Arts and Culture

Glam It Up With Midnight Opera

 Midnight Opera

 Watch Midnight Opera perform songs from their debut album The Mesmerist.

Dallas-based Midnight Opera (formerly Siamese) recently visited the Hear Here Presents loft space in Milwaukee to perform songs from their album The Mesmerist. The four-piece band live in a makeup-heavy, glitter world where synchronized dancing can break out at any moment. Midnight Opera’s synths are whirly, their bass is fuzzy, their guitar is ever-morphing, and their drums are tasteful and precise. At the front of the stage, singers Teddy Waggy and Nicole Marxen-Myers are transfixing with their open, cinematic voices, wide-eyed gloom stares, and cemetery ghost shrieks.



Watch and listen to them perform “Older Hands Prevail”, “Goldmind”, and “Stars Grow Cold” in the video above. Catch Midnight Opera live this fall on their Fall Tour dates listed below.

8/30 - Dallas TX - Double Wide
8/31 - Tulsa OK - The Yeti
9/1 - St Louis MO – Foam
9/2 - Evansville IN – PG
9/3 - Chicago IL - The Observatory
9/5 - Milwaukee WI - Company Brewing
9/6 - Madison WI - Art In
9/7 - KCMO – miniBar
9/8 - Omaha NE - O'Leaver's
9/9 - Norman OK – Opolis
9/14 - Denton TX - Dan's Silverleaf

Midnight Opera

Video Premiere: Chaim Tannenbaum – “America the Beautiful”

 Chaim Tannenbaum
Photo by Albie Mitchell

Utne Reader is proud to premiere the music video for “America the Beautiful” by Chaim Tannenbaum.

In the immediate wake of Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, among other controversial policy moves, many Americans are struggling to come to terms with what it is that their country stands for. Musician Chaim Tannenbaum has responded to the rise of Trump with an encouraging reminder of the professed values upon which the United States of America was founded. Three days after the election Tannenbaum unveiled his version of “America the Beautiful,” which includes all of the original verses, to a captivated crowd in London. The reaction to his performance was so positive that Tannenbaum decided to record the song in the studio.

Speaking of his reasoning behind playing the song, Chaim explains, "In a former time, America was the hope of mankind. It promised no less than that life would be led freely and justly. For the sake of principles that would make such life manifest and durable, free men and women wearied themselves, took on lavish risk and suffered lavish injury. We had an idea, I, C.J. Camerieri (trumpet, french horn) and Marcus Rojas (euphonium, tuba), that by calling to mind that former time, we might give courage to ourselves and to others who might wish to recover its spirit and mandate.”

For the music video (below), Chaim collaborated with Robin Forte-Lincke to create “a video featuring images that portray what America has been, and, he hopes, could still be.”