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Jonathan Knight exits New Kids on the Block performance in the middle of the show

New Kids on the Block have a lot going on in 2013: They just dropped a brand new album called 10, booked a big-ticket cruise, and are headed out on tour with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.

But their long road already hit its first speedbump. Last night, during a performance at New York City’s iHeartRadio Theater, Jonathan Knight left the stage suddenly without explanation.

Later on Twitter, he apologized to fans who were there to see the classic boy band perform.

The remainder of the group rolled with it, making jokes about Knight needing to use the bathroom and lending words of support to their comrade. “We love Jonathan and he loves us,” Joey McIntyre told the crowd.

Knight has notably struggled with anxiety throughout his life—he famously went on Oprah to talk about his experiences with anxiety disorder.

It’s unclear how his latest incident will affect NKOTB’s schedule moving forward. They will play the Sutter Home Winery in Saint Helena, CA this Sunday, April 7; the next opportunity you’ll have to see them is when their cruise sets sail from Miami on May 18.

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Green Day live: 21 thoughts from the scene of their long-awaited return to the road

On Thursday night, Green Day made their long-awaited official return to the road at the Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago. I was there both as a professional (you can read my full critical take on the show in next week’s issue of EW), and as a longtime admirer of the group whose fandom has waxed and waned over the course of their career. Below is a series of musings about the scene that was.

1. Green Day performed a handful of club dates leading up to their South By Southwest showcase, but this was the first show of the proper arena tour (dubbed the 99 Revolutions Tour, after the track on ¡Tre!) the band was supposed to start a few months ago. Though frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has been in rehab for the last few months, there were no references made by the band that they had ever been away. It was business as usual, without any nods to the news.

2. Just because the band ignored it didn’t mean the crowd did as well. There were a handful of signs held up by fans on the GA floor expressing their support of Armstrong through his recovery. One read: “You are always here for us, now we’re here for you.” There was also a guy who brought a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber, a reference to Armstrong’s infamous on-stage rant in Las Vegas last fall—the incident that led directly to his rehab stint. (Too soon, dude!)

3. Even if the show wasn’t strictly sold out, the band will most certainly make up the difference in merch: The lines for T-shirts (and hoodies and hats and copies of Kerplunk on vinyl) were huge, which meant that the bulk of the crowd missed opening act Best Coast in favor of snagging gear. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake confirms second '20/20' album

Justin Timberlake made everybody wait nearly seven years between albums. With that math, we’d be into the second term of the next Clinton administration before another opus surfaced.

But JT is a giver, and he won’t make anybody sweat nearly that long the next time around.

“I need to clear up a rumor,” he told the crowd at a release party for his new album The 20/20 Experience in Los Angeles last night, during an interview with Ryan Seacrest. “This whole thing about this being the first half of the album is true.” READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake closes SXSW on a high note -- VIDEO

Justin Timberlake performs at Myspace Secret Show @ SXSWIf you thought Justin Timberweek ended with Friday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, you had another thing coming.

Last night, seven days after he appeared on Saturday Night Live as both the show’s host and musical guest, Mr. Suit and Tie seized SXSW by putting on one of the festival’s most anticipated shows of the week. And while Timberlake’s Myspace showcase was this year’s Party To Go To for many, only a lucky few actually got to attend.

That’s because the event went down at Austin’s Coppertank Events Center, a small downtown venue that reached its legal capacity of 800 people so quickly, it seemed like the event was actually sponsored by the city’s fire marshals. Of course, that only enhanced the intimacy of the concert. In the end, the strategy paid off, with both Timberlake and the audience feeding of the night’s once-in-a-lifetime vibes.

The thrills (and shrieks) began the moment he walked out on stage with an acoustic guitar and performed the Justified favorite “Like I Love You.” Wearing a fedora, blazer, and one of those tuxedo-print novelty t-shirts that you thought were only worn by characters in ’80s teen comedies, the singer’s smooth stage presence suggested that he wanted to do more than bring sexy back — he wanted to bring JT back.


Green Day make triumphant post-rehab return at SXSW

“Welcome back!” Billie Joe Armstrong shouted to a capacity crowd — but he might as well have been talking about himself.

A massively energetic Armstrong led Green Day in a triumphant live performance return at SXSW music festival in Austin on Friday night. The evening marked the first major performance by the band since he had an infamous onstage meltdown during the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last September and subsequently entered rehab. READ FULL STORY

D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, the Roots pay tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall

Is it the singer, or is it the song?

That was the question on the minds of both the eclectic cadre of performers and the sold out crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday night for a benefit show titled “The Music of Prince.” A bevy of the Purple One’s contemporaries and followers joined together to genuflect at his funky altar, with the proceeds from the show going to a number of music-related charities for kids.

This was the ninth year for the series, and in the past, several of the tribute centerpieces—including Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—made surprise appearances at their own shows. Prince himself did not materialize last night, but there were so many fascinating interpretations of his work and explorations of his unique charisma that it was almost better without his all-seeing eyes watching over the proceedings.

The evening began relatively tamely, with the Waterboys busting out a faithful rendition of “Purple Rain.” Though he bears no physical or aesthetic resemblance to Prince, singer Mike Scott managed to nail the same kind of passion and pathos the song’s creator first sent coursing through its veins nearly 30 years ago. It was almost too perfect, and it set an uncomfortable tone early in the evening: Would this simply be two and a half hours of extremely well-executed Prince karaoke, overseen by house band the Roots?

Luckily, subsequent performers took many more liberties with Prince’s songs, and while that led to some awkward moments, their ingenuity was generally rewarded. READ FULL STORY

Before his world tour with Rihanna, A$AP Rocky goes small in Brooklyn

In just a couple of weeks, Harlem wunderkind A$AP Rocky will embark as the opener on Rihanna’s global Diamonds tour, but last night, he held down a markedly smaller affair for Scion’s Open Mic concert series, which went down at the small, 400-capacity Public Assembly in Brooklyn. (The show was part of an ongoing run that has also brought out the likes of Danny Brown, Action Bronson, and Trinidad James in the past year.)

Considering his career trajectory — the $3 million record contract, LongLiveA$AP opening at No. 1, the ascent of “F—-n’ Problems” — it was probably the smallest venue he’ll play in a while, and it showed in the long line that waited in near-freezing temperatures for his midnight appearance.

But anyone hoping for a preview of what Rocky’s planning for his big Diamonds gig probably didn’t find what they were looking for at Public Assembly. In the past year, Rocky’s become a festival mainstay, and his sets have ranged from rowdy throwdowns to solid but unexciting cameo-filled performances. Last night was somewhere in between those two points.

There was some friendly drink-throwing, and as usual, Rocky was there with a not-small crew — mainly his A$AP Mob buddies. (A$AP Ferg was one of the openers, and A$APs Twelvy, Nast and more made appearances throughout the night.) But a raucous, overcrowded room tends to work in the rapper’s favor: As charismatic as Rocky’s persona is, his stage presence tends to be on the weak side, with his slick flow often turning into a loud bark. The Public Assembly show was no exception. (Also not cooperating: the in-house spotlight tech, who did not respond to Rocky’s repeated mood-setting request for purple lights. Be more helpful, light guy!)

Ultimately, though, the audience — a packed collection of rapheads, lucky Instragrammers, and New Era enthusiasts — was more than willing to fill in the blanks, shouting along to Rocky’s impressive catalog of spacey jams (“Fashion Killa,” “Peso”) and radio bangers (“Goldie,” one-third of “F—-n’ Problems”). Rocky’s call-and-responses were met with enthusiasm levels ranging from Moderately High to Siberian Comet High, and he got pretty much everyone to move at some point in the night.

But a small gathering of streetwise superfans is one thing. How Rocky will be able to convert his show into a stadium-set, Rihanna-worthy experience remains to be seen. For a taste of last night’s show, check out the video below:

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Tegan and Sara dance through 'Heartthrob' -- Live on the scene at New York's Beacon Theatre

The Quin sisters are dance-obsessed.

The Canadian duo’s awesome new album Heartthrob was produced by Greg Kurstin (Pink, Gwen Stefani, Ke$ha), Mike Elizondo (Eminem, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado), and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Gnarls Barkley), all of whom infused the ladies’ huge pop hooks with heady keyboard atmospherics and bass-heavy throb.

During their performance at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night, Tegan asked the crowd if they were excited about the return of rave fashion, noting that she and her sister used to be part of the glowstick crowd in the late ’90s.

The duo may have masked their penchant for massive pop hooks on their earliest releases, which tended to lean on indie-folk singalongs. Slowly though, they added more crunch and jitter, punking up the guitars and speeding up the drums. As their sound evolved, it became clear that they had always been writing dance music—it just took a few albums for the full-on pop diva costume to fit right.

They drove that point home over the course of a nearly two-hour set at the Beacon, which featured a healthy dose of Heartthrob. Though those songs are mostly radio-ready smashes (“Drove Me Wild” seems particularly primed for heavy rotation), Tegan was almost apologetic about rolling out so much new stuff. READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean at the Grammys: What happened?

Last year’s Grammys really spoiled us. Though the death of Whitney Houston cast a certain somber pall over the entirety of the evening, there was a clear narrative that emerged from the show’s proceedings: Adele has arrived as a superstar who will be around for a long time and whose work is as close to bulletproof—both critically and commercially—as it can get. It was an easy story to digest, and all Adele had to do was show up and act gracious (the fact that she was singing in America for the first time since throat surgery helped the narrative, too).

Last night’s show offered no such clarity. The winners were scattershot (the Black Keys took home the most awards of the night, though they didn’t win any of the Big Three—Record, Song, or Album of the Year), and just about everybody walked out of the Staples Center roughly as big as they were when they walked in. There were no clear moments of ascendence, though Justin Timberlake, the Lumineers, and fun. are all getting iTunes sales bumps today.

In fact, this year’s Grammy Awards were perhaps most notable for something that didn’t happen: The elevation of Frank Ocean from modestly successful critical darling to full-blown superstar.


Justin Bieber releases new song on Grammy night -- LISTEN

No Grammys, no problem for Justin Bieber.

The singer – who hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend – wasn’t nominated for any Grammys this year, but it’s going to take more than that to slow the 18-year-old down.

Last night on Twitter he announced to his 34,000,000+ followers that he was hosting a livestream chat at 8 (same time as the Grammys). Two things to know: 1.) The talk experienced some technical difficulties, and wasn’t able to happen. 2.) He uploaded a shirtless message instead. After venting on Twiter about tech issues, he didn’t want the evening to be a total loss, so he also announced some new music: “since nothing is working and im super upset i feel i gotta make it up to u. i should post a new song on twitter so you can still be excited…its not finished but heres a little part a song I’m working on,” he wrote along with a link to Soundcloud.

Technology really wasn’t on his side last night. The Soundcloud link now isn’t working either, but some helpful Beliebers instantly put the song on YouTube. Check out “You Want Me” below: READ FULL STORY

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