Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
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On YouTube you'll find a ton of pop punk bands covering Taylor Swift's 2012 hit single "I Knew You Were Trouble" because of course. Let's take a look, and rank them from Worst to Worstest. See also: Breakup Songs: Why is Adam Levine a Hero Where Taylor Swift is a Punchline?
How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
Yes, those are my parents in that picture. Their pet snake, Phallys, is no longer around, and thankfully my Dad has ceased wearing a chain linking a nose ring to his ear. But, now 43, he remains a wild man, especially when it comes to music. For almost my whole life he's been rocking out in ne ... More >>
Back in the late '90s, everyone had horn-rimmed spectacles and sad faces, bands were obsessed with quiet/ loud dynamics and nobody had a successful relationship ever (probably because internet dating barely existed yet). The combination of these three things made for a glorious post-hardcore scene, ... More >>
Fall Out Boy comes to Barclays
Warped Tour returns with bands both old and new
In Chicago during the early millennium, pop punk and emo bands reigned supreme and helped produce heavy hitters like Fall Out Boy who left a massive mark on alternative rock and paved the way for similar bands to come along and fit into the mold. In 2007, before Spitalfield could break through comp ... More >>
Better Than: Pretending like you don't have a small place in your heart for Fall Out Boy and their contemporaries, or that you don't majorly appreciate 2006's big musical comeback this year. During the From Under the Cork Tree era, Fall Out Boy had been convinced that they had found the cure to gr ... More >>
True art lives where no one is paying attention. Or probably not.
Sean Paul moves from the dance hall to Webster Hall
The rock subgenre known as "emo"or at least a watered-down version of itgot kind of big in the early 2000s. But before then, a slew of bands were crafting post-hardcore with twisting time signatures, dynamic shifts in tempo and loudness, and alternatingly sung/screamed vocals. Braid wa ... More >>
Mid-'90s emo institution The Promise Ring announced last year that they'd reunite to play a few scattered shows throughout 2012. The band, in its early days, combined the noisy and particulate ideas of guitarist/singer Davey von Bohlen's previous band Cap'n Jazz with more traditional punk constructi ... More >>
The 2012 edition of The Bamboozlethe weekend-long festival of complete and utter overstimulation in the name of music and carnival rideswill take place May 18 through 20, and instead of being held in the parking lot of the Meadowlands' football stadium, as it has been for the past cou ... More >>
Paramore w/ fun., The Stereo, The Swellers, and This Providence Terminal 5 Wednesday, September 8 Better than: Getting soaked on the long walk back to the subway. In one of the many shoutouts Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams directed toward her record label Fueled By Ramenthe emo-pop ma ... More >>
Hoodie Allen Webster Hall Tuesday, August 16 Better than: Waiting in line outside of the frathouse bathroom. When I was in college, people would party to music by Lil' Jon. (Yes, I'm old.) They said his catchphrases, as learned through Dave Chappelle DVDs. (Like I said: old.) They danced to his s ... More >>
Uh, nevermind...It wasn't exactly surprising when, over the weekend, Paramore announced that two members--founding guitarist and drummer Josh and Zac Farro--would be leaving the band; if any act seemed vulnerable to a No Doubt-type split and subsequent frontlady solo career, it was Paramore. ... More >>
Ah, but take heartYes, Sunday's frightful weather conspired to scotch the free Cap'n Jazz show at Williamsburg Waterfront, hastily relocating the trailblazing Chicago crew to Brooklyn Bowl and shutting out plenty of die-hard fans in the process. Much appropriately emo Twitter action did resul ... More >>
With her new album Flesh Tone, the "Milkshake" singer tries on some club-pop
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. A fine whine imported from Canada.
Paramore Hammerstein Ballroom Wednesday, October 21 Paramore's Hayley Williams is 20-years-old, about five feet tall, and when she walks out in front of three or four thousand people she's serenely calm. On Tuesday, somebody gave her a gold plaque, for a record her band released four years ago, w ... More >>
The godfathers of emo return to enthrall and possibly embarrass you
Yikes. Attention emo enthusiasts/Gwen Stefani devotees/Jon Caramanica: Bamboozle, the annual Pop-Rock Parking Lot extravaganza with the inexplicably terrible logo, has announced this year's extravaganza, set for May 2nd and 3rd at the Meadowlands: Fall Out Boy Saturday, No Doubt Sunday. The rest of ... More >>
While this is very close to an actual nightmare of mine--getting into an elevator and hearing Muzak renditions of my favorite Jawbreaker songs, an elevator I then can't escape from--I will give Joey Coloroso's Jazzbreaker credit for excellent taste in Jawbreaker covers. "Jinx Removing," "Chesterfiel ... More >>
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An ambitious step forward that coulda been, but ain't
Turn off your Boris or whatever and let's get retarded
The Internet may eventually kill "the album" as a concept, but 2006 kept the concept album alive
The lifestyles and deathstyles of the rich and shameless
Therapy bands deliver public service announcements when suicide might be more lively
Anticipatory asthenia bogart conundrum criminally spazzy zing: Look 'em up, suckers!
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