Evelyn Mcdonnell

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    Haters Go Home: Britney Dominates L.A. Show

    Cops, convertibles, pyramids, boats, giant guitars, motorcycles, ninjas, snake charmers, and loads of fireworks, lasers, flashpots, smoke machines, and sexy, acrobatic dancers. What didn't Britney Spears trot out for her formidable Femme Fatale Tour? Did I mention S&M? For 95 minutes in Los Angeles Monday night - the third stop of a grueling 35-date U.S. tour - the idol America loves to hate went all out. Her body perpetually moved, she sang steadfastly into her headset (okay, she's got plenty of digital support, but she doesn't merely lip-sync), and she shimmied through an endless parade of outfits. Sure, her voice still wanted for iron, but her band - that is, two keyboardists/programmers - brought plenty of techno pop noise. Having been knocked down by the tabloid press and the public repeatedly in recent years, Spears is now desperately seeking our attention.

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    Living Sisters, Zooey Deschanel Honor Patsy Cline

    With her pathos-deep contralto somewhere between a yodel and a croon, Patsy Cline delivered indelible songs about never being satisfied with the one you're with — or never being with the one who satisfies you. She didn't write the tunes (except for a couple), but she made them, exhaling them full of desire and sorrow. Almost 50 years after the Nashville legend died in a plane crash, with a mere three decades under her belt, her cheating-heart recordings are still jukebox classics today, and an all-star line-up including the Living Sisters, John C.

  • Brazilian Girls, 'Talk to La Bomb' (Verve Forecast)

    Languages roll off Sabina Sciubba's tongue with the same sexy insouciance that genres spring from her bandmates' fingers. On "Jique," the opening track of Brazilian Girls' second album, she mashes up Spanish, French, German, and oh yeah, English. This New York-based band of vagabonds makes multicultural, cosmopolitan, intellectual dance music: Ibiza meets punk, dub goes tango, trance gets smart. And with her tongue-in-chic costumes and cool delivery, Sciubba could be the 21st century's first superstar-style siren -- no translation necessary. Now Hear This: "Jique" (DOWNLOAD MP3) BUY: iTunesAmazon

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