Review: ‘8Bit Heart’ by Simon Curtis

Take Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, blend it with Janelle Monáe’s Metropolis: The Chase Suite, and mash the result with Lady Gaga’s The Fame, and you’ll begin to have an idea of what the album 8Bit Heart by Simon Curtis sounds like. Curtis created 8Bit Heart after facing rejection from various record labels. The album’s… Read More Review: ‘8Bit Heart’ by Simon Curtis

New pop duo Nikki & Rich merge retro and modern sounds

Among the many new artists releasing albums in 2010, chances are that few sound anything like pop duo Nikki & Rich. Combining the sounds of 60s girl groups and modern, radio-ready beats, the group’s sound is refreshingly different. Chalk that up to the approaches of the two individuals who create Nikki & Rich. Nikki &… Read More New pop duo Nikki & Rich merge retro and modern sounds

South Park continues streak of crass, brilliant humor

As South Park enters its 14th season, Comedy Central has released South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season on DVD. This set features all 14 episodes on three DVDs or two Blu-Ray discs. Even after fourteen years, South Park continues to find new ways to satirize (or offend, depending on your take) anyone and everything. Because… Read More South Park continues streak of crass, brilliant humor

Current ‘American Idol’ filled with weak singers, judging

While it may be the most popular show in America, I will admit that the previous season of American Idol was my first to watch from beginning to end. In my observation, considering how many Idol contestants I’ve followed after their runs on the show, it felt inevitable. For my efforts, I felt rewarded when… Read More Current ‘American Idol’ filled with weak singers, judging

Up in the Air soars into Oscar season

Following the critical and commercial acclaim of his first two projects (Thank You for Smoking and Juno), Jason Reitman’s third directorial effort, Up in the Air, is currently expanding slowly into national release. Up in the Air, which stars George Clooney, is receiving a bigger wave of anticipation than Reitman’s previous films, in large part due to the… Read More Up in the Air soars into Oscar season

Review: ‘For Your Entertainment’ by Adam Lambert

Though he may have come in second in this year’s American Idol, the bulk of the media attention paid to contestants post-Idol has gone to Adam Lambert.  From coming out on the cover of Rolling Stone to a highly controversial performance at the American Music Awards less than a day before his debut album’s release, Lambert has captured… Read More Review: ‘For Your Entertainment’ by Adam Lambert

Review: ‘The Fame Monster’ by Lady Gaga

In the past year, few individuals have dominated the music industry quite like Lady Gaga.  Since the release of The Fame just over a year ago, she’s scored two #1 singles and three other Top 10 singles, including the lead single from her new project, The Fame Monster. Initially intended as part of a re-release of The Fame, The Fame Monster finds… Read More Review: ‘The Fame Monster’ by Lady Gaga