Following her win on NBC's hit series The Voice and fronting the pop-rock band Hey Monday, Cassadee Pope is preparing her place in country music. With a new single, album on the way and summer tour with Rascal Flatts, she's off to a great start.
Insight into my thoughts, rants, dreams and will include both written and video commentary in the coming months. Get ready, cause shit's about to get wildly inappropriate.
It's one of the most anticipated albums of the last 5 years, and now Justin Timberlake is readying the release of his third solo record, The 20/20 Experience with his new hit single "Suit & Tie".
With a growing cult following, a tour hitting 75+ cities across North America and a new record in the works, Josiah Leming is anything but 'idle'. Enter to win tickets to his Listen Close Tour now!
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The pop-rock trio, The CO, return with their long-awaited sophomore album. Listen to 'Keep It Together' on Tragic Kingdom now.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Idol Insider is headed to Austin for a jam packed weekend of fun at South By Southwest! On our agenda: Perez Hilton's "One Night In Austin" with Snoop Dogg, Alphabeat, and a surprise guest (I'm salivating with anticipation), Metric playing at Stubb's, Free Sol, meetings with some of the hottest new bands emerging on the music scene and, of course, I'll be scouting new talent to bring to you on Idol Insider.
Some of our featured artists, including Houses, Matt Morris (with Dave Preston), and Andrea Ball, are also playing down at SXSW and we're hoping to stop by to show our Idol Insider support! I'll catch you up when I get back - it'll feel as if you were right along side me all weekend long.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Tonight the Top 12 take on hits of the Rolling Stones in the live performance show, sending one more hopeful packing tomorrow night. And unless someone pulls out some major surprises tonight, I am shifting my support to Crystal Bowersox and Didi Benami for the remainder of the season - or the remainder of their stay on the show. Sorry men, it's just not your year! Hopefully with Paige Miles suffering from Laryngitis she'll finally be sent packing this week. And Ke$ha and 3OH!3 will perform on the results show along with David Cook who will return to the Idol stage.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
We first discovered Ball in 2008, when her first LP titled Beat Beat Pound made its way to iTunes. A native to Denver, Colorado, Ball received praise from her local community as she performed at some of the city's most notable venues. Just two years later, she is readying the release of her follow up LP, entitled Dial Tone, which continues to showcase her ability to write emotional, and very personal, tracks to tell a story through her music. Dial Tone is a more grown up version of the singer-songwriter, as she takes what fans came to love about her on her first release and multiplied it by ten. The singer, who's voice could be compared to some of music's greatest talents, showcases a unique sound radio stations across the country are lacking.
In an interview, Ball describes the process of writing the new album, beginning with an idea of compiling a variety of love letters and basing songs on them. The project organically grew and suddenly became very personal, focusing on her own love letters and experiences. And whether the letters tell stories of personal growth or leave a final word to past lovers, she pours her soul into the new compilation of perfectly blended tracks, which comes across loud and clear the first listen.
The title track, "Dial Tone", represents the singer's attempt at finding her true self without the help, or direction, of those around her. And to tie the album together she offers a bit of foreshadowing in the opening line, “put on your parachute”, illustrating the turbulent ride of emotions to come from the next 9 tracks - one of the final tracks is titled “Plane Crash”. On "Glass Wall", one of the stand out tracks, the raw, emotional vocal almost emulates that of Fiona Apple on Tidal. Sincerity in her performance makes Ball relevant and captivates her audience at every show. And while most artists tend to succumb to what's known as the "sophomore slump" on their second release, Ball shines brighter than before - the signs of a true star on the rise.
Plans to tour the new album include performing this week at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, a CD release concert in Denver, and a slew of other shows throughout the spring and summer. Having already opened for some big names in the industry, including Flobots, Matt Morris, Meiko, and Bowerbirds, it is clear that Andrea Ball is a name that will soon be headlining her own stage.
Denver fans can catch Andrea when she celebrates the release of her new record at Hi-Dive (7 S. Broadway) on March 26th. And be sure to pick up a copy of Dial Tone on iTunes March 23rd.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
And the boys seemed okay with the mix-up on Tuesday night's American Idol showdown, which brought out a smidge more talent than we saw in the first go around. Unfortunately, compared to the show's previous seasons it is clear this crop of guys isn't going to leave viewers overly impressed. The most improved was Alex Lambert, who probably should have been sent home after his disasterous performance last week. But this week his nerves, while still present, were calmed by the addition of his guitar and he actually showcased a pretty solid tone in his voice that could very well win him a spot in the finals. And while Lambert took a few giant steps forward, it was Kara "The Cougar" DioGuardi's fave Casey James who's rendition of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Wanna Be" under-delivered in a major way. And the best of the evening belonged, once again, to Lee Dewyze, who impressed us with his calm, cool stage presence while showing off his talent on "Lips Of An Angel", a song that he himself could have had on the radio as a hit.
Thursday night provided little to no surprises, aside from the horrifying performance by last year's Danny Gokey, when John Park and Jermaine Sellers were sent home from the boys group - both failed in song choice - and Haeley Vaughn and Michelle Delamor from the girls. And what will happen tonight as the Top 8 - Top 16 total - from each group plead one last plea before the Top 12 move to the Kodak Theater next week? Will Tim Urban finally get the boot? What will Katelyn Epperly wear, and will Kara approve? And will Ellen come up with an original thought? Probably not, but it all goes down tonight on FOX!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
And, don't forget, you can download your favorite Idol performances from each week's show on iTunes. But don't expect them to sound exactly like the live performance. It was recently uncovered that the Idol camp is touching up some of the live performances before sending them out for distribution. Rumored to have received the auto-tune treatment: Lee Dewyze, Haeley Vaughn, and Lacey Brown. Meanwhile Alex Lambert and Tim Urban's ghastly performances were distributed as is - meaning don't download them. Take a listen to the proof below.
UPDATE: A "medical issue" has prevented Crystal Bowersox from performing live tonight, so the boy will be going first this week. Hopefully Crystal is well enough to perform tomorrow - I will keep you updated.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Later this summer Carrie will seen in her first feature film role when she co-stars in the movie Soul Surfer, the inspirational life story of the surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in October 2003 to a tiger shark. The singer will portray Sarah Hill, a counselor at Hamilton's church and best friend to the surfer chick. The movie also stars Anna Sophia Robb, as the lead, Dennis Quaid, and Helen Hunt.