Ever wanted to listen to the same kind of music as your favourite characters on TV? Now is your chance.
Step into the shoes of Carrie Bradshaw and listen to the music she would most likely be bopping her head to on her train ride into the big city. Although a lot of this music didn’t exist in young Carrie Bradshaw’s time, she would probably be a fan of Robyn and The Scissor Sisters.
Imagine Dragons are everything right now. Their huge hit “It’s Time” was on the Billboard Alternative Top 10 chart for 32 weeks in 2012, has been performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Conan, and was even featured on Glee early in the fourth season.
YouTube cover artists are now taking a crack at the song, and one of the standouts is Andrew Bazzi. He has an incredible voice, and does a great job making the song his own while still doing the original version justice. His cover is definitely worth a listen!
His other covers include Rhianna’s “Where Have You Been” and Justin Bieber’s smash hit “As Long As You Love Me.” Check them out here:
And if you haven’t already done so, check out the band’s unbelievable acoustic performance of “Radioactive” exclusively for ANDPOP.
In a new edition of “Making Waves,” Las Vegas natives shake it up a bit with this exclusive acoustic performance of their hit single, “Radioactive.”
As their song continues to dominate airwaves, the band chats with ANDPOP host Simon Mohos on the all too real and unglamorous life of being struggling musicians.
“Growing up as a band, we played a lot of casino gigs,” said D. Wayne Sermon, the band’s guitarist. “At the beginning, we just had to beg them to let us play for them. We did these four to six hour gigs, three to four time a week for minimal pay.”
“There was pay?” asked frontman Dan Reynolds.
The road to success was never easy but it’s an achievement that earned the band a loyal fan base that spans the globe. The boys also let us in on what Charlie Sheen told them just as they were making it big.
WATCH IMAGINE DRAGONS PERFORM RADIOACTIVE
For such an epic song, I envisioned the music video for Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive” to be a little different than the one we got. The guys are locked up in the basement dungeon of some criminal mastermind running a fighting ring. But instead of pitbulls, the fighters are stuffed animals.
A mysterious woman brings a scraggly pink bear to fight against a nasty horned moster, hoping he dominates the ring and rescues the trapped rockers.
The track is from Imagine Dragons’ debut album Night Visions. I imagined something a little more post-apocalyptic, like survivors conquering zombies in a destroyed city. Still, it’s an interesting, if slightly kitschy storyline. Do you think it fits the song?
Watch it here
When the superpowers at Glee decide to reinterpret your song, it’s a fairly good indication that people like your music. In this case, television show or not, the guys from Imagine Dragons are pretty excited about where their careers are headed. Not only have they won over the Gods of entertainment television, they’ve also gathered a group of pretty serious music fans. In spite of all their success, one thing never changes with bands, you always have to get someone out of jail. In this interview Dan chucks Ben under the bus and tells Jordan about how they had to bail him out of the big house.
Watch it here:
Imagine Dragon’s new single “It’s Time went viral after being used in the trailer for the coming of age film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson. Their EP Continued Silence was released on Valentine’s Day and they’re currently recording their debut album Night Visions with Alex Da Kid (Nicki Minaj, Rihanna).
In a phone interview with andPOP, lead vocalist Dan Reynold’s said that while things are moving flash-fast, they’re ready. “I think it’s important for a band to have time to prepare or else they go viral overnight and are forgotten,” he said. “We’ve been a band for three years and are building something from the ground up.”
Here are a few things you may not know about them:
Imagine Dragons are pranksters: The guys don’t have access to the Internet on the road so they usually watch shows like Dexter and Game of Thrones. “Suddenly it’s taken a turn for the worse and has become a prank van,” Reynolds laughs. Pranks range from them slipping their clinical insomniac guitarist a five-hour energy drink (he stayed up for a week straight) or sneakily putting stickers in hair (ouch) so the victim has to yank it out later. Reynold’s best prank was an act of revenge, after a crew member pretended to delete every file on his computer. Upon discovering the prankster has major arachnophobia, he hid a hairy tarantula in a donut box. “He reached in and grabbed a donut. When he realized there was a spider in there he freaked out,” Reynolds said. “So we’re even now.”
His sister’s book club read The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Read more…
Like fine wine and cheese, there’s a different track for every summer activity. Musical Prozac columnist and song connoisseur Azra Kassam considered the fine balance of tempo, melody and beat to match your favourite summer tracks with the activity du jour.
During the summer, I find everything takes on a magical quality and I fully appreciate life’s simple pleasures under the glorious sunshine. But even the greatest moments can be made better with a complementary song to highlight the fine notes of freshly cut grass, blue skies and easy living. While there’s something to be said for the sounds of nature, here are a few recommendations when the silence just isn’t cutting it.
If you’re: Cleaning your room on a Sunday morning with all the windows open…
Try: “On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons
Why: As awesome and fun as summer can be, mundane chores still need to be done. Fortunately, bands like Imagine Dragon produce great “pick-me-up” songs that will turn any boring task into one that will have you dancing and singing your way to a sparkling room in no time! The positive lyrics will remind you why you love life, and the rhythmic clapping will force a smile on your face whether you like it or not.
If you’re: Road tripping with your best friend with the windows down and the wind whipping through your hair…
Try: “Gold on the Ceiling,” Black Keys
Why: Since “Gold on the Ceiling” is off the Black Keys’ album El Camino, named after a 60s model Chevy, it’s only fitting that you start off your road trip playlist with this great garage rock track. In fact, go ahead and throw all the tracks off El Camino on that playlist while you’re at it. “Gold on the Ceiling,” with its bluesy riffs and driving bass (no pun intended) will be sure to keep you awake at the wheel.
If you’re: Laying under the stars with your summer love… Read more…