Legendary Musician and Non-Believer John Lennon Died 30 Years Ago Today

At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building.  Rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm. His impact on music is unfathomable. His murder is one of the greatest injustices of all time, certainly the most tragic moment in music history. Lennon's legend lives on through his timeless songs, and his … [Read more...]

Symphony of Science – A Wave of Reason

"A Wave of Reason" is the seventh installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It is intended to promote scientific reasoning and skepticism in the face of growing amounts of pseudoscientific pursuits, such as Astrology and Homeopathy, and also to promote the scientific worldview as equally enlightening as religion. It features Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Lawrence Krauss, Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Phil Plait, and James … [Read more...]

Melodysheep – “Our Place in the Cosmos”

Melodysheep is the creative force behind the Symphony of Science series of music videos. This time around, he weaves beautiful and poetic statements about the universe together with  the philosophic implications of our new insights. As usual, he uses the voices and words of famous modern scientists with clever auto-tune manipulation and catchy electronic music to spectacular effect. He writes: "Our Place in the Cosmos", the third video from the Symphony of Science, was crafted using samples … [Read more...]

MelodySheep – “The Case For Mars”

Melodysheep is the creative force behind the Symphony of Science series of music videos. This time around, he makes the case for going to Mars. As usual, he uses the voices and words of famous modern scientists with clever auto-tune manipulation and catchy electronic music to spectacular effect. He writes: "The Case for Mars" is the sixth installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It features Robert Zubrin, Carl Sagan, Brian Cox, and Penelope Boston. Samples come from the … [Read more...]

Jeffrey Lewis – To Be Objectified

Last week, anti-folk hero Jeffrey Lewis announced his tentative appearance at Rock Beyond Belief. We are proud to have such a talented singer/songwriter come out and play a set for us. Maybe you haven't heard of him, or maybe you only heard of him via association with Kimya Dawson (the musician behind the Juno soundtrack, and half of the Moldy Peaches anti-folk band). His lyrics often function as 'the lead guitar' by virtue of importance. In the spirit of spreading secular music, or just good … [Read more...]

Jeffrey Lewis to play Rock Beyond Belief

Plug in your speakers and shove the next song up your mind. You Don't Have To Be A Scientist To Do Experiments On Your Own Heart Jeffrey Lewis, anti-folk musician and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter has joined the lineup for the Freedom Festival. If you have no idea what antifolk music is, Wikipedia sums it up nicely: Anti-folk is a music genre that takes the earnestness of politically charged 1960s folk music and punk and subverts it. The defining characteristics of this anti-folk … [Read more...]

John Lennon: Happy 70th Birthday

You were one of us. You are missed. … [Read more...]

Spoonboy to play Rock Beyond Belief

Press play. This might be your new favorite song. Spoonboy - What You Want Spoonboy is the under-appreciated solo project of David Combs, of the Max Levine Ensemble. His album, "I Love You This Is A Robbery" is in my top 10 albums of all time. The entire album has punky folk songs about self-empowerment, finding your own identity, standing up for what is right, and over-all optimism even in the face of the dark social problems facing all of us. As a whole, it functions as an everyman's … [Read more...]

Melodysheep A.K.A. Symphony Science to play Rock Beyond Belief

This video should be required viewing for anyone over the age of zero. The lead singers are: Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Carl Sagan, etc. Confused? Don't be! Be adventurous and click play. Rock Beyond Belief is proud to announce that MelodySheep will be a part of our lineup! At this point, we would welcome either the top secret 'live project' he is working on, or the speaker/musicvideo combination intertwined that simply can not fail. I'll post one more here, but you really should head on over … [Read more...]