Listen to the new Sara Bareilles album in full!

In stores September 7
Over the past week, we've had the chance to hear a handful of new tracks from Sara Bareilles' upcoming album, Kaleidoscope Heart. Now, I'm happy to report, the album is available to sample in full. Click HERE, and make sure to buy your copy on September 7.

After just one listen, I'm absolutely in love with the entire record. I'm incredibly excited for Sara, and I think she's delivered a masterpiece.

I'll have a full review up after the album comes out next Tuesday

American Idols Visit Holy Toledo

Each summer, the top 10 American Idol contestants travel across North America performing a mix of cover songs from the show as well as fresh cover songs they've chosen to add for the tour. For the first time in the show's nine-season history, the tour stopped in Toledo, thanks to the somewhat recent opening of the new Huntington Center and the huge popularity of local singer/songwriter, Crystal Bowersox. With the other nine singers, Crystal returned home to northwest Ohio for the first time since late May.

Crystal Bowersox

Thanks to MJ from mjsbigblog, my friend Nick and I got to sit in the best seats in the venue – front row near the joint of the main stage and the catwalk. In fact, there were only two seats in our row, and they were ours. We really couldn't have had a better view.

Sara Bareilles Shares Two New Tracks

This week, Sara Bareilles has shared links for us to stream two of her brand new songs from the upcoming album, Kaleidoscope Heart (out September 7).

Click the links below to check out the new songs, they sound great!

Hold My Heart


Update: A third song is up now too!

Gonna Get Over You

Review: Ray Lamontagne & the Pariah Dogs "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise"
Ray LaMontagne's vocals can be destructive and healing at the same time. His reclusiveness can be uncomfortable – both for him and for the listener – yet is often counteracted by an assuring sparkle in his eye.

Ray exhibits plenty of contradictions through his music and personality that mesh together and form one idiosyncratic artist. On his first three albums, Ray often portrayed a broken yet defiant and hopeful man. His lyrics were sometimes (yet not always) autobiographical and bound effortlessly from simple to deceptively complex.

If I Ran the Silly Bandz Plant for Just One Day...

Brace yourselves Beliebers. Toledo-based Silly Bandz has announced that Justin Bieber-themed versions of the bracelet will be in stores sooner than you can say, "shouldn't he have hit puberty already?"

As you can see, the Biebz' bandz  include outlines of his pre-pubescent silhouette, his trademark gangsta' hat, a Bieberized heart tattoo, and more. So, kiddies, grab these while you can. It won't be too long before JB's Silly Bandz include a Bret Michaels bandana, a few strands of stray facial hair, and tears.

In light of this new development, I've come up with a few examples of how I would package Silly Bandz for other celebrities (and quasi celebrities), should they be so lucky to receive this prestigious honor.

Lady Gaga: Includes a microphone, piano, bubbles, cigarette covered sunglasses, a little monster claw, and a question mark
Miley Cyrus: A guitar, a blonde wig, a Jonas brother, a fake ID, and a special, limited edition dollar bill bracelet connected to a Billy Ray Cyrus silhouette (this particular bracelet is made of a special, unbreakable rubber material manufactured in Texas)
Kelly Clarkson: A liquor bottle, an outline of Texas, and a musical note that changes from pink to black to yellow depending on your mood
Barack Obama: A podium, an outline of the White House, and an outline of Hawaii. These bandz also change colors, but not the colors you want. Strong enough for billionaire kids, but made for the middle class.
The Situation: An outline of washboard abs, a fist, a washing machine, and tanning lotion (*please note that you may develop a rash if worn too long.)
Perez Hilton: A standard pack includes a laptop, pink hot pants, a rolled dollar bill, a silhouette of Will.I.Am., and pond scum (*please note that all Perez Hilton Silly Bandz come limp, shriveled, and smaller than the traditional Silly Bandz you're used to. They also break easily.)

I Know They're Watching, They're Watching

Last week, Kings of Leon made headlines after their St. Louis show was cut short by some disgruntled pigeons. However, there were no such problems Saturday night in Detroit, where they played to a large crowd at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

The Followills performed a high-energy set of 19 songs (see setlist below), which included four new tracks from their highly anticipated upcoming album (Radioactive, Mary, Immortals, and Southbound) as well as fan favorites Sex on Fire, Use Somebody, and Knocked Up.

You can check out all my photos from the KOL show here.