These 10 concerts GOT THAT FIRE LIKE CAYENNE!* (ie they are the best.) *No, Mystikal is not in town. That song's just on our minds, for some reason. Sorry for any confusion.
The ’90s live on at Union Hall
News that Fatburger - a California chain offering the usual gloppy, salad-topped burgers associated with that state - was planning another assault on New York City reminded me that this wasn't really the first time the fast-food-chain had made an attempt to establish itself in the metropolis. Aroun ... More >>
It seemed something like a miracle back in 2005 when psychedelic-rock pioneer Roky Erickson -- who plays Bell House in Brooklyn tonight -- took the stage at the Austin, Texas eatery Threadgill's, returning from decades of crippling mental illness and a hermit-like existence that had him pegged as Am ... More >>
Alanis Morissette gets deep with Anthony DeCurtis
Both fun.'s "We Are Young" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." topped the Hot 100 and the Alternative Songs chart, and did so in quick succession. The success of both those songs after a number of years when songs from the Alternative Songs chart seemed to be almost completely absent from po ... More >>
Consider this six-pack of rock acts: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Big Audio Dynamite, the Psychedelic Furs, U2, R.E.M. and Julian Cope. My dream Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Not quiteit's a list of the first six artists to go to No. 1 on the chart Billboard launched in the fall of 1988, then call ... More >>
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences introduced the Best Alternative Music Performance category in 1991 in anticipation of punk breaking later that year (and permanently renamed the award in 2000). Over the past two decades, the changing demographics of the nominees have reflected the ... More >>
Here are my top 10 bouts of musical rage. If you disagree with me, I'll be furious! (10) "We're Not Gonna Take It"--Twisted Sister Infectious anger at its most rollicking. I always felt this song was the musical equivalent of "I'm mad as hell" from Network.
Here's audio I could listen to through eternity ... or at least until a hawk swoops down and pecks my eardrums out. (6) "Losing My Religion by R.E.M. Don't tell me what it means! Don't even tell me they broke up! Just tell me I can have this on constant rotation! Its propulsive guitars and angst ... More >>
Imagine if People named an actor "Sexiest [Gender] Alive" months before he or she had released a hit movie or TV show. It's not unthinkable, certainlythink back to the '90s and the Julia Ormonds and Skeet Ulrichs who scored Next Big Thing magazine covers before face-planting in a flop ... More >>
Reba McEntire's new album, All the Women I Am, features a spirited rendition of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy," which you can hear above, and which got us thinking again about the tricky nature of cross-genre cover songs. McEntire remains true to the song's melody, save the addition of her country tw ... More >>
via ebbra.comSo, this happened: An actual doctor has created an actual Emergency Bra (in severe-alert red, with lace edging), that you can, in an emergency, cover your face with so as to avoid breathing in toxic dirty bomb fumes, or whatnot. They sell for $29.95 at ebbra.com under the tagline ... More >>
Rejecting nostalgia on the majestic Majesty Shredding
Vince Bucci/FOX Alice Cooper and the Idols 8:01pm. It's a sad night, and not because we're saying goodbye to another season of Idol, not because we're saying goodbye to Simon Cowell, but because they managed to drag this out to a two-hour production of group sings and product placements. 8: ... More >>
If this doesn't say it all, don't know what does Wyclef's Yele charity has recently drawn a firestorm of criticism, but he's not the only musical figure trying to mobilize folks and funds on behalf of Haiti. There's also an impressive number of benefit concerts and music events happening in the cit ... More >>
Questions from the Great White North
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No more drama, but plenty of (occasionally excellent) melodrama
Man that cover story sure had some teeth! COVER STORY by Makkada B. Selah You know you wish you were at the Winter Music Conference too. Pretend you were here. BAND ON THE STREET by Michael Crumsho Titan pioneer the rock-manure sub-genre called 'solar-horse-shit-core.' NEO-SOUL DIVA WATCH by Mile ... More >>
These girl groups aren't everything they're cracked up to be, but Jen Trynin comes close
Catchy romantic with guitarand book deal
Starbucks boldly markets its mild music blend
Smart Christian kids and freaky pop pervs rock red states
August precedents, timely details, and timeless novelties you will find nowhere else
Lovely lady voice fronts scary instruments, sits in chair
Up in Canada, sk8ing away on the thin strife of a new day
Mexican lab researchers create the perfect teenpop star
Populating a Future, Celebrating a Past
Knockoff Singles: Chips off the Old Block?
Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998
Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.