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Michael Buble’s ‘To Be Loved’: Album Review

Seriously, you guys, Michael Buble is pretty good. Who knows how, or if he’ll be remembered generations from now — even the most remarkable musicians are forgotten — but at this time and place he’s the world’s most successful male jazz vocalist, and with good reason.

On the crooning Canuck’s eighth…

By: cstutz / April 23, 2013

Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’: Album Review

There’s irony in the title of Fall Out Boy’s new album, Save Rock And Roll (out today, April 16), in that it’s the band’s least “rock and roll” album yet. Modern hopped-up pop production flows through the album’s veins, and rock feels like more of an idea than anything specific, while only…

By: cstutz / April 16, 2013

Dido’s ‘Girl Who Got Away’: Album Review

Oh, tormenting mediocrity! Oh, sweet beige! What is there to say about Dido’s new album, Girl Who Got Away (out today, March 26)? Internationally, the album has performed fairly well since its release earlier this month across the pond, with Top 5 chart peaks in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Yet…

By: cstutz / March 26, 2013

Green Day’s ¡TRE!: Album Review

If nothing else, looking at the ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE! album trilogy Green Day has released in the past four months, we should be impressed by the sheer songwriting prolificacy Billie Joe Armstrong and his brothers in pop-punk arms have put on boisterous display. This band that’s been going since 1987 just tacked o…

By: cstutz / December 11, 2012

Green Day’s ‘¡DOS!’: Album Review

¡DOS! (out today, November 13), The second installation in Green Day’s current trilogy of releases, begins with the home-recording sounds of ambient background noise and Billie Joe Armstrong striking muffled guitar strings before launching into the minute-long opening track, “See You Tonight.” It’s a discordant, quickly forgotten bit that lasts just a couple…

By: cstutz / November 13, 2012

Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law’: Album Review

For more than the past decade, lofty have been the goals of Muse. It’s served the British trio well, too, defining itself with heavy-shredding future music that’s led them to become one of the world’s biggest bands. But for a group that persistently established itself as the most anthemic and awesome of all,…

By: cstutz / October 2, 2012

Green Day’s ‘¡UNO!’: Album Review

Judging by Green Day’s oeuvre over the past decade, frontman and principal writer Billie Joe Armstrong works best these days with a theatrical or cinematic image in mind, composing a soundtrack to some greater concept. So it was on the band’s two narrative-driven rock operas — 2004’s American Idiot and 2009’s 21st Century

By: cstutz / September 25, 2012

Kelly Clarkson Covers TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ In Virginia

Kelly Clarkson treated her fans in Bristow, VA, Thursday night to a cover of TLC’s seminal 1999 Grammy-winner, “No Scrubs.”

“This is definitely my jam, I’m just saying,” she said, introducing the song. “This is gonna date me, and I know a lot of you aren’t even gonna know this song, and don’t tell…

By: cstutz / August 24, 2012

Usher Wins Custody Battle Against Ex-Wife

Usher’s recent spate of trouble has reached a climax: A judge has awarded him primary custody of his two boys, beginning Sept. 1, in a ruling passed down on Friday (Aug. 24), the Washington Post reports.

The verdict concludes the drawn-out legal battle with his ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, in which she accused him…

By: cstutz / August 24, 2012

Miguel Joins Nas For ‘Summer On Smash’ In Detroit

Nas delivered words of celebration — while plugging his new album — to a packed crowd in Detroit at his vitaminwater & FADER uncapped concert Thursday (Aug. 23) night: “Life is good! You know what I mean?”

And if life felt good then, it only got better when he welcomed R&B crooner Miguel on stage…

By: cstutz / August 24, 2012

Rihanna Added To 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Performers

Now that we know more about Rihanna than we’d ever thought (or even hoped), it’s time to get back to the what we love most about the too-sexy-for-Nivea singer: the jams. And where better to start with a performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards?

Our favorite Barbados tour guide retweeted Friday (Aug.

By: cstutz / August 24, 2012

Lady Gaga Unleashes Latest Fame Perfume Ad

Lady Gaga has released a third promo video for Fame, her debut fragrance from the Paris-based “Haus Laboratories” (and sold at Macys). The video features Gaga strutting along a catwalk between rows of cloaked guards and nearly naked masked men. An unseen crowd chants “Gaga, Gaga” as the intro to Born This Way track “Scheiße” pounds. …

By: cstutz / August 24, 2012

Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Close To ‘American Idol’ Judging Deals

The DayGlo rap queen Nicki Minaj is close to finalizing her deal to join American Idol’s cast of judges, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, country star Keith Urban is said to also be wrapping a deal of his own with the FOX singing competition.

According to a source close to THR, the conflict surrounding…

By: cstutz / August 24, 2012