Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that our brains naturally has an ... More >>
[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is the regular definition version, rather than the high definition version. As you can see, things have a ... More >>
Chris Carter had a short career in the major leagues. He hit below league-average in 113 at bats from 2008-2010. He played in Japan the past two years. His career wasn't that notable except for one thing: In 2010 with the Mets, Carter's at-bat music was Rick Derringer's "Real American." As in Hulk H ... More >>
We now come to the third and final installment of our unprecedented, soon-to-be-award-winning series on Scott Stapp's astonishing memoir, Sinner's Creed. In the first two parts, we looked at Stapp's struggles with God and his context as an artist. Today, at the significant risk of ending on a dark n ... More >>
Shereese Francis was in mental distress. After police arrived, she was dead.
In this week's Voice I wrote about the recently flipped 101.9 FM, whichafter an abortive effort at being an FM news/talk hybridis back to playing commercial "alternative" rock. I listened to a lot of the station's programming during its first seven days on the air, and while I was ofte ... More >>
Ah, the summer, the time of year when one can enjoy a concert in the glorious out of doors. This morning Live Nation announced the full lineups for its two local amphitheatersthe PNC Bank Arts Center in bucolic Holmdel, N.J. and the Jones Beach Theater, out on the South Shore of Nassau County ... More >>
Vintage ad for WPIX-FM, back when it played "nothin' but love songs." Anyone know who did the jingle? 9. 311, "Love Song"
Zoe SchlangerMusicians at Zuccotti Park. Last week, sub-committees of Lower Manhattan's Community Board 1 drafted a resolution in hopes of easing tensions with their new neighbors, Occupy Wall Street. Last night, the full board passed the resolution by a large majority. Held at a public sch ... More >>
The DIY promoter looks back on 10 years of hosting shows
In light of the latest suspicious package left on public transit, which led to a shutdown of Times Square at peak commuting time (and, surely, got everybody's nerves up in a bunch, yet again, not to mention, is there enough coffee in the world for all of this?), it's time for a little PSA. He ... More >>
A king of hip-hop, retaking the penthouse of the album chart with his latest blockbuster. A middle-of-the-road rock band, reviving a turn-of-the-'90s "alternative" sound that's now squarely mainstream. A sexagenarian legend who debuted in the '60s and who still captures Boomers' hearts and ... More >>
via Rickey Already, The Voice is just about over. Tomorrow, the field of four contestants gets wiped away and we get a winner. This show could've kept going for another three months or so if it followed a less fucked-up elimination schedule, but maybe NBC didn't realize they had an actual hit ... More >>
The Foo Fighters' seventh album Wasting Light became the band's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in April, following a mountain of pre-release hype that included some of the best reviews of the band's career, a documentary about the making of the album, and the inevitable pu ... More >>
A heart attack felled Seth Putnam on Saturday at the age of 43. If the man's name is not familiar to you then chances are, especially if you had even the vaguest connection with metal, you know his band's name all too well: Anal Cunt. And if you know A.C., chances are you know their song titles (sa ... More >>
Yeasayer. Here's hoping things are a bit warmer than this for their shows this summer. Today Live Nation announced a slew of shows at Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, and in addition to the many classic rock acts (with "classic rock" now being ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. Here is the moment where Jeff Lynne finally captures the hard-earned title of "second worst Wilbury."
Drake debuts, Trey Songz gyrates, and DJ Khaled wins at the hip-hop event of the year
Jones Beach With the Rihanna/Ke$ha bill already announced for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater this summer, a pop-superheroine double-threat that Nicki Minaj sadly abandoned, there was a momentary glimmer of possibility that the Lon Guyland outdoor amphitheater's other bookings would give metropolitan ... More >>
Can this man get Ted Leo paid?This week's album chart is topped by Justin Bieber, with the Canadian idol's My World 2.0 bubbling back into the No. 1 slot despite a 65% sales drop from the previous week. World moved 102,000 copies, enough to best last week's No. 1, Usher's Raymond Vs. Raymond, ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain took his culinary adventure show No Reservations on a tour of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx on Monday night's episode with his friend Fat Dave, lead singer of the New York Dolls David Johansen, Chris Cheung of Monkey Bar, and Momofuko's David Chang. [NY Daily ... More >>
"We've been around for 21 years now," says Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam, looking calmly out at a modest, late Sunday night Public Assembly crowd. "I'd like to thank all our fans for being here. This song is called 'All Our Fans Are Gay.'" Add it to the list, basically--is Seth Putnam calling you gay mo ... More >>
Adult Swim's team of terrorists and aliens have organized a summer-long series of free shows at Santos' Party House. Tonight, New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman joins Cheeseburger, the Woggles, and, apparently, "a hockey-mask-wearing burlesque review." [ED: Shouldn't that be "revue"? Or will s ... More >>
--R. Kelly, who still wants to have sex with every woman in the world, has been keeping a low profile as of late. But that's changing. The R&B singer has announced Untitled, his first album in two years. Kelly explained to MTV News, "I wanted to mix it up a little. I want whoever listens to the ... More >>
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