New Music Mix: Gaga Tickets, Chris Willis, David Archuleta and More!

Hey guys, so today is my first time writing as the new “Music Review Guy” for AfterElton.com. For those who don’t know who I am, you may have caught an episode or two from my time on this little known show on MTV called The Real World: Denver.

But that’s not why I’m here! The reason I’m here today is because of my long-standing, (some might say obsessive-compulsive) passion for finding new and great music and sharing it with my friends.

My uncle is the manager for Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith and another uncle is a song writer for artists like Wynona Judd and Sixpence None the Richer. Pretty much everyone in my family can play an instrument and I’ve put my musical passion into discovering and sharing amazing artists with those I love.

So here I am today to begin a journey with you guys. I hope you enjoy the bands and talented singers that I share with you bi-weekly (chuckle) from here on out. So basically around the same time that you’re getting paid each month, I’ll be posting a new blog. So be sure to read it!

I’ll be giving you the heads up on some tours that you have to check out, some excellent singles and albums worth taking a listen to, some poignant interviews by artists worth getting to know a little better, and some must-see music videos!

So let’s get started.

TOUR NEWS


I’m sure you’re well aware that Lady Gaga has added North American dates to her already legendary Monster Ball Tour in 2011. I’ve got my ticket in February!

She’s opening with the Scissor Sisters, whose latest album Night Work is quite great if you haven’t already heard. I particularly like Stuart Price’s take on “Invisible Light.”

I had the opportunity to see Gaga in Chicago this summer at Lollapalooza, and the only way to describe it is spiritual. The show is great because of a combination of songs you already know and love enhanced tremendously by slick remixes and an amazing stage performance with basically every wacky outfit you’ve ever seen her in. 

Oh and the “little monsters” in the audience are like no other fans I’ve seen before. It definitely makes for great people watching at the least.

So get your tickets here.

After the success of her “All Hearts” tour with Kelis this summer, Swedish “pop-princess” Robyn has set out again across the United States on a brand new tour just in time for the release of her second of three 2010 albums, Body Talk Pt2.

After selling out Chicago’s Metro Arena in only 4 hours, I’ve conveniently decided to make a trip home to Atlanta to see her show in November. Shh, don’t tell my folks the real reason I’m in town!

I was able to catch her at Pitchfork Music Festival over the summer, and boy does she put on an awesome show! Backed by talented DJ’s, this pint-size diva gets the party started no matter whether you’re in an indoor venue or out on a massive field. Everyone is dancing to her dancehall beats. She has the best energy and is so cute on stage. I so wish her performance at the VMA’s this year was a tad longer.

Check out Robyn’s tour dates here. 

INTERVIEWS


I can remember clearly the first time I heard Chris Willis’voice. It was 2005 and I was in Paris, France going to my first gay club – Queen, on the Champs Elysees.

There were loads of half-naked men dancing on podiums and some of the best music I had ever heard. One song in particular stood out that night – the David Guetta produced track “Love Is Gone.”

This year Chris Willis again teamed up with Guetta on the Fergie/LMFAO collaboration “Getting Over You.” This article from Gay & Lesbian Times takes a neat look at how this openly gay former gospel singer first met Guetta and why he’s determined (and proven) to not be a one-hit wonder.

 

Here’s an interesting look at what goes on behind-the-scenes for the creation of a Kylie Minogue video. Time and again, her videos are wildly creative, uber-sexual, and filled with gorgeous men. Need I say more? The video for “Get Outta My Way,” my personal favorite track on her summer album Aphrodite, is no different. Enjoy the creative process below.

Behind the Scenes on Kylie Minogue’s "Get Outta My Way" Video 

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