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Randy Jackson

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    July 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Rock Baby Rock It, Craig Kinsey, Bri Bagwell...

    Love Dominique Warehouse Live (Green Room), July 25 Local diva Love Dominique's 2013 EP Wicked Heart did well in two unsigned-talent contests sponsored by Billboard and the Grammys, but her eponymous full-length album (available now) makes a more proper introduction. Its 11 electronically-guided tu ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Concerts Between Now and Labor Day

    Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 After putting on some of the most exciting live shows of the last decade with their bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with their latest band, Antemasque. Texas has the distinct pleasure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Upcoming: Anberlin, the Casualties, Galactic Cowboys, Lydia Loveless, Willie Nelson, etc.

    Aaron Einhouse: Fri., July 11, 7 p.m., $8. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. The Amity Affliction: With For the Fallen Dreams, Obey the Brave, Crossfaith. Wed., October 22, 6:30 p.m., $13.50. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483. Anberlin: Sat., October 25, 7 p. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Journey at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/23/2014

    Journey Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 23, 2014 "Helllllooooo Dallllllaaaaaasssssssss!!!" proclaimed Journey front man Arnel Pineda as he made his way to the stage. "Dallllllaaaassssss!!!!", he shouted again. A cacophony of screams came from all around the nearly sold-out Cynthia Woods Mitchel ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Who Should the New American Idol Judges Be?

    This past week, when American Idol concluded its twelfth season by crowning Candice Glover (who edged out Woodville's Kree Harrison), it was also announced that the show's latest lineup of judges is kaput. Randy Jackson went first, followed by Nicki Minaj. We're guessing that leaves Keith Urban and ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    5 Easy Ways to Spruce Up American Idol

    You may not have noticed, but American Idol started a new season last week. If you're like most people, you apparently didn't watch because the ratings are way down. This could be for any number of reasons. Idol has been on the air for what feels like forever, with pretty much the same formula all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Top 5 People Who Should Be Judging American Idol

    Over the weekend American Idol, struggling to remain relevant in the face of the televised singing-competition series it spawned like The Voice and X Factor, announced its final judges' panel for the upcoming 12th season that begins in January. According to Entertainment Weekly, joining the previous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Rocking Songs In Children's Entertainment

    Here's the thing about children's entertainment, it's designed to appeal not only to the lowest common denominator, but the toughest audience known to man. Don't believe me? Try playing your favorite song to a toddler, even something that is an acknowledged classic like the Pretenders' "I'll Stand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    The X Factor: Mentoring, Mentoring & More Mentoring

    Last night I was officially annoyed with The X Factor. To be fair, the show suffered from my having to wait until the Yankees lost, and my husband was done swearing and stomping around the living room, so I had to stay up really late (for me) to watch. And then I realized that the show went from 90 ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, A Salute To TV Season Premieres

    DWTS = this week's Philly-Giants game?​Television fascinates me. It seems like a new station pops up onto my channel grid every day to the point where I'm actually a little disappointed I haven't been approached by anyone to televise the Sean Network. I mean, doesn't everyone have their own ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Idol Beat: The Beginning Of The End

    Billboard.com/Fox"Are these two really the best from this season?"​7:07 p.m.: Okay, so the sir who typically writes this column - Pete Vonder Haar, or, as he's also referred to: the Television Demigod - has a bit of personal business to tend to, so we're stepping in for him. I have seen exactl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Idol Beat: Durbin Warfare

    It's James' world; we just live in it.​That wonderful sound you heard last night - that distinct lack of atonal screeching that used to climb up your spine like a mongoose wearing stiletto heels - was the sound of a Jacob-free American Idol. What a beautiful thing. I'm not sure which was more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Idol Beat: Langone Daddy Gone

    We'll always have "Hello."​In what is surely a testimonial to my following, someone obviously heard yesterday's plea to show some love for the rest of Aerosmtih's catalog (there was a "Sweet Emotion" sign in the audience at the Nokia). My people...you never disappoint. In other news, what's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs Not Constantly On The Radio

    ​Of Led Zeppelin's nine stellar (OK, Presence was just all right) studio albums, it's hard to pick the five best. There are no dogs in the bunch, and unlike the Duran Duran Top 5 we did last week, it's harder and more heart-wrenching to limit them to just five. We can chop up the Durannies lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Idol Beat: Idol Worship

    Fox​The Daily Beast had a story up yesterday about how this season of American Idol might be the best ever: This year, the contenders have already proven energetic, and the audience is responding, with half a dozen developing breakout followings across the Internet, even before the finals hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Top 10 Louisiana Bands Of All Time

    ​Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Idol Beat: Still In Hollywood

    ​While I was avoiding er, preparing this entry, I found myself watching a bunch of punk rock videos as sort of a palate cleanser. It got me wondering if Idol could ever do a punk/alt-rock show. Would the show attract a new demographic if they trotted out the elder statesmen and women of hardc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Idol Beat: Say Goodbye To Hollywood

    ​You know, I had my misgivings about covering Season 10 of American Idol. I've already mentioned my concerns that, contrary to what David Hasselhof would have us believe, American doesn't necessarily have talent. At least, not enough to fill ten seasons worth of programming. I also feared the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    The Week in TV: Ellen Degeneres Realizes American Idol Sucks

    Rob Lowe will soon join the cast of Parks and Recreation.​The dog days are upon us, the networks are planning for fall, and there's always money in the banana stand. This was the week in TV Land: • The Television Critics Association summer press tour has been going on for the past few days ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Idol Beat: Hell Hollywood Week Continues

    "Welcome back to Hell Week," Ryan Seacrest intoned at the top of last night's American Idol. It's pretty ballsy for a singing competition show to compare itself to SEAL training, since I'm pretty sure none of these kids will be carrying logs or dealing with being drowned. But that's just what Holl ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    American Idol: Hell Hollywood Week Continues

    "Welcome back to Hell Week," Ryan Seacrest intoned at the top of last night's American Idol. It's pretty ballsy for a singing competition show to compare itself to SEAL training, since I'm pretty sure none of these kids will be carrying logs or dealing with being drowned. But that's just what Holl ... More >>

  • News

    January 28, 2010

    Inside the MasterMinds

    The Houston Press honors three local arts groups on the city's cutting edge.

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    January 20, 2010

    Idol Beat: A Lot of Hot Air In the Windy City

    ​So here we are with our pants on the ground, in the second week of American Idol, and it'll be another month before auditions end. At first I was pleasantly surprised to find that last night's episode was just an hour: I did my time in the trenches with Dancing With the Stars and assumed tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    American Idol: A Lot of Hot Air in the Windy City

    ​So here we are with our pants on the ground, in the second week of American Idol, and it'll be another month before auditions end. At first I was pleasantly surprised to find that last night's episode was just an hour: I did my time in the trenches with Dancing With the Stars and assumed that ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Pop Rocks: American Idol -- What The Hell Is Wrong With You People?

    ​The ninth season of America's national karaoke showcase -- also known as American Idol -- premiered last Tuesday. The show that has contributed such legends as Jordin Sparks and Taylor Hicks to the world of music continues to chug along in spite of the absence of original judge Paula Abdul and th ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Idol Beat: Here We Go Again...

    Last night's guest judge: a bobblehead doll Victoria Beckham​I've never watched a whole season of American Idol before, but that's a minor detail. Actually watching this show doesn't seem to be necessary to know as much about it as the most devoted fans: Amateur singers judges = quasi-drama. ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    American Idol: It Begins

    Last night's guest judge: a bobblehead doll Victoria Beckham​I've never watched a whole season of American Idol before, but that's a minor detail. Actually watching this show doesn't seem to be necessary to know as much about it as the most devoted fans: Amateur singers judges = quasi-drama. ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven

    Michael Becker/ Fox Somehow Still Hanging Around: The bloom is off Lil Rounds' "Rose."Perhaps delusionally, I nursed a desperate hope that this week's American Idol theme would be "songs used in Quentin Tarantino movies." Seriously, I even worked up a sort of dream list of songs I thought the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Ten

    Man, Sarvernator! What happened? When first we met, you were so dope, flexing serious white-soul chops - minus a soul patch - and you had the sort of blue-collar backstory that seemed to make you a lock for the Top Seven or Top Eight. But it turned out that you had an Achilles heel: the audience. W ... More >>

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    July 26, 2008

    Tonight: Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    I'm sorry, but if you're not going to tonight's Twotennany at the Mink, there's really only one other show in town. Make that all of Southeast Texas. And probably Central Texas too. We won't even get into North or West Texas. Technically, this classic-rock triple play is sold out, but if you're a re ... More >>

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    February 7, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Houstonian Kady Malloy = Early American Idol Front-runner

    Dallas may have hosted the American Idol auditions’ most recent Texas stop back in August, but it looks like a Houstonian stole the show. On last night’s episode, notoriously curt Idol judge Simon Cowell practically flipped his wig over effervescent Katy Taylor alum and Jessica Alba lookalike Ka ... More >>

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    July 24, 2007

    We’re Getting the Band Back Together! Or Should We?

    The Yardbirds: Re-feathering the nest? The Yardbirds weren’t one of the more popular British Invasion acts on these shores, but they were at the forefront of the Limey Blues Boom of the mid-‘60s, paving the way for later acts like Cream, the Who and Led Zeppelin. More importantly, three faces o ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2007

    Been a Long Time

    But the Houston Symphony Wants to "Rock and Roll"

  • Music

    March 8, 2007

    Keith Reynolds

    A Howling Howitzer

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Carrie On!

    The American Idol finals inspire Beatlemania-like frenzies on the Richmond Strip

  • Music

    February 9, 1995

    Flyin' Alone

    After a bout of Arrested Development, Dionne Farris' moment has arrived

  • News

    April 7, 1994

    Aggie Alchemy

    John Bockris was known around Texas A&M as a chemist interested in "weird science." Joe Champion gave him all he could handle.

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