‘Tuned In’ review: The Both’s parts are greater than the sum
Published 4/15/2014 at 2:54 p.m. 0 comments
It was a good idea in theory. ... Gifted singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has had a stellar solo career since the dissolution of her band ‘Til Tuesday more than 20 years ago. Yet she was inspired enough by indie-rock performer Ted ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Italian blues-rocker Zucchero fits in naturally in Havana
Published 4/15/2014 at 2:50 p.m. 0 comments
Veteran Italian blues-rocker Zucchero (last name Fornaciari) is invading America by way of Cuba. The 58-year-old singer who has sold 50 million albums in the past four decades is still relatively unknown in the United States. But he at least ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Jessica Lea Mayfield crushes it on her own
Published 4/15/2014 at 2:42 p.m. 0 comments
It would have been natural to have assumed power producer Dan Auerbach of the hard-rock band Black Keys used 21-year-old singer Jessica Lea Mayfield as a prop in her excellent 2011 release “Tell Me,” what with his trademark dense, grinding ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Patton Oswalt’s ‘Tragedy’ avoids comic cliches
Published 4/8/2014 at 4:02 p.m. 0 comments
When Patton Oswalt talks about being a father on his new “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time,” he isn’t following the tradition of a formerly edgy comic turning into a mushy parent who tells cutesy stories about children. Oswalt will never ...
‘Tuned In’ review: RAC’s charming ‘Strangers’ deserves an invitation
Published 4/8/2014 at 2:49 p.m. 0 comments
Although electronica has invaded the mainstream with an increasingly aggressive sound, RAC flips it in the opposite direction with the new “Strangers,” which recalls the fizzy synth pop of the 1980s with its clean sense of naïve discovery.
‘Tuned In’ review: Two-guy boy band MKTO comes up short
Published 4/8/2014 at 2:44 p.m. 0 comments
If MKTO looked good on paper, that paper was a Post-it note, because the duo is a thinly conceived idea. The premise sort of makes sense – two guys who played best friends on a Nickelodeon show team up as ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Shakira has the voice, needs no coaching
Published 4/1/2014 at 4:43 p.m. 0 comments
Shakira has one of those rare, distinctive voices that takes the formula out of the most formulaic of arrangements. As with Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks before her, the crafty Colombian’s vocal transcends banal lyrics and rote arrangements to make ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Howler roars with unconventional ‘Joy’
Published 4/1/2014 at 4:40 p.m. 0 comments
Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith is scary-talented for a musician who was only 18 when his act debuted in 2012 with “America Give Up.” And with two years of extra seasoning on his resume, he’s all the more impressive now with ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Mannered Manilow shines through ‘Night’
Published 4/1/2014 at 3:38 p.m. 0 comments
Listening to Barry Manilow’s new “Night Songs” is like wandering in to the best piano bar ever. The release is a one man tour de force – Manilow on vocals, piano and synthesized acoustic bass. The collection consists mostly of ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Karmin pushes too hard with ‘Pulses’
Published 3/25/2014 at 4:08 p.m. 0 comments
Karmin is like one of those people who desperately wants to be your friend, and the harder they try to endear themselves to you, the less interested you become.
‘Tuned In’ review: Enrique Iglesias offers variety show on ‘Sex and Love’
Published 3/25/2014 at 4:04 p.m. 0 comments
Enrique Iglesias may be serving a smorgasbord with his new “Sex and Love,” but at least all the dishes are of a good standard and not just the typical bland-buffet fare.
‘Tuned In’ review: Foster The People struts its stuff on ‘Supermodel’
Published 3/25/2014 at 3:45 p.m. 0 comments
If you’re looking to grow an audience on social media, consider buying Foster The People’s new “Supermodel” and swiping the lyrics. The Los Angeles band has some great lines, emotional and philosophical yet vague, that lend themselves to ideal Twitter ...
Knoxville singer survives another round on 'The Voice'
Published 3/18/2014 at 8:54 p.m. 0 comments
Knoxville's Morgan Wallen outsang a pair of twins on "The Voice" Tuesday night, advancing through a "battle round" on the hit NBC reality show.
‘Tuned In’ review: Kylie Minogue plants a catchy ‘Kiss’
Published 3/18/2014 at 12:22 p.m. 0 comments
The universe needs more Kylie Minogue – especially the United States, where the Australian pop icon has had significantly less success than in the rest of the First World. It’s not that she’s a great singer or that she has ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Sally Seltmann’s ‘Daydreamer’ gets a bit lost in the clouds
Published 3/18/2014 at 12:20 p.m. 0 comments
Even the most articulate among us have a hard time describing dreams – after all, how do you make sense of something that doesn’t make sense, something built on vague impressions dredged up from unknown places in the subconscious? That ...
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