• Neon Trees’ ‘Psychology’ Wins On Dual Fronts

    May 2, 2014 11:55 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    The success of Neon Trees’ new “Pop Psychology” album—which enters the Billboard charts this week at No. 6--on one hand illustrates that good, carefully crafted rock ‘n’ roll music still can draw a significant audience. And on the other? Publicly acknowledging that you’re a gay Mormon in Rolling Stone isn’t necessarily bad for business. The Provo, Utah-based band--whose sharp, colorful modern pop has never sounded smarter on this, their third...  | More »

  • Video: Watch Ledisi Unleash 'The Truth' at Yahoo

    April 25, 2014 10:29 AM ET

    Eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi has such an amazing vocal gift that many of the greats — Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Rachelle Ferrell, and even First Lady Michelle Obama — sing her praises. Ledisi, who released her seventh album "The Truth" in March, blew Yahoo Music away when she visited our studio and performed three powerful examples of her sonic talents. "Alright" is the song her mother inspired her to write when she was considering quitting the business; on "Pieces of Me," sh...  | More »

  • Kan Wakan Are Moving On

    April 15, 2014 10:10 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    There are many routes to fame and world cultural dominance, especially in today’s music business—so if new and exceptionally interesting L.A. band Kan Wakan are now being touted as playing “the song from HBO’s new promo,” then, well, good for them. Like a growing number of creative artists who can’t easily be slotted into a particular style or radio format, Kan Wakan aren’t easily defined. Essentially a trio consisting of composer/multi-instrumentali...  | More »

  • Noah Gundersen Is One Old Soul

    April 14, 2014 11:35 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It’s rare to see a young artist arrive so fully formed in his or her musical direction, but just in his mid-20s, singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen already seems to possess the soul of a wizened, grizzly troubadour. Washington-based Gundersen, whose recent album Ledges has been the recipient of several notably enthusiastic rave reviews, has a unique background that might explain that “out of time” air he exudes: He grew up in a conservative religious household in which secula...  | More »

  • The Wild Feathers: In The Untraditional Tradition

    April 2, 2014 12:40 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Though they ooze with 21st Century sophistication, Nashville’s joyfully rocking Wild Feathers bring to mind rock’n’roll bands from another era entirely. Why? Because with very few exceptions, today’s typical line-up includes one human who writes, sings, and plays an instrument, and one accompanying back-up group. Put ‘em all together, and you got a “band.” But not so the Wild Feathers. The exceptional quintet--featuring Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylo...  | More »

  • Video: Kaiser Chiefs Sling Their ‘Bows & Arrows’

    April 1, 2014 5:50 PM ET

    Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs burst onto the Britpop scene back in 2005 with "I Predict a Riot"...and their prediction pretty much came true, with enthusiastic fans making them one of the biggest acts in the United Kingdom. The Chiefs have continued to rule since then, releasing five albums and winning three BRIT Awards; frontman Ricky Wilson was even recently recruited to judge "The Voice U.K." alongside legends Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones. So imagine the thrill when the Kaiser Chiefs recent...  | More »

  • Hello, Ladies! Hammered Satin Premiere 'Foxy Dude' Video

    March 25, 2014 12:20 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Move over, George Clooney. See ya later, Brad Pitt. And sorry, Most Interesting Man in the World, but there's a guy out there who's a lot more interesting than you. We're talking about Noah Wallace, of course. Who? Oh, just foxiest, most fabulous rock 'n' roll frontman to fill out a unitard since the Darkness's Justin Hawkins, that's who. The lead singer of Hollywood glam-rock combo Hammered Satin is perfectly cast in the titular role for the band's ab...  | More »

  • Video: Spandau Ballet Return to the U.S.

    March 13, 2014 3:45 PM ET

    Spandau Ballet has — as the lyrics of their signature hit, "True," attest — "come back again." A full 28 years since their last U.S. performance, the British New Romantic pioneers took the stage at Austin's Vulcan Gas Co. Wednesday night as part of the annual South by Southwest festival, delighting the audience with an 11-song set including hits "Gold" and, of course, "True." Spandau Ballet was not only in town to revisit an American stage — the band was also promotin...  | More »

  • From Chopin to Metallica: All the World Is Lang Lang’s Stage

    March 3, 2014 10:35 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    While the Y! Music studios have hosted musical performances of nearly every shape, size and genre, it has to be said that the recent visit from world-renowned concert pianist Lang Lang was unprecedented. The 31-year-old Chinese pianist was in town for his memorable—and quite unexpected—live collaboration with Metallica on the recent 56th Grammy Awards Show in late January. In our studio two days prior to that broadcast, the pianist graciously gave all of us a preview of what he&...  | More »

  • Video: Bonnie McKee's Yahoo Performance

    February 18, 2014 3:30 PM ET

    You might be left with a headache and a heartache after the long weekend bookended by Valentine's Day and President's Day. But a live performance from the most rock 'n' roll pop star out there, Bonnie McKee, is sure to be your cure-all. [Related: 3 Things We Learned About America From Bonnie McKee's 'American Girl' Music Video] The hitmaker behind Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Britney Spears (just to name a few) stopped by the Yahoo Music studio a while back t...  | More »

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