The Majestic was set for a night of folk music and copious amounts of dancing Tuesday night. The Mascot Theory, Chef’Special and Frank Turner put on an absolutely amazing performance. To be perfectly honest it was not what I expected, but was one hell of a good time. As a frequent concertgoer, I’ve never had so much fun at a show before. This show probably had the most age-diverse audience I’ve ever seen. There were kids as young as 12 or 13 there as well as some 20-somethings along with a good handful of people over the age of 40. I know for a fact every single person there had the best time imaginable.
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If you are a lover of folk music, then Tuesday at the Majestic Theatre is the night for you. Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls are headlining Tuesday’s folktivities. The Mascot Theory, a Madison-area band, will kick off the night as the set’s openers. Their name may sound familiar—they played a killer set on the Gilman Street stage at Freakfest this year. You know them, they were the awesome dudes dressed up as a skeleton mariachi band and blasting some original folk music. I had the opportunity to catch up with their front man, Erik Kjelland, and discuss the upcoming show, Madison music and life in general.
Freakfest is known for attracting creatures of all types through its gates. The corn, deer, hunters and cowboys all congregated around the Gilman Street Stage as it featured Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three and several others who cranked out tunes to get a hoedown going. In fact, since the party was getting so big and rowdy many other creatures found their way there.
Touring with Kelly Clarkson would probably be the peak of many artist’s year. For the a cappella quintet Pentatonix, this was merely another step closer to the top. As if a platinum-selling Christmas album isn’t enough, Pentatonix’s new, self-titled albumhas reached no. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in just 10 days after its October 16 release. As many a cappella albums go, Pentatonix includes fantastic covers of popular chart-toppers including Jason Derulo’s “If I Ever Fall In Love” and OMI’s “Cheerleader.”
The Scottish electronic trio, CHVRCHES, released their highly anticipated second studio album Every Open Eye on September 25. Much like their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, lead singer Lauren Mayberry delivers killer vocals, singing about the woes of relationships and other struggles faced in the band’s daily lives. Her vocals are layered over upbeat synthesized rhythms and dreamy melodies, and the sound on this album can be described as a modern twist on classic ’80s pop. Mayberry’s vocals and jacked-up rhythm give it an edgy modern twist. The thing I enjoyed most about this album was the lyrics. On The Bones of What You Believe, many of the songs focused on the notion of revenge. Though this album still has tracks that still very much embody hatred, many of the songs are more empowering, and focus on overcoming struggles and the positive instead of the negative. This album’s songs are much more relatable on a different, deeper level.
As a lover of all things indie and alternative, I find Beach House to be a continuous creator of all things study music, and their most recent album Depression Cherry is no different. From abstract crooning lyrics that you can’t quite understand, to an instrumental melody that sounds like a dream, this album is one to add to your study list.
In the 21st century, technology is evolving at an exponential rate. In the last five to 10 years we’ve seen the human race crank out devices and programs that seemed fathomable only in a sci-fi movie. This new, seemingly never-ending slew of devices has paved the way for many new media outlets, mostly courtesy of the internet. This week I’d like to talk about a new media that has just begun to take off: podcasts.
This week I have a question for you guys: Have you ever noticed the number of people with headphones in on your way to class? I am one of those people, and I always find myself wondering what other people are listening to and why they are listening to it. After much consideration and wondering I think I’ve come to a conclusion: People listen to the songs they do based on how it makes them feel and what it means to them.
This week I’ve decided to count down my top five favorite artsy Twitter accounts that if you aren’t already following you should.Twitter is my favorite social media site. That said, it was hard for me to keep it to five. I could write a dissertation on what things I like on Twitter. I also struggled because a lot of the accounts I follow on Twitter are funny to me because as a female the tweets are relatable. However I want my column to be readable and useful to both genders and everyone in between. These accounts I picked are mostly funny, but some are inspirational or just generally useful to brighten up your day and diversify your timeline.
Just when you thought it was time to take that Aaron Carter poster down off your wall, he pops right back up on the map and resurfaces in your heart. Aaron Carter put on a show at the Majestic last Thursday, although instead of an audience of screaming pre-teens, the crowd was nostalgic twenty-somethings letting their inner 12-year-old do the screaming for them. One of my friends was even wearing her Aaron Carter shirt from second grade. Talk about a #throwbackthursday.
Today, everything in our world has the potential to be completely personalized. From what you want on your sandwich to computer backgrounds, Facebook feeds and even search results, these things can be tailored just to fit who you are. Although this algorithm-based personalization is definitely convenient, I tend to have a love-hate relationship with computers telling me what they think I like.
Remember when Aaron Carter shared the stage with Hilary Duff? Thirteen years later Aaron is back and ready to bring the party to Madison, only instead of Hilary Duff, a local trio gets to make an appearance. Catch Kid are a band based here in Madison made up of front man Nate Rusch, guitarist Jeremy Van Mill and drummer Luke Osiecki. If that name sounds familiar it’s because they were rocking the WSUM stage at Freakfest this past November. I had the pleasure of catching up with these super awesome guys to see what their plans include for 2015—of course covering the upcoming show with Aaron Carter Thursday. The real question is: Who are these guys?
In a world where a “like” almost means more than a verbal compliment, I think it is safe to wonder how much social media is too much? Don’t get me wrong, I am all about social media. I love posting photos on Instagram and tweeting my daily awkward moments more than anyone probably. However, a recent article I read really got me thinking: Is it possible to be addicted to social media? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that social media is literally made to be addicting. I’m no expert on the subject, but this week I intend to shed some light on why everyone loves social media.
In our current culture, people have the ability to go from unknown to super stardom literally over night! As exciting and awesome as that is, I also think it is quite scary because sometimes people go viral for being terrible or super awkward. The reason I brought this subject up is because of the Super Bowl.
In the dimly lit Hemsley Theatre, a modernized Greek play of epic proportions emerged Friday, Nov. 21. “Helen” is the classic story of the wife of King Menelaus. She is known for starting the Trojan War when she ran off with Paris, prince of Troy. To defend his honor and his empire Menelaus declared war on the Trojans, tearing both empires apart and deeming Helen the most hated woman in all of Greek history. In the adopted version put on by the UW Theatre, Helen, played by Anne Guadagnino, not only answers the question of what it means to be a woman, but also of who she is as a woman individually.
In a fog-filled Barrymore Theatre Saturday night, an island emerged. A California-bred reggae band, The Dirty Heads, brought the sounds of the West Coast to Madison. Roman Ramirez, better known as Rome, the lead singer of Sublime With Rome, opened the show with a jaw-dropping solo act. He tweeted a couple hours before about how sick he was, but no one had any idea. His vocals were so smooth and drew the crowd in. The best parts of his set were at the tail end when he performed his popular songs “Eighteen,” “Terrorista,” “Seasons” and “White Girls.” The crowd knew every word to all four of these songs, singing as their bodies swayed to the rock beats his drummer and bassist were putting down. Rome’s sound is unique because it’s a mixture of heavy rock beats and reggae guitar riffs, creating a smooth hip-hop sound a crowd can dance to. As if his set wasn’t awesome enough, he slowed things down and played a sick acoustic version of the title song of his EP Dedication that just about brought me to tears.
Since coming to Madison I have found that people who like country music are hard to come by. Last Thursday I was proven wrong as The Alliant Energy Center was filled just short of capacity by rowdy country music-loving fans for Brantley Gilbert’s Let it Ride tour.
Group registration began Tuesday for UW-Madison student men's hockey season ticket-holders and will run for two weeks, ending Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m.