Happy Music Independence Day!
by Madelyn Dutt
Here at Altavoz, we love when the Majors support us Indies, and that is exactly what MTV, VH1, and CMT are doing for the 4th of July! From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, the three music networks are celebrating “Music Independence Day” with special programming highlighting emerging independent artists. Click here to learn more about each network’s plans and be sure to tune in over the holiday! Who knows, you just might be introduced to your new favorite musician!
Always Expect the Unexpected from Weird Al Yankovic
by Sarah Grin
Remember that time when you weren’t considered cool unless you listened to Weird Al Yankovic’s “Fat” or “White and Nerdy”?
Well it’s time to reintroduce Weird Al with lots of new material…But it’s not what you’re thinking. There aren’t any parodies of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” although there really ought to be one.
Weird Al is now on tour promoting his new children’s book, “My New Teacher and Me!” If it’s anything like his songs, this book should be quite interesting.
The book takes a turn into fantasyland, where you can find blueberry muffin trees, dinosaur heads, and two-headed goats, OH MY!
But before reading the book, here is a few precautions because you just never know what your kid might try to do:
- Make sure your child doesn’t start planting muffins in your backyard
- Or dig a path to the Great Wall of China and run into a skeleton of some kind
- Or any other sort of ridiculous attempt at being like the boy in the book.
Concert Review: Welcome To Forever Tour
By Ellen Gillingham
Logic came home for his Welcome to Forever Tour at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. From the moment Logic took the stage, the concert was one big party, unified by a love for Maryland and the DMV. He was very interactive with the crowd, and seemed so happy that everyone was there to see him perform. He recalled personal experiences at the venue as a fan, wishing that the artist would just look at him.
Logic released his mixtape, “Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever,” celebrating his freshman status in Hip-Hop. The Maryland rapper remains true to his past and beliefs above all. Since his debut on the cover of XXL, Logic has a newfound confidence. You can hear this in his tracks. His style has switched flows and he delves into new styles.
Logic’s lyrical skill that initially gave him well-deserved attention is obvious in tracks like “Roll Call.” The beat comes from Outcast’s hit, “Ms. Jackson” and includes lines like, “Fighting for credibility from the lack of blacker skin/
It’s kind of funny how your pigment determines how people perceive you/ That’s ignant/.”
Logic has the talent to out-rap masses. With his new status, Logic has to prove himself against his freshman peers. With his style, he shows up in the industry with Welcome to Forever, Logic proves that he can perform extraordinarily.
The celebration started with local artist Lyriciss, special guest QuESt, Skizzy Mars, and Castro! The great emcees and djs had incredible crowd control and inspiration. The performers fit into the musical picture, representing Maryland and engaging fans.
A definite AltaFave, The Fillmore Silver Spring was recognized by Billboard recently by making the trade magazine’s list of “Top 25 Hottest Clubs.” It was the perfect location for Logic’s hometown visit on his national tour.