Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner who donates heavily to Jewish causes, funded an advertisement that ran during Sunday’s NFL matchup between the Patriots and the New York Jets urging NFL fans to “stand up against Jewish hate.”
The ad aired during a weekend in which NBA star Kyrie Irving shared a link to an antisemitic movie online and the message “Kanye is right about the jews” was projected at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, during a college football game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.
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“There are less than 8 million Jewish people in this country. Fewer than are watching this game,” read Kraft’s 30-second ad, which featured simple white text on a black background, set to ambient music. “They need you to add your voice.” It was produced jointly by the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism and Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s foundation.
“We must do more to make people aware that antisemitism is a growing threat against Jews on social media and in communities across the country,” Kraft said in a statement. “I have committed tremendous resources toward this effort and am vowing to do more. I encourage others to join in these efforts. My hope is this commercial will continue to enhance the national conversation about the need to speak out against hatred of all types, and particularly to stand up to Jewish hate.”
Kraft, whose estimated net worth is $10.6 billion, has donated millions of dollars to a variety of Jewish causes over the years — including Israel and numerous Jewish institutions and programs in Boston, where his late wife Myra was a longtime leader at the Jewish federation.
The ad follows the recent controversy surrounding rapper Kanye West, whose ongoing antisemitic tirades led to the termination of his highly lucrative contract with Adidas.
The Jacksonville stunt was just one of a handful of antisemitic incidents in the city this weekend, where the same message was displayed on another building and banners reading “End Jewish Supremacy in America” and “Honk if you know it’s the Jews” were displayed on Interstate 10. It is unclear how the Kanye statement was projected across the exterior of the Jacksonville stadium.
The University of Florida and the University of Georgia released a joint statement condemning the incident on Saturday.
“We strongly condemn the antisemitic hate speech projected outside TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville after the Florida-Georgia football game Saturday night and the other antisemitic messages that have appeared in Jacksonville,” the universities said. “The University of Florida and the University of Georgia together denounce these and all acts of antisemitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance. We are proud to be home to strong and thriving Jewish communities at UGA and UF and we stand together against hate.”
Lee University’s School of Music will present Chamber Music Showcase on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4:15 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall. The event will be co-directed by Dr. Gloria Chien, artist-in-residence at Lee, and Dr. ChoEun Lee, assistant professor of collaborative piano and vocal coaching at Lee.
“We are very excited to share a delightful program of chamber music with the Cleveland community and Lee family,” said Dr. Lee.
The showcase will include a diverse combination of instruments, from flute-marimba duo, horn-voice-piano trio to saxophone-voice-piano trio, as well as repertoires sung in German, French, and Russian. The concert will feature works by Nathan Daughtrey, Joaquín Nin, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, among others.
Student instrumentalists include Laurie Alltop, flute; Allison Dupree, piano; Lynnae Eades, piano; Madeline Fowler, marimba; Sydney Gobble, horn; Jose Hairston, alto saxophone; and Ye Eun Kim, piano.
Student vocalists include Sophia McCosh, mezzo-soprano; Amanda Phillips, mezzo-soprano; Anaka Schmitt, mezzo-soprano; and Alleigh Watson, mezzo-soprano.
Lee University’s School of Music’s chamber music program focuses on classical music performed by small ensembles. The participating students audition and are placed into duos, trios, or other groupings. Throughout the semester, these ensembles meet with faculty members from Lee’s School of Music each week for coaching and critique. The Chamber Music Showcase highlights the achievements the chamber ensembles have made throughout the semester.
Dr. Chien is the co-artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, as well as the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, along with her husband, violinist Soovin Kim. In the fall of 2009, she launched String Theory at The Hunter, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, as its founder and artistic director. For the last decade, Dr. Chien was the director of the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo. She frequently appears with the Chamber Music Society and is a Steinway Artist.
Faculty at Lee since 2016, ChoEun has given numerous performances across the world in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood Music Center), and Harris Concert Hall (Aspen Music Festival). She was twice invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival and was named a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize. She has been invited as a repetitor to the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and most recently, she world-premiered a co-commissioned vocal chamber music for soprano, saxophone, and piano by Lori Laitman in the National Opera Center in New York City.
This free concert is non-ticketed and open to the public.
Livestream viewing will be available at leeu.live/.
For more information about this performance or upcoming events, contact the School of Music at 614-8240, or visit leeumusicconnect.com.
The CMAs Nominees have been announced and folks, nothing makes us more excited for the holiday season than the anticipation of who will win these highly coveted categories. We will be able to tune in on Wednesday, November 9th to watch hosts Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan bring the fun to the 56th Annual CMA Awards!
It is always so fun to see who is nominated for what, and who walks away with the most nominations at the end of the day. This year we were thrilled to see first-time nominee Lainey Wilson nominated for six separate awards – Album of the Year (Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’), Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year (“Never Say Never”), Musical Event of the Year (“Never Say Never”), New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Things A Man Oughta Know”).
Take a look at all of the nominees for the 56th Annual CMA Awards and check out our predicted winners in bold:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer
“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan Producer: Paul DiGiovanni Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley
“half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney) Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
“’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson Producer: Trent Willmon Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke
“You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Mix Engineer: Vance Powell
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
Growin’ Up – Luke Combs Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel guitar
Brent Mason, Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo
Derek Wells, Guitar
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s)
“I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) – Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton) Director: Blake Lively
“Longneck Way To Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) Director: Harper Smith
“Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) Director: Michael Monaco
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde Director: Alexa Campbell
“’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson Director: Dustin Haney
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Don’t miss The 56th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning LIVE from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00 – 11:00 PM/EST) on ABC.
How did we do? Do you think we nailed these predictions? Last year, we were way off, so go easy on us with our predictions this year! We are so excited to tune into this exciting event – are you tuning in? Tweet us your opinions here, keep us with country music memes on Instagram here, and keep up with the latest country music news on our Facebook here!
I would like to contribute to FFF (Fridays for Future) in my own way: by sharing one concrete action per week that YOU can do, and which I am trying to do, for combating climate change.
FFF week 10: Consume less
WHY: Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when, according to calculations, people’s consumption exceeds the Earth’s biocapacity, or the capacity to generate renewable resources and process the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. Finland already passed its own Overshoot Day last Saturday on 10th of April, which means if all people in the world would consume like people in Finland, we would need about four planet earths. It is estimated that when the corona crisis eases people will spend all the money they have saved while being at home, on shopping, which might be “great for the economy” but is terrible for our planet!
WHAT CAN I DO: Consume as little as possible. Buy second hand as often as possible, and things you need seldom you can rent or borrow. Take care of your possessions and electronics and prolong their life. If all Europeans for instance would use their phone one year longer than they do now, we would reduce our CO2 emissions by 2 million tons! (The same amount of emissions that 2 million cars make!).
Any personal tips on how to consume less? Please share!
Cecilia Damström Helsinki 2021. Photo by Tuuli Solhagen
Before we get into this month’s roundup we want to extend our condolences to the families and victims of the Itaewon incident. May they rest in peace.
Hello, honey bees who have a taste for the best honey, aka K-POP. It is time again for a new installment of your favorite THP feature – our K-POP HOTSPOT in October! So much happened this month, from debuts to comebacks and more, so this K-POP roundup is packed! Before we dive in, make sure to check out the comebacks we already covered, such as SUHO x MEW, ITZY, GI-DLE, STRAY KIDS, LE SSERAFIM, WONHO, KWON EUNBI, KEP1ER, DREAMCATCHER, MAMAMOO, TAN, TREASURE, ITZY, JAMIE, ONEWE, MX KIHYUN, and BTS JIN.
Before we get into the comebacks and debuts though, let’s have a look at what some of our favorite artists were up to! Girl groups killed it this month and XG is such a new cool group you need to check out, especially since Juria slayed this IU cover of ‘Dear Name!‘ Another girl group that is always slaying the game every month is our beloved aespa, and since we can’t wait for new music, it was super convenient that the group released two remix versions of their banger ‘Girls.’ Make sure you listen here.
With the music releases being top-notch this month we are always excited to see our faves live! Well, conveniently enough, one of our faves announced more tour dates just after they got nominated for four big international awards! SEVENTEEN will return to the Philippines and Indonesia for additional shows in December. Make sure you check for some leftover tickets! Another act we love and that just wrapped up their mega-watt tour is LOONA. They concluded their first world tour with a grand final concert which was held at the Handball Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea on October 15th and 16th. We are so proud of these girls and hope they get their well-deserved rest!
Okay, we are done, promise! Now, let’s get into many more amazing comebacks and debuts from October.
We really weren’t kidding when we said 2022 is AB6IX’s year! They’re back after less than two months with their sixth EP Take A Chance. The title track ‘Sugarcoat’ is a groovy bop that’s so fun to jam to, no matter what kind of mood you’re in! This quartet never fails to amaze us with their vocals and visuals.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AB6IX: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
Have you ever wanted time to stop? We know that feeling all too well, and so does Dynamic Duo! Their newest single, ‘She Gonna Stop,’ featuring Leellamarz is such a cozy and catchy track. Gaeko and Choiza rap about not wasting your time feeling jealous and enjoying your life as much as possible. And we love how the title is a play on words with the Korean word for “time.”
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DYNAMIC DUO: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM GAEKO | INSTAGRAM CHOIZA
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LEELLAMARZ: INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD
You know we are never not down for some new Kang Daniel music! This time he finally released his first Japanese EP, Joy Ride, which is as exciting as the title suggests. A joy to listen to and the b-sides have our attention, too. Daniel has become the master of R&B-meets-pop music and we are enjoying every second of it. The next question: Korean comeback when?
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KANG DANIEL: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | WEBSITE | YOUTUBE
Rocket Punch came back to us this month with more upbeat and cute music! The girls released their first full Japanese album called Doki Doki Love and it slaps, people! We love this sound, it just immediately puts a smile on our faces. This is the feel-good music we needed this autumn and it makes us so excited for what’s to come for the group!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ROCKET PUNCH: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | MEMBER TWITTER | WEBSITE | YOUTUBE
The kings of concepts returned this month with another amazing banger! KINGDOM just added a brand new member and we are excited about his story and king, but this comeback was all about Louis. ‘Long Live The King’ is the perfect combination of dramatics, mysterious music, and Kingdom’s signature sound. We, for sure, had this banger and b-side ‘Poison’ stuck on our playlists.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KINGDOM: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
In some Korean-Australian news, we got a new music video and single from Munan! ‘Freak Like Me’ is the perfect soundtrack to your next road trip. Your vibes and aesthetic needs are also fulfilled by the accompanying music video which is super fun. We defo put Munan onto our replay playlist!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MUNAN: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE
Suzy’s back again! And this time, she gifted us a dreamy, English-language single titled ‘Cape.’ Suzy co-wrote and co-composed this super sweet track, which is about being by someone’s side no matter when or where. We can’t get enough of her angelic vocals, and we’re excited for Suzy to show us even more sides to her music!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SUZY: INSTAGRAM
Everybody, it finally happened! Onc DKZ returned this summer after gaining more public recognition, they made a fast return with the moody rap-focused ‘Uh Heung.’ It’s the power anthem we have been waiting for, and they got their first win with this as well! We are so happy and proud of these boys and they deserve everything that is coming for them!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DKZ: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | TIKTOK | YOUTUBE
The members of The Rose are all back together again, and they’ve just released their first full-length album, HEAL. We can honestly say it’s one of the most beautiful albums we’ve heard all year. The composition of each song is great, and our favorites are ‘Definition of ugly is,’ ‘Childhood,’ ‘See-Saw,’ and the title track, ‘Sour.’ There are ten incredible tracks that hold everything we’ve felt and everything we needed to hear. This one’s for all those who are heartbroken, healing, and/or hopeful.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ROSE: DISCORD | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | WEBSITE | YOUTUBE
Everybody, stay calm! Baekho just made his solo debut this month with his EP, Absolute Zero! The title track ‘No Rules’ is a sultry song about two lovers meeting in secret (wink), and our favorite b-side tracks are ‘Love Burn’ and ‘Bad 4 U.’ Baekho shows off his charms as well as his beautiful falsettos in this mini-album.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NU’EST BAEKHO: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
Did someone ask for a new retro synth banger? We for sure did and Park Jihoon has more than provided with ‘Nitro.’ Yes, we freaked out seeing the Belgrade-based music video for this bop, but we lost it even more over the red hair and piercings! Jihoon, that’s your best look yet! But yes, ‘Nitro’ has made our October more than perfect and the entire mini album seems to be The Answer to all of our questions.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PARK JIHOON: INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
UP10TION kills it with another bangin’ mini-album, and we can’t think of a comeback when they didn’t deliver. Their 11th EP, Code Name: Arrow, exceeds all our expectations, which were already high thanks to the rest of their discography. ‘What If Love’ is an addictive title track with a music video that could be a movie!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UP10TION: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
Name another idol who has a whole block party before enlisting in the military. Wait, we can’t, because no one’s doing it like Ravi! Ravi knows how to go out with a bang and his latest single, ‘Block Party,’ is the definition of a banger! His rap verses are unmatched and we always love music videos where everyone’s dancing and having fun. We’ll miss Ravi while he’s away, but we know the next 18 months of us replaying his discography will fly by.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RAVI: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
Lee Chanhyuk takes us back to the 80s with the vibes on his first solo album, Error! The title track, ‘Panorama,’ is a bop with contrasting lyrics about life ending before you’ve had the chance to live it. It’s an important reminder to make choices you won’t regret later. You should also know that he co-composed all 11 songs on the album, on top of writing the lyrics to each one himself! We think it’s clear that Lee Chanhyuk is a man of many talents.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AKMU: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM CHANHYUK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
This new N.Flying really came at the right time. We love this band so much at THP, and with Jaehyun and Hun having to soon report for their military service, this comeback is bittersweet. ‘I like you’ offers us the well-beloved N.Flying sound – the guys have perfected this genre of pop-rock music with a touch of killer vocals and dramatic and cute lyrics. We for sure will miss the boys. Thankfully ‘Monster’ is here to keep us company until they are back as one.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT N.FLYING: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
IVE’s debut was one of the most anticipated K-Pop events of 2021, and they still have yet to disappoint us! Their debut single, ‘Eleven,’ is an absolute hit and we love every second of it. The best part is that they’ve given us the Japanese version of the track for their Japanese debut! (Spoiler alert, it’s still a bop). The accompanying music video is beautiful, just like the original, and the girls look stunning. Not to mention, we also got a new, original Japanese track, ‘Queen of Hearts,’ and we’re in love with it too. Congrats on your Japanese debut, IVE!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IVE: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | TIKTOK | YOUTUBE
After listening to Love PT.2: Passion, we’re sure we can all collectively agree that WEi is on ‘Higher Ground.’ From explosive energy to cheerfulness, this mini album has it all! It’s a perfect addition to their previous release, Love Pt.1: First Love, as listening to the albums in order will walk you through the stages of love, both the wholesomeness of having a first love to the intense feelings that come with being in a romantic relationship. We loved listening to WEi’s incredible vocals, and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store for RUi.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WEI: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
RED VELVET JOY & WONSTEIN
On behalf of the K-Pop community, thank you to whoever put Red Velvet’s Joy and Wonstein on the masterpiece that is ‘Love Song!’ This beautiful single is about two people getting to know each other and falling in love. ‘Love Song’ is the second release of the World Peace Project series, where some of the proceeds from music streams will be donated to the organization. Naturally, we’ll be replaying this duet for the foreseeable future!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JOY: INSTAGRAM
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WONSTEIN: INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD | YOUTUBE
The queen of light, soft pop vocals is back with probably our favorite song of hers so far. ‘Loveable’ is not only our favorite adjective when we want to describe Jo Yuri but it is also a fantastic song. The laid-back indie-pop vibes are real and Yuri’s performance of the song makes it extra soothing. We are glad to have her back to ring in fall and can’t wait for more from her!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JO YURI: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
We have another debut on our hands, people! The new girl group Queenz Eye are fresh out of the oven and their single is extra ‘Yummy Yummy.’ The music video for this one had us blessed with amazing visuals and a girl crush extravaganza. ‘Yummy Yummy’ is the upbeat, high-energy pop banger our workout playlist needed. We can’t wait for what the future has in store for these girls!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT QUEENZ EYE: INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
KIM MINHA & NCT DOYOUNG
Let’s talk about a team-up! We had an eargasm the moment we found out Kim Minha and Doyoung would be blessing us with a song! ‘Fallin” is everything we had hoped for. A vocal feast for our ears, the slow but upbeat single is the perfect soundtrack to our autumn!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NCT: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
ATBO is back and with a lot of ‘Attitude!’ We had been waiting for the freshly-debuted boy group to grace the Kpop scene with their presence again and thankfully, they pulled through. ‘Attitude’ is here and it is one catchy boy group banger! Right into the ear and living there for the time being. Of course, if you want something a bit more melodic, ‘Magic’ is the b-side you should focus on!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ATBO: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
OKAY, CLASS:y, come through! These girls delivered an incredible comeback with their mini-album Day and Night, and we’re beyond impressed by their talents! The two tracks ‘Zealous’ and ‘Tick Tick Boom’ are like day and night with their sound, concept, and choreography, which shows just how much range CLASS:y has. We were even blessed with music videos for both songs, and they didn’t disappoint!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CLASS:Y: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
ENHYPEN! We miss these boys so much! Thankfully they released their full Japanese album 定め in October and we finally got to hear some of our favorite songs again! Especially the lead single ‘Future Perfect’ sounds extra good in Japanese. We are still waiting patiently (more or less) for the boys’ new Korean comeback but until then this album will be replayed a lot!
Rie continues to break through barriers with his new single ‘Because.’ His new single is really catchy because of the beat and melody, not to mention that Rie blows us all away with his amazing vocals. You can tell that there is a heartfelt message behind the song, and we cannot wait to hear more solo songs from Rie in the future.
We had to wait a year for the follow-up to BIPOLAR Pt. 2 Prelude of Love, but now Prelude of Love Chapter 1. ‘Puppy Love is finally here! We have waited for EPEX to try the uniform-band outfit concept and, boy, was it worth it! ‘Hymn To Love’ is the EPEX love song we have been waiting for. This one is so high-energy and hard-hitting that it suits our workout playlist perfectly. If you are in need of a softer-sounding song, ‘Love Bomb’ is right there!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EPEX: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
You know that when NCT’s Ten breathes we are here to scream about it! ‘Birthday’ came to us in the form of a new NCT Lab x SM Station single and it is a sexy one. Ten channels his inner R&B artist and gives a moody and alluring performance with this single, which left us craving even more.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NCT: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
TFN – formerly known as T1419 – is back with their first mini-album and, boy, is this a good one. We might even say it’s the best work they have released so far! ‘Amazon’ makes us crave a trip to the jungle and its melodic pre-chorus and catchy hook get us right there mentally! Even with a new name, the boys haven’t lost their spark, as ‘Amazon’ is a bop and a half.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TFN: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
ALICE is back with a new dance track, and we NEED to play it on a loop all day. ‘Dance On’ is such a groovy song with a fun music video to match! We’re so proud to see the group continue on after all they’ve been through. And we’ll be supporting and dancing along with them for as long as possible!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALICE: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
VIVIZ really said, “we’re THE queens,” with their new single ‘Rum Pum Pum!’ It’s a bold and addictive song about what it’s like to fall in love with them. We’re especially in love with the music video visuals and concept for this track. Everything from the set to the outfits is fantastic, and the girls look expensive! (As they should!)
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VIVIZ: INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
TripleS – ACID ANGEL FROM ASIA
TripleS is going to be a massive 24-member girl group. But, before they come at us with full force, their first pre-debut, 4-member sub-unit, Acid Angel from Asia, is here. And yes, did they not hesitate to bring us a bop and a half! ‘Generation’ has everything we love about the chic girl group K-pop trend rang in by NEWJEANS and LE SSERAFIM. The melody, the chorus, and the vocals… everything is here and fit. We are excited about upcoming units and the full group debut!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TRIPLES: INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK |TWITTER | YOUTUBE | WEBSITE
KENTA & SANGGYUN
JBJ95 fans, we have amazing news for you! In a series of fortunate events, Kenta and Sanggyu are finally free to promote as a duo again! And they did not hesitate to give us a new song immediately after the court’s ruling! ‘Dreams’ is a beautiful short song about the boys’ journey so far and we hope it is only up from here! Here is to new beginnings.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KENTA & SUNGGYUN: INSTAGRAM KENTA | INSTAGRAM SANGGYUN | TWITTER
YOUNITE finished October off as ‘Bad Cupid’s and we are here for it! If we needed a high-energy love song, this one is it. Not only do their vocalists stand out during the pre-chorus, but their rappers also show us what they’ve got during the verses! The bridge of ‘Bad Cupid’ is also another highlight for us! YOUNITE have worked hard this first year on their music and we can see a really bright future for them!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUNITE: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TIKTOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE
How did we make it through this month of bangers without collapsing, right? Are we ready for November’s comebacks to come at us in full force? Of course! What was your favorite comeback of October? Which one are you most excited about in November? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP!
As expected, Lil Baby took the top spot on the Billboard 200.
It’s Only Me debuted atop the charts in its first week, earning 216,000 album-equivalent units (including 6,500 pure album sales). This marks the Quality Control talent’s third No. 1 album, following 2020’s My Turn and 2021’s The Voice of the Heroes project with Lil Durk.
Lil Baby has now shared a video for “From Now On.” Featuring everyone’s favorite role model, Future, the two run around New York City doing what they do best.
Lil Baby & Future Run Through NYC In “From Now On” Video was last modified: October 31st, 2022 by Meka
Experience relaxing music along with some gravitating soundscapes offered by the emerging Amsterdam Electronic Producer and his fluent musical styles of Nordic Circuits.
Hailing from Amsterdam, Netherlands Nordic Circuits is making a difference in this world with his flawless musical styles. He has been one of the most impressive music artists who have a lot to offer to this world of music. Recently he has started making his music and releasing it on online music-streaming platforms. His works have already been appreciated by many music lovers. His seamless musical style in ‘Echoes of Sans-Soucis Beats Edit Ambient Sans-vocal mix’ is a treat to witness. This greatly composed ambient track will not only make you dance but also leave you speechless, you will fall for the overwhelming nature of this track.
Being a reflective Amsterdam Electronic Producer his works are very enticing for people who will witness the number. He is just 4 tracks old and another of his track that will consume you is ‘When the Wolf Cries’. Jan Paul Schutten is slowly and strong growing a forever impression on his audience and the compactness of his numbers will surely charm many people around the world. His 70’s synthesizer-inspired tracks are truly very charming to listen to. And his brilliant electronic and ambient track is winning the world in a flawless manner.
The tracks he has produced a delivered by far are ‘Nice To Be in Orbit’, ‘Echoes of Sans-Soucis’, ‘When the Wolf Cries’, and ‘Echoes of Sans-Soucis Beats Edit Ambient Sans-vocal mix’. He is planning to drop more tracks in the near future. Nordic Circuits will soon be an eminent name in this industry with its uniquely crafted numbers and engulfing musical compositions. His passion is burning inside him and slowly and with dedication, he is releasing some gripping music. From his daunting styles to his powerful musical vibes his works will thrill you. If you are intrigued about him you can catch these numbers on SoundCloud anytime.
For more tracks of Nordic Circuits, Please go through the below links: https://soundcloud.com/nordiccircuits
Scariness is always appropriate for the advent of Halloween, but it comes in different varieties. In addition to the obvious sort of chills and thrills that are the province of ghost stories or slasher flicks, there’s the eerie unease that comes when things are just a little bit off.
That brand of spookiness is the province of “Frankenstein!!,” the wonderfully oddball cabaret entertainment by the Austrian composer HK Gruber that served as the headline attraction of the San Francisco Symphony’s concert in Davies Symphony Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27. The piece doesn’t trade in obvious chills, but it gets under your skin in a way that’s both unsettling and hilarious.
“Frankenstein!!” is a 30-minute suite of numbers for orchestra with a singing, speaking and caterwauling vocal soloist (Gruber prefers the term “chansonnier”). Written in 1977 and performed frequently ever since, it features a series of verses by the Austrian poet HC Artmann, done in English translation.
The title character is mentioned prominently, but so are a host of other familiar names from the pop-cultural imagination of a midcentury child. Some are straight out of the monster pantheon: a werewolf, a baby vampire, the gender-bending “Miss Dracula.” But also on hand are Batman and Robin, John Wayne, Goldfinger and his pal “Jimmy Bond.”
As for what these Halloween archetypes actually do, your guess is as good as mine. Artmann’s poems are singsong doggerel, cast in short rhyming lines, and they pursue a fantasy logic that is as hard to fully grasp as it is to resist.
Monster races down the stairs Grubby hands, disheveled hair So that’s why he never lingers There’s blood on his dainty fingers
What makes the piece so delightful is Gruber’s musical setting, which matches the text whim for whim. The score is full of instrumental foibles — penny whistles, whirling plastic tubes, a percussionist inflating and popping paper bags as a rhythmic device. At one point, Gruber writes an extended, beautiful duet for kazoo and trombone.
Between the puckish musical effects and the parade of characters trooping through the text, “Frankenstein!!” has the effect of a Halloween tea party for some slightly bloodthirsty dolls. It’s like a Tim Burton remake of “Toy Story.”
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Beneath the childish surface, though, there’s some kind of emotional turmoil that’s all the more effective for being so elusive. The versions of Superman and Lois Lane who are mentioned here aren’t anyone we know; they’re not even Halloween-costume riffs on themselves. The verses date from the tumultuous year 1968, and Gruber claims that the piece boasts a hidden political undercurrent, so that may be what sets the piece so convincingly off-kilter.
Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the orchestra played with pointed clarity, but the chief thrill of the performance came from the British baritone Christopher Purves, who delivered the solo part in a burst of droll virtuosity.
The only other time the Symphony has played “Frankenstein!!” was in 2006, when Gruber himself was the soloist and infused the piece with an air of genial menace. Purves, his head largely buried in the score, didn’t quite exhibit the same level of interpretive freedom, but his blend of robust operatic singing and insinuating bedtime-story recitations made a formidable combination.
In one movement, Gruber conjures up a dialogue between a man and a woman, the one deep in the bass register and the other crooning in a wheedling falsetto. Purves rendered it flawlessly.
The evening marked the Symphony’s second consecutive week of roughly Halloween-themed programming, following last week’s death-haunted collection of music by Mussorgsky, Liszt and Berlioz. For the first half, Salonen led the orchestra’s strings in Bernard Herrmann’s music for “Psycho,” and the suite from Bartók’s 1919 ballet “The Miraculous Mandarin.”
Both pieces lean rather heavily on their plots for real scariness, and contemporary audiences are more likely to be conversant with “Psycho” than “Mandarin.” (In Hermann’s piece, the sudden arrival of the shrieking string effects that accompany the film’s famous shower scene prompted chuckles of familiarity from the audience.)
There was little to complain about in the performances, but both works include some long, rather flaccid stretches alongside passages of genuine excitement. It wasn’t until after intermission that the evening — now plunged into chilling darkness — truly came alive.
San Francisco Symphony:7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29. $35-$165. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 415-864-6000.www.sfsymphony.org
Bob Gold, right, with first Lady Barbara Bush in front of his Portland country radio station, WPOR. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Sheppard
The music and cultural scene in Greater Portland owes a debt to “Country Bob.”
Robert Gold, a longtime radio executive who purchased local station WPOR in 1971 and used it to bring country music to Maine airwaves, died last month at age 90. A celebration of life will be held this week for family and friends.
His legacy, though, lives on, according to those who knew him, even if locally owned radio stations like the one he built have become a relic of the past.
“He lived and breathed radio,” said Bob Fuller, who owned another well-known Portland station, WBLM, when Gold was turning WPOR into a country juggernaut. “Like all of us who succeeded in radio, he worked at it. He put a lot of hours in. There was no alternative.”
Fuller said he and Gold were technically rivals but had vastly different audiences so they were always cordial. WBLM was, and still is, a classic rock station. They formed a friendship that lasted 60 years.
“Even now, whenever I tell people that I lived in Portland and had radio stations here, people often will say, ‘Do you know Bob Gold?’ ” Fuller said.
Gold was born and raised in Portland and had a deep affection for his community. Before buying WPOR, he worked for former Maine Gov. Horace Hildreth, who owned a broadcasting company after his political career.
“He took his responsibility of owning a station very seriously,” said Kimberley Sheppard, Gold’s daughter. “He really understood that it was the responsibility of the station – and the people who ran it, of course – to take care of the public.”
By the 1960s, country music had started to branch more into mainstream culture with artists like Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Merle Haggard. But it was hard to find on radio stations in the Northeast until Gold came along and transformed WPOR.
“He saw that it was working in other markets, and there was a hole here, so he filled that void,” Fuller said.
Bob Gold with U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Sheppard
In the early days of owning the station – before concert promoters – Gold also was responsible for bringing big-name country music acts to what was then City Hall Auditorium, now called Merrill Auditorium. Sheppard remembers meeting Lynn, who died this month, at the station before the show.
“She couldn’t have been more kind,” she said. “She came with her husband (Doolittle Lynn) and talked about her upbringing. I’m sure she said the same thing to every radio station, but she was just a gem.”
Sheppard also remembers her father bringing in Jerry Lee Lewis, the rockabilly pioneer known just as much for his insatiable interest in (young) women as he was for his hit song “Great Balls of Fire.” Lewis died just last week.
“When Jerry Lee came, I was a teenager and he almost made a beeline for me,” Sheppard recalled. “My father grabbed me and said, ‘Stay away from him.’ ”
Bonnie Grant, who worked with Gold for 21 years at WPOR, starting as a salesperson and ending as general manager, said his success as a leader was in hiring similarly decided people and empowering them.
“A lot of us worked for him for over 20 years, I think that says a lot about Bob,” she said. “He created a team that became a family.”
Grant said when she first interviewed with Gold, he asked her if she liked country music. She did not.
“He said, ‘Oh, you will.’ And he was right,” she said.
Tom Hennessey was another longtime WPOR employee. He started in 1975 and had come over from WCSH radio.
“He was a tough boss but a really principled guy,” he said. “And he loved the music business and the show biz aspect of what we did. I used to go to conventions all over the country with him, including in Nashville. They all loved Bob.”
Another example of Gold’s commitment to community was a segment he created for WPOR called “The Big Deal.” It would run every weekend and listeners could call in and describe items they wanted to sell and leave their number for others to contact if they were interested. It was like a call-in yard sale. It was Facebook Marketplace long before that site existed.
Fuller said Gold was a savvy broadcast executive who succeeded because he understood both his audience and his advertisers.
“In the early days, we were fighting over the same advertising dollars but as clients matured, they realized different formats worked for different businesses,” he said. “Many wanted that country audience, and Bob recognized that.”
Growing up, Sheppard remembers listeners would call their house thinking they could request a song from the radio station’s owner. Her father always took the call.
He was involved with the Children’s Miracle Network and other philanthropic causes over the years and served on the board of the Maine Association of Broadcasters. In his spare time, which was indeed spare, he played golf and raised three children, Sheppard and his sons, James and Jeffrey, with his wife, Durelle, who died in 2000.
Gold sold WPOR in 1996 to Saga Communications, which still owns the station and seven others in Maine, but stayed on for a few years as a manager before retiring.
Even though Gold was a high-level executive, he relished his nickname, “Country Bob.”
“He never grew into being a big shot,” his daughter said. “He was always grounded and humble about it.”
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The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society presents a Centennial Tribute Concert celebrating the music of Toots Thielemans at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Roots HQ on the Fayetteville square, one of the last shows before the venue closes up shop. Pianist Kenny Werner and harmonica master Grégoire Maret will perform a tribute to the jazz legend, who would have turned 100 this year.
Werner has been a world-class pianist and composer for over 40 years, earning a Grammy nomination in 2003 in the Best Instrumental Composition category. In 2010, Werner was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1995 he was commissioned to compose a piano concerto dedicated to Duke Ellington. He performed as pianist for Thielemans for over 20 years.
Swiss-born Grammy-winner Maret has a resume that includes Prince, Marcus Miller, Kurt Elling, Pete Seeger, Cassandra Wilson and more. For this tribute performance to his mentor and inspiration, Maret says the duo will “find new places where his spirit is truly honored, but his music is being played through a new prism.”
Werner and Maret will honor Thielemans, who passed away in 2016 at 94 with songs written by or associated with him, like “Bluesette,”http://www.bing.com/news/”Midnight Sun,”http://www.bing.com/news/”Theme from Midnight Cowboy,”http://www.bing.com/news/”I Do It For Your Love,” and “What a Wonderful World.” One of the most recognizable sounds in jazz history, Thielemans made the harmonica into a legitimate jazz instrument, recording more than 30 albums and working with artists including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald and Pat Metheny.
Tickets start at $30 for general admission and are available at digjazz.com/events. The NAJS also hosts Jazz at the University at the University of Arkansas Global Campus at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
• Simply Seger (Bob Segar Tribute) happens at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 ($12.50-$20); at Meteor Guitar Gallery, 128 W. Central Ave.
• Tigran Hamasyan performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 ($20-$48) at The Momentary, 507 S.E. E St., themomentary.org.
• Trillium Salon Presents Eve Maret at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 (free) in the Contemporary Art Gallery (trilliumsalonseries.com); Terrance Wilson performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 ($10 students, $36 members and $45 nonmembers) at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. crystalbridges.org/
• Dirty 30! with Jackie Beat and Sherry Vine starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 ($30-$40); the 75th annual Original Folk Festival features Willi Carlisle and Chucky Waggs & The Company of Raggs on Nov. 10 ($15), Shinyribs and Rachel Ammons on Nov. 11 ($30) and Pokey Lafarge and Hot Club of Cowtown on Nov. 12 ($29-$59); and free music in the basement from Skye Pollard & Family Holler, Sprungbilly, Willi Carlisle, Danny Spain and the Hedgehoppers on Nov. 10; Jesse Dean, Front Porch and Shannon Wurst on Nov. 11; and Dandelion Heart, Brian Martin and Ozark Mountain Rhombus on Nov. 12, during the Folk Faire at The Aud at 36 S. Main St. theaud.org
• Sprungbilly plays at 6 p.m Oct. 31; Los Roscoes play at 5 p.m Nov. 3; Bob Wayne performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 4; Fall Diversity Weekend Drag Brunch starts at noon and Magnolia Brown performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Wanderoo Lodge and Gravel Bar, 216 W. Van Buren. 363-6755.
• Front Porch play at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31; Danny Spain Gang plays at 8 p.m. Nov. 11; Shilah Molina and the Honkey Tonk Flame, Gary Lawrence and Chucky Waggs and the Company of Raggs perform at 8 p.m Nov. 12 at Chelesa’s Corner Bar, 10 Mountain St. facebook.com/chelseaseureka.
• Figure presents Terrorvision at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30; Jordy Searcy performs at 8 p.m Nov. 1 ($15 and up); Twiddle plays at 8:30 p.m Nov. 2 ($22 and up); Wakaan presents the ‘Time Warp” tour featuring Champagne Drip at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 ($20 and up); happy hour with the Bel Airs starts at 6 p.m. ($8) followed by Ozark Riviera at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 ($10); Borgore plays at 8:30 p.m Nov. 5 ($15 and up); Brother & The Hayes perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 ($10) at George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St. Fayetteville. georgesmajesticlounge.com/shows.
• Pepe Rivero with Adi Meyerson, Fernando Valencia and Ivanna Cuesta will perform a jazz jam session at 6 p.m. Oct. 31; a Toots Thielmemans Centennial Tribute featuring Grégoire Maret and Kenny Werner starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 ($30-$40); and Dar Williams plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 ($30 and up) at Roots HQ, 1 E. Mountain St. fayettevilleroots.org.
• Here Come the Mummies and Saxsquatch perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 ($20 and up); Mt. Joy performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 ($35 and up) The Taylor Party starts at 9 p.m Nov. 4 ($15 and up); Cole Swindell performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 ($40 and up); Waka Flocka Flame performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 ($25 and up); Trombone Shorty performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 ($29.50 and up) Mike Ryan performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 ($20 and up); Noche De Verano Sin Ti (Bad Bunny Night) happens at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and Trampled by Turtles plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 ($29.50 and up) at JJ’s Live, 3615 N. Steele Blvd. jjslive.com.
• Woven will perform from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 6 at Terra Studios, 12103 Hazel Valley Road. instagram.com/songswoven
• Smile Empty Soul, Sun Volume and Saint Tragedy perform at 7 p.m Nov. 3 ($15-$20); Chris Webby, Ekoh and Justin Clancy play at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 ($19-$39); The Cadillac Three and Ben Chapman play at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 ($20-$30); Tracy Lawrence plays at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 ($39-$59); Little Feat plays at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 ($59-$79); William Clark Green plays at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 ($15-$29) at TempleLive, 200 N. 11th St. 222-6186; fortsmith.templelive.com.
• 49 Winchester & Kendall Marvell play at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 ($20-$25); Slade Coulter and Parker Ryan perform at 8 p.m Nov. 18 ($10-$12); Paul Cauthen plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 ($35-$130); the Thanksgiving Eve Special with JD Clayton happens at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 ($10-$15); Kody West plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 ($10-$15); and Austin Meade plays at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 ($15-$20) at Majestic Fort Smith, 817 Garrison Ave. majesticfortsmith.com.
• Hoppy Hour Comedy Show with Edrick Jorge, Kyle Rill, Isaac Martin, Harrison Broadstreet and LG Grey starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Fort Smith Brewing Company, 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. facebook.com/rivervalleycomics
• JJ Whitehead performs at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 & 5; Andy Hendrickson performs at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 & 12; Kevin Nealon, Bruce Barth and Bobcat Goldthwait perform in December at The Grove Comedy Club, 808 S. Bloomington St. grovecomedy.com.
• A Song’s Embrace featuring Dr. Deborah Caldwell, Christopher Barnett, Siloam Jazz Band, Siloam Adult Community Choir, NWA Chamber Orchestra, Siloam Children’s Community Choir and soloists Rose Sparrow and Donna Rollene will begin at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 13 during the Siloam Music Festival Series at Camp Siloam Auditorium, 3600 S. Lincoln St. siloammusicfestival.com.
• Charley McMullen performs comedy at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3; Andrew Deacon starts telling jokes at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; a comedy album recording for Cammy starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Black Apple Hard Cider, 321 E. Emma Ave., facebook.com/NaturalStateComedy.
• Dance Chance NWA with Arlynda Jonas, Sarah Webb and Blake Worthey happens at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 ($5, tickets at Eventbrite); Marketing for Musicians with Maximiliano Dominguez and Dazz “King Honey” Murry starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 15; SoNA presents Latin Traces at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 (free); Victor Charlie & Vraii + 64velour perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at 214 By CACHE, 214 S. Main St. cachecreate.org.
WEST SILOAM SPRINGS
• The Lacs perform at 8 p.m. followed by Casey Twist on Nov. 3 at Seven in Cherokee Casino, 2416 U.S. 412. cherokeecasino.com/west-siloam-springs/entertainment.
UP IN THE HILLS
• Strings and Friends with Arkansauce, Kyle Tuttle, Eureka Strings, Hillbenders, Willi Carlisle, Chucky Waggs & the Company of Raggs, Flintwick, Lusid, Country Jesus, Syke Pollard, Front Porch, Cory Simmons, Garry Lawrence, Fleet Wood and Family, Sister Lucille, Earth Boan, Kiltwithfire, Blues N Grass, Arkansas Brothers, Traveling Squirrels, Danny Spain Gang, New Kentucky Colonials, Hipbillies, Blayd Law, Jordan Jensen, Jeremy Stewart and Ziggy Brown will be Nov. 18-20 at Blue Clouds Resort, 17170 Arkansas 281 in Lead Hill.
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