Adam Lambert

Maybe the rest of the world is right. Maybe Americans are too complacent to take to the streets and riot about things like cuts in unemployment benefits or oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. Or really important things like the travesty that was Kris Allen besting Adam Lambert on American Idol last year. Everyone knows “Glambert” is the best performer Idol has ever coughed up. Maybe that’s not saying much. Perhaps in a sea of shit, the contestant who merely smells like a mildewed towel is king. But Lambert is much more than a mildewed towel – his debut LP, For Your Entertainment, is a solid and frequently engaging slab of well-crafted mainstream pop with a few hard-rock flourishes and some nods to the dance floor, too. And his show is said to be an over-the-top spectacle. We think it’ll be a riot. With Allison Iraheta. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Tue., July 20, 8:30 p.m., 2010

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