Who Will Win at the 2013 mtvU ‘Woodie Awards’?

The Woodie Awards are a highly anticipated yearly show that hands out awards to the most popular songs and artists, as decided by college students. Along with artists taking home even more trophies during awards season, the Woodie Awards are also a chance to see many performances put on by those same artists. So, who’s going to be performing at this year’s show?

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were some of the first performers to be announced for this year’s Woodie Awards, which will be held on March 14 in Austin, Texas. The rapping duo is nominated for the “Branching Out Woodie,” and are likely to perform either of their two hits, “Thrift Shop” or “Wing$.”

Also taking the stage will be Zedd, who may be most known for being Lady Gaga’s tour mate, but is also a producer, DJ, and EDM star in his own right. Zedd will bring down the house, closing out the show with his huge current single, “Clarity.” Also just added to the set list for the show are Twenty One Pilots, who will also be performing during the ceremony.

In addition to those putting on the show are the ones holding it all together, and fans are excited to watch MGK and Tegan and Sara, the dynamite sister duo, all co-host the show together. Tegan and Sara are also up for an award, being nominated for Tag Team Woodie.

Tiger Wins WGC-Cadillac for 17th World Title

It was this past weekend that we all got to watch what we love watching the most — Tiger Woods in his finest form, and making the game of golf look easy. This weekend, at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods proved that free from both injury and scandal, he’s still the best golfer in the world. And for those who still doubt it, with 17 world titles won, and just one more to go, he’s about to tie Jack Nicklaus.

It’s something Nicklaus himself has been saying for some time is bound to happen, and it’s something we may be able to see next month at the Masters. If Tiger plays the same way we saw this past weekend at the Blue Monster course, it should be fairly smooth putting for him. In fact, over this weekend’s championship, it was putting that gave Tiger the most trouble. But, after heeding advice from Steve Stricker, he worked out those kinks and was the clear winner with three holes left to go.

If there was ever a time that he looked sloppy on the course in fact, it was only on those last three holes, which he ended up bogeying. But with the championship already won at that point, narrowing the margin for the win was a small price for watching Tiger play with such confidence, and maybe even having fun — something that’s been lacking for the past five years.

The Masters Golf Tournament 2013 begins in just about a month, on April 11, and it’s thought that this will be the tournament when Woods makes history, and catches up with the all-time golfing great, Jack Nicklaus.

Roundabout Theatre to Revive “Dinner with Friends”

Being set up on a date by friends is something that rings familiar to so many ears. But what happens when that setup turns into marriage, and then divorce? That’s just the question that Donald Margulies puts to the task in his play Dinner with Friends that will be a part of Broadway‘s Roundabout season in 2013-14.

It is over dinner one evening that two married friends explain to the married couple that set them up in the first place that their marriage is crumbling. This has a drastic effect on the two friends still happily married, and it brings about a conversation entailing heartache, love, passion, and of course the inevitable question of what will happen to their tightly-knit friendship now that two of them are breaking apart. No casting has been announced as of yet, nor have the theaters that will play host to this play next year. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t already have some pretty big names behind it.

Those are Pam MacKinnon, who’s directing the play and has been nominated for a Tony for Claybourne Park; and of course the Pulitzer Prize winning writing of Donald Margulies. The play is touted as being “wryly funny” and “richly layered,” and will certainly have audience members thinking about the many different paths in life, those taken and those less traveled — and the journeys each has to bring.

Without a venue or a cast, tickets won’t be on sale for this one for a while. Just like all Roundabout plays however, subscribers will be the ones to have first grabs at them when they go on sale!

New Daft Punk Album on the Horizon

Early last year American songwriter Paul Williams set rumors flying after suggesting there’d be a new Daft Punk album released. In fact at that time he said that it would be available in June of 2012. That time came and went and now we’re well into the New Year, still with no new Daft Punk. But, fans shouldn’t lose hope altogether. Disco artists and Daft Punk collaborator, Nile Rodgers, has now all but come right out and said that it would be in our hot little hands by the end of April this year.

Various news outlets have been reporting that we can expect new Punk this spring, but already being disappointed once and not wanting to get their hopes up, fans were hesitant to get excited about it. But Rodgers took to his blog earlier this month to give fans a small light at the end of the long tunnel.

“The next time I set foot in Japan, my collaboration with Daft Punk would have started to hit people’s eardrums,” is what Rodgers wrote on his blog. He’s set to land in Tokyo on April 24, so it seems as though fans will have their album before then. Or at least hear some new tracks from it.

But if they’re being tight-lipped about the release date, the band is being even more so when it comes to spilling news about what the album will entail. All we really know right now is that they’ve switched to Columbia Records from Virgin for this record, and Nile Rodgers will indeed be collaborating on it. For now, that’s all we get until April. Hopefully.

High Octane Offense on Display When Knicks Host Thunder

The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder are two of the hottest tickets in the NBA, so when they square off under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden Thursday night at 8:00 p.m., all eyes will be on the Big Apple.

The battle for the league scoring title will certainly be talked about, as Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant are tied atop the NBA with 28.6 points per game. While those numbers could change between now and Thursday, they’re still sure to be battling it out for the scoring crown.

The Knicks have been shaky of late, dropping six of their last 10, but still remain among the best of the NBA with a 35-21 record. A win over the Thunder would send a message that they’re not to be taken lightly as the playoffs near. New York faces the added challenge of being on the road Monday and Wednesday against the Cavaliers and Pistons.

The Thunder have won six of their last 10 and remain just three games back of the Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference, sitting at 43-16. For all of the talk the Heat have gotten this season, the Thunder matches the Heat with 43 wins, but Miami’s two ahead in the loss column. The Thunder meet the Lakers Tuesday night, then head up to New York.

Expect lots of points to be scored, as the Knicks and Thunder are two of the top scoring teams in the league. Oklahoma City averages 106.7 points per game, second best in the NBA. New York checks in at 100.1 points per game, 10th in the league.

While there will be plenty of talk about Anthony and Durant, both teams have great supporting casts. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly the third most dangerous player who will take the floor, scoring 23.4 points per game and dishing out 7.9 assists per contest.

The Knicks might have more depth, though, with five players averaging double figures: Anthony, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.

Don’t miss out on what could be one of the most exciting, high scoring games of the year. Get your tickets now.

“Glee’s” Jane Lynch to Step into Broadway’s “Annie” Role

You’ve come to know and love her as the tough, sarcastic cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester on “Glee;” and now you can watch Jane Lynch on Broadway’s “Annie!” Lynch will be taking on a role that seems to have been made for her (or at least Sue Sylvester) when she dons the nightgown and gin cup of Miss Hannigan – the cruel head of the orphanage from which little red-headed Annie hails.

The role needed to be filled when two-time Tony award winner, Katie Finneran, who filled the role in past productions, was recruited by Michael J. Fox for his new unnamed sitcom. Needing someone that can be bitter and cruel, yet also still able to draw sympathy and compassion from the audience, Jane Lynch seemed destined for the role.

This will be Lynch’s Broadway debut, and she’ll be there for eight weeks only. Starting on May 16, Lynch will join the “Annie” cast at the Palace Theatre until July 14.

“Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures,” Lynch said when talking about the role. “So I am excited and honored to be making my Broadway debut and joining the pantheon of women who have taken on the great and irresistible role of wicked Miss Hannigan.”

Like Comedy? Daniel Tosh Dishes Up Laughs on Tour this Summer

When you think of stand-up comedy, you often think of sarcastic commentary with a focus on things everyone can relate to. That is after all, why people love stand-up performances so much. Now that Daniel Tosh has announced his “The June Gloom Tour,” audiences looking for a good belly laugh will be sure to get just that — from the host himself that’s got a biting tongue spewing such charming barbs!

Daniel Tosh will begin “The June Gloom Tour” in Salt Lake City on May 30, and from there he’ll travel to over 25 different cities all throughout the United States. It will take him right to the end of June, where he’ll play in West Palm Beach on the 30th. But just what gloom will he be spreading? Everything that you’ve come to love watching his Comedy Central TV show, “Tosh.0,” including social commentary on celebrities, pop culture, and maybe even some video clips along the way. (That is, after all, what he’s known best for.)

But Tosh will be bringing along a guest with him, too, Jerrod Carmichael, who’s made a name for himself on the Laugh Factory and also performs stand-up comedy that’s very much in line with Tosh’s.

If you’re looking for something to mix up all the different concerts and festivals this summer, get your tickets now for “The June Gloom Tour,” presented by the one and only, Daniel Tosh!

Margaritaville Coming to Nashville

Parrotheads who like their margaritas with just a little touch of Southern Comfort will be thrilled to know that Jimmy Buffet and his Coral Reefers Band will be in town on the 27th of April to kick off their “Songs from St. Somewhere Tour.”

Starting with the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, the band will visit 11 major markets over the next five months, including Atlanta, Georgia, Austin and Frisco, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Camden, New Jersey, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cincinnati, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and finally winding up in late August with two nights in Wantagh, New York.

At Buffett’s February 7 show at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jimmy and the band were in fine form with crowd-pleasing favorites, “Changes in Lattitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Volcano,” and “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” along with Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” Alan Jackson’s “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep.”

Margaritaville fans go to a Jimmy Buffett concert to sing along to old favorites, get mellow, and basically have a party in paradise, and that’s what they did, all night long.  Parrotheads just want to chill out and have a good time, and Buffett and his band did not disappoint.

Nashville residents are no stranger to the flip-flop wearing, cheeseburger-in-paradise crowd, as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant has a prime location on Honky Tonk Row, just steps from the Music City Convention Center.  No doubt Buffett’s Nashville fans are all a twitter about the upcoming tour stop in April, and wondering whether the legendary singer himself will stop in at the restaurant for one of his famous cheeseburgers.

Tickets for the Nashville concert as well as the rest of the tour are already on sale in most markets, and are disappearing fast.  Don’t miss out on your chance to see Jimmy Buffett live in concert this spring and summer.  Check out StubPass.com for concert dates and locations, and get your tickets before they’re gone!

Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ Reach 400M YouTube Views

YouTube is the go-to place for artists to promote their material and try desperately to attain that “viral” status that is now so coveted. And, just as the world is starting to let go of the chart-topping hit “Gagnum Style” and the dance that goes along with it, there’s a new craze in town. It’s called “Harlem Shake” by trap producer Baauer and thanks to YouTube, it’s now landed on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.

The song consists of very few lyrics, but a techno beat and tons of digital scratches that will quickly make it as big a club hit as it is a YouTube Sensation. Recently reaching over 400 million views on the video social network, it was this feat that caught the attention of Billboard. Just last week Billboard announced that they would now be including YouTube streaming data that’s based out of the U.S., on their charts. And the number of views he’s received equates to 262,000 video influenced sales on the charts.

It’s an incredible amount of attention for the producer, and to think that it’s for a song that he released last May. Now he’ll not only join the list of new YouTube sensations such as Psy but also Rihanna, who’s “Stay” is also currently on the charts; and Drake, who just reached the top 10 with his “Started from the Bottom.”

Now all that’s left to do is for even more fans to watch the YouTube video, and then join the millions already creating their own versions of the “Harlem Shake!”

Kacey Musgraves Tours with Kenny Chesney

Kacey Musgraves grew up in Golden, Texas. It’s a small town about 80 miles east of Dallas. Golden is close enough to Big D, but “kind of in the middle of nowhere” as Musgraves would put it. She joins a long line of many other successful country music musicians to come out of East Texas, which includes Miranda Lambert from Lindale, Texas, just a short drive from Golden.

Musgraves released three albums herself before she participated in the competition Nashville Star in 2007. She placed seventh, but it introduced to her to Nashville and before long she left Austin for Nashville to pursue songwriting fulltime. It was here that she gained some early label interest and continued to write and pursue her own sound. She wrote the first single of her latest album Same Trailer Different Park “Merry Go ‘Round” with on a writer’s retreat in Strawn, Texas.

Musgraves spent 2012 touring with some of the top names in country music today. She opened for Willie Nelson and toured with Alison Kraus and then headed to Europe for a tour with Lady Antebellum. She returned in September for the release of “Merry Go ‘Round.”

2013 is looking good for Musgraves as well. She is appearing as a special guest on Little Big Town’s “The Tornado Tour” and also as an opener for Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” tour through the spring and summer. Other bands on the “No Shoes Nation” tour includes the Eli Young Band, Zac Brown Band and Eric Church.

Tickets for the “No Shoes Nation” tour featuring Kacey Musgraves can be found now on GameStub.com. Shows begin in March and will extend through August at locations all across the country.

Kacey Musgraves has also been nominated for New Female Vocalist of the Year for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

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