It's been a busy year for Bruce Springsteen. In March, he released Wrecking Ball, his seventeenth studio album and tenth release to top the Billboard 200, and after packing in arenas across America throughout the spring, he took the E Street Band to Europe. His name is also in a top-40 entry on the ... More >>
You don't expect a legacy artist to still be able to surprise you, to put out music 40 years later that is genuinely interesting and expansive and making a good honest attempt at being relevant. Not in the "Mick Jagger getting his young minions to curate the hottest young live music acts for the Sto ... More >>
via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>
For the last twenty years, the award for Album of the Year, the biggest Grammy honor of them all, has tended to go to two types of people: young women and old men. Female solo artists under 30 (Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift) and male veterans over 40 (Tony Bennett, U2) have dominated the category for tw ... More >>
The late Etta James remained an active recording artist right up to the end, releasing her final album, The Dreamer, just two months before her death on January 20. But she hadn't been on a Billboard singles chart since the '70s, when a cover of Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart" from her 1978 come ... More >>
Tell your children not to walk Wye Oak's way. 2011 was a year of looking back relentlessly, whether you were awash in Remember The '90s nostalgia or getting down at a New Kids On The Block show or watching Lady Gaga try to bring back the variety-hour era with her whacked-out Thanksgiving spec ... More >>
The two big formats that have long ruled over popular music are the single and the album. They have a great duality between them: the song and the collection; the sliver and the whole; the appetizer and the main course. Albums are the full-length format long considered pop music's ultimate a ... More >>
Permanent Wave's Halloween Covers Show
Death by Audio
October 27, 2011
Better than: Scrambling to put together my own costume.
Last night, Brooklyn's Permanent Wave collective took over Death by Audio with what they were billing as a "ridiculously fun night of cover sets by some of our favorite l ... More >>
Probably not, but: "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in secret negotiations with HBO to produce a historic Bon Jovi concert in Central Park the night before the 10th anniversary of 9/11." That's from The Daily's gossip page today. So, you know, this showwhich will reportedly be ... More >>
manu_gt500/FlickrThe Big Man has left the building. Clarence ClemonsBruce Springsteen's main onstage foil for most of both men's careers, a tall, broad, black saxophonist whose unflappability contrasted physically and temperamentally with the small, feisty, white frontman to great comi ... More >>
Last night the video for Lady Gaga's retro-soaked, Clarence Clemons-assisted powerdance ballad "Edge Of Glory" premiered, and almost immediately after the simple, dance-heavy video aired on So You Think You Can Dance a loud cry of "WTF" went up from the Internet masses. There was head-scratch ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXA deeply frustrating season of American Idol is over now, having discovered exactly zero future stars, and last night we got the massive glitzathon finale, an annual event that reliably has little or nothing to do with the rest of the season. Scotty McCreery barely even look ... More >>
Is all you need for a "Bruce Springsteen-like song" these days a Clarence Clemons sax solo, some chimingly anthemic piano lines, and a big old "Be My Baby" drumbeat on the pre-outro breakdown? Lady Gaga sure hopes so; she's claiming that her latest Born This Way teaser track, "Hair," is direc ... More >>
Beep beep, baby, you were born this way.
"On May 17th, Lady Gaga and Zynga will unveil GagaVille, a farm within FarmVille, which will showcase Lady Gaga's themes from the album, such as crystals, unicorns and motorcycles."
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The roll-out to the May 23 release of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, the record that will either save the full-length pop album as we know it or cause the whole music-biz enterprise to capsize underneath the weight of its lengthy tracklist and umlaut-flinging, continued with today's release of "E ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Robert Christgau's titanic 1984 piece on arena rock, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and the complicated place where all three meet.
Working the Crowd
By Robert Christgau
If you'd told me five years ago that I'd will ... More >>