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R.I.P. B.B. King

The Associated Press reports that the great bluesman B.B. King, a man who rose from humble beginnings to become the undisputed and massively influential face of his genre, died last night in Las Vegas. He’d been suffering from type 2 diabetes for years, and his attorney claims that he died peacefully in his sleep. King… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 15, 2015 - 9:31 am

Watch Barack Obama And Jimmy Kimmel Chat About Kanye West, Who’ll Be At SXSW

Last night, Barack Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition to the sure-to-go-viral Presidential Mean Tweets segment, Obama also sat down for an interview where he addressed his relationship with Kanye West. During a lecture at Oxford earlier this month, West noted that the President “calls the home phone,” but Obama disputed that. Here’… More »

By: James Rettig / March 13, 2015 - 10:05 am

Watch Barack Obama Dubbed To Sing “Shake It Off”

Barackdubs are always good fun, and the one for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” is no exception. Swift is only the latest in a long line of popular songs to get the dub treatment — recent gems include Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” Who knew that Obama said “mhmm”… More »

By: James Rettig / February 9, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Watch Barack Obama Sing “Uptown Funk” In Latest BaracksDubs

Regardless of what you think of his politics, President Obama is a tremendous public speaker. He maintains his pauses long enough to optimize his word choice and give them maximum emphasis. This makes Obama the ideal candidate for a super-cut — there’s so much space between his words that editing declaratory snippets doesn’t sound totally… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 29, 2015 - 10:26 am

Watch Kanye West, U2 With Bruce Springsteen & Chris Martin Live From Times Square For World AIDS Day

U2 were planning a surprise concert in Times Square tonight for World AIDS Day, but Bono’s bike accident put the event in jeopardy. Now it seems the concert is happening after all (official title: “A (RED) THANK YOU — Presented by (BANK OF AMERICA)RED”), and the circumstances have led to a lineup that’s arguably more… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 1, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Watch Barack Obama “Sing” Ariana Grande’s “Problem”

In the past, Obama has “performed” such illustrious songs as “Fancy,” “Call Me Maybe,” “Get Lucky,” and the classic “Sexy And I Know It.” Now here he is with his take on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” put together, as always, by the people over at Barackdubs. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / August 19, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Watch Obama Sing Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” In The Latest BarackDub

Look: These BarackDub videos, in which internet goons edit footage together and make it look like the President Of The United States Of America is singing goofy pop tunes, are obviously the dumbest shit ever. They are also compulsively watchable, for reasons I don’t quite understand. And now, the inevitable: These people have combed through… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2014 - 10:08 am

Janelle Monáe – “Electric Lady” Video

Janelle Monáe’s blast of an album, The Electric Lady, came out almost a year ago. So it’s a bit of a surprise to be getting a video for its title track today — but hey, any Janelle Monáe-related news is good news, right? The video shows Monáe going to an Electro Phi Beta sorority party… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 30, 2014 - 11:22 am

The Horrors – “Your Love” (Frankie Knuckles Cover)

The Horrors are basically a psychedelic synths-and-guitars band, but they’re also the sort of band who gleefully defies categorization. And as it turns out, they’re the type of band who can knock out an awesome cover of a Chicago house classic at will. The Chicago house music originator Frankie Knuckles died a few weeks ago,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2014 - 10:16 am

Morrissey Blasts President Obama, The Entire Idea Of Thanksgiving

For the non-Americans out there, this is probably all a bit hard to process, but one of our goofiest annual traditions is that every year, right around Thanksgiving, the president will “pardon” exactly one turkey, thus, in effect, condemning millions more to death. It’s just a thing we do. And you’re never going to believe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2013 - 9:49 am

Watch Justin Timberlake Sing For The Obamas

Justin Timberlake, along with Mavis Staples, Ben Harper, an others, performed at the White House last night for an evening celebrating Memphis soul music. Earlier in the day, he joined FLOTUS Michelle Obama to teach a workshop called Soulsville USA: The History Of Memphis Soul, where they taught the long lineage of the city’s music… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 10, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Watch Soundgarden Debut New Song In Philadelphia

Grunge elder gods Soundgarden released King Animal, a better album than anyone expected, last year, and they apparently still have some fire left in them. They’ve had a big few days. Last night, they played President Obama’s Inaugural Ball (check out photos above). And on Saturday night outside Philly, they debuted yet another new song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2013 - 10:03 am

Watch Obama Honor Led Zeppelin At Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors, bestowed over the weekend, gave taxpayer-certified propers to a characteristically wide and divergent cast of cultural presences: Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova, David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, and Led Zeppelin. The three surviving members of the latter entity appeared together, though they maintained their whole not-performing thing. Instead, a bunch of younger act… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Q&A: I DJ’ed Barack Obama’s Election Night Party: A Chat with DJ Mel

Not every DJ can say that they were asked to play a party for the President. A few days before Tuesday night’s tension-filled election night, Austin-based party maestro Mel Cavaricci aka DJ Mel happened to get one such request: to play music at the Barack Obama campaign’s official Election Night Watch party, the same one… More »

By: Puja Patel / November 9, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Watch Jay-Z Play Obama’s Rally In Columbus

Jay-Z just went on at Obama’s final Ohio rally. Watch it below! UPDATE: Jay-Z’s performance is over but now Obama’s speaking, which you can totally stick around for if you want to. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 5, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Notes From A Bruce Springsteen Obama Rally

There’s a reason why I’m not a photographer

Here’s a nice thing to have happen in your town: A free acoustic Bruce Springsteen show, in the middle of a sunny day, with enough of a crowd that the “Thunder Road” singalong resonates loudly but not so much of a crowd that you can’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 23, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Watch Jay-Z’s Video For Obama

Barack Obama and Jay-Z pretty much have each others’ backs, so it’s probably no surprise that Jay-Z filmed B.O. a campaign ad. You can watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 15, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Watch Made In America Fest Highlights: Jay-Z With Pearl Jam, Kanye, Run-D.M.C. & More

Philadelphia’s inaugural Made In America festival took place over the weekend, touting an eclectic Jay-Z-curated lineup of Pearl Jam, Skrillex, a reunited Run-D.M.C., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Santigold, Drake and many more. While there was potential for disaster — a Philly-native friend told me that this was the first ticketed event Philly has ever held at… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 4, 2012 - 8:34 am

DJs For Obama

Here’s an ad from DJs For Obama, a group supporting Obama’s reelection bid. I don’t remember seeing so many DJs on that endorsement wishlist that leaked way back when, but clearly, in this regard, Obama’s just another U.S. citizen at the mercy of the EDM crush. So I can’t blame him. Throwin’ this one over… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 14, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Obama & The Roots Slow Jam The News, Dave Matthews Premieres “Mercy” On Fallon

Last night, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon played host to the one guest who might potentially be more exciting than another Jawbox reunion: Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. And Obama participated in a running Fallon sketch that might’ve been created expressly for him: Slow Jammin’ the News. The sketch allowed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 8:59 am
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