Luke Bryan

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    June 18, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music

    Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Kacey Musgraves Makes Country Music You Can Use

    No matter how pop it gets, country remains a stubbornly utilitarian music, its hits often built to perform specific functions in listeners' lives. Hate your boss? Play Johnny Paycheck. Having a party in a parking lot? Luke Bryan's got the song for you. Tired of the fact that the traits that distingu ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 14, 2013


    Crash Luke Bryan's 
album release party

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Muse - Madison Square Garden - 4/15/13

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    How to Make Sense of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist"

    You might think progressive-minded social-critic types would cheer a development as unlikely as America's top male country star releasing a song that pleas for racial understanding, acknowledges the failings of our nation's founders, and features a black man rapping "Just because my pants are saggin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves: A New Crop of Country Divas Have a Need for Weed

    By Kelly Dearmore This week -- yesterday, in fact -- the Golden, Texas native Kacey Musgraves finally releases her eagerly-awaited debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park. Indeed, it's fitting that she's from a town named Golden, as the new album is but the most recent example of some serious Sol ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 30, 2013


    See Luke Bryan shake it for 
you at Nassau Coliseum

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Lionel Knows Best: 10 Black Pop Stars Who Should Go Country

    By Mike Seely [Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle.] With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first black president, it seems fitting to cast a spotlight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Hot 100 Roundup: Eric Church And Luke Bryan Milk It, Eminem Gets Silly, And More

    It's almost September (it already is on the Hot 100, which is dated over a week ahead of time), and the labels are starting to roll out the medium-sized guns: Muse! The Script! Trey Songz! Slaughterhouse? The best stuff is older, though: The Chief Keef track is from a mixtape released in March, and ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Jones Beach Theater And PNC Bank Arts Center Schedules Announced: Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Clarkson, And 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 amphitheaters—the PNC Bank Arts Center in bucolic Holmdel, N.J. and the Jones Beach Theater, out on the South Shore of Nassau County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    53 More Great Songs From 2011

    Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    The 10 Best Cover Songs Of 2011

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    The Band Perry, Taylor Swift Win Big At Last Night's Country Music Awards

    Last night, country music's biggest stars (not to mention welcome outsiders like Lionel Richie and Kenny Loggins, who joined Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton for a performance of "Footloose") convened in Nashville for the CMA's annual awards show. By the time hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Live: Luke Bryan Shakes His Rump, Covers Lady Gaga At Terminal 5

    Luke Bryan w/ Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, and Matt Mason Terminal 5 Friday, September 16 Better than: Having to go out to PNC Bank Arts Center, where these all-star country shows usually take place. In a town where the "but country" that finishes the trusty declaration of openmindedness "I listen t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Coming To The Local Sheds This Summer: Lots Of "Heritage Acts" And Country Stars (And Yeasayer)

    Yeasayer. Here's hoping things are a bit warmer than this for their shows this summer. ​Today Live Nation announced a slew of shows at Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, and in addition to the many classic rock acts (with "classic rock" now being ... More >>