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POP INTERVIEW: Josh Caterer “Smokes” Up the Music Scene

Josh Caterer tahas built a life around his passion.

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Josh Caterer“I love old movies. I work full time as a worship leader at my church. My daughter and I have the same birthday. I hate cats.” All little known facts about Josh Caterer, the singer and guitarist of the Chicago punk band Smoking Popes.

“Several years ago, my wife and I went to see Willie Nelson in concert at the House of Blues in Chicago. After the show, we went around to the back of the venue and waited by his bus for him to come out and greet people. When he finally did come out, we got to meet him, and I said to him, ‘You’re my musical hero,” and he said ‘Thank you,’ and then I burst into tears and walked away,” he said over e-mail of his favorite singers. “I love so many different kinds of music, it’s hard for me to pinpoint specific artists who influence me more than others. But I am constantly inspired by the following people: Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Judy Garland, and George Gershwin.”

“The sound of my Christmas EP is different from anything else I’ve done. I’ve never played all the instruments on a recording before. There’s a brightness to these recordings that is new to my music. I usually write songs alone. I write the music first and then the lyrics. It takes me about two weeks to write a song. When recording, we usually track the drums first, then guitars and bass, maybe keyboards, and finally vocals. When I was younger, I wrote mostly about my own relationships with girls I was dating. That’s what I was thinking about all the time so it’s all I could write about. As I got older, I started writing about other things, and I even started creating other characters and writing from their point of view. I think it’s because I find myself less interesting as time goes on. I started playing piano when I was 6, switched to bass when I was 9, guitar when I was 10, and wrote my first song when I was 11. There’s nothing else I’ve ever wanted to do with my life, so being in a band was really the only choice for me.”

For more information, visit the band’s website at SmokingPopes.net.

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Beyonce’s New Single May Earn Her An Oscar

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Take Beyonce’s beautiful new track – a tribute to Africa from The Lion King and throw in a pretty impressive history of Disney Best Original Song wins, and Queen Bey could be one step closer to an EGOT.

Beyonce has come close to an Oscar before for her song “Listen” from the movie musical “Dreamgirls.” The song was a powerful, heartfelt one. But the song “Spirit,” is an even more powerful anthem.

Disney’s previous Best Original Song wins include “A Whole New World,” from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea,” and Frozen’s “Let it Go.”

The music video for Spirit just dropped, and it – and Beyonce herself – is stunning.

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Watch Taylor Swift’s Music Video For Her New Single, ME!

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Taylor’s back, and she’s got another hit on her hands!

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Lizzo Is An Icon In The Making – And Here’s Why

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Mirror, mirror on the wall don’t say it ‘cause we know Lizzo cute. And by cute I mean extremely talented, gorgeous and totally inspiring!

A few months ago I was watching The Ellen Degeneres Show when I witnessed one of the most fun, exciting and awe-inspiring performances I’ve ever seen. Lizzo popped onto the screen in a sparkly, pink getup and began singing what would become her big hit song, “Juice,” – I was immediately hooked (more like obsessed). During this performance she also jammed out on her flute alongside her plus-sized backup dancers and suddenly I knew I had been changed forever. I did some more research on the rapper/singer and found out I had been sleeping on this gem! Lizzo has been doing bad all by her damn self for years, having already released two albums in the past. I am suddenly mad at every single person who neglected to tell me to jump on the Lizzo train sooner! If you’re like me and need a bit of catch up, I’m going to break down exactly why you need to know this icon in the making.

You can throw a stone in any direction and hit a triple threat nowadays. Lizzo’s brings talents we have yet to see in the mainstream music industry.

If singing, rapping and dancing make Lizzo a triple threat, what does flute playing making her?!? A STAR THAT’S WHAT! Lizzo has displayed her abilities as a talented flautist, which is not an instrument you would necessarily think of in conjunction with the rap genre making this talent all the more extraordinary. Lizzo even used her flauting skills to compete (and defeat IMO) with Ron Burgundy. Not Will Ferrell, but Ron Burgundy.

Oh, and she can also twerk while playing the flute. 

As if playing the flute wasn’t impressive enough, Lizzo can also twerk while playing. I really hope some high school kid is deciding to take band just so he/she can flutwerk their way around campus like their fav flautist, Lizzo.

Lizzo uses her platform to inspire and raise up everyone around her.

Lizzo uses her voice for more than just creating fire music, ya know. She uses her platform to defend the belief that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Her Twitter is filled with positivity and strong messages about acceptance.

 

Uhm…she’s straight up gorgeous. 

We cant forget to mention that Lizzo is a straight up beauty queen. She is known to switch up her look but I’ve never seen a bad pic of this queen. To solidify my point, she is now officially the first, plus sized black woman to be featured in Playboy magazine!

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Move over Avenger’s, Lizzo has been in a comic book too!

Ok indulge the nerd in me on this one…Lizzo was even featured in a comic book!!! That’s right, she has become so influential that even Marvel comics wanted a piece of the Lizzo-pie. Check out this shout-out in Unstoppable Wasp #4!

 

So now that you have become as obsessed as I have, you are probably wondering how you can get even more Lizzo in your life. Well lucky for you, her new album dropped TODAY! Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, is available anywhere you listen to music and let me tell you, YOU WILL LOVE IT. The album is varied and showcases all of Lizzo’s incredible range with some songs being upbeat and funky, and others being slowed down and heart wrenching. For a taste of what to expect, click below to listen to the title track of the album. If the new album still doesn’t satisfy the hunger for more Lizzo, she’s also on tour! You can click here for more info on tour dates.

Oh Lizzo…you are most definitely 100% that bitch.  

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