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Events On Sale This Week: 4/17/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

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Date

Cities

3 Doors Down Friday, 4/18/14 Jim Thorpe, PA; Durant, OK; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL; Hampton Beach, NH; Hershey, PA; Jim Thorpe, PA; Newport, RI; Norfolk, VA; Portland, ME; Charenton, LA; Corpus Christi, TX; Durham, NC; Westbury, NY
Saturday, 4/19/14 Beaumont, TX
Monday, 4/21/14 Cincinnati, OH
Alice in Chains Thursday, 4/17/14 Lethbridge, AB; Prince George, BC
Friday, 4/18/14 Indianapolis, IN; Peoria, IL
Amy Schumer Friday, 4/18/14 Newark, NJ; Rochester, NY; Staten Island, NY
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I don't watch much TV, or follow any reality or competition-based shows for that matter, but I've been hearing a lot about The Voice lately and decided to find out what it's all about. I've seen commercials every now and then for the show, and all I've gathered from them are 1: it's a singing competition kind of show, 2: Blake Shelton is some kind of "judge" on it, and 3: the celebrity "judges" are in spinny chairs. I'll admit I'm a little biased because I can't sing myself, so I tend to find singing related shows to be boring and there are so many of them these days... American Idol was cool to watch maybe once or twice, mainly for the auditions, but now I'm over it. However, from what it sounds, The Voice is a unique singing competition, and has developed a huge fan base. If you're like me and are a little curious about The Voice and if you've been missing anything, I've done the research for you. Oh, and by the way, it's on its sixth season, SIX! Where have I been...

A Quick Synopsis of The Voice and What You're Missing

  • Vocalists from across the country come together to compete in a competition
  • There are 4 stages in the competition: Blind auditions, Battle rounds, Knockouts, and Live performances
  • Blind auditions: 4 celebrity musicians act as coaches and judge each singer based on their voice and not their looks, hence the rotating chairs. The coaches are faced away, and if they push their button, their chair rotates to the singer and they are selected to the coach's team. If more than one coach hits their button, the singer must choose whose team they want to be on.
  • Battle: During these rounds, the coaches pit 2 team members against each other to sing the same song together. The coaches then decide which singers advance to the next round. Out of the losing singers, a coach can steal them for their team, alotted two steals per coach.
  • Knockouts: Following the Battle rounds, the strongest members remain and the other singers are paired with a team member to compete against. Each singer selects their own song to perform at a time, and the coach chooses which singers will move on to the live shows.
  • Live performances: The top singers from each team compete against each other, and now it's time for the television audience to vote. The two singers with the lowest number of votes each week is sent home. The final winner is announced "The Voice" and the reward is a recording contract.

So there you have it. This year, The Voice will be going live on tour beginning in June. The tour will include three top singers from past seasons, and the three top singers of this season at the conclusion of season six in May.

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Jadeveon Clowney. Blake Bortles. Johnny Manziel. Khalil Mack. Teddy Bridgewater.

The Houston Texans have been rumored to select each of the above players in various mock drafts throughout the football world. Just as in 2013, there is no slam-dunk player to be taken No. 1 overall.

Bad teams don't have the luxury of making a mistake. Good teams don't end up with the No. 1 overall pick, and botching the selection can set a franchise back for years. Ask the Raiders how JaMarcus Russell worked out in 2007, or ask the Texans if they'd like a do-over on the David Carr pick in 2002.

Fortunately for the Texans, the 2014 draft isn't as complicated as many are making it out to be.

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For those of you who are avid country fans, I'm sure you're aware that the ACMs took place this past Sunday, April 6th. Not to be confused with the CMAs, which I'm sure for most of us, it is still difficult to decipher the difference between the two. So here's a cheat sheet to understand the similarities and differences between the two organizations.


CMA: Country Music Association
  • Founded in Nashville 1958, First country music organization to be formed
  • Initially dedicated to Nashville music makers
  • Broadcast on ABC
  • Awards take place in Nashville, TN
  • Typically presented in October or November

ACM: Academy of Country Music
  • Founded in 1964, First country music organization to present awards
  • Originally formed as the Country and Western Music Academy
  • Broadcast on CBS
  • Awards take place in Las Vegas, NV
  • Typically presented in April or May

Both organizations tend to serve close to the same purpose, with awards presented according to the voting by each organization's members, for typically the same award categories. However, the CMA organization also founded an annual CMA Music Festival, first launched in 1972. The fair was created for fans, bringing together numbers of country music artists with various performances and activities like pictures and autographs. This year, it takes place June 5-8 in Nashville, but you will have to wait until November for the 47th CMA Awards. At this year's 49th ACM Awards, it was announced that next year's 50th ACM Awards will be moving to the Dallas Cowboys' Stadium in Texas, rather than taking place in Las Vegas. With that in mind, here is the recap of this year's ACM winners...

Academy of Country Music Awards 2014

Entertainer of the Year: George Straight
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore
Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves (Same Trailer Different Park)
Single Record of the Year: Miranda Lambert ("Mama's Broken Heart")
Song of the Year: Lee Brice ("I Drive Your Truck")
Video of the Year: Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban ("Highway Don't Care")
Vocal Event of the Year: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert (We Were Us)

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Events On Sale This Week: 4/10/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Event

Date

Cities

Aerosmith Friday, 4/11/14 Stateline, NV
Saturday, 4/12/14 Tinley Park, IL
Monday, 4/14/14 Bristow, VA; Mansfield, MA; Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati, OH; Clarkston, MI; Newark, NJ; Woodlands, TX; Denver, CO; Wantagh, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; George, WA; Dallas, TX; Concord, CA; Inglewood, CA; Las Vegas, NV
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White collar WalterAmerican Psycho. Innit.


It's not bragging if you can back it up.

- Muhammad Ali

As Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao head into their respective fights against Marcos Maidana and Tim Bradley, the sense of anticlimax is overwhelming. These two men are the best fighters of their generation but putting them in the ring together has proved nigh on impossible. But we want it, we want it so bad. We've all been there; the two hardest dudes in school finally decide they're gonna go toe-to-toe. It's been inevitable for a long time, and every rubbernecker and Walter Mitty wants a ringside seat. These are tough guys and the fight seems almost too good to be true. Maybe one of them's even a friend of yours. But when news filters through that they decided to call it off before the hometime bell, you're pissed; you wanted blood and gore and grown men begging and crying for mercy. WTF...Your vicarious thrill is cancelled!

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Stars Align for the Jesus Christ Superstar 2014 Arena Tour

Oh My Stars

The title of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar has never been more appropriate--the 2014 arena tour features music superstars from all across the musical spectrum: R&B/pop/gospel star Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child stars as Mary Magdalene; JC Chasez, of bubblegum pop *NSync fame, plays Pontius Pilate; the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten Lydon hams it up as King Herod; Brandon Boyd of Incubus portrays Judas Iscariot; and musical theatre star Ben Forster reprises his performance as Jesus from the UK and Australian tours of this most recent incarnation of the show.

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Miguel Cabrera is getting paid. And he's going to get paid for a very, very long time.

The Tigers and Cabrera agreed to extend Cabrera’s contract, set to expire after the 2015 season, by eight years, and will pay the two-time MVP $248 million over the final eight years of the contract. All told, Cabrera will earn a cool $292 million over the next decade.

There's little doubt that Cabrera can hit baseballs better than anybody else on planet Earth. But often times, these deals are made with marketing in the back of owners' minds -- keeping the fans happy by keeping a superstar around gives fans a reason to turn out to the ballpark on a consistent basis, and also can increase t-shirt and jersey sales as well.

Whether or not Cabrera's signing is responsible for the increase in demand, but the data doesn't lie -- demand for Tigers tickets is up in 2014.

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Events On Sale This Week: 4/3/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Event

Date

Cities

Jay Leno Thursday, 4/3/14 San Jose, CA
Alabama Friday, 4/4/14 Onamia, MN
Brad Paisley Friday, 4/4/14 Tampa, FL; West Palm Beach, FL
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Opening Day is here -- even though the snow this morning in Connecticut made it feel more like a cold December day. Regardless, baseball is back, and it's not going anywhere until late October.

Here's a look at how I see this season playing out, with playoff and award predictions. In case you missed it, be sure to check out 2014's first MLB Power Rankings here. Fans can also check out season previews for each team, at each team's ticket hub page.

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