Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hey Miley, relax...

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:58 AM

An interview with Miley Cyrus recently appeared on the British show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and the teen star gets progressively distracted and, well, loopy as it goes on. It's not like a drug-addled mystery as much as she's probably just ADD.

My favorite part is around three minutes in where the host tells Cyrus her movie was definitely not his favorite of the year. More people probably need to knock her down off her pedestal from time to time — she needs to get a stronger foot in reality.

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Music Menu (4/30/09)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 7:00 AM

South Memphis String Band It’s an Americana supergroup, of sorts. Alvin Youngblood Hart, former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus and North Mississippi Allstar/new Black Crowe Luther Dickinson have teamed up for a down-home, front-porch acoustic trio that’s sure to jam the hell out of the evening. The band is planning its debut disc for later this year, but what I’ve heard on MySpace is suprisingly mellow, yet traditional. One can only imagine what will happen with all that talent on one stage. The Evening Muse (Jeff Hahne)

Arizona What is it with Asheville and the state-name band monikers? First Nevada, now The Grand Canyon State? Anyway, these guys also split time in N.Y.C., and its music bears the stamp of both places: big widescreen jam rock and intimate Greenwich Village folkie tropes (they've toured with Band of Horses and Derek Trucks). It's quirky, but hooks are an endangered species as the songs careen between the two polarities without fully developing in either. Still, that was enough to earn them a spot in Southeast Performer's "Nine to Watch in '09," for what that's worth. With Rock Hillers Elonzo and Perry Fowler. Milestone (John Schacht)

Kings of Leon They may have sold out Madison Square Garden, but they're only trying to pack 'em into a smaller venue here – the Bo-Round. No matter, surely people will start to catch on after a while. The Followill boys – three brothers and a cousin – may be getting some backlash for bringing on something a little more arena-rock-ish on its latest, but that doesn't mean the boys don't bring it. That latest effort, Only By the Night, is the band's fourth release and my pick for album of the year for 2008. Go see 'em. The Walkmen opens. Bojangles' Coliseum (Hahne)

Watch Kings of Leon here:

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Former Destiny's Child member Letoya Luckett at Pop Life tonight

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 2:54 PM

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Former Destiny's Child member Letoya Luckett is hosting a meet-and-greet at Pop Life — the nightlife event sponsored by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen — tonight.

Luckett is in town promoting her second album Lady Love, which hit stores June 23.

Along with the appearance by Luckett, there's also a ton of other stuff going on at Pop Life tonight: makeup services for the ladies (and, hey, dudes if that's your thing), a special "buzz party" for the American Black Film Festival, movie pass giveaways, a listening party for the new Leela James CD, drink specials and more. It all pops off at 6 p.m. at Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon (across from Amos' Southend). And, as always, it's free!

Hey, what are you waiting for? Bring your a$$!

In the meantime, check out this behind-the-scenes video of Luckett in action:

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Top-earning country music stars

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Forbes.com has released a list of the top earning country music stars:

1. Kenny Chesney - $65 million

2. Rascall Flats - $60 million

3. Toby Keith - $52 million

4. Taylor Swift - $18 million

5. Brooks & Dunn $16 million

5. Tim McGraw

7. Brad Paisley $15 million

8. Sugarland $14 million

8. Carrie Underwood

10. Alan Jackson $12 million

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Idol thoughts

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM

So, I haven't said much about American Idol this season... probably because I haven't been impressed by any of the contestants on "America's Biggest Karaoke Contest."

It seems like they basically picked a winner in week one anyway as fans everywhere are fawning over the theatrical Adam Lambert.

Lambert has figured out the formula to winning the show:

- Do really well in week one

- Change up the arrangement of the song you are singing each week

- Judges will continue to love you and viewers will think you're amazing

- Rinse and repeat

However, if you look at his performances as a whole, they all start to sound the same. For example, the guy hasn't had one song where he didn't release that horrid, nails-on-a-chalkboard, '80s hair-metal scream. If you put his songs back to back they're all going to sound the same. Who's going to sit through a concert of him doing that for an hour and a half?

He also trashed some classic songs like "Ring of Fire." He'll probably win the whole thing as the viewers fall into line like sheep behind the judges who sing his praises with no criticism whatsoever.

My thoughts — none of those remaining will have a huge career and Lambert will be better off on Broadway. After all, how many Idol contestants still have careers going strong? Out of eight seasons, it's down to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry...

Enjoy your 15 minutes, kids. The next time we see most of you it will be on next season's Idol singing your first single in an effort to jump-start a career that will fade fast, just as David Archuleta, David Cook and Ruben Studdard did this year.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This week's new releases (4/28/2009)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Here's a quick list of some of the new albums being released on Tuesday:

Black Crowes Warpaint Live

Bob Dylan Together Through Life

Ben Folds University A Capella

Heaven & Hell The Devil You Know

Ben Lee The Rebirth of Venus

Los Straitjackets The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Flaming Lips cover Madonna

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:52 PM

I'm not a fan of falsetto and I'm hesitant on a lot of cover songs, but if you're going to do it, this is the way it should be done...

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Tweet of the Day

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Today's Twitter post of the day goes to Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, in two posts:

I solved the Star Trek opening night / 1st NIN show dilemma. The show WILL go on. Whew.

You guys don't mind if we go on at like 1AM do you?

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Live review: Fleetwood Mac

Posted By on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Fleetwood Mac

Time Warner Cable Arena

April 25, 2009

The Deal: Four-out-of-five original Fleetwood Mac members reunite for tour that's all about the hits.

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Live review: Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers

Posted By on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Dave Matthews Band w/ The Avett Brothers

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

April 24, 2009

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The Deal: Concord's The Avett Brothers open up for Dave Matthews Band on a hot spring night as both bands tease new music from upcoming albums.

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