April 16th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Volcano smoking bands out of Coachella

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A volcano in Iceland is playing havoc with a music festival more than 4,000 miles away.

As CNN's Denise Quan reported this morning, several UK bands are scrambling to make it to the Coachella music festival in Indio, California - but thanks to the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, air traffic has been grounded in parts of Europe. That's meant that some bands aren't going to make their scheduled slots.

Among those that have canceled: the Cribs (recently joined by Johnny Marr), Frightened Rabbit and now Bad Lieutenant.

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April 16th, 2010
04:29 PM ET

Dunkleman strikes back at 'Idol's' Seacrest

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At least one person didn’t think Ryan Seacrest’s recent joking reference to his former “American Idol” co-host, Brian Dunkleman, was very funny.

In an interview with TV.com, Dunkleman said he got that Seacrest was going for laughs when he jokingly during the Top 9 "American Idol" show said his former colleague would be co-hosting the upcoming “Idol Gives Back.”

“Well, it was an attempt at a joke,” Dunkleman said. “But unfortunately for Ryan, instead of a laugh, he got applause.”

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April 16th, 2010
04:24 PM ET

'Idol' cast-offs say judges' advice was 'confusing'

The "American Idol" ride came to a screeching halt for Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens this week, as the singers were the latest contestants voted off the popular show.

Garcia was a favorite earlier in the season, but Tuesday, the judges panned his rendition of the King's "Hound Dog."  Kara DioGuardi said she wanted more "swagger" from the 24-year-old performer, and Simon Cowell told him that "all the coolness has been sucked out of you."

"They were extra confusing this year," Garcia tells CNN.  "They tell you one thing, like 'I don't know about the swag...' and I was like 'What? I was doing my thing!'"

Stevens agrees.  She also had issues with some of the judges' feedback.

"'Katie, you should be R&B. Katie, you should be rock.  Katie, you should be country,'" said Stevens, recalling what judges had told her. "Yeah, definitely got confusing comments.  So I think it's ultimately important in this competition to be true to yourself and to what you want."

In fairness, both say they found the "American Idol" experience very rewarding... and are excited about the upcoming Top 10 American Idol tour this summer.

What do you think? Has the judges' advice been confusing?

April 16th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

The jobs pour in for Hollywood's young talent

Zac EfronIt was a good week for Hollywood's 25-and-under crowd.

Zac Efron - who made another baby step towards becoming a star adults can (openly) embrace in “Me and Orson Welles” last November - has got a new gig, and it has absolutely nothing to do with high schools or musicals.

Efron has signed on to not only star in but also produce a remake of “Snabba Cash," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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April 16th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

'Idol' Top 10 CD to be released

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Can’t get enough of “American Idol’s” Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze?

Fans will be able to buy the music of the Top 10 of season nine on May 11. “American Idol: Season 9” CD includes Bowersox’s rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee,” and Dewyze’s version of “Treat Her Like a Lady.”

The album also includes Aaron Kelly’s cover of Aerosmith’s classic “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing,” Casey James performance of “Jealous Guy,” Didi Benami singing “Play with Fire,” Siobhan Magnus’ version of “Paint It Black” and Katie Stevens’ version of “Let It Be.”

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April 16th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Bands scramble to find flights from Europe to Coachella festival

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Right about now, baggage handlers from Los Angeles International Airport should be pulling in guitar cases and other equipment belonging to musicians from the UK who are en route to this weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival in the Southern California desert near Palm Springs. But due to ash from the volcano that erupted Wednesday in Iceland, many European airports have been temporarily shuttered, leaving artists stranded.

The Cribs, Gary Numan, Bad Lieutenant and Frightened Rabbit are all reportedly scrambling to find a way across the pond for the high-profile music event, which features more than 100 acts over the course of three days. FULL POST

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