Lest anyone has forgotten, Ashlee Simpson appeared on "Saturday Night Live" last October. As she prepared to sing her second song, a prerecorded vocal track of her first performance erroneously began playing, revealing that she had been lip-syncing.
The New Pornographers are guilty of taking the basic elements of pop rock -- sweet arrangements, melodies and harmonies -- and creating timeless, shiny, sugar-coated nuggets that you can't really get enough of.
Bonnie Raitt's been around long enough to have ghosts -- or at east friendly spirits -- all over the country. And she was feeling them when she and her band hit Ann Arbor for the fifth show of their North American tour supporting Raitt's new album, "Souls Alike."
"You don't know how frigging good you are. Just be yourself and sing." That is the advice rock icon Graham Nash offered 34 years ago to a nervous Bill Withers. The occasion? The recording of Withers' 1971 Sussex Records debut album, "Just As I Am."