possible past fashion regrets. "Of course, the Internet wasn't around then, so you could kind of push something under the carpet. But now, no longer! You've got to accept it--which I kind of did a few years ago, anyway. I just thought, 'This is ridiculous, being so embarrassed of my past!' I felt like I was meeting the girl from the '80s, like me meeting the younger version of me, and just going, 'Okay, so you've embarrassed me quite a bit, but let's just hug it out and get over it.'"Read More »from Exclusive! Kylie Minogue Talks 25 Years of Big Hits and Big Hair
In this era when major labels release box sets that effectively encapsulate major artists' entire careers--consider, if you will, Sony's recent collection of Leonard Cohen's entire recording career, offered up for an entirely reasonable price--one might think there's not much left in the world of unreleased works by highly influential artists.
But then there is the story of Can.
A highly influential German band whose works were comparatively undersold here in the United States--only a few of the albums the distinguished band recorded between 1969-1979 were released here while the band was still active, and their 1989 reunion set Rite Time also never surfaced Stateside--the band has left a legacy that time simply refuses to tarnish.
Built around the instrumental core of keyboardist Irmin Schmidt, bassist Holger Czukay, guitarist Michael Karoli, drummer Jaki Liebezeit, a pair of highly unique singers in American Malcolm Mooney and Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki--and a latter-dayRead More »from Can’s ‘The Lost Tapes’: The Inside Story
- Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Thu, Jun 7, 2012 9:26 PM EDT
Folk-rock musician Robert Francis seems to have lived an entire lifetime already. His latest release Strangers in the First Place is a slow burn fanned to flames with vibrant melodies and lovelorn lyrics that are achingly preoccupied with the past, despite his relatively short 24 years on earth. Lucky for us, Francis acknowledges the virtues of doing right by yourself and putting the music first to make a fulfilling career saying, "I don't want to die early--anymore."
Son of a classical music producer father and a mother hailing for Mexico whose family brought Ranchero music into the home, the singer/songwriter had a wide breadth of exposure within just his family unit. His siblings even included a hari krishna brother and two sisters who played in various rock bands. Starting guitar at seven, the Los Angeles native immediately took to the instrument and never let go. In his teens he became the only student to Red Hot Chili Peppers' former guitarist John Frusciante. Francis thenRead More »from Robert Francis’ Nostalgic Folk Rock: An Exclusive Performance At TRI Studios
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Tue, May 29, 2012 1:22 AM EDT
The sonic similarities between Lady Gaga's 2011 hit "Born This Way" and Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself" haven't gone unnoticed by well, anyone, really--including Madge herself, who earlier this year told Newsweek: "I thought [when I heard 'Born This Way'], this is a wonderful way to redo my song ['Express Yourself']. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was...interesting." And now this feud is getting even more interesting, as amusing new MDNA tour rehearsal footage has surfaced of Madonna actually performing a mash-up of "Express Yourself" and "Born This Way."Read More »from Madonna Disses Gaga With “Express Yourself” / “Born This Way” Medley
- Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Fri, May 25, 2012 12:19 AM EDT
Garbage has returned! The 90s-defining alternative rock band has made a triumphant reunion seven years since their last album to release their fifth record, "Not Your Kind Of People." Yahoo! Music's resident rocker Dave DiMartino sat down with the band in a studio in San Fernando Valley, CA to chat the past, present and future of Garbage, plus we've got an exclusive live performance! It may have been a while, but the bands raging guitars, quaking drums and Shirley Manson's snarling vocals are as dark, sexy and electrifying as ever.
Watch Garbage talk about creating music in the digital revolution, dealing with labels and why they waited so long to make their fifth record:
During the seven years between albums, the Garbage members pursued their own projects since going on an indefinite hiatus in 2005. Manson recorded an unreleased solo album and even delved into acting, landing a recurring role on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Drummer and producer Butch Vig worked onRead More »from WATCH: Garbage Chats First New Album In 7 Years, Plus Exclusive Live Performance!
Missed our live stream of PHILM's performance at TRI Studios? Watch videos of our favorite moments and the show in its entirety!
If you're looking for the standard demonic vocals and titanium-shredding guitars that made Slayer a metal mainstay, keep on walking. But if you're looking for a band with a unique sound to please both music snobs and life-long metal heads, LA-based PHILM delivers. Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo brought together bassist Pancho Tomaselli of War and singer/guitarist Gerry Nestler of Civil Defiance to form a genre-spanning power trio. The band integrates metal with elements of heavy 60s rock and modern psych topped off with endlessly impressive riffs and eye-gouging drums to create a sound Lombardo describes as "rhythmic emotion."
"The band's sound is channeled through the many different influences of drum and bass, expressionism, and underground, that ranges via ancient and indigenous to street," said Nestler. Given the background of each band member, theirRead More »from PHILM: Live From TRI Studios, Videos Coming Soon!
- Tristram Lozaw | Maximum Performance – Wed, May 9, 2012 8:33 PM EDT
Weekend II, May 3-7, 2012
Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans
I'm not even half way through Jazz Fest 2012 -- seven days of the sensory overload of music simultaneously pouring from 11 stages for eight hours a day, along with the food, art, and people watching that have become part of this annual pilgrimage. By 7 p.m. on Sunday, I will have seen at least some of the performances by over 150 of the 400-plus acts that will have appeared.
I know the routine, I've done it over two dozen years in a row. And by the Thursday that starts the second weekend, I've shaken off any aching footsies and lack of conditioning for the daily marathon of zigging from stage to stage. Usually. This year seems, well, different for no good reason that I can tell.
Owing to a dream I had last night, I briefly toy with setting up this blog review as a Facebook style timeline with location tags. Thankfully, I nix the idea when I decide thatRead More »from Jazz Fest Weekend Two: How I Almost Lost My Jazz Fest Mojo
- Wendy Geller | Maximum Performance – Tue, May 8, 2012 2:42 PM EDT
If you missed our live stream, check out some of our favorite moments from John Fullbright's performance, plus the entire show!
It's hard to believe when listening to his debut album that singer-songwriter John Fullbright is only 24 years old. The native Oklahoman's body of work rings with both a sense of self-assurance and an emotional depth that's not generally found from such a young source.
However, Fullbright's been honing his craft since he was really a kid. Growing up in Okemah--the birthplace of Woody Guthrie--Fullbright was drawn to music early on, getting his hands into his mother's record collection and taking up piano in elementary school. By his teen years, his songwriting was nuanced enough for indoctrination into legendary local club the Blue Door. The owner of the venue, who'd seen everyone from Jimmy Webb to Arlo Guthrie on his stage, was so impressed by Fullbright's work that he decided to become his manager.
"John's songs remind me of people like Kris Kristofferson and John Prine--just really great songwriters," he told the Los Angeles Times.Read More »from Hear Oklahoma Phenom John Fullbright Perform Debut Album live!
- Tristram Lozaw | Maximum Performance – Fri, May 4, 2012 6:38 PM EDT
Barry Smith is fairly calm for a man nailing down the last-minute details for a special DVD-release event with the members of the HBO hit series "Treme," organizing a still-shifting line-up of presentations and appearances, handing out music advice, and dealing with the fact that the Rebirth Brass Band has just called in to report that a car accident will prevent them from performing a set that was scheduled to start five minutes ago.
Oh, did I mention that Smith's record store, the Louisiana Music Factory, where all this taking place, has been overrun by a hundred or two customers? Some are grasping to-go cups of draft beer from a bar down the street, others clutching an armful of hard-to-find albums grabbed from the store's formidable selection, still others just leaning on a rack in one of the couple rows that run the length of the slender store.Read More »from Jazz Fest Continued: The Best Little “Restival” in New Orleans
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