When we launch the new version of Sharp on April 24, I’m going to start putting local/regional concert announcements in there. Until then, we’ll have to settle for mentions here:
Best act of Musikfest so far: Stone Temple Pilots, on sale April 18. They only narrowly defeated Poison.
This is looking like the only Radiohead stadium show within 200 miles. Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Pearl Jam at MSG just went on sale today. Poor guys had to use Ticketmaster. Thanks for at least fighting for us, Eddie.
I like Feist, I just wish she wouldn’t have ruined 1-2-3-4 with that iPod commercial.
Here’s a tricky one, but since it has Miley Cyrus, anyone looking for tickets for their daughters, nieces, cousins or whoever is interested. It’s the Z100 Zootopia ’08 show, and the presale starts today at 4 p.m. I’d imagine that unless you’re in the presale, you won’t get tickets. Did I also mention the show will mark the reunion of NKOTB? The answer is yes — I did just write that last sentence.
NBC returned with its best night of TV last night, it’s Thursday comedy block. Ranking the returns:
4. My Name is Earl. The cop-out is to say the return was below par because Earl was in a comas. Not true. Jason Lee got plenty of screen time in an ill-conceived, poorly executed, mock 50s style sitcom that included the hideous ratings stunt of Paris Hilton reciting her sooooooooooo three years ago catchphrase that almost made me jump out a three-story window. So why has its return stunk? Just because, I guess. D
3. 30 Rock. First things first — we didn’t miss Jenna (nowhere to be seen Thursday night). But we did sorely miss Tracy Jordan, who only got about a minute of screen time (if that?). The MILF Island thing would have been funny in 2002 if I hadn’t seen approximately 4,824,918 reality show spoofs since the premiere of The Real World in 1991. Overall, though, the episode just missed something. Jack was just as funny as usual, so maybe it was Tina Fey? Maybe she isn’t ready to fully carry an episode like she did Thursday? Judah Friedlander, who plays writer Frank, talked to us a couple months back about how great the ensemble cast is, and normally I agree. But I though this time, at least, the supporting players brought the show down. We need more Tracy. C+
2. Scrubs. It’s probably not fair to rank this episode against the other returning shows, because it was done pre-strike. NBC just hadn’t aired all the new episodes. But the Space Invaders bit was one of the funniest things on TV this year, up there with the “guy, friend, buddy” gag on South Park two weeks ago. Dr. Cox finally getting told to shut the eff up was long overdue — and still funny — and Seinfeld-esque humor of the burn victim falling at his graduation has been missing from Scrubs for a while. But the show is in a pretty good groove, so let’s hope when ABC picks it up next year it stays that way. B+
1. The Office. Perhaps we all needed a break. Me from criticizing it, the cast and crew from making inferior episodes. Whatever it was, the show is back as one of the funniest on TV, and Thursday’s episode provided more laughs than any non-animated show this season. I marveled when Michael Scott got away with saying “TFB” on the booze cruise on Lake Wallenpaupack two years ago. Yesterday, he got away with a random “BFD,” and it was just as funny. And how can “that’s what she said,” a saying so beat it was out of date seven years ago, remain so funny when Michael says it? The coolest thing about Thursday ep was what I think was a huge clue into the JAM relationship. Jim was ready to ditch Pam at the party, then Pam turned around and threw Jim smack under the bus. Then neither of them minded. It’s pretty clear they’re best friends first, boyfriend-girlfriend second. Is that a good or a bad thing? Either way, Thursday was classic. A