They say lightning never strikes twice, and for it to happen in the music industry is often a challenging feat. However, Dan Auerbach, lead singer and guitarist of The Black Keys, has got that metaphorical lightning down to a science.
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Its spring, a season of blooming flowers and beautiful weather. For the University of Florida’s school of music, it is also recital season. Last week and this week, in the University’s music building or MUB, there were several junior and graduate voice recitals featuring classical Italian, German, French, and English repertoire. The four I attended were soprano, Hannah Hough’s graduate recital, and tenor, John Payne, and soprano, Erica Scaglione, and baritone, Timothy Williams’s junior recitals.
With independent music becoming more and more prominent, veterans of the business have been taking notice. In May of 2014, legendary rapper Nas launched Mass Appeal Records as a label for up-and-coming emcees to make a name for themselves. The label has signed Bishop Nehru, Fashawn, Run the Jewels and Boldy James. Mass Appeal Records will also release new material from Nas himself and deceased rapper Pimp C.
There is an infinite amount of singers who do song covers on YouTube. Some of these artists become so popular that they begin to make their own original content in an attempt to make the transition from YouTube sensation to fulltime music artist. Music acts such as Timeflies, Tinashe, and Justin Bieber have shown the success of this formula. Today’s Spotlight artist Jeni Suk is currently making this transition and producing some phenomenal music in the process.
Tuesday, March 17th, the University of Florida’s concert choir, conducted by Dr. Will Kesling, performed in the University Auditorium.
Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album on March 16th. This album has been dubbed a surprise album due to the lack of information revealed prior to its release. When Kendrick Lamar revealed the title for To Pimp a Butterfly it led to a lot of speculation about what the subject matter and soundscape of this album would be.
Friday, March 13th, the university’s Florida Players performed their opening night of the show Killer Joe. Nick Chinaris, director of the show, described it in a short interview on the group's Facebook as a “black comedy, so even though there are dark moments, there are still laughs.”
If you’re reading this, it’s about Drake. Actually, it’s about Drake’s surprise mixtape he released on February 12th.
Hello and welcome to Footnotez. Footnotez is a weekly music blog. Music is a reflection of the human heartbeat and one of the most important forms of expression. This blog will be primarily composed of three different types of posts:
Thursday night, the High Dive, a bar and venue in downtown Gainesville, hosted live music performed by Turquoise Jeep and Solar Ellipsis.
With the production of the movie Pitch Perfect and the rising fame of The Sing Off-winning group Pentatonix, A’ Capella music is gaining popularity again. The University Auditorium here on Florida’s campus hosted a performance by an all men’s A’ Capella group this past Friday. This group of men are very different than your college, pop-song cover group. The men of Chanticleer are Grammy award winning professionals, who performed a program of songs that provided a truly magical experience for those in attendance.