August 9, 2013 |
Rob Sheffield is the kind of true-blue music nerd who'll pause his latest memoir - one with a subtitle promising a book about "the rituals of love & karaoke" - to address the important topic of Rod Stewart. Not how much he loves Rod Stewart, exactly, nor which of Stewart's songs is the most fun to sing at karaoke. (Duh: "Love Touch. ") Rather, Sheffield's chapter on the singer, called "Hot Legs," examines in great detail Stewart's merry progression from "a rambling rock & roll rogue" to "an L.A. roué trapped in [a]
March 31, 2013 |
Her final pep talk wasn't a pep talk at all. Kirsten Moore was beyond pep. Her final pep talk, given while surrounded by her Westmont College women's basketball team before the NAIA national championship game, was her chance to say thanks. Moore thanked her team for keeping her soul alive. She thanked them for sitting in the third row for her husband's funeral, for playing with her infant daughter in the third row of the team bus, for sharing her pain and embellishing her joy. She thanked them for their patience when she was weeping at an unseen memory, or staring blankly into an uncertain future, or disappearing just before tipoffs to nurse her child.
February 28, 2013 |
Another 10 contestants - the last of the women -- shrank to just five on the third night of the Sudden Death rounds in Las Vegas. Surveying the landscape, you can't fault the judges for failing to embrace eclecticism. They gave us … Zoanette Johnson: Despite what any of us watching at home think, this out-there Tulsa, Okla., 20-year-old has been a judge favorite almost from the moment she stepped in front of them at auditions and sang the national anthem. Her final Hollywood performance, which she made up on the spot while accompanying herself on drums, prompted Nicki Minaj to declare herself grateful to be part of "The Zoanette Era. " On Wednesday night, we learned more of Johnson's backstory.
February 24, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- The sudden death of a 30-year-old Palestinian man being held in an Israeli jail sparked another day of protests and rioting across the West Bank on Sunday as fears heightened that Palestinian frustration levels are nearing a boiling point. Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers erupted in the West Bank city of Hebron and nearby villages following the death of Arafat Jaradat, a gas station attendant who was arrested Feb. 18 for throwing rocks and firebombs at Israelis near Hebron.
February 22, 2013 |
For its second Sudden Death Round, on Thursday night, "American Idol" pivoted from "the ladies" to "the guys. " And those dudes, while on the whole nowhere near as talented vocally as the women we'd seen sing Wednesday on the same Las Vegas stage, turned in some performances that made the ladies look tea-party tame by comparison. It was a wild night, leaving Nicki Minaj at times a bit overheated. "So far tonight, Nicki's wanted to marry Chris's vibrato, cradle Charlie and have Elijah's baby," Ryan Seacrest noted after one commercial break.
October 25, 2012 |
There are some things that make for great reality television fodder. Gossiping housewives, taut and tanned partying twenty-somethings and a sassy, 7-year-old aspiring beauty queen hopped up on a sugary concoction called "go-go juice" are a few of the mindless reality plots that come to mind. But there are some things that shouldn't be documented. OBITUARY: Pop titan dies at 48 Watching a family grieve and pick up the pieces after a devastating loss is at the top of the list.