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  • Post your favorite underrated band

    03/30/2018 12:53:21 PM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 538 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 30, 2018 | Self
    I'm feeling like hearing some interesting music that I've never heard before, so I thought I'd start a thread on FReeper's favorite underrated bands. Post several good examples of their music and why you feel they're underrated. Should be fun.
  • Foster the People's Mark Foster talks 'Pumped Up Kicks' and gun violence

    02/17/2018 2:15:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri November 3, 2017 | Deena Zaru
    When Foster the People's anti-gun violence anthem, "Pumped Up Kicks," was released in 2010, it quickly went viral. But not everyone immediately noticed the cautionary tale about gun violence that lead singer Mark Foster relates in the lyrics: "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/ You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun." Although its tone is jubilant and upbeat -- prompting some fans to blast it during celebratory times -- "Pumped Up Kicks" is about a boy named Robert, who fantasizes about shooting up his school. SNIP With emotions raw after Vegas, Foster said that he and...
  • 8 Bands You Didn’t Realize Were Christian

    10/16/2015 7:31:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    BeliefNet ^ | 10/15/2015
    These eight bands may not have the Christian Rock label but biblical themes and their Christian faith are at the root of much of their music. 1. Lenny Kravitz American rock singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz is a devout Christian and his spirituality transcends not only in the spiritual themes of his music but also in his personal life – he committed to remain celibate for years and has a cross tattoo on his back as a reminder of his faith. Did you know Kravitz’s song “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” is about Jesus? 2. U2 From the Bono led Irish...
  • 11 bands better than The Beatles?

    02/07/2014 10:54:23 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 234 replies ^ | February 07, 2014 | By Mike Mettler
    It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles landed in America for the first time. Could any other group ever hope to top the talents of these beloved moptops? Well ...Yeah, yeah, yeah! Check out 11 bands that I think took the Fab Four’s pop revolution and made it even better, way beyond compare
  • Manfred Mann: 'Down the Road a Piece' - 1964

    01/16/2013 1:36:29 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 17 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Down the Road a Piece is a boogie-woogie-style jam written by Don Raye. In 1940, a version was put to vinyl by the Will Bradley Trio that went on to be a Top Ten hit in the US. The song was subsequently recorded by a variety of jazz, blues, and rock artists. British band Manfred Mann -a beat/R-n-B group- released their cover version of it in 1964, on the album 'The Five Faces of Manfred Mann', a critically-acclaimed record that has been called "one of the great blues-based British invasion albums; it's a hot, rocking record that benefits from some virtuoso...
  • 1st Brigade Band tunes up for new generation

    05/03/2012 6:23:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-2-12 | Meg Jones
    Watertown - Back when "The Star Spangled Banner" was simply a patriotic song, when community bands marched off to war together and drummer boys died on battlefields still clutching their drumsticks, a group of young men from a small Wisconsin town played the soundtrack of the Civil War. They left behind no recordings. But their music can still be heard. Through the efforts of another hearty band, the tradition of young musicians whose patriotic fervor spurred them to join the Union Army and leave behind their families continues in Wisconsin. The 1st Brigade Band is a group of around 100...
  • Football, Cheerleaders and the Band Played Dixie

    08/26/2011 3:27:34 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 37 replies
    Huntington News ^ | AUgust 25, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    On April 14, 1865, after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, President Abraham Lincoln said: “Now Let the Band Play Dixie; it belongs neither to the South, nor to the North but to us all."
  • I'm with the band: Rock's most famous groupies tell all for VH1 documentary 'Let’s Spend the Night..

    12/17/2010 2:04:53 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 40 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Gerrick D. Kennedy
    ...Adapted from Pamela Des Barres' bestselling book... the doc follows Des Barres... as she travels across the country reconnecting and reminiscing with the women who lived up to their reputations. ...“Rock 'n’ roll is art, but it also means sex, so it’s just the perfect combination -- especially for the young teenage girl. I remember when Mick Jagger lit me up when I was 15, and I thought, 'OK, I want some of that.' [But] our relationship was purely sexual.” Des Barres was motivated to log her experiences, and those of her pals, because she felt the word "groupie" had...
  • Vast number of military bands may not be music to Gates's ears

    08/23/2010 9:09:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Washington Post, ^ | 8/23/10 | Walter Pincus
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates frequently makes the point that Congress funds Defense Department personnel far more easily than it does State Department employees. "There are about 6,000 FSOs," or Foreign Service officers, he told an audience in San Francisco this month. He drew laughter when he added that former secretary of state "Condi Rice used to say, 'We have more people in military bands than they have in the Foreign Service.' She was not far wrong." Well, maybe Gates should take a closer look at those military bands during his campaign to trim defense spending. My interest was triggered...
  • 2 more bands skip Arizona over SB1070

    06/29/2010 10:15:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 89 replies · 2+ views
    The chorus of artists against Arizona continues to widen because of the state's upcoming immigration law. The Sound Strike announced on its Web site that Nine Inch Nails and Maroon 5 are the latest acts to skip Arizona in response to the passage of SB 1070. The Sound Strike says a boycott is the most effective form of noncompliance with a law that threatens the civil and human rights of everyday people living within the state. The group says it has become clear that to perform in Arizona, with this divisive and unjust law on the books, is no longer...
  • Hometown soldiers have a battle of the bands in Iraq

    06/05/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 113+ views ^ | 06/05/2010 | Staff
    Just hours prior to his death, Sarah Palin, extended her get well wishes to one of her personal heroes: former UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away last night at the age of 99.
  • Classic pop bands unite to tour, create hits

    05/23/2009 7:59:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 54 replies · 968+ views
    cnn ^ | Ed Payne
    There's a bit of a trend brewing this summer concert season -- put together a couple of big-name acts for a nationwide tour, then record a song together to promote the event. Members of Styx, REO Speedwagon and Journey in 2003. Styx and REO have teamed up for a song and tour. Members of Styx, REO Speedwagon and Journey in 2003. Styx and REO have teamed up for a song and tour. It started with classic rockers REO Speedwagon and Styx, with their "Can't Stop Rockin' " tour and single of the same name. Now Chicago and Earth, Wind &...
  • Quintets From Army Band, Russian Orchestra Perform Royal Music

    03/20/2009 4:39:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 247+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2009 – As a group of leading diplomats, military officials and scholars made its way into the Russian Embassy here March 17, none of them quite knew what to expect. They had been invited to see a joint performance by brass quintets from the U.S. Army Band and the Russian National Orchestra. The U.S. Army Band's brass quintet performs for a group of leading diplomats, military officials and scholars at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., March 17, 2009. They were joined by the brass quintet from the Russian National Orchestra. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for...
  • What would be great entertainment at the RNC in Minneapolis?

    05/07/2008 1:40:50 PM PDT · by cold666pack · 73 replies · 179+ views
    05/07/08 | Cold666pack
    A colleague of mine and I were discussing great groups that would be ideal for entertaining at the Republican National Convention, and I thought why not see if any of the many brilliant freepers might have a bit of wisdom in this matter. I'm a little older so not too up on all that hip music the kids are listening to, but some good ideas were: 3 Doors Down Switchfoot Sara Evans and my favorite: Hall & Oates (I told you I was old) I appreciate any constructive ideas. Thanks in advance. C6P
  • Our MTV Unplugged Poll: Which Show Was The Best? What Band or Person Performed?

    11/02/2006 11:04:38 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 21 replies · 947+ views
    Free Republic ^ | November 2, 2006 | Vanity
    We had an extended debate at the office today....what was the best "MTv Unplugged" performance? Me? Hands down....Alice in Chains! Before any reasons are discussed ..... I was curious as to anyone else's opinions or preferences on the topic?
  • Teens Save Classic Rock

    02/19/2006 9:24:23 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 54 replies · 793+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | Feb. 9, 06 | Brian Hiatt
    Like countless parents before him, Steven Tyler is shocked at the music that's been blaring out of his fifteen-year-old son's bedroom lately. But the Aerosmith frontman can hardly disapprove. "I walk by at night and my son is listening to Zeppelin stuff, like 'Black Dog,'" Tyler says. "He's turned all his friends on to Cream, and they're all into [Aerosmith's] Toys in the Attic. I told him, 'I can't believe you're listening to this.'" Though classic rock is in no danger of edging out emo and hip-hop on most teenagers' playlists, a growing number of kids are also making room...
  • Rivers Cuomo Still Celibate (Weezer Frontman)

    12/20/2005 3:55:00 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 35 replies · 783+ views
    WEGR - Rock 103 ^ | December 19, 2005 | Staff
    "It's been two and a-half years now. The vow is over, but I wanted to keep cruising." Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has vowed to remain celibate, even though he has beaten his original goal to not have sex for two years. The rocker, 35, found celibacy helped his songwriting skills and vowed to give up sex as he wrote Weezer's current album 'Make Believe.' The singer has now spent 30 months without intimacy, and insists it's becoming easier to resist temptation. He tells Blender magazine, "It's been two and a-half years now. The vow is over, but I wanted to...
  • Sony BMG to 'Manufacture' a 'Classical Crossover Band'

    09/27/2005 8:36:10 AM PDT · by sitetest · 45 replies · 601+ views
    UPI via Andante ^ | September 26, 2005 | No byline
    LONDON, September 25, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) — Sony BMG is looking to recruit choristers for Britain's first "manufactured" classical music band. An ad in The Stage newspaper reads: "Are you the next Aled Jones or Charlotte Church? One of the U.K.'s biggest record labels is looking for boys and girls aged 10–14 with the most exciting voices in the U.K. to form the next classical crossover band." Auditions are set for Birmingham and Manchester, England; Glasgow, Scotland; and Cardiff, Wales, reported The Sunday Telegraph. "I think the classical crossover genre has a longer history than people realize," said Michael...
  • *Names for Bands*

    12/04/2001 7:18:52 PM PST · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 238 replies · 1,361+ views
    my brain ^ | now | me
    I am tired of lame band names like Pearl Jam, Night Ranger, and The L.A. Guns (among others.) In College, My friend Phil and I came up with a list of better band names. Here for the first time on the freerepublic is our list of band names. THE TIPPER GORE DREAM BAND CULTURE GONE WRONG THE RENO RANGERS KENNY G IS DEAD EVEN SERIAL KILLERS GET THE BLUES THAT FUNKY CADEVAR EAPENCIDE NPR SLUT FISHHEAD CHEESE MY DYSLEXIC SLAP SILBER SURFER BETRAYL OF THE FLESH SPIDER DROOL GAY RAMBO FRIENDLY FIRE YOU'RE FIRED THE AL SHARPTON EXPERIENCE COBAIN'S BRAINS ...
  • First OSU Band Member To 'Dot The I' Dies (The Incomparable Script Ohio)

    04/25/2005 6:23:00 PM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 11 replies · 1,071+ views
    WCMH-TV Columbus, Ohio ^ | April 25, 2005
    COSHOCTON, Ohio -- John Brungart, the first person to ever "dot the i" in the Ohio State marching band's trademark Script Ohio, died Saturday. He was 89. Doris Brungart said her husband died of pneumonia. The couple lived in Coshocton and John Brungart died at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. The Ohio State band first performed its cursive spelling of the state at halftime of a 1936 game against Indiana. Brungart played trumpet and was selected to "dot the i" which entails breaking free from the single-file marching column from the top of the second "o" to the supply a human...