Archive for February, 2012

March music madness

Posted: February 28, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Lexington and beyond

With March right around the corner, there are some great concerts coming up in Lexington and close by in Louisville, Cincinnati and Nashville that you will not want to miss.

The Black Keys

Friday, March 2

U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati

The Black Keys will be on tour with their latest album “El Camino” featuring songs including “Lonely Boy.”

Brad Paisley

Saturday, March 3

Rupp Arena – Lexington

Brad Paisley will be in Lexington with The Band Perry. With these two very popular and loved names in country music, it is sure to be a great show.

Boyce Avenue with Secondhand Serenade

Sunday, March 4

Marathon Music Works – Nashville

Known especially for their cover songs, including “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry, Boyce Avenue will be in concert with Secondhand Serenade, most popularly known for their song “Fall for You.”

Winter Jam

Saturday, March 10

Rupp Arena – Lexington

Who would want to miss several popular Christian artists all in one place for only $10? This year Winter Jam will be hosted by Newsong and will feature Skillet and Sanctus Real among many other popular names in Christian music.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Tuesday, March 20

Rupp Arena – Lexington

Trans-Siberian Orchestra continues to be well known for their amazing Christmas orchestrations. They are sure to give a performance complete with amazing lights and loud music.

Miranda Lambert

Saturday, March 24

KFC Yum! Center – Louisville

Miranda Lambert was just in Lexington this past weekend, and in March she will be playing in Louisville along with special guests Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann, all of whom are sure to give a show that all country fans will enjoy.


Saturday, March 31

Louisville Palace – Louisville

Daughtry will be on tour with their new album that released this past November, “Break the Spell.” This album includes the single “Crawling Back to You” which released in September.


Asbury features…Joshua Bracken

Posted: February 28, 2012 by Shelby Weakley in Asbury features

When we hear the organ play in chapel, some may think it’s a lost art. Others, such as Joshua Bracken, deem it his calling.

Bracken began to play the organ when he was a junior in high school. He was first introduced to the organ when the organist at his church went to Paris, France (but he is originally from Tennessee.) With no previous experience with the organ, much less the piano, Bracken began to familiarize himself. “I started to mess around and I found it came easy to me,” said Bracken. “Well my parents invested in lessons for me and I took off.” Since then he has practiced and succeeded. After five years of playing and lessons, he has gotten a lot farther even without piano lessons, which the norm is for most people to have skill in piano first before organ.

Besides having fun, Bracken has said that the organ has taught him many things. “The main thing the organ has taught me is discipline. I have to manage my time very carefully so I can have time to practice and time for school.” Bracken usually practices 12 hours a week to keep his skills sharp and in tune. He has also learned a bit about friendships as well. “Since I spend my time alone, I have learned to really value my friendships outside of practice time.”

The skill and art of organ playing has taken Josh on many adventures. He has played in churches, some even across the world! “It gives me the opportunity to play many different organs and many different rooms. I think the coolest organ I have played on is in Austria.”  This experience has been a highlight of Bracken’s organist career. “I had the privilege to play an 111 year old organ!” Bracken has also played in Cincinnati, Chicago, Czech Republic and various other places.

Bracken has many goals about where playing the organ will take him in his future. “My goals, thus far, are to go to grad school in Wisconsin to get a Masters in church Music and [I’m] planning to be a minister of music,” he said. He also has a goal to play a very specific organ in the future. “One of my goals is to play the organ in Westminster Abbey in London, England,” he said. “It’s one of my favorite organs and by far my most favorite church building!”

Who’s on Hezekiah’s iPod?

Posted: February 27, 2012 by Laura Richards in Who's on whose iPod?

Hezekiah Crocker is not a name that goes unknown on this campus. As a proud member of the Nerd hall, Hezekiah is probably one of the most friendly, quirky people I have ever known. He is his own person and I admire that so much about him. He has killer taste in music and not many people know that. I listened to some of the songs on this list, and they blew me away. There is so much to learn from Hezekiah, so let’s take a look at what is on this cool kid’s iPod!

10. “Song for No One” – Miike Snow

“Euro-electronica with emotional filled vocals framed within a chill drum and bass core that brings you along for the smooth ride.”

9. “The Look” – Metronomy

“Smooth, clean and minimalistic. A very intriguing mix of electronic and acoustic instruments give an amazing but restrained sense of cool.”

8. “To Kingdom Come” – Passion Pit

“Unpredictable arrangements of saxophones, keyboards and drums form the pages of the heartbroken lyrics. The hooks shimmer with a celebratory electro-indie ballad.”

7. “Radar Detector” – Darwin Deez

“This song is infectious and minimalistic.  In the world of pop, this song takes a little charm and goes a long way with it. Its unique and tangy guitar melodies and super catchy chorus will have you humming all day.  This song aims directly at your heart.”

6. “Daylight” – Matt & Kim

“Daylight” is a 2009 song by indie pop duo Matt & Kim. Popularity of the song is partially due to its debut on a Bacardi commercial.  The piano melodies tie this whole song together as the bass drives almost a celebratory feeling into your mind.”

5. “Cigarettes in the Theatre” – Two Door Cinema Club

“I’m not a huge fan of pop but Two Door Cinema Club is more than just your average pop band. Their songs are peppy and upbeat without ever being cheesy, their lyrics are simple without being dumb, and the vocals are catchy. They’re the kind of band who could appeal to the masses without being annoying, and that’s a huge accomplishment in itself.”

4. “Maps” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“If you’ve listened to their album, this is where the album peaks. In the song “Maps”, Chase’s rhythmic beats, Zinner’s quick guitar playing and Karen’s sensitive voice are assembled into an emotionally charged, rip-your-heart-out, cry-yourself-to-sleep, punk-pop masterpiece. Layer after layer of chiming and melodic guitar rifts come together in overlapping harmonies. Karen sings lyrics that are simple yet soulful portraying a picture of unadulterated love in her sensitive singing.”

3. “The Wolf” – Miniature Tigers

“Rhythmic acoustic guitar and simple but edgy drums co-exist with lyrical metaphors and gritty observations on love chased, gained, brooded on and abandoned.  The catchy chorus hits you directly in that part of your brain that never forgets a tune or rhythm.”

2. “Such Great Heights” – Postal Service

“What do you get when a fantastic writer crosses an electronic genius? Surprise! Fantastically written electronic music. Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie and Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello sandwich a superb song between a reverberative ambient keyboard line. Distorted bass snyths, keyboard blips with the simple drum beat are the stage for Ben’s poetic lyrics about the relationship he is currently in, and how everything looks perfect from far away but it really isn’t. When the chorus finally bursts in Gibbard’s voice jumps a few notes up and sings that melody that has been stuck in my head for quite some time now.”

1. “Gangsta” – tUnE-YaRdS

“Children playing, police sirens and alarms cut in and out. This is the anthem of a violent neighborhood. Loud, dysfunctional, and disjointed, “Gangsta” is a literal, audible representation of what it’s like to moving into a big city: It can make your head hurt, and it’s dissonant sounds may feel unfamiliar. But eventually, those sounds come together in a rhythm, of wild drums and explosive horns.  Turning into a strange and creative pop song, “Gangsta” becomes a full-blown dance song.”

Sean O’Connor plays J. S. Bach, Suite No. 1 in G Major, Mvt. 1

Posted: February 24, 2012 by Sarah Swanson in Videos
Because the notes of a cello touch a place in our hearts no other instrument can reach, you are full of curiosity about the musician who commands this instrument.  Read Shelby’s feature on Sean to satisfy your wonder.
This beautiful recording was done by Nate Allen, recording and mixing engineer.

54th annual GRAMMY Awards

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Lexington and beyond

Last Sunday night, Feb. 12, the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards were held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Following the sudden death of Whitney Houston, an icon in the music industry, the show had a few more somber, reflective moments than usual, but it was still a great night that has had people talking.

As always, many of today’s most popular artists appeared on the red carpet dressed to impress at Sunday night’sceremony. Music of all genres came together with some of the biggest names, both old and new, including Taylor Swift, Diana Ross, Mumford and Sons, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Nicki Minaj. Hosted by LL Cool J, the show did not disappoint.

Adele was the biggest winner of the night. She won all six of her nominations, including album of the year with “21” and song of the year with “Rolling in the Deep,” which she also performed at the show, a much anticipated performance as it was her first since having throat surgery. The Foo Fighters were right behind her winning five out of their six nominations, including best rock song with “Walk.” Other winners included the Civil Wars winning folk album with “Barton Hollow,” Lady Antebellum winning country album with “We Own the Night,” Chris Brown winning R&B album with “F.A.M.E.,” and Bon Iver winning best new artist.

There were also many momentous performances. Jennifer Hudson performed Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” in memory of the artist. On a different note, Nicki Minaj’s dramatic performance of her upcoming single “Roman Holiday” was one that left people talking. Bruno Mars and Katy Perry performed, as well as Taylor Swift who played the banjo during her performance of her song “Mean,” which also won in the category for best country song.

There were also some combined performances with Rihanna and Coldplay, who performed their new song “Princess of China” from Coldplay’s newest album, “Mylo Xyloto.” Maroon 5 and the up-and-coming Foster the People both played in tribute to the Beach Boys, celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Beach Boys then took the stage to play their song, “Good Vibrations.” Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, and Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster the People, joined the group to finish out the performance.

Overall, this year’s GRAMMY Awards were filled with big winners, many memorable and entertaining performances, and appearances from amazing and esteemed artists, both old and new. It was a music-filled night that only the GRAMMYs can provide.

Who’s on Becca’s iPod?

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Laura Richards in Who's on whose iPod?

Junior Becca Richards is someone who knows her music. She plays just about every instrument known to mankind and has a killer voice to go with it. She has a passion and love for Jesus that I have never seen in a person and she loves to show her love for Him through music. She is the SLA on Third Front in Glide-Crawford and you have probably seen her working at the Student Center. This girl has killer taste in music, so here is what’s on Becca’s iPod!

1. “Paradise” (Coldplay)

“One of the best music videos ever (I love elephants)!!! It is so catchy!!!!!”

2. “The Spirit and the Bride” (Matt Maher)

“Saw Matt Maher in concert and this song touched me so much, especially talking about Christ coming again! Matt Maher is one of my favorite people. Love it!!!”

3. “Savior” (Andrew Ripp)

“Oh my word. Andrew Ripp’s voice is husky angelic! He has got so much soul and I want it!!”

4. “You’re Not Listening” (The Rescues)

“A band of four (two girls, two guys) that literally play every instrument and can make beautiful harmonious music!! Not to mention the fact that the guy who sings last in the song, sings and doesn’t breathe for a looong time.”

5. “Only the Young” (Brandon Flowers)

“Another one of the best music videos ever. Brandon Flowers from the Killers blows me away with the synth man! It rocks!!”

6. “Sparrow” (Audrey Assad)

“One of my favorite old Gospel hymns called the Eye of the Sparrow was turned into this Sparrow by Audrey. The beat is so wonderful and she has got wicked awesome pipes.”

7. “Will You Be There” (Michael Jackson)

“CLASSIC. I remember watching this music video before ‘Free Willy’ started on my VHS player. This song has got that soul element in the choir, not to mention the King of Pop.”

8. “Thunder Road” (Bruce Springsteen)

“Springsteen is one of my favorites. His lyrics can’t be beat. I love listening to this when I workout, no lie.”

9. “God’s Not Dead” (Newsboys)

“A fairly new song that is my new obsession. I honestly used to hate that Michael Tate was in the Newsboys, but this song blew me away. I am singing it everywhere now!”

10. “Whipping Post” (Allman Brothers)

“Southern rock soul blows your mind. My dad definitely influenced my love of the Allman Brothers who totally school Lynyrd Skynyrd for sure.”

Asbury features… Josh Krieder

Posted: February 14, 2012 by Shelby Weakley in Asbury features

When you hear a hearty laugh on campus, one can always assume it is Josh Krieder. Proud Asburian, Josh has a radiant personality that can make anyone around him smile even on his or her darkest days. But not everyone knows of his musical gift of guitar playing.

Josh began playing guitar since his junior year of high school with one of his buddies. “He had started playing and I wanted to as well, so I used [my friend’s] dad’s guitar and learned the basics from him,” he said. After this, Josh began to play on and off through high school, not really committing to it just yet. But the real influence to start focusing on the guitar has been his coming to Asbury. “My roommate was a pretty good guitar player, and just watching him play made me want to go from a casual player to a real guitarist,” said Josh.

Josh has learned a lot from learning to play an instrument. “Guitar has taught me that in order to be good at something you need to practice, and it will probably be hard and take a long time,” he said. “But it has also taught me that hard work is worth it.” Josh has not only learned about dedication but also about artistic expression through music: “I’ve always loved music, but until I started playing guitar, I didn’t have a way to create it myself. It provided a way for me to get me feelings out that I couldn’t necessarily put into words.”

Josh not only plays in his free time, but he also has opportunities to share his talent and use it for worship. “Anytime I play for people it’s usually for church or a small group,” he said. Josh has admitted to having a shy streak when it comes to playing in front of large groups, but he is finding courage. “I’m beginning to come out of that fear and looking for more opportunities to perform,” Josh said.

When asked about future opportunities concerning guitar playing, Josh revealed a possibility of wanting to maybe pursuing a career in worship ministry. “I would like to play in church and small groups more, and I hope to someday be a worship leader of some kind,” he said. Josh has also utilized the GarageBand app on Apple computers and recorded his own songs, and hopes to someday make a CD.

Though Josh has been emerging as more of a serious guitar player recently, he realizes how much progress he has made. “I’m not a virtuoso now, but I am much better than when I started!” he said. Like many of his friends, I know I am looking forward to what the future holds for him.

Josh Krieder playing guitar