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    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 >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Ed Sheeran Goes Full John Mayer on SNL

    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 >>

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    March 28, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend

    We're giving you a lot of weird stuff to do this weekend. Don't even attempt to question it. Tonight sing-along to your favorite '90s tunes (Color Me Badd, Dr. Dre, etc.) at Union Hall, or dance to a mash-up of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson at the Bell House. Also, there's a Taylor Swift group art s ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Our Most Anticipated Albums of the Year

    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 >>

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    January 15, 2014

    2013 Pazz & Jop Tabulation Notes

    In 2010, this poll had a high voter-count of 712. In 2013, only 457 critics filed ballots (offset slightly by the percentage of completed ballots rising from 66 percent to 75 percent). The results, however, are rather similar. In both years Kanye West won handily, appearing on more than a third of a ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013
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    March 18, 2013

    How Random Are NFL Drug Tests? Is Your Grandmother's House Random Enough For You?

    Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins probably thought his most embarrassing moment in sports was losing the 2011 Capital One Bowl to Alabama, 49-7. That was until the NFL made him take a urine test in his grandmother's house. Naturally, this odd arraingment has inspired a veritable golden s ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    I Watched The Grammys And I'm In Love!

    I totally fell for the roots rock band Alabama Shakes, particularly lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard. To me, she's Kate Smith crossed with Tiny Tim crossed with everything else I like. And she can sang! Brittany even gave Mavis Staples a run for her money in the Levon Helm tribute. And how ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Defend Your Ballot: Drew Millard, Pazz and Jop 2012 Contributor

    You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/28/13

    Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

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    January 23, 2013


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    December 3, 2012

    Anya Marina and Friends - Rockwood Music Hall - 12/1/12

    By Alan Scherstuhl Better Than: A rock show without comedians. It's rare that a singer/songwriter/performer possessed of a huge mess of facets has that one killer song that unites the host of them. But sprightly Anya Marina, whose pop you may remember from such gotta-break-through cross-promotiona ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    The Least Likely Music Headlines of 2013

    For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Paper's Nightlife Awards Were Dazzling, As Usual

    Last night at Webster Hall, Paper brought together a wealth of shimmery, hipstery lovers of stars and bars to celebrate the joys of NYC nightlife (and also to toast the mag's Mickey Boardman's birthday with vats and vats of Hennessy). I was there to add my typically sour note as presenter of the Pe ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Bruce Springsteen And Mick Jagger Stop Making Pop Hits, Start Inspiring Them

    It's been a busy year for Bruce Springsteen. In March, he released Wrecking Ball, his seventeenth studio album and tenth release to top the Billboard 200, and after packing in arenas across America throughout the spring, he took the E Street Band to Europe. His name is also in a top-40 entry on the ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Lady Gaga, Born Superstar

    Rewriting the pop record at Jingle Ball

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    December 1, 2011

    20 Questions Brought Up By The Grammy Nominations

    Last night's Grammy nominations show was full of pomp, eyeliner, and people on Twitter becoming very confused. Here's the complete list of nominees; below, 20 questions that we're still wrestling with some 14 hours after the broadcast signed off. 1. "Super Bass": Robbed or totally robbed? 2. Now t ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Four Potential Special Guests For Taylor Swift's Two New York Shows

    As you might have heard, Taylor Swift has been crossing the country touring behind 2010's Speak Now and performing a new cover song, often with a surprise guest, at each city along the way, leaving in a trail of camera phone YouTube videos and exclamation point-filled tweets in her wake. In Atlanta ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011
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    October 17, 2011

    The Seven Worst Songs Of All Time

    ​Whenever these tunes get played, I hide under a rock for four minutes--actually, five, just for safety's sake. They are easily the seven worst songs in history. (7) Mr. Roboto by Styx. I would have ranked this a little higher, but its sheer kitschy audacity, pulled off in a sort of nouvea ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Is It Time To Say "Thank You And Good Night" To The Pro Forma Encore?

    ​Near the end of A Perfect Circle's Beacon Theatre show earlier this month, Maynard James Keenan asked the audience to engage in a thought experiment of sorts. "We're going to pretend we all left the stage for a few minutes," he told the crowd. "We're just going to stay here and do a couple mo ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Lady Gaga's Born This Way Is 99 Cents At Amazon Again

    ​If you missed Monday's super-deep discounting of the MP3 version of Lady Gaga's Born This Way over at Amazon--whether due to the retailer's server-capacity problems or your calendar being full--the retailer has put the album back on sale for the day. Lest you think this is all part of a ploy ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011
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    April 26, 2011

    Urlesque Bids Us a Sad Farewell With a Meme-Packed Video

    Urlesque is officially closing up shop today. In an appropriate goodbye post, Jason Newman strung together the most popular memes of the last three years into a video backed by "The End of The Road" by Boyz II Men. Can you identify all of the memes in the video? Don't worry, we've got you covered wi ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    American Idol, Season 10: No One Cares That Your Cousin Has Cancer

    This man may or may not be running an organ farm. Credit: Michael Becker/FOX.​Midway through tonight's Nashville-set American Idol audition show, there's a mid-montage moment where some big gumpy white guy is singing "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and all three judges are singing along at the top ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2011

    Cee Lo Green and the Year of "Fuck You"

    Summing up 2010 in two little words

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    January 5, 2011

    How To Write a "How To Date An Other" List

    ​Perhaps recalling the strange success (?) of their not-so-vaguely-racist "How to Date an Indian (Advice for the Non-Indian)" column by Andrea Miller, which beget a mini-online uproar, including the oddly aggressive, nearly misogynistic but well-received parody "How To Date A White Bitch (Advi ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    After Only Three Weeks, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Is Out of the Top 10--What Happened?

    Four weeks ago, Kanye West stood on a Bowery Ballroom stage and, in a far ranging and now thoroughly documented speech, cited "perfect scores across the board" for his album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and made an ill-advised prediction: "To be slated to do 600,000 in the first week--and I ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Jay Leno Rips Off Taylor Swift Montage, Semi-Apologizes

    Screenshot by Sir Itzkoff, just to give credit where credit's due​So friend-of-SOTC and general sweet Internet dude Rich Juzwiak recently co-engineered a fantastic montage of Taylor Swift feigning shock when she is given awards; hatched alongside his online cohort Kate Spencer, the clip attra ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Carlos Santana Needs To Be Stopped

    ​If you happened to watch last night's American Music Awards, well, I'm very sorry. If you didn't, our good friend Maura provides an in-depth live-blog summary over at the Awl, but here's the gist: Justin Bieber reigned supreme, Katy Perry wandered so far off key she made Taylor Swift sound li ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    The Ten Best Quotes From Kanye West's Epic Hot 97 Interview With Funkmaster Flex

    Left to right: Pusha T, Funkmaster Flex, Kanye West. Photo via In Flex We Trust​It is a measure of Kanye West's proximity to the heart of the zeitgeist that even on the day after a disastrous midterm election, his name is front and center in the news cycle. The Internet is aflame today with th ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    People Are Snubbing Iranian Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations Right Now!

    ​How's Iranian-by-way-of-Jersey-Shore dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doing today at the UN general assembly?

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    August 29, 2010

    Are Babies Really Blogging? If So, Do We Care?

    Tavi Gevinson, 14​Sunday's Independent is trying to tell us that babies are not only blogging, but making money. Is this believable? The evidence is anecdotal, at best. It sounds like a case for Mr. Jack Shafer. And yet! TotallySonny, quoted in the article is nine-years-old. The fact that thes ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Barack Obama Turns 49 And A Lot Of Things Are Right With The World

    ​Birthdays should be spent in happiness and celebration, and the news cycle did just that for our Nation's President today. Causation vs. correlation be damned! We lay all the day's good news in one blog post in honor of the 44th President's big day. Think of it as our version of a birthday card, ... More >>

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    June 5, 2010

    Justin Bieber Played a Secret Show in Queens

    ​Seriously. While the softer section of the hipster demographic is waiting around for the Schumer-approved Williamsburg Pool Parties, Justin Bieber is holding it down all the way out in Queens. Like LCD Soundsystem before him, pocket-sized pop star Justin Bieber is doing it for the fans. So wh ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Presenting The Hilarious Music-Related April Fool's Joke Probability Index

    ​Tough day on the Internet: Everyone is both probably lying to you and totally hilarious. As we grapple with this whole Fucked Up getting sued thing, let us examine today's other remarkable music-biz announcements and rate them on a) believability and b) amusement.

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    March 17, 2010

    American Idol Season 9: Live-Blogging the Top 12 Results

    Michael Becker/ FOXTim Urban, not the worst this week.​ Even though we've been watching this show for three months, Idol apparently only began last night. The contestants got to sing on a bigger stage, and had to make something out of the Rolling Stones songbook instead of the total freedom to ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2010

    Bad Girls Gone Worse: Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and Lady Gaga

    While they seethe and snarl, Taylor Swift emasculates with a smile

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    January 19, 2010

    Michael Jackson and Hip-Hop

    Guess which one of those things didn't die this year

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    December 30, 2009

    Teen Stars Break Up Over Eating Habits; Food Trucks Bring the South to Brooklyn

    ​Torrisi Italian Specialties opens today in Little Italy selling Italian foods made in America. Owners Richard Torrisi and Mario Carbone, both chefs, cure their own anchovies and olives, and will start offering prix-fixe dinners in February. [NY Times] Teen stars Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautn ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Parsing the Record Sales of Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of the Year

    ​Matthew Perpetua posts the numbers behind one of the more visible/influential year-end lists out--so what do they mean? Well, for one thing, the once and future Brooklyn triumvirate of Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, and Dirty Projectors really sold records. About 300K of them, to be exact-- ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Boo to Homophobic Buju Banton!

    Would a musical artist who sings "Jews must die" or "black people need to be killed" get a Grammy nomination? I really don't think so, and if I am somehow off-base in assuming that, please look through this year's list of nominees--Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and so on--and let me know.

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    December 3, 2009

    We Live In A World Where MGMT Could Lose A Grammy To Hall & Oates

    ​Hey the Grammy nominations were announced. Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Maxwell (!!), etc. Best Male Solo Rock Performance is staggeringly old (Dylan, Young, Springsteen, Fogerty, Prince). Best Metal Performance ain't so youthful neither (Slayer, Megadeth, Judas Priest, ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Susan Boyle Is the New Eminem

    ​And so the 2009 Taylor Swift Memorial Award for single-handedly saving the record industry goes to Susan Boyle, who last week sold north of 700,000 copies of her debut, I Dreamed a Dream. Boyle easily racked up the year's best sales week and the runner-up, Eminem's 600K-selling Relapse, ain't ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Speaking of Wale, Bon Jovi's The Circle is #1

    ​Sometimes there's just not a lot to live for when it comes to the week in record sales. Bon Jovi's The Circle took #1 with a pretty lackluster 163,000 copies sold (about half of what Carrie Underwood sold last week)--it's their fourth and most underwhelming #1. Underwood's Play On is down at ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Local Man Disrupts MTV Awards Show 10 Years Ago

    All in all, you've got to admire the restraint shown by Gothamist editor John Del Signore, who waited 10 years and--more impressively, though one supposes this wasn't exactly ever going to accord with Gothamist's VMA coverage plan-- nearly two months after the whole Kanye/Taylor Swift melodrama to ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Lady Gaga and Kanye Rumors

    ​Today's hot rumor is that Lady Gaga might perform at Out magazine's bash at the LES club the Box tonight. It could happen, seeing as she's on the mag's cover and she's in town, having just done the VMAs and Marc Jacobs's after party last night. If she doesn't materalize, that's OK, seeing as ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Another Free iTunes Single of the Week: Gloriana's "Wild at Heart"

    Last week's prediction: Nothing like this again, unless iTunes wants a revolt. Sometimes, you get a real child-slavery vibe from these young, recently formed Nashville acts. From the official Gloriana bio: "We spend most of our time rehearsing and writing at our band house in Nashville. Most nights ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008
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