First things first: Ed Sheeran's Saturday Night Live portrait makes him look like Hobbit Spice and it's impossible to quit staring at it. Secondly, it's exciting for an artist of Sheeran's stature to use the SNL stage to premiere new material instead of dropping it via YouTube or Twitter or whicheve ... More >>
At the beginning of each year, many publications and music sites cobble together lists of the upcoming albums they're most looking forward to and excited about. Most of these lists are mostly the same. Mostly. Take a look at the completely real, totally not fake list of albums we're INCREDIBLY HYPED ... More >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year. The stockings are hung, the lights are shining bright and that can only mean Z100's Jingle Ball is near! One of New York's most beloved traditions, since 1993 the Jingle Ball has served as both the holliest AND jolliest of non-stop pop performances, as well ... More >>
Trix ain't for kids
Here are the ten best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
?uestlove's stock is at an all-time high. His stint as house band-leader on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon was recently complimented by a profile in The New Yorker; you might even peep his face on subway billboards around the city as he clocks up his Sonos endorsement money. Tonight he'll be spinning ... More >>
By Jaime Lees When I found out that Taylor Swift's new album, Red, would be available via Papa John's Pizza delivery, I pretty much had the same thoughts I had upon hearing the first single off of Red: The fuck? Followed by: Mmmm. Tasty. Modern record labels are working hard to find new ways to ge ... More >>
Alex Bogusky used to create highly successful ads for clients including food industry giants such as Coca-Cola. But now he's fighting the powerful soda brand campaigns that associate sugary beverages with happiness and health. Bogusky has teamed up with the Center for Science in the Public Interest ... More >>
It's harder than it looks to sit down and break burritos with Angel Haze. The plan, originally, was simple: Invite the New York-based (but not native) rapper, whose recent signing to Universal Republic and imminent appearance on Hot97's Who's Next stage have supercharged her white-hot status in th ... 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 >>
Ah, the summer, the time of year when one can enjoy a concert in the glorious out of doors. This morning Live Nation announced the full lineups for its two local amphitheatersthe PNC Bank Arts Center in bucolic Holmdel, N.J. and the Jones Beach Theater, out on the South Shore of Nassau County ... More >>
Ed Sheeran Mercury Lounge Monday, January 30 Better than: Finding a Sugababes album in the 99-cent bin. British pop stars have had something of a rough go when trying to break America, despite often working with much better material than much of what's on the charts over here. The sacking of poor ... 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 >>
Hold the drumming, boy
This year's crop of holiday-themed records includes albums by the likes of She & Him, Tony Bennett, and Scott Weiland. But the one that will probably emerge as sales champ (or at least get mentioned by a lot of people on Twitter) is Under The Mistletoe, the first seasonally minded release fro ... More >>
VH1 spent last week counting down what the channel, and its panel of celebrities and "experts," consider The 100 Greatest Songs of The '00s. They certainly haven't been the first to assemble such a listRolling Stone and Pitchfork and every blog under the sun had their say about two years ago, ... More >>
Ashton and Demi and Sex Trafficking
On the same night that American Idol rumbles on to its inevitable conclusion, it's pretty great to switch the channel over an hour later and catch one of these zippy, not-too-serious battle-round episodes of The Voice. This show has its problems, and it's still very early on, but right now it ... More >>
A week into The Voice, and some problems are starting to materialize. During backstage interviews, Carson Daly doesn't just stand there; he hovers. I can't imagine ever feeling comfortable around that guy. Christina Aguilera's mentoring style, right now, seems to be limited to raising both he ... More >>
No time even to discuss that shirt. Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX.Two hours? Really, American Idol? You needed two hours for a results show? And you were still scrambling to finish it by the end? This show's results episodes are notoriously stretched-out marathons, where 30 seconds' worth of in ... More >>
He'll probably buy you a beer if no one else will. Pics by Rob Trucks, more below.B.o.B/Yelawolf/Playboy Tre Irving Plaza Tuesday, August 17 Every single person at this show was underage and/or drunk, present company excepted. Multiple amorous young couples took turns making out in various ... More >>
Jason Mraz just said he'd love for that to happen! And no, it wouldn't be called "Tops and Bottoms." That would require two gays to sing it. Like that original duet, this one would be sung by two opposites--in this case a straight and an LGBT crooning about the need for hormonal harmony.
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. As in "Blue October, I want to fucking strangle you with this jump rope right now."
It still holds up. Yesterday's installment was apparently helpful, so: CMJ has a ton of afternoon music-industry panels. Here's Wednesday's lineup. Join us now as we distill them to their respective essences.
Pic by Puja PatelNYC's Twestival (Twitter festival, get it?) went down Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl, raising money for Bronx-based charity Camp Interactive, which means there was at least one good thing about it.
--Tomorrow night, Sonic Youth will play the Apple Store in SoHo, by way of promoting their new album The Eternal, which comes out on Tuesday. The show is free, but you need a guest pass to attend. They can be picked up today at the SoHo store, with one non-transferable pass per fan on a first come, ... More >>
Ray Mickshaw/FOX The only intrigue raised by last night's uneventful competition night of the finale was how in the world Cathy Dennis, who wrote the wonderful "Toxic" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head," collaborated with Kara DioGuardi on the awful new Idol winner's anthem, "No Boundaries." Winner ... More >>
Michael Becker/ FOXAdam Lambert has his own parade in San Diego "Let's rock!" says Ryan Seacrest, as he ushers in the 300th episode of American Idol. He then explains how this week, we are privy to footage of the Top 3 boys returning to their hometowns to have underwear thrown at them by teen girls ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for Season Eight. Today: results from the first round of semi-finals! Poor widower Danny Gokey advances! I'd been waiting all day for the first results show of the season, because an entire hour of fluff, recaps, dramatic musings by Ryan, and group singing ... More >>
Indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie finally hit the mainstream
Coffeehouse song-and-dance star and his lady friend beat back boredom
Liz Phair discovers that there are other ways to be honest than taking your clothes off
Arguments against education, reclaimed punk rants, electropop with staying power
You Mean Rouse, Right? No, I Mean Joplin. Maybe Ritter. But for Damn Sure Not Kelley.