The Roots (Literally) Light It Up
With no chorus, a disorienting Black Thought verse smothered in mic fuzz, and a video where the band douses a kidnapped white dude with gasoline before lighting a match, the forbidding "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)" will sadly not end up toppling Flo Rida from Billboard or Chris Brown from...
In my haste to complain about Alex Lushington's boot from American Idol I forgot to note that last night's telecast also announced this year's edition of "Idol Gives Back," the telethon that features lots of guest stars and lots of medleys.
If You Want A Piece Of Lou Pearlman, You Can Find One On eBay
Pervy boy-band impresario Lou Pearlman, whose trial on federal bank fraud charges is set for April, has told friends that he's thinking about copping a plea on those charges that would result in him going to the federal pen for up to 25 years. But that doesn't mean he'll be free from jail after that…
Bret Michaels is releasing his autobiography this fall, and as MetalSucks notes, it will be sure to not be as interesting as either The Dirt or anything Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille would commit to paper.
Next Have A Ball
What better way to rise on a Friday morning than with a shameless R&B appreciation of involuntary erections by three gentlemen from Minneapolis not named Prince Rogers Nelson. "Too Close," a song that's been the bane of vice principals for a decade now, remains Next's biggest hit.
Alexandrea Lushington: In Memoriam
As I gloomily predicted yesterday, Alexandrea Lushington--the spunky 17-year-old who turned "Spinning Wheel" and Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" into songs that actually sounded somewhat current, despite the best efforts of the show's worse-by-the-minute band--was eliminated from American Idol last night, thus continuing my track record of inadvertently voting off the people I'm voting…
So while Maura's off at SXSW or Margaritaville or wherever the hell she's going this spring, I'm being sent to Myrtle Beach in June for the opening of the Hard Rock Park, the long-awaited rock-themed amusement park brought to you by the Cafe people.
Chavez Hears The Roar Of The (Possibly Imaginary) Crowd
Because it's Friday afternoon, Maura's left me to fend for myself a la Don't Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead (complete with sink full of unwashed dishes), and the fact that it's the kind of week where this starts looking like a juicy story, it's time to reach for that all-purpose space-filler: songs...
So it turns out that the video for Paula Abdul's new single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" has actually not been "rejected" by MTV. MTV will actually break Paula's heart on Monday, unless the network decides to be perverse/spite a gun-jumping blogosphere.
Ministry Visits The Land Of Rape And Hockey
Bringing together a genre no one listens to anymore with a sport no one watches anymore, Al Jourgensen, frontman for unkillable industrial-rockers Ministry, has written the new "fight song" for NHL team the Chicago Blackhawks.
Lil Jon’s Winery: Really?
A few gossip blogs are claiming that Little Jonathan Winery is actually the brainchild of one Lil Jon, so get out your pimp cups, etc., etc. Now, it's nothing new for musicians to head into the grape fields in search of new revenue streams (especially given all the problems Jon's label, TVT, has...
Gnarls Barkley Take It Back To ’84 (And Possibly ’64?)
Bookended by a cameo from a Justin Timberlake profiling in Cazals and white leather, the gleeful new video for Gnarls Barkley's "Run" is a tribute to a beloved but short-lived teevee hip-hop dance party, at least according to one Idolator reader left irate by certain lazy comparisons to American...
And now a brief correction regarding our post about the Roots' "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)" below: "The 'bass' on 75 bars is actually tuba.