by Mike Breen
Two AltRock greats tackle Queen's operatic anthem … but can they top The Muppets?
"Bohemian Rhapsody," one of the trademark songs by legendary rockers Queen, was fittingly released on Halloween in 1975 and its strange, epic Rock operatics were an instant success across the globe (it only reached No. 9 on the U.S. singles charts initially, but a re-released version on the heels of its appearance in Wayne's World made it to No. 2 in 1992). Though a bit silly, history has treated the tune well — it's regularly included in innumerable "Best Rock Songs Ever" lists and polls and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Here's the beginning of BBC's The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody for some background (the rest of the parts of the program are in the right column if you click the "Watch it on YouTube" link). The song has been covered numerous times over the years (though mostly not until the ’80s/’90s, likely due to its "untouchable" status in the minds of some; how many "Stairway to Heaven" covers are there?). Sometimes the versions are cheeky parodies (of COURSE Weird Al recorded "Bohemian Polka"), while other times it is presented fairly straight up (like P!nk's live version). This young month has already seen the issuance of two new(-ish) covers of the song. The Flaming Lips tackled the track in 2005, recording it for the Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen compilation. But yesterday, a new video of the song was posted to the group's YouTube site. It's fairly faithful, with just a little of the Lips' freaky glaze sprinkled on top. The new video is a bit more glazed — and decidedly NSFW (due to female nudity).Puscifer, one the side-project bands from Tool frontman Maynard James Kennan, has recorded the song as well, set for release on a new EP, Donkey Punch the Night, due Feb. 19. It's a strong version, but even more faithful to the original. Who does it better? Personally, I don't think it gets better than this — The Muppets version of "Bohemian Rhapsody," released in 2009 (and currently boasting over 30 million views on YouTube). Animal steals the show.
by Mike Breen
Israeli Electronic music artist/DJ/producer Borgore (born Asaf Borger) brings his playful Dubstep/Hip Hop stylings to Bogart's tonight for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $22, while they last. As our own Brian Baker points out in this week's CityBeat, "Borgore" would be the perfect name for a Death Metal band (picture it written in the popular, bleeding Doom font). Turns out, Borger began his musical life as a drummer for a Death Metal band (you can still hear the Metal influence in his work occasionally), before deciding he was sick of relying on others to get shit done. That's when Borger turned into Borgore, became self-sufficient and started his own label, Buygore Records.Word spread about Borgore's self-made tracks and remixes and he became a much buzzed about artist in Dubstep circles. But Borgore's music is way more eclectic than most artists given the Dubstep tag. Besides the Metal, he can go straight up Hip Hop or craftily mesh together a range of Electronica and EDM styles. Borgore's live shows have been widely acclaimed. More than just a strobe-light show and a dude behind the decks, Borgore incorporates dancers, a stage set and an irrepressible energy that finds him crowd-surfing often. Sounds like it's a mix of aerial dancing, strip-club bump and grind and Girl Talk's "be the crowd" antics. Below is a video of Borgore spinning live, followed (after the jump) by a very cheeky (and totally NSFW) clip for the title track of his recent EP, FLEX. Did I mention it's NSFW?
by Mike Breen
Vaski, ANR, Delloween and Other Spooky Treats
Music Tonight: If you're hitting the bars and clubs this weekend, there's an extremely high probability that you'll run into Halloween hijinks. If you're a Bluegrass fan, the best place to get your groovy-ghoulies on and kick off the elongated weekend Halloween celebration is Covington's Madison Theatre. After a summer of hitting the fest circuit hard, Bluegrass legend Del McCoury, inventive guitarist/composer/improviser Keller Williams and The Travelin' McCourys (Del's sons' band) are presenting the two-day "fest on wheels" dubbed Delloween (the second night of Delloween takes place Saturday in Roanoke, Va.). The show promises lots of special tricks and treats, including two costume contests. The best overall costume winner wins $250, while the best Del McCoury costume will net you a pair of tickets to McCoury's annual outdoor festival, DelFest. The show is also featuring a food drive — bring non-perishable food items if you go (also, half of the money from sales of Delloween posters will be donated to the Children's Hunger Alliance). Del plays first, so if you'd like to see a living legend perform, get their by the 8 p.m. start time. Williams plays second, performing a rare "no loops" set, then The McCourys (with Williams) will do a "late-night" jam to close the festivities. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20.
by Mike Breen
Misfits, Drive-By Truckers, Q102's Bosom Ball and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, plus This Day in Music
Music Tonight: Pioneering German music experimentalist Hans-Joachim Roedelius performs a rare Cincinnati show tonight at The Mockbee (2260 Central Pkwy., just past the Western Hills Viaduct if you're heading towards downtown). Roedelius is legendary in avant garde circles and his adventurous work in Krautrock (with Cluster and Harmonia), Ambient and Electronica has had a hand in shaping the sound of a lot of contemporary music. Suffice to say, certain types of music (from Techno to Dubstep to Indie Rock) would likely sound different if Roedelius were never born. Consequence of Sound recently posted this interview with Roedelius, in which the 76-year-old trailblazer (he turns 77 Wednesday, but says, "Only my body feels the age, not my mind") talks about his upcoming appearance at Moogfest, his more recent work with acoustic music and poetry and collaborating with Brian Eno. Below is a sampling of Roedelius work over the past 40 years. Admission tonight is $10 and showtime is 8 p.m. Xambuca and Nebulagirl open.