granitefallsnews.com http://www.granitefallsnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section granitefallsnews.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:53:48 +0000 The Farr Side: Several new features for ‘Idol’ Season 13 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229925/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:29:09 +0000 By David T. Farr More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229925/-1/music Viewership was down at the beginning of the season, but that was before people truly gave the current judging lineup a chance. Perhaps America still has a bad taste in their mouths from the last year's judging feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
I believe Lopez's return to the panel was a good move. She's a natural fit. Urban proved himself as judge last [...]]]>
The Farr Side: Beatles tribute was an awesome show http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140213/NEWS/140219722/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:05:41 +0000 By David T. Farr More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140213/NEWS/140219722/-1/music Michael Jackson moonwalking across the Motown 25 stage. Elvis Presley performing via satellite. And perhaps one of the biggest game-changers came 50 years ago whens The Beatles made their American debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Seventy-three million people tuned in to watch four lads from Liverpool perform in America for the first time. It was Feb. 9, 1964, the day a musical revolution began.
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Meet the Beatles: How four longhaired lads from Liverpool changed America http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140207/NEWS/140209637/-1/music?rssfeed=true Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:32:40 +0000 By Rick Holmes More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140207/NEWS/140209637/-1/music It was a long, long time ago. Fifty years, as a matter of fact. I was in middle school, though we called it junior high back then. And there was never a better time to be entering adolescence.
President Kennedy had been shot in November, and grownup America was in a pretty dark mood that winter. But something was growing in America's youth, and [...]]]>
The Talker: Jay Leno says farewell to the ‘Tonight Show’ http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140207/NEWS/140209639/-1/music?rssfeed=true Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:21:07 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140207/NEWS/140209639/-1/music In the 22 years that Jay Leno hosted the "Tonight Show" — give or take the spare months Conan O'Brien took the helm — O.J. Simpson was the celebrity most often used as the butt of Leno's jokes. On Thursday night, he said goodbye to his fans: http://bit.ly/1bCMFUU
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Tony Sauro: Remembering how the Beatles stormed U.S. sound barriers in 1964 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209681/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:46:41 +0000 By Tony Sauro More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209681/-1/music Improbable as it still seems, four cheeky lads from Liverpool, England, blew away their nation's post-World War II fog in 1961.
Their earliest recordings were available - through obscure music labels (Swan, Veejay, MGM) - in the U.S. in 1963.
Their buoyant charm helped young people sneak in a few small smiles following the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
However, on Feb. [...]]]>
The Farr Side: Bruno Mars gave memorable halftime performance http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209684/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:38:54 +0000 By David T. Farr More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209684/-1/music Sure, the Seattle Seahawks totally annihilated the Denver Broncos, but it was Mars who truly gave the show of a lifetime.
People will be talking about Bruno Mars' performance for Super Bowls to come.
Mars was the perfect choice for the coveted halftime slot, which is heavily scrutinized each year. Last year, Beyonce had the job, but her performance didn't live up to the hype.
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The Talker: Subway to remove ‘yoga-mat chemical’ from bread http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209687/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:24:57 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209687/-1/music A chemical that's used in the production of foamed plastics like yoga mats and rubber-soled shoes will no longer be part of Subway's bread, the Chicago Tribune reports. The sub shop was using the ingredient — azodiacarbonamide — as a bread conditioner to whiten the dough and bake it faster. An online petition had been started by Vani Hari, creator of the website foodbabe.com, to remove the ingredient, which is banned in other countries.
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Kent Bush: The Beatles - what might have been http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209706/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:41:51 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209706/-1/music Ed Sullivan put them on the air, and the four young men from Liverpool started a cultural revolution.
I remember it like it was yesterday – mainly because it was just yesterday that I watched the video for the one thousandth time.
I am only 43 years old, so I can't offer any memories of what it was like crowding around one of the few television sets in our neighborhood to watch the performance that night. I can't tell you what it [...]]]>
The Talker: ‘Biggest Loser’ champ too skinny? http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140205/NEWS/140209769/-1/music?rssfeed=true Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:44:57 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140205/NEWS/140209769/-1/music Is this even real? DMX is reportedly going to celebrity-box George Zimmerman for "every black person who has been done wrong in the system." Check out the A.V. Club story here: http://avc.lu/1g2kDlq
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Video of the Day: Boy’s emotional reaction to ‘Say Something’ http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140204/NEWS/140209838/-1/music?rssfeed=true Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140204/NEWS/140209838/-1/music A 4-year-old boy's emotional reaction to A Great Big World's song "Say Something" is a hit after his father, Mark Blitch, posted video of him on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1ilhoY2
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Take a sneak peek at "Winter Gold: NBC's First Look at the Sochi Olympics Broadcast." … 8 p.m. EDT tonight, NBC.
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The Talker: Drake, Robin Thicke among Canadian rapper award nominees http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140204/NEWS/140209875/-1/music?rssfeed=true Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140204/NEWS/140209875/-1/music Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the hit show "Sherlock" and top of the list for celebrity favorite names, stopped by "Sesame Street" to get his count on with none other than The Count. PBS tweeted a photo of #Counterbatch, and it's making the rounds.
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In 2014, the best in Canadian talent will take centre stage in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the 43rd annual JUNO Awards. Nominees include Drake and Robin Thicke — betcha didn't know they were Canadian, [...]]]>
The Talker: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/NEWS/140209918/-1/music?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:39:09 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140203/NEWS/140209918/-1/music An autopsy was scheduled Monday for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead Sunday afternoon at his home after an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman, 46, was in 60 movies in his 20-year career, which included an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biopic "Capote."
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Video of the Day: Bruno Mars ready for Super Bowl halftime show http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139841/-1/music?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:33:49 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139841/-1/music The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off in "Super Bowl XLVIII," with Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining the halftime show. … 6 p.m. EDT Sunday, Fox.
If you're not into football, or want something to watch while you're making snacks for the big game, check out "Puppy Bowl X." … 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Animal Planet.
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Jesse Eisenberg was cast Friday as Lex Luthor in the new Superman-Batman movie, while Jeremy Irons will play Alfred. The [...]]]>
The Talker: ‘Seinfeld’ reunion confirmed http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139860/-1/music?rssfeed=true Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:13:07 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140131/NEWS/140139860/-1/music Jerry Seinfeld confirmed that a "Seinfeld" reunion will happen "very, very soon," according to news reports. During a radio show Thursday, Seinfeld said it was a secret project after speculations popped up when show creator Larry David and actor Jason Alexander were spotted at Tom's Restaurant in New York City, made famous on the hit show.
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One Direction is back with its newest music video for "Midnight Memories": http://bit.ly/1edR2s8
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Video of the Day: Justin Bieber’s toxicology report http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139915/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:08:17 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139915/-1/music In the latest episode of "Parks and Recreation," Leslie throws a goodbye party for Ann and Chris. … 8:30 p.m. EDT tonight, NBC.
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Lego Ghostbusters are now official! The best news for all you diehard Billy Murray fans out there: http://bit.ly/1aKJdcV
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Justin Bieber's toxicology report tested positive for marijuana and prescription pills. Watch a video recap here: http://bit.ly/MAAbEG
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Rising singer/songwriter Amy Black takes a full-time swing at music stardom http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139920/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:50:42 +0000 By Peter Chianca More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139920/-1/music Prior to kicking things off at Johnny D's in Somerville on Feb. 7 and 8, Black sat down to answer a few questions about [...]]]> Album review: Amy Black rolls out a vibrant, emotional ‘Home’ http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139921/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:49:34 +0000 By Peter Chianca More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139921/-1/music Well, apparently someone does: Hot on Casey's heels is a country-flavored album that's every bit as endearing, but at the same time carries a little more [...]]]> Jim Hillibish: Pete Seeger: ‘We can rise and sing it one more time’ http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139925/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:20:42 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139925/-1/music "Old devil time, you'd like to bring me down!
"When I'm feeling low, my lovers gather ‘round
"And help me rise to fight you one more time!
"No storm nor fire can ever beat us down,
"No wind that blows but carries us further on.
"And you who fear, oh lovers, gather ‘round
"And we can rise and sing it one more time!"
"OLD DEVIL TIME," PETE SEEGER, 1969
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The Farr Side: Memorable moments abound at Grammy Awards http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139942/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:15:39 +0000 By David T. Farr More Content Now http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139942/-1/music How cool was it to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage or Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton perform the legendary "Highway Men" songs?
This is what music is all about. The Beatles were finally recognized with a Lifetime Achievement honor 50 years in [...]]]>
The Talker: ‘Full House’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139955/-1/music?rssfeed=true Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:51:51 +0000 http://www.granitefallsnews.com/article/20140130/NEWS/140139955/-1/music The men of "Full House" reunited on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday night to give Fallon some parting advice before the host moves to "The Tonight Show." Put on your jammies, and watch here: http://bit.ly/1iOknvl
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