Thursday, December 16, 2010
Ben Folds Talks "Lonely Avenue" and "The Sing-Off" on "Today" Show; Nick Hornby Makes USA Today's Pop Candy's 100 People of 2010Ben Folds brought his Lonely Avenue tour to New York City on Tuesday for a sold-out show at the beautiful Beacon Theater. It was the final show in the fall leg of the tour, with more shows in store starting late next month, including two just-announced shows in Missouri and Oklahoma. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
"Ben Folds is doing fine, thanks," says the Village Voice's Rob Harvilla in his review of Tuesday's show at the Beacon. Harvilla describes the songs of Lonely Avenue, Folds's latest album, for which Nick Hornby wrote the words, as "stupendously likable." You can read his complete concert review and see the set list at villagevoice.com.
Meanwhile, Hornby has made the USA Today blog Pop Candy's list of 100 People of 2010, in part for his collaboration with Folds. "May he keep the words flowing," says Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson. Read more at usatoday.com.
Folds participated in some more likable music-making last night, this time from judge's table on NBC's The Sing-Off. In this penultimate episode of the a cappella contest's second season, Folds and his fellow judges narrowed the groups down to four remaining competitors vying for the $100,000 prize and a recording contract. It's now up to the viewers to decide which group will walk away as champions when the winner is announced on Monday's live finale show. To watch the latest episode and cast your vote, visit nbc.com/sing-off.
Folds stopped by Rockefeller Center in New York City yesterday morning to talk with all four hosts of NBC's Today show about The Sing-Off and about Lonely Avenue, namely the song "Levi Johnston's Blues" and the inspiration by Hornby's lyrics for it. You can watch that segment here:
To pick up a copy of Lonely Avenue on CD for just $9.99, visit the Nonesuch Store, where the album MP3s are included at checkout and all CDs, LPs, and DVDs are now 33% off the standard retail price in celebration of the store's 3rd anniversary.