Music In The ’70s: From Bubblegum To Led Zeppelin

The guitar jumped out and really grabbed me, a harbinger of things to come. Starting in fourth grade, I began to move away from AM radio and listen to FM on the stereo in the basement. Songs I remember from that transitional period include Bungle in the Jungle by Jethro Tull, Radar Love by Golden Earring, Killer Queen by Queen, and Walk This Way and Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith. I hadn’t completely abandoned my transistor radio yet. Besides a couple of fifth grade songs that still give me the creeps (Fame by David Bowie and I’m Not In Love by 10cc), the biggest trend was dance music, the beginnings of Disco. Jive Talkin’ by the Bee Gees, The Hustle by Van McCoy, Pick up the Pieces by AWB and Shining Star by Earth, Wind and Fire were all hits in 1975. I didn’t mind those songs at first, but eventually the Disco craze would push me away from AM radio altogether. I didn’t fully realize it yet, but I had acquired an appetite for electric rock guitar and I could find much more of it on FM. Besides, they would play much longer and guitar heavy songs on FM radio, like the full length version of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. I fell in love with the way that song started with slow, soft acoustic guitar, and then introduced electric guitars, building in tempo and volume. The guitar solo is still one of my favorites.

Google tests new music video search results

Google appears to be testing a new way to display the top search result for music videos. (Credit: Screenshot by YvoSchaap via Twitter) Music videos are no small potatoes for YouTube, and Google’s looking at making them bigger in Google Search results — literally. Related stories: Chrome for iOS learns pronouns As part of Google’s quest to more tightly integrate its different services, the company appears to be experimenting with how music videos appear in Google Search results, according to the blog Google Operating System . The top search result for a music video would be significantly larger preview of the video itself, in the style of a Google Now card, with additional information such as the artist name, song title, album name, and year released. It’s not clear if the preview will let you play the video directly from the search results list, or if you’ll have to click through to YouTube. It’s also unclear whether Google will be opening this test out to more people. A request for comment by Google and YouTube was not immediately returned. CNET will update the story when we hear back from them. Here’s how the search results look now for the same artist and song. (Credit: Screenshot by Google Operating System) Topics:

iHeartRadio Music Fest: Katy Perry Roars, But the Old School Soars

With each new show, Lambert’s involvement with the five-decade-old band makes more sense: Freddie Mercury’s king-sized songwriting makes for a perfect vessel for Lambert’s operatic wail, and iHeartRadio fest attendees who wanted to stick around for “Another One Bites The Dust” got to witness the magnetic power of Lambert’s pristine high notes. The former “American Idol” runner-up oozed charisma as he strutted around the stage, winking at his reputation of a fill-in while also reminding people they should still pay attention to his solo career whenever this stint with Queen, er, bites the dust. By the time that Nate Ruess and the rest of fun. joined Queen and Lambert for “Fat Bottomed Girls,” the audience seemed to pick up on how special the performance was — not just because it featured a hard-to-duplicate collaboration, but because that collaboration was uniformly excellent. Queen/Lambert was an unconventional headliner on Friday night, but Lambert’s manicured vocal blasts were able to harness rock songs that everyone in attendance knew and loved — “Bohemian Rhapsody,” anyone? — which more than than made up for the lack of a current pop star closing out the show. PHOTOS: Katy Perry’s Past to Present in Pictures Speaking of which, Perry glided through the night’s penultimate set with ease and aplomb, her voice clearly strengthened since “Teenage Dream” but her choreography somewhat lacking. Backstage before her set, another journalist asked Perry if she was ready to perform her new album Prism on the iHeartRadio stage — to which Perry nervously laughed and confided that her performance would be mostly composed of past hits. There was little Katy news revealed in front of the thousands at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Perry did debut new non-single “Dark Horse” live, with Juicy J popping onstage to rap his guest verse), and although Perry’s many, many hits would normally suffice for a show like this, the anticipation for “Prism’s” as-yet-unheard material is fervent, and the audience was a bit quiet when the set ended without any big reveals. Those in attendance were given glimpses of what we can imagine Perry’s next huge tour will look like (hint: there will be lots of crystals and prisms), but, alas, not the real thing. “Wide Awake,” “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls” are all welcome replays, but onlookers were ready for Perry to dominate the ring that she set up when she put forth “Roar.” PHOTOS: Adam Lambert, a Retrospective During the evening, Tiesto and Benny Benassi unfurled beat collections, Robin Thicke lost a shirt button while performing “Blurred Lines,” Chris Brown danced the night away during a manic medley and J.