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Thursday

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October 2016

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Mariah Carey and James Packer Break Up: Reality Show to Blame?

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Reality shows might not ruin relationships, but the types of people who seek them out might not make the best romantic partners. Such is the case with Mariah Carey and James Packer, who have reportedly split as a result of her new show. Tabloids have recently documented the plight of Carey’s career due to her controversial new management, and many have suggested that the decision to star in a reality show just proves that she’s receiving poor guidance. One would think she’d learn a lesson after her much-publicized previous relationships and keep her new romance private, but she has clearly taken another, unfortunate route. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Somewhere deep down there is still a denim-clad, down-to-earth New Yorker, but she’s gotten lost. The only way back is to channel her true self, nix the diamond-bragging, and never use the word “dahhhh-ling.”

Wednesday

26

October 2016

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Will ‘Live With Kelly’ Cast a School Teacher as her Sidekick?

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Who would have thought that Kelly Ripa’s on-air sidekick might actually be an unknown star in the making? Rumors have long circulated that the producers of ‘Live With Kelly’ hoped to avoid the pitfalls of a polished, greedy co-host for the coveted gig, and instead wanted someone loyal and grateful. Who better to meet those standards than a Perkasie high school teacher of television production? The social-media-contest winner is reportedly in the running, and he will be invited back to test for the full-time job. After watching him in action, I get it. He’s humble, good looking, and a representation of the most important job we’ve got. Plus, it proves that the producers did some actual work to find him and that we don’t need to recycle the same, tired people in this fishbowl we call Hollywood. There’s also something about Ripa that thrives beside an unknown, rather than a long-time friend. It’s almost too familiar with someone like Andy Cohen or Anderson Cooper who, though qualified, are not the best choice. Watch a clip below, and decide for yourself.

Tuesday

25

October 2016

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Lady Gaga Performs “Million Reasons” on Howard Stern — Listen Now

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I’ve been tough on Lady Gaga’s new album, ‘Joanne,’ but there’s no doubt that it’s peppered with powerful tracks, one of which is “Million Reasons,” which Gaga sang for Howard Stern in one of the best live performances I’ve heard on the show. According to Gaga, she wrote the song for women all over the world, and it’s origin can be attributed to finding a million reasons to leave a relationship, but being lured back by only one good reason to stay. We can all relate. In fact, Robin Quivers related so much she was crying at the end of the song. Listen below.

Tuesday

25

October 2016

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Singer-Songwriter Sean Hayes @ The Satellite on November 10

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Independent singer-songwriter Sean Hayes‘ distinct, folksy sound caught my attention years ago, and I’ve been following him ever since. The San Francisco-based musician has toured with Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids, in addition to having his music featured on various television shows, films, and commercials. As the SF Weekly puts it, he “succeeds on the tension between warm, resonant soul and dirt-road folk, all laced with a wandering troubadour’s coo.” The genre-defying artist will bring his talents to Los Angeles at The Satellite on November 10, and you can catch the rest of his tour dates below. Check out the video of his latest album, ‘Low Light,’

Sean Hayes Tour Dates

November 2 – Green Frog – Bellingham, WA
November 3 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
November 4 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
November 5 – HiFi – Eugene, OR
November 6 – Brickroom – Ashland, OR
November 9 – SOhO – Santa Barbara, CA
November 10 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
November 11 – San Diego Music Thing – San Diego, CA
November 12 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA

Saturday

22

October 2016

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Lady Gaga Releases Joanne: A Full Review

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Lady Gaga wanted her new album to be about the music, and she accomplished just that. When you strip away the costumes and dance-heavy tracks, you’ve got “Million Reasons,” “Angel Down” and “Joanne,” and if you want something more up-tempo, you’ve got “Judas” and Perfect Illusion,” etc. Having said that, the record suffers from a split personality disorder. I’m not sure if Mark Ronson is compatible with Father John Misty, nor am I sure Father John is compatible with Lady Gaga. Ronson produced the entire record, and the singer also worked with Beck, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Florence Welch, Father John Misty, and BloodPop. While it might be nice to combine influences, it’s simply not cohesive. Did I mention the covert Ace of Base influences?

It’s fine to reinvent one’s brand, as long the world is aware of what you’re trying to say. And although I like some of what she says, my brain just can’t switch gears so much in between songs. Had she just written the album alone, or chosen co-songwriters in the same genre, the album would be far less disjointed. I’d also like to note that Mark Ronson’s obsessive use of horns feels odd and random.

Thursday

20

October 2016

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Luke Wade Premieres “Three Days” — Listen Now

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Singer-songwriter Luke Wade premiered his new single “Three Days,” and it’s got just the right amount of soulful undertone to grab my attention. “Three Days” is the first single off Wade’s upcoming album, Only Ghosts, which is set for release on January 13th! 

The Texas-based musician stepped into the spotlight on Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice”, finishing in the Top 8 with Team Pharrell. Wade has performed alongside Train, Rusted Root, Blue October, Ingrid Michelson, and more. Of his third record, Wade says, “With this album, I was able to use what I’ve learned to be a little more patient, focus on the quality of the songs, the production, and I feel like my vision has really come together.”

Listen to the track below. 

Wednesday

19

October 2016

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Eminem Drops “Campaign Speech” – Listen Now

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We can always count on Eminem for his personal take on pop-culture in the form of intricate raps that takes hits at just about everyone, and “Campaign Speech” is exactly what fans can expect from the prickly rapper. The lyric, “And that’s what you wanted, a fucking loose cannon who’s blunt with his hand on the button who doesn’t have to answer to no one?,” pretty much represents the track, which has very little backing music leaving room for nothing but words. He also announced a new album, which would be his first since 2013’s Marshall Mathers LP 2. Listen below.

Wednesday

19

October 2016

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The Ugly Architect at Hotel Cafe: Artist on the Rise

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Photo by David Chan

There’s a beauty to La La Land that only its locals know, and it’s that you can walk into just about any concert venue and discover a secret gem yet to be uncovered. Such was the case last night while in route to watch David Wax Museum. I arrived a mere fifteen minutes early and caught the tail end of The Ugly Architect, whose raw authenticity was immediately palpable. It’s not often one gets to see an impressive artist at the beginning of their rise, and this magical moment reminds me of the first time I saw Aaron Embry perform. Check out The Ugly Architect below.

Tuesday

18

October 2016

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Lady Gaga Talks Her Toned Down New Image

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Just who is Lady Gaga these days, and what can we expect from the singer who once donned a meat dress, walked the red carpet inside an egg, channeled Julie Andrews, and randomly toured with Tony Bennett? The singer has amassed a huge following, but it’s not without controversy, and her over-the-top image has always sent tongues wagging. She’s been honest about her bouts of depression and mental illness, and at times I’ve questioned not only her identity, but her ability to sustain the barbs that come along with this business. But does she have an actual brand, or is she an ever-changing artist that will break through any box the public is so eager to provide? It’s hard to say, but one thing is for sure, and it’s that she’s stripped of all accoutremants for her new album.
In an interview with the London Times’ Culture, Lady Gaga finally took us inside her toned down new look, explaining that she would “just prefer to go through this album cycle and talk about [her] music instead of it “becom[ing] about everything else,” which was “what I [once] wanted.” She furthered, “You can’t make music with a bunch of boys who are staring at a lobster on your head.” Is it a good move, or will the public tire of what might otherwise be an identity crisis? Time will tell.

Monday

17

October 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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Azealia Banks had a fight with Russell Crowe. E! Online

Lindsay Lohan was spotted kissing another man. Contact Music

Ginger Spice is pregnant. MSNBC

‘Divergent’ star Shailene Woodley got arrested. Yahoo!

Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth got hitched in Vegas. Just Jared

Hoda Kotb and her boyfriend are going to live in sin. RTVW

Melania Trump is standing by her man. Jezebel

Billy Bush was officially ousted from The Today Show. Refinery29

Jennifer Lawrence might be secretly dating director Darron Aronofsky. Daily Mail

Joe Jonas lost his virginity to Ashley Greene. Too Fab

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis had their second child. Wonderwall

Jillian Harris’  post-baby-bod-pic is very real. Wet Paint

Glee’s Dianna Agron married a Mumford & Son. Brides

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