Music and Religion - Is It the Same Thing?

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Image by Christopher Michel/Creative Commons The venerable Dalai Lama of the exiled Tibetan Monks is rumored to speak at Glastonbury 2015. While the media fawn over the prospects of the spiritualist appearing at the world-renown music festival in England, it is not the first time faith has infiltrated the hallowed grounds of rock ‘n’ roll. Entire careers are devoted to comparing rock gods with sectarian gods. (We recommend perusing the thorough and fascinating site Rock and Theology.)... READ MORE

A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock ā€˜Nā€™ Roll ā€“ 10 Music Acts Who Changed Genres

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Maybe it’s an exaggeration to call Taylor Swift’s career a Kafka-esque Metamorphosis, but her evolution from country ingénue to bubblegum pop princess has been dramatic. (Some of the changes have been a might ugly— in aping Lily Allen’s misguided tongue-in-cheek twerking display, Swift demonstrates that two wrongs don’t make a right.) Other artists have struggled with genre hopping (lest we forget Brad Paisley’s head-slapping duet with LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist”). But here are 10 musicians... READ MORE

Kudos and Complaints for Coachella 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Wheel in the sky keeps on turning at Coachella. Photos by Melissa Bobbitt. Through sand, wind and dubious amounts of dub step, we survived Coachella 2013! This was definitely one of the more contentious years but nevertheless memorable in its own right. Now that Weekend 2 has wrapped, we reflect on what worked and what didn't in the desert festival's 14th year. CON - WEAK HEADLINERS Back in late January, when the rumors of... READ MORE

The five people you meet in karaoke bars

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Ah, a night out at the Empty Orchestra. It separates the (Boyz II) Men from the (Beastie) Boys. We're talking karaoke, a pastime this writer is enamored of. But for some, the idea of getting onstage to belt out a classic in front of judging eyes is tantamount to a circle of hell. Let's examine the character profiles of five people one might meet in a karaoke bar. (My favorite one, by the way:... READ MORE