Artist Spotlight: Tiffani Jenee

Do you like Taylor Momsen’s voice, but don’t really care for The Pretty Reckless? Have you been searching for a modern day Janis Joplin or even a Grace Slick?

Well look no further than Lancaster, California’s own Tiffani Jenee.

Her vocal stylings are refreshing to hear in her genre (less breathy, more power) and she’s got the stage presence of a superstar. Think Kim Gordon meets Katy Perry.

Tiffani started out singing covers on her YouTube Page, then joined local guitar hero Doug Barrett to take to the stage and knock the audience’s socks off. Since joining with Barrett and forming her band, they’ve rocked venues from clubs to baseball stadiums to festivals like the Antelope Valley’s annual Thunder on the Lot, where legendary bands like Foghat have played.

Tiffani and company have released their first EP, and it is available now on their BandCamp Page. I have to say, it’s definitely worth checking out! The five-song EP is solid and enjoyable from beginning to end.

For more information, as well as upcoming shows, be sure to check out her website at http://www.tiffanijenee.com and look for her on Instagram.

 

Guest Article: Derek Marr

A good friend of mine recently attended a concert, and I couldn’t help but be amazed at his excitement when he was describing the experience to me. Being The Music Junkie I have, of course, attended several concerts, but it was so refreshing to hear of another person’s experience that I asked him if he’d like to do a guest article to share with you guys!

So, here we go!

Full disclosure before I get too far into this folks: I love Ninja Sex Party. I have for a few years now. I’ve been a fan of the show “Game Grumps”, the YouTube channel in which the lead singer is the co-host of for equally as long. So with the Grumps gaining their popularity with not only one band, but with the second created by both of the hosts that they called Star Bomb, tours were clearly in the future. As soon as I had enough money in the bank (As you’ll soon find, I don’t get paid to write) my tickets for the Wiltern show were bought up and I was well on my way!

 We arrived an hour before the doors were meant to open. Fans were wrapped all around the building! I hate to use the phrase “As far as the eye could see” but In this context I mean it quite literally. I had heard from people who had been to the venue before that the interior was built to house mice, and I was beginning to wonder how so many people would be able to fit in. The doors open and we slowly move in, and much like a sci-fi show I won’t reference in fear of being sued, (yeah, like BBC will ever read anything I write. But hey, better safe than sorry!) the place was a lot bigger than it looks. We got in and were caught up with what you might expect: band merchandise, 6 dollar pizza slices, 8 dollar beers, I mean it was all pretty typical for an event. Once my group and I got all the nesscaries, (the afore mentioned merch and beer) we followed the heads of people toward the stage. As I’d mentioned before, there were tons of people so we ended up with some pretty good real estate…in the back. That being said, it was still small venue, so we could see pretty clearly.

TWRP (Tupperware Remix Party) Performance:
 The show was running late and the crowd was getting a bit belligerent. Screams of utter joy as one of the backstage techs checked one of the near by laptops on stage were beginning to become really common place. A few minutes later the audience was treated to a group of men coming out in full costumes and, in one case, a prosthetic mask. I’d heard of TWRP whenever Ninja Sex Party was discussing their line up, but never heard any of their stuff.

 Once they got the crowd warmed up, their sounds and tone were pretty clear. A heavy emphasis on seventies style bass riffs with some very excellent guitar solos, and the synthesized vocals made for an enjoyable surprise. They also flexed their comedic side with skits in-between songs which never failed to get a genuine laugh out of me. Sadly, the synthesized vocals made the lyrics more open to interpretation than understandable. I couldn’t tell you if the PA’s were just not working in the vocalists favor, or if there was something else going on.

 That was really the only thing I can think of that brought things down. The music they were playing was very intoxicating, so much so I caught the folks that were bar tending on my left dancing with each other. Much to my surprise, when they were done with their set they also stayed on stage playing back up to NSP while still being in their costumes. I’ve done work behind something as simple as a rubber mask, and let me tell you that work is HOT! It’s sweat dripping from under the mask hot. So for those guys to go out there, entertain a crowd, and play instruments for three hours in those things is nothing short of impressive. So if you like comedy bands that actually have talent, and you hear that TWRP is playing near you, make sure to check them out!
Ninja Sex Party’s Performance:

 As TWRP wrapped up their set, they did something seemingly out of the ordinary. The guitarist started playing Metallica’s “Enter the Sandman.” Just as dramatic as the change from seventies funk into eighties metal, the house lights went out. Then, in a spot light, Ninja Brian majestically flipped-off the crowd with both hands. The spotlight goes out, and the ninja vanishes only to reappear in another spotlight still giving us the double birds. The fans were loosing their collective minds, and I was no exception. Followed shorty after that was Danny Sex Bang, with a smile two miles wide, and his arms outstretched to another classic and familiar riff.

 I will say this, and I know that my opinion is bias due to my personal fandom, but these guys felt genuinely humbled by the turn out. 

 The set opened with an apology that Dan had just overcome laryngitis, and that if his voice might give out. You could feel the crowds sense of understanding, which is weird because, you know… internet people. They opened with “The Decision,” and was followed up by “If We Were Gay” which got interrupted by Dan’s inner ear monitor (which allows him to hear the music) and his microphone giving out. Oddly enough this gave TWRP and Ninja Brian, who was on keyboards, some genuine improve time which added to the song. I was expecting them to just repeat a few riffs until Dan got back, but they had a fun time just jamming.

 It turns out that Arin, one of the singers for Star Bomb, had not been so lucky with his run-in with laryngitis, and would not be preforming that night. So we ended up getting a sneak peak at two videos that would be released months later “Cool Patrol*” and “Eating Food in the Shower.”

 “Dinosaur Laser Fight” had a wonderful slow cover which may have been my favorite song of the evening. They also showed off stuff from their cover album with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “The Hit” for their encore. They also preformed a song they had done with TWRP called “The No Pants Dance” which before hand had some excellent improved musical moments. The two bands do really shine brightest when they preform together.

All-in-all the experience was a wonderful rock show with both bands really exuding energy and good times, coupled with their self-aware immature brands of humor. Both bands clearly enjoyed the sounds and humor they were putting out to us, and I personally laughed a little harder than I should for a guy going into his thirties at dick jokes and picking on the “unpaid interns” gags. As a fan of NSP I’m personally very happy I got to see them on stage. From the first video I saw of theirs “Dinosaur Laser Fight,” all the way to their cover album “Under the Covers,” it’s clear they’ve come a long way.

 When you hear that a band seems to only be on Youtube you tend to assume that nothing will come of it, they are probably stuck doing a sad job somewhere, and their Youtube stuff is just for fun. NSP shows us that it doesn’t always have to be that way. 

If you’d like to support me personally, I have my own Youtube page where I don’t really talk about music but I do play video games. I also have livestreams once in a while on Twitch. All can be found by searching for “Iamtheonewhonerds”

Thanks again guys!

Well, there we have it! Any NSP fans out there? What did you think? Be sure to check out Derek on YouTube and Twitch, and NSP on YouTube for more!

  • “Cool Patrol” was just released, and you can view it Here

 

The Most Iconic Frontmen in Music History pt. 2

Ok, so…I had to make a part 2. Can you blame me though? I mean, there are SO many people worth mentioning, it’s rather difficult to narrow it down to a handful.

I think, however, that between this list and the previous one that I’ll have all the bases covered. Starting with:

10. Morrissey

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Ah yes, the great and powerful Moz. The former Smiths frontman essentially spearheaded the Indie music movement, and has been owning the stage for over three decades. With his unique vocal styling and signature coifed hair, Morrissey’s apathetic lyrics and commanding stage presence enraptures listeners to this day.

9. Whitney Houston

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While later on in her life she was known more for her drug-fueled diva antics, there’s no denying Whitney Houston’s powerful on music. She had a powerful voice, and she had a catalogue of really touching songs (come on, admit it, the music drop followed by the snare/floor tom hit in “I Will Always Love You” still gets you.)

8. Frank Sinatra

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Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Chairman of the Board. Whatever nickname you choose to refer to him as, it’s always with an air of respect. Sinatra is arguably the most famous crooner of all time, and boasts a myriad of hits. He was the leader of the Rat Pack, which consisted of him, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Humphrey Bogart until he died. Frank Sinatra was, and still is, one of those guys that everyone respected. Maybe it was due, in part, to rumored mob ties, but respected nonetheless.

7. Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G

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Growing up in Southern California, I was around more of Tupac’s influence as opposed to Biggie’s. I even hear people talk about I’m still being alive, as if he’s the hip-hop version of Elvis. And really no 90’s Hip-Hop playlist is complete without at least two or three of Pac’s songs.

Biggie. He pretty much owned the 90’s hip-hop/rap scene, and was at the forefront of the East Coast vs. West Coast feud. I didn’t really list to much of his music until the more recent years as I’m from the West Coast, but I appreciate it nonetheless. Between his rocket to stardom until his shocking and early death, Notorious B.I.G will forever be known as a major influence in the hip-hop community.

6. James Brown

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James Brown was the founding father of Funk, and had an electrifying stage presence. In addition to being a singer, he was also a songwriter, dancer, and music producer. Brown has become one of the most recognizable and predominate figures in popular music of the the 20th century, and you can’t help but dance around and sing along to “I Got You (I Feel Good),” admit it! And I regularly bump “Get Up Offa That Thing” while driving around town.

5. Johnny Cash

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The Man in Black. Johnny Cash was, essentially, the rockstar of country music at the time. Well, before Garth Brooks turned country into a rickshaw at least. Everyone I’ve ever talked to who said they didn’t like country music said they still liked Johnny Cash! With his deep voice and non-compliant attitude towards the music industry, Cash rose to super stardom very quickly. Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Johnny Cash in the 2005 biopic “Walk the Line” was spot on, and Cash was even a consultant through filming.

4. Selena

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Revered through the entire Hispanic community, Selena was the biggest Latin Pop Star in history. Her career and life were tragically cut short in 1995 when she was shot dead by a friend and former employee Yolanda Saldivar. Known as the “Tejano Madonna,” Selena was a major force in music and fashion, and was even an active supporter for civil rights and Coca-Cola’s spokesperson in Texas. George W. Bush (the Governor of Texas at the time) officially made her birthday a state holiday after her death.

3. John Lennon

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Arguably the most famous member of The Beatles, Lennon’s shocking departure from the Fab Four caused major controversy (and, subsequently, heartbreak amongst fans) that was focused primarily (and a bit unfairly) on his love interest Yoko Ono. That’s not to say his career was adversely effected, however. In fact, Lennon enjoyed a rather successful solo career that spawned a number of hits! So why did I pick John Lennon specifically when every member of the Beatles could be considered for the title? Well, even though he wasn’t my favorite Beatle (that would be George Harrison), John Lennon had the most successful solo career of them all, up until it was tragically cut short when he was shot to death by Mark David Chapman in New York City in 1980. Not since Elvis Presley died three years earlier in 1977 was the world so shocked at the passing of a musician. John Lennon’s influence on music, as well as his advocacy for peace, spans generations and still reverberates to this day.

2. Elvis

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The King of Rock ‘n Roll himself, Elvis Presley. He took America by storm with his amazing voice, gyrating hips, and boyish good looks. We’re talking about a man who was so impactful to the pop culture in this country that he is revered even to this day. Not to mention the tremendous respect many have for him for putting his career on pause to serve in the United States Army during wartime. The King’s legacy has held steady well beyond his passing, and there’s no doubt that he’s easily considered not only one of the most iconic figures in music history, but in American history as well.

So, Elvis Presley. I mean, doesn’t get more iconic than him, am I right? So then why did I place him at the number two spot? Who could possibly be more of a bigger icon than the King of Rock ‘n Roll? That would be the King of Pop.

1. Michael Jackson

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Yes, Michael Jackson. From beginning his career as the frontman of the Jackson 5 at age ELEVEN, and up until his his passing in 2009 at the age of 50, Michael Jackson was a dominate force in the music industry. I mean, the man had a statue erected in his honor an floated down a river in celebration of just him existing. Even though he was a troubled man who’s later part of life was wrought with controversy, I’ve never met a single person who didn’t love at least one of his songs. He was immensely talented not only as a vocalist, but as a dancer. Come on, everyone’s tried to moonwalk like Michael Jackson at least once in their life!

The Top 10 Most Iconic Frontmen in Music History pt. 1

The art of music, as a whole, has its fair share of notable figures. Ranging from the incredibly talented to the downright outrageous, there’s no doubt that the colorful world of artists and musicians is full of it’s crazy characters.

But which ones stand out above all else? Which ones are household names, regardless if you listen to there music or not.

I decided to conduct an experiment. I surveyed some of a fellow music affecionados to determine what we think are the 10 most iconic frontmen of all time.

10: Aretha Franklin


What? “Frontman” is strictly a title and should never be gender specific. Besides, how could I start this article without mentioning the Queen of Soul? Often considered to be one of the first divas, Franklin solidified her rightful spot in music history with her powerful vocals and a empowering songs. I mean, come on, have you really listened to “Respect?” Of course it’s fun to sing along to “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” but there’s a reason it’s titled that.

9: Snoop Dogg

 

It really doesn’t matter if you’re from the streets or the suburbs, Snoop Dogg is a household name. From being one of Rap’s most notable figures, to reality shows, to being on an episode of Martha Stewart, EVERYONE knows who Snoop is. Granted his music has been more on the back burner as of late, but there is no questioning his spot on this list.

8: Debbie Harry

Blondie’s lead singer is the face of women in Rock. From Blondie’s early days at CBGB’s to the rapping tryout of “Rapture,” Debbie Harry is one of the women that helped open the door for women in not only rock, but punk, rap, and even alternative. Hell, my mom even modeled her look in the 80’s after her! You really can’t help yourself from bobbing your head along to “One Way or Another” or tapping your feet to “Heart of Glass.” And speaking of influential women in rock…

7: Joan Jett


 As a founding member of rock’s first all-girl outfit The Runaways, Joan Jett’s solid guitar playing, attitude, and gritty vocals showed the world that women can be kickass rock stars too. After The Runaways split, Jett couldn’t land a label. So do you know what she did? She created her own damn label! That’s right! No giving up, no calling it quits. Jett created Blackheart Records and released mega hits “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” She continues to release new music and tour to this day, and she STILL sounds as awesome as she did when she debuted.

6: Alice Cooper


Monsters, mayhem, and mascara. Alice Cooper, the man that killed the Summer of Love, is known for his gritty vocals, shocking stage performances, and rock anthem “School’s Out.” We’re talking about the man who pioneered Shock Rock, without whom acts like Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, GWAR, and countless others wouldn’t even exist! “Everyone wanted to be the hero of rock. I wanted to be the villain.” – Alice Cooper: Golf Monster. If you think Cooper’s only claim to fame is being a shock rocker,myou’re sorely mistaken. He’s not only a proficient golfer, he was friends with Groucho Marx and Elvis Presley. Frank Sinatra performed one of his ballads at the Hollywood Bowl, and he wrote of of John Lennon’s favorite songs, “Elected.” I knew Alice Cooper had to be on this list, and the only reason he is t higher up is because of our #5 spot.

5: Ozzy Osbourne


Along with his band Black Sabbath, Osbourne literally created the Heavy Metal genre. From his crazy antics on and off stage, to his unique vocals, Ozzy is easily one of the all-time most memorable characters in music. In addition to an impressive and expansive catalogue of music, both with Sabbath and Solo, Ozzy is known for his MTV reality show with his family, being in various commercials, and even creating an annual music festival named after him. “I’m the Prince of f***ing Darkness” he shouts, and rightfully so.

4: Bob Marley


The reggae icon has wonderful hits like “One Love,” and his face can be seen on T-Shirts and posters pretty much everywhere. While he’s herald as the stoner’s Jesus in recent years, Marley is an incredibly influential musician, and he even predicted his own early death.  It’s nearly impossible not to feel relaxed and empathetic towards your fellow man when a song from Bob Marley & the Wailers comes on.

3: Freddie Mercury


 No one is more deserving of the title “The Man, The Myth, The Legend” quite as much as Freddie Mercury. The frontman of legendary English band Queen, Mercury was set on bringing “Ballet to the masses” and wrote legendary songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” and countless other iconic rock songs. He tragically died of AIDS the day after he came out as gay, but his legend lives on.

2: Prince


 An insanely talented singer, songwriter, and musician, Prince is not only one of the most iconic Musicians of all time, but easily one of the most influential as well. With a decades-spanning career up until his sudden death earlier this year, Prince was a known workaholic and it has been discovered that he has a literal vault full of unreleased music. Enough for a new album to be released every year for the next 100 years! Now THAT’S  intense! He may have been incredibly strict and unforgiving when it came to his musicians, but it was considered one of the highest honors to play with him. Prince broke the mold when it came to Black men with his androgynous appearance, stage antics, and musicianship. However, there would be no Prince without our number one spot…

1: David Bowie


 The original Starman. David Bowie is the number one most iconic frontman of all time for a myriad of reasons. His androgynous appearance as Ziggy Stardust was unseen before, and paved the way for acts like Prince and the entire Hair Metal genre. His voice is unique and unmistakable, and he had a career that started in the sixties before tragically succumbing to cancer in January of this year. The music world took a terrible blow when we lost Bowie, and it was a loss felt all across the various genres. Not only was he am incredible musician, he was also an actor, fashion icon, and loving father and husband.

Well, that’s my list. How did I do? There are several, several people I wanted to include, but had to cut it down to 10. Who is on your list?

The Top 10 Most Iconic Frontmen in Music History

The art of music, as a whole, has its fair share of notable figures. Ranging from the incredibly talented to the downright outrageous, there’s no doubt that the colorful world of artists and musicians is full of it’s crazy characters. 

But which ones stand out above all else? Which ones are household names, regardless if you listen to there music or not. 

I decided to conduct an experiment. I surveyed some of a fellow music affecionados to determine what we think are the 10 most iconic frontmen of all time. 

10: Aretha Franklin


 What? “Frontman” is strictly a title and should never be gender specific. Besides, how could I start this article without mentioning the Queen of Soul? Often considered to be one of the first divas, Franklin solidified her rightful spot in music history with her powerful vocals and a empowering songs. I mean, come on, have you really listened to “Respect?” Of course it’s fun to sing along to “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” but there’s a reason it’s titled that.

9: Snoop Dogg

 

It really doesn’t matter if you’re from the streets or the suburbs, Snoop Dogg is a household name. From being one of Rap’s most notable figures, to reality shows, to being on an episode of Martha Stewart, EVERYONE knows who Snoop is. Granted his music has been more on the back burner as of late, but there is no questioning his spot on this list. 

8: Debbie Harry

 

 Blondie’s lead singer is the face of women in Rock. From Blondie’s early days at CBGB’s to the rapping tryout of “Rapture,” Debbie Harry is one of the women that helped open the door for women in not only rock, but punk, rap, and even alternative. Hell, my mom even modeled her look in the 80’s after her! You really can’t help yourself from bobbing your head along to “One Way or Another” or tapping your feet to “Heart of Glass.” And speaking of influential women in rock…

7: Joan Jett


 As a founding member of rock’s first all-girl outfit The Runaways, Joan Jett’s solid guitar playing, attitude, and gritty vocals showed the world that women can be kickass rock stars too. After The Runaways split, Jett couldn’t land a label. So do you know what she did? She created her own damn label! That’s right! No giving up, no calling it quits. Jett created Blackheart Records and released mega hits “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” She continues to release new music and tour to this day, and she STILL sounds as awesome as she did when she debuted.

6: Alice Cooper


Monsters, mayhem, and mascara. Alice Cooper, the man that killed the Summer of Love, is known for his gritty vocals, shocking stage performances, and rock anthem “School’s Out.” We’re talking about the man who pioneered Shock Rock, without whom acts like Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, GWAR, and countless others wouldn’t even exist! “Everyone wanted to be the hero of rock. I wanted to be the villain.” – Alice Cooper: Golf Monster. If you think Cooper’s only claim to fame is being a shock rocker,myou’re sorely mistaken. He’s not only a proficient golfer, he was friends with Groucho Marx and Elvis Presley. Frank Sinatra performed one of his ballads at the Hollywood Bowl, and he wrote of of John Lennon’s favorite songs, “Elected.” I knew Alice Cooper had to be on this list, and the only reason he is t higher up is because of our #5 spot.

5: Ozzy Osbourne


Along with his band Black Sabbath, Osbourne literally created the Heavy Metal genre. From his crazy antics on and off stage, to his unique vocals, Ozzy is easily one of the all-time most memorable characters in music. In addition to an impressive and expansive catalogue of music, both with Sabbath and Solo, Ozzy is known for his MTV reality show with his family, being in various commercials, and even creating an annual music festival named after him. “I’m the Prince of f***ing Darkness” he shouts, and rightfully so. 

4: Bob Marley


The reggae icon has wonderful hits like “One Love,” and his face can be seen on T-Shirts and posters pretty much everywhere. While he’s herald as the stoner’s Jesus in recent years, Marley is an incredibly influential musician, and he even predicted his own early death.  It’s nearly impossible not to feel relaxed and empathetic towards your fellow man when a song from Bob Marley & the Wailers comes on. 

3: Freddie Mercury


 No one is more deserving of the title “The Man, The Myth, The Legend” quite as much as Freddie Mercury. The frontman of legendary English band Queen, Mercury was set on bringing “Ballet to the masses” and wrote legendary songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” and countless other iconic rock songs. He tragically died of AIDS the day after he came out as gay, but his legend lives on. 

2: Prince


 An insanely talented singer, songwriter, and musician, Prince is not only one of the most iconic Musicians of all time, but easily one of the most influential as well. With a decades-spanning career up until his sudden death earlier this year, Prince was a known workaholic and it has been discovered that he has a literal vault full of unreleased music. Enough for a new album to be released every year for the next 100 years! Now THAT’S  intense! He may have been incredibly strict and unforgiving when it came to his musicians, but it was considered one of the highest honors to play with him. Prince broke the mold when it came to Black men with his androgynous appearance, stage antics, and musicianship. However, there would be no Prince without our number one spot…

1: David Bowie


 The original Starman. David Bowie is the number one most iconic frontman of all time for a myriad of reasons. His androgynous appearance as Ziggy Stardust was unseen before, and paved the way for acts like Prince and the entire Hair Metal genre. His voice is unique and unmistakable, and he had a career that started in the sixties before tragically succumbing to cancer in January of this year. The music world took a terrible blow when we lost Bowie, and it was a loss felt all across the various genres. Not only was he am incredible musician, he was also an actor, fashion icon, and loving father and husband. 

 Well, that’s my list. How did I do? There are several, several people I wanted to include, but had to cut it down to 10. Who is on your list?