Category Archives: Music

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Ham 4 Ham Does Disney

Unless you’ve been hanging out under rocks, or really out of touch with the live theater scene, you’ll know that Hamilton is the biggest show to hit Broadway this decade. Written and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, this blend of rap, hiphop, traditional Broadway numbers, and nerdtastic history play has taken the theater world by storm. (Watch for it to walk away with all the Tonys come January.) The musical is, of course, sold out for the next six months and change, but that doesn’t stop those who are hoping to land a seat from hopping into the line for the ticket lottery outside the theaters every night. Miranda has taken to entertaining the crowds while they wait in a series he calls “Ham 4 Ham,” so that even if they don’t get to see him as the titular Hamilton on stage, they can still say they got to see the man who is revolutionizing the Broadway musical perform live.


Last night, he was joined by Lea Salonga, who is starring just down the street in George Takei’s Allegiance, which is a musical based on the Japanese internment that occurred during WWII. Salonga might not be a name you recognize, but you’ll know her voice. In the 1990s, she was the voice of Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin. Naturally she and Miranda perform the duet from that musical “A Whole New World.” Check it out below.

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Tunes for Tuesday: Grimes “Art Angels”

Those of you who have been following our Tunes for Tuesday column will know I’ve been pretty obsessed with Grimes since I discovered her last year. On Friday her new album “Art Angels” dropped after a long delay as she totally retooled her sound. The ethereal electronic sound of Visions has been wiped, replaced with a more earthy mainstream pop that wouldn’t be all that out of place on the Top 40 charts next to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. There’s still a bit of the Kpop synth bubblegum sound, a bit like a soundtrack for her anime superhero alterego. And more importantly, these are not love songs. No jilted girls, so sad Adele like sighs of the heart. These are songs to kick ass and take names on the dance floor to.  The result is infectious.

Below, one of my favorite tracks, plus a collaboration with Janelle Monae!

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Come Back To Music, Justin Timberlake, Justin Timberlake

I’m not big into the whole CMA scene, but Justin Timberlake’s appearance on the awards show so electrified Twitter last night, i had to check it out. And I’m glad I did. (Even though I have rather a bit of quibble with that whole “Soul Of Memphis” nickname.)

Come back to music Justin Timberlake. The music world misses you. Fuck it, put out a country album if that’s what you want. (Since clearly you weren’t really into what you were doing with that whole 20/20 Experience dual album.) Just don’t leave us this way.

Tunes for Tuesday: Léon

For most people when they see “Léon,” they immediately think The Professional, and Natalie Portman, Jean Reno, and Gary Oldman screaming “EVERYONE!”

But soon that reference may change. Léon is the name of one of Sweden’s latest pop exports, and from the sounds of her first two singles, she may be about to take the world by storm.

Below, her second single, which was releases only a couple of weeks ago.

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