Hot Tip: Joss Whedon's New Musical to feature Doogie, Mal Reynolds

While it's not rock n' roll per se, the latest leak from Whedonesque is intriguing and at least laterally connected to the music scene. According to the official Joss Whedon fansite, a new musical featuring Neil Patrick Harris (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) and Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Serenity)is in the works. Whedon said, "During the strike I started writing a musical intended as a limited internet series, 3 episodes of approximately 10 minutes each. Writing with me was my brother Jed, his fiancee Maurissa, and my other brother Zack. To my shock and surprise, we finished it. To my greater shock and surprise, we managed (with the help of many people I'll be praising at length soon) to drag it into preproduction (yes, just as Dollhouse was given a start date two months away and all my comics were due.) And today, after a grueling week of writing everything ever while trying to be a producer, I got to start shooting. A musical.

"This much I will say: It's the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to. And I'm having the time of my life."

Whedon also offered a bit more casting info for the film, listing:


Neil Patrick Harris.....as Dr. Horrible
Nathan Fillion..........as Captain Hammer
Felicia Day.............as Penny

And a cast of Dozens!"

This is hardly a surprise coming from the mind of Buffy: The Musical, "Once More with Feeling". No information is currently available about when or where this will go live, but the series' name alone is already one of the most creative things announced this year.


Artist Spotlight: Sahara Hotnights

Greetings once again. Welcome to our latest feature, Artist Spotlight. Each month we will endeavor to bring a little attention a little known or breaking new artist. This month, Swedish Fem-Band "Sahara Hotnights"

From the Runaways to the Donnas, the garage has served as a safe haven for women who would rather be rock stars than groupies. Similar in tone and style to fellow Swedes The Hives and Division of Laura Lee, Sahara Hotnights' brash, smashmouth style thrives almost exclusively on heavy riffs, and seamlessly blends the essential elements of garage rock, power pop, punk and an even heavier attitude. Taking their name from an Australian racehorse, the ladies from Hotnights roll out the screeching '70s punk guitars for "Alright Alright (Here's My Fist, Where's the Fight?)," talk riot inducing trash on "Only the Fakes Survive," and rock a fierce and fiery Blondie tribute with "Keep Up the Speed." Their latest album, “What if Leaving is a Loving Thing” is out now on the Stand by Your Band label.
For fans of: Tegan and Sara, The Hives, Tilly and the Wall.

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Alright, Alright (Here's My Fist, Where's the Fight?)


Found Footage: Space Alone

Behold our newest feature: Found Footage wherein whenever we find video of musical relevance or awesomeness, we'll pass it along to you. The first installment is a short and sad animation Space Alone by digital animator/graphic designer Ilias Sounas. While it may seem a bit sci-fi for a music blog, the soundtrack is an excellent example of how music can complement images. Enjoy.

Found Footage - Space Alone