Lake Street Dive may have left Boston for Brooklyn, but before its show in December, we let the band know we still love it. Now the rest of the world is catching on. The group performed last night on “The Colbert Report,” posting to its Facebook afterward: “Many thanks to Stephen Colbert and his wonderful team for making our very first TV appearance one to remember. And thanks to all our fans, old and new for tuning in. We couldn’t be a happier band right now. Holy WHAT just HAPPENED!?” More
Look, last night’s Grammy Awards seemed like a good time. You had the only two living Beatles back onstage together, an all-star jam (including Stevie Wonder!) on Daft Punk’s megahit “Get Lucky,” and of course, Willie Nelson was there, keeping things mellow. So yes, those were the highlights and they all were led by folks old enough for AARP benefits. Obviously, this had a similar effect on the audience. Here’s some old people absolutely grooving. More
Success in music is a combination of talent and drive, sure, but like most things in life, it’s primarily about timing and luck. Some artists fall into undeserved, premature exposure and burn up from the heat, others work their entire careers for an elusive break that never comes. More
The bizarre bromance between Dennis Rodman and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un took yet another weird turn, as the ex-NBA player went ballistic on Chris Cuomo of “New Day.” Rodman is leading a group of former ballers into the communist country to play an exhibition game for the supreme leader’s birthday, but when Cuomo questioned him about Kenneth Bae, a US citizen who has been imprisoned in North Korea for murky reasons, the Worm lost his mind. For one thing, he didn’t seem to know anything about Bae. More
When an actor dies, we (perhaps unfairly) often find ourselves mourning the characters they played more than the person they actually were. Right now, children of the ’90s are posting “RIP Uncle Phil” to social media outlets, after the man behind the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” patriarch, James Avery, died late Tuesday. An older generation removed from that nostalgia may wonder, why Uncle Phil? What was the significance of a side character in a lighthearted sitcom? But as any of those kids posting on social media will tell you, Uncle Phil meant — and taught us — a hell of a lot. More
James Avery, the actor who played Will Smith’s uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” reportedly died last night from complications after open heart surgery. He was 65. While this generation may also recognize Avery as the voice of Shredder on the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated TV series, he will almost definitely be remembered most for the “Fresh Prince” role. From Uncle Phil’s temper to the incessant fat jokes, take a look at some video compilations that perfectly sum up the lovable character.
Here we are, welcoming the first day of the year with hopes high. Except a few of these songs might kill that buzz a bit. But hey, there’s a range of emotions on New Year’s Day. Let’s get this thing going.