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I knew that one day would come—where I had reached a point of adulthood when I would have to put away childish things, or at least some cherished things of my youth. I figured I still had a couple, good years to soak up the last waves of that certain kind of carefree innocence. I certainly wasn’t counting on having to say goodbye to what I’ve cherished for more than half of my life in a matter of a couple of months. But with the not-so-slow decay of my car, I know I c... [Read more]
With the highly anticipated film version of his classic musical Into the Woods filming and photos from the set of stars like Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp leaking along the way, Stephen Sondheim is getting some serious attention these days. Not that he hasn't before; he is quite possibly the definitive musical theatre composer of our time. But the big screen adaptation of his fractured fairy tale story will bring his genius to an even wider audience (as did the 2007 Sweeney Todd film... [Read more]
Arcade Fire: Her OST
Arcade Fire’s soon to be released album Reflektor is already being hailed as a masterpiece and maybe their best by those who’ve gotten an early listen. These are big words for a band whose last record won Best Album of the Year. The Original Sountrack for the upcoming Spike Jonze film Her seems like it’ll be a smaller, quieter affair based on the film’s subject matter which features Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely letter writer who falls in love with an operating system. Jonz... [Read more]
I expect musicians to keep performing until their voices fail (which Strait's shows no sign of doing) or some other physical malady prevents them from being able to sing. When George Jones died in April of this year at age 81, he was in the middle of a tour. So, I'm sorry, but I don't actually believe that this particular cowboy is actually riding away for good. [Read more]
Miley Cyrus' recent episode of SNL began with the obligatory acknowledgement of what makes her relevant enough to host the show: her teddy-bear-, tongue-, and twerk-tastic performance on the MTV Video Music Awards and the outrage that followed. In a post-apocalyptic vision, the incident is compared to the government shutdown and the advent of Obamacare, which we wish were much more significant than a pop star's televised gyrations, but that's another discussion altogether.
All is not lost
But ... [Read more]
Pearls before swine.
It has become somewhat fashionable to attack Miley Cyrus on this blog in recent weeks, and who am I to buck a trend? It seems Ms. Cyrus, who serves as high-octane fuel for the Disney juggernaut, is determined to go all the way to Mentaltown. She's festooned across all media as ever, not necessarily for the right reasons. Her post-Hannah digital presence is directly related to high-profile drug use, simulating sex with 37 year old men, and those twerking dwarf slapfest anti... [Read more]
Before Miley, before Gaga, before Queen Bey and Britney, and even before Madonna, there was Cher. Since all the way before the first man landed on the moon, Cher was a pioneer in the twerking equivalent of rankling conservative values. For anyone too young or too square to not know why the return of Cher tour dates is a big deal, this is why there is only one Goddess of Pop.
1. Cher Rocks the Mic
From her early folk roots to the Gypsy stylings of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” to Brazili... [Read more]
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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]
In that context, I asked myself the question: Are artists like Thicke, who write lyrics in which they brag about the size of their penises and call women "the hottest bitch in this place" really misogynistic jerks? Or, are they just so, em, thick that they think that women find this behavior attractive? [Read more]
Think for a moment about the amount of the air that would remain in a room backstage after two of the most legendary egos in the history of hip hop had entered with their respective entourages in tow after performing a set where they sang "Ni**as in Paris," say, only 4 times. Now multiply that by 63 tour dates and you can understand why Jay Z and Kanye West may have publicly drifted away from each other in the aftermath of The Throne tour into separate projects.
Having successfully navigated... [Read more]