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Chad Smith Unveils Super Group Band With Beck, Chris Martin!

  • 3:48 pm Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

Last week Chad Smith, the drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, posted a video on instagram showing him and a few buddies jamming in what appears to be a normal backyard. As it turns out, he was at a charity event in Malibu, and his buddies were Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Beck, and Jakob Dylan (of The Wallflowers). They played songs from Pink Floyd, Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Ariana Grande, Prince, and Beck himself.

Sure this is a joke, but is it really? I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chad Smith, who has been known as a jokester, throw together a few shows [More]

Fitz and the Tantrums Release New, Cartoon Inspired Video For “Roll Up”

  • 5:58 pm Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

Los Angeles based Fitz and the Tantrums recently released their third studio album last summer. After forming in 2008, the indie pop group grew in popularity over the years with their jazzy, Motown, and often grab bag influenced hits like “Moneygrabber”, “The Walker”, and “Out of My League”. Their latest self titled album, Fitz and the Tantrums, embraced a far truer pop sound than any of their prior work. It’s exciting to see this evolution for a band like Fitz and the Tantrums who have become a staple among indie and alternative music fans.

In a recent article with Entertainment Weekly, lead vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs [More]

Blink 182 Releases NSFW Video For “She’s Out of Her Mind”

  • 2:25 pm Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

Blink 182 offered up a different take on their 1999 music video for “What’s My Age Again”. Rather than the then young punk rockers running through the streets naked, this time around they enlisted nude Instagram models Lele Pons, Hannah Stocking and Vale Genta to play their parts. The sexy nurse is played by comedian Adam Devine.

“She’s Out of Her Mind” is off of the band’s newest album California, and features Matt Skiba instead of Tom Delonge. We all know that story by now…

I love this playful take on the classic Blink 182 hit. This video parallels the bands maturation perfectly. I doubt [More]

97x NBT Artist of the Week: COIN

  • 4:29 pm Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

The pop rock quartet COIN, stylized with all caps, has recently risen from the ever saturated music scene of Nashville to radios and Spotify accounts nationwide. The four band mates all met and formed COIN while students at Nashville’s Belmont University. Aside from maybe Vampire Weekend, you rarely hear of college bands becoming musical success stories. In a city infiltrated by aspiring musicians, COIN was able to stand out. Whiles dozens of their fellow classmates were aspiring artists, songwriters, or composers, COIN took a different approach. They took it upon themselves to apply what they learned in the classroom and bring it to the [More]

Twenty one pilots, Lin-Manuel Miranda combine for SNL’s Largest Viewership in 12 Years

  • 11:22 am Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor
Twenty One Pilots announce 3 Hometown shows in Columbus Ohio

With the help of musical guest twenty one pilots and host Lin- Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live opened it’s 42nd season last week with it’s most watched episode in 12 years, averaging 7.14 million viewers. That’s a 24% jump from last year’s originals, in which SNL averaged 5.748 million viewers. If I had to guess, I would attribute that 24% difference to twenty one pilots fans…. Either way SNL, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and twenty one pilots all crushed it last Saturday night, all while etching their names in the record books.

Lin Maranda’s opening monologue included a joke that despite his Hamilton success, [More]

97x NBT Artist of the Week: Phantogram!

  • 1:28 pm Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

The New York based duo comprised of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter is our Artist of the Week, and it just so happens that they will be performing at this year’s

Phantogram is the epitome of contrasts, even down to their wardrobe and attire. Much of their work up to now has been about finding beauty amid darkness. We all have our sad days, or even low moments within each day, in which we have to find something to pull us through. Phantogram is no different, and in fact, they make those feelings tangible in the form of their music. [More]

Phantogram, Green Day, Sum 41 Highlight a Week of New Album Releases!

  • 11:29 am Monday, October 10th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

Fridays have become synonymous with new music releases, and last week was no different. Numerous new albums were released last Friday, but perhaps none more anticipated than Greenday’s Revolution Radio, Sum 41‘s 13 Voices, and Phantogram’s Three. To makes things even better, they all appear to be very good albums, based on my opinion, combined with early critical response. Even more good news is that one of these bands just so happens to be playing Next Big Thing this year (Phantogram!). Sum 41 just played St. Pete’s State Theatre as part of their Don’t Call It a Sum Back Tour. Green Day also just announced a [More]

Martin Garrix, Bebe Rexha Cover Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

  • 12:47 pm Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

As if twenty one pilots couldn’t get any bigger right now, (they’re taking over the world btw), they seem to garner another accolade each day. When you’re a band as big as twenty one pilots, someone else covering your music isn’t necessarily such a big deal. Typically the more popular and well respected you get as musicians, the more people want to cover your music. It’s just simple logic. However, when researching the internet, it is difficult to find covers of twenty one pilots songs from noteworthy artists. I’m sure there are some out there, but, if so, they are not plastered all over [More]

97x Artist of the Week: Capital Cities!

  • 1:38 pm Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Kyle Taylor

It’s been a few years since Capital Cities took the world by storm with their insanely catchy smash hit single, “Safe and Sound”, from their debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery. I, embarrassingly enough, thought this had the potential to be a one hit wonder, BUT, I’ve got some good news to share with you… They’re back! The synth pop duo just released a new single appropriately titled, “Vowels”. I say appropriately titled, because, well, the chorus of the song is just that, vowels.

Sebu Simonian said of the song, “When you can’t express yourself with words, sometimes you just [More]