American Idol Winner David Cook on the Most Boring Thing in Music


As overplayed as some may think it is, American Idol provides a great outlet for aspiring stars to really get some national attention. It also provides an outlet for wannabes to make complete asses out of themselves, but nonetheless, it's for the greater good. Take, for instance, rocker David Cook, who won season seven of the show. The man has made a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard's Digital Songs as well as released three albums and is currently on tour.

When we talked to the former Idol star, he was at home in Nashville, relaxing before going out on the road. Cook also told us he has been working on his new record and "keeping an eye on the World Series" because he is a "die hard" Kansas Royal fan (obviously we talked to him before the heart breaking loss to the Giants).

Here's a humble beginning for you -- he's a fan because he used to work in the stadium restaurant for five years waiting tables. We spoke with the modest singer/songwriter about new music, Idol, and turning tragedies into something positive.

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Trick Or Beats Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary with Two-Day EDM Halloween Festival

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You've done the impossible: You've created a sexy Rick Scott costume. But you're still not sure where to show off your relevant getup this Halloween.

You can be whatever you want in Boca at the "biggest costume party in South Florida." Yes, Trick or Beats is back, but instead of being one night at Club Cinema, it's celebrating its five-year anniversary with a full-fledged two-day EDM festival.

Packing 13 DJs, a ton of costumed performers, and host Lil John into the Sunset Cove Amphitheater for something much bigger, bolder, and a whole lot more fun.

See also: The 15 Best Halloween Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Natalie Cole's Hard Rock Show Will Be "Unforgettable"

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1991 was year zero for people singing with the deceased. Before the living Beatles could reunite with the departed John Lennon in "Free as a Bird" or a Tupac hologram could collaborate with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at Coachella, Natalie Cole released "Unforgettable." The duet with her famous father Nat King Cole, who passed away 26 years earlier, used new technology to make it sound as though their voices were recorded in the same room. The novelty and nostalgia made the song a Top Ten hit and swept the 1992 Grammys as Record of the Year.

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Kyle Says, "I Actually Didn't Poop My Pants" on Ultra Music Festival's Main Stage


At just 21 years old, hip-hop singer Kyle launched his first North American tour, appropriately titled the "Hey Kyle! Tour." He's performed at the PLUR-heavy event Ultra Music Festival in Miami, had his video for "Raining Love" featured on BET's 106 + Park, and has collaborated with electro DJ Martin Solveig on his hit "Hey Now."

In addition, he just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Beautiful Loser. Kyle enthusiastically said, as we kicked off this interview, "Let's get it!" He gave us the low on what school plays he starred in, his remix of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," and what it was like to perform at Ultra.

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The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward on What "Life Would Be Like Without the Music"

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When an artist is indelibly identified primarily with an incredibly successful rock band and well-known for writing and singing dozens of its signature songs, any attempt to launch a solo career is bound to be a challenge. And when the individual in question is Justin Hayward, one of the longtime mainstays of the Moody Blues, any effort of the sort becomes all the more daunting.

Hayward joined the Moodys immediately after its transition from a wannabe blues band with the minor chart hit, "Go Now," and helped transform them into bold forebears helming the prog rock revolution of the late '60s and early '70s. It was Hayward who penned such FM standbys as "Nights in White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon," and "Your Wildest Dreams."

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SomeKindaWonderful on "Coming Out in the End and Blooming as a Butterfly"

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With its first album and single "Reverse" under the band's belt, SomeKindaWonderful has just kicked off a pretty sizable 34-date tour. The song is a love story written backwards which definitely hit home with many romantic music lovers who drove it to extreme popularity.

Alongside New Politics and Bad Suns, the band, comprised of Jordy Towers (vocals/lyrics), Matt Gibson (guitar), Ben Schigel (drums), Justin Andres (bass/keys) and Sarah Dryer (vocals/percussion), is hitting Fort Lauderdale's Revolution this Sunday. We talked to both Sarah and Jordy of Somekindawonderful about butterflies, their debut release, and grunge soul.

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Anastasia Max Is a Child Sister-Brother Duo on the Rise

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Out of all the bands that performed at Radio-Active's ode to the magnetic tape Cassette It Together a few weeks back, there was one that really piqued our interest. It was a child-aged group called Brenner Pass. Surprising? Not really. This brother and sister duo, singer Anastasia Brenner and her older sibling and guitarist Max, are much more than a cutesy novelty act. These kids can really rock.

What gripped us most was pint-sized vocalist Anastasia's booming pipes. Although not even in middle school, girl croons and swoons like a whiskey-guzzling blues singer three times her age. She's like a little Alison Mosshart voice trapped inside a tiny 11-year-old doppelganger for Wendy Adams. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Max complements her brooding-yet-enthralling cadence with steady, gritty, melodic guitar strums and clean, straightforward vocals.

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Jeezy on Seeing "Some Justice" in Ferguson and "the New Generation" of Trap


Believe it or not, there is a limit to how much a rapper can (or should) mention "flippin' bricks," "gettin' it for the low," or still "meeting papi at the dock." But if they stop talking about this lifestyle, will fans get bored and move on? What are they to do?

"I remember being posted up on the first and the third/Just re'ed up/Nigga got a nine piece" are the first bars Jeezy spits on "1/4 Block" off his latest album, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Though, still on point with witty remarks about his pre-fame Snowman days, Jeezy has refrained from speaking as though that wild life is current, opting to take a more personal and distanced approach to his past. He's an ever evolving character.

Jeezy took some time out on the road to speak to us about trap music, the tragedy in Ferguson, Kendrick Lamar, a possible Trap Or Die 3, and he even asked us a couple of questions of his own.

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The Tim Reynolds Trio Brings Genre-Bending Rock to the Funky Biscuit

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Tim Reynolds might be best-known as the one who offered Dave Matthews his first words of musical encouragement. Matthews, born in South Africa, and Reynolds, born in Germany, would have their confluence in Virginia. The two are separated by a decade in age, with Tim the elder, and though it was the student who'd go on to more mainstream appeal, the student has not surpassed the master. It is Reynolds who has quietly forged along, becoming a powerhouse in the instrumental-rock genre.

As a member of Matthews' band for a brief stint in the late '90s and of complete permanence since 2008, his gravitas lends real credence to this outfit beyond the dorm-room troubadours who generally praise the band's accomplishments.

See also: Tim Reynolds on Working with Dave Matthews: "I Just Feel Really Lucky"

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Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 Lineup With Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea

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Christopher Victorio for L.A. Weekly

Every Christmas week brings with it new screaming babies, old people hobbling home for turkey, and some of the finest tunes about snow ever written. But since it doesn't get colder than 40 degrees all winter around here, we can't truly appreciate the focus of those seasonal songs in the flesh.

And we like flesh in South Florida, so X-mas gives us a burning desire to move ours and dance. So as soon as the end of the year nears, we start practicing our twerk for the perfect place to display our fine ass-ets in honor of the holidays: the annual Y100 and iHeartRadio Jingle Ball.

The pop radio station just announced its 2014 lineup, and it's extremely impressive. (Keep clicking; we'll get there!)

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