It's hard to believe that Cleveland rap legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have been around for 20 years, but that they have, and the group is still putting out great new music and performing with the same energy they had when they began their careers. All members were present, sans the recently departed member Layzie Bone, who announced his departure from the group in September. Bringing their legend to New York City's B.B. King's on Sunday night, the group turned back the clock for die-hard fans, and showed why they have been able to stay in the game for all these years.
This past Friday, teen music sensations Megan & Liz joined forces with digital video network Akoo, music discovery destination OurStage.com, and Secret Mean Stinks to band against bullying. The free concert included video messages to support Band Against Bullying from celebs like Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Ke$ha, One Direction, The Fray, and more.
There were show-stopping performances by Megan & Liz and Hot Chelle Rae and OurStage.com contest winner and former American Idol contestant, Tim Halperin. The show also featured Z100's Trey Morgan and Elvis Duran, as well as The Morning Show's Carla Marie, Band Against Bullying creator Bruce Tyler, as well as OurStage and Akoo executives. The concert took place at BB King's Blues Club. Check our the pics!
Tribute bands are nice. They are a nice touch upon your favorite group of musicians who graced your bedroom walls, lockers, and skateboard. They are a distant cousin to the t-shirts you wore; a homage being paid to the hours you spent blasting the real thing while reading the pages of album jackets and tracing cover art. Lastly, they are faithful and legitimate attempts to capture a fraction of the essence of seeing the real thing in person. Some people despise cover and tribute bands for that very reason. Overall, it's all about the joint love of the music, isn’t it? And, once in a while, you stumble upon those gems who take you closer to the real thing than you ever thought possible. Start Making Sense, Talking Heads tribute band is one of those bands.
In a time where American media inundates us with over-bronzed twenty-somethings whose lives revolve around dragging beds onto rooftops and drinking Chardonnay in the work bathroom, it’s become increasingly difficult to find serious music. Pop lyrics sing praise to ferocity, mediocrity, and debauchery. From Katy Perry’s “It’s [last night] a blacked out blur / but I’m pretty sure it ruled,” to Jay-Z and Kayne West’s acronymous title equating a cut of cured meat with street toughness, it’s pretty safe to say the American Dream has evolved. Blame it on the media, economy, school system, or even Facebook, but for many youths, particularly youths of color, the American Dream has become something along the lines of a luck-cum-instant stardom that, sadly, keeps stereotypes all too alive and prevents growth towards a positive cultural experience.