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2013 Stories by Brittany Spanos

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  • Colin Meloy

    published November 6, 2013

    It's been five years since Colin Meloy has embarked on a tour without his indie darling band the Decemberists, but this fall, songwriter will be... More >>

  • The Men

    published November 6, 2013

    Sometimes the most punk thing a band can do is explore a sound outside of the oft-homogenous punk aesthetic. 2012's Open Your Heart and... More >>

  • Alexz Johnson

    published November 6, 2013

    Instant Star isn't only the name of Alexz Johnson's successful early millennium teen soap, it's what she turned into because of it. As she... More >>

  • Ed Sheeran

    published November 6, 2013

    When he's not touring with pop-country giant Taylor Swift, writing songs for One Direction, or singing with Elton John at the Grammys, Ed Sheeran... More >>

  • Eagles

    published November 6, 2013

    Summer is over and New York City is a continent away from the sun and shine of California, but maybe the Eagles' shows at MSG will bring you some... More >>

  • Superchunk

    published September 25, 2013

    Considering their remarkable body of work, the title of Superchunk’s recent I Hate Music, must be at least slightly ironic. After... More >>

  • Lorde

    published September 25, 2013

    As her aptly titled single "Royals" topped the Alternative charts, the 16-year-old New Zealand native has become one of the most sonically... More >>

  • Blondie+X

    published September 25, 2013

    The punk band who deftly integrated disco, hip-hop, and new wave well before popular music took heed to all of those elements is back with a new... More >>

  • Theo Katzman

    published September 25, 2013

    Brooklyn singer-songwriter Theo Katzman is one to watch, soulfully crooning and writing funky and sweet songs that balance the romance of indie... More >>

  • Panic! At the Disco

    published September 25, 2013

    With the exclamation point safely placed back in their name, Panic! At the Disco have returned to their noir-esque, weird selves as they prepare... More >>

  • Meat Puppets

    published September 25, 2013

    The Meat Puppets are one of those bands whose omnipresence and influence within alternative music can't be missed: From Nirvana to Pavement, this... More >>

  • Vanessa Carlton

    published September 25, 2013

    It's hard to believe that it's been 11 years since the release of Carlton's riveting debut, Be Not Nobody, a record that set the bar high... More >>

  • Ben E. King

    published September 18, 2013

    Though best known for his iconic and timeless "Stand By Me," Ben E. King's long and rich history career far deeper: His work with the Drifters... More >>

  • Patti Smith

    published September 11, 2013

    Patti Smith is a poet and a dreamer, but she's most importantly a punk rock priestess who likes to remind you whose sins Jesus didn't die for.... More >>

  • Charli XCX

    published September 11, 2013

    Charli XCX is on her way to synthpop stardom, and she has only recently turned 21. With a guest spot on one of this year's biggest and most... More >>

  • Maroon 5+Kelly Clarkson

    published August 7, 2013

    The headliner and special guest here have been on both sides of a reality singing competition, so they know a thing or two about giving your all... More >>

  • Backstreet Boys

    published August 7, 2013

    Celebrating their 20th anniversary together, Backstreet Boys have jumped back into the forefront of pop culture consciousness with a high profile... More >>

  • Laura Jane Grace

    published August 7, 2013

    As the trans lead singer of the folk-punk outfit Against Me!, Grace has brought to light both an issue that is often overlooked and the biases of... More >>

  • Wheatus

    published August 7, 2013

    At the cusp of the new millennium, the sound of alt-rock may have been changing but Wheatus proved that teen angst will always remain the same.... More >>

  • Jonas Brothers

    published July 17, 2013

    Having combined every path to tween stardom, the Jonas Brothers were at the top of the highly competitive and inherently young game until things... More >>

  • Cyndi Lauper

    published July 10, 2013

    Cyndi Lauper has never stopped being quite so unusual: Thirty years after the release of her debut album set a high bar for quirky '80s pop,... More >>

  • Say Anything

    published June 19, 2013

    With lead singer Max Bemis' expressive, fire-throated vocals, SA has been a band worth watching since their 2001 debut. Anarchy, My Dear,... More >>

  • Lita Ford

    published June 19, 2013

    This party isn't on a Saturday night, but hopefully you'll get more out of this Les Paul Monday than knowing that you like dancing with Lita.... More >>

  • Darren Criss

    published June 19, 2013

    When he's not busy making Glee fans everywhere swoon as gel-haired, bow-tie wearing, and dapper Blaine Anderson, Darren Criss is flexing some less... More >>

  • One Direction

    published June 19, 2013

    The last time Louis, Liam, Niall, Harry, and Zayn came to the tri-state area, the East coast erupted with a heated fervor unmatched since, well,... More >>

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