June 12th, 2009
05:39 PM ET

Animal Collective mesmerizes at Bonnaroo

A quick update from sunny Bonnaroo.

I just witnessed a mesmerizing digital freak-out by Animal Collective, whose self-described blend of “electronic horror gospel hip-hop, soul pop madness” was evident on standout tracks from their brilliant 6th studio album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, including “Summertime Clothes”, and a Bonnaroo-worthy extended jam on “Fireworks” from the album Strawberry Jam.

The most-pleasant surprise so far was a lively set of beautiful harmonies and African & reggae inspired beats by The Dirty Projectors (pictured above), as the band enthralled the audience with tracks from their most recent album, Bitte Orca.

British rock band Gomez kicked off a rousing performance showcasing their considerable talents and wide-ranging musical styles – a blend of blues, country, and psychedelic rock – with songs of their new album, New Tide.

Spotted behind the scenes (and behind the stage):
* Triumph the Insult Comic Dog interviewing TV on the Radio
* Artist Ani DiFranco and actor Janeane Garafalo talking politics
* Serenade performances by Katzenjammer and The Low Anthem

The conditions are better than I hoped considering last-night’s downpour.
The air is steamy, the grounds muddy, but so far the rain has stayed away.

The crowds and size of this place are a little daunting. I’ve yet to see the main stage. But will soon as Al Green, The Beastie Boys and later Phish take center stage.

Stay tuned to the Marquee Blog for more updates, and you can also follow my exploits on Twitter.

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June 12th, 2009
12:09 PM ET

Mandy Moore surprises on new album sound

Singer-songwriter Mandy Moore released her new CD called "Amanda Leigh" and the sound is not the Britney Spears bubble-gum pop that put her in the spotlight. Hear her description and clips of her music.

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June 12th, 2009
08:32 AM ET

Michael Douglas Honored

My words are fresh off Thursday’s red carpet event; Michael Douglas being honored by friends and colleagues with an AFI Life Achievement Award. Douglas is the 37th recipient to receive this “highest honor” given for a career in film.  I wish I had more to write about tonight’s event, than list his movies and name the roles he's won Oscars for – “Wall Street,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Oh wait, I can list the number of “colleagues” who showed up as well, sadly I can’t tell you what they said – they were only on the arrival lines, long enough for a photo-op.

Contrary to how I might sound, I am not bitter and I would be lying if I said no one talked to press. But I do wonder why all these celebrities show up to these red carpet events and don't talk to any of the media outlets. At one point in their careers, these “A-List” talents  were all fresh faces, eager to get a few questions thrown their way and  be a “Chatty Cathy,” but now that they’ve been in a few block bluster films and have a couple of  golden statues on their mantle - does that make them too cool for us?

 Back to the honoree and his celebratory moment, what’s your most memorable Michael Douglas role?

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