10 Awesome and Surprising Musician Cameos

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Mastodon On the Set

We all love a good cameo. With Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones we got to see heavy metal super stars Mastodon [SPOILER ALERT] act as Wildlings, and then die, and then come back as ice zombie Wildlings. Since the band are self-professed GoT fans, they seemed positively tickled pink by the personal invitation from show runner Dan Weiss to don the costumes and personae of Westeros's neighbors to the North, particularly as they contributed to the Game of Thrones mixtape Catch the Throne Vol. 2. Mastodon's joyous (just look at those grins) guest spot was hard to pick out in the utter melee of the episode, so this still is credited to HBO and Helen Sloan, and now we are looking back at other fantastic (or fantastically bad) musician cameos in film and television.


2012 predictions for Band of the Year

The following is a guest article by Ashey Coxx.

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Although there’s no precise formula when it comes to predicting who will be band of the year, there are a few tried and true methods to predict who will come out on top at some of the most prestigious music award ceremonies. By analyzing elements like chart hits, video playlists, downloads, radio play, and album sales, predictors can gain a pretty good idea of a band’s all-around popularity. While many British and American bands have populated this year’s Top 10, only one band can wear the crown; this year, top glories might just be heading (again) to the boys from Oxfordshire—Radiohead.

The Competition

There are, of course, a few great bands that will be hot on Radiohead’s heels for this year’s top spot. Other predictors have mentioned bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and Bon Iver as serious contenders for band of the year. Just as Radiohead released their most recent album last year, so, too, did the Foo Fighters, and they’ve been riding high in album sales. On the other hand, those lovable Chili Peppers are also celebrating their 2011 album release with intense popularity. Bon Iver is a relative newcomer to the party, but their Grammy wins are pushing them well into mainstream recognition. In fact, last year Bon Iver beat out Radiohead for Best Alternative Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.