Back in my teen years, I would spend hours watching various talk shows in order to see my favorite boybands perform their new songs and talk about themselves. My all time favorite was the Backstreet Boys. I grew up with their posters on my bedroom walls, their self-titled album was the first CD I ever bought, and I became enraged when snobbish music critics bashed them. So this past Wednesday, I had an enjoyable flashback of those days when the Backstreet Boys appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show. The group was in fine form, cheerfully telling stories about their families and experiences on the road and performing the catchy single “Bigger”. Furthermore, Hunt is a great host. Unlike some of her daytime rivals, she seems genuinely interested and knows when the focus should be on her and when it should be on her guests. Let’s hope this kind of light yet endearing entertainment continues.
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Future TBS late night host Conan O’Brien began his “Legally Prohibited” tour this week, and here’s your first look: O’Brien doing a ridiculously cockneyed Thom Yorke impression while singing Radiohead’s signature hit, “Creep”. This was just the sound check, so the show must be amazing. If you have tickets for a future date, however, you may want to avoid videos of the tour so it won’t spoil any of the surprises you paid at least 40 dollars for. This one should be okay though because, again, it’s just the sound check. But what a sound check!
Joe Copplestone earlier this week tagged the über poppy Marina & the Diamonds’ debut, The Family Jewels, as “a positively bipolar album, full of self-confident highs and blatant cockiness followed by self-effacing lows, but Marina seems to celebrate each extreme with the same affected deadpan”. Sounds like the tour oughtta be fun, eh? Marina just unleashed this special tour video.
New York-based gypsy punks and long-time PopMatters faves Gogol Bordello are releasing their new album Transcontinental Hustle in mere weeks, 27 April to be precise. By way of early promotion, the band turned in a smoking version of the new tune on “Pala Tute”.
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