She may have coined the phrase "doom soul" to describe her music, but that doesn't mean Cold Specks frontwoman Al Spx is a gloomy person. "I write dark music," she points out. "I think people expect me to be some kind of tortured artist, but I'm not." Listening to Cold Specks' debut album, I Predic ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
It’s fowl play in Dina Martina’s latest
Long were the days when my nights when my days once revolved around you. Cool Spotify timewaster of the day: If you search for "year:xxxx-xxxx" the browser will display the most popular songs released in that range in descending order. So what does this tell us about, say, this morning's heal ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Angelina Jolie in a Michael Bay production. In the 30 years since MTV first hit the air, the music video has proven itself as a medium able to collapse high and low cultureor, ... More >>
A week into The Voice, and some problems are starting to materialize. During backstage interviews, Carson Daly doesn't just stand there; he hovers. I can't imagine ever feeling comfortable around that guy. Christina Aguilera's mentoring style, right now, seems to be limited to raising both he ... More >>
Amber Martin is a singer/comic who does Reba McIntyre even better than Reba herself. She's flat-out hilarious, and she'll apparently be doing that bit at Joe's Pub this very Sunday, you little deep-fried fritters you.
Please welcome the next Ernie and/or Swizz Beatz. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ FOXHoly shit, only one hour this week! Do you guys know what this means? It means we don't have to sit through endless inane video packages about every contestant's favorite fruit or whatever the fuck! It means the ne ... More >>
...and target your chicken-liver balls
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: Actual talent in the third round of semi-finals! all photos by Michael Becker / FoxNathaniel Marshall Tonight was a toughie. After two pretty lousy rounds, the last 12 semifinalists actually contained some talent--and another ... More >>
A deft Somali rapper, now ensconced in Canada, prepares his American invasion
Critics' polls have evolved and arguably withered lately, but at least we didn't vote for Timbuk 3
If you're mixed-race, they never stop asking 'What are you?'
Black journalism in the pages of the 'Voice'
Love Will Tear Us Apart Tonight or Live and Die This Way
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