Listening to the Brooklyn trio The Bandana Splits and the Canadian singer/songwriter Mira Black one can’t help but feel as if they’ve been trusted into a time warp — Lost style. The Splits have revived the doo-wop feel with their debut Mister Sam Presents The Bandana Splits, while Mira Black has draw comparisons to Barbara […]

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Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe was working as a receptionist in an electrolysis office this time last year. This morning, the Golden Globe nominated star of the acclaimed Precious: Based on the Novel Bush by Sapphire was in Time Square helping to power the 2010 New Year’s Eve Ball. I’ll be damned if the phrase “what a […]

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OneRepublic frontman and songwriter Ryan Tedder has consciously followed the band’s mega-hit record with a new sounding record that is more true to their self-perception as a band but may very well be everything that album’s standout hit “Apologize” is not. That, as Al Franken may have said as Stuart Smalley, is “O-K.” Tedder’s a […]

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“Two-headed monster” is what Daryl Hall and John Oates refer to themselves as, because it’s everything they’re not. Arguably the biggest music duo of all time have said they’re able to coexist and churn out hits and perform because essentially — they don’t drive each other crazy and let each other do their own thing. […]

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With sincere apologies to Simon & Garfunkel and to a far lesser degree Cagney & Lacey, Daryl Hall & John Oates are the biggest duo of all time. The legendary musicians have a staggering arsenal of hits – from “Maneater” to “Private Eyes,” and have survived the 1980s virtually unscathed with the exception an occasional […]

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Dream Theater sounds like something Jim Henson created in the 1980s, but as we all know, it’s actually the name of a pretty killer prog-metal band from, well, the 1980s (and 90’s and today damn it!). Altogether, the band’s sold over two million albums in the United States, a boatload more overseas, and they have […]

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Blond locks. Blue eyes. Killer abs. Hot wife. Cute kids. Decent movies. Brad Pitt had everything already, why’d he have to go and take ownership of the mustache? Sure, it’s nice that the “Sexiest Man Alive” put the spotlight on the ‘stache months by growing a push broom during the filming of “Inglorious Basterds,” but […]

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I interviewed Steven Wright on the phone yesterday. His beard was perfectly groomed. And that’s my attempt at the irreverent, irrelevant, non-sensical humor that has personified the accomplished Grammy-nominated, Oscar-winning comedian, actor and writer for over 25 years. Best known for his monotone delivery and deadpan punchlines – not to mention – appearances in such […]

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My father never experimented with drugs back in the ’60’s. He chose to get high on politics and speaking out against the war instead. Last night, however, I watched him trip out for the very first time and it was, in a word, groovy. It wasn’t an acid trip or anything…more of a trip down […]

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After presenting his third of four Oscars, Will Smith looked into the camera and the audience and said something to the effect of “yes, I’m still here.” That essentially sums up this year’s Oscar telecast, a bloated and overdone spectacle that left us bewildered, unenthusiastic and exhausted to the point where only “Randy The Ram” […]

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