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Amy Lee’s Back? Evanescence’s New Album!

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been six years, but the long-awaited new Evanescence album is finally on its way, set to be released on October 11th, 2011! Will it be as good as the first two? We’ll have to see!

Usually, self-titled albums tend to be pretty good, so I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of this one. I don’t really care if it’s commercially successful – it’s Amy Lee, so it’s going to have some great music and lyrics, regardless of where any of the tracks chart on the Billboards.

UPDATE: “End of the Dream” is now available to hear on the official Evanescence website. And it’s awesome. Check it out: http://evanescence.com/audio/endofthedreamlyrics.html

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Mother Monster at iHeartRadio Music Festival

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

It was really great to see Stefani being a little more herself the other night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. It’s not that I mind her being outrageous, even if she does go a little far sometimes… Considering how much her beautiful voice was clearly hampered by illness, it was still a fantastic show, even if most of her hits were played in abbreviated versions. It was just great to see Stefani without all the wigs and crazy costumes and make-up. I know that’s just how the character of Lady Gaga is played, and I don’t have any trouble with it. But honestly, she’s prettiest and sexiest when she’s just herself.

Obviously, the most touching moment of the night was her dedication of “Hair” to poor Jamey, who took his own life at the tender age of fourteen. “Bullying is for losers,” she said. It really is. It’s really awesome that we at least have one person in this world who gives a shit about how fucked up things truly are and uses her fame to speak out against them. All of the haters need to shut up and really listen to what she has to say, because she’s made a difference in so many millions of lives, including mine. Just a few months ago, I thought she was just going to be another flash in the pan pop sensation, but clearly that is not the case, and I am so glad that God blessed this world with her.

Her two songs with Sting were absolutely fantastic, too. Even most musicians are freaked out by her, but as is no surprise to anyone, Sting is awesome. Just hearing her sing “Stand By Me” made my life…

Forget iHeartRadio. I heart Stefani ❤

God bless you, Mother Monster!

Happy Birthday, Tegan and Sara!

September 19, 2011 1 comment

Happy Birthday, Tegan and Sara!

Today is a very special day, Tegan & Sara Day! That’s right, today is their 31st birthday! It’s too bad that September 19th is also the first anniversary of a very sad day in my own life. I won’t go into details in such a public space, but needless to say, their music really helped me to get back on my feet.

I’ve been a fan of Tegan and Sara since November 2009 when I first heard “Hell” off of their latest record, Sainthood. But it wasn’t until I saw them live in Boston on February 13, 2010 that I truly fell in love with them. As much as I loved their music, (in fact, I love pretty much 99% of their stuff) seeing them live made me realize just how incredible they really are. A lot of people harp on them for not being that talented, but those people are blind, because I’ve seen for myself just how fantastic they are live. OK, maybe they’re no Muse or U2, but hey, they are who they are, and they’re fantastic. Their “banters” make them even more endearing. How many bands do you know that are purposely that intimate with their fans? There are a few certainly, but none with the staying power of Tegan and Sara.

I suppose the biggest thing I need to say is thank you. Thank you, Tegan and Sara for unashamedly being awesome; that is to say, yourselves. Sure, they’re nowhere as flashy and dramatic like Mother Monster, but they have their own chill, down-to-earth way of making beautiful music. Their lyrics are touching, and for some reason, seem to fit all too perfect very difficult moments of heartbreak in my own life. They are the soundtrack to my life now, and today, I’m going to play through their whole discography, as I’ve done many times before. Whenever I need comfort, I know Tegan and Sara will always be there for me.

Happy birthday, my darlings. Here’s to many, many more!

Alabama: Going to “Roll On” Once More?

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

When I heard that Alabama, my favorite country act of all time, is going to be returning to the road in 2012, I honestly couldn’t believe it. But even though Randy Owen, Jeff Cook, and Teddy Gentry are in their 60’s, as evidenced by their appearance live with Brad Paisley for “Old Alabama,” they obviously still have it.

Brad Paisley, with Randy Owen, Jeff Cook, and Teddy Gentry of Alabama in the song "Old Alabama"

Brad Paisley, with Randy Owen, Jeff Cook, and Teddy Gentry of Alabama in the song "Old Alabama"

I don’t really listen to country music at all anymore, with the exception of Alabama, Brad Paisley, and a few others. I’m pretty disgusted with the state of popular music in general these days, which is why I haven’t really written much in this space at all, but for my first favorite musical act of all time, it’s great to see them have one last hurrah. I’m really thankful for anything they produce at this point, even if it’s just a re-hash of older tunes that they put together, it’s fine by me. I just hope I get to see them live one last time, although I highly doubt it. It’s just great to be able to look forward to a great act give it “One More Shot” (song title pun intended).

If you’re not really a country fan, I still urge you to listen to Alabama. They’re not typical country, and I can’t tell you how many people I know that can’t stand country love Alabama, so I really do suggest if you’re looking for something to relax to, they’re a great option.