All posts tagged: Pop music

Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande: Among the three of them there's maybe one outfit.

5 current top 40 pop songs I actually like, so sue me

I drive my daughter Jackie to school in the morning, and because I’m a swell dad, I let her select the radio station. Occasionally she’ll throw me a bone and put on one of “my stations” — she can sometimes find something she likes on Boston’s WERS or 92.5 The River — but most often we’re in top 40 territory, and I find myself gripping the wheel like a man being tortured by Katy Perry, because that’s what I am. But despite my avowed affinity for rock both classic and modern, sometimes I find myself actually grooving along to the hits (although singing along to them definitely gets the thumbs down — dad vocals and Ariana Grande simply do not mix). It gives me hope, not necessarily for the music industry, which is still dying, but for the chances of me personally not becoming totally irrelevant. To help other pop-challenged parents out there, here’s a list of five current radio hits that you may actually find yourself listening to after your kid’s left the car. Spotify …


Album Review: The Como Brothers’ “Baby Steps”

Music is the Como family business. The name might be a tip-off, but like many musicians before them, these up-and-coming lads inherited their artistry from their father and family members. As they grew, Matt and Andrew Como translated their love of performing into emulating the Fab Four in a Beatles tribute band on Long Island, before blossoming into a new operation. With placements all over MTV and E! reality shows, and an opening slot for the Wallflowers, it appears that the duo’s explosion is inevitable. The Comos’ new album, Baby Steps, is a sampling of taste and talent. Rock/soul opener “Gotta Be True” is possibly not the strongest choice of lead, but thankfully, the band presents some truly stellar material as the album progresses. The country-flavored “Hang My Head” is gorgeous, accented with the shimmering whammy of an electric guitar. Meanwhile, “Hey Kristen” takes me back to the glory days of Top 40 in 1996; the Comos frequently pepper arrangements with ’90s-esque elements… but only the good ones. The track that’s still stuck in my …


The Reality Check – Top 20 American Idol Contestants Of All-Time Part 1

Photo via As a prelude to the twelfth season of American Idol, rather than do a normal preview of this season’s talent, I wanted to do something with a more historical scope. My Reality Check podcast partner-in-crime Tiffany ( @TVProducerLady ) and I jumped on Skype for a couple hours and went through every single top 12 (13 in some seasons) finalist in all eleven previous seasons and discussed them ad nauseum. We didn’t come up with a specific algorithm […]