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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Last Night

Beyonce - Staples Center - December 3, 2013

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Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Queen Bey - PHOTO BY FRANK MICELOTTA/INVISION FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT/AP
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Beyonce

Staples Center

December 3, 2013

Better than: The Super Bowl halftime show

Many different incarnations of Beyonce performed at the Staples Center last night. There was Beyonce the naughty girl, the "Run the World" dominatrix, Queen Bey, Sasha Fierce and, of course, Beyonce as Mrs. Carter.

But at the core of all this, there was Beyonce as entertainment machine, the engine running her nearly two hour spectacular of a concert.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Last Night

Jessie Ware - House of Blues - 11/19/13

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Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

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Jessie Ware

House of Blues

11/19/13

About midway through her set last night, Jessie Ware said this was the very last of her shows for her 2012 album Devotion. It was hard to take seriously -- the album's been released in three different formats (an EP version and a Gold Edition followed the initial UK release) and Ware has been "closing out" her tour since July; she's been touring the US for the past month. "We've been on tour for five weeks," she said. "And for a Jewish Princess that's a big deal."

Her music -- the White pop soul of Lisa Stansfield tinged with the smoldering, deep loyalty love and torch songs of Sade -- has resonated with listeners worldwide. Her success is something she hasn't quite embraced; whenever the audience clapped or reacted to the opening notes of a song, she was embarrassed and taken back.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Non-Ironic R&B

Boyz II Men Tell the Stories Behind Their Biggest Hits

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Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 3:30 AM

CREDIT: GITTE MELDGAARD
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You awkwardly danced to "End of the Road" at your middle school dances. You sang along to "I'll Make Love to You" on the radio, even if you didn't fully understand the subject matter. "Motownphilly" will always be back again.

After taking a break for several years, the Boyz behind these early '90s classics -- Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman (bass singer Michael McCary left the group in 2003 due to health issues) -- are back. Taking time off from their Las Vegas residency, various TV gigs and recording a new album, Boyz II Men perform tonight at Staples Center. It's part of their Package Tour, which also features boy bands 98° Degrees and headliners New Kids on the Block.

Boyz II Men are the openers, and perform 30 minutes of their most familiar tunes. Nonetheless, the sound of screaming women is just as loud now as it was twenty years ago, says Stockman and Nathan Morris. "We were blessed with Ferraris to drive," says the latter, speaking of their song catalog metaphorically. "The women fell in love with those cars." Below, they discuss their biggest hits!

See also: The New Kids on the Block Were Incredible Shills

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Trey Songz - PHOTO COURTESY OF KWL MANAGEMENT
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Many music fans won't even spend 99 cents on a download. So why do so many pay $3.99 to send Trey Songz a virtual bottle of champagne and some imaginary chocolates?

Santa Monica-based company Handmade Mobile Entertainment created an app called The Angel Network, an online fan club and social network for the R&B star. Since launching in December, the app (called TAN for short) is raking in over $50,000 a month from about 52,000 users. Songz's rabid fan base purchases credits to put towards virtual gifts, greater access to their idol, and pure bragging rights.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Last Night

Keyshia Cole - Club Nokia - 4-19-13

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Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 3:00 AM

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Keyshia Cole

Club Nokia

4-19-13

Better than: Selling fish plates

On Friday night, a long line of mostly women wrapped around Club Nokia for the Keyshia Cole concert. Devoted fans of the Oakland bred R&B star came out in full force with tight spandex dresses and too-sexy-to-be-comfortable heels. It was a night of booty pops and all things ratchet.

See also: Leave Keyshia Cole Alone

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