Exclusive: PopBytes talks with The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings Super Critical

When The Ting Tings exploded onto the music scene with their dynamic debut album We Started Nothing in 2008, it seemed that the pop / rock world had discovered the latest jewel in its crown. After a string of infectious hits, the band’s star was on the rise as they were featured in Apple commercials, performed at MTV’s Video Music Awards, toured with Pink, won award after award, and much more. But when their second album, Sounds from MORE

Idina Menzel Performs ‘Holiday Wishes’ in NYC

Idina Menzel

The holidays have never really been Idina Menzel’s favorite time of year. During an intimate concert for iHeartRadio Live in New York last Thursday, the Tony Award-winner and voice of Elsa in Disney’s juggernaut Frozen recalled how, when she was fifteen, she learned on Thanksgiving morning that her parents were getting a divorce. She remembered the turkey getting thrown in the garbage, the potatoes being tossed down the drain, and MORE

Review: The Rebirth of Broadway’s ‘Side Show’

Side Show

In 1997, a musical called Side Show based on the true story of Depression-era vaudeville stars and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton opened on Broadway. While the show would go on to receive four Tony Award nominations (including an unprecedented shared Leading Actress nomination for co-stars Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner), its lukewarm critical reception and poor ticket sales caused it to close after only three months and 91 MORE

Review: Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave Collaborate for ‘Blue Nights’

Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave

“When we talk about mortality we are talking about our children.” This powerful sentence appears frequently in Joan Didion’s haunting 2011 memoir, Blue Nights, and was repeated a number of times at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC on Monday evening during a special one-night-only reading from the book by renowned actress Vanessa Redgrave. Blue Nights is the acclaimed and characteristically evocative follow-up to MORE

Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave Reunite For One-Night-Only!

Joan Didion & Vanessa Redgrave

Joan Didion and Vanessa Redgrave are teaming up again. Seven years after Redgrave starred in the one-woman Broadway adaptation of Didion’s National Book Award winning memoir The Year of Magical Thinking, the duo are reuniting for a staged reading of Blue Nights. Taking place on November 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, this one-night-only event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Cathedral Community MORE

Five Reasons Not To Miss ‘The Country House’ on Broadway

The Country House

Broadway is no stranger to plays that pay tribute to Anton Chekhov. Donald Margulies’ The Country House, the latest offering from the Manhattan Theatre Club, is easily the wittiest homage to the prolific Russian playwright since the outrageous Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Taking place all under one roof, this new play follows the reunion of a family at their summer house one year after the death of one of their immediate members. MORE

Ten Must-See Broadway Shows To Catch This Fall!

Side Show

You Can’t Take It With You STARRING: James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristine Nielsen, Fran Kranz, Elizabeth Ashley, Johanna Day, Byron Jennings, and Reg Rogers WHEN: Now through January 4, 2015 WHERE: Longacre Theatre / youcanttakeitwithyoubroadway.com WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: In her dazzling Broadway debut, Rose Byrne (Damages) continues to show off the comedic chops she displayed in Bridesmaids and Neighbors. With a cast MORE

Ingrid Michaelson Celebrates ‘Lights Out’ in NYC

Ingrid Michaelson

She’s been performing for nearly a decade, but 2014 is shaping up to be Ingrid Michaelson’s biggest year yet. On Wednesday, the 34-year-old played to a sold-out crowd of approximately 5,500 adoring fans at New York’s iconic Central Park SummerStage. It was the singer / songwriter’s largest headlining show to date, and Michaelson was very visibly moved by the turnout when she stepped onto the stage to commemorate the milestone. But MORE

Don’t miss Audra McDonald in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the slightest bit skeptical when I heard that Audra McDonald had been cast as Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. While the five-time Tony Award winner is unarguably a living stage legend and colossal talent, McDonald is a Juilliard-trained soprano whose many opera credits made me wonder if she could reel her enormous voice in to pull off the husky and distinct MORE

‘Revenge’ is Finally Served: Season Finale Recap

Revenge

Last night, ABC wrapped up the (significantly improved) third season of Revenge with a jaw-dropping finale that was packed with game-changing revelations, a generous amount of bloodshed, the father of all twists, and at long last, Emily’s ultimate revenge against the evil Graysons. Here’s what you need to know about the Revenge finale (obviously, this list contains spoilers, so don’t continue reading if you care about that sort of MORE

Exclusive: Bianca Del Rio dishes on Drag Race’s S6, the finale and more!

Bianca Del Rio and Alex Nagorski

Bianca Del Rio is not afraid to speak her mind. The legendary New York drag queen has quickly become the frontrunner to win the current and sixth season of Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. As a top four contestant, Del Rio has won over legions of fans with her brazen and unfiltered opinions, sharp humor, and sickening runway looks. Leading up to tonight’s reveal of the top three finalists, Del Rio and I chatted about her drag origins, all MORE

Exclusive: Interview with Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Tove Lo has quickly become Sweden’s most exciting musical import since Robyn. Her brilliant debut EP, Truth Serum (iTunes), was released last month to rave reviews. A gut-wrenching record that chronicles the singer coping with the deterioration of a painful relationship, the EP calls to mind Jagged Little Pill – but with a sophisticated and contemporary electro pop makeover. Currently hitting the road on her first ever American tour, MORE

Chatting Veronica Mars’ New Book Series with Co-Author Jennifer Graham

Veronica Mars

It’s no secret that Veronica Mars has an insanely dedicated following. After the beloved mystery TV series ended in 2007, it found new life this year in the form of a Kickstarter-funded feature film. Released earlier this month, the Veronica Mars movie was written and directed by show creator Rob Thomas (who also co-created another cult favorite series, Party Down). In the film, Veronica (played again by Kristen Bell) returns to her hometown MORE

Sam Smith Previews ‘In The Lonely Hour’ in NYC: Concert Review

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is the best new artist of 2014. Yes, it’s only March and Smith has yet to release an album. But that said, there’s a reason that so many fans are heralding the 21-year-old English singer/songwriter as “the male Adele” across the web. For starters, Smith is the recipient of the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll and the BRIT Critics’ Choice Award, both of which Adele won in 2008 before collecting her first Grammy a year later. And MORE