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 >>
It has been rough and rocky traveling for cannabis cowboys for most of the 40 years since "Me and Paul," the hounded-by-the-Man classic in which Willie Nelson tipped off like-minded longhairs to the presence of narcs in Laredo. "If you're staying in a motel there," he warned dryly, "don't leave noth ... More >>
Today is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a moment in American history that was pretty horrifying for reasons that have been enumerated countless times. Their effects on pop music weren't as tragic, to be sure, but they were pretty unfortunateartists on both sides of the aisl ... More >>
Country music has never had a simple relationship with Mexico. While outlaws like Waylon Jennings once warned that there "ain't no God" on the other side of the border, Tim McGraw more recently took the opposing position, suggesting that God in fact created the country, but only as a place for trapp ... More >>
With Sinners Like Me and Carolina, Eric Church established himself as one of the most exciting young artists in the country music, mixing man-up rockers like "Lotta Boot Left to Fill" with mature, never-quite-melancholy reflections ("Those I've Loved," "What I Almost Was") on the different paths and ... More >>
Eric Church Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday, March 14 Better than: Watching some laptop soundscaper at SXSW and making an "I don't think Waylon woulda done it that way" joke to an unappreciative stranger. Spending the past summer touring the country, preparing crowds for the massive star Toby Keith, ... More >>
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 >>
Today in new drinking songs that you will probably hear at some point, no matter how removed from mainstream country culture you believe you might be: "Red Solo Cup," Toby Keith's ode to those disposable party cups that you can buy by the sleeve and write your name on so that nobody makes off ... More >>
Fucked Up's name says it all
Toby Keith w/ Eric Church and J.T. Hodges PNC Bank Arts Center Friday, September 2 Better than: Most other Ford commercials. Toby Keith is a hell of singer. He plays guitar, tooa nice acoustic one (when he returns for the encore it will have an American flag painted on it)but tonigh ... More >>
Hail your new leader, America."We try not to think too much about the Billboard charts," Asthmatic Kitty's Michael Kaufmann told us last week, when we asked him about the label's sales expectations for Sufjan Stevens's newly released Age of Adz. Maybe not, but the label was also straightforwa ... More >>
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.
He represents Queens, she was reared in Wasilla. Sometimes, we make mistakes. Like that time we declared doorknob-dead the street credibility (or: "cred") of Queens-bred rapper LL Cool J. As it so happens, LL himself has remedied the situation, and even left his mother out of it..
Sarah Palin's new Fox News talk show starts Thursday. LL Cool J has been widely reported to be among her guests. (Toby Keith, too, who makes a hell of a lot more sense.) Except... maybe not? So far LL has not elaborated other than re-Tweeting this missive to everyone who asks, but it should b ... More >>
So, to recap: among those surprised by the announcement that LL Cool J would be among the inaugural guests on Sarah Palin's new Fox News talk show, Real American Stories, was LL Cool J himself, who proceeded to tweet angrily that the interview Fox was using to promote Palin's show dated back ... More >>
If you answered, "They both got lyrical beatdowns from Canibus in 1998," well, not quite -- if only because we can't confirm it. If you answered, "Brooklyn thinks they're just punchlines," close, but no cigar. Every borough has Wrong People, even Brooklyn, sparse as they may be. If you answer ... More >>
Where the soundtrack is more Jock Jams than Red State
The White House and two nonprofit groups announced a settlement Monday in a long-running lawsuit over more than 22 million e-mails that were missing during the Bush administration because of poor labeling and other technical problems. The National Security Archive, a historical records group ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Unreasonable, short-sighted, hyperbolic, childish, reactionary--well, to be fair, "Angry American" is a pretty accurate title...
This week in completely joyless chart news: International cipher Michael Buble sells a whopping 132,000 copies in three days to knock Barbra Streisand out of the number one spot; Kiss, whose Walmart-exclusive Sonic Bomb sold 108K, take #2; and Toby Keith's American Ride (not to be confused wi ... More >>
And you thought birtherism was just for hillbillies and Republicans! David Weigel heard Camille Paglia on NPR yesterday, where the author of Sexual Personae and UArts professor told a no doubt astonished latte-drinking audience that "there are legitimate questions about the documentation of Obama' ... More >>
Here he is doing Barry White with Toby Keith. And why not. SOTC rarely traffics in smooth-jazz talk, it's true, but let us nonetheless doff our caps for basketball star and bassist extraordinaire Wayman Tisdale, who's died of cancer at 44. After a beloved college stint with the Oklahoma Sooners an ... More >>
The Times notes that the local tabs and Pataki have been bitching about the Port Authority's switch from "Freedom Tower" to "1 World Trade Center," and say "The 'Freedom Tower' Name Roars Back." That'll show people who think the Times is liberal! But we notice that even the professional outrage arti ... More >>
He may be the greatest artist of the '00s. Don't tell the Dixie Chicks.
Hat country's resident assman talks "tough" and gets to third base
Shooter Jennings de-sissifies modern country, wearily and warily
Thick-necked ladies' man awaits beatdown by MC Hawking
Bronx hulk, West Coast harpist make two house parties hop
Them Zarathustra boys been drag-racin' Fetchin' Gretchen's whiskey-fueled chariot on 22s
Volunteer Now in Civilization's Battle Against George the Boy King
Playboys of the Southwestern World Thrive on Certainty
All those settled-down friends are rowdy again, so country boy Bocephus will survive
Country Cuts the Crap