Bollywood Oscars taking place … in Tampa Bay?

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:54

The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa?

Hundreds of Indian film stars and thousands of Bollywood fans have flooded this city for the International Indian Film Academy's awards extravaganza, four days of song-and-dance performances and movie screenings. The event caps off with the awards ceremony Saturday.

Usher will close Summerfest this year

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:48

Summerfest organizers say they’ve landed a performer for this year’s festival in Milwaukee who doesn’t plan to play anywhere else in the U.S. this summer.

Usher will close the 11-day festival on July 6 at the Marcus Amphitheater. Usher has been busy with the popular NBC show “The Voice” where he appears as a judge and mentor.

Eminem, Outkast, Lorde to perform at Lollapalooza

Written by The AP Thursday, 27 March 2014 19:48

Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year's three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced this week.

The lineup also includes recent Grammy darling Lorde, rockers Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys and electronic dance music stars Calvin Harris and Skrillex.

Miley Cyrus hits Milwaukee with crafty irreverence

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Monday, 10 March 2014 14:23

For audiences who attended Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour last night hoping to be shocked and titillated, it must have been a long evening. On the other hand, those looking for an irreverent concert fueled by music ranging from country classics to hip hop were likely to have left Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center with a smile.

Expect an energetic, upbeat show from Fitz and the Tantrums

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:17

Fitz and the Tantrums may take their name in part from group leader Michael Fitzpatrick. But fans who’ve seen the band live know his energetic counterpart Noelle Scaggs on vocals and tambourine is indispensable. 

Sleeper Agent headed to Wis. in support of new album 'About Last Night'

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:27

Sleeper Agent, the self-described “overachieving little garage-pop act that could,” moved to a major label for its sophomore album About Last Night. The results? A number of the ragged, sharp edges got filed off, making the sound cleaner and more polished.

‘Born Naked’ a born winner

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:17

RuPaul is 53, and it has been more than 20 years since “Supermodel (You Better Work)” brought him tantalizingly close to the pop top 40. He has seen many pop-culture icons come and go since, but as the standard bearer of drag, he’s not only still standing but also flourishing.

Lady Gaga to deliver keynote at South by Southwest

Written by The AP Monday, 10 March 2014 11:46

Lady Gaga is scheduled to give the keynote address at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas.

Festival organizers made the announcement on March 9 that the singer will follow in the footsteps of past speakers that have included Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Dave Grohl.

Minimalism and quirky talent pull Turner Hall audience into St. Vincent’s world

Written by By Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 19:31

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark — Photo: Courtesy

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is the kind of artist you hear and rush to tell your friends about — your quirky, artsy friends — and they already know. Her latest album titled, simply St. Vincent, is one of the most critically acclaimed releases of early 2014. It’s clanky, quirky, noisy electro-pop punctuated with rock guitar moves — exactly what she brought to the stage on Sat., April 5, at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall.

George Michael's voice soars on 'Symphonica'

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 16:46

The best news about George Michael’s first album of all-new recordings in 10 years is that his vocal talent and charisma have not dimmed with time. Unfortunately, Symphonica feels a bit snoozy. His long-term fans likely want something uptempo on the order of “Faith,” “Freedom ’90” or “Amazing” before the music winds up with the 1940s pop standard “You’ve Changed.” 

Review: George Michael in fine voice on live album

Written by The AP Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:32

George Michael, "Symphonica" (Islands)

Forget about the health issues and personal problems - George Michael sounds just fine, super in fact, on his first new album in seven years, recorded live during his 2011-2012 "Symphonica" tour in Europe.

The Mike Benign Compulsion confronts life at a certain age on ‘Here’s How It Works’

Written by By Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:35

Few of us anticipate the realities of life at a certain age. But one day we awake, and there we are — totally unprepared.