Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and Whitney Houston are among the newly released 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and Whitney Houston are among the newly released 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomineesDepeche Mode Press

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2020 class are in, and unlike previous nomination classes, a majority of this year’s nominees are on the ballot for the first time ever. In order to be eligible, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier. Highlights of the nominees include Soundgarden, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, and Dave Matthews Band, among others. First-time nominees include Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston. A full nominee list can be found here.

Some may be surprised by this year’s nominees, who are overwhelmingly not classical rock acts. Incoming Rock Hall chairman John Sykes spoke to Rolling Stone about the evolution of the Hall of Fame, stating, “Nothing stays the same in music…Therefore, really, the institution that honors it has to evolve with all the music. Just like hip-hop is very much a part of the Hall of Fame now, everything we do — the board members we have, the events we build on — has to reflect a changing culture without ever disregarding or turning our backs on the ideals and fundamentals of the Rock Hall.”

Iconic English band Radiohead were inducted during the 2019 ceremony, where The Talking Heads’ David Byrne gave the induction speech with Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway of Radiohead in attendance.

Voting will be done by a pool of more than 1,000 artists, journalists, and music historians among others, who cast their votes to decide on the new class. Fans will be able to influence the vote by voting at rockhall.com or at the museum in Cleveland. The top-scoring acts will be announced in January and inducted May 2, 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Steve Aoki & Darren Criss transform ‘Crash Into Me’ into bubble gum pop

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Steve Aoki & Darren Criss transform ‘Crash Into Me’ into bubble gum popSteve Aoki Neighborhood 1

The über popular 90s anthem “Crash Into Me,” originally penned by Dave Matthews Band, has been targeted by Steve Aoki and Darren Criss for a 2019 rinsing. They’ve taken it upon themselves to transform the folk-tinged rock pop tune into pure bubble gum fit for the modern young listener; the original’s mellowed guitar harmonies are synthesized into the goose-like synths prevalent in today’s EDM and pop worlds, while the pitched-down tempo adds a breezy effect that feels fit for outdoor listening. It might not be the most groundbreaking tune in its arrangement, but the idea of taking two vastly different genres of music and meshing them into one is certainly a fun one and speaks to the collaborators’ interest in evolving their artistry.

Steve Aoki & Darren Criss Made An EDM Version Of Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me”

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Steve Aoki and Darren Criss have made an EDM version of Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me.” What a truly alarming combination of words to usher us into the weekend! Yes, Aoki, whose concerts are famously dangerous, and Criss, who is best known for playing a teen in Glee and playing … More »

Police Investigating Mysterious Death At Dave Matthews Concert In St. Louis

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Mayor Pete Reconsiders His College Essay About Radiohead, DMB, And 9/11: “We All Evolve”

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Pete Buttigieg Wrote A College Newspaper Essay About Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, And 9/11

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Ryley Walker – “Diggin’ A Ditch” (Dave Matthews Band Cover)

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Ryley Walker On His Unlikely Dave Matthews Band Covers Album

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Let’s Pause To Appreciate This Moment In Ty Dolla $ign History

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22 Dave Matthews Songs That Don’t Suck

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Dave-Matthews-BandTwenty-five years in, it’s still hard to know how to talk about the Dave Matthews Band. Since the 1993 arrival of Remember Two Things, their independently released debut preceding the blockbuster Under The Table And Dreaming in 1994, Matthews and the band that bears his name have been building up one of those classic, strange … More »