(But I Don't)
Though largely overshadowed by such moments as Nicki Minaj’s callout of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift, and Cyrus’s batsh*t, trippy performance with Wayne Coyne, Justin Bieber’s live medley of “Where Are Ü/What Do You Mean?” brought out the “wow” when he apparently broke down crying following his set. It was yet another noteworthy moment at Sunday’s MTV VMAs. I have to admit, “Where Are Ü” is pretty catchy, but he lost me at “What Do You Mean?”
Mind you, the bridge in the song is a spoken word piece of sophomoric philosophizing, which I have transcribed below and made into an inspirational quote you’d see on Pinterest because it has all the emotional depth of a kumquat. (Actually, now that I really think about it, maybe that whole spoken word thing is perfectly in line with the name of the song.)
We all know these people, the superfans. The ultimate band enthusiasts who follow their favorite groups on tour or see them as many times as humanly possible on the rare occasion they hit the road, willing to mortgage houses and max out credit cards because each show might be The Show. (And if you ask them, each show IS The Show. “You shoulda been there, maaaan.”) Now, these superfans also tend to have a strange and obnoxious shared habit of, how shall I say, overly familiar address of their chosen icon. That is, they call their favorite musicians by their first names.
Since I’ve already written about my long-time love for The Band, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am also a Van Morrison fan. Today marks the singer’s 70th birthday, and as his prerogative, he will celebrate his milestone with a live show. This year, he’s performing two concerts in his hometown of Belfast, Ireland.
The picturesque and tree-lined Cyprus Avenue that lent its name to one of his most beloved songs will be transformed into an intimate venue for two shows with just enough elbow room for the most devoted fans. Catering to his worldwide fandom who many not have been able to secure tickets, BBC Radio Ulster will broadcast one of the shows this afternoon, while a recording will be shown on TV in the next few days.
The End of One Direction?
Last week, the wildly popular boy band, One Direction announced they will begin an extended hiatus next March after the release of their fifth studio album. Although this is only rumored to be a “hiatus,” everyone (who cares about the band) is left to speculate if the four will ever reconcile. The hiatus, which will last for at least a year will give the group’s remaining members some rest and will allow them to work on their solo careers. The break also means there will be no tour in support of their upcoming album, so you better see them in concert while you have the chance!
For those who do not know, TicketNetwork is headquartered in central Connecticut, just a few miles outside of Hartford - aka the future home of a new minor league baseball team, the Hartford Yard Goats. If you live around here, you know that the new team nickname hasn’t exactly been met with glowing reviews.
Well, all you negative people out there, I have some news for you - Yard Goats is a fantastic nickname!
Why? It's minor league baseball. Teams around the country have ridiculous nicknames, which ultimately helps with marketing their teams. Take the Yard Goats as an example; following the announcement, people across the country were talking about the team thanks to Twitter mentions from places like ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Now, Yard Goats merchandise is a hot-seller and people are genuinely interested in games next year.
And like I said, the Yard Goats are not the only team who has used awesomely strange nicknames. Here are my favorites:
Affiliation: Short-Season Class-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins
I neither know where Batavia is located, nor what a Muckdog is, but who cares!