February 17, 2014 |
Might "American Idol's" slide into irrelevance be a boon for its talent? That's one takeaway to be drawn from the surprisingly strong debut by Candice Glover, who last year won the televised singing competition amid historically low ratings. A big-voiced soul belter, Glover ended a lengthy stretch of victories by white-guy guitar strummers, including Lee DeWyze and Phillip Phillips - reason enough to celebrate her win. But she's also made a better record than the last few "Idol" champs, one that doesn't sound like its quirks have been ironed out in an attempt to satisfy the show's once-enormous audience.
March 25, 2013 |
Though it's still - on some nights - the most-watched show on television, "American Idol" is by all accounts a smaller proposition than it once was, with fewer viewers, less cultural clout and a seemingly diminished ability to produce megastars on the order of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. The retrenchment appears to be affecting veterans of the program too: At the South by Southwest music festival this month, Season 8 winner Kris Allen and Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze could both be seen sharing cozy club stages with the kind of up-and-coming acts SXSW was designed to spotlight.
April 7, 2010 |
Beatles songs have the uncanny quality of sounding perennially fresh. Forty years after the band's active era ended, whenever its catalog is popped open, there's a surprising amount of fizz. Those sophisticated melodies and slyly syncopated beats help even stolid interpreters get on their feet, and the truly creative -- Earth, Wind & Fire, Elliott Smith -- can ride that effervescence to a new place. So it was a smart decision to revive the old theme of Beatles Week (well, Lennon-McCartney Night)
March 15, 2013 |
“American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze, Nickelodeon stars Leon Thomas III and Cody Longo are among the acts that will headline Universal CityWalk's concert series, the entertainment complex announced earlier this week. CityWalk's “Music Spotlight Series” features a mix of street performers and emerging artists. The series happens every Friday and Saturday night from March 22 to April 20 at CityWalk's free outdoor venue, 5 Towers. PHOTOS: 'American Idol': Where are they now?