On Wednesday morning, a cavalcade of comedians and musicians started posting a link to the site rhcp2014.com, claiming that it hosted a brand new single by Super Bowl halftime performers Red Hot Chili Peppers. The song, titled "Abracadabralifornia" is a spot on parody of the non-sensical lyrics and ... More >>
How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
About a year ago I attended an outdoor screening of the film Empire Records. I hadn't seen the film since long before I worked the final nine months of the Union Square Virgin Megastore's existence and revisiting the film revealed an accurate portrayal of what that record store life was really like. ... More >>
This year's Uproar Festival hits New Jersey and Long Island this weekend, with far and away the best line-up in the rock fest's four-year history. Previous years have featured distinctly bro-metal headliners, like Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, but 2013 has gone the classic route with both Jane's ... More >>
They've been around for 26 years. They know a few things.
Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues By James Fearnley Faber & Faber In case you hadn't noticed, there's been a veritable Tsunami of rock bios recently. I blame Dylan myself. Previously the province of lazily ghostwritten quick cash in hagiographies, the huge critical (and commercial) succ ... More >>
Back in 1991, Perry Farrell created the Lollapalooza Festival as a farewell tour for his then six-year-old band, Jane's Addiction, populating that year's outing with--besides Jane's--Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes, and Rage Against the Machine, a ... More >>
By Katherine Turman Mike Watt is a jack of all trades, and master of most. Since founding hardcore punk legends Minutemen in 1980 and contributing the phrase "We Jam Econo" to the cultural lexicon, the bassist and "spieler" has added much to America's left-of-center musical landscape. From the two- ... More >>
Summerland Tour: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground Roseland Ballroom Wednesday, July 18 Better than: Watching Empire Records on basic cable. We make the "remember the '90s" joke around these parts a fair amount, but this week the alt-rock strain of that decade has been stu ... 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 >>
Lady Gaga.Today the radio behemoth Clear Channel announced a festival celebrating the relaunch of its online service iHeartRadio, which currently allows listeners to tune into the chain's terrestrial-radio outlets from all over the country (as well as about 150 digital-only stations) and whic ... More >>
Ariel Pink says hi. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we found out exactly how many professional music critics can actually name all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan (the results may surprise and depress you!), we also found ourselves accusing Kanye West of maybe ripping off a Dr. Dog video ... More >>
Good luck learning all the chord changes in "Jane Says," dudeSo TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has joined Jane's Addiction, in some unspecified bassist/songwriter/possibly-non-touring-member capacity, which is super bizarre when you first hear about it, but is, upon reflection, not the stranges ... More >>
Cover is so chillwaveWe hope you learned something: Today is your last chance to absorb invaluable industry wisdom at one of CMJ's afternoon panels. Next year we're actually getting the Why Does CMJ Still Exist? panel off the ground, I swear to god. Until then, here's your final slate, listed ... More >>
Tough day on the Internet: Everyone is both probably lying to you and totally hilarious. As we grapple with this whole Fucked Up getting sued thing, let us examine today's other remarkable music-biz announcements and rate them on a) believability and b) amusement.
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions? This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
This is your last day to receive valuable music-industry advice at one of CMJ's myriad afternoon panels. Here, we'll help you pick one.
--Sufjan Stevens has announced an intimate fall tour. In what Asthmatic Kitty Records are calling an "east-of-Lake-Minnetonka tour," the run focuses on eastern states, kicking off September 21st at Philly's 250-capacity Johnny Brenda's. Stevens wraps the tour with four New York dates: October ... More >>
With everyone (finally) on board, one of the last great rock bands rides again
Jared GruenwaldTropicalia in Furs In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Charly Wilder tracks down an East Village storehouse of Brazilian psychedelia at Tropicalia in Furs. Phil Freeman on the Jane's Addiction reunion and three-CD, one-DVD box set, A Cabinet of Curiosities. Andy Beta talks ... More >>
Oh come on. This picture, and Michael Musto interviewing Joan Rivers? Are you that straight you wouldn't enjoy it? New York hasn't had this good a mob trial in a while: Roger Khan, exiled drug dealer and a hero to some of his neighbors in Guyana, got picked up by the DEA; celebrity mob lawyer Bob S ... More >>
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