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Barenaked Ladies on PBS

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 19th 2007 5:21PM

 Barenaked Ladies The Barenaked Ladies were one of many bands I had a brief infatuation with, but soon delegated them to "not bad, but I can't listen to them all the time" status. Still, the fellas know how to craft a good pop tune and they have great vocal harmonies, so I don't mind taking their CDs for a spin every now and again.

The band recently filmed a two-hour concert in Detroit, which will be available on TV. Or, alternatively, you can watch the concert on PBS.

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Dixie Chicks on VH1 Storytellers

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 19th 2006 9:02PM
dixie chicksListen up, Dixie Chick fans: it's time to spit shine your banjo, lace up your poo steppers, slap on your lucky velvet rhinestone cowgirl hat and step into your mechanical leather underpants with the built-in harmonica cause VH1 Storytellers will be featuring the famous country trio October 28 at 9 pm. VH1 Storytellers is a series that only airs intermittently, and next to the defunct Sessions at West 54th and the PBS series Austin City Limits, it's one of the better musical showcase series on television. Concerts are taped in an intimate setting, much like MTV's Unplugged series, and features bands and musicians talking about their songs and what inspired them while also answering questions from fans in the audience. Fans can watch clips from the show on VH1's VSPOT right now by clicking here.

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Rock Star: Supernova winner leaked?

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 30th 2006 8:08AM
rock starI don't even know how this is possible. Hollywood gossip columnist Janet Charlton swears she knows who will win Rock Star: Supernova and even goes so far as to reveal the winner's name on her website. How does she know this when the show is live? The season finale and grand reveal of who will lead the new Supernova band is scheduled for September 13th.

The name of the supposed winner is after the jump:

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The real Supernova sues the new one

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 11th 2006 8:19PM
supernovaIt turns out somebody already came up with the super-lame Supernova name for their own band. According to MTV News, the Orange County-based punk band, Supernova, has filed a trademark infringement suit against producer Mark Burnett for this summer's Rock Star: Supernova. The original Supernova formed in 1989 and released four albums, the most recent in 2000. The band is still alive and kicking: recording a new album and performing gigs next month. The lawsuit names Burnett, his production company, and the three members of the new Supernova band: Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke. The band wants Burnett to make it clear that the television show is not associated with them, wants to prevent Burnett from trademarking the Supernova name, and claims the producers of Rock Star knew the band existed and was still together. Didn't anyone check out iTunes before naming the new band?

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Flaming Lips documentary on Sundance Channel

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 15th 2006 2:03PM
flaming lipsOkay, this might only be interesting to a handful of readers, but since The Flaming Lips are one of my favorite bands of all time I had to let everyone know that Bradley Beesley's recent documentary about the band, The Fearless Freaks, will be airing on the Sundance Channel on Monday, June 19 at 10:50 a.m. and again that same evening at 7:15 p.m. The documentary, which was released last year, had a very brief theatrical run in some cities and is currently available on DVD. Filmmaker Bradley Beesley, a longtime friend of The Lips, was given full access to the band, and the result is a film that is far more intimate, and often more disconcerting, than something that might have been cobbled together by a film crew with no real connection to a band that's been making its own kind of sublime (and ever-changing) noise on the fringes of the music scene for over two decades. Fans who haven't already seen it should check it out, but if you've never heard of the band, or have only a casual interest, it's still a well-made piece of documentary filmmaking, and worth checking out at least once.

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Chris Daughtry turns down offer to frontman Fuel

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 4th 2006 12:40PM
chris daughtryWhile Daughtry was competing to be the next American Idol, it was speculated that he would likely be offered and accept the spot as the new frontman for the band Fuel. Only hours after he was voted off the show, at least part of the speculation/rumor came true, when Fuel came to Daughtry with the offer.

Many assumed he accepted on the spot, but in numerous interviews Daughtry said he hadn't yet decided. That is, until now. Chris Daughtry has officially turned down the spot as Brett Scallion's replacement in Fuel, stating that he'll be doing his "own thing." He says to expect an announcement regarding his future plans within the coming months.

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Dixie Chicks slam The View

by Adam Finley, posted May 23rd 2006 4:03PM
dixie chicksAh, now it's on, bee-otch! You may be able to get away with insulting the President, but no one talks smack about The View. Wait, what am I saying? Everyone talks smack about The View. It's incredibly talk-smackable, or smack-talkable, or whatever. Anyway, I missed this morning's episode because I was busy engaging in one of forty million other activities I enjoy instead of watching that particular yakfest, but apparently the ladies took some objection to a comment one of the Dixie Chicks made to Newsweek. One member stated, "Would Bruce do The View?" referring to Bruce Springsteen and his career path, which the Dixie Chicks hope to emulate. I'm not sure which is stranger to me, their attack on The View or that they actually think they're in the same league as Bruce Springsteen.

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Conan's U2 episode re-airs tonight

by Adam Finley, posted May 22nd 2006 6:13PM

U2If you're a fan of U2 and are kicking yourself for missing them perform not one but three songs when Late Night with Conan O'Brien dedicated an entire episode to them in October, you can catch a repeat of the episode this evening. This was the first time Conan dedicated an entire show to one musical guest, but others followed, including the White Stripes and Neil Young.

[via Pop Candy]

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Mike Wallace inspires Jack White

by Adam Finley, posted May 10th 2006 12:05PM

mike wallaceMost people would agree that venerable newsman Mike Wallace has been an extremely influential force in TV news. Even in his late eighties the man is still well-respected. It seems, though, that his influence has stretched beyond mere journalism. During an in-studio performance and interview, singer Jack White of the White Stripes revealed that he got the name for his new band, The Raconteurs, from an article about Mike Wallace. The article described Wallace as a "raconteur," which means a person skilled at telling anecdotes. White apparently liked how the name sounded, and thus his band had a name. What still remains a mystery is whether Wang Chung got their name from Connie Chung.

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John K wants your little girl

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 10th 2006 1:03PM

heartachesIs the creator of Ren and Stimpy going to create a cartoon for the kindergarten set? I have no idea, but he wants to. I know the link is a couple months old, but the story actually goes back to the late 90s. That's when Kricfalusi created some animated spots for Old Navy featuring a group of little girls who will also star in his new venture, titled The Hearthaches. From what I can gather, there's no studio attached to this, so it's still in the "pitch" phase. Nevertheless, I would love to see the kind of spirit and energy put into so many of Kricfalusi's grotesque-but-hysterical cartoons filtered through a more "girly" lens.

Regarding his approach to the series, Kricfalusi wrote this: "I feel my duty is to make cartoons that have tons of fun and magic in them. I wouldn't give kids asparagus ice cream you know. I give neopolitan [sic]."

That should be the mantra of anyone who makes animated programs for children.

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Almost Famous, the reality show

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 22nd 2006 8:46PM
rolling stone logoMTV and Rolling Stone magazine are teaming up for a reality show about amateur journalists competing for a coveted writing position on the staff of the magazine. The show is going be taped this summer in New York and will most likely air in the late fall. Camera crews will follow around young music journalists as they interview bands and celebrities and try to weave their experiences into an entertaining tale fit for print.

You can still apply to be on the show at the Rolling Stone website or at MTV.com. The deadline is April 7.

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NBC launching online singing competition

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 5th 2006 9:11AM
nbc logo star tomorrowTo hell with the airwaves, NBC is creating a web-only show called Star Tomorrow. It's your basic talent contest, where solo singers and bands will perform and viewers will vote. The winner gets a record deal with Tommy Motola. The only difference is that this will never air on the NBC network.

NBC is currently taking applications in the form of VHS tapes from singers or bands. Producers will narrow the contestants down to 100 and present them in small groups each week this summer. Viewers will have a week to vote on their favorite performer(s) and the winner will move on to the next round.

[Via Lost Remote]

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You can be a rock star!

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 4th 2006 6:01PM
inxs rock star j.d.CBS found such huge success with Rock Star: INXS last year that it is launching another series. Obviously, it won't be exactly the same since the search landed INXS with a new lead singer. And, CBS hasn't announced which band will be participating in the next round. What bands need a new lead singer? Blind Melon?

Here are a list of audition dates and cities, if you rock:

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