When my friend invited me to see Natalie Portman's newest film, Vox Lux, I obviously said yes. Natalie Portman playing a pop star past her prime? In which she gives "a riveting performance of…fiercely mannered bravado?" All that plus Jude Law? Yes, please! I barely Googled anything about it; I don't like reading film reviews before seeing the movie myself. But I did watch the trailer. It seemed like a really interesting portrait of a pop star who had been affected by tragedy. Mostly, what I knew about… >> Read More
You may know the Canadian band Walk Off the Earth from their incredibly viral 2012 cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" that featured all five members of the group jamming and singing on…a single guitar. Since then, they've created many other epic covers, though their version of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" is seriously the best. Not only are the members of Walk Off the Earth incredible musicians, but apparently they're clever, too: Though they're not a Jewish group, they clearly caught onto the viral video phenomenon that… >> Read More
The saying "opposites attract" has never been truer for Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini. One's a Jew from Canada, the other's a daughter of a Palestinian family. Salomon is a Taurus, and…El-Husseini is a Leo. One's a ginger, the other a brunette. So, nu? What's the glue that keep this Odd Couple together? Love, of course. After a few years of platonic friendship in Montreal, El-Husseini and Salomon fell in love and moved to New York, just before the 2016 presidential election (the timing of their… >> Read More
If you loved Six13's awesome "Bohemian Hanukkah," you'll be happy to know that there's another new Hanukkah parody that features a Queen song. A cappella group Y-Studs have recorded their version of…one of my favorite songs by the British rock band, "Don't Stop Me Now." Watch and enjoy this unstoppable video, below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI74Bkc8j9k >> Read More
It's a tough world out there for Jewish a cappella groups — having to churn out a new song for every major Jewish holiday (there are a lot of them!) can be pretty overwhelming.
And then there's…Hanukkah, which is by far the hottest season for Jewish a cappella music, and the pressure to put out a fresh hit can be intense. But as this new video by Shir Soul demonstrates — in a very meta, modern way — sometimes the lack of inspiration becomes inspiration itself. The song is a ridiculously… >> Read More