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You know the drill, Voice fans. There will be two more singers on the virtual chopping block tonight. And with only eight singers remaining, we’re entering prime upset territory. Could an all-season frontrunner very well go home? While Monday night was a bit lopsided in terms of performances, Team Adam delivered a hat trick of the night’s best renditions. Team Christina’s wunderkinds weren’t too far behind, and then in no-singer’s land of the bottom three, I’d place Team Blake and Team Cee Lo. Team Adam still has his team intact, but Team Cee Lo, »
- Jennifer Arellano
The Voice is like a snow globe this season – it loves to be shaken up. And last night's performance show lived by that philosophy, as the artists and coaches once again focused on making risky choices. While it paid off for some, others – including one-time frontrunners – might find themselves in trouble, especially because it's about that time in the season when "shocking" eliminations start happening.
The biggest blunder of the night came from Matthew Schuler, whose rendition of contemporary classic "Hallelujah" from two weeks ago is still floating around the »
Who was your favorite singer this week? Read our thoughts on the top eight, then drop a comment with your own review(s)!
With only a few weeks until The Voice crowns its Season 5 winner, the top 8 singers converged Nov. 25 for another intense sing-off. While a ton of worthy singers took the stage, it was Team Christina’s Jacquie Lee that truly blew us away, coming out of her shell and delivering a killer rendition of Smokey Robinson‘s “Who’s Loving You.” Two more singers will be booted from the competition tomorrow night, so let’s talk about who we love — and who deserves to head on home.
‘The Voice’ Top 8 Perform: Best & Worst Of Nov. 25 Episode
Bespectacled crooner James Wolpert kicked off the evening, pulling out a surprisingly awesome rendition of Queen‘s “Somebody To Love.” I loved it, the coaches loved it, and once again, it’s »
- Andy Swift
The Voice is not the easiest show to recap for a fella like myself, who’s as cozy with snark and bitchery as a Kardashian is with secretly texting her exact whereabouts to the paparazzi. So on what am I supposed to hang my hat now that Season 5 is down to eight vocalists with enough combined talent to fill up an entire major label roster?
Oh sure, I can always find humor in Carson Daly’s attempts to position himself as Coach No. 5 — how I wish I could’ve been in the Sprint Skybox and shouted “Objection! Leading the witness! »
- Michael Slezak
The latest act to be eliminated from The X Factor has been revealed.
Scherzinger revealed that she was "furious" with the British public for putting Barrett in the bottom two for a third time. She chose to stand by her act and send home Rough Copy.
Louis Walsh said that neither act should leave the competition as they remembered their lyrics, suggesting that he believed Tamera Foster should have been in the bottom two. He reluctantly voted to send Barrett home and sealed her fate. »
Once upon a time, just ten nine years ago, The X Factor was something that you had to account for when hoping not to run into a former flame in a smoky club, One Direction was a mere geographical command and Wagner was still the guy who wrote this.
Since then, we've gone from Eton Road to Kingsland Road, Tabby Callaghan to Sam Callahan and G4 to 4G (okay, maybe not the last one). But while some things change, others stay the same, and one more act will be leaving the competition before the night is out. But who will it be?
Join Digital Spy from 8pm for updates and commentary on tonight's results show.
21:01And that, dear readers, is that for another Sunday night! So, are you surprised by tonight's result? Do you think Tamera will be able to remember her words next week? What songs would you »
This week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy is a great one for Katey Sagal. There’s a scene with Maggie Siff’s Tara that we’d rank in Gemma’s top five, and Sagal’s stirring rendition of Jackson Browne’s “For a Dancer,” available on her new album Covered, is used for an opening montage. (Browne provides background vocals for the album’s beautifully somber cover of Steve Earle’s “Goodbye”: “[Earle's] in recovery. I’m in recovery as well. He calls that song an amends song, and I know all about that,” she says.)
Soa fans may not know that Sagal, »
- Mandi Bierly
Pete Kowalsky is a very interesting character. A mainstay of the Florida Metal/Hardcore scene, he is best known as the vocalist/songwriter for Remembering Never, but is also notable for being the current vocalist for the band xBishopx, formerly known as xBishopx, which lyrically, focuses on the Straight Edge lifestyle.
He is known for being very opinionated and outspoken; he has hard line views on many issues that affect us all, whether we like it or not. He has written angry and thought provoking songs on matters such as animal cruelty, the meat trade, gay rights, faceless art critics, gay rights and much much more. If you thought Rage Against the Machine was as angry as politically motivated music gets, then you really haven’t listened to a Remembering Never record.
They have three full lengths, and are about to release their first in 7 years.
Pete has been busy with what he calls, »
- Ben Timpson
Good morning, friends! It was another night of terrible song choices on This Is the Voice. In your opinion, who picked the worst song? I definitely think it was Anthony Paul. Also, why is Carson Daly so excited about steals? I suppose he rejects Fitzgerald’s dictum that there are no second acts in American life. He would.Lina Gaundenzi vs. Preston PohlIs singing an Etta James song on This Is the Voice a good idea? No. Yet Lina Gaundenzi, former model and owner of an indefinite accent, sang an Etta James song on last night’s episode. It was as boring and strange as one would imagine. However, should someone sing “No Woman No Cry” on This Is the Voice? No! Yet Preston Pohl did it. So, what a battle! Preston still won because he was supposed to anyway. Adam has always favored Preston. Remember, in the last battle, »
- Rebecca Harrington
As The Voice‘s remaining 16 artists put it all on the line, the coaches continued to cut down their teams, eventually left with the final five they’ll take to the live rounds. Read on to see who will be facing off next week!
With this match-up, Adam Levine was looking for the most unique artist. Lina Gaudenzi gave a very soulful performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, and Preston Pohl sang “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley. Even though his was a laid back song that kind of lulled the crowd, Preston won Adam’s vote. Adam said Preston has his own niche, while unfortunately, “there »
Welcome back, "Voice" fans! It's Night 2 of the Knockout Rounds, with coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton continuing to chop their teams in half to determine the Top 20 artists who will move onto Season 5's live shows, beginning next week. Did the right singers advance? Let's find out!
Knockout #1: Team Adam's Lina Gaudenzi vs. Preston Pohl
Lina Gaudenzi: "I'd Rather Go Blind" (Etta James)
Lina chooses the Etta James track because she wants to show off the more soulful side to her voice, but she seems to struggle with the finding the intensity the song demands. Adam tells her she's dancing around the song, rather than just singing it. During her performance, she certainly has the audience on her side. She may rely on her vibrato a bit too much, but it's still a high-energy performance that finds her improving on Adam's notes.
Preston Pohl: "No Woman, »
Tonight’s installment of The Voice (9/8c on NBC) will feature another intense (and very tuneful) fight for survival between an early front-runner and a recipient of a Battle Rounds “Steal” — and we’ve got your first look.
Yes indeed, folks, embedded below is full video of the Knockout Round performances by Team Adam’s Lina Gaudenzi (tackling Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind”) and Preston Pohl (covering Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry”).
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- Michael Slezak
A magnificently soundtracked documentary showcases the town in segregationist Alabama that became an oasis of mixed skin colours and musical styles, and a wellspring of hit records
Who would've thought a bunch of white musicians would be the studio band for some of the top black R&B and soul artists of all time? Well, anyone who's watched Standing in the Shadows of Motown, for starters, the film that looms silently over this documentary about another 60s music scene: the legendary performers and hit records that came swirling like Tennessee River water out of the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, pop 8,000. But if it doesn't have quite the same original impact as Standing in the Shadows, and at times looks uncomfortably like a Jack Daniels ad, what Greg Camalier's film shares is a mesmerising soundtrack. Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Percy "When a Man Loves a Woman" Sledge, the Allman Brothers, »
- Chris Michael
Review by Dane ‘Rockabilly’ Marti
I thought it was pretty cool and rocking: My friend, the legendary Film Maven of St. Louis—Tom Stockman—suggested that i review this film documentary. Besides Art and Cinema, music (in particular Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll) has always opened my ears to sonic landscapes which have thrilled me with their infectious power to amaze. Music has blazed through my often-dark soul with Technicolor rays of sublime, orgasmic pleasure. And as I type this, I am not on any mind-bending, illegal –or legal–intoxicants. The film just really did a number on me, okay? So…I guess it would be fair to admit that much of my young, twisted adult life was dedicated and devoted to rock and roll; I experienced both wonderful and desolate moments, but I don’t believe I would change the overall drift in which the music pushed me forward. »
- Movie Geeks
★★★☆☆ Whilst never quite reaching the compelling heights of recent rockumentary offerings Beware of Mr. Baker, Crossfire Hurricane or Searching for Sugar Man, Greg Camalier's Sundance select Muscle Shoals (2013) succeeds in cogently relaying the star-studded history of the now iconic Alabama recording studio in question. Under the tutelage of founder Rick Hall, Fame Studios was responsible for laying down classic recordings from a whole raft of RnB and rock artists, many of whom (those still in the land of the living, at least) providing candid interviews on their time in the presence of the "Muscle Shoals sound".
Situated on the muddy banks of the winding Tennessee River, the city of Muscle Shoals proved the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's best and most memorable music produced between the years 1969 and 1984. Receiving spiritual guidance from the "Singing River" (as the departed Native Americans once knew it), Muscle Shoals played its part »
- CineVue UK
Finally a rom-com for adults about love after divorce that's actually funny and romantic
• Interview: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
• Enough Said: watch the trailer
As Etta James might say: at last. A romantic comedy that is romantic and funny and not simply an insult to the intelligence of all carbon-based life forms. Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said is a step up for this director, in whose previous work I have sometimes heard a few false notes – inaudible, I should however confess, to many others. She has created a thoroughly likable and genuinely funny film and its stars, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, are a revelation, singly and together. Like their director, they unassumingly but decidedly took it to the next level on this movie. The fact that Gandolfini still had so much to offer as an actor is desperately sad. »
- Peter Bradshaw
As a Friday Night Lights fan, I want nothing more than for Zach Gilford to live happily ever after. And for a while the Devil’s Due trailer makes it look like that’s exactly where he’s headed. He’s just gotten hitched to a beautiful woman (Terra Nova‘s Allison Miller), and she’s just gotten pregnant, and Etta James’ “At Last” [...] »
- Angie Han
Decent record. If you press play on Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz, pop on some noise-canceling headphones, block out the surrounding sturm und drang, that’s what you’ll hear. It’s a solid pop album, definitively of its moment, occasionally excellent, sometimes strained and dull, but overall a model of professionalism — an album that crisply goes about its business, leaving little to chance. As advertised, Bangerz embraces hip-hop, tricking out Cyrus’s rave-ups and self-actualization anthems with trap beats and guest appearances by the likes of Big Sean, French Montana, Nelly, and Future. There’s also a lot of Big Pop, gusty ballads bolstered by guitars and synths, a style for which Cyrus showed a knack back in 2009, on her first top-five hit, “The Climb.” There are some awkward experiments, like “Fu,” an attempt to update an old-fashioned Etta James–style torch song with hip-hop production. There are a couple of outright duds. »
- Jody Rosen
The final six acts to make it through to the X Factor 2013 Live Shows were revealed tonight (October 6).
Digital Spy presents a guide to the final six acts to make the Live Shows.
19-year-old Morrison's employee Abi has previously had experience doing small gigs at local venues in Guisborough. She is friends with last year's winner James Arthur after performing together, as they both live in the same area and have played local gigs. She writes her own music, and plays the piano and guitar.
She impressed the judges at the arena auditions with her self-written piano ballad about a personal heartbreak. She has since reunited with her ex-boyfriend whom the song was written after. »
For many, it was the first time they'd heard of Muscle Shoals, Ala., or the studio band that made first Fame Studios, and then the competing Muscle Shoal Sound Studios, legendary locales in American music.
This dinky little berg on the Tennessee River was the home to musicians, producers and studios that launched everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Allman Brothers, Percy Sledge to Jimmy Cliff. Everybody who was anybody in music from the 1960s through the '80s did transformative work there. And even today music's best and historically brightest make the pilgrimage to the little town on the Alabama / Tennessee state line to record and soak up a little of that gritty, funky "Muscle Shoals Sound."
Director Greg "Freddy »
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