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I came across the band on MySpace, and as soon as I started listening to their songs, I realized this was one of the tightest bands I’ve heard in a long time.
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Friday, April 27th
8:15pm
Gwen Stefani With Special Guest Lady Sovereign @ Gibson Amphitheatre

8:30pm
Josh Blue @ 4th & B, San Diego: This guy won Last Comic Standing and is hilarious.

9:00pm
DJ Quick @ House of Blues San Diego

Saturday, April 28th
8:00pm
Bowling for Soup w/Quietdrive, Ronnie Day and Jason Libbs @ House of Blues Orlando

11:59pm
The Hip Hop Is Dead Tour f/Nas @ House of Blues Las Vegas.

Sunday, April 29th
7:00pm
Say Anything and Saves the Day w/The Dear Hunter and Meg & Dia @ House of Blues Cleveland.

7:15pm
Brian Mcknight and Joe, plus Sunshine Anderson @ Gibson Amphitheatre

JE-C’S NEW-MOVIE RUNDOWN

Stay tuned for my big review of Spiderman 3 next weekend.

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Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann,
Synopsis:
A man with the ability to see the future and change the outcome of events before they occur is forced to choose between saving himself and saving the world in this supernatural thriller
Thoughts: I’m not sure about how I’m feeling about this movie. I think it has the potential to be pretty cool, but I haven’t heard anything positive from anywhere yet.

JE-C’S INDIE BAND TO CHECK OUT.
Lennex:
This five-piece from Ocean City MD, is managed by Paul Crosby, the drummer for Saliva. Lennex features brothers Brandon (drums) and Brian Luckett. (guitar, backing vox). Their current release, Part Math, Part Euphoria, was produced Daniel Mendez (Trapt, Dashboard Confessional). I came across the band on MySpace, and as soon as I started listening to their songs, I realized this was one of the tightest bands I’ve heard in a long time. Clearly, these guys know how to construct hit songs; they just need someone to really pay attention and give them a shot. Thanks to Paul, the band has played several shows with Saliva and is on tour right now, playing shows all over the Midwest. If you have a chance, check out them out on http://www.myspace.com/lennex. Please contact me at [email protected] and let me know what you think of the band.

MORE IDOL THOUGHTS FROM YOSH KATZ
The benefit this week was long overdue. The ratings power of American Idol was too strong to ignore in the sense they could do some good for the less fortunate. I also think it was a nice touch to string the audience along the whole show waiting to find out who was leaving, and then keeping everyone. Classy touch to a nice evening.

I still think Lakisha is in trouble. At times she looks scared up there, and more so hasn't expressed a lot of personality. Blake also has lost a step in the competition, and his lack of energy this past week is going to hurt him going into next week. I think Phil has stepped it up and should be safe another week barring collapse. Melinda is a consummate professional and will have a great album one day, but is lacking something that all Idol winners have had—personality. I think Simon touched on it last week when he said, "Please don't act all surprised that we thought you sang well" Her perceived humility really has started to come off as a shield. Chris has been singing a little nasally, but I believe has a very strong fan base and is carrying a lot of females 9-18 with his Timberlake/Robin Thicke style. Jordin is looking more and more like the favorite down the home stretch.

Here are my current rankings based on a mix of marketing, talent and reality going into next week:
1. Jordin
2. Melinda
3. Chris
4. Phil
5. Blake
6. Lakisha


STRINGER ON "THE ISSUES AND ACTIONS NEEDED"
Sony Music is all in. (6/1a)
"REAL AND CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE": SIR LUCIAN SPEAKS OUT
UMG is all in. (6/1a)
RAPINO: SUPPORTING BLACK CULTURE, ANTI-RACISM
Live Nation is all in. (5/30a)
WMG ON COPING WITH THE MOMENT
Warner Music is all in. (6/1a)
ARTISTS MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD (UPDATE)
The stars are coming out. (6/1a)
TUESDAY
THE SHOW MUST BE PAUSED
TIME TO REFLECT
TIME TO ACT
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