It's hard being an American Idol contestant. It's hard enough to perform for judges, with an audience behind them, and an even bigger one unseen that's analyzing every gesture and head nod. It's hard knowing you're performing on a show that's almost old enough to be a teenager, which is venerable in ... More >>
American Idol Live
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Better than: Watching paint dry. I think.
I don't remember if there was ever a talent show episode on the original Beverly Hills 90210. But if there had been, I imagine it would have looked a lot like last night's sho ... More >>
Everybody knows that contest-based reality shows give out different roles to play and that level of casting certainly extends to the judges. After all, American Idol all but invented the boosterish judge (paging Paula Abdul), the urban cool-cat judge -- as in Randy Jackson, and, of course, ev ... More >>
I saw a piece Friday in Variety that said the long-promised, never-delivered Charley Pride biopic is back on again -- only, without Terrence Howard or Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan writer-director Craig Brewer, who announced their intention to make a movie about Pride way back in the fal ... More >>
Mike WattAs we mentioned yesterday, the South by Southwest spillover effect has reached our beloved record store Good Records. And this evening, before he performs a full blown electric show at The Loft, Mike Watt will be over at Good for what he calls a "hoot & spiel," more commonly known as ... More >>
As many times as the Texxas Jam's come up, I can't believe we've never seen this: Channel 8's coverage of the '78 "Texxas Music Festival," featuring reporter Randy Jackson's sweat-soaked, dope-smoked coverage of the billion-degree July 1 concert at the Cotton Bowl. Among the headliners that day: Aer ... More >>
Last night, this season's remaining 50 Idol contestants left the City of Angels for the City of Sin and began working on Beatles classics in pairs and trios. Vocal coaches were essentially flogging them with barbed critiques during rehearsal and in what I assume was meant to be a cute montage, an ... More >>
We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take a few at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.
Paper Tongues (Charlotte, NC)
Are you more than a little bumme ... More >>