Back in September of 2010, noted music journalist (and former editor-in-chief of SPIN and Vibe magazines) Alan Light was among 4,000 people sitting in the Jacob Javitz Center for Yom Kippur services when the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah choir took the stage to conclude the solemn proceedings with ... 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 >>
The New England branch of the literary society PEN has announced that it's bestowing its inaugural award for outstanding achievement in song lyrics in February (hat tip: Dave Bry/Maud Newton). Lyrics from all stripes of popular music can, of course, be utterly banal, but they can also employ ... More >>
The tangled web has sorted itself out and, after only eight years of waiting (or at least it felt that way), Spidey has finally swung his buggin' ass around for the critics--this time officially.
Click here for my review in which I tell you whether the can of repellent is still called for, o ... More >>
You don't have to understand her to get her. Pic by Stacey.Vanessa Paradis
Wednesday, Feb 16
Better than: Passing out in a nightclub with Kate Moss.
So, it's Fashion Week again, as you may have observed from your safer vantage point of flat shoes and carbohydrates. Every season, t ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here.
In 2010, when pop musicians are struggling to have half the visibility of the latest news-cycle-spawned entrant into Google Trends, it's hard not to see charity endeavors as ego extensions. Recall "Just Stand Up!," ... More >>
Recently Forbes staged an event a long time coming, bringing Jay-Z and the billionaire Warren Buffett to the same table as part of something they're calling the Forbes 400 Summit. People have been speculating about this meeting for years now--some quite prophetically--and as interlocutor, the ... More >>
Yesterday, it was announced that Jay-Z would be joining U2 on the band's five-date tour of Australia come November. It makes sense: in addition to commingling at the top of the Forbes 2010 Music Earners List, Jay-Z and U2 have performed together before--more than once, in fact. (Never forget ... More >>
Lynn Hirschberg was adamant in an interview Tuesday with the Observer's John Koblin that, although M.I.A. had tapes that seemed to show that Hirschberg misquoted her in Sunday's now-famous Times Magazine profile, she'd gotten her reporting right. At issue? A disputed quote involving the Gramm ... More >>
And so it ends. CR: Michael Becker / FOX An awfully scrub-heavy Idol season came to a head last night with the show's first scrub-free episode, the two contenders the show's been building up all year finally facing each other down and giving this messy, messy year a satisfying conclusion, the ... More >>
Musician/actor/talker/personality Henry Rollins has been in touch Iann Robinson for years, long before Robinson's days as the MTV VJ Horatio Sanz once spoofed on Saturday Night Live. Since Henry Rollins headlines Irving Plaza tonight and tomorrow, we asked Robinson to get his old acquaintance on the ... More >>
Ah, jeez--an awards show, the MTV EMAs, but also a celebration of freedom, see, because Reagan/Gorbachev/the power of music tore down the Berlin Wall twenty years ago so that Bono could branch out into rap, and New York Mayor (?!) Jay-Z could talk about fixed elections in Iran and genocide in Rwan ... More >>
So cool, yeah, you're doing your best to hex the Phillies. You're going to become a bar mitzvah DJ. Bono is your rock & roll role model. You have a workout routine, it involves Fergie. "Big Girls Don't Cry," and all that, you told the Huffington Post: "I really like that song. I would sing it ... More >>
As his behavior has shown, Mayor Bloomberg doesn't like the press much, but when he finds friends among them he treats them right. The Irish Voice (no relation) has endorsed him enthusiastically, and the Bloomberg has
granted the paper an extraordinarily long interview in which the Mayor seems rela ... More >>
Michael McKagan, better known as former Guns 'N Roses bassist/current Loaded frontman/guest-SOTC contributor Duff, has a 600-word piece in today's Times about his lifetime of experiences flying. Unlike, say, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, who piloted his band's private 757 across the world l ... More >>