It's been 40 years since Journey formed in San Francisco, and the band seems to keep getting bigger. "Don't Stop Believin'" was used in "The Sopranos" series finale and was covered in "Glee," and it's the biggest selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. Journey's 2011 tour was one of its best attended. Next the diamond-certified rock band will mark its anniversary with a national tour with fellow Bay Area group the Steve Miller Band (whose No. 2 album, "The Joker," turns 40 this year) and … Read more
Any.do is a popular free to-do list manager for Android that combines voice recognition, day planner, calendar, folder browser, missed calls, and more features inside a clean, easy-to-read interface. Using Any.do is a pleasant experience, from the Getting Started animation to the tutorials in the Help menu. You can sign in to Any.do with Facebook or Google, create a new account, or skip registration.Pros
Speak and be heard: Voice recognition not only makes Any.do easy to use on the fly, it makes it far more likely you'll record a task, plan, or event.
Someday: … Read more
With Wunderlist's free app on your Android device and a free Wunderlist account, you can manage your life, boost productivity, collaborate with friends and co-workers, sync data, and more. Wunderlist creates Lists of Tasks under any category, such as Work, Home, or Shopping, in a smooth, well-designed interface.Pros
Wanderlust: Multi-platform capability lets you take Wunderlist with you on Android, Windows, Kindle, iOS, iPhone, or iPad devices. The Wunderlist Web site is widely compatible with popular browsers, too.
You're invited: Invite your friends to collaborate by joining one of your lists or through Twitter or Facebook.
Support center: … Read more
Lifetime struck ratings gold in January with its adaptation of V.C. Andrews' bestselling YA novel "Flowers in the Attic." On May 26, the channel will premiere the sequel, "Petals on the Wind," starring Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, and Wyatt Nash. The film follows the lives of incestuous siblings Christopher and Catherine Dollanganger, a decade after their escape from captivity. Nash, a Nashville-born model-turned-actor, is known for his roles on shows like "Hollywood Heights," "1600 Penn," and "Pretty Little Liars." He chatted about taking on the controversial character, working with … Read more
In the new romantic comedy "Blended," Bella Thorne plays Hilary/Larry a misunderstood tomboy desperate to fit in. Thorne is a Candie's model and TV star, idolized by teens and tweens for playing dancer CeCe Jones on Disney Channel's "Shake It Up," and she also appeared in "Big Love," "My Own Worst Enemy," "Dirty Sexy Money," and "In the Motherhood." To see her in person -- big hair, glitter eye makeup, and all -- you'd imagine that the Larry role was a major stretch for … Read more
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's frontman Richard Edwards speaks like he sings, calmly and deliberately. The band, from Chicago and Indianapolis and named after a Wes Anderson character, has released its sixth album, "Sling Shot to Heaven." The 13 tranquil tracks are highlighted by Edward's soothing finger-picking and hypnotic, Chris Martin-esque vocals. I chatted with Richard Edwards about the new album, the "Lazy" single, social media, and his favorite apps.
It's common knowledge that you named the band after the Gwyneth Paltrow character in "The Royal Tenenbaums." Are you … Read more
If the goal of UK card game Happy Families was to unite clans based on similar professions, then the objective of Blancmange's "Happy Families" album was to join seemingly disparate elements of Western electronics and Eastern sounds. Thirty-two years later, the breakthrough album continues to inspire electronic artists like La Roux, Hot Chip, and Metronomy. Blancmange recently re-recorded the classic album as "Happy Families Too," adding new track "Running Thin" and remixes from Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure founder Vince Clarke, as well as legendary UK DJs Greg Wilson and Derek Kaye. I … Read more
Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson first found fame performing an acoustic mix of original songs on YouTube, among the Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake covers. For his new "Surfboard" single, he takes inspiration from Elvis and the Beach Boys, urban dance music, and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid, daughter of Beverly Hills "Housewife" Yolanda Foster. I chatted with Simpson about his change in musical direction, working with Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, making his long-distance relationship work, and his favorite apps.
What's your new "Surfboard" single about? It's a real reflection on a … Read more
Fear inspired "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau to produce his latest film, "Chef," a smaller-budget affair than the usual Favreau fare. After working on three "Iron Man" films, "The Avengers," and "Cowboys and Aliens," he was nervous that he'd never make another "Swingers." His fear was unwarranted -- "Chef," out today, shows just how much he's matured artistically since the 1996 cult classic. "Chef" is a warm, well-written comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, … Read more
Klout has become the gold standard for social media scoring. With Klout for iOS, you can track your social-media score; post interesting, personalized content instantly; or schedule posts in advance for Facebook and Twitter -- all via the Klout app.Pros
Easy setup: Register for an account or log in with your existing email and password or your Facebook or Twitter log-in. Then connect your various social media accounts -- Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google Plus -- and presto, Klout will calculate your social media score from 1 to 100.
Intuitive functionality: Click Create or Schedule to put … Read more