News Round-Up: October 9, 2018

The Australian Firefighters Calendar (above) is so popular (how popular is it?) that there are multiple versions including the hot firefighter+dog edition, the hot firefighter+cat edition, the hot firefighter+ animal edition and the just plain "hot" edition. The annual charity calendars raise money for several charities each year. Click over to the official website for more photos and info.
(image courtesy of Australian Firefighters Calendar)

Some news items you might have missed:

• The Australian Firefighters Calendar (above) is so popular (how popular is it?) that there are multiple versions including the hot firefighters and dogs edition, the hot firefighters and cats edition, the hot firefighters and animals edition and the just plain “hot” edition. The annual charity calendars raise money for several charities each year. Click over to the official website for more photos and info.

• Three members of a high school football team in Utah are under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a team mate. Two boys reportedly held down their team mate while a third rubbed his junk on the boy’s face. Since the initial allegations, 13 more players have come forward with similar allegations.

• While opening for Randy Rainbow at a theater on Long Island, Rosie O’Donnell reportedly told the crowd that she and Gaga will be acting in a revival of Funny Girl.

• Cameron Monaghan, who’s played the gay middle child, Ian Gallagher, on the Showtime series Shameless since it’s 2011 premiere has announced this week’s episode will be his last.

• The Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Municipal Equality Index’ came up with a record 78 cities with a perfect score of 100. The list of 506 cities in the U.S. also found 15 cities that ranked an abysmal zero. The survey looks at things like non-discrimination policies as well as community relationships with police departments.

• One of the members of the gay string quartet Well Strung got in hot water posting a shirtless pic as he stood on a grave in a cemetery. Check the bottom right pic below. #seriously?

Out Music: Well-Strung “21 Guns + Pachelbel’s Canon”

Today, Well-Strung released the music video accompanying their brand new single “21 Guns + Pachelbel’s Canon.”

Intertwining Green Day’s hit song “21 Guns” with Pachelbel’s Canon in D, the music video is meant to shine a light on the epidemic on gun violence in this nation.

With so many tragedies like Orlando and Aurora, Well-Strung wanted to convey a meaningful message through music and story that inspires hope and change, especially with the election this year and the opportunity for that change to make way.

“We came up with the idea to juxtapose 21 Guns with Canon because the Green Day song is somber but poignant and lyrical” said Cellist Daniel Shevlin. “And we thought it would be interesting to pair that with a classical piece that is typically associated with joy and happiness like at weddings” violinist Edmund Bagnell added.

The song is currently available on iTunes here.


Music Video: Well-Strung “The Devil Went Down To Georgia (feat. Bach Double)”

Well-Strung, the pop/classical fusion group, released their second studio album titled POPssical, a celebratory blend of pop hits sung by the group accompanied by respected classical music.

The album features ten tracks including memorable renditions of “Blank Space (Feat. Bach)” and “Royals (Feat. Palladio)” as well as the infamous ode to Hillary Clinton, “Chelsea’s Mom” as a bonus track.

Check out their newest music video, a bonus music video for the track “The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Feat. Bach Double).” The group mashes up Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and adds the southern charm of Charlie Daniels Band to create a unique sound all on its own.

You can check out Well-Strung on iTunes here.

Music: Well-Strung “Royals (feat. Palladio)”

Well-Strung, the handsome & hunky pop/classical fusion group, drop their third music video today titled “Royals (Feat. Palladio).”

The track juxtaposes Lorde’s huge hit “Royals” with Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio.”

This number is a composition of the group singing Lorde’s smash hit “Royals” while playing Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio.”

Well-Strung’s new album, POPssical, is set for release on October 2nd. Pre-order on iTunes here.

Well-Strung Mashes Up Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” & Bach

Well-Strung, the pop/classical fusion group, released their second music video today titled “Blank Space (Feat. Johann Sebastian Bach)” in advance of their new album POPssical due this October.

The composition is a mash-up of the group singing Taylor Swift’s hit song “Blank Space” while playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s illustrious “Partita No. 3 in E Major.

Love these guys – very talented, and easy on the eyes, too 🙂

Available on iTunes here.

photo by Santiago Felipe

Well Strung live in Provincetown

The hunky men of Well Strung apparently brought it last night at their Provincetown concert for Bear Week.

The all-male string quartet Well-Strung features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more.

Talent AND they look like that? Great formula for success 🙂