Live High: Jason Mraz performs at EMU

One of my favorites, Jason Mraz, performed at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti last week. Time-wise, he's in that kind of limbo zone where he's pretty much finished promoting his last album and not quite ready to fully promote the next one. This still makes for a fun show where Jason can sing crowd favorites as well as some new tracks he's testing out that may or may not be released in the future.

My, What Big Heart You Have

Review: Sara Bareilles, Kaleidoscope Heart

Queen of piano pop, Sara Bareilles, released her sophomore album (Kaleidoscope Heart) last week and – as of yesterday afternoon – has the #1 album in the U.S. with more than 90,000 units sold. The record is impressively complex, displaying Sara's eloquent writing abilities and knack for mastering a melody. The personal and professional growth since her solid debut, Little Voice, is striking.

Sara writes much of her music as she would a storybook. Like her song, "Fairytale," from Little Voice, Sara creates relatable worlds of princesses and heroes tired of dealing with life's monsters and masked villains. In "Not Alone," a sinister sounding track that samples an Alfred Hitchcock quote about Red Riding Hood, she sings, "You're making me feel, the monsters aren't real" and "You don't have to fight the bad guys, throwing punches out into the black. If you have to tell me lies, I don't care. Just give me some good back."

Motown Monster Ball

Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills near Detroit, Lady Gaga brought a gaggle of outrageously over the top costumes and a seemingly limitless amount of energy to her more than two hour set.

Gaga sang all her chart topping hits (including the entire eight-track Fame Monster album) as well as a handful of fan favorites and unreleased songs.

But, most impressive was her ability to connect with her audience on an intimate level. She may be the biggest star in the world right now, but – as she expressed to the 20,000 "Little Monsters" in attendance – even she gets lonely, and even she sometimes feels like a freak. At just 24 years old, she can be surprisingly soothing and even maternal (Seriously! Just look past the sex, blood, and glitter).

Apple Unveils $99 Apple TV and New iPod Designs

Steve Jobs is coming into your living room. 
The tech tycoon’s announcement this morning of a $99 Apple TV which will stream content from Netflix,YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from PCs and Macs to your HD TV, is a real game-changer.
That even overshadowed a live performance by Coldplay’s Chris Martin at the computer monolith’s annual San Francisco confab.
Apple TV can choose from an online selection of HD movies to rent, including first-run features for just $4.99, as well as TV episodes in HD from ABC, ABC Family,Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents. The less than four-inch square device, which attaches to your home TV monitor, has built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an internal power supply, 80% smaller than its previous iteration.