By Molly Silverman
Last week, I ventured to a sold out show at the Tabernacle for a band that is going to get big. I can feel it in my bones.
Twenty One Pilots consists of lead singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. These two hail from Ohio and have only been signed to their record label, Fueled by Ramen, since 2012.
Now, you must be thinking, what makes a singer and a drummer so special? There are so many bands that consist of that. However, this band has a bit of an advantage on all the others.
They usually start out their shows wearing ski masks and sometimes do minor wardrobe changes. Tyler not only sings, but raps pretty well. They both can play the piano and the drums. They can do back flips. They do choregraphed drum battles. They go into the crowd, and not just to the front row. Tyler crowd surfs a little bit while singing and Josh plays the drums IN the crowd. Yeah, you read that right; he plays the drums in the crowd.
So seeing this band live is not just a fantastic experience, but it backs up their art. While listening to their music, one can hear lyrics that many can relate to. These lyrics do not sugar coat the struggles people have in their lives, but face them head on. They also seem to embrace their differences, which they called being “weird”. There was one point during the concert where Tyler thanked the audience for loving the weird things they do and letting his journal become the lyrics listeners hear.
Listening to their music gives one a comforting feeling. A great deal of people feel alone in the world, and they address that you are not alone.
I honestly got a bit teary eyed during the last song of the concert when I saw many pieces of 8 by 11 white pieces of paper with the words “thank you” written on them. This band has touched so many lives, that their fans wanted to thank them for everything they have done.
If you watched the MTV Movie Awards, you might have seen them perform their song “Car Radio” live.
For more on Twenty One Pilots, go to their website: http://www.twentyonepilots.com/
by John Nelson
In an incredible stroke of fortune for all mankind, a new Johnny Cash album has been released over a decade after the Man in Black’s death.
According to Country Weekly, Mr. Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, was going through some of his father’s old things not too long ago and discovered the record buried away.
The album, Out Among the Stars, isn’t just a hodgepodge of random tracks thrown together, either. It’s a fully planned and recorded album, complete with two duets with Cash’s late wife, June Carter Cash, (the upbeat “Baby Ride Easy” and the slower “Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time”) and one with country icon Waylon Jennings (the rocking “I’m Moving On”).
So if it was so good, why was it sitting in a box? Well, Cash was at a second low point in his life. The New Yorker states that he was angry with his record label, Columbia, at the time, and that they were in turn losing faith in him (and in his profit margins). Out Among the Stars was recorded in the early 80s, and according to History.com, Columbia dropped Cash in 1986, right around when he most likely would have been getting ready to release it. The album was shelved and forgotten until just a few weeks ago.
Since its release on March 25, Stars has flown to the top of the country billboards, demonstrating that Cash’s legend lives on. If you’re interested, you can check it out on Spotify (like I did) or pick it up at any of the fine purveyors of music about town.
By John Nelson
The tour kicks off June 23 in West Valley, Utah (They’ll be in Atlanta July 18th!), and is in no small part a celebration of KISS’s 40th anniversary. To whet fan’s appetites, KISS will be releasing several special anniversary records, including, but not limited to, a 34-LP vinyl box set.
Def Leppard fans, don’t feel left out. The Brits will be releasing a new album in 2015, so maybe we’ll hear some new music on the tour? One can only hope.
On a more serious note, a dollar of every single ticket sold is going to the Wounded Warrior Project and to several other military charities. Gene Simmons told USA today that that the bands intend to hire veterans as crew. So not only are we going to hear great music, but we’ll be supporting a great cause and giving jobs to people who need them.
A current list of tour dates can be found in the article link below:
By Storm Evans
ATLANTA, Ga. — Red Bull’s international illuminated photography exhibition showcasing the world’s best action sports photography will take place downtown beginning on March 20.
For 10 straight days from sunset to 11 p.m., Piedmont Park will be hosting Red Bull Illume, the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports. It’s purpose is to showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art and bring the public into the world of action sports. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
From tens of thousands of entries, the 50 best images were selected by a team of photo editors from prominent international publications. The 50 finalist images have been traveling around the world as a unique and stand-alone photo exhibition on 2-by-2 meter light boxes. To showcase the illumination, the exhibition is only open at nighttime.
Red Bull Illume’s opening night, Thursday, March 20, will begin at approximately 8 p.m., where the Red Bull Air Force will kick off the night with an aerial performance. Opening night will also be hosting famous athletes, who will be giving presentations and showing off their skills, and world-renowned photographers, who captured the images that will be on display. Guests will be able to meet and talk to the athletes and photographers. Cocktails will be available for purchase for guests ages 21 and older.
Red Bull Illume’s College Night will be on Wednesday, March 26. Kennesaw State University and other college students will receive special drink discounts all night long. Students can finish their night at Opera Nightclub for a Red Bull sponsored college party. Opera Nightclub will be having a special deal for all college students attending on March 26.
Remember, Red Bull Illume will be located at the 10th St. side of Piedmont Park, inside the Charles Allen gates. The unveiling of the illuminated light boxes is open to the public and free to attend.
For additional details on Red Bull Illume, please visit www.redbullillume.com or follow @RedBullATL on Twitter.