March 2018

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Kylie’s Killing It!

Kylie Minogue

Kylie’s Killing It!

  • By Dennis Petrone

Australian and New Zealand tastemakers have been partying to Kylie Minogue’s music since the late ’80s. While her original claim to fame was playing a tomboy on the nighttime, cowboy-themed soap opera Neighbours in Australia, it wasn’t until she started singing that she truly gained global recognition. By the early 2000s, there wasn’t a club worth going to that didn’t play Kylie.

Today, like other mature, female musical masters (Madonna, for example), Kylie’s albums out every few years are consistently magical. Kylie’s latest album, “Golden,” which dropped in January is no exception. As with many overseas artists, her success across the pond in the UK and Down Under are indicators of her success to come in the U.S.

Synth pop. Disco pop. Dance pop. Golden delivers it all. With over 80 million records sold to date across her entire discography, Golden is sure to deliver. The album’s lead single “Dancing” has climbed to the top of the charts overseas and is quickly making its way to the top here. Keep in mind that summer is wrapping up in the Southern Hemisphere, so DJs and dancing queens have tested and approve of what’s sure to be – dare it be said – our summer’s first hit song. Mark those words.

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Drake’s Plan!


Drake’s Plan!

  • By Dennis Petrone

At the time of publish, Drake’s “God’s Plan” is leading the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth week in a row having garnered a massive 101.7 million U.S. streams. To put that number in context, there has only been one other song in history to break the 100 million stream mark, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” So what is it about this song that has people tuning it in and turning it up?

With four studio albums, it’s hard to believe Drake has only been producing studio albums since 2010. The Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and producer actually got his big break on the hit reality series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” in the early 2000s. In the last eight years, in addition to the records sure to be broken with “God’s Plan,” Drake has also had the most charted songs in the history of the Hot 100 and the most weeks of any artists to be on the Hot 100.

And as for “God’s Plan?” Yes, the song is haunting with its message of hope that there’s someone up above keeping an eye on us down here. But it’s perhaps his video that helped frame the song and catapult its success. It features Drake driving around Miami giving out $1 million to people in need of it. In a supermarket in a poor neighborhood, he pays for everyone’s full shopping carts. College scholarships. Help for disabled people. Cash for youth centers. Particularly in our current climate, it’s downright chilling.

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Pink Martini


  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of Pacific Symphony

Grab your cocktails and head to Orange County as Pink Martini returns to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for its third outing with the Pacific Symphony conducted by Richard Kaufman. The world-renowned 12-member group received standing ovations and shouts of “Bravo!” during its last Costa Mesa visit. Part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe, Pink Martini delivers magical ballads, syncopated tangos, spitfire ditties and dreamy love songs all enhanced by the lush backing of the symphony’s musicians.

This energetic “little orchestra” finds its musical inspiration from cultures around the world, easily jumping from genres like pop, jazz and classical to establish its own unique blend of multilingual music. Founded in 1994, Pink Martini has been a popular sold-out favorite in numerous countries for its revitalization of vintage Big Band sounds in combo with 1940s jazz, cross-cultural rhythms and much more. In 2016, the group released its ninth studio album, Je dis oui!, featuring 15 tracks spanning eight languages and affirming the band’s 24-year history of “global inclusivity and collaborative spirit.”

“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” – Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist

Plays March 23-24. For more information, click here.





First it was Fifty Cent. Then it was Adele. Then it was Sam Smith. And now it is Sigrid. Joining such illustrious ranks as the newest winner of the BBC’s Music Sound of 2018, rising star Sigrid seems destined for superstardom. And with a tour in March, a Coachella slot in April, and her debut album dropping this summer, Sigrid is about to dominate.

This newcomer from Norway may be minimalist in style, but she’s a powerhouse in sound. Her voice is crisp on the high notes, raspy when she wants to be, and inescapably effervescent as her Norwegian accent not only tickles every English word but turns it into aural ecstasy.

In less than a year, Sigrid’s four track EP has struck up over thirty million plays online, showing off her skills as a songwriter and her flair for the dramatic chorus. Her debut track Don’t Kill My Vibe acts as a personal anthem not to underestimate this millennial. And she proves it with Plot Twist, firing shots at heartbreak and fulfilling promises of catchy lyrics. Her staying power turns undeniable with Dynamite, a sweeping ballad of a melancholy far beyond her years. And her latest single Strangers has its finger pressed so firmly on the pulse of pop that like her lyrics say, “We’re falling head over heels for something that ain’t real” — because Sigrid is magic.

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