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September 2014

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Music Spotlight: Willis Earl Beal

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MEMPHIS_WILLISEARLBEAL_POSTERWillis Earl Beal has a lot to brag about. Born and raised in Chicago, he’s released two albums (Acoustic Scorcery and Nobody Knows) under an independent record label, and both are stellar examples of his talent. But despite this success, Beal has since exited his label in an attempt to exclusively control the entirety of his career. According to Under the Radar, Beal resented promoting his music as a product, dismissed touring, and didn’t want a backing band. He had already “traveled the world with a reel-to-reel machine as his only musical accompaniment,” and he wanted to return to the “very simplistic outlook as to what [he] could and couldn’t do.” Beal will take his talent to the silver screen for his starring role in Tim Sutton’s upcoming film, ‘Memphis,’ where he “portrays a strange singer with “god given talent” who resembles but doesn’t equal Beal.” The movie will feature his new release, Experiments in Time, which is a hypnotic, moving departure from his previous work.  To learn more about the complicated artist who is worthy of wide recognition, check out his interview with Under the Radar. It’s clear from his complaints that he needs to get out of his head and into his music, but like many artists before him, sometimes internal discord drives talent, and perhaps that’s the case here. Watch the trailer for Memphis below, and check out the second video for one of his best songs, “Too Dry to Cry.”

Monday

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September 2014

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Weekend Roundup: Your Tabloid News Review

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Jay Z and Beyonce put those breakup rumors to rest. HUFFPO

Gerard Butler’s got a new babe. Just Jared

Think good thoughts for the legendary Joan Rivers . . . please. Rumor Fix

Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell have extended their fifteen minutes to Couples Therapy. People

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg have wed. Wet Paint

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross are married. Us Magazine

Brad Pitt finally made an honest woman out of Angelina. Pop Bytes.

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade are husband and wife. CBS News

Kate Mara and Max Minghella split. E! Online

Britney Spears is single, and her father is a superhero. FashionStyle

Brody Jenner skipped Kim Kardashian’s wedding over a squabble. RealityTVWorld

Travis Barker remembers DJ AM on the 5-year anniversary of his death. Daily Mail

Saturday

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August 2014

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Jon Stewart Covers Ferguson — Watch Now

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Jon Stewart returned from vacation with a must-see rundown on the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and true to form, he enlightened the “media” on their embarrassing coverage of the events. With largely white talking heads describing racism through a racist lens, one can expect a problematic portrayal. But only The Daily Show’s stellar team of writers could package this in an easy-to-understand way for the Fox News media culprits contributing to the chaos. From Sean Hannity’s pompous, white privilege anecdotes about his own encounters with police to the “he who smelt it dealt it” spin on “only racists talk about race,” Stewart left no stone unturned. Watch him annihilate the network that cares more about Festivus than Ferguson.

Thursday

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August 2014

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Retta Kicks Out Seat-Filler at Emmy Awards

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I just came across this story, and it must be repeated. Parks and Recreation’s Retta was seated in the second row during Monday’s Emmy Awards and was met with a very annoying seat filler who attempted to engage in irritating conversation with the star, who hilariously live-tweeted the issue. The seat-filler in question later identified himself and allegedly responded with racist insults toward Retta. I believe his account has since been suspended. Enjoy the tweets below.

Thursday

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August 2014

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The Catalina Jazz Club Welcomes the iLatin Jazz Mini-Fest

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Launched by Emerson Bran to bring attention to Latin Jazz, the Catalina Jazz Club welcomed it’s first-ever iLatin Jazz Mini-Fest. Highlighting established jazz artists and emerging talent, the unforgettable two-night event featured performers including New York-born master pianist Oscar Hernández and his new ensemble Alma Libre (with a special guest appearance by sax man Bob Mintzer of the Yellowjackets); Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca; and the world premiere of Panamanian roots-meets-jazz project Puente Del Mundo, led by Grammy-nominee and percussionist Giancarlo Anderson. If you have yet to see this little Los Angeles gem, now’s the time to collect your friends and visit the club.

Thursday

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August 2014

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Counting Crows Release ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ — iTunes First Play

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Counting Crows latest record is a refreshing throwback to their well-known sound, with Duritz’s standard love lamenting perfectly put up against up-tempo tracks like “Earthquake Driver,” which remind us of his prolific, “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby.” There’s a lot to love on this record, and lucky for you, you have a few days left to listen on iTunes First Play for free, courtesy of Counting Crows. Enjoy the video for “Scarecrow” below.

Wednesday

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August 2014

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Monday

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August 2014

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MTV VMA’s Recap: WATCH PERFORMANCES NOW

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For a pocket of time each year, MTV enters a time machine to celebrate the music that once drove its channel. Last night’s VMA’s brought out the industry’s best players, who executed some unforgettable (and forgettable) performances. Enjoy the most notable videos below, along with my thoughts on each.

Sam Smith was an evening standout, with his vulnerable, monster-hit, “Stay With Me.” The refreshing performance reminds us all that not everyone needs a sparkly leotard to get noticed.

Nikki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J joined together for their performance, with Nikki stealing the show. As for Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction, I have an extremely low tolerance for her unprofessional antics. Had the dress simply snapped open, I’d be more forgiving, but she clearly knew during dress rehearsal that she’d have an issue with time, and she chose to take the risk. As a result, she trumped her female counter-parts in the press, who have solely chosen to cover the mistake. And though this may be mean to mention, a music industry insider has pointed something out to me about Jessie J, and it’s worth repeating. It’s just not going to happen, despite the enormous push from her label. To quote my friend, “She’s pop’s Grouplove,” and it’s time to abort mission.

Beyonce brought down the house with a standout medley of hits, proving once again through professionalism and vocal prowess that she deserves her reigning title as Queen Bey.

I’ve recently discovered 5 Seconds of Summer, and though I’d love to hate on the boy band, much like One Direction, I simply can’t. They are good, their songs are catchy, and they’re adorable. Watch their sweet song below. It will pull at your heartstrings.

For a guy who bad-mouthed the VMAs last year, it’s interesting to see him perform, but given that Adam Levine has sold his soul to secure his billboard status, I’m not surprised. It’s also worth mentioning that this is a professional show, and the guy is wearing a jersey. Remember when Maroon 5 wore suits? Yeah . . . so do I.

This was not the best night for Usher, who looked noticeably winded. I usually love the guy, so that’s all I will say.

Sunday

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August 2014

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

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‘The Good Wife’s’ Josh Charles is going to be a dad. E! Online

Zooey Deschanel has a new boyfriend. Us Magazine

Nina Dobrev is heating up Ibiza with her new man. Hollywood Life

Ciara and Future called off their engagement. VH1

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are separated. The Stir

Stacy Keibler gave birth to a baby girl. HUFFPO

Suge Knight was shot. USA Today

Simon Cowell is a doting dad. ICYDK

MTV’s Diem Brown is battling cancer for a third time. Wonderwall

Maria Shriver has a new man. Page Six

Katie Holmes moved to Los Angeles. What’s New

Pete Wentz had a son. ABC News

 

 

 

Sunday

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August 2014

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The Actor’s Gang Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Summer is winding down, and is there a more fitting way to finish the season than with a refreshing rendition of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream?’ For just one more week, The Los Angeles based ensemble theater company, The Actor’s Gang, will perform the iconic play under the direction of Academy Award winner Tim Robbins. With minimal costumes and sparse sets, the performance depends on the actors alone, who must carry the show through sheer talent, shedding the typical elements of which actors often rely. Take a moment to discover this magical pocket of Los Angeles, with fairies, spells, and some must-see mischief. Visit The Actor’s Gang for tickets.

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