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Images used with permission from Shutterstock Over the last week, I have been obsessed with the synergistic synthesis of classical music and electronic dance music—dubstep in particular—in the form of violinist Lindsey Stirling. Her music paints pictures, which is no surprise, considering Stirling writes, choreographs, directs and dances in the YouTube videos for all of her songs. Having discovered her songs before her videos, what immediately intrigued me was the classic... [Read more]
I don't include groups like The Beatles (then) or The Jonas Brothers (now) in the list of boy bands, because they are actual bands. Boy bands have bands. Other than a little ceremonial guitar strumming or keyboard tapping, these guys arrange themselves in front of a group of nameless musicians and just 1)sing, 2)dance and 3)look good. [Read more]
I hadn't thought much about the whole Dixie Chicks / Toby Keith controversy in a long time (if you need a refresher, check out http://www.btchflcks.com/2013/03/shut-up-and-sing-dixie-chicks.html). It made me think about whether or not I consider my personal principles in the context of entertainment. I mean, I like to think of myself as fairly principled. I've done a u-turn and made a passenger get out of my car and pick up some litter they tossed out the window. I've abruptly left a party because the host used the n-word. Heck, I even had a "Free Mr. Bates" bumper sticker on my car. But when it comes to entertainers, I seem to give everyone a pass. [Read more]

The Weekly Toast 11/18/11

November 18, 2011
THIS WEEK: Courtney melts down…Demi and Ashton split up…the Biebz rides again… • Michael Jackson’s death bed, sans mattress (his death bed-frame?), was pulled from auction after whoever was in charge of it came to his senses. • Courtney Love continued to blame everyone but herself during a meltdown in Brazil after someone held up a picture of Kurt Cobain. Love dropped the F-bomb on everyone from Dave Grohl to anyone who tries to “steal money from my kid’s table” before walking offstage. ... [Read more]

The Weekly Toast 11/11/11

November 11, 2011
THIS WEEK: Lindsay Lohan has it locked up…ugly sweaters rule…Tyson channels Cain… • Rather than go on a second night in a row hopped up on steroids and antibiotics, “black James Taylor” Frank Ocean postponed his New York show with the hope of salvaging the rest of his debut solo tour and his million-dollar voice. Fans who showed up to the Bowery early got a free hat. • Drake’s eagerly-awaited sophomore album Take Care leaked this week to rave reviews proving once and for all that music is... [Read more]
Whether or not it seals Katy Perry’s reputation as the Queen of Pop or just signals the increased buying power of teenage girls is irrelevant. The fact is that the 26-year-old Katy Perry has tied the then 29-year-old Michael Jackson for number one Billboard singles off of one album with five from Teenage Dream. Jackson achieved the feat in 1987, surprisingly not with Thriller but with Bad. Jackson purists may argue that Perry is a talentless hack who had a leg up because of the Internet... [Read more]

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"Britney Spears taught me you can rise after you fall.Lady Gaga taught me it's okay to be different.Taylor Swift taught me how to deal with a broken heart.Michael Jackson taught me to always love the people around me.Katy Perry taught me how to live.But most importantly, Rebecca Black taught me the days of the week." - Random Quote

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