What would the world’s largest vinyl record would look like? Maybe a little like your old copy of The Eagles’ Hotel California? But, uh, bigger? And what better place for this vinyl than a city in California? As it turns out, that’s actually a thing”and it’s happening on the rooftop of Inglewood, California’s the Forum. The vinyl weighs in at a whopping 50,000 pounds, and measures 407 feet in diameter. It even spins at a leisurely 17 miles per hour. Extremely limited edition. So what’s the cause for such a gigantic Eagles tribute? The record was installed to coincide with the re-opening of the Forum, and the six shows that will be staged by the ’70s rock giants to mark the occasion beginning on January 15. You can check out a video documenting the construction below.
Before he became Vicious Corleone, Terance Williams was just a kid with a thing for Atlanta rap, who happened to have a dad with a thing for Queen, The Eagles and Journey. You can hear the convergence of those two schools in the rapper’s self-described Southern rebel music. Vicious mixes ˜90s hip hop with up-tempo, bass-heavy hooks and rock riffs”an intentional departure from both the dance hits and trap music that rule the Atlanta rap scene. On Shots Fired (Reload) snippets of sirens and 8-bit audio come in lashes, whipping up the audience. M.P.B. (that’s Music, Party, Bullshit) combines scraps of different beats, over which Vicious delivers his manifesto: We don’t want to be doctors or lawyers / We ain’t Huxtables. But don’t think that the rapper doesn’t have ambition. In 100 Miles and Running he sets his sights high, saying, I’d settle for Kelly Rowland / Ms. Knowles is taken. Atta boy.
While OurStage artist Austin Renfroe hasn’t been singing his whole life, he’s been making up for lost time since deciding to pursue a musical career. With the help of a voice coach, hours and hours of practice and a whole lot of natural talent, Austin is proving to the world that he is a force to be reckoned with. He really seems to understand when elaborate vocal embellishments should be added to his well-crafted songs, and when straight, simple singing is most effective.
Austin shared with us some of the ways that he’s learned (and is still learning) to utilize every aspect of his voice through training, and we want to share his story with you!
OS: At what age did you begin singing? How did you become interested?
AR: I started singing when I was seventeen. I heard an album by an artist named Matt Wertz and I remember thinking “That’s what I want to do”.
OS: How was your voice matured since you began singing?
AR: My voice has come a very, very long way. The things that jump out at me the most are my range. I went from 2 1/3 octaves to 4 1/3. My voice also has gained character. I didn’t know how to utilize the many different tools that my voice was capable of until the last year and a half. The deep and rich tones are definitely another way to hear the maturation of my voice. It all kind of expands out of the growth in my range.
Leave it to Samantha Kirshtein to make you feel like a real lazybones. She plays volleyball and tennis. Likes to garden and cook. Fishes and surfs. Gets good grades. Plays the guitar and sings like a dream. And, on top of that, she’s only 13. The South Carolinian was raised on a wholesome diet of classics like Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Hank Williams. But, when you listen to her music, it’s evident that the girl is a Taylor Swift fan at heart. Kirshtein’s voice has a lovely, natural huskiness complemented by her even and pure singing style. It’s simple, but instantly likeable. Her material is made up mostly of bright and sunny folk songs, like “Love Birds””a punchy, much younger cousin to John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane.” “All of the Above” is a similarly upbeat, pop-country ditty with a radio-ready melodic hook. But this teenage ingénue is also capable of tackling serious subject matter while avoiding schmaltz. “I Do Too,” is a delicate, grassy homage to Kirshtein’s grandfather, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It’s rare to find this kind of poise in an artist so young. Expect big things from Kirshtein in the years to come. We do.