Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Concert Announcement: Swon Brothers + Jamie Lynn Spears

April is Rodeo Month, and the radio station 102.7 The Wolf is kicking it off with the just-announced “Rodeo Road Show” concert. The free show takes place 6 p.m. tomorrow and at the Sierra Vista Mall Community Park and features Jamie Lynn Spears and the Swon Brothers.

The Swon Brothers –Zach and Colton — are a country music duo who made a name for themselves as finalists on NBC’s “The Voice.” They were the first duo to make it from the Top 12 live shows to the season finale. S

Jaime Lynn Spears is a singer/actress, know for her work on Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101.” Also, for being the sister of Britney Spears.

You can find more information at the station’s website.
On the jump: A video of the Swon Brother performing on “the Voice.”

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Observations of a grumpy old man

Britney Spears“Extra” is reporting that Britney Spears will be starring in a Las Vegas show. In honor of her being in the Nevada city, it will be mandatory at all Blackjack tables that players must say “Hit me baby one more time.”

Shocking news about how the Post Office wants to discontinue Saturday mail delivery in August. The shocking part is that there are people who still use the Post Office.

Generally, this year’s Super Bowl commercials weren’t memorable. The most effective was the GoDaddy commercial that featured a slurping kiss between a nerd and Victoria Secret model Bar Refaeli. Dot-com domain sales rose 40%. Everyone is buying getthisoutofmy, and

Lindsey Lohan has reportedly turned down a $550,000 offer to be on “Dancing With the Stars.” Makes sense. Did you ever try to do the Tango with a police ankle bracelet?

Disappointed about the news that Honey Boo Boo’s mom, Mama June, has lost more than 100 pounds. I was sure she dropped the weight by sending Honey Boo Boo to live with relatives. Because of the weight loss, “The Soup” host Joel McHale will have to stop calling Mama June the “human thumb” and now call her the human finger.

To-Do Tonight: Downtown for Japan, Fitz for Y101 and drag queens for Britney


It’s another busy Thursday night in ol’ Fresburg, headed by two stellar music options. There’s the Y101′s Unplugged concert at Rome Nightclub featuring Fitz & The Tantrums (love them!), Marc Broussard and more. But that’s a winners-only concert — more info here – so if you won tickets on the radio, then get over there and check it out.

Elsewhere, the local music scene will be out in full force to support earthquake relief in Japan. Fulton 55 hosts the Downtown for Japan concert, which includes local heavy-hitters such as MoFo Party Band, Rademacher and Strange Vine, plus up-and-coming acts such as The Westerns and Saints of Insanity. There are nine bands total, and 100% of the $10 cover charge goes to American Red Cross.

If you dig the flier, they’ve also printed up matching T-shirts that are selling for $10, with proceeds going to charity as well.

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Overheard: Britney who?


The budding music fan: a smart and funny 6-year-old girl who lives in the Tower District, the daughter of a friend.

The music she kept asking to listen to on the iPod on a rainy afternoon: Lady Gaga.

The question for her: Does she also like Britney Spears?

The answer: “What are those?” she asked.

Sorry, Britney. Lady G has you beat among the 6-year-old demographic.

And the Teen Choice winners are …

“Twilight” proved to be a big hit with teens at the “Teen Choice Awards” televised by Fox tonight. It picked up 11 awards. These are the winners of the “Teen Choice 2009.”



Choice Movie: Action Adventure
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”

Choice Movie: Drama

Choice Movie: Romance

Choice Movie: Bromantic Comedy
“Marley & Me”

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First reactions: The official Britney Spears album cover


Me: What’s with the background? Those squares are giving me Saved by the Bell and Mickey Mouse Club flashbacks. Maybe she was just trying to get in touch with her roots?
H-Mac: “Blackout is the state she was in when they recorded this, I’m sure. All she had to do was lay on the floor, moan and make some noises, and they just produced around her.”
My fiancee: “I guess she has to have the hat to cover the extensions.”
Colleague Felicia Matlosz: “Ewww, that’s awful. Are you sure that’s real?”


And yes, it’s real. Straight from Jive Records. There’s a tracklisting from Jive below:

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Britney no like you steal music

Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:14 AM


Jive Records announced today that the label is moving up the worldwide release date of Britney Spears’ latest release Blackout to October 30th.

Recently, songs from Britney’s Spears’ forthcoming album, along with unfinished material and demos represented as completed legitimate songs, were leaked on-line. A label spokesperson stated, “due to these numerous unauthorized on-line leaks, the label is doing everything possible to prevent and avoid any further illegal distribution of songs including moving up the release date of the album to October 30th. ”

The Day in Leaked Music: Kanye & Britney

Call it the good, the bad and the ugly. Kanye West’s new album “Graduation” and two new Britney Spears tracks hit the Internet today. Kanye being the good in the earlier statement, with Brit being both the bad and the ugly.

Kanye West – “Graduation”
Just a quick review, since I’m only on my second listen, but Kanye trimmed the fat and cut the skits from his previous albums, making “Graduation” a lean 12 songs.

On the whole, the album is very, very good, with “Champion,” “Big Brother” and “Everything I Am” being immediate stand-out tracks. Even the song with T-Pain (“Good Life”) is nice — any time T-Pain is listenable, well, that’s quite the achievement.

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Ummm, Brit, where the heck are the kids?

britneydrops.jpgThe walking carnage that is Britney Spears keeps showing us her girls, but I keep wondering where her boys are.

We’ve seen all these late nights of partying with Auntie Paris and Auntie Lindz, yet we’ve only seen Sean Preston during one weekend shopping excursion.

I can’t imagine that K-Fed is watching Sean Preston and Sutton Jayden Popozao or whatever they named the other one.

So, umm, Brit-Mom, where the heck are your seedlings?

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A second kid for Britney Spears and K-Fed?

Oops, she did it again.

As if she’s not having enough trouble caring for little Sean Preston, Fresnan-by-marriage Britney Spears is allegedly already carrying baby No. 2.

So says one of those exclusive reports from U.S. Weekly, which claims poolside pictures from her Las Vegas jaunt last weekend prove that a second child is expected for Ms. Toxic and Mr. PopoZao (that’s our hometown hero Kevin Federline, if you have luckily missed the monstrosity that is his rap career).

Sure, it’s early to start thinking about names, but how about a little Fresno love for this half-Fresno seedling? William Saroyan Federline? Has a ring to it.