The movie A Star Is Born won Best Original Song for “Shallow” at the 91st Academy Awards last February 25th. Directed by and starring Bradley Cooper, with singer and co-star Lady Gaga, the movie went 1-for-8 at the Oscars in a disappointing turn of events.
Once predicted to be the darling of the Academy and poised to sweep the awards night, only one award in the end went to film’s cast and crew. It seemed the Academy had other plans.
The song’s win is officially credited to Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga also performed the song that night, to the delight of the celebrities and guests in attendance.
Many fans online questioned the Academy’s decisions, with some pointing to typical Hollywood politics as the reason for the movie’s underwhelming performance at the Awards show.
A Star Is Born is a remake of the 1937 original starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The original also disappointed at the 10th Academy Awards, winning only one Oscar for Best Writing against seven nominations.
The stars and producers seem unfazed, however, as A Star Is Born will be back in cinemas next week. It will feature a new cut, with a new song and an extra 12 minutes of footage. Fans will certainly be glad to catch the movie in theaters for its second go-round.
For the hardcore fan, loving music never stops. Even when they’re not listening to their favorite tunes, they still have to be consuming any content related to their favorite bands or artists. If this sounds like you, you have to listen to music podcasts.
Podcasts are the perfect way to take a break from music while still being able to appreciate the art form. Check out these great podcasts that you can’t miss if you’re a music fan.
Where to listen: Spotify/Apple Music
From the irreverent sports and pop culture podcast The Ringer, this spin-off podcast was launched in 2016. It’s hosted by Micah Peters, with regular guests appearing on the show. On Shuffle tackles the ties that bind music and pop culture, including the hottest trending topics. Listen and get educated.
Where to listen: Spotify
A Spotify exclusive, this podcast is hosted by music legend Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest. He’s joined by journalist co-host Frannie Kelley and together they form an entertaining combination. With Muhammad’s experience in the industry and Kelley’s relevant questioning, Microphone Check is one of the more interesting music podcasts out there.
All Songs Considered
Where to listen: Spotify/Apple Music
All Songs Considered was started before anyone ever knew what podcasts were. The 1st episode was launched in 2000 and has gone through many iterations until it found its sweet spot. Now it features mostly indie artists in live shows, driving around in a dope vehicle that roams the streets.
Where to listen: Spotify/Apple Music
One of the more popular podcasts in this list, Song Exploder has a legion of fans. Hrishikesh Hirway is the star of this one-man show. The idea behind the podcast is simple: Dissect a song from a musical guest, then examine each part of the song until they find what makes the track tick. Song Exploder is an ingenious idea from a genius producer who’s attracted many big-name guests to this podcast.
No Plus Ones
Where to listen: Apple Music
The newest podcast in this list shouldn’t be this good this fast, but it is. Music writers David Anthony and Dan Ozzi host this podcast that’s so ridiculous it’s actually funny. Covering everything from meme culture to alien invasions, No Plus Ones will be your new favorite listening experience. Until you realize the show may not be coming back anytime soon. Listen to its existing episodes and feel yourself craving for more.
Are these podcasts on your list? Or do you already listen to them? Let us know about the podcasts we missed and we’ll try to cover them in our next article.
Lo-fi music isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination. Short for low fidelity, Lo-fi was brought to mainstream consciousness through acts like The Beach Boys and Paul McCartney. The lo-fi sound is characterized by everything that modern music isn’t.
Where modern music is obsessed with perfecting musical quality, lo-fi music lays it all on the line and doesn’t care whether it messes up or not. Half of the time, artists will intentionally garble their music by using the wrong notes or adding artificial vinyl crackles.
A lo-fi artist thrives on musical imperfection and then markets it as an Aesthetic. A lot of listeners resonate with lo-fi’s homemade feel because it often sounds like something, they could produce themselves.
And something with a touch of humanity is always soothing. As technology advanced and became more accessible to the masses, the barrier to entry in the music industry became smaller and smaller. Then mobile phones appeared and turned into the critical mass that would allow any person who willed it to become a celebrated music producer.
During the late 2010s, bedroom producers started popping up everywhere. Some users even created makeshift radio stations that live streamed lo-fi music on the popular video platform YouTube.
The curated live streams attracted millions of followers, who branded the new microgenre as Lo-fi Hip-hop. The musical genre is characterized by its downtempo style, its use of musical distortion, and its use of samples from classic movies.
One of the most popular Lo-fi Hip-hop live streams on YouTube is the ChilledCow channel. ChilledCow features the best artists from the genre on loop, 24 hours a day. The channel’s depiction of a girl studying drawn in the anime style has become iconic for those in the know about Lo-fi Hip-hop.
Indeed, for many people, the channel has become a staple of their own study sessions. As of this writing, one of ChilledCow’s live streams has more than 13,000 people tuned in. At any given time, a thousand people will be listening to the stream.
Lo-fi Hip-hop is a growing microgenre. As artists become more established, the musical style of the genre will be revealed and refined. Artists such as Jinsang, Vanilla, and Nujabes are the godfathers of the sound, but many more hope to be known in their own right as the best in the burgeoning arena of Lo-fi Hip-Hop.
This year’s Reading Festival is set to be absolutely bonkers. The world’s oldest music festival is back at it again to shake up England in August. The festival will be headlined by The 1975, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, and Twenty One Pilots.
Also headlining are Royal Blood, Blossoms, A Day to Remember, TBC, Mura Masa, and Bastille. The headliners alone could hold a festival all on their own, but there are countless other acts to get excited about. But first, let’s break down the top acts of the festival, who will perform on August 23 – 25, 2019 on Richfield Avenue.
Fresh off 2018’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, the biggest band in the world is naturally rocking their world tour with no signs of slowing down. A new record, Notes on A Conditional Form, is also due soon.
Front man Matty Healy describes the album as a nighttime record with a sound like nothing the band has ever done before. Let’s hope that The 1975 bring their signature charm in August.
This band needs no introduction. The Foo Fighters are still going strong after 25 years in the industry. After 2017’s Concrete and Gold, there’s been talk of a new album in the pipeline from this legendary group.
While nothing’s set yet, it’s safe to say we’re all excited for what’s in store for the Foo Fighters. And we’re all just as ecstatic for the band to shake down Richfield Avenue.
Post Malone had an incredible 2018. The spitfire artist released his sophomore album last year, Beerbongs and Bentleys, and it was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year. The album was also named one of the 50 Best Albums of 2018 by Billboard, Complex, and Uproxx.
To top everything off, Malone’s collaboration with Swae Lee, “Sunflower,” was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. It was for the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Whew, talk about a busy 2018. We hope Post Malone brings the same energy at Reading.
Twenty One Pilots
Certified fan-favorite Twenty One Pilots is a musical duo from Ohio. With a sound that’s difficult to describe but easy to listen to, the band has captivated fans around the world. With 5 releases and counting, Twenty One Pilots is poised to bring the house down at Reading Festival, and they’ll be bringing their followers, dubbed the Skeleton Clique, with them.
The 2019 Reading Festival already looks like it’s going to be a massive success. The other acts performing at the festival include The Wombats, You Me at Six, Lil Uzi Vert, Pale Waves, Joji, Billie Eilish, CHVRCHES, Bowling For Soup, No Rome, and The Japanese House. And many, many, more.
This festival is stacked, to say the least. It will be happening on August 23 – 25, 2019 on Richfield Avenue. Tickets are available now.