Taking a classic song that's perfectly fine as is and exhuming it for financial gain is awful enough, but when the result comes out sounding excremental, you want to cover the new artist with a blanket and make them stop. Here are my 10 least favorite cover tunes: (1) Britney Spears, "(I Can't Ge ... More >>
Thanks to Frankenstorm, a whole slate of concerts has been wiped out tonight and tomorrow, including this evening's Joshua Radin/A Fine Frenzy gig at Best Buy Theater--it's been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4. As it turns out, Alison Sudol, the brainy beauty behind AFF, is about more than just music ... More >>
"Why the long face?" I joked to drag contestant Trannie Oakley at last night's So You Think You Can Drag? at New World Stages, where I was a judge along with author/promoter Justin Luke and Wicked's Kyle Dean Massey. Trannie had just done an astounding number as Celine Dion, capturing her power, gr ... More >>
Boyz II Men Porsche Design Space Monday, September 19 Better than: Color Me Badd's 20th Anniversary. There's no overstating the way Boyz II Men shaped the R&B and pop landscapes. The group's songs provided the soundtrack for many a middle school dance in the 1990s; their harmonies acted as Hallma ... More >>
Cuban songstress Albita Rodriguez makes an NYC tour stop tonight at SOB's, on the day of Dia de San Lazaro. The Afro-Cuban holiday honors San Lazaro (or Babalu Aye), a father-figure saint believed to protect and heal--the dance stylings of Rodriguez intend to celebrate that through her soulfu ... More >>
Last night the President attended a "Fiesta Latina" at the White House, taped for PBS broadcast and featuring George Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Los Lobos and other familiar names. At one point singer Thalia got Obama to dance with her for a couple of seconds. Amazingly there has been no rightblogger ... More >>
Sometimes artists excel at re-doing what other artists already did pretty beautifully themselves. In the music industry, we call these "cover versions." Not that you asked, but my favorite covers of all time are:
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By all accounts, 'Rosie Live! was a misbegotten atttempt to revive the variety format which critics said looked underrehearsed, felt too limited in its palette of older-skewing talent, and ignored the cardinal rule that the host should merely introduce the acts and then stand on the sidelines (unles ... More >>
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