• Playlist of the week: week 8, Fun Fun Fun Fest edition

    In this special edition of the playlist of the week, I made a playlist of the best songs from artists on this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup. Each track is supplemented with a short commentary, giving a reason for why you should check them out.

    Slayer – “Raining Blood”

    Headlining the Orange Stage is the legendary metal band Slayer. Slayer's performance will have the crowd going wild, and fans will be eagerly waiting for the surging power of “Raining Blood” to pierce their ears. The song is fast, heavy, mean and features one of the greatest riffs in all of heavy metal. Just don’t break any bones in the mosh pit.

    Television – “See No Evil”

    Also on the Orange Stage is the 1970s art-punk band Television, one of the older acts playing at this year's festival. Although they may be old, bands playing ahead of them like The Walkmen and MGMT wouldn’t exist without these punk rockers. Their debut album Marquee Moon is one of the best in all of rock music, and opening track “See No Evil” sounds just as fresh now as it did back then.

    Ice-T – “O.G. Original Gangster”

    Everyone’s favorite SVU star is playing on the rap-centric Blue Stage, and the "cop killer" will surely be laying down some of his greatest jams. His hit “O.G. Original Gangster” is an ironic listen at this point in his career, where fans are more used to him solving crimes or walking his dog on reality TV. You’ve got to love Ice-T, though.

    Gojira – “The Axe”

    Playing on the Black Stage is French technical death-metal group Gojira. It might be hard to determine what it's screaming about half the time, but the band has an eco-friendly, environmentalist angle to its songs. They are all vegans, which is perhaps the most un-metal thing a person can do. “The Axe” is an excellent track from their newest album, and has enough double-bass peddling to massage your ears for a week. Just don’t eat any meat while listening to it.

    Tenacious D – “The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Cage”

    The D are currently the best comedic music group around, and are rightfully headlining the Yellow Stage. Jack Black and KG are incredible entertainers and their music is seriously good. Their most recent album Rize of the Fenix is perhaps their best work yet, and “The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Cage” shows the duo’s sweeter side. The flute-centric musical interlude two-and-a-half minutes in would seem out of place on a normal comedy album, but The D are happy to show off their songwriting chops. Don’t miss this show.

    Active Child – “Hanging On”

    Active Child is the pseudonym for dream pop artist Pat Grossi, who is playing on the Orange Stage (to match his hair?). A talented choirboy with a harp, Grossi’s angelic voice is inseparable from the synths of his music. Even though he just released a new EP, 2011’s “Hanging On” is still his best song. It’s catchy, emotional and has a great atmosphere.  

    Del the Funky Homosapien/Deltron 3030 – “3030”

    Ending off the playlist is another act on the Blue Stage, Del the Funky Homosapien. Del’s iconic voice has graced many projects throughout his career, most notably with Gorrilaz, but little can match up with the amazing Deltron 3030. Their hip-hop-era debut about giant mechs fighting in the future is one of the best hip-hop concept albums of all time. Its opening track “3030” sets the mood perfectly with a dope beat and Del’s creamy smooth flow.

  • Classic television shows and movies to be remade for the small screen

    When it comes to television entertainment, everything that is old is new again.

    In the past months several old television shows have been selected for reboots — that means new characters, new plots and a new timeline are about to transform some of television’s classic shows for a new audience.

    One buzz worthy remake set for release is "Charmed." CBS recently announced plans to revamp the '90s show that followed a trio of witches as they battled evil monsters, warlocks and demons.  While people generally seem excited about this reboot, members of the original “Charmed” cast do not share the same feelings. Rose McGowan, who starred as Paige in the original series, tweeted:

     

    Another show set for reboot is “Murder, She Wrote.” In this crime show Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is stepping into the iconic shoes of Angela Lansbury. NBC has picked up the pilot episode.

    "Fame" is another title set to be remade. Despite the fact that it has already been made into a movie, twice, “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe is bringing this story of performing-art students in New York to viewers at home.

    The Syfy channel is set to launch a new series centered around the 1995 time-traveling film "12 Monkeys" starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis. The movie showed a post-apocalyptic world that had been devastated by a virus presumed to have been released by a terrorist organization called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. A 90-minute pilot will kick off the season. 

    The psycho himself, Patrick Bateman, is set to return in an FX sequel to the 2000 movie "American Psycho," based on the bestselling book by Bret Easton Ellis. The series will take place years after the events described in the novel and according to FX, Bateman will take on a protege and teach him the ropes to sadistic murders.

    Thanks to NBC and actor-turned-director, Ben Stiller, the iconic '90s comedy, "Reality Bites," about Generation X is getting turned into a TV series. "Reality Bites" was originally released in 1994 and starred Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke.

    Superhero movies are among the most commonly rebooted. The CW is debuting the DC Comic superhero "The Flash." "Glee’s" Grant Gustin will don the red suit of the lightning-fast superhero

    Travel back to the 1930s with Bonnie and Clyde in a new mini-series. Set to air on Dec. 8, "Bonnie and Clyde" stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger as the infamous couple.  The mini-series is based on the 1967 Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway film and is scheduled to air on Lifetime, A&E and the History Channel.

    Rounding out the list of TV remakes  is none other than "The Wizard of Oz." We know what you’re thinking — been there, done that multiple times. Brace yourselves for five more reboots of "The Wizard of Oz" that are already in development. One of the most bizarre remakes is a CBS medical drama based on the original novel by L. Frank Baum, entitled "Dorothy."