Aloe Blacc Stays Current, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Aloe Blacc is the man... the man... the man. So much so that we put him on the cover of our annual Coachella issue. This soulful singer songwriter killed it on the first day of Coachella and will be performing today for Coachella weekend part II.

Blacc released a new version of Coca-Cola's World Cup anthem "The World is Ours" last week. The song features David Correy and original lyrics by Blacc.

"It was great to do a mash up between my song ["Hello World"] and David Correy's song," Blacc told Billboard. "The message that I wanted to convey was oneness. I've been lucky enough to have my music accepted in countries all over the world. And everywhere I go I recognize music, sports entertainment being something that brings us all together. Football, soccer is something that makes us all one; its like a religion in a lot of places."

Here's what the artist, whose sound is being dubbed a cross between Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, had to say about staying current in the fast-paced music industry.

Quotation above via nextshark.com.

See also: Our cover story on Aloe Blacc

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Jared Leto's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

It's no secret: we have a major crush on Jared Leto. (Who doesn't). How can you hate on someone who uses the pseudonym 'Bartholomew Cubbins,' after his favorite Dr. Seuss character?! He's as talented and creative as he is handsome.

Currently, Leto is abroad, touring with 30 Seconds To Mars and Linkin Park and will be returning to the U.S. to rock your face off in July. You can check out 30STM's tour dates here.

And as if Leto weren't dreamy enough, he has to go say things (ie: his acceptance speech at the Oscars) that make us believe he's even cooler than we suspected. Here are a few more gems Leto has said...

Quotation above via bigissue.com.


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Kurt Cobain's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Kurt Cobain's life and death is unarguably the most discussed, dissected and speculated benchmark in the music industry. Now, 20 years after his death, we're still enamored with the man who sparked the grunge period and shaped the music of the 90s.

Despite the end of Cobain's life and career, headlines constantly emerge: "20 Years After Kurt's Death: What Changed and What Didn't..."; "New Death Scene Photos Released..."; "Intimate Photographs of Troubled Rock Star..."; "Here's What Kurt Cobain Would Look Like At Age 46." We just can't seem to get enough of the notorious Nirvana frontman.

It's no surprise that Nirvana is played on the radio as often as contemporary songs. Still, 20 years later, Cobain's music is reaching a new, core audience, many of whom weren't even born before Cobain died.

Here's what Cobain had to say about his life under the media's microscope.

Illustrated quotation above via Rolling Stone.

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Boy George Transforms... Again, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Boy George recently released his first album in 18 years, titled This Is What I Do. The album contains catchy reggae-based tracks and slow melodic gems infused with country sounds.

Boy George explained the seemingly odd genre juxtaposition to The Quietus:
"...'Karma Chameleon' is a bit country! Country and reggae are quite closely linked. If you go to Jamaica, they listen to a lot of country, and they love Charley Pride. So there is a relationship there. I've never been scared of country, but I prefer the early, proper country to pop-country."

One notable difference in the overall sound of the album is Boy George's voice. His current, more raspy intonation seamlessly augments the pensive feel of songs like 'King Of Everything':

Boy George isn't afraid to talk about the dark times in his past, but would rather focus on the future. Here's what else he had to say about transformations throughout his life:

Illustrated quotation above via thequietus.com.


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The Vandals Talk Punk and Give Career Advice, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Everyone's favorite local punk band, The Vandals, will be co-headlining the MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival with the Descendents this weekend at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center in Costa Mesa. Tickets are available online.

Over 300 of the world's finest tattoo artists will be present; which means you can get that sweet Vandals tattoo you've always wanted! You know, the one of guitarist Warren Fitzgerald buck naked, grabbing his junk onstage.

In the meantime, please enjoy some punk quotations and career advice from Fitzgerald and founding member/entertainment lawyer/musician/director/producer/record label owner/radio talk show host/amateur torero Joe Escalante.

Illustrated quotation above via guitarcenter.com.

See also: Descendents guitarist was a fan of the band before he joined. These are his favorite songs.

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Descendents Guitarist Was a Fan of the Band Before He Joined. These Are His Favorite Songs.

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Greg Jacobs
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Rather than having some schlub (i.e., me) pontificate about how brilliant pop/punk/hardcore pioneers the Descendents are and why everyone should see them Friday as part of the MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, I thought I'd go to the source. And by "source," I mean Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton.

Egerton doesn't play on the group's first three full-length albums (1982's Milo Goes to College, 1985's I Don't Want To Grow Up and 1986's Enjoy! ) and one EP (1981's Fat). He joined the band during 1987's ALL, so I figured the Oklahoma resident would offer a unique viewpoint on the songs as someone who is a fan of the band and a member. The group has had one drummer (Bill Stevenson) and singer Milo Aukerman is on all releases except the first single (1979's Ride the Wild), so their opinions might be biased. And original bass player Tony Lombardo and his replacement Doug Carrion couldn't talk about the songs that followed their departures. Same with original guitarist Frank Navetta (who passed away in 2008) and his successor Ray Cooper. Yes, I could have included third bassist Karl Alvarez -- who joined with Egerton in 1986 -- but I don't have his number. I do, however, have Egerton's. Luckily, I was right as the guitarist spoke at length about the difficulty of honoring the legacy of Navetta and Cooper while maintaining his own musical voice.


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Hayley Williams On Being a Rockstar, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Paramore is back, and busier than ever. The band just completed their first destination cruise with fans (cleverly dubbed Parahoy!), which included four days and nights aboard the Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay.

Fans enjoyed two outdoor shows by Paramore, a Q&A on the cruise ship's deck, and a myriad of onboard activities while sailing to the Bahamas. Other acts included Tegan and Sara and New Found Glory.

Next, Paramore will prepare for a joint summer tour with Fall Out Boy, which kicks off June 19. Paramore will also be co-headlining the Reading and Leeds Festival with Queens Of The Stone Age in August.

It's hard to believe Paramore was founded ten years ago, when lead singer Hayley Williams was just 15 years old. Here's what the orange-haired rocker had to say about her fans and being a woman in the music industry.

Illustrated quotation above via nashvillescene.com.

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Ingrid Michaelson's Thoughts on Feminism and Pop Music, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Ingrid Michaelson's new music video, which features gender-bending backup dancers, has turned the folk pop singer-songwriter into the latest beacon for gender equality.

"There's a lot going on with marriage equality and gay rights," Michaelson told The Washington Post. "I don't want it to seem I'm jumping on a bandwagon and latching on to the newest thing for attention. That's not what I intended at all. But I'm really excited that people are enjoying it and finding solace in it."

The real intention behind the video for "Girls Chase Boys", the first single from her upcoming album Lights Out, boils down to one, simple virtue:

"Girls don't exclusively chase boys. We all know this," Michaelson posted when debuting the video. "We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love."

Michaelson, a musical (and physical) cross between Regina Spektor and Lisa Loeb, says she never called herself a feminist, she was just was one since birth. Here's what else Michaelson had to say on the subject of feminism and pop music:

Quotation above via Marie Claire.


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Michael Bolton Talks Sex Appeal and Mullets, in Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Did you know that Michael Bolton's real last name is 'Bolotin'? (Pronounced 'below-tin'). Or that he is a major Scrabble nerd? These are important things to know.

Bolton's talent supersedes any genre. He has worked with an eclectic array of musicians, including: Pavarotti, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Percy Sledge, Ne-Yo, Kanye West and Jay-Z.

While his commercial cameos are starting to drive us batty, we always enjoy catching glimpses of Bolton's comedic side. We're hoping he teams up with the guys from The Lonely Island again. (Remember that Jack Sparrow song that went viral three years ago?)

If these beautifully illustrated quotations aren't enough to satisfy your craving for the hunky Fabio of soft rock, be sure to check him out on tour and be sure to wish him a Happy Belated Birthday on twitter. He turned a smoking hot 61 on Wednesday.

Illustrated quotation above was taken from a People Magazine interview.

See also: Michael Bolton Breaks Down Some of His Most Epic Music Videos

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Rihanna Talks Fame and Slams Critics, in Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Happy Birthday to Rihanna! The sexpot singer turned 26 yesterday. Also this week, Rihanna announced she will join the P6 campaign for support of gay rights in Russia.

Yes, it was a great week for Rihanna, who reportedly was offered a settlement of over $10 million in a legal battle against former accountants.

In her claim, Rihanna said the firm advised her to buy a $7 million house, even though they knew she was "bleeding cash." Her lawyer Edward Estrada wrote in legal documents:

"The defendants advised Ms. Fenty by e-mail that purchasing a home in Los Angeles 'would be a good investment' despite knowing Ms. Fenty was experiencing financial difficulties."

We only wish we had the "financial difficulty" of having $7 million to spend on a house.

Illustrated quotation above via elleuk.com.

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