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  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The Soundtrack of a Dying Casino

    It's been a rough few years for Atlantic City casinos. Between the legalization of gambling and rise of casino destinations in surrounding markets, as well as the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy, the city that was once the East Coast icon for bright lights and big spending is a little less illumina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Now That's What I Call Music! Has Had 50 (!) Installments

    The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Live: The Summerland Tour Lets A Decades-Old Sun Shine In At Roseland

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Six '90s Hits One Direction Should Cover Next

    Saturday afternoon I spent some time at the Beacon Theater for a matinee performance by the British boy band One Direction, who played three shows (two at the Beacon, one at the Izod Center) in the area over the course of the long weekend. It was an extended version of the opening set they played at ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 12, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    News Roundup: R. Kelly, MGMT, Yo La Tengo, New Releases

    --R. Kelly, who still wants to have sex with every woman in the world, has been keeping a low profile as of late. But that's changing. The R&B singer has announced Untitled, his first album in two years. Kelly explained to MTV News, "I wanted to mix it up a little. I want whoever listens to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Six Great Records That Likely Put Touch & Go Out of Business

    Big Black established Chicago's Touch & Go Records, Butthole Surfers nearly undid it, and Ted Leo stuck with the indie for far longer than anyone expected. But there's also a whole roster of lesser-known, weirdo, commercially doomed T&G releases that likely contributed to yesterday's announcement th ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 1998