LOS ANGELES, March 4 (TheWrap.com) - On one side, in the all-star play "8," which was live-streamed from Los Angeles Saturday night, you had George Clooney and Martin Sheen in the heroic roles of the pro-gay-marriage attorneys ... not to mention Brad Pitt as a judge so sympathetic to the cause, he might as well have been starring in a buddy picture with the aforementioned leading men.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - How happy is Lyle Lovett to be wrapping up his 26-year tenure with Curb Records? Clues abound, not just in the telling title of his new album, "Release Me," but the cover art, which has Lovett bound neck-to-ankle in a lariat.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The Chieftains have arrived with one of the best country albums of the year - the country in question, of course, being just a bit east of the U.K., where Ireland's traditional music can sound awfully darned Appalachian, when it comes down to it.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Wasn't it enough that the duo known as Sleigh Bells were already attempting a tricky mixture of sugary pop, indie rock, and dreamy electronic textures on their celebrated debut album? On the followup, "Reign of Terror," they throw caution and lightness to the wind and toss in considerable dollops of death-metal. Emphasis on the "death."
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Does Sinead O'Connor still have a major problem with the papacy?... Come on. Is the Pope Catholic?
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The 21st-century folk scare is now in full swing, and if you like your acoustic music rough, there's no better place to get it that way than via Punch Brothers, the bluegrass band for people who hate bluegrass.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "A Different Kind of Truth" is a pretty ponderous name for a not very ponderous album -- Van Halen's first in 28 years with David Lee Roth as frontman. If they'd been in as cheeky a mood titling it as they were in recording it, maybe they could have gone with: "1985."
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - There's a new Diana Krall album out, though it has Paul McCartney on vocals and his name on the cover. This is all a good thing. All right, so that's a severely reductive way to describe McCartney's fine new album of old standards, "Kisses on the Bottom."
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Leonard Cohen sold off his song rights some years back, so he apparently doesn't collect royalties for the most hilariously over-covered song in "American Idol" history. That's bad for him, but good for us, since being cash-poor prompted the 70-something singer to come out of semi-retirement and return to the road in the late 2000s -- which, in turn, ultimately spurred the recording of "Old Ideas," his first studio album in eight years.
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Unwrinkled pop newcomer Lana Del Rey has a lot in common with grizzled Newt Gingrich this week. They're the names on everyone's lips; we're all pleased to have them around, out of appreciation or sheer blood sport; and there's a general expectation that neither will be much more than a footnote in their respective races a month from now.