Murder? Mayhem? No. Just two of the hottest boy bands in the world and their most painfully vocal fans. August 1st marked the beginning of the North American leg of One Direction’s “Where We Are” tour with opener 5 Seconds of Summer, the Australian pop punk band with an equal knack for causing those high-pitched shrieks only teenage girls can make (Harry Styles allegedly cured a girl of laryngitis earlier this year after not speaking for six months because her need to squeal was that powerful). ... [Read more]
The title of Lana Del Rey’s third album, Ultraviolence, initially appealed to me because of its reference to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, one of my favorite novels. Like the book (and Kubrick’s excellent film adaptation), Lana Del Rey’s newest release is dark and poignant with an essence of the surreal. Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange in a form of Russian-influenced English, which is important for readers because it acts as a sort of barrier, or protective force, as the disturbing eve... [Read more]
Has the time finally come!? Since Garth Brooks announced his retirement in 2000, country fans have been anxiously awaiting the day when Garth would return to the stage! Sure, he released some minor records like The Lost Sessions in 2006, some “hits” albums, and performed at a benfit here and there, but Garth took his retirement and family life seriously and wasn’t releasing much new material. In 2009, Garth came out of retirement to do a few weekend Las Vegas performances from time to time and h... [Read more]
"Song For Someone" could be U2's new lead single. [Read more]
George Strait rode off into the sunset of all sunsets this weekend. A record of approximately 105,000 concert-goers attended Strait's concert at AT&T Stadium in Dallas to watch the final show of Strait's last tour -- marking the last time the country superstar will ever perform a concert of his own.
The number is almost mind-numbingly high. 105,000 people inside AT&T Stadium for a concert -- but it wasn't just Strait there -- Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, M... [Read more]
Are you on Lorde's 'Team'? She's going on tour -- and here's the tour dates. [Read more]
Was 50 Cent's ceremonial first pitch worse than Carly Rae Jepsen, Carl Lewis or Mariah Carey's? [Read more]
Coldplay's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," has more misses than hits -- and is a step back for the British band. [Read more]
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 si... [Read more]
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... [Read more]