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Mary Tyler Moore’s 7 Best Musical Moments

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Mary Tyler Moore died last week at the age of 80 and was memorialized around the world as no less than a comedic and feminist icon for her work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. But she was never recognized for what she really set out to do in show business: dancing and singing. “To this day, beneath the exterior of a successful actor beats the heart of a failed dancer,” she told Entertainment Tonight in 2004. She began her career as the dancing elf Happy Hotpoint in 1950s commercials for home appliance company Hotpoint. From there, she became an actress and turned out to be a monster comedic and dramatic talent. Despite her seven Emmys, one Tony (for a dramatic role in Whose Life Is It Anyway?), and one Oscar nomination (for Ordinary People), she kept trying to return to her musical roots. Here, look back at some of the best moments from Moore’s musical career — she may not have won awards for it, but she always looked overjoyed to be doing it.

The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1962

As Rob and Laura Petrie, Van Dyke and Moore had legendary on-screen chemistry that changed the way marriage was portrayed on TV. (They had separate beds, but watching them interact left no doubt they had sex.) That chemistry extended to the musical numbers that they, believe it or not, seamlessly integrated into storylines on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore’s first star turn. (Laura was a former dancer and Rob was a comedy writer, so, sure. Plus you didn’t really care why they were singing and dancing once they started.) “We thought we were the best dance team since [Fred] Astaire and [Ginger] Rogers,” Van Dyke said in an interview with Charlie Rose while remembering his co-star.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1966

The Broadway musical adaptation of Audrey Hepburn’s classic film role seemed like a dream vehicle for Moore’s transition to life after Van Dyke. But the stage version failed to do what the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s did so masterfully: balance the lightness and darkness of its source material, Truman Capote’s short story about a single woman in New York City forced to rely on her feminine wiles to get by. Amid loads of hype, producer David Merrick decided to shut down the production after four dismal preview performances, he said in a statement, “rather than subject the drama critics and the public to an excruciatingly boring evening.” Luckily, some vindication was on the way for Moore.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1967

Moore was a natural choice for a big-screen musical. In Thoroughly Modern Millie, she played the naïve best friend to Julie Andrews as the title character, a 1920s flapper — incidentally, trying to make it on her own in the big city. The film — an adaptation of a stage musical — was a hit, and Moore got admiring reviews for her acting, singing, and dancing. Alas, it would be her only hit during her attempt at movie stardom in the years immediately following Van Dyke.

Change of Habit, 1969

This notorious flop — famous for being Elvis’s last film — features Moore as a nun who falls in love with a doctor (played by the King) while they work together to help a poor neighborhood. There’s also music, of course! Moore didn’t get to sing or dance, but she did get to play a part in some cheesy music-video-like segments in which Elvis breaks out into song. Ridiculous movie premise aside, Elvis sounds perfect, and they both look luminous.

Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman, 1969

Van Dyke had plans to headline a variety special for CBS, the network that had aired The Dick Van Dyke Show, and he used it to give his former co-star a career boost. He invited her to perform in the special with him — highlighting their song and dance chemistry — and let her steal the show. It worked. Soon afterwards, CBS offered Moore her own sitcom. That deal resulted in her history-making Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran from 1970-77.

Mary’s Incredible Dream, 1976

During the run of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore used her newfound clout to land a variety special of her own on CBS. But instead of making a straightforward special like Van Dyke’s in the previous decade, Moore and her production company, MTM Enterprises, instead made a psychedelic musical-fantasy that aimed to do no less than tell the history of the world in an hour. It included Moore as an angel floating around religious symbols and singing “Morning Has Broken,” Ben Vereen as a green devil and a rewritten version of Jerome Kern’s “She Didn’t Say Yes” that told of the Biblical fall of Eve. Moore was thrilled with the result, showing pre-screening tapes to all of her friends so much that her Mary Tyler Moore co-star, Betty White, teased, “It’s a shame you don’t put it on TV, instead of showing it door to door.” When it finally was on TV, however, critics eviscerated it, with the New York Times calling it “a landmark in TV vulgarity.” Luckily, Moore had the final year of The Mary Tyler Moore Show to return to.

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Mary/The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, 1978

After The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended, Moore tried to build on that momentum to finally have a musical-variety series of her own, Mary, with a cast that included Michael Keaton, David Letterman and Swoosie Kurtz (all of whom are in the clip above). But ratings were dismal, and it was pulled after just three episodes. Later the same season, it returned in a retooled format, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, and the conceit was clever: She played the star of a variety show, and we watched both her off-screen life — with a young Michael Keaton as her studio page, Kenneth — and portions of the show within the show. The 30 Rock approach (yes, Keaton was the original Kenneth the page!) was meant to lure viewers into the variety format with Moore in the familiar sitcom setting. However, this version lasted only 11 episodes. That said, don’t fret too much for Moore: she would be nominated for an Oscar just three years later, and would be remembered as one of the greatest comedic actresses of all time.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of the 2013 book Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic.

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Ten Tracks To Get Ready For Dirtybird Campout

Bradley Callison

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Its safe to say Dirtybird is here to stay, as is their now flagship event, Dirtybird Campout. Year three sees the relatively tiny festival moving to the location of another beloved festival, Lightning in a Bottle, in Bradley, California just north of Santa Barbara. With a venue change always comes criticism but this has not seemed to be the case with Campout. I’ve been attending Dirtybird Campout since it started and to see it grow is a beautiful thing. While its roots remain in Southern California at the birth site of Ligthning in a Bottle, Woogie Weekend and many other smaller but largely loved boutique festivals in California, the movement of Campout was done in favor of the Northern California crowd whom has been following Dirtybird the longest. If Campout continues to grow at this rate, if anything they can just where they are in Central California. For now, here’s ten tracks that should prime you p and get you in the mood for the third edition of Dirtybird Campout as these tracks have been lighting up the earlier part of the year and look to keep things warm not only at Campout but the rest of the year as well.

Sacha Robotti – The Sloth Man will be making a stop in Bradley during his Sloth Acid tour and its always a pleasure running into him either at a festival or some warehouse party in LA.

Claude Von Stroke – Papa Bird himself will of course be gracing the decks and since he was my first electronic event ever back in Hollywood at Avalon, I can honestly say he is my favorite DJ out there today. What a journey it has been and the rest of the story is still yet to be written. We can only be grateful for what him and Dirtybird has graced us with to this point and savor every moment at Campout in two weeks.

Bleep Bloop – A surprise booking to be sure, Bleep Bloop is a rising star and has killed it everytime I’ve seen him. With his signature bass/trap infused style this might be the one set not to miss at Campout thjs year.

Mikey Lion – Another legend in the making. Mr. Desert Hearts himself also graces Campout this year and has been doing so since the first Campout which I was also in attendance at. While there might be no Desert Hearts Fall Edition this year, by now Dirtybird and Desert Hearts events feel one in the same with their distinct styles and good vibes only attitude.

Shiba San – This Parisian has become a staple in the foundation of Dirtybird. When not tearing it up on tour, Shiba San has built a following and sound that has developed and only gotten better with time.

Worthy – Another Dirtybird OG, Worthy personifies the Dirtybird sound and always has a trick or five up his sleeve.

Araabmusik – Like Bleep Bloop, Araabmusik’s unique blend of bass and trap makes him stand out amongst the saturated bass scene these days. With numerous festival appearance under his belt already, I look forward to a more intimate set given the size of Campout.

Amtrac – This guy is one of the hardest working producers out there today. It seems now that all the hard work is paying off and has equated into a steady stream of tours and shows the past two years.

Chris Lorenzo – The man. The myth. The legend.

Will Clarke – Will always gets the party started and keeps it going well after it should end, but for all the right reasons.

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Daya’s 7 Best Songs

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It’s about time to get acquainted with Daya, the 18-year-old vocal powerhouse whose soulful, lip-glossed croons you might recognize from the Chainsmokers’ massive 2016 Grammy winner “Don’t Let Me Down.” The breakout star, born Grace Tandon, turned heads with her debut album Sit Still, Look Pretty last year, which included Hot 100 chart-climber “Hideaway” and earned her the No. 5 slot on Billboard‘s 21 Under 21 list for 2016 — all before her 18th birthday.

That said, we can only imagine what’s to come from this emerging name. For now, tune in to our seven favorite Daya songs thus far — and brush up on all there is to know about the dance-pop wunderkind — below.

7. Daya – “Words”

This sizzling dance-pop earworm covers impressive ground in its three-and-a-half minute runtime, layering thoughtful lyricism about saying those three special “Words” for the first time over atmospheric echoes, simmering percussion and Daya’s signature raspy vocal edge. All this makes the Daya song a hidden gem among her collection of radio smashes, though we wouldn’t expect it to stay under the radar for too long.

6. Daya – “Cool”

Another single from Sit Still, “Cool” has a slightly different taste than the rest of the album’s collection, leaning toward a chilled-out vibe with a bubbly, minimal melody. That mellow, laid-back feel meshes perfectly with the track’s message: that even doing absolutely nothing with the right person can mean, well, everything.

5. Daya – “Back to Me”

This raw heartbreak ballad is possibly the most emotive point in Daya’s catalogue, featuring goosebump-inducing new vocal heights and delicate piano chords. But it’s hardly a step in unfamiliar territory for the star. Listen closely to any of the tracks included on our list, and you’ll find the same tender, expressive lyricism under even the most club dancefloor-ready hook.

4. Gryffin & Illenium feat. Daya – “Feel Good”

Released in March, “Feel Good” with Gryffin and Illenium marks the newest addition to Daya’s collection of stellar collabs — and one of her best. The breezy Daya song pairs a glimmering, sunshine-y drop with blissful verses that more than live up to the track’s bright title.

3. Daya – “Sit Still, Look Pretty”

For the title track to Sit Still, Daya tackles societal expectations and female empowerment while managing to keep listeners dancing the whole way through — not to mention notching a No. 28 on the Hot 100. One listen through the bubbly, infectious chorus of this track, and “I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty” might just become your new mantra.

2. Daya – “Hide Away”

It should come as no surprise that “Hide Away” makes our list. With its smoldering, snappy soundscape and the catchiest of choruses, the track peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100, snagging No. 20 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Released in 2015, it served as the lead single off Daya’s debut self-titled EP, and was later included on Sit Still.

1. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”

It’s hard to find a better track to top our list than “Don’t Let Me Down,” the sweeping 2016 heavy-hitter from the Chainsmokers that brought Daya’s expansive vocal range into the spotlight. It’s safe to say the world noticed — the track snagged a Grammy for Best Dance Recording that year, not to mention hitting a No. 3 peak on the Hot 100. We can barely believe Daya was only 17 years old when the song rose to fame, but if it’s any indication of what she’s capable of, there will be much more to come from this burgeoning star. 

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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4 Acts You Need To See At Splash House

Charlee Grey

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Splash House

Feature Photo: SplashHouse.com

Splash House is right around the corner and the heat is building up. Back for yet another edition of the rowdy summer pool party, it’s finally time for the “must listen” to list from some of the acts playing the fest. Whose to say all of the acts aren’t “must listen to”? Not me. I will however say unless you wanna blindly listen through everybody’s catalogs, follow me through this curated musical journey I have put together for you all below. Afterall, it is a party so the more the merrier!

 

Catz ‘N Dogz
Catz ‘N Dogz
have seen the spotlight for over a decade in a world that is driven by distorted four on the floor beats and grooves only House music can dictate. Straight from Poland, The CnD guys have have released on plenty of top-tier labels, the most notorious to the US being Dirtybird Records which have been a great support for these guys. This isn’t a cat and mouse chase. This is a party with some of the best House music around.

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Bob Moses
The House duo originated in Vancouver but slowly found their way into the Big Apple after combined efforts of pushing their musical boundaries. Sultry vocals and soothing rhythms are what define Bob Moses in both a live and recorded setting. This is easily recognized through their Grammy winning tune, Tearing Me Up, which, received a flip by RAC and the rest was history.

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Desert Hearts
You’ve never been fully off of the grid unless you’ve partied with Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop. House, Techno and Love is the mantra and they’ve got only the best in revolving kick drums in abundance. When you’ve got the Desert Hearts guys behind the decks, expect a looping musical experience that will have you dancing through the entirety of their set. This is one you do not wanna miss.

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SNBRN
Splash House has seen SNBRN before, and once again he is bringing his summer vibes to the function. One of the most appropriate acts for a thriving pool party, SNBRN is no rookie when it comes to keeping the music going. With plenty of new tunes and old school anthems notoriously in his libraries, we can expect nothing less than a nostalgic rollercoaster of a set.

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