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  • Video: James Durbin's Acoustic Set at Yahoo Music

    April 9, 2014 5:48 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks

    James Durbin made a name for himself on "American Idol" as Season 10's resident rocker — screaming for vengeance with Judas Priest, grandly brandishing a Gothic cane while covering Muse, covering Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" movie theme, and coining the widely obeyed catchphrase "give metal a chance!" [Photos: James Durbin Takes Over Yahoo Music's Instagram] But there's a softer side to James, as evidenced by his new toned-down look, the poppier sound of his sophomo...  | More »

  • Rock, Roll & Ronstadt

    April 8, 2014 5:30 PM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Linda Ronstadt: Duets (Rhino) There’s probably a generation or two who’ll note Linda Ronstadt’s being admitted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and wonder exactly what the nice lady who made those orchestral albums with Nelson Riddle back in the ‘80s has to do with Kurt Cobain and Gene Simmons. I’m not sure this compilation of her duets answers that question—Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, James Ingram and James Taylor aren’t exactly Chuck Berry&rsquo...  | More »

  • Ranking ‘American Idol’s’ 5 Saved Contestants

    April 7, 2014 2:35 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Once a season on "American Idol," the judging panel can rescue an at-risk contestant via the Judges' Save, a "Get Out of Jail Free" card of sorts. When the Save was implemented back in Season 8, it was inspired by past robbed contestants like Jennifer Hudson and Michael Johns, and it was supposed to be reserved for a truly shocking elimination night — for a finalist with a real shot of winning whose low vote tally that week was clearly just some crazy fluke. But "Idol" history has ...  | More »

  • Jake Bugg Still a Bit Bugged By TV Talent Shows

    April 3, 2014 8:43 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Back in his native England, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg has been quite vocal (no pun intended) about his disdain for singing competitions like "The X Factor." So his fans may have been surprised when he accepted Keith Urban's personal invitation to perform on a recent "American Idol" results show. However, when Jake recently spoke to Yahoo Music at South By Southwest, he explained that he had agenda when he hit the "Idol" set. "My instinctive opinion was to say no, of course," the 20-...  | More »

  • The Wild Feathers: In The Untraditional Tradition

    April 2, 2014 12:40 PM ET | Yahoo Maximum Performance
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Though they ooze with 21st Century sophistication, Nashville’s joyfully rocking Wild Feathers bring to mind rock’n’roll bands from another era entirely. Why? Because with very few exceptions, today’s typical line-up includes one human who writes, sings, and plays an instrument, and one accompanying back-up group. Put ‘em all together, and you got a “band.” But not so the Wild Feathers. The exceptional quintet--featuring Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylo...  | More »

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