Three years ago, Bo Burnham was just another high-schooler recording YouTube videos for fun. Today, Burnham has burst on the comedy scene with a full-length LP, a Comedy Central special, and a deal to write a film for Judd Apatow. Entertainment Weekly recently named Burnham one of the 12 Rising Stars of Comedy. In March, Burnham released his first full length LP, Bo Burnham, which topped Billboard’s New Artist chart and was no. 2 on Billboard’s Comedy chart in its first week.
Drummer Tyler Arnold presents his senior recital, entitled Abstraction. The performance will focus on genres including jazz, hip-hop, folk, and experimental music, and will include original pieces and renditions of music by Joshua Redman, J Dilla, Freddie Hubbard, and others.
The word supergroup is tossed around a lot in instrumental music circles, the result of a seemingly endless supply of efforts to package together individual virtuoso players and make a band out of them. But every once in a while, the group part of that shopworn term becomes authentic and real. Such is the case with the Aristocrats—British guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia); American bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok); and German drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Adrian Belew, Necrophagist)—who defiantly and joyously blow the supergroup stereotype to bits, thrilling audiences and fans around the world in the process.
Japan’s Admiral Yamamoto is famously quoted to have said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant." Surely this thought runs deep in fans of the Aristocrats smash debut album. The band found that recording works best when you can look your bandmates in the eye while thrashing out new tunes. Govan, Beller, and Minnemann did exactly that when each brought three even heavier and more adventurous songs to a Nashville studio last January, resulting in a new album appropriately titled Culture Clash in recognition of their multinational backgrounds. The new disc is due for release in July 2013.
There is little doubt that John McLaughlin's return to the electrified fusion he first innovated more than 40 years ago with his own earth-shattering Mahavishnu Orchestra is as electrifying and exhilarating as ever. Ranked as 49th in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list, McLaughlin has embarked on a new creative venture with the 4th Dimension that reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. Bassist Etienne M'Bappe and keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband join McLaughlin on stage for another unforgettable night of music.
Hadag Nahash has been topping the Israeli music charts for more than ten years. The band’s unique style of music blends hip-hop, funk, jazz, electro, and rock with a touch of Middle Eastern flavor. On stage, Hadag Nddash engulfs its audience in upbeat rhythm, swinging sounds, and funky lyrics, leaving the listeners entranced and swaying along with the groove. As the refrain from its famous song "Lazuz" goes, "Hadag Nahash invites you to move, move, move."