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 (Pussy) Riot of Their Own

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 12:56 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Vladimir Putin prattles on like some buffoonish Disney villain. Atop an elegant steed, he preens, shirtless and grinning. He conveys an inflated fearlessness. As though he’s compensating for one, unshakable, unspoken terror. An affront to his machismo. A Pussy Riot. “He’s scared of us,” Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova proclaimed at a recent Los Angeles screening of Pussy Vs. Putin, a fly-on-the-wall documentary by Gogol’s Wives about her band’s fight for women’s and LGBT rights in Russia. The protest... READ MORE

Halloween Rocks!

Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Image courtesy Mattheuxphoto/Creative Commons All Hallow's Eve is upon us, and that means it's time to conjure up some spooky fun. You've already picked out your Miley Cyrus foam finger costume and your haunting jams, so we're suggesting some of our favorite musical moments from holiday-appropriate films. Behold! The Divine Miss M gets crafty with Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker in 1993's Hocus Pocus. The Sanderson Sisters were a trio of resurrected witches from historical... READ MORE

If Musicians Were Top iPhone Apps

Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music In celebrating its billionth download, iTunes recently announced its top 25 downloaded apps of all time. Many of them have been thoroughly used by musicians and artists in reaching out directly to fans. But sometimes the rock star is so like the app in personality that we found it fitting to wonder: What if musicians were the top iPhone apps? We paired 10 movers and shakers with their most astonishingly similar digital counterparts. 10. Google... 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

The Best Concerts of 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts The roar of the crowd. The rush of energy as the band takes the stage. The deep-felt euphoria that rattles your soul. What better place to be truly present than at a concert. And 2012 was full of memorable ones: This writer witnessed everyone from the Beach Boys to the lauded rise of indie supergroup Divine Fits. But it was these five shows that ruled them all: 5) Fiona Apple, Sept. 14 at the Greek... READ MORE

My 5 Coachella Must-Sees

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts It's here. Finally, after waiting since JUNE 2011 when tickets went on sale, Coachella is here. Remember when the Radiohead headlining spot was just a rumor? (TRUE!) And the speculation that since Dr. Dre was playing, Eminem couldn't be far behind? (TRUE!) And that Madonna would be sitting in on AVICII's set (erm, still just a rumor). We're ready to see it all unfold in Indio. Sure, everyone and their grandma has... READ MORE