I’m finding myself more and more impressed with Kid Rock and his attitudes toward music, the music industry, and local commitment. Last year, there was this article which spoke of Rock’s anger towards ticket fees as well as beer and t-shirt prices at concerts. Now, Kid Rock has announced that he will be teaming up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a benefit concert for the DSO. The goal is to raise $1 million for the beleaguered outfit.
Rock stated, “I’m a musician, I care about the field. My love’s for all music. I don’t go to the orchestra, I don’t know that I’ve ever been to the DSO. But I know that people do, and it’s a part of our culture and our history and our city, and it’s another cornerstone that makes our city great. To see that fall by the wayside, knowing I can do something about it, wasn’t something I was comfortable with.”
I’m going to lay it out on the line here: I’m getting tired of dubstep. Sure, there are a couple of tracks that I’m cool with listening to now and again. But the simple fact is that dubstep became another fad that people took to extremes and put everywhere. It wasn’t enough on its own, so it became a part of rock/metal (see Korn‘s The Path To Totality for examples). It’s in commercials, movie trailers, blah blah blah. And so, after being inundated by dubstep for over a year, I’m kinda done with it.
Then comes along violinist Lindsey Stirling who posts a video of her rocking the violin to some dubstep. End result? It’s pretty badass. It doesn’t hurt that she can dance beautifully whilst playing AND is rather easy on the eyes (male chauvinism FTW!). Check out the latest track Crystallize below. You can also see my personal favorite Shadows.
The Internet is great at giving people a chance for their skills to go viral. Because, and let’s be honest, how many of you equate the words “ukulele” and “badass”? Below, you can watch Taimane Gardner shred the everliving HELL out of her ukulele, all while looking quite dashing in her gypsy/steampunk outfit.
You know what I love about listening to heavy metal songs covered as a classical arrangement? I can pretend to be cultured and sophisticated. “Why no madam, this isn’t brutal death metal, it’s a classical piece for a string quartet!” Yup, that’s how it all goes down. So, in any case, check out an awesome cover of Slayer‘s ‘Raining Blood‘ as performed by the Vitamin String Quartet after the jump.
Almost one year ago, Eric Whitacre put together 165 voices performing his piece ‘Lux Aurumque‘ from around the world to create the first YouTube Virtual Choir. Besides being a beautiful piece of music, what was so special about the piece is the scope and idea behind the project. These vocalists were alone, in their room, singing to a webcam. And in the end, their voice was put together with 164 other voices, all of whom did the exact same thing in another part of the world, to create something that can only be described as magical.
Now, Eric Whitacre is back with the Virtual Choir 2.0, a collection of over 2,000 videos from 58 countries around the world. This time, they are performing his piece ‘Sleep‘. Check it out after the jump. READ MORE