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I just got back from Michael Jackson Immortal: Cirque de Soleil. I can’t say enough good things about what went down tonight. Michael Jackson has always been such a huge inspiration to my life. He is a music God in my eyes. He’s considered one of the best melody composers, beatboxers, dancers and lyricists of all time and he touched people all around the world. At the concert there were people that were all different ages, ethnicities, sizes etc. And we were all there to bask in the ambiance that was the message of love that Michael spread.
Cirque de Soleil usually known for it’s amazing acrobatics changed it up of course for this particular tour. The dancers were the best of the best. Some of my favorites included “Wanna Be Startin Something,” “They Don’t Care About Us,” and the finale “Immortal Megamix: Can You Feel It/Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough/Bille Jean/ Black or White.”
In Wanna Be Startin Something they brought in an African tribal feel to it. There were dancers all over the stage and I didn’t even know where to look. There was a wild tribal aspect to it intertwined with hip hop moves. The costumes were exotic and they had long green claws and animal costumes. It was just insane. “They Don’t Care About us” was taken directly from his ideas from the This Is It concert set. There were dozens of dancers in the heavy robotic suits. LET ME TELL YOU. For those of you that saw and loved the This Is It documentary, it brought me TO TEARS watching it in real life. I think Michael would’ve been so proud. Through that heavy costume they moved so fluidly and beautifully and WERE SO FIERCE. The excitement, and the positive emotion just flowed through the room like nothing else. Simply incredible.
The Megamix was the best part at the end. Everyone was standing and dancing. I was brought to tears when people were chanting “Michael! Michael” and “We love you Michael!” or “Live on!”
I can go on and on. They included many clips of him speaking and of course his famous quotes.
I give this concert/show a 100,000,000 out of 10. I’ve seen many concerts. This was the best one I’ve ever seen and I think the best I will ever see.
But the ultimate gift of that concert was Michael himself. Call me cheesy, but everyone in that stadium felt him with us, dancing and singing right along.
LIVE ON MICHAEL!
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If you guys don’t know them, here’s a paragraph I grabbed from their site! They sound awesome!
"Folklore is a mini-orchestra of players led by Jimmy Hughes. A veteran to the Athens music scene where he plays with the likes of Elf Power and Vic Chesnutt, Hughes took the songwriter role when he formed Folklore in 2005 to create two conceptual albums: The Ghost Of H.W. Beaverman (2007) and Carpenter’s Falls (2008). Both based around a grandiose tale with different vocalists cast to sing each song, these albums offer splendid melodies at every turn with clarinets, strings, trumpet, didgeridoo, and more forming the backdrop to songs that critics have called poignant, provocative, heartbreaking, and haunting.”
ARE YOU GONNA BE THERE? ITS GONNA BE CRAY CRAY. ALL the dancing.
And to all of my actual dancers I WANNA SEE SOME OF THIS!!!!
BE THERE. Or d———.
Techno Party AFTER International Bazaar. It’s gonna be a crazy night.
Hey guys, Vinyl Listening Party during my (DYLAN) show this Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. We’ll be spinning some records from my personal collection, including The Adicts’ Smart Alex and The Circle Jerks’ Wonderful, and maybe some stuff from our own library. Come by and hang out and bring your own vinyl if you have it! You can listen in on 88.1 FM if you’re on campus or stream it live at http://wmvlradio.com/.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd 11PM - 2AM. STUDENT CENTER LOBBY.
It’s gonna be cray cray!!!!
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
(Board member Dylan Gonzales will be giving out free hugs. So just go up to him and give him a hug! except he doesn’t know about it so don’t tell him).
This week’s “Weekly” is featuring an Electronic band and one of my favorites!
I found out about this band in 2007. My brother’s high school friend was in the original seven member group. I got their first CD, DanceThink LP, and fell in love. They combine electronic, pop and rock all into their own genre they like to call “DanceThink.”
It almost sounds like awesome pop video game music! Check out my favorite song by them, For Your Love, the beginning sounding like something out of Mario Bros.
Now I know some people are turned off by the following, but I highly recommend checking out their studio albums on iTunes, which I do enjoy more than their live YouTube performances. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to see them live, but their music lives on! The lead female singer always sang in a megaphone!
They call their genre, DanceThink because their music “stimulates the brain and your feet.” Basically, dance while drunk and get crazy.
In 2011, they changed their name to Ella Riot to avoid confusion with a band named My Disco.
Unfortunately, after only one 5 song EP, LoveChild, they disbanded. It breaks my heart to know my favorite band is gone, but I hope they’ll come back! Check out their tunes on Spotify or YouTube!
Clubbin rocks out with some awesome Electric Bagpipe.
CHECK OUT ELLA RIOT. Lemme know what you thought!
Sir Boardmember Eric has chosen a very different style this week!
Comprised of eight members, the Soul Rebels are known for playing ferocious funk, second line grooves and incorporating fresh elements - hip hop, go-go and reggae beats - on top of a hundred years of street-wise jazz tradition. At the forefront of New Orleans’ musical revitalization, the Soul Rebels bring a resurgent energy to Unlock Your Mind, filling it with the most exciting, head-spinning, body-pumping music to emerge from the city in years.
Check out some of Eric’s favorite tracks on Spotify or on iTunes now! List of recommended tracks. Unlock Your Mind, I Made It, I’m So Confused.
Recap: In case you missed the last post. The new “Weekly” posts will feature a lesser known artist of a particular genre each week. Today’s post! Pop!
Okay, so we all know who Ke$ha and Lady Gaga are. And being a pop fan, it’s hard to say, “I like pop,” without people assuming you have the same love for Ke dollarsign ha and Gaga as every 14 year old girl in America.
But today, while browsing Barnes and Noble, I noticed my ears pricking up to some catch pop/dance music playing in the store. I used my Shazam app and found out it was an Australian singer Sia!
I went back to my dorm and listened to a whole album and fell in love. The songs played in the store were from Sia’s fourth and most recent studio album from 2010, We Are Born. She’s been big in Australia, but I guess is starting to branch into America and the rest of the world!
We Are Born debuted at number 2 on the Australian Albums Chart and was Sia’s first top 10 release in her home country. The album won Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards (Australia Recording Industry Association Music Awards).
The album has a distinctive knack to make you want to bob your head back and forth and do the “Monkey dance” from the Johnny Bravo intro.
THE Madonna even co-wrote a song for the album. The sound of the album almost sounds like an electronic folk behind the dance tone of it. My favorite and most recomendable tracks from the album are “Bring Night” and “Stop Trying.”
DEFINITELY check this album out! I found the album on Spotify, but you can also check out some samples at the iTunes store and it is of course on YouTube.
Thanks for reading this weeks Weekly Pop!
See you at the next post!
This woman had one of the most graceful and inspiring voices on Earth, and she has left such a positive and heavy impact on the music industry. She will surely be missed. Rest in Peace.