April Round Up

April 30, 2008 by Sarah  

There have been some very cool goings on at the Music Channel here at b5Meida. Check out what happened here in April:

HT: To Dexie at Pop Music Scene for the list.

She Plays Music Top 10 Female Guitarists of All Time

April 28, 2008 by Sarah  

Choosing a list of favorite or best female guitarist isn’t easy. There’s lots of talent out there to choose from, despite the absence of women on many of the male-dominated lists of talented musicians. Though lists like these are highly subjective, we think we did a good job of picking the best of the best. I give you She Plays Music’s

Top 10 Female Guitarists of All Time

1. Nancy Wilson

I’ve been a Heart fan since the 70’s mostly because I wanted to play guitar just like Nancy Wilson. Whether it’s a kickass solo or a quiet ballad, Nancy doesn’t disappoint. She proved women can lead a rockin’ band and held her own against some of her male counterparts.

2. Bonnie Raitt

The daughter of stage and screen actor, John Raitt, Bonnie Raitt is one of the best blues guitarists around - male or female. She can slide with the best of them and still sounds as sexy as she did 25 years ago. Rock on, Bonnie.

3. Charo

Don’t laugh. Charo isn’t just a regular on Love Boat or television variety shows, she’s also a master, award winning, classically trained Latin guitarist. If you haven’t seen Charo play, check her out and be prepared to be blown away.

4. Liona Boyd

Classically trained Liona Boyd isn’t called the “First Lady of the Guitar” for nothing. Playing since she was 13, Liona’s probably the best guitarist yoiu never heard of.

5. Kaki King

Though Kaki King played guitar at a young age, her first love was the drums. She didn’t begin to get serious about guitar until college and got her start playing in the New York City subway for change. Fortunately for us, she came out into the daylight, and the rest is history.

6. Anna Popvic

Touted as the “Female Jimi Hendrix” this Serbian beauty is more than just a pretty face. She was introduced to the blues by her father, a major collector. She formed her first band at 19, studied jazz, and was a major player in the Amsterdam blues scene. With five critically acclaimed albums it’s only a matter of time before Anna bursts into the mainstream.

7. Susan Tedeschi

Before Susan Tedeschi entered the Berklee College of Music, she was performing in musicals in her Massachusetts hometown. It wasn’t long before she was opening for acts like John Mellecamp, The Allman Brothers Band and B.B.King. Watch the video above and you’ll agree she earned every one of her three Grammies.

8. Jennifer Batten

Originally playing guitar for Michael Jackson, Jennifer Batten caught the attention of Jeff Beck and he asked her to be in his band. Though she plays backup for Beck and many other notable artists, Jennifer does have two solo albums out - the second of which should be released in the United States soon.

9. Lita Ford

Lita Ford grew out of the teen rock act, The Runaways, to become the heavy metal darling of the ’80’s. In an era dominated by men, she kicked major butt and inspired many girls to pick up a guitar.

10. Joan Jett

Lita’s bandmate in The Runaways Joan Jett broke out in the late ’70’s with her hit “I Love Rock ‘N Roll”. With her low slung guitar and her tight leathers Joan proved she was as badass as the boys and didn’t care who knew it.

Top 10 Bad Girls of Music

April 27, 2008 by Sarah  

Janis Joplin

At She Plays Music we generally cover music’s good girls. The role models and talented ladies who deserve all the accolades. Oh, we cover some bad behavior now and then, but not like this. Today I give you She Play’s Music’s

Top 10 Bad Girls of Music.

Don’t try this at home, folks.

1. Janice Joplin - Janis Joplin made the big haired, poofy dressed divas of the 50’s and 60’s look like syrupy caricatures as she portrayed her self in a completely opposite manner. Flamboyant and embracing the sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll life style Janis was the anti-diva. She was a true and total badass and didn’t care who knew it. She cursed on stage, wore wild outfits, and supported a $200 a day drug habit. Major coin in that era. Janis died of a drug overdose in October 1970.

2. Courtney Love - Courtney Love’s bad behavior is well-chronicled, especially her battle with drugs. She’s a former stripper, very loud and seems to enjoy making an ass out of herself. Though her band Hole did very well, it doesn’t appear to be because Courtney has talent, but rather because she rode on the coat tails of her departed husband Kurt Cobain.

3. Madonna - In the 80’s and 90’s Madonna did everything to prove to the world she was slutty and proud of it. She pranced around in sultry wedding dresses, put out a book called “Sex” featuring racy pictures and danced around a burning cross. Nowadays she’d like you to think she’s all Mommy and causes, but we remember back to the day.

4. Wendy O. Williams - Speaking of Badass - Wendy O. Williams did everything to show the world she had the baddest ass on the planet. Wearing nothing but leather pants and electric tape covering her nipples, Wendy and her band the Plasmatics kicked butt on stage while blowing up a few props in the process. In 1998, at the age of 48, Wendy committed suicide.

5. Amy Winehouse - Need I say more? Captured on video doing drugs? Arrested for suspicion of assault? Walking around town in only her bra? Oh Amy, you do disappoint. One of the most promising voices of the decade so far, may not see 2010 if she doesn’t clean up her act soon.

6. Christina Aguilera - First she was a good girl, then she was a bad girl, and now she’s a good girl again. But when she was bad she was so, so bad. Parents cringed and hid their children’s eyes as the former Disney star decided to get “Dirty” in a naughty skirl girl outfit and assless chaps. Christina has settled down now, and as a mommy realized she has an example to set. Still, young kids can still look on YouTube and get Dirty if they want to.

7. Foxy Brown - When Foxy was arrested for getting in a fight over a manicure in 2005, she was told to behave. She didn’t. In spite of 3 year probation and anger management classes, Foxy got in trouble again after smacking her neighbor with her cellphone. In 2007 she was arrested for violating her parole and sent to jail for 7 months.

8. Britney Spears -As far as we know, Britney Spears’ problems with behaving, which include forgetting to put on underwear, driving erratically and holding her children hostage, all appear to be mental. Now that she’s taking her meds, she’s a much better citizen.

9. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes - One third of the popular R&B trio, TLC, Lisa Lopes was the perky, troubled member. Lisa had a well-known battle with alcohol and entered rehab for a time. Her troubles became public after she burned down her boyfriend, professional athlete Andre Rison’s, mansion. Lisa was killed in a car accident in Honduras in 2002.

10.L’il Kim - In 2005 L’il Kim, known for breast baring outfits and not paying her taxes, was found guilty of perjury and conspiracy after a jury felt she lied about witnessing a shooting in NYC. She was sentenced to a year and a day a federal prison. She wrote 200 songs while in prison and is using the time since her release in a more positive manner.

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Jennifer Lopez to Star in New Reality Television Show

April 23, 2008 by Sarah  

Everyone is jumping on the reality television bandwagon, and Jennifer Lopez is no different. The singing, acting mom just inked a deal with TLC to star in a “docu-series” (a more acceptable term for reality television ) about Jennifer Lopez coping with motherhood and her job.

Heck, someone get a camera over here because I can show you how it’s done without a nanny!

You know she’s getting paid serious coin for this one.

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Video: Alicia Keys - Teenage Love Affair

April 23, 2008 by Sarah  

Here it is, the much anticipated video for Alicia Keys single “Teenage Love Affair.”  The video was inspired by the Spike Lee Joint “School Daze.”

It’s an entertaining video and it’s nice to see Alicia do a little dancing too.

Victoria Beckham to Join the Pussycat Dolls

April 23, 2008 by Sarah  

Victoria Beckham has agreed to join the Pussycat Dolls on stage in Las Vegas in June.

Said the Dolls spokesperson:

“Victoria’s been in talks with the Dolls for some time and will be joining them onstage.

“She would have done it sooner, but it’s a question of her busy schedule.

“But it will be happening very soon.”

Posh is in good company. Past guest Dolls have included Christina Aguilera, Charlize Theron and Eva Longoira.

It promises to be a fun night.

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People Magazine Confirms Beyonce & Jay-Z’s Wedding

April 23, 2008 by Sarah  

Well…have you been on the edge of your seat with anticipation waiting for some sort of sign or indication that Beyonce and Jay-Z are indeed married?

Well wait no more. People magazine has confirmed the two are married. The pair’s signed wedding license was filed last Friday in Scarsdale, New York.

I don’t know about you, but I’m so relieved.

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Amy Winehouse Offered $2 Million for a Tell All

April 23, 2008 by Sarah  

Amy Winehouse’s troubled life is worth $2 million. Amy and her presently incarcerated husband, Blake Fielder -Civil, are currently negotiating with Penguin books for an exclusive tell-all. Now, I love Amy Winehouse the musician, but Amy Winehouse the drug addict and Blake Fielder-Civil the bully who is in jail, aren’t worthy of a book, if you ask me. What kind of message does it send when poor role models are rewarded millions for their bad behavior.

Oh hell yeah, I’ll read it. I just won’t buy it.

Image: splashnewsonline.com

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The b52’s Love Shack - Earth Day 1990

April 22, 2008 by Sarah  

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In 1990, my sister, her boyfriend (now husband), his cousin and I took the subway to Central Park for the Earth Day festivities. We got there just in time to see the b52s perform. It was an awesome show and an awesome day. Central Park was absolutely packed and finding somewhere to sit was impossible. Every time we tried to find a place to sit on the lawn someone would yell at me to sit down, I was trying but they weren’t very understanding. As soon as I did find a spot to sit everyone stood up and started dancing.

Something else I remember was all the people sitting in the trees and the speakers such as Jane Fonda and Ralph Nader were begging everyone to get out of the trees. The video doesn’t do the day justice. It was warm - I was wearing a denim miniskirt that day and I remember seeing people in shorts and sleeveless shirts. Not a cloud in the sky.

I don’t remember any of the other acts that day, but the b52’s totally rocked. Good times.

Ashlee Simpson on the Today Show

April 18, 2008 by Sarah  

Ashlee Simpson performed live on the “Today Show”. I thought she wasn’t totally on her game, but I could be biased because I’m not a huge Ashlee fan. The single is called “Little Miss Obsessive.” She could have been nervous though, I know I would be with a television camera in my face, even if I performed live every night of the week.

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