SA Sound: Miley Cyrus twerks in SA, Hydra Melody opens for Third Eye Blind
Published: November 13, 2013
IN DEFENSE OF MILEY It’s official: just when we needed her, Miley Cyrus will be stopping at the AT&T Center on March 15, 2014, as part of the Bangerz Tour that starts on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver, British Columbia, and, as of now, ends April 24 in Uniondale, N.Y. (more dates will be announced). Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 16, at livenation.com. If you have an American Express card and can’t wait to check her tongue out, you can buy tickets from now until Friday, November 15 at 10 p.m. Fans can also have a chance to buy tickets via Facebook RSVP.
Say what you want about Miley. I don’t go home and groove to her music, but on a daily basis I receive tons of “respectable” stuff that sounds a lot worse. And as far as her antics (her groping, her touching, the tongue, the twerking … the nakedness! Ohhh!), I never hear anyone criticizing male stars showing their abs or looking “sexy.” Oh, you’re worried about what to tell your daughter about the death of Hannah Montana? Like Louis C.K. said (referring to those who ask themselves, “How can I explain gay marriage to my kid?”): “It’s your fucking kid. You tell [him/her]. Why should I care?”
While the whole world, from Sinéad O’Connor to the Church Lady to staunch conservatives and “cool” liberals were bitching about the actions of a woman who knew perfectly well what she was doing all along, Cyrus was getting richer and more popular (no, Sinéad, no one at the label told her to get naked; she did it all herself). Bangerz debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts with over 270,000 copies sold. It was No. 1 on iTunes in more than 70 countries, the first two singles sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S. alone, and “Wrecking Ball” became the No. 1 Spotify stream in the U.S. ever, with 2.5 million plays. Does all this make her a “good” artist? Not necessarily, but that’s not the point. The point is—she did something expecting a reaction. And she got it.
So, go girl. You’re winning. And many of us will see ya in SA. Not me, of course.
DECISIONS, DECISIONS… Which is it? “Smoke and Mirrors”? “White Lies”? “Tension?” It’s hard to decide which is my favorite song on Fiction’s self-titled debut album. It’s a compact, 35-minute alternative/garage tour de force (ideal for a two-sided vinyl, like in the good old days), with a singer/guitarist full of personality (Mercedes Smith) and guitars (hers and Jessica Bartolett’s) that cut like a knife, subtle rap touches and a solid rhythm section by Christopher Doyle (drums and percussion) and Mike Piersimoni (bass and vocals). The album starts with a bang and keeps getting better. I’m alternating writing this and emailing the band with questions, because each track is better than the last and I go, “WTF?!” every three minutes. Get it NOW on Reverbnation and Bandcamp and catch them live as soon as you can. Next stop: January 31 at Hi-Tones. Damn.