The Lovely Feathers are one of those unforgettable bands you need only hear once to fall in love with. That’s how it happened with me. I was a sophomore in college, randomly playing hundreds of new indie releases, hoping to find a gem for a music review whose deadline was creeping up. It was two in the morning, I’d thrown in an album not even checking the artist, the first track blares from the speakers and I know, simply know, that it’s meant to be.
This poor kid. All he wants to do is rock out to the guitar. Unfortunately for him, the man playing must tune it first, and he isn't very fast. I get you, kid. I mean, I am the same way while waiting for an oil change.
Another wonderful music festival in Mexico takes place in the country’s capital, Mexico City. It is called the Ollin Kan Festival and it lasts through the month of November each year, putting on display some of the best performances of music from around the world. Ollin Kan was organized with the intent of trying to preserve musical culture in the face of a steadily expanding globalization of more commercial music and the result is a month of some unique and amazing acts all gathered in on
If you aren't already a fan of Jon Lajoie, notably on FX's "The League," I hope this song remedies that fact for you. Witness a new holiday tradition (at least in my house) of not wearing mittens ever again.
The 2013 Grammy nominees were announced last week, with at least one surprise, particularly in the electronic dance music category. Along with the expected superstars like Avicii and Skrillex, there was a name unfamiliar to most in the EDM scene: Al Walser.
Fans of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera are in mourning, after the plane Rivera was in went down in Northern Mexico. Rivera was killed, along with six other people. The small plane crashed early on Sunday morning, about an hour after taking off from Monterrey.
This week, Psy, the South Korean YouTube sensation that brought "Gangnam Style" to the US, is catching some serious, career-damaging heat for past performances of music with strongly worded, threatening anti-American themes. I don't care to get into the politics of the situation, or whether or not he had a right to say what he did. This post isn't about Psy or his music. It's about what I hope our children will take away from it all.
You know how everyone suggests that you write an angry letter to people who hurt you (or even a letter of forgiveness) and never send it to make you feel better? I am totally on board with such an idea. However, this is 2013 and you aren’t limited to letters. While I wouldn’t suggest making an angry text or email draft—you might send it!—I thought of a better idea today: an angry soundtrack.
I have unconsciously been doing this for years, I have realized. I have made angry soundtracks to go with situations where I am in pain and so angry at people my blood is boiling (“Gives You Hell” comes to mind, while “Time to Begin” is often played on repeat when I’m hurt by someone). When I was so angry at some relatives this year—people I’m still not friendly with, even now, months later, after so much pain—I plastered “Don’t Give a Damn Bout My Reputation” on my Facebook wall. Not that they could see it, of course, but it made me feel a little “Stronger,” another good angry playlist song.
I’ve made dozens of playlists over the years for my husband and me—I like to write long, obnoxious notes on the CDs I’ve made for him to play in the car. Funnily enough, the latest to be added to such mixes is “Unchained Melody,” mainly because we like to sing it together on the karaoke microphones lately.
The Wychwood Music Festival is an event that has been taking place in Gloucestershire since the year 2005. Though it’s relatively new, it now brings in around 10,000 people each year. This three-day long event will be taking place from May 31st to June 2nd next year and is widely considered to be one of the best music festivals in England for those looking for something a little less party-like and more family-oriented.