Blog #353, MUSE

WARDEN TRACKS:  Over the past decade or so, the face of popular music has undergone some serious plastic surgery… TAYLOR SWIFT has morphed from the Queen of Country into a Pop Superstar/business mogul, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has made a major move into the mainstream consciousness, and Rock has seen a steady decline, though it will never die!  One band that has been seemingly immune to the decrease in Rock’s popularity, and whose stock has been rapidly rising, is MUSE.  And with good reason… Muse has pulled off the near-impossible task of making a “better” album with almost every release, and in an era when Rock is not as massive as it used to be, that’s a huge accomplishment.  They’re also favourites of fans & critics alike, their live show is absolutely stunning, especially when you consider Muse is a trio, and last but not least, they really, really Rock.  Muse has won numerous prestigious awards & accolades – and it’s no mystery why – their music is powerful.  With a library that includes seven studio albums, it’s hard to choose a track from a band with such mega-hits as “Madness,” “Starlight,” and “Supermassive Black Hole,” so I’m sharing a tune this weekend that’s stood the test of time with me.  From their third studio album, 2003’s “Absolution,” hit the following link for what I think may be one of Muse’s finest, pure Rock songs, “HYSTERIA.”  If you ever have a chance to see them in concert, don’t pass it up, they’re incredible.
BY THE NUMBERS:  4 Simple tips to help your body boost its detox (Time.com)…  5 Outrageous predictions for the next season if you dig Premiere League soccer (TheScore.com)…  7 Highly regarded “Transformational Festivals” from around the globe (RollingStone.com)…  10 Crazy, not-well-known facts about the iconic BRUCE LEE (Maxim.com)…  15 Albums you might want to check out this Summer (GearPatrol.com)…  15 Crazy covers of songs originally done by punk legends, THE MISFITS (RollingStone.com)…  16 Twitter feeds to follow if you’d like to increase your brainpower (HootSuite.com)…  25 Bands who could – and maybe should – be in the R&R HALL OF FAME (Diffuser.fm)…  49 Golf bags from PGA Tour Pros at this year’s Players Championship (Golf.com)…  300 Years since Britain’s last BEARD TAX, but it may return (AtlasObscura.com)
OTHER LINKS:  FORT McMURRAY, please donate here if you’re able, #AlbertaStrong (TheBearRocks.com)…  MUSIC & IDENTITY, what the tunes you turn up tell about your personality (Time.com)…  New documentary about OASIS to be titled “Supersonic” (NME.com)…  One of the classic guitars from PRINCE up for bids next month in California auction (Billboard.com)…  Anthony Kiedis of RHCP hospitalized, track listing for “The Getaway” released (NME.com)…  ROB ZOMBIE taking flack for his support of massive Japanese act BABYMETAL (NME.com)…  ST. LOUIS BLUES Rally to become “Canada’s NHL playoff team,” #OilersForever (CBC.ca)…  Every studio record by WEEZER ranked from “not so best” to Best (Diffuser.fm)
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FUN, FESTIVALS, FOOLERY: Lobsterfest at Shaw Conference Centre (May 29)…  Royal Canadian Circus Spectac! 2016 at Edmonton Northlands (June 10 – June 12)…  K-Days at Edmonton Northlands (July 22 – July 31)…  William HAWRELAK PARK in the beautiful #YEG River Valley (year round)…  World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall…  For an in-depth look at LIVE MUSIC throughout Alberta, go here, and for all sorts of stuff happening in the Edmonton area, go here or here!
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