Music Box: The Ladies Who Lunch Medley

“A BED AND A CHAIR: A New York Love Affair” was a Stephen Sondheim compilation presented by New York City Center and Jazz At At Lincoln Center, and as longtime Sondheimite, I’m sad to say I missed what promised to be a glorious night at the theater. Another Sondheim revue, you say? Yeah, I know. … Continue reading Music Box: The Ladies Who Lunch Medley

Music Box: Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The ARCADE FIRE

***** They remain one of the few hipster "cult" bands who deserve the (sorta) mainstream success that they've (sorta) acquired. But how "cult" is a band, really, when your last two CDs lived at the upper realms of Billboard's Top 200 album charts? Their 2007 release, NEON BIBLE, debuted and peaked at #2 - and … Continue reading Music Box: Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The ARCADE FIRE

Music Box: Born THAT Way

I've been known - much to the chagrin of many of my Little Monster friends - to handily and mercilessly knock Lady Gaga at every whim. Perusing online, I've come across countless times my exaggerated disgust for her machinations resulted in comments curious of her longevity.  Well, something funny happened during the course of 2010. … Continue reading Music Box: Born THAT Way

Music Box: In 1997, Fleetwood Mac Danced Again

***** It would have been easy, even in 1997, to discount Fleetwood Mac’s Phoenix-from-the-flame resurrection. Yes, it had been, at that point, almost 7 years since their last quasi-hit album, the Top 20 Buckingham-less BEHIND THE MASK, and a full decade since their last Top 10 (1987s TANGO IN THE NIGHT).  Their last #1, MIRAGE, … Continue reading Music Box: In 1997, Fleetwood Mac Danced Again

Music Box: Dolly Parton – Legendary Sparrow

Remove the glitz, de-glimmer the glamour, abandon the wigs, and disregard the tits (and forget the plastic surgery) and what you get in Dolly Parton is one of the singular greatest forces of nature in the history of Pop or Country – not only a singer for the ages, but a songwriter nonpareil. Of course the … Continue reading Music Box: Dolly Parton – Legendary Sparrow

Reel Life: Titanic II

I know, ever since it ingrained itself into the pop culture consciousness over a decade ago, that it's hip to hate James Cameron's great epic TITANIC, despite the fact that, flaws and all, it was exhilarating - visually, natch, but via the tremendous acting as well.  It's my opinion that Kate Winslet was robbed of … Continue reading Reel Life: Titanic II

Music Box: Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta – the FULL Elle Interviews

Anyone who followed my AMERICAN IDOL REPORT CARD back in season 8 knew my adoration for 3 of the Top 4 finalists (the less spoken of Danny Gokey, the better for my indigestion). I considered Kris, Adam and Allison the great triumvirate - the Power of 3. Last year, Joe Zee from Elle Magazine sat … Continue reading Music Box: Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta – the FULL Elle Interviews