The singers battle with the press and public over her image has been an epic one in recent weeks. Just over a month ago, she made headlines following an incident at a Fashion Week event in Tokyo in which she reportedly walked off stage when the crowd refused to, in her alleged words, shut the f**k up. Apple, 36, doesnt seem so out-of-character in the latest incident. Over an hour into the set, a fan in the first balcony shouted, Fiona! Get healthy! We want to see you in 10 years! Stereogum explains what happened next: Apple, understandably, looked aghast, then hurt, then furious. She unleashed a torrent of vitriol at the unseen member of the peanut gallery. I am healthy! Who the fuck do you think you are? I want you to get the fuck out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave! The venue obliged and the offending fan left, but not without escalating. As she left, the heckler had a parting shot: I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful! As Apple reportedly became more emotional, The Oregonion reports that an unkind man also shouted, Youre a has-been! She then apparently said she was done, but muscled through Waltz (Better Than Fine) while sobbing. With only one song left scheduled for the set (I Know), she in tears, apologized and walked off, calling it a historically stupid night. Which is set, notably, to be the first of 15 nights in an October tour called Anything We Want. On the website for the Apple and Mills tour, the Largo-affiliated duo writes, Fiona Apple & Blake Mills (thats us), are doing a little tour as a duo. We know itll be something special, and we arent being coy here. Unfortunately, it seems the uncertainty that comes from beyond the stage (arguably about 96 percent of any given shows uncertainty quotient) is a bit less inspiring. Popular Articles
Both the symphonic band and concert band are composed of both music and non-music majors who underwent a competitive blind audition in order to participate. The upcoming concert is not only an opportunity for students to enjoy a performance put on by their peers, but a chance to highlight the musical talents of several UA students. The concert will showcase the talents of many students from various backgrounds, ages, majors and experience, as well as highlight musical selections that are vibrant, aggressive, soulful and fun, Todd said. With their performance, the two bands seek to engage people of all musical preferences, from contemporary pop to rock to classical, while simultaneously dispelling the connotation associated with symphonic and concert bands. When people hear the terms symphonic band and concert band, they automatically think of older, classical music, Randall Coleman, associate director of bands and conductor of the symphonic and concert bands, said. This presents a challenge since most college students prefer to listen to new songs on the radio. However, I think our program successfully encompasses many different musical tastes by providing fast-paced, contemporary music thats easy to listen to. Similarly, Todd said the symphonic bands and concert bands are much more relatable than most people realize. They are not limited to older music, and students will be surprised to find that many of the pieces in the concert will be familiar to them. This concert will provide sounds that are familiar and recognizable, as well as some that are new and different, Todd said. The overarching goal of the concert is to promote the Alabama symphonic band and Alabama concert band, and by extension the music program as a whole. The concert allows the bands an outlet for their hard work, and ticket sales will benefit the music program. Weve worked hard to present a quality program, and we wont disappoint, Christopher Henley, a freshman majoring in organ performance and a guest member of the symphonic band, said. The concert will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of Moody Music Building. Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students and can be purchased at uamusic.tix.com.
Concert to feature new, familiar pieces
Photo: Brian Blum For over 30 years, the name Botzer has been synonymous with the founder of the Livnot ULehibanot (To Build and be Built) work-study program that began in the Old City of Safed. So it was a bit perplexing when posters began appearing around Jerusalem advertising the performance of Botzer at the Yellow Submarine music club. It turns out that the Botzer in question was not program founder Aharon but his son Eliezer who, at 32, is trying his hand as a fledgling rock star. Botzer the band plays an exuberant mix of religious rap and rock, with soaring guitar solos balanced by passionate ballads that sometimes call out directly to the heavens and, at other times, in the best Song of Songs tradition, play out on multiple levels: evocative poems lingering on the love between a man and woman, with the never-far-from-consciousness hint of God lingering in the background, like a hidden camera in the Big Brother house. Botzers song Mi Atah (Who Are You?) is a good example. The video clip is filled with scenes of urban America and birds soaring through clouds; the lyrics can be easily read both as individually contemplative or religious allegory. Again you are afraid to deal with the unknown, with yourself, putting on a face, as if youre in control of whats happening. Another era of denial. Botzers eponymous lead singer is a beast of a man a hulking giant at well over six feet tall, dressed in an all-black suit thats a couple sizes too tight, a black shirt and charcoal grey tie, with a velvet black kippa perched high on his head betraying the Breslov hassid he still is. While many ultra-Orthodox religious men sport some kind of peyot (sidelocks), Botzers are a wonder a cascading wall of hair that, if he didnt turn around to reveal a closer-cropped back story, one would not be entirely mistaken in assuming was the long hair of an 80s metal rocker. Add to this a long pointy beard and various scraggly bits and Botzer is, well, a bit scary on stage. First impressions aside, Botzer clearly has a talent for communicating his lyrics are multifaceted with infectious rhymes and he frequently sits himself down on a tall stool to tell stories between sets, mostly of a religious nature.