The Upbeat Recap – February 6th
In this past Sunday’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, Katy Perry put on a spectacle that included a giant animatronic lion, guest appearances by Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz, and everyone’s favorite background dancer, Left Shark. One of the two backup dancers wearing shark costumes (specifically the one on Katy’s left, as we view her) evidently forgot his routine and began to dance to the beat of his own drum, so to speak. He has since blown up into an internet phenomenon.
After a school newspaper at the University of Oklahoma published Jack White’s rider for a recent show he performed, the artist’s booking agency has blacklisted the university indefinitely for further performances. Some of the requests made in the rider are as follows:
“This is a NO BANANA TOUR. (Seriously) We don’t want to see bananas anywhere in the building.”
There must be a pound of “freshly sliced, high-quality prosciutto and aged salami with a sharp knife.”
A batch of homemade guacamole
The rider itself concludes with a half-page long recipe for this guacamole, and it appears that the publishing of White’s recipe is what caused this vehement response on the artist’s end. Evidently, the man takes his dips very seriously.
Following suit with other major music festivals such as Coachella and The Governors Ball, Sasquatch! Music Festival has finally posted their lineup. Major acts include (but are not limited to) Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Ray, Ryan Adams, Of Monsters And Men, Tame Impala, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, and more. The festival takes place from May 22-25 in Quincy, Washington.
In preparation for the 2015 Grammys (airing this Sunday, February 8th), we at The Upbeat tried our hands at predicting several of the awards. Our predictions (by no means universally agreed upon) are as follows:
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Fancy—Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)—Sam Smith
Shake It Off—Taylor Swift
All About That Bass—Meghan Trainor
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Morning Phase — Beck
Beyoncé — Beyoncé
X — Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour — Sam Smith
Girl — Pharrell Williams
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
This Is All Yours—Alt-J
Melophobia—Cage The Elephant
St. Vincent—St. Vincent