The immense success of Harry Potter has not only produced its own theme park, eleven video games, hilarious theatrical spin-offs, an intense fandom, the highest-grossing film series ever, and a brand worth over $15 billion, but it’s even inspired its own musical genre. Say what you will about J.K. Rowling, but that is some serious staying power. Alluding to various aspects of the books, wizard rock, or wrock, sings of bizarre creatures and is often lyrically comedic, which satisfies both my literary and humor bones. This is why wizard rock is the best thing to happen over the past decade:
1.) It embodies the very spirit of rock n' roll.
Rock bands have long employed elements of magic in their music, especially Led Zeppelin. Though they didn’t dedicate their entire catalog to a book series like those in the wizard rock community do, they are widely known for being associated with The Lord of the Rings. Jimmy Page dabbled in the occult as well. His symbol - “Zoso” - was taken from an alchemy grimoire, and he even went as far as to buy Aleister Crowley’s mansion on Loch Ness in Scotland. Page owned his own occult bookstore and used suggestive sorcery imagery everywhere he could.
Okay, ladies. So it's that marvelous time of the month when we can let all of our 19 personalities shine through simultaneously for about 1 to 2 weeks. The struggle is real with PMS and the emotional turmoil it brings, and though I DO feel sorry for my boyfriend, coworkers, my cat, and anyone else who makes eye contact with me on the highway (even if by accident), I would just like to state: YOU ARE THE LUCKY ONES.
While others have the ability to run away, I'm stuck here hosting the battle of crazies in my own head (tickets go on sale on the 28th of every month). If you're reading this and can relate on any level, fear not my psychotic loves, there is hope. Us girls can find comfort in the simple things in life like chocolate cake, chocolate candies, chocolate anything, fleece jammies, a Grey's Anatomy marathon, a cat to force your exaggerated affection onto, and most importantly, a PMS PLAYLIST to appease the many emotions happening all at once.
Musicians cannot escape the stereotype of being hard-partying, womanizing, high school dropouts, and while this is true for many, there are diamonds in the rough! From microbiology to 18th century French literature, you may be surprised at how many bands you love are fronted by utter geniuses.
1.) Brian May
Not only did Brian May pen one of the most famous songs of the last century – Queen's “We Will Rock You” – but during his time off from touring the world, he managed to obtain a PhD in astrophysics (probably one of the most difficult academic fields one can master). His thesis was focused on the radial velocities in the zodiacal dust cloud. Trippy, man.
2.) Jose González
The classical guitarist was studying hard at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg when the sudden success of his music career interrupted his PhD in Biochemistry. González is known for his beautiful covers of songs like “Heartbeats” by The Knife as well as Springsteen classics. His third album, Vestiges & Claws, was just released, and you can catch him on tour this spring and at select summer music festivals like Sasquatch!
As soon as the weather hits “sunny and 75”, Northeastern country music fans are itching to kick off the summer with Luke Bryan tickets, a Miranda Lambert concert, or Jason Aldean tour tickets. And, like most concert rituals, tailgating in the lot outside the venue is a given. Fans will post the obligatory status update to kick off the party, “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime,” in honor of Kenny Chesney. Most of the not-originally-from-the-South redneck wannabes will dust off their cowboy boots and get rowdy for this annual event, making it undeniably clear that you are at a country music concert.
1. Cowboy boots and cowboy hats galore
They’ve made their appearance once again! Girls and guys pull their cowboy hats and boots out from the closet that haven’t been touched since last year’s Tim McGraw concert. You’ll catch girls complimenting one another on their boots that they probably just bought the day prior.
2. Ripped jeans and shorts
It’s not proper country concert attire unless you’ve got some distressed denim. Guys are walking around in a pair of holey jeans that you would think are a result of construction or farm work (but may not be), and girls are trying to pull off those diaper-looking, high-waisted shorts with frayed ends that somehow became a thing. Top it all off with a nice, big ‘ole belt buckle, and you'll fit right in.
Lady Gaga gave Julie Andrews a run for her money last night at the Oscars when she performed a montage of songs from The Sound of Music and surprisingly nailed it. Shedding her typical shock pop accoutrements and donning an elegant white gown instead, Gaga showcased her vocal range for a pleasant, though long and perhaps unnecessary, musical number to commemorate the film's 50th anniversary.
Impressed? You can catch Lady Gaga on tour with the great Tony Bennett to hear jazzy standards, devoid of meat dresses and psychedelic outer space props, at a classy concert that truly shows her talent. Check out these other artists who also have tour dates going on sale this week:
It may not feel like it if you live anywhere in the north, but spring is coming. It's going to be a balmy -1° tonight in Connecticut -- but the baseball fan in me feels like it's going to be 65° outside and sunny for the next eight months. Spring Training began in earnest today for many Major League teams, signifying the start of another long, exciting MLB season.
San Francisco Giants fans are undoubtedly looking forward to the team raising yet another championship banner -- their third in five years -- in April, but fans of the other 29 teams have many storylines and players to watch this spring.
Here's a guide for each team this spring -- a story or player that fans should monitor leading up to Opening Day.
Concert apps can greatly improve your event experience – before, during, and after the show. From taking pictures at concerts to tailgating, these are a few of the best iPhone apps for concerts to optimize your time with your friends and favorite band, and best of all, these concert apps are free!
Best Concert Apps - Pre-Concert
Local Concert Finder
1.) Bandsintown – finds concerts near you based on your musical preferences. Pulling data from the user’s iTunes library, Facebook likes, favorite Pandora stations, Spotify plays, and more, this local concerts app generates a list of acts that the user will likely be interested in seeing live in concert. Results are presented in a Concert Cloud so that fans can easily browse which bands will be in town soon and adjust the distance they’re willing to travel to see them. In 2014, it was named one of Business Insider's world's greatest apps.
2.) ParkWhiz – allows users to find and pay for parking before they reach their destination. The app is connected to 2,000 parking facilities in the U.S. and shows comparison pricing so that you can pick the best possible concert parking. ParkWhiz is updated in real-time, so what you’re seeing is what’s available in that exact moment. Once the space is paid for, the spot is guaranteed, and the user receives an electronic parking pass for the selected garage. The app also shows amenities like outside/inside, handicap accessibility, RV lots, valet, etc.
Tom Brady earned his fourth Super Bowl ring when the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX -- and his third Super Bowl MVP award. The win cements Brady's place in NFL history as not only the best quarterback to ever play -- but the best player in NFL history, period.
Greatness seems to follow greatness -- so it's fitting that Brady's favorite band is U2, who are also the best-ever at what they do. Yes, that's right: U2 are better than The Beatles, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Police, Nirvana and anyone else you may elect to put on your music Mount Rushmore.
There are going to be plenty of people who say Brady isn't as good as Joe Montana, and there are going to be plenty of people who deny U2's greatness -- but if you simply look at the facts, both truths are undeniable.
Last night was the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, and it was an immense success full of sweet reunions, Taylor Swift's comedic fails, and the revival of my favorite Jeopardy bit.
If you missed SNL, there are plenty of other event tickets going on sale this week to comedians on tour, hilarious theater shows, and kid's entertainment. Add some laughter to your weekend to help get through this bitterly cold winter.
There was a time not so long ago when Dave Matthews Band was the biggest group on the planet.
At least in some circles.
Definitely in my high school.
During my high school and college years, there wasn't a bigger act than Dave Matthews. Each summer, Dave Matthews Band (AKA DMB or just "Daaaavvveeeeeee!!!!") would invade the state for a three-day concert set that rivaled any other annual event in Connecticut.
Probably 50 percent of the cars in the high school parking lot were blasting some track from Under the Table and Dreaming. Keep in mind this wasn't too far removed from the grunge era, right in the middle of hip hop's heyday.
Dave was everywhere! MTV even created a new channel just to play "Crash into Me" on repeat 24/7.