The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping up the sixth installment of the wildly popular Fox reality show, the top 10 from the season chugged on and embarked on the massive 59-date American Idols Live tour, all the while with auditions for season seven underway.
Hilary Duff's sold-out set at New York's prestigious Radio City Music Hall was somewhat of a mixed bag. Sure, there were legions of wildly hysterical 4-to-14-year-olds incessantly chanting her name before the show. Sure, she's a Disney-product phenomenon (though currently trying to spice up her appeal, i.e. the new cover of Maxim) with a built in Lizzie McGuire-loving fan base.
By the time M.I.A. took the stage after midnight at Brooklyn's Studio B on July 25, everyone in the sold-out crowd was either overheated, over-boozed or some sort of uncomfortable combination of the two. A lot of folks had been there since the doors opened three hours earlier, and there were no opening acts.
Lyle Lovett has been as busy as ever in the past year in preparation for his new album, "It's Not Big It's Large." Recorded live in the studio with his longtime collaborator the Large Band, the follow-up to 2003's "My Baby Don't Tolerate" is due Aug. 28 via Lost Highway.
The Decemberists' sold-out show at Central Park's SummerStage spoke to just how big the theatrical pop group has grown. True, they did make the move to a major label (Capitol, who released 2006's "The Crane Wife"), and of course there was that very public guitar battle with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central.
There was a rush to get the equipment ready before Maximo Park's set at New York's Webster Hall on July 12 (all the gear was apparently left in Connecticut), and the crew barely managed to pull it together within minutes of the band's stage time.
You know you've hit the big time when your band plays Madison Square Garden for the first time, and on July 24, Jack and Meg White proved the two of them could hold their own in the massive arena, leaving fans hungry for more after a nearly two-hour set.