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Watch this parody trailer fuse 'Thor: Ragnarok' with '80s nostalgia

We all know the trademarks of a classic VHS era trailer. Most of them include cheesy voiceovers, accompanied by ridiculously fake special effects, and it is all topped off with some triumphant music.   The Nerdist has taken that nostalgic...Show More Summary

MVD Entertainment Announces The MVD Rewind Collection!

MVD Entertainment – specialists in finding, restoring and re-releasing classic films and music – has announced its Rewind Collection celebrating ‘cult classics and more from the video store’ in special edition Blu-ray + DVD collector’s sets loaded with special features. Show More Summary

Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Classic Rock Now

This weekend saw the launch of the second annual Meadows Music Festival in Queens by Citi Field. Founders Entertainment, the production and promotion company also responsible for the city’s annual Randall’s Island summer bash Governors Ball, has approached the business of adding to New York’s annual festival load very carefully. ... More »

Monday Morning Video – Colin Hay

2 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

It takes a lot – talent and then some – to sustain a nearly 40 year career in the music industry. In a recent performance, Colin Hay illustrated why he is on that list. In fact, I’d argue that he has gotten better. Sure, his classic Men at Work hits are deservedly ubiquitous. Hay didn’t […]

Where Di Leonard Bernstein's Legacy Go?

Bernstein spotlights some of the fault lines running through the American musical establishment, and the centennial makes it clear that, in spite of his example, they haven’t changed all that much. Ironically, the classical music world will be feting Bernstein in part for his role in merging the American vernacular with high-art music, in works […]

Townshend’s ‘Quadrophenia’ is a classical rocker at the Greek Theatre

Even accompanied by a choir and orchestra, the music thundered like rock music and the rhythms and beats were rocking rhythms and beats.

SF Symphony Opening Night Gala Features Yo-Yo Ma, And A Rousing 'Bolero'

The Gala kicked off the orchestra's season on Thursday night, later in the September than usual, and classical music is typically a background to the festivities. [ more › ]

As Classical Music Increasingly Becomes "Post-Genre," Some New Language Is Required

"Post-genre thinking seeks to move away from objective judgment of music towards a subjective reality, where the emphasis is no longer on whether a certain piece fits/does not fit a pre-conceptualized genre “bin.” Instead, the emphasis is on the individual intent of the composer. The individual is quite important to post-genre thinking."

The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Sept. 17-24: Joshua Bell, Los Angeles Master Chorale and more

3 days agoArts : Culture Monster

Beethoven’s Fifth Revealed Pacific Symphony performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 plus the final scene from Wagner’s “Die Walküre” featuring bass-baritone Greer Grimsley. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sun., 3 p.m. $25...

What Would Bach Have Done?

Belle Chen In this guest posting Belle Chen, the Australian-Taiwanese pianist, sound artist, and producer, looks at the interface between classical music and electronics, and wonders what Bach would have done if presented with the possibilities of electronic music. Show More Summary

That Decisive Moment: Robot-Voice Quartet: The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

4 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Simon Rattle, Virgil Thomson and a soprano singing alongside film of herself were among the highlights.

John Carpenter's new music video (and vinyl release) for the "Christine" movie theme

5 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Along with directing such classic films as Escape from New York, Halloween, The Fog, and The Thing, John Carpenter also composed the soundtracks. For those who want a survey of Carpenter's synth stylings, I recommend the new compilation...Show More Summary

A Fyre-Festival-Level Fiasco For Contemporary Classical Music

"For a first-time festival, the Newport Contemporary Music Series boasted a program that might make even Tanglewood blush: a star-studded lineup featuring appearances by Philip Glass, four-time Academy Award winner André Previn, and Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore." It ended up, alas, as what an official with the Boston musicians' union described as […]

Newport Contemporary Music Series Was The Fyre Fest Of Classical Music

Nothing will ever top the beautifully grotesque spectacle of the Fyre Festival, with its FEMA tents and its tragic cheese sandwiches. And it's simply not possible to manufacture a fiasco that terrible in the world of classical music, where people are not willing to go camping to hear some music. But if it's possible for…

The True Stories of 5 Classic Railway Tunes

5 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Railroad trains and music go together like peas and carrots. You know the songs (and if you don't, we have videos), now learn the stories behind five classic railway songs. 1. “I’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD” (YouTube link) Originally, the song was about levees. Show More Summary

The Fyre Festival of Classical Music Just Imploded in Rhode Island

How long has it been since influencers and unassuming, rich music fans descended upon the Bahamas expecting a luxury festival only to be met with the “mass chaos” of Fyre Festival? It looks like the implosion of that fest has been nearly mimicked by a New England classical-music event. Newport ... More »

John Carpenter Hits The Streets For His New Music Video Tribute To Stephen King's Christine

As horror and scifi fans well know, John Carpenter isn't just the director of genre classics like Halloween and Escape from New York -- he's also a killer musician who has created some of the most memorable movie scores ever. With that in mind, he's shot a brand-new video for his theme to 1983's Christine. More »      

Legowelt takes a tour of Roland’s D-05, and more for D-50 fans

Now Roland’s got it right: who better to give a hands-on of that new D-50 reboot (the D-05) than Legowelt, marvelous Dutch musical madman? I’ll say this: the D-50 had way more fans than I realized. Sure, the thing is a synth classic,...Show More Summary

This Desire-Ridden Opera Is Advertising Itself With a Raunchy Medley of Orgasms

Opera. It's an art that's considered old school and high culture. To truly appreciate it, you have to know a thing or two about classical music, or study up on the story and its history. As such, it's a tough sell for younger audiences. But what sells better than sex? To promote the premiere of...

Lana Del Rey’s Video for ‘White Mustang’ Is Pretty Out There

It’s hard to know what to make of the new music video for “White Mustang,” the fifth track from Lana Del Rey’s recent Lust for Life. The song itself, already hazy in classic Lana fashion, has been attached to a series of images that convey a mood more than a ... More »

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