The New Now
- Craig Rosen at The New Now18 hrs ago
He's played with everyone from Eric Clapton and Phil Collins to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Beyonce, as well as his own jazz combo, Fourplay. Now, after three decades of making music, bassist Nathan East has released his first solo album, appropriately titled "Nathan East." "Daft Funk," one of the tracks on the album, is East's attempt to build on the feel-good vibes of Daft Punk's monster hit "Get Lucky." East played on that song as well as other tracks on "Random Access Memories," and joined the helmeted duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rogers and Stevie Wonder in performing the Grammy-winning tune on the Grammy Awards. Now East has released a video clip for "Daft Funk," a track he co-wrote with guitarist Michael Thompson and that also features Ray Parker Jr. of "Ghostbusters" fame on guitar. East first met Parker Jr. 30 years ago when they were both hired to work a session recording a jingle for Hertz Rent-a-Car. Here's an exclusive premiere of the video for the track, produced by the Yamaha Entertainment Group with animation by David Bennett.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now1 day ago
Aloe Blacc reveals that his character in the James Brown biopic "Get on Up" is no fan of late Godfather of Soul. In the Imagine Entertainment film starring Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Jill Scott, Aloe plays Nafloyd Scott, a guitarist in James's pre-fame band, the Famous Flames. "He's a bit bitter that James Brown joined the band and took all of the attention," Aloe says of his character in the movie due out Aug. 1. "He didn't really like James Brown, because the band was originally a gospel band but James Brown came in and made them a bunch of heathens. So he quits the band, way before all of the success." In real life, the soul singer from Orange County, Calif. (with roots in Panama) has demonstrated much better business savvy than his onscreen persona.
- Craig Rosen at The New Now1 day ago
Sister-act band HAIM made their debut as the musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" last year, and were one of the breakout acts of Coachella this month. With HAIM (pronounced like the Hebrew phrase L'chaim, not like late teen idol Corey Haim) currently blowing up, we thought we'd give you the rundown on the trio consisting of Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim.
1. They were born in different years and months, but their birthdays fall sequentially on the 14th (Este, March 14, 1986), 15th (Alana, Dec. 15, 1991), and 16th (Danielle, Feb. 16, 1989) day of the months they were born in.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now1 day ago
Future has a long history with Outkast, so it's no surprise that the Atlanta rapper — who releases his sophomore album, "Honest," on Tuesday — played a 10-minute set during the legendary MCs' comeback concert at the opening weekend of the Coachella Music Festival earlier this month. Future was able to watch Big Boi and André 3000's rise to superstardom from behind the scenes, thanks to his big cousin, Rico Wade, whose Organized Noize production outfit is responsible for classics from Outkast, TLC, En Vogue, and Goodie Mob, among others. Though Rico never produced music for any of Future's mixtapes or albums, he said that his cousin gave him something more valuable: knowledge of the music business. When Future was around 17 or 18 years old, he was able to see Rico at work. "I got to see Big Boi walk into the studio," he recalled. "Just always looking for a new Outkast album, being a fan and always being behind the scenes and seeing what it took and seeing the process of making records, and it was all just fascinating to me."
- Wendy Geller at The New Now1 day ago
Jackson Guthy is just 18 years old, but this talented singer-songwriter already has a full musical resume under his belt at a tender age. He's been studying piano since he was a toddler, writing songs since he was 7, and debuted his first single on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2011.
Currently he's managed by "American Idol" alum judge Randy Jackson, and has been honing his chops on the road with some seriously huge productions. He's already been on tour with One Direction, Fifth Harmony, and Cher Lloyd; just finished up a tour with Emblem 3 and MKTO, and currently is out with Five Seconds of Summer.
Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the video for an exclusive acoustic version of his catchy tune "Young & Single." Enjoy!
If you'd like to catch Guthy on tour, you can keep up with his schedule here.
- Marisa Okano at The New Now5 days ago
With turntabling skills that could make even the President get down (quite literally), it's no surprise that celebrity nightlife veteran DJ Cassidy would be able to round up a global dance party of his own. There's no celebration Cassidy hasn't conquered — whether at the White House or by the sands of St. Tropez, he's won crowds over. The dapper disc jockey and producer is set to release a full-length album entitled "Paradise Royale" — a project four years in the making with a specific goal in mind: to recreate dance music's golden age for today's generation.
- Marisa Okano at The New Now6 days ago
Ever since her breakout single "Gucci Gucci" went viral back in 2011, rapper/designer/blogger/DJ/tastemaker Kreayshawn has remained an undeniable It-Girl on dashboards across the Tumblr-sphere. The Oakland-born creative (real name: Natassia Zolot) shares content on the daily to her personal Tumblr — among them emoji-emblazoned selfies, all-neon everything, and '90s-throwback GIFs. Aside from using Tumblr and other Web tools to build her brand, as she’s been doing since her early teens, Kreayshawn's been spending her time on new music and contributing her style smarts to popular online jewelry shopfront OK1984. She took the time to chat with Yahoo Music about the Internet, its power to influence, Tumblr culture, and what’s really "basic" as of late. Your Tumblr layout pays homage to the “old school” Myspace — and you first made a name for yourself on Myspace back in the day under the nickname "Payasita." What’s the story behind that?
Coachella ’14 Sunday’s Breakout Artists: Jhene Aiko, Chance the Rapper, Daughter, the Naked and FamousLaura Ferreiro at The New Now9 days ago
The third and final day of the first weekend of the Coachella Festival was not nearly as jam-packed with must-see artists as the first two days, but it certainly boasted its fair share of break-out acts. Instead of performing in the day's earliest time slots, several of Sunday's rising artists had late-evening set times and drew sizable crowds, even against the day's big-ticket headliners including Beck and Arcade Fire.
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper kicked things off with plenty of swagger and attitude in the midday sun, not to mention a surprise guest appearance by a certain tween heartthrob. The 20-year-old MC (born Chancellor Bennett) has been receiving a lot of attention lately and has collaborated with several high-profile artists including Justin Bieber, who turned up to lend his pal a hand, looking inconspicuous in a bucket hat and sunglasses. It took a minute for the crowd to register that it was Biebs himself, but as soon as they recognized him, several young girls let out high-pitched screams and ran toward the stage.
Coachella ’14 Saturday’s Breakout Artists: Future Islands, Chvrches, Warpaint, Washed Out, Banks, The Head and the HeartLaura Ferreiro at The New Now10 days ago
Temperatures dropped and the dry desert winds kicked up on the second day of Southern California's Coachella Festival. Capacity crowds clogged entrances, sucked up cell-phone reception, and made it nearly impossible to get close to the stages on Saturday, but the music is what really mattered, and it didn't disappoint.
Long before the Saturday night headlining sets by Muse, Pharrell, and Skrillex, a whole host of exciting up-and-comers made some incredible noise all across the festival grounds.
L.A. native Banks drew a sizable crowd to the Gobi tent in the mid-afternoon. Dressed in black bohemian garb, the singer, born Jillian Banks, trotted out several tunes from her recent EP, "London," backed by a two-piece band. Although she seemed timid when speaking to the crowd, Banks strutted across the stage with attitude while belting out her several intimate numbers. Some songs were noticeably better than others; final song "Waiting Game," with its synth swells and Moby-esque production, was a standout. Banks is still developing as an artist and occasionally hit a false note, but the crowd ate it up and didn't seem to mind.
- Laura Ferreiro at The New Now11 days ago
Thousands of people descended on Southern California's desert music festival, Coachella, on Friday, and while headliner Outkast's reunion was on everyone's lips, many were ambitious enough to brave 100-degree temperatures to catch several exciting rising artists who performed sweltering sets long before the sun had set.
Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls proved that they can be incredibly dark and Goth, even in the middle of a blazing hot day on an outdoor stage in the scorching desert. The four-piece band (led by frontwoman Dee Dee Penny, whose stage attire consisted of little more than black pasties and short-shorts) maintained their cool, detached demeanor, playing several songs from their recent album, "Too True," hardly cracking a smile or interacting with the crowd. Truth be told, they seemed more concerned with their stylized image than engaging with the audience. When they repeated the chorus "I feel nothing," in the song "I Got Nothing," it appeared that several audience members felt the same way.