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Movie Review-Dueling Mumford and Sons Concert Doc’s are a Vibrant, and Colorful Exploration of The Band and Their Friends

Two filmmakers took a very different direction in two separate concert documentaries airing on Showtime.

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MumfordConcert Documentaries are normally rather simple, a few cameras, a few cool angles, colorful shots and point the camera at the band as they sing a set of their songs. Two filmmakers took a very different direction in two separate concert documentaries airing on Showtime.

Both doc’s chronicled two separate tours for the recent Grammy award winning band Mumford and Sons. The first was entitled MUMFORD AND SONS: THE ROAD TO RED ROCKS. The documentary chronicled the band’s Gentleman Of The Road tour which took them to not so popular spots in the US to play shows with a group of bands. It also chronicles the band’s most important US show, which was at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. The directors and the band give an exclusive backstage pass with even more exclusive performances and interviews with band members. RED ROCKS chronicles a band that for all intensive purposes just seems happy to be here and overjoyed to be playing big concerts in front of thousands of screaming fans.

The other documentary is THE BIG EASY EXPRESS, A one hour look into the bands Railroad Revival Tour. It takes viewers along on a tour they did with Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. It’s a 2 week or so long trip taking a train from San Francisco to New Orleans, stopping to play music at a number of venues along the way. The movie is less about the band’s final stop in New Orleans and more about the overwhelming trip they took to get there.

Where Director Emmett Malloy gets his creative power is from the film’s stars. The interviews are fun and insightful and the images for fans are a dream come true. We have all wondered what it would be like on the tour bus of your favorite band… now imagine three amazingly original bands on one big oversized bus jamming out for hours at a time.

Among the memorable moments- members of all three bands greeting fans with a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This train is bound for glory” while stopped in Texas with help from the other bands. Seeing creative covers of each others songs, you get a feeling of wonder, a thought creeping into the back of your mind that you are simply watching one of the coolest jam sessions in music history, and it’s occurring right in front of you. There is also a feeling of love that all three bands have for each other, a love of their fans, and love for each other’s music that makes you smile and sing along.

While the Mumford’s popularity is ever growing, after personally seeing the band in concert recently, you understand they are not only selling out arenas they are quite possibly the most popular band in their genre. They seem to do everything with such passion – as if there is no place in the world these guys would rather be than right where they are, playing their music. If you have 2 hours to spend, you are more then welcome to board THE BIG EASY EXPRESS, and take the ROAD TO RED ROCKS. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

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Kygo and Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” Video is Full of 80’s Fun

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An eighties inspired dance number, a gorgeous ensemble, and the incomparable Whitney Houston come together for a fun flashback in the new video!

Houston had often performed Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” during her concert tour, and recorded the song thirty years ago. This summer, a new version re-mixed by Kygo hit the top of the dance charts.

The video stars Vanessa Morgan and Mason Cutler, both of whom are absolutely stunning to look at. See for yourself!

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Compare and Decide: A Jury Decided Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Copied Flame’s Song “Joyful Noise.” Do You Agree?

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Katy Perry’s got a Grammy nomination for her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.” But a jury says the tune lifted a riff from a Christian rapper’s 2009 song “Joyful Noise.”

There’s little doubt there is a part of the song that is similar in both tunes. The question is, how much will it cost Perry’s camp. The jury was unanimous that there was some ample borrowing going on. (I’m paraphrasing.) And ultimately decided that Perry and her collaborators should pay him $2.78 million.

For your consideration, the two songs are below. Listen to at least a minute of both. You’ll hear the part they’re talking about.

The price of that little riff could be a high one. Last year, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay nearly $5 million to Marvin Gaye’s family over similarities in their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”

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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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