Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Spring Breakers Review: Harmony Korine’s “Fever Dream”

Posted by    |    March 25th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Recently, I had the opportunity to see Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers at the SXSW premiere event of the film.  In attendance were director/creator Harmony Korine and several members of the cast, including James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine.  This event was about as crazy as the movie itself, as Hollywood celebrities, press, and SXSW attendees had the chance to see Spring Breakers for the first time.  To say this film is over-the-top, wild, and crazy would be a vast understatement.  Spring Breakers is a vulgar, provocative, unique film with many “wow” moments throughout.  This film features Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and James Franco in the epitome of taking spring break to the extreme.

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Spring Breakers begins with footage of real spring breakers on a beach drinking, tearing off their clothes, and dancing to loud music.  The audience is then taken to a college where the four girls mentioned above are in school, anxiously awaiting spring break.  When they learn they don’t have enough money to make it through the trip, three of the girls decide to rob a restaurant.  After obtaining the money needed for their vacation, they embark on a drug and alcohol infested trip to the beach.  Soon after they begin having the time of their lives, the girls are arrested for too much partying.  A drug dealer (Franco) who wants to help them continue living it up during spring break soon bails them out, and the real party begins.  It quickly becomes clear how far these girls will go to have fun and experience a spring break they will never forget. (more…)

The Oscars 2013: The 85th Annual Academy Awards

Posted by    |    February 25th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 marked the celebration of the 85th Annual Academy Awards.  Following a very exciting year in film, this year’s Academy Awards was a show filled with comedy, dancing, music, and emotional acceptance speeches from some of Hollywood’s finest.  Oscar host Seth MacFarlane gave audiences a taste at his style of humor while targeting several Hollywood figures throughout the night, and as always, there were several expected award winners as well as a few surprises.

Below is a recap of last night’s winners:

Getting to Know Landman-Slash-Musician, Albert Aguilar. Yeah, You Heard Me Correctly.

Posted by    |    March 15th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Oklahoma City oil and gas man Albert Aguilar is the most atypical musician I’ve ever interviewed. The earth’s natural elements fuel his paycheck; music is more of a hobby for him, despite his EP and upcoming album that would suggest otherwise. I spoke with Aguilar in Dallas late last year during his first national tour alongside British artist Lee MacDougall. We sit down in the green room of Poor David’s (which I always want to call ‘Poor Richard’s’, but that’s a side effect of me being a junkie for The Office) where he hands me a Miller Light. As I set the beer down on the counter, his tour manager enters the sullen room and tries to pay Aguilar the earnings from his performance, but he refuses to accept the cash.

The tour manager places the green in Aguilar’s hand, before being chased down by the musician who tries to shove the money down the manager’s bowling shirt.  Muffled, argumentative voices are overheard for a good two minutes as I begin to laugh into my tape recorder. He’s the only musician that I have ever seen refuse money.

“I feel bad, there are a lot of struggling musicians out there. Me, yeah I get paid for [performing], but…” he tells me, his eyes resting on the ground. Aguilar’s day job provides him with something few musicians have: peace of mind and a reconciled checking account. The money doesn’t matter to him. “Yeah, I just like to play,” he confesses.

The men finally settle on an amount of money that Aguilar is comfortable accepting, and he sits down to continue our interview.

Aguilar describes his music as “real and honest.” Says the musican, “I honestly feel like I have something to offer if you really want to listen.” Also, can we talk about how pretty he is? Because, damn. (more…)

SXSW Music Festival: Now & Then

Posted by    |    March 13th, 2012 at 11:14 am

The aesthetics in Austin are quickly changing. Clean cut technophiles who previously roamed the Austin Convention Center whispering ideas about the iPhone 5 and swearing that Google+ actually does have a purpose are disappearing; in their place, music enthusiasts with faux-hawks and skinny jeans wander 6th street, their ears open, trying to discover a new favorite band. The SXSW Music Festival has begun.

This time last year, we really started to get to know the Dallas music scene as we interviewed local bands The O’s, The Orbans, Smile Smile and more. We carried our video equipment all over Austin, interviewing these musicians who so willingly let us stick a camera in their faces and ask them questions about their bands. I’m feeling nostalgic, so, please just watch our videos from SXSW 2011 while I go find a kleenex.

Here’s where you can catch The O’s in Austin during SXSW 2012:

3.14.12 St. David’s Church SXSW Official Showcase

3.15.12 Opal Devine’s – Lagunita’s Sonoma Sound Showcase

3.16.12 -Maria’s Taco Express (Sin City Social Club Party)
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Nas and Steve Stoute added to SXSW Music and Media Conference

Posted by    |    March 2nd, 2012 at 9:52 am

Last year, YouPlusDallas attended SXSW for two long, glorious weeks of Interactive, Film and Music festivalage, thus engaging in a month-long recovery process after the fact. This process included a few vacation days, multiple bottles of wine, and sitting in silence, trying to regain our hearing.

While we will not be attending the festival this year (cue sad emoticon) we are still privy to insider information. Stick with us, kid, and get to know what’s going on three hours south.

The SXSW Music and Media conference has just added Nas and Steve Stoute to its schedule. According to the press release:

In this special SXSW Interview, Nas will be joined in conversation with Steve Stoute, his former manager and longtime friend. As the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Translation, author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, and former music executive, Stoute has been an instrumental figure in utilizing the power of hip-hop culture to revolutionize the way brands connect with audiences. This meeting of visionaries will be a highlight of the SXSW Music Conference you won’t want to miss!

The SXSW Interview with Nas and Steve Stoute will take place Friday, March 16 at 3:30pm

A Conversation with Steve Stoute and Dan Charnas will take place Saturday, March 17 at 11am.

SXSW takes place March 9-18. Keep checking back with us for more updates, and a recap from our time spent in Austin.

Mockingbird Station Debuts First Outdoor Spring Concert Series

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2012 at 9:49 am

On Thursday, March 1, Mockingbird Station will present its first Spring Concert Series, a free outdoor music series on the Mezzanine Level in front of the Angelika Dallas Film Center. The series will feature a diverse lineup of local artists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, beginning with Club Wood on March 1. The performances, aimed at the after-work crowd and suitable for all ages, will begin at 6 p.m., adding to an already vibrant schedule of activities at the Station throughout the season.

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Adele & Foo Fighters Take the GRAMMYs

Posted by    |    February 13th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Yes, Adele, is phenomenal, well all know that. Well, maybe those of us in Dallas don’t know, as she was forced to cancel her (multiple) last scheduled show(s) in the Big D. Regardless, last night, the British diva walked away with every award for which she was nominated at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. While this is amazing, I am basking in a glowing ray of sunshine over not Adele’s awards, but those now belonging to Foo Fighters.

The band posted to their Facebook page earlier in the day on Sunday, saying, “…fingers crossed for Rock and Roll!”

Apparently each of the five Foos had their fingers crossed pretty tightly because they walked away with five awards, including Best Rock Album – Wasting Light.

This win is important. And this is why: recorded to tape in lead singer and guitarist Dave Grohl’s garage on analog equipment, the backward innovation of Wasting Light is a giant stride in the complete opposite direction from today’s auto-tuned standards.

It’s not enough that Grohl is one of the most talented musicians of our generation, he’s a good actor, and bloody a hilarious one at that. Check out the above music video for “Walk” and below for the list of awards the Foos took home last night. Well done, gents.

Best Rock Performance – Walk

Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance – White Limo

Best Rock Song – Walk

Best Rock Album – Wasting Light

Best Long Form Music Video – Back And Forth

Click here for the full 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards list of nominees and winners

Valentine’s Day Playlist

Posted by    |    February 10th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Falling in love is never accompanied without a soundtrack. It’s the times when you are driving alone in your car, thinking about that certain someone, listening to Rihanna’s lyrics, wondering if you, too, have found love in a hopeless place.

Valentine’s Day is approaching, making citizens of the United States, and those who stream Hallmark commercials online, feel the need to be falling in love with someone; a significant other, a dog, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. We’re all looking for any lyrics that can be manipulated to fit the current goings on in our life stories.

Here’s a Valentine’s Day Playlist that will get your heart pumping and your brain thinking thoughts of love, or at least, lust.

1. “Mercy” – Matt Nathanson. Nathanson’s songs are always pulsating with sexually-charged lyrics, and “Mercy” lands within these boundaries. This time, he wants “a real love/ to let me in”. And then, of course, that love should let him between the sheets. At least he wanted to be in love first. (more…)

Sexy? A Blast From the Past

Posted by    |    January 31st, 2012 at 11:46 am

Chandra Wilson introduces Five Frankie Vallis from the North American Jersey Boys (Toronto-Joseph Leo Bwarie, Las Vegas- Rick Faugno, National Tour- Courter Simmons, Chicago- Dominic Scaglione Jr., Broadway- Jarrod Spector) companies and perform “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” & “Oh What A Night” with the Broadway Cast back in 2009 at the Tony Awards.  Today, we had a chance to chat on the phone with Joseph Leo Bwarie, one of the nice guys in the Biz, and as one staffer noted, “sexy”.  More to follow from this New Jersey boy, only on YouPlusDallas!

 

NYU N’Harmonics Redefine ‘Winter Concert’

Posted by    |    December 15th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Now, this post has absolutely nothing to do with Dallas. But it does have everything to do with Arts & Entertainment, as well as the holiday season, and seeing as how you’re reading this blog in the Arts & Entertainment Network in mid-December, I think we’re good.

NYU’s A Capella group, N’Harmonics, held their Winter Concert last Friday. The only thing more captivating than the choral of pitch-perfect pipes on these envy-ensuing college kids is the clever sign hung in the background that reads “Occupy the North Pole”. Check out the video below (all the way to the end, you ADD-Internet generation) and your eardrums will never be the same.