Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist-bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens' did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still sti ... More >>
Minneapolis mavericks Atmosphere return this May with a new album, Southsiders, and are leading the charge with their new video "Bitter." We spoke to Slug about paving the road for a national underground hip-hop network for 20 years. See also: March 23, 2004: The Most Important Day in Indie Rap His ... More >>
The weather is warming up nicely and it's time to stop drinking at home and get to the bar. But lately, many doorways of our favorite watering holes have been blocked. Not by passed out winos or vomit but by, of all things, baby strollers. Bucking the boozy agreement to leave young-ins at home, ma ... More >>
Better Than: Pretending today's music has got the same soul. (Couldn't resist.) Bob Seger is summer nights and long drives. His songs capture the romantic suburban fantasies of middle America that star drive-in movies and stolen moments of youthful passion. He's a Midwestern boy through and through ... More >>
Tonight in Atlanta, the Michigan Wolverines and the Louisville Cardinals will play to find out who is the greatest college basketball team in all the land. Will it be the Wolverines, who, behind the play of standouts Trey Burke and Mitch McGary, have ensured that your Facebook feed has been awash in ... More >>
Better than: Cocktails that make your lips turn gold. Last night in Electric Lady Studios, about 90 people gathered in the famed recording studio. The reason? Philadelphia's pensive guitar maestro (and longhair enthusiast) Kurt Vile hosted a listening party for his upcoming album Wakin on a Pretty ... More >>
Jess Rotter truly racked up the frequent flyer miles this year. The long-time in-house publicist and marketing wiz for Brooklyn-based indie record label Mexican Summer practically lived in airplanes, repeatedly jetting out west and back to handle her duties repping Best Coast--the label's biggest su ... More >>
Mike Polizze, leader of the Philadelphia psych-noise outfit Purling Hiss, can make even a two-dollar thrift store guitar sound like a molten slab of rock. In just a couple of years, Purling Hiss has gone from Polizze's solo project to a full-fledged trio that's toured with the like-minded Dinosaur J ... More >>
43rd Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards Marriott Marquis Thursday, June 14 Better than: Disco roller derby. If you closed your eyes and listened to the parade of songs and familiar voices emanating from the Marriott Marquis' luminary-packed sixth-floor ballroom last night, you might have tho ... More >>
Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins: Reissued in 2011, so it counts! Reports from the holiday-party front indicate that 2011 was another long and lonely year for the fiction writers and memoirists of New York, who were kept company at home all day long mainly by various "internet friends" and related ... More >>
If you've been following along with the drama around X Factor contestant Stacy Francis, you know that her entire past has come under inspection as her fans and detractors have attempted to sift truth from legend. In particular, we have noted that Francis has been quiet about her long membership in ... More >>
People are in a bit of an uproar over this week's announcement that Nickelbackthe Canadian post-grungers whose seventh album, Here And Now, comes out later this monthwould be the halftime entertainment during the Thanksgiving Day NFL tilt between the Detroit Lions and the Green ... More >>
The Fiery Furnaces Rockwood Music Hall Wednesday, May 4 Better than: Steve & Eydie redux. All the blind alleys the Fiery Furnaces' songs take tend to foreshorten the idea of the group ever putting on a straightforward show. That's before we even get into Matt and Eleanor Friedberger's hab ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXAbout five minutes after Pia Toscano's shock elimination last week, rumors surfaced that she'd signed a big deal with Interscope. Now, a major label deal is pretty much what all these kids are competing for in the first place, and this is the first time I can ever remember a ... More >>
Kurt Vile is a virtuoso of self-pity. As a songwriter, he paints more shades in this particular spectrum--industrial silver, steel-blue, watery gray--than just about anyone. His newest record, Smoke Ring For My Halo, is a small masterpiece of this small subset of emotion, nailing the center o ... More >>
Florists, guest lists, DJsoh my!
Not quiteHaving spent the last two weeks poring through Pazz & Jop 2010, I've learned everything from the two albums most statistically similar to a bootleg compilation of early Bob Seger (those would be Flockaveli and Ke$ha's Animal/Cannibal combo) to the number of writers who ended their co ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. Far be it from me to make life harder for the least embarrassing living Beatle... but, wow, someone just double-parked his Yellow Submarine in Creepytown.
I don't want to be too cynical about "Idol Gives Back", the big annual charity-drive American Idol episode, because God knows the thing does more good with ten minutes of on-air banalities than I will ever do with anything in my life. But every year now, the thing is just sitting in the middle of ... More >>
Familiar interface. Unfamiliar boredom.
He may be the greatest artist of the '00s. Don't tell the Dixie Chicks.
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To enlarge click here Text and Illustration by Paul Mack Like a rock. Not long after national icon Bob Seger began singing those words, Chevrolet licensed the song to sell its line of heavy-duty trucks. Not to be outdone, GOP supporters hijacked it for their iconic leader, the perfect anthem for ... More >>
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