On July 6th, 2013, English alternative rock band, Muse,played the Rome Olympic Stadium as part of their 2nd Law World Tour. Their most recent studio album had been released in 2012, and the band has been touring internationally to spread the word of their newest work. This being their eighth concert tour, Muse is no stranger to the world stage. Since 1994, school friends Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard, have played as the super trio we know today. The evolution of their success is fully displayed in their most recent live concert CD/DVD set entitled Live at The Rome Olympic Stadium. It contains everything fans love about this band; Bellamy’s soaring vocals and thrashing guitar parts, Wolstenholme’s driving bass lines and space-ride synthesizers, and Howard’s explosive drumming. It is the epitome of the ultimate Muse concert. There is everything you would want from a live show of this band.
While New York Rivals just formed this summer, they boast a refined, refreshing style that seems to be backed by years of experience writing songs and touring the country. It's no coincidence. With former members of Great Big Planes and Armor for Sleep, this Brooklyn four-piece consists of tri-state area veterans coming together to create something special. While the vocals of Josh Moran have a lazy indie swagger similar to singers like The Strokes' Julian Casablanca, the band boast a hard-rocking sense of musicality more in line with bands like Muse and the Deftones. Having just released their new album on iTunes this week, and with a tour with indie legends The Lemonheads under their belt, New York Rivals are already working like professionals in their 2 months as a band. We spoke to guitarist Erik Rudic (pictured far right) about the band's formation, recording their self-titled full-length, and what the future has in store.
The Sagamore is in the midst of making of a comeback. The eclectic establishment had little in the way of spa and salon services compared to most of its neighbors and competitors on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. Enter Sabrina Badeaux, the already successful spa/salon owner of Chez Badeaux, consulted to create a sleek new space for the artsy hotel. Joonbug attended an exclusive soft opening party and chatted with Sabrina about her latest masterpiece, Muse.
Is there a story behind "Muse" being selected as the name for the spa/salon?
Sagamore is known as the Art Hotel, and since most artists have a 'Muse' that inspires them to create, we wanted to name the spa Muse... Guests will be inspired to relax and further enjoy their stay at the hotel.
The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival gives 40,000-60,000 ear-eager music fans a yearly opportunity to experience both music and art in one place. Atop the scattered stages you can find an abnormal yet effective line-up of musical artistry. Seeing a neighborhood cafe act lead into Erykah Badu was normal. The purgatory that lies between mega stardom and small-town-nobody is suddenly erased. Nor are any rules of artist seniority enforced. Divas mix amongst us normal folk, all egos aside, in the attempt to give awaiting fans what they're spending the weekend in San Francisco for: pure, raw musical talent. It didn't matter how many albums the artist sold --it only mattered if they were good. And to my surprise there weren't any "not so good acts" at this year's festival, which was held at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
The time is nearly upon us. The sold-out Lollapalooza roars into town on August 5th-7th, bringing with it a weekend of scorching hot food, music and entertainment. The Woodstock reincarnate celebrates its 20th summer and the line-up is as jam-packed as ever. Set in the very heart of the city, Lollapalooza is synonymous with summer in Chicago. With nearly 200,000 in attendance and over 130 bands to choose from performing on stages sprawling throughout Grant Park, planning ahead for Lolla can be a daunting task. Not to mention planning a visit to the Graham Elliot-curated Chow Town, promising trendy and tasty Chicago dining (a slice of Lou Malnati’s between sets, perhaps?)
So what to do? A little research goes a long way to get the most out of this gigantic festival. Waltz in to Grant Park knowing who to see, leaving room for pleasant surprises along the way. Creating a custom schedule is easy on Lollapalooza’s website (www.lollapalooza.com), so is downloading smart phone apps for navigation of all things Lolla.
Be sure to check out a map of the festival and all of the diverse offerings in store, including between-set entertainment lounges scattered across the Park, Kidzapalooza and the Green Street market. If this is the first visit to Lolla or the 20th, be sure to enjoy yourself, see as many great sets as possible, stay cool, grab a bite and go a little crazy. From August 5-August 7, it’s Chicago’s time to shine at this incredible event.
The bracelet or tickets have been delivered. The only thing left to do is wait.
For the full line up, go to www.lollapalooza.com. Headliners include: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Muse, Coldplay, Deadmau5, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle and more.
Been really looking forward to seeing a festival line up all year? The last one was amazing, its competitors were amazing, now you just really need to see the line-up. You hear the hype, you hear it until you can’t take it any longer, “Who’s it gunna be, who’s it gunna be” and then… oh the disappointment! It’s the same headliners you ALWAYS see and like bad smells, there is just no getting rid of them. Now, it’s nice to catch one of the good ol’ rock legends that have been going ever since you were residing in your mother’s womb, but let’s face it -when all they play are festivals, release no new music, play no private gigs and generally hog a slot that could showcase another worthy legend, contemporary or not, that’s where the problem lies.
Been really looking forward to seeing a festival line up all year? The last one was amazing, its competitors were amazing, now you just really need to see the line-up. You hear the hype, you hear it until you can’t take it any longer, “Who’s it gunna be, who’s it gunna be” and then… oh the disappointment! It’s the same headliners you ALWAYS see and like bad smells, there is just no getting rid of them.
Now, it’s nice to catch one of the good ol’ rock legends that have been going ever since you were residing in your mother’s womb, but let’s face it -when all they play are festivals, release no new music, play no private gigs and generally hog a slot that could showcase another worthy legend, contemporary or not, that’s where the problem lies.
There is no time to waste - The Lollapalooza full set calendar has officially been released. Chicago's Grant Park welcomes the festival for it's seventh year in a row on the 319-acre space. August 5-7 is the weekend and if you want to get tickets you better hurry, both Secret Sale and Early Bird passes are sold out, though there are still a limited number of Regular 3-day passes available for $215, along with single day passes for $90 a pop.
Each year, the west coast is home to so many incredible music and arts festivals. Cochella, Burning Man, the Electric Daisy Carnival and more bring thousands upon thousands of people to their gates every year who want to be a part of something so much bigger than themselves.
San Francisco is home to one of these heavenly three-day weekends. The fourth annual Outside Lands Music Festival organizers have released the lineup for their Golden Gate Park festival, which is scheduled for August 12 to 14. The list of artists is better than ever and promises to be one hell of a rocking, sweaty, dirty good time. Along with the music, the festival will have a wine tasting event and an extensive selection of local food.
The Grammy's are barely an award show anymore. The producers of the "award show" have decided to focus on the live performances during the telecast; there was only one presentation of an award in the first hour of the show.
The first performance of the night was a tribute to the Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin. The performance featured the quintet of Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Florence Welch and Martina McBride. The group sang a melody of different songs; each sang well in their tribute to the Queen. After the performance a taped message from the Queen herself (who was noticeably thinner), welcomed viewers to the Grammy's, expressed her thanks to the academy for the recognition,