Better Than: Watching the Knick's game in a crowded sports bar.
There should be a point during every live show where you, as an audience member, undeniably want to be who you're watching onstage. That transformation may have been a bit difficult for Bleached's Clavin sisters to inspire in me last n ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
After a dismal showing at yesterday's Iowa caucuses, one-time Republican Presidential front-runner and "interesting person" Michele Bachmann announced today that she was ending her campaign to be sworn in as Commander-in-Chief next January. Once the brief press conference disseminating the news ende ... More >>
Hunny is the turn-of-the-millenium "return of the rock" played out in real time; it formed when the members of YIMBY-approved Staten Island dance-pop crew Paragraph got bored with glossy beats and threw their drum machines in the trash. The bruising grunge-metal gnashers' debut I'm History w ... More >>
Emma StoneHere are your emma-culate choices:
She scored with sass in Easy A (an overrated film, but she was fine) and now is everywhere, thanks to Crazy Stupid Love, The Help, and a Vanity Fair cover, not to mention the upcoming Spider-Man flick.
You'd better get used to her.
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Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard chartsit's the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it's a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the m ... More >>
Monday, June 27
Better than: Whatever David Guetta's up to right now.
Launching British pop stars in the States has been a mostly-miss proposition for labels in the post-Spice Girls era. While retro-soul mashers like Adele and Amy Winehouse have seen success on this side of the At ... More >>
All the world's a stage, and singer-songwriter Jessie J's corner of it looks something like American Idol (or maybe X Factor, since she's a Brit). The 23-year-old's debut, Who You Are, is not so much an album as it is a pleading, 50-minute audition, the logical byproduct of someone who doesn' ... More >>
Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you areSo Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>
So! Anna Chapman -- if that is her real name -- is supposedly some kind of Russian Spy, and the feds totally busted her and a bunch of other Russian spies yesterday. Which is crazy. I can personally attest, however, to know one thing she didn't come to America for: to bring secrets of what it ... More >>