Stars care, we talk bears. Here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week…
Top Music Story
Hmm, what to pick, what to pick. This week’s top story is probably the musical success of the Academy Award ceremony, where Lady Gaga stunned the crowd with her “Sound of Music” medley and Best Song winners Common and John Legend moved the audience to tears.
Runner-up story: Madonna’s fall and quick recovery at the Brit Awards.
Interview of the Week
Our very own Chad Werner interviews “Music’s Comeback Kid” — musician Sonny Knight — in Minneapolis:
This Week’s Bands
* We’re digging Frank Turner’s “The Way I Tend To Be.” Frank, who’s been away from the solo scene for several years, is skedded to play SXSW. Be on the lookout:
* For a stripped-down winner, how about Aero Flynn’s “Twist”?
* The most promoted band this month? It could be Echosmith.
* Looking for a classic band? Try Fishbone. Born in LA, 1979, this alternative band was renowned for their distinctive sounds.
Classic Videos of the Week
Alien Ant Farm, “Movies”
Also a candidate for Funny Band Names, Alien Ant Farm delivers a series of spoofs to moviegoers in this video.
The Damned Things, “We’ve Got a Situation Here”
Here you are, laser shooting musical instruments that “rock” everything in sight. Starring your local superheroes disguised as a heavy metal band.
Van Halen, “Hot For Teacher”
It was just a matter of time before we dropped this one in the mix.
Band Name of the Week
Ever hear an obscene discrimation while watching TV and think to yourself, “That’s racist”? Well, these guys thought it one too many times, enough to name their band after it. Enjoy it while you can cuz the jokes running old says group member Himanshu Kumar Suri, “It takes too long to explain to people. We’ve been thinking about changing our name, but that’s corny too.”
Das Racist, “You Oughta Know”
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
Teen Jesus and his Jerks formed in NYC 1976 as part of the no wave movement. Simply put, they were the rebel, “cool kids” of the displaying an avant-garde style of music that might give you nightmares.
Artists to Know
Panda Bear isn’t exactly new to the music scene but Noah Lennox will leave an imprint on your musical senses.
Let’s get real trippy for a sec. Here’s Panda Bear’s top hit on the web, “Mr. Noah”.
Bear in Heaven
Let’s keep it in the bear family and throw some electronic rock into the mix.
Album of the Week
The Pretty Reckless, Going to Hell
In the midst of a 46 week run on Billboard’s top Hard Rock Albums, Going to Hell is currently listed at #15 but has peaked as high as the top spot. The album features five singles, two of which (“Heaven Knows” and “Messed Up World”) have also reached top Billboard rankings.
You may even recognize lead singer, Taylor Momsen from her childhood role as Cindy Lou in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas or as Jenny Humphrey in CW’s TV series, Gossip Girl. Let’s just say she’s much better at this gig.
“Sound of Music” Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at email@example.com