We Do Something…Do You?

In: Calan, Politics & Issues

Recently I came across one of the most amazing websites that I have ever seen for youth under 25: DoSomething.org. I personally have been working a little bit with Do Something but I’ll save that for another time. On their website they describe themselves as “one of the largest organizations in the US [and Canada] that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.”

After checking out their website I found out that Do Something isn’t just your average “Do Good” website. 1,229,579 teens took action last year through their programs. That’s insane! As a young person and someone who is actively working on a Do Something campaign I’ve found this website and the people there to be extremely helpful in questions that I’ve had. It’s really simple to start a Do Something Club, just go to their Clubs Page and it will walk you through step by step how to set one up. Even if you’ve already set up a program, charity, or cause that you are working on you can still create a club and then you can also apply for seed money and scholarships through the Do Something Program.

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Concert Review: Heart Made “These Dream” Come True

In: Donovan, Music

Every Saturday night should start out by watching these rockers do their thing, because they are truly EPIC. Legendary rock band Heart stopped by Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre to wrap up their “Heart Comes Home Tour“. It’s only fitting the group picked Vancouver as their last stop, since it’s here where it all began nearly 40 years ago.

Alex and I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing Ann and Nancy Wilson in Los Angeles last year. Naturally, we gushed on and on how much we loved “Alone” and their other power ballads. They were humbled and surprised that everyone seems to love that song. Umm, ladies… it’s because its a wicked awesome song. When Carrie Underwood performed “Alone” on American Idol’s fourth season, it exposed Heart to a brand new generation. Over the years, more of their songs would appear on the show and even in a Swiffer commercial making their songs even more timeless.

find out my favorite Heart songs after the jump

When NBC’s The Sing-Off signed off at the end of 2010, we were teased with the premise of their newest singing show venture entitled The Voice. The concept is simple. Four musician coaches select singers to work with during the blind auditions. Once teams have been formed, the coaches will bring in their producers, song writers and friends to help mentor their team’s growth. America will then decide which singer should win the $100,000 prize that also comes with a recording contract.

As it stands, the show is set to premiere on April 26th and will be hosted by Carson Daily. To add to the excitement, two of the coaches were revealed today by Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios. Who are these mysterious members? Well, you can count on watching Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and Gwyneth Paltrow’s bestie Cee-Lo Green mentor some singers into super-stardom.

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Looks like “Glee” is rubbing off on the doctors of Seattle Grace. On the March 31st episode of “Grey’s Anatomy“, the bulk of the cast will be showing off their vocal pipes. The episode will be Callie-centric and, according to Shonda Rhimes, would’ve happened even if Sara Ramirez could sing. I’m sure the fact Ramirez is a Tony Award winning actress doesn’t hurt either.

“It’s an amazing opportunity… Singing runs in my family; it’s something I embrace about myself. I’ve been nothing but thrilled and excited to come to work and play a character that I love and portray a journey that I’m just really excited to portray.” – Sara Ramirez

So what can we expect from the musical episode. Rhimes promises it won’t be like “Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s” Broadway-esque episode. Instead, the singing make sense and that the cast isn’t just singing for no reason. Ramirez and the cast will be covering songs that have become synonymous with the show.

Kevin McKidd (Owen), Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and Ramirez will helm Snow Patrol’s hit song, “Chasing Cars“. Other songs making the episode include Anna Nalick’s “Breathe (2AM)” covered by Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and The Fray’s “How To Save A Life” and much more. Get a behind the scenes look at the cast singing below.

check out snippets of the cast singing after the jump

Elton John To Host SNL

In: Celeb Gossip & News, TV Shows, Tyrell

New dad Elton John is set to perform double duty on Saturday Night Live on April 2nd when he hosts the show and appears as the musical guest with Leon Russel. This will be Elton John’s first appearance on the show since 1982.

Everyone learned the news at Elton’s Oscar Party held on Sunday at the Pacific Design Center. The party was swanky as always with a live auction that benefited the Elton John Aids Foundation. Among the items up for bid were two VIP passes to the April 2nd taping as well as an invite to the cast after party, all courtesy of executive producer, Lorne Michaels. What was the winning bid on this prize? $75,000.

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New Releases Out This Week: February 28th

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

This week is a great week for movie releases. So much so that it was hard to decide which one to feature specifically. However, in the spirit of the Oscar’s last night, I’ve decided to equally feature James Franco’s Oscar nominated film 127 Hours and co-host Anne Hathaway’s hit film Love and Other Drugs.

In 127 Hours, James portrays the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston in his remarkable adventure to save himself after a boulder crashes down on his arm and maroons him in an isolate canyon in Utah. After 5 days of being trapped and reviewing his life, he musters up the courage to self-amputate his arm and try to find his way to a rescue. This DVD features behind-the-scenes looks, commentaries and deleted scenes.

In Love and Other Drugs, Maggie (played by Anne Hathaway) is a free spirit who let anything, or anyone tie her down. But when she meets her match in cute and friendly pharmaceutical rep, Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), their evolving relationship takes them both by surprise when they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: Love. This DVD features commentaries, deleted scenes and a deeper look at some of the characters.

Check out more New Releases after the jump.

In January of 2010, Matthew Morrison signed his first solo record deal with Mercury Records. Its said that his first album will come out in May of this year with a very special duet with Elton John making an appearance.

This morning on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Matthew debuted the first single off of his solo project titled Summer Rain. After listening to the track, I have to say its exactly what I expected it to sound like with a pleasant surprise of it being better than I truly expected. It has a little bit more of an adult-contemporary vibe versus the pop pleasures we’re used to hearing him sing on Glee.

In the interview after the song debuted, Matthew explained that he wanted to really shine as an artist with this project and he knew the only way to do that was to write his own music. He told Ryan is doing a world tour to promote the album project in May through July with twelve stops in Europe. Wow. That’s quite the tour schedule.

Listen to the track “Summer Rain” after the jump.

“This is the manifesto of mother monster,” says Lady Gaga at the beginning of her music video for “Born This Way“. In true Gaga fashion, she tells a story before her song actually begins. She tells the story of the birth of a new race within the race of humanity. A race without prejudice. Simultaneously another birth took place. The birth of evil. The music playing the background while she tells the story is epic. “How can I protect something so perfect without evil,” the mother monster asked herself. “It doesn’t matter if you love him, or capital Him…” And the song begins.

Gaga shows off the hot bod she was born with (minus the fake point parts protruding through her skin) in a skimpy bikini throughout a good majority of the video. I really enjoy the simplicity of that, interwoven with the story she was telling about the birth of the new race and the out of this world visuals used in those clips. I also loved with Willow Smith-inspired ponytail she whipped around during one clip with the guy we first saw in the Mugler fashion show where the remixed version of her song first debuted.

Watch the video below and let me know what you think and if you like it better that Britney’s Hold It Against Me music video. I have to ask, since they’re essentially going head to head this spring.

Watch the video after the jump…

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