Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Rock Legend Meets Actual Hero at the White House


Marine Kyle Carpenter had a big day at the White House last Thursday. Not only did President Obama award him the Medal of Honor for using his body to shield another Marine from an explosion in Helmand Province in 2010, he ran into rock legend Dave Grohl roaming the halls of the White House. +Continue Reading

KISS & Def Leppard Offer a Military Discount


KISS is set to finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month and they’re setting out on a 40th anniversary tour this summer with Def Leppard. The two bands have joined to offer a special presale and military discount for Active Duty, Retiree, Veterans, Reserve/National Guard at the KISS Heroes Get Rewards page. UPDATE: There’s a purchase limit of four tickets per verified ID. +Continue Reading

‘One on One’ With Griffin House


Griffin House is a songwriter’s songwriter.  Unlike so many commercialized pop acts of today, the Ohio native crafts a story rather than just a catchy chorus. House has a deep appreciation for those that serve and have served in our nation’s Armed Forces.  He talked with me about what inspires his songs and his life. +Continue Reading

‘One on One’ With Brian McKnight

  • October 28, 2013
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Brian McKnight is a bonafide musical genius.  The R&B superstar has worked with some of the top artists of the day like Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Rascal Flatts, and Diddy just to name a few.  McKnight has always had a great appreciation for our troops.  He chatted with me about life lessons, his career and why he supports the military. +Continue Reading

Cut the Cord With G-Cube Bluetooth Headphones

  • October 9, 2013
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If you’re tired of getting tangled in your cords, Bluetooth wireless headphones might be a solution but the most popular brands (Beats, Bose, Harmon Kardon, Sennheisser, Monster) start at about $250 and the price can go up rapidly from there. You can buy wireless headphones for $40 on eBay, but they all feature sound quality so low that you might as well be using an empty paper towel roll with wax paper and a rubber band.

G-Cube’s new BH-860R Bluetooth 3.0 Deluxe Wireless Headphone with On-Earpad Remote Control sets out to offer high quality sound at a reasonable price point: they list for $150, but they’re available for $79 at NewEgg. +Continue Reading

From Nirvana to Special Forces


A new article in the New York Times Magazine details the mindblowing journey of Jason Everman, who went from being the guy who got kicked out of both Nirvana and Soundgarden to U.S. Army Special Forces to Columbia University philosophy grad. +Continue Reading

‘One on One’ With Godsmack’s Sully Erna


Sully Erna is a patriotic rocker.  Throughout the years as the front man of Godsmack, Erna has been vocal in his support of the troops.  He sat down with me to discuss why he became an outspoken advocate for the military and even offered relationship advice for soldiers.

You have supported the troops for years.  What drew you to advocating for them?

Well it started back around 2000 when a fan of the band from the Navy wanted to use the song “Awake” as the bed music for the recruit commercials.   +Continue Reading

Kenny Chesney & Eric Church DC Ticket Offer

  • May 22, 2013
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Want to buy 50% off tickets to see Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” tour this Saturday 5/25? The show happens at FedEx Field in Landover, MD and features Chesney, Erich Church, the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.

This is a special offer from our friends at GovX (the “largest e-commerce destination for military and government members”) and you have to follow this link to get the reduced price.  +Continue Reading

Spike TV’s ‘Hire a Vet’ Headphones

Spike TV
 has been running their Hire a Vet initiative for a while now, a program that tries to provide actual resources to help returning troops find jobs instead of merely spouting the usual vague “Support the Troops” rah-rah you hear in the media. Now Spike has partnered with Monster (the audio company, not the career resources company that owns this site) to release a special camouflage edition of their DNA On-Ear headphones that are being sold exclusively at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores.

The headphones sell for $229.99 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to IAVAGoodwill Industries and Got Your 6. That’s a $30 premium over the regular Monster’s regular DNA headphones, so what do you get for your $200 + $30? +Continue Reading

‘Call Me Maybe’ Gets a Military Video

We’ve haven’t seen one of these lip-sync videos in a while and this one featuring U.S. Marines performing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in Afghanistan. Freelance photographer and videographer Eric Raum worked with choreographer Randy Moresi both work with the USO and, after getting clearance from the Marine command in Kandahar, they decided to put together a dance routine simple enough for a group of Marines to learn in 30 minutes but still manly enough that they wouldn’t balk at participating.

The main shoot took an hour and Raum filled in the video scenes by wandering around the base and getting pickup shots from other men and women who serve. The YouTube version of the video already has 125K plays in just over 2 weeks and it’s sure to explode in the next few days. Great work by the Marines who were under orders to follow Raum and Moresi’s instructions and great work by the directors who do a fantastic job of reminding Americans that we’re still serving in the ‘Stan.