It's supposed to work like this: Artists put their music up for streaming on YouTube, the site sells (annoying) ads around the content, and then splits the revenue with the artist according to some predetermined formula.
So how much does YouTube owe artists? The site says it pays tens of millions o ... More >>
Festival season is now in full swing. And San Francisco's own Stern Grove Festival -- which brings free performances to that serene grove on the western side of the city -- just announced its 2012 lineup, which includes Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ozomatli, and OK Go. Along with the unique artists ... More >>
It's no secret -- OK Go is really good at making music videos. Ever since these Chicago-via-L.A. rockers hit the gym in the coolest fashion we've ever seen, they've has killed it with bizarre but joyous video concepts, all of them done in a single continuous shot.
Well, to borrow the cliche, ... More >>
Bieber: Fame via YouTubeIn early December, Billboard launched a new chart called The Social 50. It factors
in all the times an artist is mentioned across various social media outlets
and ranks them accordingly. When I heard about this, I was expecting to see a mix of both big name artists and a ... More >>
I think we all stopped caring a while back whether the Chicago-via-L.A. quartet OK Go were putting nearly as much effort into their music as they were into the videos that accompanied it. (I recall resolutely liking their self-titled debut in 2002, then being resolutely bored by their admittedly cle ... More >>
R.E.M. loves net neutrality! A group of musicians that includes R.E.M., Jackson Browne, The Roots, Moby, and OK Go has sent a letter to the FCC urging legal protection for net neutrality, the principle (and current reality) that all information can travel equally quickly on the Internet.The FCC i ... More >>
Linda C./YelpRaiding the bag at Red Crawfish.Maybe there's nothing more apt for facing down Independence Day than a sprawling, itchy-fingered session at some Vietnamese-Cajun crawfish joint. They're among the most indelibly American of eateries in this most densely hyphenated of societies, th ... More >>
Yo La Tenga plays this summer's Left Coast FestLast year, San Jose held its first annual Left Coast Live Music Festival, and no one really heard about it. It was headlined by Bay Area's soul man Booker T. and East Bay rapper Lyrics Born. Dubbed "a mini-SXSW", the Left Coast Live Music Festival wa ... More >>
May 26, 2010Better than: Naked hot-tubbing.
About 45 minutes into the OK Go show, lead singer Damian Kulash held out his guitar over an audience member crammed up next to the Fillmore stage, handed her his pick and signaled her to strum along with the rest of the band. This p ... More >>
OK Go @ The Fillmore
One of 2010's most memorable videos, OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass," begins with a toy truck being pushed into a line of dominoes that sets off an elaborate chain reaction of mayhem and pop magic. Pianos fall, TVs are smashed, and lead singer Damian Kulash is thrown into a py ... More >>
In what will be the most memorable rock video of the year, OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass," begins with a red toy truck being pushed into a line of dominoes that sets off an elaborate Rube Goldberg-like chain reaction of mayhem and pop magic. Pianos fall, TVs are smashed and the lead singer, Damian ... More >>
OK Go employs some crafty musicians. Not only can they perform choreographed dance moves on treadmills, but their latest viral smash, "This Too Shall Pass," involved a Rube Goldberg like machine with paint, marbles, a teddy bear, musical spoons, sports equipment, and more. The band has been so vi ... More >>
Joseph SchellEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: festival favoritesMore music news today for festicationers: Sasquatch! Music Festival laid out its lineup last night at a party at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe. This Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-31) the indie rock caravans will head to Washington's ... More >>
Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Wayne Kramer, Sammy Hagar, Boots Riley (The Coup), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Joe Satriani, and Damian Kulash (OK Go) Thursday, March 26, 2009Slim'sBetter than: Playing Guitar Hero.It was midway through the Tom Morello hootenanny when Rage's shredding machine grinned at ... More >>
Last Night: YouTube LiveHerbst Pavilion, Fort MasonNovember 22, 2008Review by Tamara PalmerSee a full YouTube Live slideshow by Sam Heller here.Better than: Going to the dentist.Watch: The show (but don't say I didn't warn you).Remembering life without YouTube isn't easy; it has permeated our online ... More >>