Over time, rock and roll lost touch with its "Love Me Tender" and "Peggy Sue" beginnings and became kind of a closet Quiet Storm listener sometime around the time Ozzy Osbourne entered the collective consciousness. Except even hair metal was dominated by lighter-wavers. Basically, no one can resist ... More >>
Better Than: Frostbite.
When I go to a concert, I always want to like the bands. I really do. I wouldn't show up if I didn't think I was going to enjoy myself. There are plenty of other places I could be.
I approached Friday night's Bowery Ballroom show, headlined by Swedish neo-classic blues-roc ... More >>
For an (unintentional) architect of the "Seattle Sound," Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil sure likes a lot of punky New York and Detroit bands. He cites the MC5 as his all-time faves, with the Ramones a close second, also name-checking the Voidoids, Devo and Pere Ubu.
Soundgarden, formed in 1984 b ... More >>
For a band of impressive magnitude -- an unholy sum of Chris Cornell's wails, Kim Thayil's strangely tuned, beautifully heavy guitar, and the Zeppelin/Sabbath-indebted rhythm section of bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron -- Soundgarden's return from their decade plus absence has been kind ... More >>
Sure, the Golden Globes are a big excuse for celebrities to get soused and congratulate each other, but this year's offering of Best Original Song nominees has a neat wrinkle: Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing off against one another, with Gaga up for her weirdly Bee Gees-evoking Elton John co ... More >>
One of Billboard's biggest recent chart records was set last week, when Katy Perry marked 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100. She became the first artist to stay there for the entire year thanks to four singles from her sophomore album Teenage Dream, all of which peaked at No. ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here.
The sensitive-guy song from this Los Angeles group, which reached the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with its ode to its members' intoxicating qualities "Like A G6," is a wan bit of treacle that doesn't really go a ... More >>
If you happened to watch last night's American Music Awards, well, I'm very sorry. If you didn't, our good friend Maura provides an in-depth live-blog summary over at the Awl, but here's the gist: Justin Bieber reigned supreme, Katy Perry wandered so far off key she made Taylor Swift sound li ... More >>
LOL, j/k. "Black Rain" (a Badmotorfinger sessions outtake, not a brand-new track as I'd initially suspected) leaked in the aftermath of Soundgarden's triumphant (or at least not-catastrophic, in any case) return at Lollapalooza over the weekend (setlist here, and thank god they're still playing "G ... More >>
Not a scene from Napoleon Dynamite
The Drums/Surfer Blood
Wednesday, January 13
So the Drums, near as I can figure it, consist of four pretty-boy villains from cheesy '80s movies who've banded together to play twangy, relentlessly peppy new-wave with a canned backing track of ove ... More >>