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 >>
Better Than: The last two times I've seen the band perform live.
With similar amounts of conviction, Muse can weave between whimsical space rockers to heavy metal gods to frenzied, late-'90's alt rockers that dabble in soft doses of dubstep. The transitions are so subtle sometimes that, upon reflec ... More >>
Unlike many a male performer before him who created an epic legacy through their unique musical talents and tragic deaths (SHOUT OUT to Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, and Hugo Chavez!), Justin Bieber has chosen a different path towards earning res ... More >>
Picking up the phone at her South Philly home, GANG singer Amanda Damron says, sternly, that I've interrupted her while she was watching the Beyoncé documentary on HBO. There's a brief, awkward silence, then she bursts into laughter.
"It's OK, I probably know everything that's in it, I'm obsessed ... More >>
Marie's Crisis is the long-running piano bar at 59-Grove Street, where the most popular tunes usually include numbers from Gypsy and A Chorus Line.
But the other night, I dropped by and the song that drove the crowd especially crazy with deligt was Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody!"
Not a show tune at a ... More >>
Philip Glass w/Nate Wooley, Antoine Silverman, and Stephin Merritt
ISSUE Project Room
Wednesday, June 13
Better than: The sound of one hand clapping.
Philip Glass spoke briefly. It was to be expected from a minimalist so staunch that he chooses not to identify himself with the movement he helped d ... More >>
I've never been happier to be wrong about something. Two weeks ago, the last line of my column read: "Probably won't happen. But wouldn't it be fun if it did?"
The event I didn't think could happen was Adam Lambert scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second disc, Trespas ... More >>
When Adam Lambert was on American Idol in 2009, he grabbed viewers' attention with his octave-leaping voice and startling reworkings of talent-show standbyswhile he came in second that season, he was certainly that year's most rock-star-like contestant, and he made even more headlines when he ... More >>
About a year ago, the movie Bridesmaids opened in the U.S. and was the subject of a rather unusual awareness campaign.
Female movie fans, largely independently of the film's producers, compelled women to go see the film in its opening weekend and defy common Hollywood wisdom that non-rom-com movies ... More >>
Wednesday, February 8
Better than: Any California jamband since Garcia died.
A great rock guitarist needs a signature affectation. Ethan Miller's happens to be an abrupt upstrum that, combined with a backward stagger, probably makes him something of an onstage hazard to ... More >>
Remember the album cutthe track deep on a disc that fans knew best, that only cool radio stations would play? Like so many cherished things from before the iTunes era, it's essentially extinct.
My evidence for this bold and seemingly facile statement isn't the steady, well-chronicled disappe ... More >>
Mixing origami and impersonation in inspiring ways, Venice-born Ennio Marchetto just brought his show Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon to the New York Musical Theatre Festival. (I saw the final show of his run last night, but I hear he'll be back like a human parcel.)
Ennio serves up a dizzying seri ... More >>
It was reported last week that Sacha Baron Cohen will play Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in a film musical, and I instantly started screeching out a joyful "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a result.
First of all, Cohen has played gay more often than straight, so it's a very tight fit.
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 >>
AxCx 2009, Seth Putnam center: Three men you'd love to take home to mom.
Years before anybody named Tony Touch would sling a limp insult like, "Your father dress in drag/Stick out his chest and brag how he molest a fag," Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam was growling such lyrical niceties as "You Robbed a Sp ... More >>