From the Super Bowl to new releases, 303 Magazine’s This Week In Music will get you up-to-date on all of the music industry’s need-to-know information. This week covers some of the biggest musical stars and also some very important local news for any of our readers who plan to attend a Red Rocks show soon. Read on to learn more.
Kravitz to be the Center to Perry’s Quarterback
It was announced just this week that Lenny Kravitz will be joining Katy Perry on stage for the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. We’re not convinced the stage won’t collapse under the weight of this immense star-power. Perry has won over the hearts of Americans with her quirky style, catchy pop melodies and sing-along lyrics. Her performance style is nothing less than an aesthetic extravaganza, ensuring that this Super Bowl performance will be one to remember. Her most recent album, Prism, took the number-one spot on the Billboard charts and continues to provide the background music at every club, party and high-energy shindig. With hits like “Roar” and “Firework,” we’re thinking this is going to be a good one. On top of Perry’s presence, Kravitz enters the arena with various hits under his belt and a mysterious set-list. Although it’s unknown as to which songs will make the performance, we really don’t care because IT’S LENNY KRAVITZ. The game will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Thank goodness it’ll probably be warm this year, as Perry’s choice of wardrobe seems to be of the minimal sense. But she can always borrow Kravitz giant scarf–gotta love him. Don’t miss this must-see performance on February 1 (Oh yeah, and you should maybe watch the Super Bowl too).
Kelly Clarkson Makes the Heartbeat (Song)
Kelly Clarkson has taught us some valuable lessons over the years: Reality T.V. really can make you a lasting star; if you’re not an actress, don’t act; real women have curves. We’ve fallen for her and her beautiful, roaring vocals. She provided us with catharsis in “Since U Been Gone,” warmed our hearts with “A Moment Like This” and enabled us to shed a tear with “Because Of You.” Just this week, Clarkson announced a new single, “Heartbeat Song.” This poppy, rapid-tempo’d tune combines a jumpy verse with a strong yet ethereal chorus to showcase each aspect of Clarkson’s voice. It is three minutes and 19 seconds of audio gold. Kelly’s musical history has been an impressive one, securing top spots on various Billboard charts like her song, “Stronger,” which hit the Hot 100 at number-one. She’s become not only a renowned musical artist, but an idol (pun most definitely intended). She’s applauded for her resilience against mercenary tabloids and her ability to continue producing hits regardless. Don’t worry, Kelly. We love you. You make our hearts beat with your Heartbeat Song. Check it out below.
Death Cab For Cutie’s New Album Title
The moment Death Cab For Cutie announced they would posses our hearts, it was game-over. These beloved artists are like a hit-factory, producing favorite after favorite. This group caters to both hipsters and mainstream-folk with their vulnerable lyrics and memorable rhythms. Their presence on the Billboard charts is constant, with songs like “You Are A Tourist,” “I Will Possess Your Heart” and “Cath. . .” This alternative group was formed in 1997 and has been prominently active on the music scene ever since. Recently, member, Chris Walla, has left the band after 17 years. The new title of Death Cab For Cutie’s new album, “Kintsugi,” reflects the group’s attitude toward this alteration within the band. Kintsugi is a Japanese art-form that involves taking pieces of broken ceramics and repairing them with real gold. The intention is to emphasize the piece’s history and showcase the repairs instead of hiding them, as we so often do in western culture. For Death Cab For Cutie, they wish to recognize that there have been changes due to Chris Walla’s departure, but not hide this from anyone. They will move forward with their music acknowledging the absence, but without enabling it to deter them.
Maroon 5 Gives Us a Little Sugar
Formed in 1999, Maroon 5, the pop-rock band from Los Angeles have released various hits from “She Will Be Loved” to “Animals.” Their most recent 2014 album, V, has been an instant favorite. For their newest music video, Maroon 5 took to the streets. For their song, “Sugar,” the boys drove around Los Angeles for a day to find every wedding they could and deliver a surprise performance. The video was released just this week on YouTube and already has millions of views. Also in Maroon 5 news this week, the band was featured on Forbes’ list of Most Expensive Secondary Market Tour Tickets in 2015. The group came in second on the list with a ticket price average of $279.42; That’s a hefty bruise for the wallet. If you just can’t get enough of Maroon 5, by all means, spend your life savings on them. For now, watch the “Sugar” video below.
Red Rocks Curfew Petition
Red Rocks has to be the prettiest performance center in the entire area. With unbeatable views, natural settings and an enormous seating capacity, this venue is the Peyton Manning of all concert venues (he was having a bad day, give him a break). However, it seems that everyone’s favorite Colorado venue has been introduced to rules. Residents of Morrison have now long complained about the noise resonating from the venue–It’s absolutely shocking that noise could permeate this indoor venue’s strong, durable roof. Oh wait. . . It was a matter of time before complaints came pouring in about the late-night concerts and rowdy crowd. Ergo, rules. Red Rocks have instated some guidelines for future bands performing at the venue to follow. The assistant director of marketing for Denver Arts & Venues explained that shows cannot exceed 105 decibels and bass levels cannot exceed 125 at the low-frequency levels 25-80 hertz for one-minute averages after midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends and holidays. In other words, Red Rocks is about to get a lot quieter. For those of you who are infuriated even reading this, click here to sign a petition protesting these new rules.