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Opinion: Pop’s leading ladies show realness, some too much so

November 25, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Super Bowl needs Katy Perry more than vice versa It’s official: Katy Perry is set to perform the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Rumors about the pop star’s involvement have been swirling for months, and were confirmed during Sunday Night Football. During the earlier stages of negotiations, the NFL not-so-subtly asked Perry to pay for the opportunity to play at the nation’s most famous sporting event, to which she politely responded, ”I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”  (Rock on, KP)… Read more

Opinion: BET’s decision exemplifies end of televised music era

November 25, 2014
Black Entertainment Television announced Nov. 14 that “106 & Park,” its music video countdown show, will air its last on-air episode Dec. 19. The music video countdown program will become digital only. Well, it finally happened. It’s the end of an era. As a former viewer of the show, I do not find it surprising that cable television has lost yet another (and probably final) program dedicated to showcasing the hottest music videos of the week. When I was younger, I used to watch MTV to find out what mainstream America was listening to, which artists were popular and which newcomers were catching buzz. “106 & Park,” which premiered in… Read more

Opinion: AMAs show trajectory for music fame in America unpredictable

November 25, 2014
The 2014 American Music Awards highlighted “the melting pot” that is America. Most every style of music was displayed, and many different nationalities were honored. Latino icon Pitbull was the host again this year, and he did exactly what you would expect him to do. He called himself “Mr. Worldwide” and “Mr. 305”, said “Dali” a handful of times, and did a huge performance with about 30 scantily clad women. That aside, he did a good job with his hosting duties. He was comfortable speaking and he brought attention to the Latino community, something that often doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Taylor Swift opened the show with… Read more

Opinion: Impromptu video for ‘7/11’ a change of form for Beyonce

November 24, 2014
Two new songs, “7/11” and “Ring Off,” both of which will be included in the “platinum edition” of Beyoncé’s eponymous 2013 album, leaked last week. On Friday, Queen Bey blessed all of us by dropping the music video for “7/11,” and to no one’s surprise, she doesn’t disappoint.  Unlike the polished and movie-like videos her fans have become accustomed to, the entirety of “7/11” looks so impromptu that it could have been shot with a GoPro during a slumber party. The video opens with Beyoncé balcony-dancing in cheetah print panties and a “Kale” sweatshirt, but it isn’t long until she’s joined by a handful of gorgeous backup dancers in their… Read more

‘Innovative’ Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band to bring improvised sound for Next@Wex

November 20, 2014
A band coming to Columbus on Friday looks to break the concert mold. “We don’t actually do a show,” said Chris Forsyth, guitarist and composer for Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band. “The set list changes every night. It’s a living, breathing thing.” Forsyth said the amount of material available from two full albums as well as solo material from the other three members of the band allows them to change it up every night. However, the band is not limited to its pre-existing material. “Sometimes we literally just make things up on the spot,” Forsyth said. “There are things that aren’t rehearsed at all.” The band is set… Read more

Cal Scruby’s confidence shines in music industry

November 20, 2014
Drake started his music career after starring on popular Canadian TV show “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Chance the Rapper recorded his first mixtape during a 10-day suspension while he was in high school. Ohio State 2014 alumnus, Cal Scruby, recorded his first project, “Best Foot Forward,” in the Whisper Room on the third floor of the Science and Engineering Library — now called the 18th Avenue Library — while he was a student studying new media and information technology. “It’s like a phone booth sized recording area where the walls are all insulated professionally,” Scruby said. “I just recorded and mixed my own stuff. That whole process probably took (about)… Read more

Donatos Basement serves pizza, beer, local music

November 19, 2014
Pizza isn’t the only thing you can find at Donatos on High Street. The basement of the chain pizza joint at 2084 N. High St. holds a venue — aptly named Donatos Basement — used for a variety of events. Donatos Basement has seen everything from bridal showers to comedy events to hardcore music shows. The space features a full bar, stage, sound system and even a dumbwaiter for pizzas. Trevor Jewell, the bar manager and venue coordinator for Donatos, said the reaction to the venue has been positive. “Most of the time, (audiences are) pleasantly surprised,” he said. He said there are many other Donatos locations with party rooms,… Read more

Album review: Lorde the real heroine, makes ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ soundtrack

November 19, 2014
The shimmering choral battle cries and looming bass lines that create the star-studded 14-track collaboration of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” soundtrack will find itself in the new alt-psych-pop genre’s hall of fame. Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” can be seen coursing through the veins of the new album, giving die-hard Lorde fans somewhat of a sequel to her soaring debut album. The earlier unveiled track list admitted the loss of past soundtrack contributors: Maroon 5, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Taylor Swift, whose larger-than-life “1989” dropped a couple weeks ago. However, the loss of these superstars does not seem to have an effect when upcoming stars like Ariana Grande, Charli… Read more

Opinion: New generation, new line of stars help heal with Band Aid 30

November 19, 2014
In 1984, a group of the UK-centric pop stars came together to form Band Aid. The group recorded a song to raise money for the famine that was crippling Ethiopia at the time. The resulting single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” raised about $14 million for the cause. Artists included Duran Duran, Boy George, George Michael, Sting and Bono. It’s my favorite Christmas song because of its upbeat tempo and heartfelt message. I remember watching the video for the song with my dad, and he would name all of the artists as they appeared on the screen. However, they all looked the same to me because of the helmets of… Read more

On the Fitz: Pop, soul sextet set to take LC Pavilion

November 16, 2014
Nothing happens by accident.  Fitz and the Tantrums, a six-piece band of music industry veterans, proves a formula of experience, artistry and understanding can set the stepping stones for success. The band’s tour promoting its sophomore album, “More Than Just A Dream,” is set to hit Columbus on Wednesday. Although the band formed in 2008, each member is well-seasoned in the industry. Their previous experiences and understanding of musicality and their audiences came in handy when the band created its first album, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna said. Ruzumna said the industry experience added to part of the band’s success because it allowed the members to execute their vision clearly and concisely.… Read more