Lady Gaga’s “incubation” bit was extraordinary, and her courage to be herself—creative and singular—must be respected; and she won three awards. At the same time, in terms of sheer substance, tonight her rendition of her new single “Born This Way” was, while intriguing, not relatively grand. In fact, it was problematic—several of the lyrics just were not sung by her live, and this was quite evident, as the song would go on while she turned her head from her microphone. It’s difficult to maintain both “off the wall” theatre and efficacious song renditions. It’s also difficult to beat her own performance last year—which included much more theatre—a bird nest, zombies, Gaga tossed into a burner, Elton John—alongside potent, substantive renditions. Instead, in my view, Kansas Citian Janelle Monáe stole the show, ironically, by using little to no overt drama: her “Cold War” bit exuded vocal strength, keen dance moves, and she did not require a quasi-uterus prop to achieve any credibility or success.
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TV sports hit a record high, as the 2010 FIFA World Cup became one of the most-watched events in television history, with billions watching worldwide.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Nathan Moore released his ninth studio album Dear Puppeteer 1 February on Royal Potato Family, and now he’s ready to hit the road. Starting 9 February in San Luis Obispo, CA Moore will support ALO during the west coast stretch of their fifth annual Tour D’Amour, where fans choose the set-list. (Tour dates after the jump.)
Following his jaunt with ALO, Moore plans to open his agenda for his own fan-picked shows entitled Hippy Fiasco Rides Again. The Hippy Fiasco idea is for West Coast and South West fans to request “interesting” spots for Moore to perform; Moore can end up virtually anywhere from a fan’s basement to backyard, park, mall, who knows? The spontaneous performances are eventually announced via Moore’s site, social media and fan word-of-mouth. You can request shows at Moore’s website natanmoore.org, or by calling the Hippy Fiasco hotline (805.443.2423).
Possibly more entertaining than anything the NFL can come up with, this year’s crop of commercials featured everything from a helpful beaver to Justin Bieber. Despite their variety, most of the spots fit into one out of a few categories. Here’s the best of the groups.
Most of these movies are months away from hitting theatres, but that didn’t stop filmmakers from seeking future moviegoers. Animated parrot flick Rio and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 stood out amongst early looks at movies including Kung Fu Panda 2, Captain America,Rango, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Thor, Mars Needs Moms, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Fast Five, Battle: Los Angeles, and Limitless.
James Murphy is apparently sticking to his plan to retire LCD Soundsystem as a touring band. Over the weekend, the dance-punk band announced on their website that they will be playing their “last show ever” on April 2, 2011, at New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.
According to the statement, “for just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly three hours-playing stuff we’ve never played before”.
“If it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever!!!,” the message concludes.
The seminal post-disco band Liquid Liquid is set to open the show and LCD Soundsystem requests all attendees wear white, black or black and white attire. Details for pre-sale tickets will be on lcdsoundsystem.com on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and general onsale tickets begin on Friday, Feb. 11.
Here’s hoping LCD’s official video blogger Jay Green covers the festivity (check him out in all his glory in the accompanying clip).