Ester Dean

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Here Are the Songs They Play at a Middle School Dance

    Recently, Voice Media Group held a competition to help determine the best music writing in the pages and on the blogs of its 14 papers. This winning piece by Shea Serrano first appeared on L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound music blog. By Shea Serrano 1:04 pm: In about 25 minutes, I'm going to be ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie And Countrified Pop Tunes

    After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Dan Wilson, Linda Perry, And Other Pop Footnotes Turned Hitmakers

    It's a familiar scene to anyone who's seen VH1 programs like Behind The Music or Where Are They Now?, or the channel's endless lists of 'one-hit wonders' of the '80s and '90s: a musician whose brief fling with stardom is well behind them sits at the mixing desk of a studio, while the voiceover detai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Live: Machine Gun Kelly Is The Valedictorian Of XXL's Freshman Class

    XXL Freshman Class 2012: Don Trip, Kid Ink, Iggy Azalea, Roscoe Dash, Macklemore, Hopsin, Danny Brown, Future, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly Best Buy Theater Monday, April 9 Better than: Ten rappers you're completely unfamiliar with. Every year, XXL selects a group of rappers to label as "fres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Pia Toscano Would Like To Remind You That (Her) Life Is Unfair

    Michael Becker/FOX​ Few low-level American Idol eliminations have been met with the hue and cry that accompanied the April booting of Pia Toscano, a comely, big-voiced belter who hails from Howard Beach and who was given this year's ninth-place trophy. The notion that Idol is a "singing compet ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2010

    Let Soulja Boy Be Great

    A rap pariah seeks legitimacy on The DeAndre Way, and nearly gets it