We assumed there would be no more sexual healing after Marvin Gaye's death in 1984. The April Fool's Day murder left us speechless, as if our dreams ...
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We spoke to the band to find out just what's behind the new album, why they love Iggy Pop trivia, how Kanye discovered them, and why uptempo slow songs are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
It was a topsy turvy peformance night on Idol, with Simon looking bored, Paula providing some cogent analysis (again), a minor stumble from Lil Rounds and praise for Anoop.
The theme was Michael Jackson songs. Kara had declared during auditions that no one sings those songs, so how could you have a night devoted to Michael Jackson?
Singer-songwriter Connie Converse is the indie hipster of the moment in Brooklyn with the release this week of her debut album. Did I mention that Connie Converse is 85 -- if she's even alive?
OK, so the wild card round was tonight and four more people got through: Jasmine, Megan, Matt and Anoop. Yep, it's a Top 13!
Jesse -- Singing "Tell M...
The third round of the top 36 performed on Tuesday and to me the men clearly outshone the women, who were generally dreadful or (even worse) forgettable.
Don't say the Jonas Brothers fell flat. Say that Hollywood still finds it remarkably difficult to predict the movie-going habits of teenage girls.
So the second batch of the final 36 was much weaker vocally and personality-wise than the first group.
We had three Sing Offs during the two hour show and it certainly made for good TV, thanks to the fact that each guy could hear the other one perform.
My favorite moments last night were not the sobbings and fights, but the (very brief) glimpses of good performances.
My biggest complaint about Hollywood Week is that I still feel like there are loads of people I don't know yet. The judges cut 147 people down to 104 and no one who was cut deserved to stay.
After the dearth of exciting talent in San Francisco, I was hoping Idol would come charging out of the gate with some great singing. Instead, they started off with a train wreck.
Lizzy Grant: I like things that go fast, things with bright colors, things that taste good. At Coney Island, you can get a Coca Cola, ride the roller coaster, and watch everybody.
Do you guys remember Shanice? Oh, you know... she had a big hit in 1992 -- and she may have devised one of the most brilliant marketing campaigns of the internet age.
Music is music. Does it really matter what a band looks like -- or even acts like -- as long as you dig their music?
Britney Spears' pop-tart image was created as a fantasy for the average man, but since her brush with the ugly side of fame, she's been subjected to the average female nightmare.
In Canada all four major labels have exclusively switched to digital distribution for promotional releases, preventing the manufacture and shipping of millions of ecologically harmful CDs.
This month, "We shall overcome" overcame "I shall overindulge" as the meaning of the Sixties.
In most forms of art, the idea of copying implies a forgery and a criminal act. But the case is different with pop music, where a cover song is viewed as an homage to one's influences.
One of my favorite writers, musically and otherwise, Peter Holsapple has published an insider's dissection of the dB's "Love is for Lovers" in the New York Times.
Buddy Greco's been counted out more times than a punch-drunk boxer, and he bounces back every time. And even in 2008, he's still one of the best jazz pianists around, and a hell of a singer, too.
In the U.S., and even in Pakistan, the North-West Frontier Province is known almost exclusively as a haven for terrorists, ultratraditionalists, and drug and arms smugglers.
I've preached that as long as the two best make the finals, there's no real big scandal about who goes home in what order. But if Jason Castro doesn't say "bye bye" this week, it'll be a shonda.
Diamond gave away little about his attitude towards the singers and since we didn't see him actually giving any tips or suggesting arrangements, changing keys, or doing much of anything, I assume he wasn't a very active mentor.
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