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Dexter Roberts sings goodbye with "Lucky Man" on "American Idol"

'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Dexter Roberts Exits Stage Left

Apr 2014 10:04AM EDT

After weeks of getting lost in country songs that are bigger than himself, Alabama farmer Dexter Roberts was sent home last night on American Idol.READ MORE

Jena Irene sings "Creep" on "American Idol" top 7

'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Top 7 Make Predictable Picks For Contestant's Choice

Apr 2014 11:05AM EDT

After two weeks in the top eight, American Idol is finally down to seven contestants this week and decided to let the remaining singers show their real stuff (yet again) with their own choice of song. Thus, the picks were pretty predictable and everyone performed thusly. It's pretty well established who the stars are on this season of Idol -- Jena Irene, Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson, and those three had the strongest showings. The mediocre singers were mediocre and the boring guys were boring.READ MORE

Dylan Baldi's Gibson SG

Concert Review: Cloud Nothings at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/13/14

Apr 2014 12:01PM EDT

What sets Music Hall of Williamsburg apart from all of the other major venues I’ve been to is the absence of a barricade between the audience and the stage. For the first time in my life, I was able to stand right next to the stage and rest my arms and my beer on it. I chose to hang around stage left, and it turned out to be the best spot in the house for taking photos of the bands.READ MORE

Dash Coombs of Party Cops

Concert Review: Mt. Doom in New Brunswick, NJ, 4/11/14

Apr 2014 17:09PM EDT

New Brunswick, New Jersey is a city basically run by college students, and because of this, their basement music scene has become semi-legendary (there’s even a Wikipedia article about it). There are dozens of “venues” that are simply the basements of houses rented out by students at Rutgers, and they all have cool names like “The Candy Barrel” and “The Cooler Ranch”. The name of the house I went to last night was “Mt. Doom”, which I thought was particularly cool, since I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan. Though the basement at Mt. Doom was dimly lit and heavily tagged with graffiti, it was a relatively neat and organized space for a punk show.READ MORE

Ronnie Dunn - Peace Love and Country Music

Ronnie Dunn Delivers Peace Love and Country Music

Apr 2014 21:35PM EDT

Ronnie Dunn's indie debut on his own label, Peace Love and Country Music does a lot of things, but most of all, it proves that he still has one of the best voices in country music today. Whether it's the new, original tunes or the one solitary cover ("You Don’t Know Me," made famous by Ray Charles and Elvis Presley), he's putting his heart into it and making you feel each word.READ MORE

Alex Preston sings "Every Breath You Take" for 1980s night

'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Top 8 (Again) Time Travel to the '80s

Apr 2014 14:19PM EDT

With past Idol favorite David Cook as this week's mentor, the cream of this year's crop rose to the top with some super solid performances. As this point, though, we know who is going to be consistently good and who's going to be a little shaky. So, without further ado, let's get into who was good, bad and passable on this week's American Idol.READ MORE

John Frusciante, "Enclosure"

Junk Mail: Emailing About John Frusciante's New Album 'Enclosure'

Apr 2014 16:31PM EDT

Music Times writers share an office area of roughly 45 sq. ft, which makes having face-to-face conversations totally impossible. Junk Mail is these millenials attempt to discuss and review the week's hottest album releases... without needing to look at each other. This week: Ryan Book, Caitlin Carter and Carolyn Menyes email back and forth about John Frusciante's Enclosure.READ MORE

Dusty Basement Graffiti

A Basement Show in Haledon, New Jersey

Apr 2014 17:20PM EDT

My friend Jeff's house in Haledon is absolutely filthy, and has been ever since I started hanging out there in 2011, but tonight there seemed to have been a few efforts made to clean up the place. For starters, there weren't any broken beer bottles anywhere, and the old laptop that was Office Space-d into a million pieces at the last show had been (mostly) swept up. Of course, Jeff still didn't have any mic stands or power strips for the bands to use, but at least you could safely walk around the space.READ MORE

Sam Woolf sings for the save on "American Idol."

'American Idol' Judges Use Season 13 Save on Sam Woolf

Apr 2014 09:27AM EDT

The Top 8 on American Idol remain intact, though they're much less safe than before. For the third week in a row, last night 17-year-old Floridian babyface Sam Woolf found himself in the dreaded Idol bottom three, but this week, he was spared from being sent to retirement and was given another chance. Yes, the judges buckled and finally used the one save per season on Sam. But, did they make the right choice?READ MORE

Cher Lloyd, "Dirty Love"

REVIEW: Cher Lloyd Rejects Your Niceness in 'Dirty Love'

Mar 2014 12:17PM EDT

Cher Lloyd is following in the steps of Kesha... she's all ready for your "Dirty Love." Yesterday (March 30), the British pop sass master/pop star released the third song from her new album "Sorry I'm Late," and the track is a sugar rushed ode to those guys who treat you like crap.READ MORE

Majesty Rose was sent home on "Idol."

'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Majesty Rose Sent Home

Mar 2014 21:49PM EDT

American Idol will be royal no more. After three straight weeks in the bottom three, Majesty Rose, the flower-lovin', guitar totin', PBR&B singer of season 13 was sent packing.READ MORE

Kari Jobe - Majestic

Kari Jobe's 'Majestic' is Practically Royal

Mar 2014 23:06PM EDT

Listening to Kari Jobe's new project leads to an overwhelming urge to worship. Listeners are gently drawn into each song, like children being led by a loving father to the throne. A sense of joy and utter peace comes on and before you know it, you're hooked! Every song on "Majestic" shines with an unchanging thirst for God's presence. READ MORE

Caleb Johnson on "American Idol" Top 9 show.

'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Top 9 Show Growth During Rock Week

Mar 2014 22:18PM EDT

"I'm with the band!" is something each of the American Idol season 13 contestants have had to say before they were plucked from obscurity, thus, it is the theme of the top 9 week this year. A month into the Hollywood rounds, none of these performers are unseasoned anymore, and the rock week on Wednesday night (March 26) proved that.READ MORE

MK Nobilette: See this guy live.

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: MK Nobilette (Finally) Goes Home

Mar 2014 22:17PM EDT

Last night, the Top 10 contestants on American Idol continued to try and prove themselves by tackling some of the biggest hits. After some really solid performances (and some less than awesome performances), it was finally an Idol goodbye to MK Nobilette this week.READ MORE

Alex Preston performing "Story Of My Life"

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Top 10 Tackle Billboard Hits

Mar 2014 22:13PM EDT

With the top 10 contestants on American Idol being established, this week they took on the Billboard top 10 hits between 2011 and now. With rockers like Caleb Johnson and Jessica Meuse and indie guys like Sam Woolf and Alex Preston, it was sure to be a week where singers left their comfort zones.READ MORE

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