America's Got Talent Live Wowed Crowds at Kravis Center, West Palm Beach

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AGT FTW.

America's got a lot right now. America's got shut down. America's got Miley Cyrus on SNL. But what's the one thing we can count own to make us proud? America's Got Talent. The top contenders from the show's eighth season rolled into the Kravis Center on Saturday and showed off their special skills to a packed house

American Idol sends their top 10 on tour with AGT catching on more recently. Seven of their one-time opponents (including the winner) have been hitting the road hard. A testament to its family-friendliness, the crowd at Kravis was full of families who were kind of freaking out. It really felt like all that was missing was Howard Stern and Howie Mandel. Live, interactive performances made you feel like part of a show, as did the stage set up. Totally different from watching the show parked on your couch.

See Also: Howie Mandel Likes "to Be Taken Off the Beaten Path"

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Breaking Bad: Funeral Songs for Walt and His Family

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As the AMC TV series Breaking Bad races to its series finale this Sunday at 9 p.m., the possibilities are endless. We watched Walter White over the past six years transform from a high school chemistry teacher to a crystal meth kingpin, and the twists and turns have kept on coming.

The only thing certain about this last episode is that someone is going to die. And since there are 60 minutes left and a lot of loose ends to tie up, the show probably won't have time to broadcast any funerals. So New Times thought we'd do you a favor and share which songs we're sure will be playing at each character's funeral.


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Top Ten Musical Performances on the Original Arsenio Hall Show

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Though weird, this one did not make the list.

No, it's not a dream! Arsenio Hall is back on the air with a late night talk show with the Dog
Pound, the Posse 2.0, and the deskless interview. While he's getting trashed by critics for having a guest list that's 20-years old, and for telling both Nas and Kendrick Lamar on separate nights that they were each the specific reason why he wanted to come back to late night TV, we come here to praise Arsenio not to bury him.

While there were plenty of awful musical moments represented on The Arsenio Hall Show (Kenny G, New Kids on the Block, Bill Clinton...), he also brought on acts completely unrepresented anywhere else on late night television. After digging through the archives of a guest list that included countless appearances by Andrew Dice Clay and MC Hammer, we present you with the top ten musical performances on the original Arsenio Hall Show. Here's hoping his new show can last long enough to give us ten more memorable moments.

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Parents Television Council's Dan Isett on MTV, Miley Cyrus, and Why They Object to Condom Commercials

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The fallout from Miley Cyrus' performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards has run the gamut from discomfort to laughter to accusations of racism and sexism. But only the Parents Television Council demands legislation result from her tasteless performance.

According to its news release issued Monday, this Los Angeles-based advocacy group believes MTV marketed adults-only material to children with its Video Music Awards and, according to the group's words, want "Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs -- the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don't want."

New Times caught up with the Parents Television Council's director of public policy, Dan Isett, as he drove home from his Washington, D.C., office. We tried our hardest to get him to open up about when twerking might be appropriate, but not even Ali G would be able to get a humorous answer from this man.

See also: Why Robin Thicke Isn't Getting Heat and Miley Cyrus Is


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Five Great Daria Musical Moments in Honor of the Recently Released Faux Movie Trailer

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It's hard to overstate how fantastic the MTV series Daria was or to exaggerate the influence its (anti) heroine had on pop culture's current crop of droll leading ladies. Some see Napoleon Dynamite, American Pie, or Juno (one of our beloved misanthrope's many progenies) as definitive millennial fare. Others tie millennials to the consumption of vampire lit and wizardry. None of that is untrue, but for those on the generational cusp, who are post-Gen X but feel closer to Fight Club than to The Social Network, Daria hit all the deadpan notes about the failed idealism of our baby boomer parents and the consumerist culture we didn't ask to grow up in (but for which we are constantly blamed).

The show's music -- most of which does not appear on the 2010 DVD box set due to licensing issues -- represented that sort of generational no-man's land too. Daria, the character, might have walked the halls at Highland High School with Gen X's pubescent male music critics Beavis and Butthead, but Daria the show highlighted Beck, Cake, and referenced Jane's Addiction, the Misfits, and Nirvana alongside Korn posters and Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy With It" -- sometimes ironically, sometimes not so much so.


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Jean Stapleton: A Look Back at Edith Bunker Through "Those Were the Days"

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"Boy the way Glenn Miller played songs that made the hit parade."

From the first line of "Those Were the Days," the opening theme song from the TV series All In The Family, you know you were hearing an original.   

"Guys like us we had it made. Those were the days."

Sung by Archie and Edith Bunker as played by actors Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton, the piano duet harked back to glory years that never existed. Archie's first note is off-key, and it only goes downhill from there. Edith sings the high notes, but at what cost? Cats squeal, and children cover their ears. Still, hearing it always brought a smile to your face.


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Miguel Leg Drops Fan, Slamming Face to Crotch, at Billboard Music Awards (Video)

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Miguel's "Adorn" not only made number two on our best songs of 2012, but it's actually like pure soothing sonic sexual bliss. But at the Billboard Music Awards tonight, as the red-skinned crooner belted out the sensual tune, he also belted out a body slam-leg drop on the neck of one member of the audience, and delivered a sort of kick to the head of another.

And in an attempt to jump -- not stage dive or crowd surf -- from one stage to another at the ceremony, he landed, crotch-to-face, on a chick who who now is certainly experiencing whiplash. When you're like 4'11, you cannot expect to sail through the air like Michael Jordan, Migs.

Keep clicking for all kinds of footage and a few of the funnier Miguel memes that came out of this mishap.

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Mad Men: Ten Potential Rock and Roll Tie-Ins for Season Six

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I wouldn't dare make any suggestions to the brilliant minds behind the AMC tv series Mad Men. They're doing just fine on their own, blowing our minds each week with witty quips and pitch perfect illustrations of the emptiness of our consumerist culture.

But I couldn't help to notice that this sixth season is taking place in the year 1968, where there are so many delicious opportunities for figures from rock and roll history to intertwine with the ad agency of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Just as in previous seasons where Peggy Olson went to a Bob Dylan concert and Don Draper got turned off by the Beatles going psychedelic, here are some possible musical avenues Mad Men could take in the year 1968.

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Cassadee Pope to Star on CMT Reality TV Show

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The ultimate reality-show star weighs like 200 pounds but is working on losing weight by crying and weighing himself on a giant scale in front of an audience of millions. He has a really orange tan too and a few visible muscles. He also can dance like Fred Astaire and sing like Whitney Houston. He is a superhuman who also evokes actual emotions in us because we also don't weigh what we'd like and we'd love to sing like that. 

CMT recently announced that it would be creating a bunch of new reality-type shows (rebranding, we assume). One involves a guy named Dog, and one -- we're not kidding here -- set in Florida, is called Hillbillies for Hire featuring "professional pranksters," according to the Hollywood Reporter, and The Dirty South by Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano. We're serious here. But that's not all. 

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Oscars 2013: 5 Worst Musical Moments

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The 2013 Oscars were dedicated to honoring a fabulous and fierce storytelling tradition: the musical. But it took watching 30 tunes belted out by A-list actors before we figured that one out (Sunday night wet-brain). 

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- Photos: 2013 Oscar Winners

Seth MacFarlane was, as he predicted in his 2-hour long opening monologue, a mediocre host. He managed to be genuinely funny at two points in the night: 1. with the sock puppet version of Flight, and 2. in his brilliant and simple joke about the Von Trapp Family Singers. There's nothing like a purely amusing Sound of Music reference to balance out all the creepy Family Guy crap. But if they'd have gotten Christopher Plummer to sing "Eidleweiss," this would have been the best award show ever.  

Since there was a ton of toe tapping and so hitting high notes, and not all of it was good, we put together a list of the musical low moments. Enjoy.


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