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?
May 26, 2010 |
It was a night of laughs, tears, jaw-dropping performances and surprise appearances, and even if Season 9 didn't quite get your juices flowing, the 2010 finale pulled out plenty of stops. They didn't all make sense -- Alice Cooper, while entertaining backed up by a herd of Season 9ers wearing their Catholic school best, felt like a stretch. Hall and Oates' medley with the Top 6 guys was a better fit, and Crystal Bowersox's duet with Alanis Morissette drove home a notion we'd long reconciled: that she, more than any other Season 9 finalist, deserved to be standing on that stage.