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The theme of Monday night’s episode of The Sing-Off is its most impressively vague yet: “My Generation.” Anyone who has never watched this show might think that means the teams will sing songs that they were raised on, or maybe even from the decade they were born, but to those people I would scream, “You’re so wrong!” and “Why aren’t you watching The Sing-Off, do you hate good-natured fun?!” Nick Lachey explains the theme as “the songs of yesterday and today,” which he doesn’t seem to understand means All Of The Days.
The songs that were »
- Jodi Walker
The Sing-Off returned on Monday with four of the a cappella groups fighting for three spots, joining the three groups that passed through this phase of the competition last week. In this group of four are Home Free, Voiceplay, Element and Vocal Rush, who performed hits that have endured the test of time.
The Sing-Off Recap
First up was the country group Home Free, performing Johnny Cash classic “Ring of Fire.” Surprisingly, instead of keeping to the original melody, the group made the song their own. With the lead singer’s pure, slightly high sound and the deep bass singer, Home Free won the praise of Ben Folds, Jewel and Shawn Stockman. »
Rocksmith 2014 Edition, the sequel to the self-teaching guitar experience from 2011, is being released next Tuesday and it’ll be armed with 55 songs. Ubisoft released the entire tracklist ahead of the October 22nd launch today and Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC gamers will be treated to the likes of Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Queen and The Police, among other top artists from the golden years of rock.
Ubisoft also announced that downloadable songs purchased for the first game will be compatible with Rocksmith 2014 Edition. There will also be the option to import the disc-based songs from the original Rocksmith to play in the new sequel, but there will be a nominal fee charged for the privilege.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition allows gamers to learn how to play a real guitar or bass guitar by plugging an instrument in to their gaming console. The game determines the skill level of the player and adjusts the difficulty of lessons accordingly. »
- Rory Young
The makers of the pioneering 1960s TV pop show recall its barely controlled chaos, crazy camera angles and a green room packed with rock'n'roll royalty
Vicki Wickham, editor
Ready, Steady, Go! was dreamed up by Elkan Allan, head of light entertainment at Rediffusion TV, in 1963. He got a bunch of young people together who knew nothing about TV and gave us our heads. I came from BBC radio and didn't have a television at home so I'd never even seen pop on TV. My job title was editor but I was actually booker, producer, tea girl, everything. By the time we went on air, I knew how to get hold of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Elkan came up with the slogan "The weekend starts here" and we went through several theme tunes until we settled on Manfred Mann's 5-4-3-2-1. The Springfields played in the pilot, »
- Dave Simpson
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.
By Ryan Reed
Pete Townshend has responded to One Direction fans furious over an Internet rumor that the Who were pursuing legal action over the boy band's "Best Song Ever," which bears more than a passing resemblance to "Baba O'Riley." Not true, Townshend said yesterday in a statement.
Link: Rolling Stone’s List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time: Pete Townshend
"No! I like the single. I like One Direction," Townshend said. "The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music – not always. I'm still writing songs that sound like 'Baba O'Riley' – or I'm trying to!"
Link: Rolling Stone’s List of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time: ‘The Who Sell Out’
In fact, »
Chicago – Of “Star Trek”’s 725+ hours of film and television over the years, I’ve seen at least…650 of them, probably more. I care about the franchise, care about its canon, and absolutely love taking every opportunity I can to explore its themes, scientific theories, history, and lore. It’s a show with nearly unequaled depth. Hell, seemingly years of my life have been spent at www.ditl.org reading about the soft-sciences behind the “Star Trek” mythos. I also really liked what Jj Abrams did with the property in the 2009 reboot, and its sequel, too - despite its…murky relationship with the laws of physics.
Thus, considering all the elements to pull from: ship battles, interpersonal conflict, phasers, away missions, science, exotic locations, planetary exploration, the ability to travel at faster-than-light speed, replicators, lens-flare, holodecks, photon-torpedos, transporters, aliens, engine rooms, “I’m giving her all she’s got captain! »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Young and the Restless tallied 23 nominations as honors were announced this morning for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Restless’ impressive take helped CBS lead all networks with 50 overall nominations. PBS and ABC followed, with 44 and 38 nods, respectively.
General Hospital, which earned 19 nominations, joined Restless in the race for Outstanding Drama Series, and Sesame Street received 17 nods, including three for Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo who faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Jeff Labrecque
Sam Champion read the 2013 Daytime Emmy Nominations on Good Morning America on May 1, and it’s a great list! General Hospital and The Young & The Restless were some of the many shows nominated, while Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Couric and the lovely ladies of The View are some of the hosts nominated. Read on for the full list.
Daytime Emmys 2013 — Full List Of Nominations
Outstanding Drama Series
Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer
Ronald W. Weaver, Senior Producer
Mark Pinciotti, Coordinating Producer
Days of Our Lives, NBC
Ken Corday, Executive Producer
Janet Drucker, Tim Stevens, Coordinating Producers
Albert Alarr, Producer
General Hospital , ABC
Frank Valentini, Executive Producer
- Eleanore Hutch
I’m not old enough to attend a 15th anniversary tour of an album I loved while I was in high school. Well, obviously I am. That album, of course, is The Old 97s’ 1997 masterpiece Too Far to Care, which gave us such great songs as “Timebomb,” “Melt Show,” and “Streets of Where I’m From.” The Dallas-based Old 97s are an alt-country group. Actually, they are the alt-country group, as other mainstays of the genre have either broken up or shifted into new musical styles, and numerous imitators have followed them. And despite being together for twenty years, they are still going strong.
I saw them at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Va (Charlottesville is the home of the University of Virginia, and a bit of a hip oasis in the American South). The show was, to be blunt, awesome.
Front man Rhett Miller opened with a short solo set, »
- Peter Henne
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