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Sunday, Mar 29, 2015

Pop Rocks

A pop culture blog

Get a daily dose of crackling commentary from the minds at TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune on the things that seem to matter most to somebody or they wouldn’t be so darn popular.

Jon Stewart skewers Gov. Scott and Florida over climate change controversy

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TBO.com staff

Jon Stewart has an option for Floridians who don’t want to use the allegedly verboten words “climate change” as he explained during a “Daily Show” segment earlier this week.

People can just stick their fingers in their ears and “lalalalala” the words away.


 

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Best bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend

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Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including John Mellencamp’s second night at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City. For more things to do, check out this week’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Pop Rocks: Rolling Stones coming to Tampa or Orlando?

Published:   |   Updated: March 17, 2015 at 05:35 PM
By Christopher Spata

People are literally seeing the signs of the Rolling Stones announcing a concert in Florida, but will it be Orlando or Tampa?

Mysterious billboards are being spotted across the U.S. this week featuring the iconic Rolling Stones lips logo and referencing Thursday in what’s widely believed to be the day of a big U.S. tour announcement.

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Best bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend

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Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including shows by Dokken, Elvis Costello and Rick Springfield. For more things to do, check out this week’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Gogol Bordello storms Gasparilla stage

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By GEOFF FOXTribune staff

Eugene Hutz was covered in sweat, and claret from bottles of burgundy.

A founding member of gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, which headlined the Gasparilla Music Festival’s Sunday lineup, the hyper-kinetic Hutz appeared unwilling to leave the stage — even after the band’s manic three-song encore capped a torrid 90-minute set.

Dressed in black boxing trunks with red trim, his build reminiscent of both Gollum and Iggy Pop, Hutz played a slicing, percussive acoustic guitar throughout. He was expertly backed by bass, drums and other percussion, as well as an electrified accordion, electric violin and electric guitar.

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Best bets: Fun things to do this weekend

Published:   |   Updated: March 6, 2015 at 12:09 PM
TBO.com staff

Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including two shows by guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. For more things to do, check out this week’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Adam Levine took the perfect photo with a very nervous fan, via the 'Kane Show'

Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2015 at 10:47 AM
TBO.com staff

A 10-year-old boy was a little nervous when he came face-to-face with his idol Adam Levine on Monday, but the Maroon 5 singer handled the encounter beautifully.

Christopher Warner, who has down syndrome, got to meet Levine backstage in Washington, D.C. after his teacher created a now-viral video of Christopher singing, talking about and showing his overall daily obsession with Levine and the band. That teacher sent the video to the hosts of 93.3 WFLZ’s “Kane Show” morning show who were able to set up the meeting.

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TBS releases video of Conan O’Brien in Cuba

Published:   |   Updated: March 4, 2015 at 03:34 PM
TBO.com staff

Late night host Conan O’Brien’s historic trip to Cuba last month will air at 11 tonight on TBS and the cable network has released a preview.

O’Brien recorded the episode — the first American talk show to shoot there since 1959 — over Presidents Day weekend.

The video from TBS shows O’Brien dancing with a local, singing karaoke, shopping and generally going unrecognized by people on the street. Even when he tries to explain that he has a TV show in the U.S., people don’t believe him.

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Pop Rocks: Jon Stewart, WWE Superstar?

Published:   |   Updated: March 3, 2015 at 03:17 PM
By Christopher Spata

Self proclaimed “fake news” anchor Jon Stewart is branching (way) out since announcing his departure from the “Daily Show” last month.

Weeks of smack talk between known WWE fan Stewart and pro wrestler Seth Rollins came to a head on Monday’s “WWE Raw,” where Stewart took aim at a much lower body part.

Stewart may have looked a little out of place entering to the “Daily Show” theme music and stepping into the ring wearing a suit, but his trash-talk game was championship belt worthy as he compared Rollins to a “SWAT team stripper, with Lady Gaga’s hair.”

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Did SNL’s ISIS skit cross line of poor taste?

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Most skits on “Saturday Night Live” make us laugh, but one this past weekend made some cringe and wondering if the NBC show may have gone a little too far.

The skit, featuring cast regular Taran Killam and guest host Dakota Johnson of “50 Shades of Grey” fame, is a takeoff on a Toyota commercial, in which a tearful father bids his daughter farewell as she leaves to serve in the armed forces.

Killam and Johnson mirrored that commercial, but with the controversial twist — rather than joining the military, Johnson was leaving to join ISIS.

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