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Editor’s Pick #274: Gaga at the Grammys by 20watts
February 3, 2010, 2:52 pm
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PREVIEW: VISIT Lady Gaga’s Web site

So, the Grammys were this past Sunday, but to be honest I didn’t watch. I don’t really care much about the awards and I choose to just watch the performances on YouTube afterward. While all of the performers were pretty good, my favorite had to be Lady Gaga. She stayed true to form with her somewhat creepy yet very entertaining show, proving once more how talented she is by performing with the one and only Elton John–and giving him a run for his money. Although the whole appearing on stage with Elton John thing has been done before, it’s a trick I never get sick of. Check it out for yourself above.

–Kelsey Bennett, Production Editor

Editor’s Pick #244: Dirty Boyz’ Christmas Song by 20watts

With every classic comes a classic spoof. For West Side Story there was West Bank Story. And Web Site Story. And about a million others. For the classic Christmas song “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” there is Dirty BoyzChristmas Song. I don’t know about you, but all I want for Christmas is to get crunk.

–Kelsey Bennett, copy editor

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Editor’s Pick #231: “The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody” by 20watts
December 3, 2009, 7:42 pm
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After 33 years, The Muppets still find ways to stay culturally relevant

PREVIEW: Watch “The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody” video on YouTube

Ever since “The Muppet Show” premiered in 1976 Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, The Swedish Chef and the rest of the gang have brought joy to the entire world. On November 23, Muppets Studio jumped into the viral video age when they posted a video on YouTube called “The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody.”  That’s right, all your favorite Muppets make an appearance when the gang covers one of the greatest songs ever (no exaggeration): Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I guarantee this video will have you cracking up. I’ve watched it about five times, and overall the video is approaching nine million views.

–Eric Hoffman, Features Editor

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The Eventual Mediocrity of Brilliant Debut Artists by cweeks88

With bands like Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys making mediocre follow-up albums, will the same happen to Fleet Foxes?

Vampire Weekend just came out with a new single “Cousins” — and what a disappointing pile of shit! You’d figure that after making their debut album with so many great tunes, they’d be bound to make a more brilliant follow-up album. Unfortunately, with “Cousins” it sounds like the sun just rose on a Monday morning for this skeleton crew. To be fair, Vampire Weekend are not the only band that seem to be facing this problem. Throughout the decade a whole lot of new Indie bands with brilliant debut albums have been popping up—where they have barely been able to create a worthy-enough follow up.

The list goes on and on with bands and artists that got their big break this decade on both sides of the pond. In Britain, bands like The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys each released debut albums that were universally adored by critics and new fans alike: Up The Bracket and Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I Am Not—the latter of which is currently the UK’s fastest-selling debut album (note:  Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle recently topped this accolade with her I Dreamed a Dream album). Nevertheless, these two bands–led by the apparent songwriting genius’ Pete Doherty and Alex Turner — never seem to have been able to top their debuts with their later works. Continue reading

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Juice Jam 2009: Anything Goes with Girl Talk by cweeks88

You never know what to expect at a Girl Talk show -- and the infamous DJ plays Syracuse University's Juice Jam on Sunday.

WATCH: Girl Talk LIVE Under the Jump

As countless YouTube cell phone videos can attest, Girl Talk shows hold the infamous distinction of being entirely unpredictable. It’s the perfect music to get drunk and dance to, so the gigs themselves can turn into madness on both sides of the stage.

For SU grad student Alex Palmer, such extreme debauchery led to a personal gig in his fraternity’s basement.

When Palmer was an undergrad at St. Louis’ Washington University two years ago, he attended a Girl Talk gig where a student got so drunk that he took his clothes off and had to be restrained by security. The student was tasered, and event staff pulled the plug on the show with half an hour left to go.

Gregg Gillis, the infamous mash-up artist otherwise known by the stage name Girl Talk, then announced that the gig was cancelled, but asked the audience if there was anywhere he could take the show.

Immediately, Palmer and his fraternity brothers in Sigma Alpha Mu yelled, “SAMMY!” Continue reading

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Emerging Artist: Empire of the Sun by cweeks88

PREVIEW: Empire of the Sun “Walking on a Dream” MP3

The best way to experience Aussie electronic-pop duo Empire of the Sun is to do so visually. It’s a shame they are about 10-20 years too late with their “Walking on a Dream” music video. This one could have been on constant, heavy rotation on TRL — back in the days when MTV actually used to show music videos.

Their first single “Walking on a Dream” instills classic pop song structures with a deceptively simple sound and style. Singer Luke Steele (formerly of Aussie alt-rock group you’ve probably never heard of: The Sleepy Jackson) won’t be upstaged by a guitar solo with his shift in octaves from the “spoken-rather-than-sung” main verses to the ridiculously high-pitched chorus. The ethereal keyboards provide the base of the song from which all the other instruments are tethered. Meanwhile the guitar serves more as a rhythm instrument, countering the disco-esque drumbeat.

Empire of the Sun are the best thing from Australia since … Kangaroos? No … But they sure do beat Jet in the “Best Dressed from Down Under” category — not to mention that they’re one of the more unique-sounding groups currently around.

— Charlie Weeks

Must See: Paul Dateh Hip Hop Violinist by kayzimbo
April 16, 2009, 1:05 pm
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So I’m not really a youtube fanatic. I mainly use it to create playlists for pre-gaming that consist of top 40 hits I refuse to buy. This link was sent to me by my TRF professor, who is a fellow violinist.  Maybe it’s only because I play violin, but I could not take my eyes or ears off this video the first time I heard it and every time since. Many violinists have started to stray from the classical realm, but this is the first performance I have ever watched that relates to hip-hop. Since the video has over three million views, I’m sure some have you have already seen this, but I doubt you would mind watching it again.

-Kyra Zeller