Posts Tagged ‘lady gaga’

Q&A With Mikey Wax: Rising Star of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2012 at 8:15 am

Mikey WaxSo You Think You Can Dance has become a major music industry influencer over the years, from literally transforming Christina Perri’s life to popularizing artists like OneRepublic, Adele, Goldfrapp and even Lady Gaga. This season of SYTYCD is sure to continue the star producing tradition, this time with Mikey Wax at the helm. His song, “Counting On You,” was chosen as the elimination song for season 9, but this young singer/songwriter from Long Island, New York has been working hard at stardom for years, touring with artists like Josh Hoge, Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera. YouPlusDallas asked this rising star a few questions before SYTYCD airs its season finale on September 18.

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Astronautalis takes over SXSW and leaves his laptop at home

Posted by    |    March 21st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

With a name like “Easy Tiger,” you’d think the venue would be simple to locate, but you’d be wrong. Found on the far East end of 6th Street, the only signal that we are in the right place is a tiny sign above a doorway that spells out the name in unlit block lettering. A guy in glasses stands below it, texting, and I know YouPlusDallas is at the correct venue. “Of all the artists I am speaking with at SXSW,” I say to the man in horn-rimmed glasses, “I am most interested in talking with you.”

SMU grad Andy Bothwell, known onstage as Astronautalis, is playing his SXSW showcase tonight. Standing before the camera, about to ask a few questions of my fellow Mustang, it looks like we coordinated outfits. “Hey, you guys are both wearing indie clothing,” our cinematographer points out. “Yes, we do look very independent,” Bothwell jokes. I can rally for an artist who pokes fun at the English language even more than I do, which is exactly what Bothwell does for a living. A champion wordsmith, Mr. Wordplay himself, Jason Mraz, is a fan of Bothwell’s verbose styling. (more…)

SXSW Music Keynote Speaker Bob Geldof on pop music: The Proliferation of Avatars and the Congregation Behind the Mask

Posted by    |    March 17th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Disheveled is a good word for one of Ireland’s most celebrated lyricists. A tired Bob Geldof is speaking at a press conference following his SXSW Music Keynote. “Does anyone ask questions, or what?” he asks of the press, and hands appear in the air. Inquiring minds want to hear his music opinions voiced in a soothing accent, peppered with F bombs that rampantly drop over the discussion. “How would you compare this era musically to something you’ve seen in the past?” Glee is shooting up the charts, and the pandemic that is Lady Gaga has an entire generation referring to itself as “little monsters.” “Gaga is really interesting – it’s good art,” Geldof answers. But a culture needs something other than Stefani Germanotta’s McQueen-designed garments to cling to. “[Gaga is] reflecting an idea of a part of her personality.” Her fame masks an individual too powerless to harness a cult following. “You create avatars.” Geldof says. That is something society can gravitate toward. (more…)

Going GAGA

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2010 at 10:27 am

Last week I was one of the lucky few 20,000 people to take in the fabulous Lady Gaga at the American Airlines Center. She sang all the fun songs that get you jumping, but when PokerFace came on, the entire arena felt like a beating heart- the place erupted and was poppin! She is a great performance artist that can actually sing!! The entire show from beginning to end was spectacular. She is the next generation Madonna or Cher for sure.

BUT almost just as spectacular was the people watching! Fantastic. I have never seen so many people willing to put shame on the line and dress however they wanted for their favorite singer. The major theme of her show was to be free to be yourself and it seems most everyone took that advice prior to coming.

There were big hair bows and little hair bows, tutus, sequins, stripper shoes, brightly colored wigs, masks, and most of all those that felt the need to try to dress in an ode to GAGA herself, some did a very good job of perfecting one of her infamous outrages looks, as pictured one of my favorites. Some missed the mark a bit, but get an A for effort. I just wonder how long many of them had been planning and creating their “costumes”. but then my girlfriend’s and I are already planning our Halloween costumes! (more…)