Thursday, September 30, 2010

Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Rap Medley

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon performed a rap medley with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Amongst the songs they did were "Rapper's Delight", "Paul Revere", "Humpty Dance", "Nuthin' But A G Thang", "California Love", "My Name Is", "Work It", "Crank That (Soulja Boy)", "Live Your Life", "Gold Digger" and "Empire State of Mind". THIS IS AMAZING.

Aaaand now I want to do karoake with Jimmy Fallon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sara Bareilles At Orpheum Theatre

Sara Bareilles played a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles Tuesday night, performing a good mix of songs from her two albums, including a stunning performance of "Hold My Heart"; "Uncharted", which is my personal favorite from Kaleidoscope Heart; a fun and clappy "King of Anything"; and a chill-inducing a cappella version of "Gravity" with the a cappella group Sonos.

Here's video of Gravity:

This a cappella version of "Gravity" happens to be my No. 1 played song on my iTunes, and it's seriously amazing. It was first recorded for an album with her college (UCLA!) a cappella group, Awaken A Cappella back in 2003 and is also available on Sonos' album on iTunes.

Gonna Get Over You:

Nice Dream (Radiohead cover):

Bottle It Up:


Kaleidoscope Heart:

Javier Dunn - How I Love You/Summer Skin:

Greg Laswell - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:

If you have a chance to see Sara in concert, do it. She has a great voice and great songs, plus she's hilarious and adorable and soooo talented. She's known for playing piano, but she also played guitar, ukulele and some accordion-type thing. It really was a fantastic show. To check out her tour dates, visit her website at

Monday, September 27, 2010

Video Of The Day - Ryan Star Head Like A Hole

Ryan Star is this week's Billboard Mashup Monday video with an acoustic cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Head Like A Hole". Ryan has been performing this song for years, and it was featured on his Dark Horse live album that was released immediately after Rock Star: Supernova in 2006.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Boyz II Men, En Vogue At LA County Fair

There was no bigger R&B act in the 90's than Boyz II Men, who used to have songs topping the Billboard charts for 3-4 months at a time (their "One Sweet Day" with Mariah Carey still holds the Billboard record with 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, breaking their previous record of 14 for "I'll Make Love To You", which broke their other previous record of 13 for "End of the Road"). Probably one of the most successful female band of the 90's was En Vogue, who had platinum albums, chart-topping songs, Grammy nominations and a bunch of MTV Music Video Awards, American Music Awards and Soul Train Awards.

These two groups joined forces last night for a really entertaining concert at the LA County Fair. En Vogue, back with its original lineup, played for about 45 minutes, powering through all of their hits (I had forgotten how many they had!), plus a really fun medley of songs by artists they were influenced by (songs included "To Be Real", "Bad Girls", "Ring My Bell", "Best Of My Love", "In My House", "Tell Me Something Good" and "Respect") (Partial videos here and here).

Boyz II Men, which is now a trio (bass man Michael McCary is definitely missed), headlined and played for an hour. They sang all of their biggest hits (with one notable absence: "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday"). Like En Vogue, they also had a really fun medley, performing some of the songs they recorded on their Motown hits CD, complete with old-school choreography. They also performed songs from their recent covers album, Love - Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris".

The biggest thing that I took out of this concert was how much fun everyone in the audience was having. Everyone around me was singing and dancing along. People were dancing in the aisles. A woman in front of me moved to a bunch of empty seats next to me so she could have more room to dance. Before Boyz II Men came on stage, an intro video was played, and people were totally singing along to the snippets of songs that were played on that video even after the music had stopped. People were singing along with the music that was playing as we exited the venue ("One Sweet Day"). Their music is timeless. I guarantee you that 20 years from now, no one will be singing half of the crappy songs from crappy singers that radio force-feeds us today (yeah, I'm looking at you, Ke$ha).

So come back in time with me and listen to some 90's R&B classics (one of my favorite genres ever!).

Hold On:

On Bended Knee:

Water Runs Dry (from my friend ocamy24):

I'll Make Love To You:

A Song For Mama:

End of the Road:


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Video Of The Day: Lady Antebellum Covers I Can't Make You Love Me

Lady Antebellum just started their fall tour this week. One of the new songs on their set list is a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me", which leads into their own "Ready To Love Again."

This video was from their Tuesday show in Clearwater, taken by xf0rthebetterx:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Allison Iraheta Calls Out Jive In Last Tour Performance

Allison Iraheta wrapped up her summer tour with Adam Lambert with a memorable performance at the Puyallup Fair in Washington. Allison called out Jive, her former record label, during her song "Scars" by singing this line: "Do you know how hard I tried to become what you want me to be ... JIVE"

Allison also gave an emotional performance of "No One Else":

(videos by smeggingnuts)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Hoff Is Off DwtS

David Hasselhoff was the first "star" to be eliminated in this season's Dancing With The Stars. The Hoff posted the lowest score of the night on Tuesday (15, tied for last with The Situation and Margaret Cho).

There were whispers earlier in the day about the elimination being a big surprise to the producers. I'm only mildly surprised. I did think he was one of the more well-known celebrities this season, so for him to outlast a non-celebrity like Bristol Palin is surprising. But he was pretty terrible on Tuesday. SO. CHEESY. And I guess if you out-cheese the Situation, you gots problems.

Amongst the entertainment during the hour-long (aka 55 minutes too long) result show was Daughtry, who sang their current hit single "September". Chris Daughtry also sang a cover of Def Leppard's "Photograph" with Carlos Santana. "Photograph" is featured on Santana's new album, Guitar Heaven.



(videos from ItsMyT1me)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Early DwtS Favorites Emerge On Week One

After the first day, there looks to be a pretty sizeable difference between the top of the pack and the bottom of the pack on Dancing with the Stars, and I'm not sure that the gap can be bridged. Looking to be the early favorites are Jennifer Grey and Brandy (duh to both) amongst the women and Kyle Massey and Rick Fox amongst the men, with Kurt Warner a possible dark horse.

Audrina Patridge/Tony Davolani - Cha Cha Cha ("California Gurls" by Katy Perry)
She's stiffer than I thought she'd be. She's a socialite. Doesn't she go to the clubs all the time?
Score: 6-7-6=19

Kurt Warner/Anna Trebunskaya - Viennese Waltz ("This Ain't A Love Song" by Bon Jovi)
Looked a lot better than I expected from his video package where he looked like he had NO RHYTHM. Kurt has a charm about him. I think he might last fairly long.
Score: 7-5-7=19

Kyle Massey/Lacey Schwimmer - Cha Cha Cha ("My First Kiss" by 3Oh!3 & Ke$ha)
He's a showman, that's for sure! I thought his technique was a bit lacking, but he made up for it/hid it with his sheer enthusiasm.
Score: 8-7-8=23

Rick Fox/Cheryl Burke - Viennese Waltz ("Crazy" by Aerosmith)
Foxy Mr. Fox. UNF (p.s. bring back the facial hair). He's got charisma, charm, sex appeal and grace.
Score: 8-7-7=22

Margaret Cho/Louis Van Amstel - Viennese Waltz ("We Are The Champions" by Queen)
WTAF is this costume? And this routine?! Was this a joke or did she get so caught up in her costume that they had no choice but to make it a joke?
Score: 5-5-5=15

Brandy/Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Viennese Waltz ("Cry Me Out" by Pixie Lott)
She's very good - elegant, with good movement and posture. And she's a performer, so she can definitely sell a performance.
Score: 7-8-8=23

Bristol Palin/Mark Ballas - Cha Cha Cha ("Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Tom Jones)
I think we're grading on a curve again here. She barely danced at all, and she was stiff, but because no one was expecting any of that (the costume, her actually moving), they weren't hard on her at all. Meh. I cannot believe Len scored Kurt Warner lower than her. Total b.s.
Score: 6-6-6=18

Florence Henderson/Corky Ballas - Cha Cha Cha ("Kiss Me Honey Honey" by Shirley Bassey)
Oh good lord. I can't handle Corky Ballas and his faces. It's so weird because Florence moves and looks like a robot sometimes. This is so incompatable. I can't even watch this.
Score: 6-6-6=18

Michael Bolton/Chelsie Hightower - Viennese Waltz ("Life After You" by Daughtry)
He seemed to have a little bit of a struggle keeping up with her at times. He also doesn't bring a lot ot the floor in terms of performance, but that's not too surprising given the kind of (boring) music he puts out.
Score: 6-5-5=16

The Situation/Karina Smirnoff - Cha Cha Cha ("Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz)
SUCH A GUIDO. And I laughed that Len and Bruno spent most of their time cutting him down ("You've got the gun but not the ammunition" - point Len)
Score: 5-5-5=15

Jennifer Grey/Derek Hough - Viennese Waltz ("These Arms Of Mine" by Otis Redding)
CoughRingerCough. That being said, that was really good. And I'm glad they got the Swayze out of the way in week one. Hopefully they won't keep harping on it.
Score: 8-8-8=24

David Hasselhoff/Kym Johnson - Cha Cha Cha ("Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones)
Wow. Embrace the cheese much, Hoff? WOW. And LMAO at the awkward silence when Brooke Burke asked how he felt about getting a 15 and he said it was 15 less than they had hoped. Uhhhh ....
Score: 5-5-5=15

Who's going home? Trainwrecks usually don't go home first, so it's probably going to be someone in the middle of the pack - probably Audrina or Michael. I'd be more than ok with Bristol or the Situation leaving, however! They hardly even qualify as "Stars" anyway.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Video Of The Day - Bruno Mars Nothin' On You Solo Remix

Playing a free show at the Grove in Los Angeles on Friday, Bruno Mars sang a solo remix of his hit song with rapper B.O.B., "Nothin' On You".

Video from koolerbeans:

Bruno also did his other collaborative hit, "Billionaire", sans Travie McCoy (not that you miss Travie since Bruno is on the best parts of the song), paired with "Money (That's What I Want)" and mixed in with "I Wanna Be Rich" (Watch Video), as well as a "Billie Jean" (over the instrumentals of "Smells Like Teen Spirit")/"Seven Nation Army" medley (Watch Video).

Bruno's CD comes out Oct. 5.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Idol Alumni Concert News

Some new shows are popping up on the concert front for some recent American Idol alumni.

Kris Allen has a new date with Lifehouse on Oct. 19 in Westbury, NY at the NYCB Theatre At Westbury, per Pollstar. He is also doing a USO Tour in Europe from Sept. 27-Oct. 4. Known dates so far are Sept. 29 at US Army Garrison Schinnen in the Netherlands and Oct. 3 at USAG Bamberg in Germany. His tour with Lifehouse begins Oct. 15. For dates and ticket information, CLICK HERE.

David Archuleta is performing at a benefit concert Sept. 23 at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS with Natasha Bedingfield, Bruno Mars, Iyaz, and The Ready Set. The show, which is being put on by Channel 963, is the 4th Annual Pink Ribbon Performance to benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation. Archuleta has another breast cancer-related benefit concert in Roanoke, VA Sept. 30 with Shontelle.

Danny Gokey is out doing some festivals and fairs. Here are his upcoming dates:
Sept. 18 - Savannah, TN, Pickwick Landing State Park (Tennessee River Run Festival), with Darryl Worley
Sept. 25 - Frederick, MD, Great Frederick Fair, with Craig Morgan
Sept. 26 - West Springfield, MA, Eastern States Exposition (The Big E)
Oct. 1 - Roanoke, VA, Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (Pajama Jam)
Oct. 9 - Salina, KS, Bicentennial Center (Boys Scouts of America's Centennial Camp)
Oct. 14 - Raleigh, NC, NC State Fair
Oct. 16 - Mount Laurel, NJ, Prospectors Steakhouse
Oct. 20 - Buffalo, NY, UB Center for the Arts (WYRK Fall Acoustic Series), with Steel Magnolia and The Band Perry
Oct. 30 - Coquitlam, BC, Boulevard Casino
Nov. 3 - Ladson, SC, Coastal Carolina Fair
Nov. 19 - Sheboygan, WI, Weill Center
Nov. 20 - Wausau, WI, Grand Theater

Adam Lambert added a date in Copenhagen, Denmark on Nov. 10 to his international tour. Other Adam dates, from Pollstar:
Sept. 25 - Singapore, Singapore, Marina Bay Circuit
Sept. 26 - Singapore, Singapore, Marina Bay Circuit
Oct. 3 - Nagoya, Japan, Diamond Hall
Oct. 4 - Osaka, Japan, Namba-Hatch
Oct. 5 - Nagoya, Japan, Diamond Hall
Oct. 6 - Tokyo, Japan, JCB Hall
Oct. 7 - Tokyo, Japan, JCB Hall
Oct. 8 - Tokyo, Japan, JCB Hall
Oct. 10 - Manila, Philippines, Mall Of Asia
Oct. 12 - Hong Kong, China, HiTec
Oct. 17 - Auckland, New Zealand, Trusts Stadium
Oct. 19 - Melbourne, Australia, Palace Theatre
Oct. 20 - Sydney, Australia, Virgin Mobile Metro Theatre
Oct. 22 - Brisbane, Australia, The Tivoli
Oct. 25 - Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall
Oct. 26 - Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall
Nov. 9 - Stockholm, Sweden, Debaser Medis
Nov. 10 - Copenhagen, Denmark, VEGA House Of Music
Nov. 12 - Munich, Germany, Theatre Fabrik
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, Germany, Grunspan
Nov. 15 - Berlin, Germany, Fritzclub im Postbahnof
Nov. 16 - Stuttgart, Germany, Zapata
Nov. 19 - Cologne, Germany, Gloria
Nov. 22 - Vienna, Austria, Wuk
Nov. 23 - Zurich, Switzerland, X-Tra Limmathaus
Nov. 26 - Birmingham, United Kingdom, O2 Academy Birmingham 2
Nov. 27 - Manchester, United Kingdom, Academy 2
Nov. 28 - Glasgow, United Kingdom, ABC1
Nov. 29 - London, United Kingdom, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Video Of The Day - Kelly Clarkson If I Can't Have You - New Version

Kelly Clarkson performed at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City Saturday night and broke out a new, ballad-y version of her upbeat "If I Can't Have You"

Video from izoobodyboard:

Edited to properly credit the right person with the video. Someone else had reposted the original video under their channel. That's annoying.

And here's the studio version if you want to compare and contrast. Talk about re-inventing a song!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Lifehouse At L.A. County Fair

I started my summer seeing Lifehouse at the San Diego County Fair on July 1, so it was a nice full circle moment that I came to end my summer seeing Lifehouse at the LA County Fair on Sept. 6. After a fun day with awesome fair food (Deep-fried banana split ... that may have been the best dessert I've ever had in my life. It's near the front entrance of the Fairgrounds!), Lifehouse put a nice end to my summer with a rocking set that had a good mix of songs from the new album and some older hits.

As usual, the guys put on a great show and were in fine form vocally and musically. The show only made me want their fall tour to start immediately (mostly because they didn't play "Everything" again, which they have said they will during their fall headlining tour, but also because Kris Allen is opening for them, which guarantees you two awesome concerts in one. GO SEE THEM).

The setlist included (not totally in order): All In, Halfway Gone, Nerve Damage, Whatever It Takes, Wrecking Ball, Blind, Smoke And Mirrors, Hanging By A Moment, Somebody Else's Song, You And Me, Falling In, Take Me Away, The First Time, Broken (encore).

Alana Grace and Carolina Liar opened the show. I missed the former but caught the latter. I only know their one big hit, "Show Me What I'm Looking For", but liked a couple of their other songs later in their set. However, their lead singer has really got to work on some of his stage mannerisms. I understand that he's trying to get the crowd fired up for Lifehouse, which is his job, but, and I'm totally not exaggerating, don't gesture and ask us to get loud EVERY. SINGLE. SONG. And then tell us we can do better than that. DUDE. And also, don't ask us to show you some love. It sounds desperate. I'll give him a ton of credit, though, for coming out there and performing despite getting hit with severe animal allergies while out at the fair.

Here are some videos. I tried to get some of the ones I didn't get the last time I saw them. I was much closer the last time (about 3 deep from the stage!) but much more comfortable in seats this time.

All In:

Nerve Damage:


Hanging By A Moment:

Somebody Else's Song:

Falling In:

Take Me Away:


Saturday, September 04, 2010

Kris Allen, Keith Urban - Jack And Diane, Take Two

Keith Urban and Kris Allen reprised their "Jack and Diane" duet from a few weeks ago on Friday at the Allentown Fair. They pretty much reversed roles this time around, with Kris singing the first verse and Keith the second. Even more hilarious is that the first time around, there was a little bit of a lyric fail when Kris continued to sing the chorus while Keith was moving on to another part of the song. This time, it looks like it's Keith who may have done what Kris did. Then they start laughing all over the place. These two have the most adorable fails. And their harmonies are awesome.

Kris Allen/Keith Urban Jack & Diane (from PAJoshed):

Kris has two more shows left opening for Keith - Saturday in Essex Junction, Vermont and Sunday in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

John Mayer Live At Red Rocks - Video

Gotta love technology. John Mayer played at Red Rocks on Wednesday night and streamed his entire set live over the internet, giving fans all over the world a high quality, close-up view from home.

If you missed it, the archive is up! If you're even remotely a John Mayer fan, it's a must-see.

The setlist: Chest Fever/Vultures, No Such Thing, Beast of Burden/Perfectly Lonely, Ain't No Sunshine, Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, Bigger Than My Body, Sucker/Love Soon/Comfortable/3x5, Your Body Is A Wonderland, Heartbreak Warfare, Voodoo Chile, Who Says, Gravity (with some awesome life advice in the middle of the song), Do You Know Me, Why Georgia, Half of My Heart/Don't Stop Believing, Edge of Desire (encore).

Dancing With The Stars Pairings Revealed

The "celebrity"/professional pairings were announced for the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars, and in a shocking development, Derek Hough was paired with someone with dance experience, Cheryl Burke was paired with an athlete, and Karina Smirnoff was paired with someone skeevy. I cannot believe it.

The season premiere is on Monday, Sept. 20. The first couple will be sent home the following day.

Here's the full list of pairings:

Michael Bolton/Chelsie Hightower
Brandy/Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Margaret Cho/Louis Van Amstel
Rick Fox/Cheryl Burke
Jennifer Grey/Derek Hough
David Hasselhoff/Kym Johnson
Florence Henderson/Corky Ballas
Kyle Massey/Lacey Schwimmer
Bristol Palin/Mark Ballas
Audrina Patridge/Tony Dovolani
"The Situation"/Karina Smirnoff
Kurt Warner/Anna Trebunskaya