Elton John may be one of the most silently pervasive artists ever. At award shows, tribute concerts, and even on random albums, including his most recent stint on Fall Out Boy's currently #1 Save Rock and Roll, the "Candle in the Wind" crooner knows how to steal the spotlight from whichever star is ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
Saturday afternoon I spent some time at the Beacon Theater for a matinee performance by the British boy band One Direction, who played three shows (two at the Beacon, one at the Izod Center) in the area over the course of the long weekend. It was an extended version of the opening set they played at ... More >>
Bryan HorowitzThis was the last time it would get quiet all evening.
NKOTBSB w/Jordin Sparks
Tuesday, June 13
Better than: Sitting at home bitching about "manufactured pop."
It was 8:35 last night when the lights at the Izod Center went down, and it was approximately 8:35:01 w ... More >>
The phrase "the calm before the storm" appears in virtually every chart-related story this week. That's because the latest edition of the Billboard 200, which covers sales from the week ending May 22, is topped by Adele's 21. That album is No. 1 for the ninth and (presumably) final week befor ... More >>
The Vivian Girls. The Backstreet Boys. Both bands are on tour this summer; both have a penchant for wobbly harmony; both have experienced relatively recent line-up changes. For some, these coincidences wouldn't register, but for savvy Paper Magazine editor (and former Voice cohort) Elizabeth ... More >>
Oh indeedCount the number of men in this photo. Pics by Puja, more below.Backstreet Boys
Thursday, June 10
The ear-splitting shrieks started about a half-hour before the Backstreet Boys took the stage at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. Hundreds and hundreds of gi ... More >>
One of these dudes is noticeably less enthusiastic than all the other dudes. Photo by Nate "Igor" SmithIn the week we interviewed an actual fitness instructor about the theoretical plausibility of exercising to Sleigh Bells, we also penned a Twitter-based ode to Erykah Badu's habitual latenes ... More >>
Oh, hey, look, Hot Chip outed themselves as a boy band. The video for their new single, "I Feel Better," stars the infinitely more macho Kyng, Mar'Vaine, Octavian, and Popeye, all of whom, based solely on spelling, have better names than yours and dance moves straight from the Backstreet Boys, cir ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here.
Super lame songs by charity "supergroups" have been the most expensive form of self-parody ever since Bob Geldof scribbled the word "Do" in "Do They Know It's Christmas." Since its mid-'80s "We Are The World... A ... More >>
On the fifteen-year-anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, Ward Sutton pens "In Bloom: The Alternate History of Kurt Cobain," in which Kurt instead puts the gun down, becomes a latter-day Brian Wilson, alienates his bandmates and wife, inspires retaliatory albums from Guns N' Roses and Neil Young, prev ... More >>