We're loving the third album from New York artist Santigold, 99¢, which both skewers and lauds consumerist culture — Santi often licenses her songs to commercials, while also criticizing today's music industry, which makes "selling out" necessary for survival. 99¢ kicks off with the ebullient track "Can't Get Enough of Myself," which is just as catchy as her past hits like "L.E.S. Artists" and "Disparate Youth." Santi, who just appeared on Ellen DeGeneres's talk show (see below), is in the midst of a national tour — she performs at Hollywood's legendary Palladium Thursday.
OK, the reviews have not been kind for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (it holds a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but it'll be hard for comic fans to ignore this DC Comics/Warner Bros. tentpole. As far as what's not great about BvS: The decision to feminize Jesse Eisenberg's villain Lex Luthor seems especially ill-advised. Maybe the heavy-handed Zach Snyder wasn't the best person to direct this? Anyway, here are the good things about BvS: Henry Cavill's chin, a role for Holly Hunter, and newcomer Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. We're hearing Gadot doesn't disappoint as the legendary Diana Prince, who is introduced in this superhero epic before she gets her own spin-off film next year.
If you're lucky enough to be in the Big Easy this weekend, don't miss the New Orleans Gay Easter Parade. Benefiting Food for Friends, the procession begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Armstrong Arch in Louis Armstrong Park, in the northern half of the French Quarter. Look for the merrymakers to head down legendary streets like St. Ann, Bourbon, Esplanade, Royal, St. Louis, Burgundy, Dumaine, and Rampart. A post-parade party (it's New Orleans!) happens at GrandPre's on Rampart.
After a four-month hiatus, Empire returns from its mid-season break. And there has never been so much at stake. When viewers last tuned into the hit show, which centers on members of a family vying for control of a record label, there was a nail-biting cliffhanger: A major character had taken a tumble down the stairs, which may have been caused by whoever’s designer shoes were spotted leaving the premises. Mimi and Camilla have also gained control of the company and seem poised to position Hakeem as the new head — but not if Cookie has anything to say about it. After a shaky start to its second season, the musical series seems to have gotten its groove back. Don’t miss it Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox. Watch the teaser below.
There’s a new sexually fluid character in town. The NBC comedy Crowded recently showed one of its millennial leads, Mia, kiss another woman in front of her parents. And they were totally cool with it. With Sean Hayes as an executive producer, this should come as no surprise. Loosely inspired by the life of creator Suzanne Martin (Hot in Cleveland), Crowded centers on a married couple whose life changes dramatically when their grown-up daughters and parents move into their house. View the pilot here, and watch the show on NBC Sundays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
Spoofing 1970s disaster movies to a soundtrack of ’70s hits like “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff,” Disaster! is being hailed as the funniest show on Broadway this season. Out actor Jack Plotnick is part of a stellar cast including Roger Bart, Seth Rudetsky, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, and Jennifer Simard. It’s playing at the Nederlander Theatre; get tickets and info here.
Thirty years after “West End Girls” catapulted them to superstardom, the Pet Shop Boys are still super — that’s even the title of their new album. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, again working with Grammy-winning producer and mixer Stuart Price, show they’re still the masters of synth-pop. Super is out April 1, no fooling. Listen to the track “Happiness” below.