Jared Leto and Pals

One of my favorite bands is Thirty Seconds to Mars. If you’ve never listened to them before, what have you been doing with your life?!?

I’d describe their music as grand, sweeping, very ambitious haha. IDK they just seem to always want to do something really big and make a statement with their songs. I think really reflects the personality of their lead singer, Jared Leto. There’s a reason why I called this post Jared Leto and Pals, let’s be honest here, no one really knows who the other members of the band are, except for maybe hardcore fans. For those that don’t know him, Jared is also a well-known actor who’s had some really memorable roles in the past. Some of my favorite:

  • Steve Prefontaine in “Prefontaine”: good movie but not as good as “Without Limits”, which was great
  • Super-blond guy in “Fight Club”
  • And most recently, the cross-dressing/transgender character Rayon in “Dallas Buyer’s Club”, for which I believe he won an Academy Award

The point is, he’s had some really notable roles and he can definitely hold his own as an actor. Actually, I’d say he’s an actor first and a musician second. But, as the lead singer, he brings some serious heat – it’s hard to imagine a singer bringing more energy to their performances on a consistent basis then Jared Leto. He’s frenetic, borderline crazy during shows and he does a great job amping up the crowd’s energy accordingly. He’s always super entertaining, routinely coming out in crazy flamboyant outfits, some of which look like he’s wearing a rug :) Who knows maybe it’s cause I just had the carpets cleaned at my apartments by these guys… It’s clear he’s really embracing the rockstar persona and plays it up all the way. Continue reading

Praise Yeezy!

I first heard kanye-west1Kanye when his song, Jesus Walks, hit the airwaves. His lyrics. Punchlines. And how he delivered his wordplay was just awesome. What this artist represented and how he came out with it was just out of this world. Personally, I felt like Tupac Shakur had risen from the dead (if you believe he actually died, you conspiracy theorists lol). I never got to listen to much of his work on the first album, but a couple of albums later, I think he came up with his greatest work to date. Graduation, this was an album that even today I relate to the songs on a personal basis. Despite the mainstream and commercial success of the album, it still left a mark in my life. It’s still on my top ten favorite albums of all time. I was pretty disappointed when he cancelled his concert back in 2013 here in Minneapolis.

His star has shone brilliantly since his first album but somewhere along the way, he let that stuff get to his head. Somewhere along the way, Kanye West lost his appeal to me as a human being. I felt like he started making tracks for the hell of it. Pulling publicity stunts that ten year olds don’t even think about. Continue reading

The Ubiquity of Fall Out Boy

It seems like everywhere you look now, Fall Out Boy’s music is being used in some sort of licensed agreement. Commercials, TV shows, and seemingly EVERYWHERE especially with sports broadcasts.

Catchy as it may be, I eventually wanted to bash my head against a wall after the 844,563 times I heard “Light Em’ Up” during the 2014 NHL Playoffs on, especially on NBCSN. I mean honestly, NBC couldn’t spring for a second song, for goodness sakes???

I will say, there’s no denying that these guys are some serious hitmakers. From what I can tell, pretty much anything they put out there is a smash hit. If you’re playing the game “Hit or Hurting” (a game created by the Sports Junkies out of Washington, D.C. and a radio show that I listen to on a daily basis), these guys are nothing but “hit”. And even more, some of their best songs IMO aren’t even the popular ones you hear all the time on the radio.

Check out “Phoenix”, good stuff:

Not embarrassed to say that this song gets me nodding my head lol.

For some reason, people always seem to think that Pete Wentz is the frontman, but he’s actually the bass player. Probably just because he’s done some high-profile dating and so he has a higher Q rating. Patrick Stump is actually the lead singer, and he’s a good fit for that type of music. But not exactly the choice I’d make for the National Anthem, which he sang at a Chicago Bears game last year.

Right now, the song du jour that loves to get stuck in my head incessantly is “Uma Thurman.” Ugh. Not that it’s not a good song, but I guess I just HATE when songs get suck in my head hahaha…

One Direction

one-directionOk let’s talk about boy bands. Love em or hate em, there’s not doubt that they crank out poppy hits that make metric s-tons of money. So with that out of the way, let’s talk One Direction, a boy band which is currently composed by four members: Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson all of them born in England, and Niall Horan who is from Ireland, plus former member Zayne Malik who announced his departure from the band just last week.

The band was founded in 2010, and all we can say now is that they HAD tons of success: global fame, world tours, dozens of awards but the most important was likely millions of truly rabid fans that would give everything to share a brief moment with their idols, because the boys of One Direction (or 1D, as they’re commonly known among fans) have become more than just musicians, they’re a downright global phenomenon. Continue reading

The Unstoppable Taylor Swift

taylor-swiftThis leggy, blonde beauty has been in the game since her teenage years; with over 26 million Instagram followers and 55 million Twitter followers, Swift is most definitely a household name at this point in her career. She has had endless success since the release of her very first album and continues to be one of the world’s most well-recognized celebrities.

Her first album self-entitled Taylor Swift was released when she was just at the ripe age of sixteen back in 2006. This album introduced us to the classic country Taylor songs like “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Picture to Burn.” Along with these hits, “Our Song” was also on the album and happened to make her the youngest person to write and perform a song on the Hot Country Songs Chart. In total, five singles were released from this album, leading her to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best New Artist. Continue reading